Climb every mountain!

Leonardo da Vinci designed it for scaling city walls, and it’s evolved into mountaineering equipment used today.


Just one of the exhibits featured in Da Vinci Machines currently on display at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.



Too long? Or not long enough? Visions and Prisons on Norfolk Island.

I lost count of the people who asked me what we were going to do on Norfolk Island for a week. I was more concerned that a week wouldn’t be long enough for everything we wanted to see and do.

Care to guess who was right?

Day 1 started somewhat earlier than we expected when our daughter went in to labour and made it to hospital with 9 minutes to spare before our 2nd grandson was born. We didn’t have time to meet him before we had to check in so we toasted his arrival with an early morning drink at the airport.


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Murder Village … the funniest place to die

In the spirit of Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie, and Murder She Wrote, Murder Village is the perfect  … and possibly the funniest … place to die.

It’s murder with a twist.

At the beginning of the night not even the cast knows who will be the victim or the murderer. What murder weapon will be used? What vital clue will lead DI Owen Gullet, with interference from the village busy-body Miss Purser, to solve the crime?


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Springsure and Old Rainworth Fort

Last weekend we spent a lovely day taking hubby’s parents to a local historic site outside the small town of Springsure.

On the way down we stopped to view the Virgin Rock. I can’t see it myself but, apparently, on a good day, from the right viewpoint and at the right time – and possibly if you’ve been smoking your greens – this looks like Madonna and child.


From there we made our way to Old Rainworth Fort. The displays focus on the history of the area, local families, the pioneering lifestyle and the Wills Massacre in 1861 – the largest massacre of white settlers by aborigines in Australia’s history.

Typical of history written by European settlers, there’s no accurate record of the number of aborigines killed in retaliation, but it was probably about 170 – wildly out of proportion to the 19 members of the Wills family killed.

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