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Umbrella Winter City Sounds 2019

Rumours Fleetwood Mac showThis weekend is your last chance if you’re in Adelaide to experience the Umbrella Music Festival. This year the festival has run from July 12 to this Sunday July 28 and it’s a chance to get out and enjoy live music in the city and suburbs with everything from pop, rock, hip hop, jazz, folk, metal and everything in between.

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Songkran Festival in Warrnambool

Songkran festivalSometimes you can be lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.  This happened for us when we were in Warnambool just for the weekend and were lucky enough to stumble across the Songkran Festival, or Thai New Year festival which was being held in Lake Pertobe Park. Continue reading


Gilligan’s to the rescue

Gilligan’s phone repairsI have to give a quick shout out to a lifesaver we found when we needed urgent tech repairs in Warrnambool.  With my iPhone, iPad and Canon camera I’m pretty well set to do anything on the road for Instagram, blogging and getting stories and photos together for magazine articles.

Prior to leaving home I’d also bought a wireless keyboard that I can sit my iPad in, Bluetooth connect to, and happily type away at a faster pace.

All good until…it’s getting close to midday on Saturday afternoon and the cord to the charger refuses to fit into the connection on the iPad. Then just to make things worse, my husband drops his phone onto a concrete slab at the caravan park and smashes, thankfully only the glass screen cover he has on it, but it has to go.

A quick google search finds a phone and tablet repair business in Warrnambool by the name of Gilligan’s Phone Repairs. A quick check shows that they are open until 1pm. Thanks to the phone navigation we head straight there with fingers crossed.

The young guy we met on entering the business had a great attitude and terrific customer service from the start. I explained the issue with the iPad, no problem, yep he found a small bit of plastic inside the body where the cord should plug in, all done and fixed in 20 seconds.

Next, a new glass cover for the phone, absolutely can do (and at a third of the price that they cost from a Telstra shop) and attach it for you too, sure. So our perceived dramas were dealt with in no more than 10 minutes!

My only regret was that I didn’t get the guy’s name to praise him more but we did slip him a little extra cash to shout himself a drink on  his Saturday night. I hope he did, we were sure saying cheers to him.

So if you’re looking for great service and excellent value for money visit Gilligan’s Phone Repairs. Definitely no bumbling first mates here.

Gilligan’s phone repairs

With relief and gratitude.



Great Reads on Holidays

One pastime I absolutely look forward to on holidays is getting stuck into reading. Something so important and yet it feels indulgent.

My holiday reading collection was a very eclectic assortment of books and magazines, mostly birthday and Christmas gifts from family who know me well. At first glance you would think that the books are extremely diverse in topic but uncannily I found a distinct common thread through all of them. See if you can pick the coincidental theme.

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Photographs and Memories

There was a break in my blog posting for this past week or so because of a sad event affecting our family. My mother in law passed away just over a week ago, so naturally these times call for everything to be put aside while you deal with the processes in saying goodbye to a family member.  Amongst the hard but necessary details of arrangements to be made, there are times of reminiscing and remembering stories, as well as looking back at a lifetime of photographs and memories.

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You Had Me At Happily Imperfect Host

If you have a love for writing you’re more than likely to be an avid reader too. I must admit I mostly read and borrow books from my local library but I always have my eye on a few different book stores and read about new release books in the weekend newspaper.

On holidays I have used little free libraries, or have gone to the library in the town where we are staying and bought books that are being sold to clear out older stock. When my local libraries have sales I don’t mind rummaging through the books spread over many tables to pick up a few bargain buys. These books are the ones that I will then usually leave at a caravan park for someone else to enjoy. Continue reading