This old globe has a tale to tell…

“When we get out of the glass bottle of our ego and when we escape like the  squirrels in the cage of our personality and get into the forest again, we shall  shiver with cold and fright. But things will happen to us so that we don’t know ourselves. Cool, unlying life will rush in.” – D. H. Lawrence…

Last week my sister gave me a stunning present ~ this darling old globe. She knows I love to travel and is always on the lookout for cute vintage travel memorabilia for me. She purchased the world globe at a garage sale during Paddington Second Hand Sunday.

The globe has a sad but beautiful history. It once belonged to a Dutch man who brought the globe with him to Australia all the way from Holland. He settled in Paddington and here the globe resided for many years. Towards the end of his life the old man fell upon hard times and was evicted penniless from his Paddington terrace. He then lived for the last few years of his life in a tiny, leaky tent near the cliffs at Bondi beach. His treasured globe kept him company in his tent and still bears the watermarks from his tough last few years there.

I was so touched that the man had kept the globe all those years. A reminder of his old life? A desire to some day travel again? None of us will ever know but I feel honoured that the globe has now come to me. None of us know what our future will hold or if “cool, unlying life will rush in” and change our lives forever. All we can do is live in the moment and cherish the small things that bring us joy…

Bombard your tastebuds Bello Style…

Hearthfire Bakery...

Hearthfire Bakery…

Bellingen is home to an amazing array of wonderful places to eat. Your taste buds will be bombarded and you will be spoilt for choice. My favourite eating spots are:

  • NO. 2 OAK STREET ~ This divine restaurant has been awarded two hats by the prestigious Sydney Morning Herald Food Guide Awards every year since 2005. I have been fortunate to eat at this restaurant five times. The food is to die for, the atmosphere very special and the staff friendly and extremely attentive. If you are in Bellingen don’t miss it. A little tip ~ book ahead so you don’t miss out.
  • MOUZA ~ This lovely middle eastern restaurant is fantastic. The menu is interesting and varied and they have daily specials. Their Malai Kofta is a taste sensation. The staff are really friendly and it has a great ambiance. You will find Mouza at at 58-60 Hyde Street, Bellingen.
  • HEARTHFIRE BAKERY & RESTAURANT ~ This cute little cafe is in a side lane off Hyde Street. It is a great place for breakfast or lunch. Their bakery goods are phenomenal. We tried the pork sausage rolls and the chocolate croissants and they were the best we have ever sampled!
Hearthfire Bakery...

Hearthfire Bakery…

  • VINTAGE NEST ~ This vintage/antique shop has yummy slices and coffee. It is located in Hyde Street.

Shops in Bellingen ~ the icing on the cake…

So you’ve found the perfect accommodation in Bellingen, you’ve visited the monthly markets and now you want the icing on the cake ~ shopping! Well here my top picks for some fabbo Bellingen shopping: EMPORIUM BELLINGEN ~ This lovely shop is housed in the huge, … Continue reading

Beaut Bellingen Backpackers…

Each time we visit Bellingen we always stay at Belfry Lodge which is better known as the Bellingen YHA Backpackers at 2 Short Street, Bellingen. We have been staying at this wonderful, old, two storey house since 1996.

One of the main reasons we love it is because of its location, location, location! It is found only a hop, step and jump from the main street of Bellingen and also to the lovely Bellinger River. The Backpackers has many different types of accommodation starting at $27 per person a night. We always stay in the four bed family room for $88 per night. You have to share the bathroom but it is just across the hall and very clean.

The Backpackers has a great atmosphere with many different types of people staying. There is an immense kitchen where you can prepare your own meals and meet some interesting people while you do. If you stay in one of the upstairs rooms you can sit on the wide verandah and gaze over the divine view of the river below. If you are lucky at sunset you’ll be visited by some cheeky possums…a real treat for children.

The Backpackers offers daily tours too if that’s your thing. Rahul and my boys like to borrow the Backpacker’s tyre tubes and float down the Bellinger River (which they did this trip). They also like to play snooker out on the verandah.

