Starting the new year with a plan

One of the catalysts for deciding to change the work that I did and more importantly the way that I worked was to give myself some flexibility with my days. I used to dream about not having to get up at 5.45am to get my exercise done before work, and when we…

Easing into 2015

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the start of the new year. Sadly in my new home state of South Australia, and in Victoria, the new year has started with devastating fires, which certainly put life and our own worries into perspective . I…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The festive season is well and truly here. I’ve been a bit quiet on the blog as I enjoy the last minute present buying, cooking and preparations. In the last couple of days, we’ve also been very lucky to have visits from old friends, including my best friend and bridesmaid and her…

Embracing Barossa Traditions

Today marks exactly six months since we left Hanoi. On some days it seems a lifetime ago but at other times, I can’t believe how quickly the time has flown. In the past 4.5 months we have really felt welcomed into the Barossa both by people who are recently arrived like us…

Getting into the Christmas Spirit

I’m sure the fact that Christmas is so close is starting to fill some people with dread but I am excited, even though I can feel myself being sucked into the “oh no, I still have so much to do” mindset. But when this starts to happen, I remind myself just why…

Barossa – blue skies and space

When we started to consider me leaving the public service and thus Canberra, it was sort of a given that we would look at a wine region so that Simon could resume his career in the industry. We had always talked about spending some time in a wine region after our posting…

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