Month: March 2017

Things in Australia that made me smile: Beaches

Even though I live a short stroll from the beach, I wouldn’t describe myself as a beach person. No, it’s the water I love, its ever changing moods and colours. However, I’m not adverse to a stroll along a sandy beach, digging my toes… Continue Reading “Things in Australia that made me smile: Beaches”

It doesn’t get better than this!

Sunday, after a delicious vegetable chilli for lunch (recipe to follow shortly), my beloved and I settled down for a feast of sporting action. First up, the conclusion of a thrilling Volta a Catalunya dominated by the evergreen Movistarlet Alejandro Valverde. Next up was a… Continue Reading “It doesn’t get better than this!”

Things in Australia that made me smile: Flora and Fauna

One of Australia’s greatest treasures is her flora – a staggering 24,000 species of native plants. Now this is where my late mother would have been in her element. She would have known the names of all the plants we ooohed and aaahed over.… Continue Reading “Things in Australia that made me smile: Flora and Fauna”

Just call me Florence

Our days have quickly settled into a routine which totally revolves around my beloved and the treatments for his broken leg.  It starts with a good breakfast before an hour long physio session at the nearby hospital during which I go food shopping. After… Continue Reading “Just call me Florence”

The Musette: Vegan Lasagna

I had friends over for dinner on Friday to take my beloved’s mind off his broken leg. Not wanting to create too much extra work for myself, starters were pre-dinner nibbles of pizza, pissaladiere, fois gras and socca chips. The main course had to… Continue Reading “The Musette: Vegan Lasagna”

(Finally) Postcard from Siena and Strade Bianche

We drove along the Autostrade dei Fiori enjoying the sunshine and glorious sea views until we turned off at Genoa and headed for Tuscany and Siena. It’s a six-hour drive from home and we stopped just the once to refuel the car and my… Continue Reading “(Finally) Postcard from Siena and Strade Bianche”

Things awry

Today’s post was going to be all about our week-end in Siena watching Strade Bianche. The post’s written but I’m still awaiting the photographs. My beloved has downloaded them from his camera to his laptop but has yet to upload them to DropBox. We… Continue Reading “Things awry”

The Musette: Brownies

Hands up who doesn’t love brownies? Thought so! This is a recipe from Hannah Grant’s The Grand Tour Cook Book that I’ve tweaked and have cooked for numerous professional cyclists. It’s universally popular and, according to my beloved, is my best brownie recipe ever.… Continue Reading “The Musette: Brownies”

Things in Australia that made me smile: Urban Environment

I’m a “townie” so while I much enjoy the varied and beautiful Australian countryside and seaside, it’s the towns where I feel more at home. I loved just walking out of our rental apartments and having plenty of shops and restaurants on our doorstep.… Continue Reading “Things in Australia that made me smile: Urban Environment”

Playing Tag Along

Okay, I’m taking part in a game of tag just because I can and because it’s fun. I was tagged by Dippy Dotty Girl who blogs at http://www.thetravellingdiaryofadippydottygirl.com. Describe your 2016 in three words Reducing an entire year to just three words is going to be tricky,… Continue Reading “Playing Tag Along”