House differences: USA + Australia

Moving from the US to Australia is not exactly moving to the moon. In fact, to use another figure of speech, comparing lifestyles in Australia vs. the USA is like comparing Granny Smiths to Red Delicious. There’s marked differences in appearance and taste, sure, but they’re essentially the same thing.  Continue reading »

Retro planter, Tassie style.

Welcome to our patio! Today in putting the cart before the horse: setting out my concrete cone planter. There’s so much I want to do out here (hey, walls and tile, I’m talking to you), but today I’m all about that planter.   Continue reading »

Freedom Trifle

I’m Australian!

Hello, world! I’m a dual citizen now! I know.

That’s me and Jamie at my ceremony, along with the Lord Mayor of Hobart in his pirate king regalia. Every new citizen received a native plant, which I thought was a nice gesture.  Continue reading »

Winter blooming


View from my living room window, feeling like we live in a ski town sometimes.

This is my fourth winter on this side of the world. It’s pretty mild in Tassie: highs between 10-12° C most days, rain and wind and light frosts, no freezing temperatures and no snow unless you live at a higher elevation.  Continue reading »

Straya day beach house

I highly recommend making friends with people who have access to beach cabins. Every so often, usually 2-3 times per summer, a large group of us descend upon a cabin near Port Arthur for a relaxed, disconnected weekend with a spit roast and beers.  Continue reading »