The Australians have an irritating habit of shortening words and replacing the last syllable or two with an ‘o’.  Think Arvo (afternoon); saw after seven hot hours in the car that maybe the real name of the town was Dubbington or Dubbermouth.  But no, Dubbo is apparently not only the full and unabridged name of this outback town, it also is descriptive, being a corruption of the Aborignal word for ‘red earth’, of which there is plenty in this hot & dusty location for our first family mini-break. [Read more…]

The Original MAdventurers


As many of you know, my parents keep their sailboat in Greece and travel there twice yearly for extended cruises (driving each way by campervan – the original MAdventurers). About 4 weeks ago their boat got hit by lightning – with them aboard! This is their tale, taken from their latest email to us: [Read more…]

One month down


This week I celebrated (if that’s the right word) my first complete month back in Corporate Life.  It’s been a tough month – from arriving for a preparatory meeting on the Friday before starting on the Monday to be told that my ‘to be’ boss had been ‘redeployed’ in the company and that Yours Truly was going to be running the team, to marathon 10-hour (yes, ten-hour) meetings, to seeing less of my kids than before when I was away from home most of the week. [Read more…]