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The Remarkable

It’s a remarkable day. Boats drift past on the Noosa River under blue skies and a cluster of lively folk who all once lived in Umtata, South Africa, chat over lunch into the afternoon and join the dots from way back when. Some of us live in Queensland now...

A green turtle hatchling rescued and assisted at Castaways Beach. Photo by Kim.

Easter turtles (not bunnies), love from Noosa!

I’m listening to the soft patter of warm Easter rain, tired and damp but content. It’s been a week of treks up and down to the beach to check on turtle nests. Dinner on deck chairs and cups of milo in the dark on dunes. We made excess trips down the beach path...


The South African emigrant’s jam

Ex Oxford University lecturer, Jonny Steinberg’s compelling BuzzFeed article on why he has returned to his native South Africa is doing the rounds. A South African emigrant myself, I read it with reverence, eager to peer into the heart of an accomplished writer and academic. For South Africans it is...


Hot yoga and mind traffic

I have new appreciation for my body after a foot injury. What bliss to be back in motion at full stretch again, running on a beach path after six months off. The plan is to be more in tune with any little tweaks and twinges (that the 18-year-old in...

Why not? I grab a photo opportunity with the great man.

William McInnes and holidays

The 53-year-old author and actor removes his glasses and wipes his eyes. William McInnes has just shared the intimate details of some last moments with his dying wife, film-maker Sarah Watt. We, the audience, accept the privilege with quiet humility after a frolic of a night following his animated...


The first ever Noosa Fabulous Ladies Wine Soirée!

Fabulous is the word. Fabulous ladies, fabulous wine and rubbing shoulders with the effervescent Leanne, a third generation De Bortoli winemaker in the Yarra Valley, made for an utterly sparkling evening this week.     All thanks to Jane Thomson, Founder and Managing Editor of The Fabulous Ladies’ Wine Society...


Perfume Notes

“A perfume is more than an extract, it is a presence in abstraction. A perfume, for me, is a mystique.”   Giorgio Armani         I’m in a sensory cloud of late. Rose absolute, patchouli, pink pepper, jasmine, amber. Mmmm. Bourbon, cedar, vetiver, sea salt, vanilla, burnt...


Signs of Summer and the love of home

Summer is signalling here in Noosa with light-bathed mornings, warmth and sweetness that makes you tumble out of bed with the birds. Talking of which, on my early morning cycle this week I was dive-bombed incessantly into immediate wakefulness by a magpie protecting its nest of young. Feisty magpies, wedding bush...


Yay to 49!

I’m about to turn 49 and I’m not peeved. I’m cool. That’s because I’m expecting an amazing year flirting with the last of 40-something. Bring it on, baby. I happen to find the age ending with a nine quite, er, racy. For me, this end of decade hiatus is...


Fraser Island, a wild adventure

I feel the ennui of routine slip off my shoulders as I lift a big backpack and board a ferry with my husband. Just us, one motorbike, strong legs (we hope) and a few days ahead of immersion on the world’s biggest sand island. But it’s not just famous...