Camping in the rain at Mollymook, NSW


Step one: Purchase marquee-sized tent online. Step two: Book pet-friendly campsite. Step three: Travel to Mollymook. Erect enormous tent. Attempt to manage hyperactive, free-range pets. Cue: Rain. This is the summary of our weekend camping trip to Mollymook, with the exception of all the fun bits; the BBQ’ed breakfasts cooked by our early-rising friends, the […]

Ulladulla Blessing of the Fleet Parade: Weirdy McFun


Imagine if all the children of a small seaside town dressed up as blue-skinned Na’vi, beauty queens or gumnut blossoms and hoisted themselves up onto parade floats. Some of these floats will have an easily identifiable theme (Avatar) while some will be an awkward mish-mash of intertextuality (I knew I would get to use that […]

Jane Austen country: Milton, NSW


Rolling green hills, magic mushroom sunsets and cows. Lots and lots of cows. Welcome to Milton, NSW. We drive into town after five hours stuck in The Long Weekend Exodus; traffic that crawls along the Princes Highway making you question your decision to leave Sydney.   For once, we are grateful for the snail’s pace […]

I want a country cottage in Orange, NSW


I am completely in love with Orange. I never expected this. I am from country NSW and I never thought I would want to go back. But Orange has bewitched me. I am in love with its gold, ruby and claret autumn leaves, it’s graceful heritage cottages and its dynamic food and wine scene. Everyone […]

Primped Editor Yasemin Turker shares her beauty tips with Clare Griffin


Packing for a trip is never a fun task. No matter where you go you will always have luggage limitations; if you’re backpacking, you have to roll your clothes into little logs and pray that everything fits. If you’re hotel hopping, you have limitations on both your suitcase and muscles; where does that holiday super-human […]

Trivia Tuesday: Red hot chilli peppers


Did you know that chillies are native to South America? I always assumed that they originated from Asia because of the liberal use of chilli in many Asian dishes but this is not the case. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about it: Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the […]

Life and stuff: The (trip) not taken by Louisa Deasey


This is a story about a trip I never took. It would have been quite ridiculous if it had come off, really. Lady Luck smiled on me one grey Melbourne Wednesday when I was absentmindedly checked Facebook to find that: A: A luxury travel PR had a free spot on an international famil B: I […]

Life and stuff: What to do when you royally f*ck up


I really f*cked something up at work today. It was an innocent mistake but the outcome was epic. It got me thinking about making mistakes in general. I have made loads of mistakes across just about every category of life. I was the one who left the duck’s cage open. I was the idiot who told the […]

Trivia Tuesday: The oldest city in the world


  Damascus (or Dimashq, in Arabic) in Syria is thought to be the oldest city in the world, settled as long ago as 8,000 BC.

A clean weekend at Paperbark Camp, Huskisson


Dirty weekends are a lot of fun but sometimes you need a clean weekend; a couple of days to breathe fresh air, drink pure water and  get lots of sleep. That’s what The First Husband and I did this past weekend at Paperbark Camp in Huskisson. Located in the middle of a wetlands on the […]