House and Garden Spirit of Summer

While Glastonbury and Ascot took up much of this week there was also a four day festival in London Olympia, a celebration of summer living. The team at Conde Nast House and Garden selected 550 beautiful garden, interior and lifestyle brands to exhibit and inspire us for the summer season.  Many of these were familiar brands…

Wooloomooloo

This is a harbourside area in the eastern suburb of Sydney. It is all very low lying and was the former docklands area. For many years considered a bit seedy. The change in the ambience of the neighbourhood could be attributed to the lock out laws that now restrict late night clubs and any hard drinking…

New Years Eve in Sydney

Such great excitement to see in the New Year in this great city. We had booked tickets well in advance with carefully planed logistics of where we thought we might get the best view of the fireworks. The Opera Bar which lies on the lower terraces just below the The Sydney Opera House was throwing a themed…

Paddington

What a fantastic residential pocket of Sydney this is. We found an air bnb in this leafy area and really enjoyed our days in this part of town. We were fortunate to have a very high end supermarket at the end of our road as well as several fantastic restaurants and cafes all on our…

The Whitsunday Islands

All packed up and supplies on board and we met our skipper Annie for the first time and she is great! Which is just as well as we are all going to be in very close quarters for the next eight days. Annie from Airlie beach and very experienced and familiar with the waters and…

Airlie Beach

A short hop from Sydney to Prosperie and now based in Airlie Beach Queensland in the most beautiful setting overlooking turquoise blue waters and palm trees. We stayed in the MirageWhitsundays which was ideal. A series of private apartments overlooking Tropical beaches with all the amenities of home. We had a beach front spacious apartment with a…

Quay

I think the highlight of our trip to Sydney will remain to be our incredible lunch at Quay.The executive chef here is Peter Gilmore and since he has been at the helm the restaurant has remained, for the last five years, listed amongst the top 50 Restaurants in the world. Peter Gilmore is from Sydney and…

Botanical Gardens

Sun shining we spent some of the morning at the The Royal Botanic Gardens. In the centre of the city and a beautiful stroll on a sunny morning. Enjoying an iced coffee and the infamous Banana Bread which is prevelant all over Australia we also observed the extrodinary wildlife considered by most locals to be…

Sydney

It is an epic journey to reach this great continent but what a great city welcomed us. The weather on arrival was not dissimilar to the London drizzle we are used to so that was a little disappointing and did determine what we got up to for the first couple of days. We were staying…

Paris at Christmas

We seem to be travelling the globe in the footsteps of our very fortunate and ambitious daughters who study and work overseas. This time it was to attend a graduation ceremony and Paris was looking spectacular in the December sunshine. The nation was cheerful and very welcoming and we had a wonderful few days in…

Dalloway Terrace

I was feeling distinctly not in a Christmas mood or spirit until I experienced the wonderful winter wonderland that Dalloway Terrace have created in this pocket of Bloomsbury. I love this area having spent years at the British Museum and the Bloomsbury set linger with constant reminders such as Dalloway which was named after a character…

Christmas London

London embraces the Christmas spirit and despite the crowds is buzzing with atmosphere and a feast for the eyes. Retailers excel themselves with spectacular displays and an outstanding collection of great gift ideas and products. I have been enjoying a glut of retail window shopping to inspire some original gifts for family and friends this…