Settling In and Early Morning Light

We’re still settling in to our new house. The creak of the floorboards, the sound of the birds up here in the Blue Mountains, all the little things you discover as you get to know a place. This morning I woke up early, and while my family were still sleeping I got to sit with …

Yum Cha and Green Tea on a Sunday

I’d never heard of Yum Cha before we arrived in Sydney. It has now become a firm family favourite on a Sunday, combined with a trip to visit a museum or exhibition. Ladies push trollies of dim sum around the restaurant, and as you pick delicious sounding dishes (fluffy, doughy buns filled with char sui …

Fare Thee Well, Edinburgh

Just before we left Scotland, I purchased an old Olympus OM-2N, keen to see if I would enjoy the simplicity of a film camera once again. As soon as I unpacked it, and held it, I knew it would be a joy to use. It felt solid, despite its small size, and loading in a …

Walking to Shelly Beach

Shelly Beach is my wife’s favourite in Sydney. I’ve noticed a habit of naming beaches around here after English poets. We’ve discovered the Family Funday Sunday transport tickets – unlimited rides on bus, train and ferry for $2.50 on a Sunday. It’s a wonderful way to see the area around Sydney – not only do …