The managers, Joel and Holly, can be contacted on +61 2 66551116.

So if you are ever up Bellingen way try the Backpackers…you’ll be happy you did!

Say hello to Bello…

We have just spent a divine weekend in Bellingen, NSW, Australia. Each year we visit Bellingen quite a few times because we love it so much.

So what do we love about Bello?

  • It is a small character filled town lined with old shops in heritage buildings.
  • It has monthly markets which are phenomenal.
  • It has an interesting alternative community which really appeals to our family.
  • It has a wonderful backpackers lodge to stay at.

One of the highlights of visiting Bellingen is its huge community markets. The markets are held on the 3rd Saturday of the month and are extremely popular. You can find the markets at the showground in Church Street. The markets feature 100’s of stalls, live music, children’s rides and camel rides. The wonderful stalls are chocked full of antiques, organic plants, fruits and vegetables, crafts, clothing and anything else you can imagine. One of our favourite stops at the markets is the tasty Indian food van…mmm…yummy samosas with dhal for $5… a real bargain. The Sikh owner’s sense of humour is fun and original. When I ordered he said he would only give me my order if Rahul danced. Rahul obliged with a little Indian wiggle. He then wanted Rahul to stay all day as he said it would be good for business. When we ordered our naan he exclaimed “What! I’ll have naan left.” A real character!

Stay tuned for more posts on this wonderful town.

Getting into the spirit…

The best thing about attending any type of festival is that you get to sample lots of different styles of what is on offer. Sometimes you will attend a session that you adore, one that you don’t like at all or one that gives you some new perspective. The 2013 Sydney Spirit Festival delivered all of these last weekend.

My favourites of the weekend were:

  • Edo and Jo and their mood lifting kirtan singing.
  • The surroundings of the lovely Satyananda Ashram…peaceful grounds and gardens and magic vibrations.
  • The interesting people I met.
  • The scrumptious vegetarian food provided by the Satyananda kitchen.
  • Being involved in “karma yoga”
  • Simon Borg Oliver’s yoga classes which worked on making the spine more supple.
  • Adult face painting…sweet Elfie painted a pink peacock feather on my forehead.
  • The Satyananda shop ~ of course…
  • Yoga nidra meditation.

What I love about Tasmania…

Tasmania is a wonderful place to explore. Here are the reasons I think it should be on your list of places to visit:

  • The people are so friendly and helpful and genuinely want you to have a fantastic stay.
  • The individual, old-fashioned feel which pervades all Tasmania.
  • The divine farm stalls with home-grown and homemade produce.
  • Picking blackberries in the wild.
  • The tiny bays and inlets with bobbing boats tied to the jetty.
  • Wonderful boutiques, quirky shopping and stylish finds.
  • Tasty food ~ especially the fresh oysters and scallop pies.
  • Historic architecture.
  • The amazing not-to-miss Mona.
  • The buzzing cafes and restaurants.
  • Lovely hotels and guesthouses.
  • Picturesque bush walks and sights.

So pack your bags and go, go, go to the apple isle ~ Tasmania…you’ll love it!

Fun at the fair…

20130203-164628.jpg
Posing at the fair…

One of the touching things about Tasmania is it’s old-fashioned feel especially in the country areas. Yesterday we were treated to a wonderful country fair.

20130203-165023.jpg
Some alpacas watching people pass by…

The fair had some charismatic animals, tasty homemade scallop and salmon pies and lots of lovely wool weavers.

20130203-165409.jpg
Weaving at the fair…

20130203-165507.jpg
Some knitted alpacas…

One of the entertaining acts of the show was the Veteran’s Brass Band. I know from being in a brass band myself that clapping can often be on the light side…so Rahul and I made sure we showed our appreciation. Actually after us initially being the only ones clapping we started an avalanche of clapping for the band which they were very pleased about.

20130203-165908.jpg
Of course a country fair would not be complete without vintage cars and old stationary motors.

20130203-170139.jpg

20130203-170234.jpg