Animals

Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park – Sydney’s Best Animal Parks (updated)

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Fancy meeting a bilby? Coming nose to nose with a tawny frogmouth? Saying hello to a koala and a kangaroo? How about a little escape from Sydney and a visit to the delightful Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park, just a short drive north.

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How To Treat Bluebottle Stings – Sydney’s Most Annoying Sea Creatures!

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Yes, these stings were as painful as they look. Ouchy ouch! Bluebottles are commonly found on Sydney beaches, and indeed, around all of Australia. The official name for these marine maniacs is physalia. But I much prefer the name I learned as a child Portuguese man o’ war. These jellyfish aren’t found in Scotland but […]

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25 Things I Love About Sydney – Part 5

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Hello, today marks the final part of my 25 Things I Love About Sydney posts… find Part 1 here,  Part 2 here, Part 3 here and Part 4 here. This series has been celebrating the fact that it’s been over 25 years since I first landed in Sydney. Here’s to the next 25 years, and to 25 More Things […]

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Seahorses in Sydney – The Aquarium Exhibit + Interview With Seahorse Expert

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I have been mad on seahorses since I was just a young scuba diver. Many moons ago, I was diving along the shark nets at Parsley Bay and came across some of these elegant creatures. They were just sitting there on the nets looking totally unconcerned about two divers staring at them in close up. […]

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Horse Riding in Sydney – Riding Lessons For Beginners

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Sydney is a terrific city for horse riding. There are stables in the heart of the city at Centennial Park, plus several on the bushy outskirts of the city. Then there’s the delights of trail rides in the Blue Mountains and in lovely country to the north and south of the city too. A while ago my […]

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Leech Bites – More Gross Sydney Animals Sucking My Blood

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Look I’m an animal lover, but some species can really stretch a friendship! We have leeches in our garden when it’s wet and they seem to love me a lot more than I love them. Silly little suckers.

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Scottish Stories – A Muddy Walk To See The Lambs

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So it struck me as we walked along this muddy farm track, that my wee lass has never really spent much time in mud. What fun she’s missed! A lovely cousin of mine has a house that was originally an old farm steading. We visited one day and went for a walk to see the […]

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Sea Lice Stings And How To Avoid Them – Annoying Sydney Sea Creatures Part 1

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  Good morning, have you been for a swim in the ocean lately? Encountered any stinging sea creatures? I’m starting a wee series on Sydney’s Most Annoying And Itchy Animals. Where better to start than those pesky sea lice?!

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Mistakes Made in Melbourne 1989 Version

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Ah, I’ve just walked past the hotel on Exhibition Street in Melbourne where I resigned from my first TV job. Which turned out to be the best job I ever had. Which is all highly reminiscent of the first boyfriend I ever had, who was, it turned out, the best boyfriend ever. But like with […]

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Sydney Photo Friday – The Bold and The Beautiful + Me

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Ah, Manly Beach, you always make me feel so free. I wasn’t able to get to Manly early enough to join The Bold and The Beautiful swimmers, but I did catch a photo as dozens of them came ashore at the end of their swim. One day I will get there and join in. Have […]

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Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary {formerly Oceanworld Manly} Review

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Myself and Minnie the Minx and her friend just had a very lovely time visiting the recently re-launched Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary.  The girls hadn’t been before and they had such a ball looking at, and even touching, lots of sea creatures. See below for a full description of all the information you need to […]

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Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary Photos

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Just a wee taster of some photos for Wordless Wednesday.I’ll be posting all the info you need for a terrific family visit to Manly Sea Life Sanctuary next week. Plus a great giveaway, a family pass to the Sea Life Sanctuary. 

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Taronga Park Zoo in Sydney, Australia – Visiting with Young Children

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A must see! Whether you’re a visitor to Sydney or you’ve lived here all your life, a visit to the Zoo is always a good day out.

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Whales and Dolphins Videos- Jervis Bay

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My children have been asking to see the little bit of video we shot of the dolphins who came to say g’day when we were on our fast boat trip around Jervis Bay. And now they’ve got themselves off to school, I’ve managed to find it and load it onto Youtube. This isn’t the best bit […]

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Sydney School Holidays Day 28/47- Long Reef Beach

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This is such a cool idea, a weatherproof book showing lots of sea creatures. It’s at Long Reef beach, see map below.  Long Reef Aquatic Reserve is here, one of only 12 aquatic reserves around NSW. You can read all about Long Reef Aquatic Reserve here.  The rules and regulations for reserves are clearly stated […]

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Sydney School Holidays Day 16/47- Pony Rides for Preschoolers

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The twins had been asking to go for a pony ride for quite a while. So just before Christmas I called around our local horse riding centres and asked how we could go about getting them in the saddle. It was a damp and drizzly day when we went to the stables, but that didn’t […]

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I Love Fiona Lumsdaine- She Has Taken 10 Years Off Me!

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  I’m actually 150 years old and grumpy most of the time. But you could never tell from these photos. Well done that photographer!   It always pays to pay a professional!

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The ‘Yes, It’s Very Dangerous…’ One Minute Video..

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Yes, I can see clearly that having a trampoline beside the pool is dangerous … but it’s a whole lot of fun too. I should know, I’ve had a turn. My husband and the three boys moved this little trampoline beside the pool whilst LittleMs and I were away for the night.  I suspect I […]

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Just popped over to visit Diminishing Lucy !

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Hello, I’m over at Diminishing Lucy’s lovely blog today, for my first ever guest post. Excitement!! Do pop over, I’ve posted on my new-found motivation for being a healthy weight and getting fit: I Want To Be A Granny!!

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The Elephant Safari Park Bali – A Family Photo Review

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I’m inking up for Wordless Wednesdays with My Little Drummer Boys, sharing some photos from a day trip we did in Bali, to the glorious Elephant Safari Park near Ubud.  It was marvellous, you read all about the park here. Trying to be wordless so all I will say is I love the hairy heads […]

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