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Monday, May 31, 2010

Ah Scotland ...

A truly charming place, The Hermitage Forest by Dunkeld. Visit the Black Linn Falls where the River Braan cascades into a narrow gorge and where, in season, salmon can be seen leaping up these falls and on upstream. The woodlands were laid out by the Dukes of Atholl as a forest garden for their private enjoyment. It is said that the seeds of various species of trees were fired from cannons!

Many species of coniferous and broadleaved trees, particularly fine examples of Douglas Fir and European Larch, can be found here. The huge Douglas Fir (64.5 metres tall), by the old bridge was believed to be the tallest tree in the UK until recently when a review of the measurements pushed it back into second place.

All photographs by Meroe

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Love at first sight ...

Does anyone have a spare $3 mill (AUD)? If so, this beautiful piece of French countryside, located near magnificent Carcassonne in France's south, can be yours. Or mine, if you buy it for me.

A "Beautifully preserved chateau (1860) in excellent condition inside and out, having conserved all original elements, situated on a private perfectly maintained park of 2.65 hectares (6.5 acres), with large pool, pool house and garages".

... and room for a pony.

Ahhh ... Another day I'll blog about Carcassonne.

Images courtesy of Warning - images may make you drool!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Go South, life is peaceful there ...

To start with a generalisation, I find doctor's waiting rooms provide relatively useless reading materials ranging from Horse and Hound (not even a Hugh Grant in sight) to Wheels Magazine circa 1988, to outdated gossip magazines (yes, Ange is still with Brad, bad luck Jen). So imagine my surprise this morning to find not only an array of appealing reading materials, but that the choices were as current as you can get.

To make another generalisation, doctor's waiting rooms also seem to provide you with ample opportunity to view such reading material. Today's pick? SA Life Magazine, and straight to the social pages to count the number of peeps I recognised. 6. That's Adelaide for you, folks!

However, I wanted to talk about another publication I came across called Pinnacle Magazine. Pinnacle is about all things expensive, glorious and wonderfully out of reach for mere mortals like you and me. You even need to be invited to access their website - does anyone have a password I could borrow? Anyway, page 10 of Pinnacle had an extraordinary article promoting the 10 best destinations in the world, which included the likes of a $76,000 weekly stay in a French chateaux, a $40,000 private jet tour to the wilds of South Africa via London and even the Taj Mahal at $18,000 per week. So, imagine my delight when I saw the promotion of the Southern Ocean Lodge as one of ten best destinations to visit in the world. That's right, in the world. And it's on our front doorstep.

Images courtesy of Southern Ocean Lodge

Thursday, May 27, 2010


Here's to my first post - shall I drink it all to myself? Venturing into this foray will take a bit of getting used to. I am unsure how long I will stick with it, but if you stick with me, then who knows!! I am excited to share my ramblings with you and look forward to receiving your comments, ideas and help with blogging about some of my favourite subjects.

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