A Fremantle visit
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by Debra Kolkka
1d ago
We are in Fremantle, Western Australia, visiting friends. It is a port city, part of the Perth metropolitan area. It is known for its maritime history. Central Fremantle is bounded to the north and east by the lower reaches of the Swan River and to the west by the Indian Ocean. I grew up beside ..read more
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Farm food x 2
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by Debra Kolkka
1w ago
Recently we visited The Farm near Byron Bay. It is a working farm with a nursery, bakery, restaurant (Three Blue Ducks) and produce shop. The hinterland of Northern New South Wales is beautiful. We drove from Bangalow towards Byron Bay through the gorgeous green hills. The Farm is well set up and probably deserved a longer ..read more
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Fun at the Museum of Brisbane
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by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
The Museum of Brisbane on Level 3 of City Hall is always excellent, but right now there is a fun exhibition that is great for children…and their parents. It is called Play Moves and it encourages interaction…”Surrender yourself to the sublime art of play.” The first place to stop and play is at the giant looms where ..read more
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I’ve been sewing
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by Debra Kolkka
1M ago
When I am home in Brisbane I like to keep busy. I like to sew and there is only so much I can make for myself so I make things and sell them in my friend’s shop. Savva has been a friend for almost 30 years and his shop is an easy walk from my ..read more
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Noosa, my favourite beach
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by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
I have been visiting Noosa since my 20s. It is my favourite beach in the world, particularly Little Cove, a tiny, rocky cove near the main beach. The first day we arrived in Noosa there was a fierce wind, not the best conditions for being on the beach. We were up early the next day to ..read more
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John Rigby exhibition
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by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
This week I visited the exhibition of well known Australian artist, John Rigby. He was born in Brisbane in 1922 and began painting while he was a teenager. His work has been exhibited since 1941. His service in WWII offered him the opportunity to study in the East Sydney Technical College in 1948 until 1950 with ..read more
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A Bangalow visit
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by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
Back in Australia I still have the travel bug. Recently we had a short visit to Bangalow in northern New South Wales. It is only a 2 hour drive from Brisbane, but we decided to stay overnight so we could spend some time in this lovely town. The town was established around the 1880s  after timber ..read more
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Goodbye baby blue Fiat
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by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
Our baby blue Fiat is 13 years old and it is time to say goodbye. She has been a wonderful little car and we will miss her. We have only driven 100,000 kilometres in the car and there is nothing wrong. We want a car that will last until we have to buy an electric ..read more
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Perfect Portofino
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by Debra Kolkka
2M ago
Portofino was once a sleepy fishing village on the Ligurian coast south of Genoa. The bay is mentioned  by Pliny the Elder (AD 23 – AD 79) when he called it the Port of the Dolphin. (Portus Delphini) It has had a rich and colourful history. The gorgeous little harbour with its pretty houses attracted European ..read more
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Back home for a while
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by Debra Kolkka
3M ago
I am back in Brisbane for a few months. It is jacaranda time and the city is dotted with purple. I love these trees and the purple carpets they create on the ground below them. The fragrance as you walk below is delicious. I have left my garden at Casa Debbio behind. The unusually warm ..read more
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