Winter is coming, time to brew some masala tea

Winter is coming, time to brew some masala tea

Each year as winter approaches and the nights get chilly, I start craving masala tea to warm me up. I learned to make it in Afura’s house in Zanzibar, doing a cooking course in the packed earth courtyard of her home, over a charcoal brazier.   The refreshing taste of hot Masala tea in a [...]

Removing background crowds from photos

Removing background crowds from photos

Taking photos in popular public locations is complicated by that very thing – popularity. There are a lot of other people there to walk into my shot, or stand right in front of my raised camera to take their selfie. Every year I look forward to the stunning Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi, it is a photographer’s paradise, beautiful art in front of beautiful views. Plus forty thousand other people on the path at the same time as me. Many of them with children who will look great in front of, or on, every sculpture for a photo.

Stunning Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi

Stunning Sculpture by the Sea in Bondi

The annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition is on again This is one of my favourite times of the year, as spring is turning into summer and the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk hosts over one hundred stunning sculptures. With a backdrop of beautiful beaches, and ocean all the way to the horizon, it’s no [...]

#CTC13 Capture The Colour 2013

#CTC13 Capture The Colour 2013

Five colours, five photos, that can’t be too difficult can it? Thanks to the talented Lani Cox, who kindly nominated me to participate in this devilish competition devised by Travel Supermarket, I’ve now discovered just how hard it is. The aim of this cool competition is to go through your travel photographs, (which most of us have far [...]

4 good reasons to go to Kep, Cambodia

4 good reasons to go to Kep, Cambodia

The perfect recipe for a joint birthday party with your best friend – travel with a group of friends and family to Kep, on the south coast of Cambodia. Which is exactly what my BFF Helen and I did recently. Why did we pick Kep? I’ve been there before and liked it a lot, it’s [...]

Relaxing on Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Relaxing on Rabbit Island, Cambodia

Cambodia does not have to be only about the heat (and hectic exploring of all those glorious temples) of Siem Reap, or the chaos and nightlife of Phnom Penh. When it’s time for a bit of back-to-basics relaxation, Rabbit Island is the place to go. Known locally as Koh Tonsay, Rabbit Island is offshore from [...]

Kangaroos and Vineyards

Kangaroos and Vineyards

Kangaroos and Vineyards in Hunter Valley, Australia Being a Sydney urbanite, I rarely see kangaroos in Australia, so I still get very excited every time that I do. Sometimes we may give the impression that in Australia there will be kangaroos bounding down major streets in the CBD and dodging street-side cafe tables in trendy [...]

Sculpture Garden in the Hunter Valley

Sculpture Garden in the Hunter Valley

Sculpture garden and wine-tasting in the Hunter Valley It’s a no-brainer to visit a vineyard cellar door for some wine tasting. It becomes much more unique when it is surrounded by a sculpture garden, and also has a art gallery in its wine tasting area. Mistletoe Winery on Hermitage Rd is all of that, and [...]

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