A European City in the Southern Hemisphere!

Robin Boyle Latin America, Travel

A five-week tour of southern South America We flew to Buenos Aires mid-March, 2017. It would be the start of a five-week tour covering the huge region of Patagonia (in both southern Argentina and southern Chile), the Atacama Desert in northern Chile and the wine region of Mendoza in north-west Argentina. We will make a series of blog posts covering …

Duck Breasts With Red Cabbage

Robin Boyle Barbecue, Dinner Party, European, Melbourne & Victoria, Recipe, Travel, Vegetables

The Grampians National Park – Gariwerd The Grampians are a monolithic-like geological feature in western Victoria: they just emerge out of the surrounding fertile farming land. They have always been popular with campers and bush walkers. While we had completed a number of walks through the ranges over the years, we hadn’t been there for some time. However, just before …

Festivale 2017 – Launceston’s Carnival of Food and Wine!

Robin Boyle Australian, Cheese maker, Launceston, Produce-Supplier, Restaurant-Cafe, Traditions-Feasts, Travel, Wine

“Festivale, one of Tasmania’s premier summer events, is a three day celebration, designed to showcase the very best of Tasmanian food, wine, beer, arts and entertainment. Staged in Launceston’s historic and picturesque City Park the ambiance of the outdoor event is unique.” You can read more on the Festivale website here: Launceston Festivale. The peacefulness of City Park is transformed. …

Bruny Island – An isolated but idyllic foodie destination

Robin Boyle Australian, Breakfast, Cakes & Biscuits, Cheese maker, Fish & Seafood, Morning or Afternoon Tea, Recipe, Snack, Travel

Bruny Island is developing into a brand within a brand, being a subset of the clean and green Tasmanian gourmet image. With two Melbourne friends we recently spent three days on the island but still didn’t have the chance to sample all the food offerings nor experience all the activities. Activities Bruny is surprisingly large, the fourth biggest Tassie island …

Autumn Colours Around Launceston

Robin Boyle International, Tamar, Tasmania, Travel

Our recent visit to Olive’s Cottage was at the end of April. The camellias along the front fence must have been magnificent a week or two before, but there was still a spectacular carpet of petals to be seen. In the rest of the cottage garden the leaves on the quince, plum and cherry trees were about to turn. With …

Showing Friends Around – Part 4

Robin Boyle Dessert, French, International, Recipe, Tasmania, Travel

(Continued from:  Showing Friends Around – Part 3) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? So far they have stayed at Olive’s Cottage (our property at Windermere), they have seen Launceston and toured the …

Showing Friends Around – Part 3, After Olive’s Cottage

Robin Boyle Fish & Seafood, International, Produce-Supplier, Recipe, Tasmania, Tassie Businesses & Attractions, Travel

(Continued from Olive’s Cottage:  Showing Friends Around – Part 2) Our two German friends, from Bavaria, are on a tight schedule with just five weeks in Australia overall, and just six nights in Tassie! What to do, where to take them in Tasmania? So far they have stayed at Olive’s Cottage, our property at Windermere on the east Tamar, seen …