The Bits in Between

Singapore April 10 2014 Outside National Orchid Garden

Written 1 March 2014, at sea Shopping Singaporeans like shopping and eating. That’s what Paulina told me as she walked me to Orchard station to meet Peter at Clarke Quay station after the first night at her and David’s house. They’d provided a lovely meal of steak, salad, potatoes for James, and vegetables. Then a comfortable bed ...

Boats (not?) to go round the world in March 19 2014

Touring around Brisbane, I came across a few boats! Apart from the fact it’s pink, I thought this 34′ yacht was quite small enough to complete a round-the-world trip. Add to that the fact that the skipper, Jessica Watson, was just 16 and she was single handed. Then right next to it there was this, which ...

Feeding Kangaroos February 17 2014

While in Brisbane, I took a boat trip (!) up the Brisbane River to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. There were koalas and apparently it was free to cuddle one but before you could get in the queue you had to have bought a photo. The sanctuary was established in the 1920s when it was ...

Brisbane January 30 2014

Turns out Brisbane is a massive city and I have only had chance to see a small part of it since flying in from Cairns. Mostly the South Bank. My hotel is at one end of it and it stretches along the Brisbane River to the south. A bit like London’s South Bank. Other similarities ...

Thunderstorms January 27 2014 Thunderstorm

After my short time in Sydney there was yet another flight – to Cairns. In trying to cope with time difference I was not allowing myself to sleep until the evening.  So I woke with a start much to the surprise of the guy in the next seat. How to stay awake? Cup of tea, ...

Rum Runner January 23 2014

“As typical with sailboats, the cabins are not spacious or very private; they are for resting and sleeping. The common areas include an open saloon area and galley inside and both covered and open outside decks ….  and with separate Male and Female Toilet – Shower Cabinet. Overall, she is a comfortable sailboat, well suited for ...

Sailing and Snorkelling in Cairns January 13 2014

I arrived in Cairns from Sydney after what felt like a VERY long day! The sole reason for being in Cairns is that Cairns is the nearest land to the Great Barrier Reef. I have booked a two day live-aboard trip on a 20m motorsailing schooner called Rum Runner.  You may think that a boat trip ...

Slipping away to Sydney January 10 2014 Sydney

They woke us up and fed us breakfast then told us that the local time had ‘slipped’ to late afternoon as we prepared to land in Hong Kong. Being there was a surprise to me – until the morning I left I had thought it was a direct flight, despite others expressing surprise that aircraft ...