Author Archives: John Rose

Hamiltons Down Under

2006: After spending a number of weeks on the well trodden backpacker trail south from Cairns, Karen and her pals – Sarah and Lori, made the decision to fly from Brisbane to Sydney. The bold move would cut out a good chunk of the New South Wales coastline but it would allow them to make […]

Sculptures By the Sea 4: Citizens on Patrol

October 2017 Welcome to our 4th annual report from the Eastern Suburbs. It’s October in Sydney and that means one thing. Sculptures by the Sea. We would once again be joined by our fellow Art Critic (and occasional Art purchaser) Adam. As always we would be taking the South to North route starting at Tamarama […]

Brisbane Part Deux: Koalas, Kofte and Art

Sunday morning brought both sunshine and a change of scenery as we departed the urban jungle of the Brisbane CBD for the leafy suburbs. Fig Tree Pocket is the riverfront home to some of Queensland’s most expensive houses but it has another feature we would spend most of that day exploring. We took the boat […]

Brisbane Family Gathering

It took us three years to realise that we had not paid Australia’s ‘third city’ a visit. Karen had passed through Brisbane back in ’06 during her gap year and I guess we just put it on the long finger. So 3 years had just past since we arrived on these Southern shores and with […]

Elton Gong

“Wow. Elton John is playing in New South Wales! Fancy going?” Looking up from his laptop, a silent acceptance formed on John’s face before he could utter the affirmative response. “Aye. Whereabouts is he playing?” Wollongong. Wollongong. Road Trip 82 Kilometres south of Sydney and sandwiched between the Illawarra Escarpment and the Pacific Ocean is […]

Weekly Photo Challenge: Liquid

“Every pulse of your heartbeat is one liquid moment that flows through the veins of your being. Like a river of life flowing on since creation, approaching the sea with each new generation” – Don McLean –  

The Stopover Who Loved Me

Some last minute logistics meant that Karen would fly home a different route from John back to Sydney. Karen’s Journey went smoothly. No delays, connections made, back before she knew what hit her. John’s Journey? Well that’s a little tale all in itself. EI-175 is one of Aer Lingus’s busier routes. It connect Dublin International […]

Into the West

It was one of those glorious Irish Summer days, the entire southwest of the country basked in glorious overcast weather. The scales between catching pneumonia and sunstroke were in perfect balance. Perfect weather for a day trip. After wolfing down some breakfast we moved as a family unit to the car outside. Before we knew […]

Fright of the Earls: Kinsale and Charles Fort

It was many years before That the Spaniards quartered there But the English beat O’Neill And our Irish hopes lay bare   At the mouth of the river Bandon is a small town. What began as a viking trading post over time became a small settlement and finally the walled town of Cionn tSaile – […]

East Side Story

Jet lag: a physiological condition that dramatically affects your sleep pattern and wrecks the first few days of any trip from Australia to Europe as you speed across 10 time zones.  Remedies for this malady range from Tamazepam to “a bit of plain toast and de-fizzed 7-up”. Luckily we arrived in Scotland first this time […]

Inside Out: Art of Glasgow

Glasgow has always been a second home for Karen. A lot of her family are living there. She grew up riding the train to Glasgow for shopping trips and then to attend University. It was the city she moved to for her first job, becoming a Town Mouse for a number of years before moving […]

Oot and Aboot: Ayrshire

InverAyr From the Gaelic Ihbhir Air  meaning Mouth of the River Ayr. Nowadays it is simply known as Ayr. The 12th most populous settlement in Scotland with a rich history to show for itself. It became a major marketplace and harbour during the medieval period after King William the Lion ordered a castle to be built between the […]

Of Mice and Rain!

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain For promis’d joy. Celtic Connections There are lots of benefits to being married to a Scottish person. They share a deep sense of humour and will not say no to any type of adventure. While they […]

Top End Book End

  …The only shining light ahead was not the fading sun but that we would not be going straight back to the hotel but somewhere else. Find out in the next post… We were dropped off at the wrong side of the road and as our bus and guide pulled away our destination was revealed […]

Florence and the Marines

Another early morning start for J&K with a 6.30AM pickup. As alluded to in our first Darwin post, one of the key attractions to the city is it’s proximity to a heap of National Parks and wildlife. We decided on a Day Trip to Litchfield Park as it was close enough that we would spend […]