Mother’s Day Gifts for the mum who has everything!

It can be incredibly difficult to find the perfect gift for your mum/nanna on Mother’s Day. You want it to be thoughtful, to let them know that you are thinking of them and you want them to feel happy and loved, particularly on this special day. So what to buy, what to buy! Now, I can spend absolute hours trawling through websites looking for that perfect gift, only to find when you visit home it’s still packed in it’s box in a drawer somewhere or perhaps it’s even been re-gifted to you! I’ve now come to believe in the “Kiss” […]

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Getting Wild in Surfers Paradise

Keep your hair on, I mean wildlife people! If you’re like me, you might be thinking that Australia is awash with snakes and spiders just waiting to jump out at you and you will no doubt have heard the advice of checking under the toilet seat (which I did religiously) just in case a redback spider was lurking there. I also spent a good deal of time scanning rooms for the great big huntsman I’d seen so many photos of. Thankfully, I didn’t see any spiders on this holiday, so my blood pressure remained pretty normal, but the wildlife we […]

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An epic Sunrise in Surfers Paradise

I am not a morning person, I will be the first to admit this, so when Martin advises me that we’d need to be up and out for 5am to go and watch the sunrise, I immediately tried to figure out how many hours of z’s I was actually going to get that night, I was not going to get my 8 hours! However, I haven’t actually watched very many sunrises in my time and I thought that this would be the best place to get some in the memory bank! So alarm goes off at 4.45am (remember, we’re only […]

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Exploring the Gold Coast – Surfer’s Paradise (Part 2 of our Australia Adventure)

Just a short flight from Sydney and you can find yourself walking on the white sand beaches of the Gold Coast. It’s only an hour and a half away, so very easy to get to if you want to explore further than Sydney. The morning flight we were on was packed with people heading north for some warmer weather and we had an adorable little girl sat behind us who was very inquisitive when it came to the sea, what we were flying over and a million and one other questions that her daddy was only too pleased to answer. […]

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Arriving in the wonderful land of Oz – Part 1 of our Australian Adventure

Going to Australia had been on my bucket list for a long, long time after spending over a decade listening to Martin and his old uni friends talk about their gap year in this magical place called “Manly” and it seemed important to me to experience this place first hand so I could see what they were talking about. We had a great itinerary planned, having waited so long to actually make the trip, it was vital we fit in as much as we could, so the plan was to start off in Sydney, fly up to the Gold Coast […]

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Taking on the mighty Swinica

“There is no fun without risk” That’s the exact words that came from a fellow hiker on his descent from Swinica summit. We were just coming up to the section where the via ferrata chains began and this guy came flying down the steep slope with a big smile on his face and came to a skidding halt a few inches from the edge of a drop, spoke his words of wisdom then just carried on! Having already had my success in getting to the top of Giewont and breaking the notion that I was afraid of heights, I was […]

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