The 26th of January is currently recognised as Australia Day, a day to celebrate all things we love about Australia, the land, the lifestyle, the diversity, the nature and animals and the people that make this country the place we call home. I say currently recognised, as one day the date may change, a contentious issue for some.
A very Merry Christmas to anyone reading this and thank you if you’ve been following my blog this year or supported any of the magazines that I have been fortunate enough to have had stories published in. On The Road magazine has continued to feature some of my stories and I’m grateful to the Editor / Publisher Gregg Haythorpe and Deputy Editor Sue Wyeth for supporting Aussie writers.
I’ve long been a fan of street art and often go in search of it, especially in cities where it’s easier to find lots of pieces in a concentrated area. You can however find walls in suburbs, towns and the odd standout single piece like silos or water towers adorned with spectacular artwork all around Australia.
On a recent stay in the McLaren Vale wine region of South Australia I decided to find some previously untried places to visit. There are more than 70 wineries in this region and others seem to pop up every so often so you can guarantee that the next time you visit you will find another favourite. We stayed at the McLaren Vale Lakeside Holiday Park with a group of friends and this friendly, green park didn’t disappoint. Just be prepared for the evening and morning chorus of noisy corellas that come to roost in the trees. Nothing like natures alarm clock to start the day!
I stumbled across this event on Goolwa Beach by accident earlier this month and had no idea what it was all about. So what is Send n Slash? Well this is only the third time this event has occurred here in South Australia and it’s a freeride jetski competition, put on by the people involved in the sport to showcase the skills of riders in this wild activity. It was held over two days with teams of riders from around Australia converging on Goolwa Beach for the competition.
In the November issue of Liquid Life & Leisure Magazine online, you can find some real ways to help communities doing it tough in rural areas around Australia. The current drought has been named as the worst on record for the Murray Darling Basin, Australia’s biggest river system. In some places drought conditions have been affecting them for more than 3 years. I think sometimes we take for granted where the food in our supermarkets comes from and only pay attention when prices go up and we find out the reasons why.