Writing

Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide: Australia Zoo

A definite highlight of any visit to the Sunshine Coast has to be Australia Zoo, home of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’, Steve Irwin. Thankfully, his wife, Terri plus kids Bindi and Bob are very much alive and kicking and continue to own and run the zoo as well as live there. Well, probably not in the zoo exactly, but, as far as I can make out, just behind it.

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Kangaroos: cute, cuddley, and tasty too

Once a threatened species, kangaroos and their smaller cousins, wallabies, now number over 20 million beasts. Today, there may even be as many as 40 million of them bouncing around Australia. In fact, the effort to conserve kangaroos has been so successful that they are now culled in order to reduce their numbers and maintain ample grazing for domestic animals like sheep.

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Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide

A run down of kid friendly activities to do during a two week holiday on the Sunshine Coast, many of them free.

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Where should I visit in Australia? Part One

I’m not an expert on everywhere in Australia yet, but, by popular request, here’s what I like of the parts of it I’ve seen so far.

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Why do so many people move to, or want to move to, Australia?

Popular story in which we get attacked by leeches during an innocent walk in the countryside.

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Real Estate and the First Home Owner Grant

Australian Property Market News and Information

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Autumn is in the air, time to get realistic

It is actually quite fun to have seasons again. In Costa Rica they do call the rainy season winter but it is not cold. Meanwhile here in Queensland, the summer was hotter than the temperatures in Costa Rica but now we will get a bit of respite over the winter and can enjoy wearing jeans and sweaters.

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Making New Friends: Playdates

Funny story about hosting a fussy eater.

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Gold Coast Theme Parks – White Water World

Terror at White Water World – We spent the day at an aquatic adventure park and the only hiccup was that my kids didn’t want to go on any of the rides.

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Noosa Festival of Surfing 2009

Here in Noosa, the Festival of Surfing must go on and a good time is being had by all.

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Writing career conflicts with tenancy agreement

Yesterday was a momentous day in my writing career. After all I’ve read about writing, the one thing that seems clear is that you have to be prepared to get many, many rejections before a piece of your writing will be finally be accepted for publication. This is a truth universally acknowledged in writing and everyone knows stories about famous writers suffering multiple rejections, before someone finally showed an interest in their work.

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Moving to Australia

Moving to Australia from Costa Rica and New Zealand with a foray into online grocery shopping

How I do my shopping online and end up with $80 worth of salami sticks. Plus more news on settling into our new life in Australia and recovering from culture shock.

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Migrating to and Networking in a Foreign Country

Making friends but not exactly influencing people.

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Typing, Running, Shipping Stuff to Australia and Childcare

In which I expose a little known condition: Post Traumatic Typing Syndrome.

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Working abroad in Australia, Costa Rica and New Zealand

I now feel the need to mention that I am currently striving to be a super mum. I get up at 5.30am six mornings a week to exercise. I have three kids who all need food, clean clothes, love, attention, reading practice and exercise. And a hubby whose needs overlap with the kids in several areas.

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