What’s not to love about a wedding?

  Let me say upfront that I’m a bit of an Anglophile – clearly, since I married a man from Manchester and he’s still by my side thirty-three years after we met!  I’ve always thought the Royals bring a special little touch of romance to a country that can be rather grey and dreary… But Continue reading


Tough decisions…

I know it’s a first world problem, but being an author comes with the responsibility of an ‘author photo’. I love being behind the lens of a camera, but don’t enjoy being in front of it. However, with Return To Roseglen only weeks away from release, I needed to update my photo. Capt G assured Continue reading


Reflecting on Melbourne

Being moored in the middle of a bustling city is fascinating, noisy, invigorating and at times overwhelming. I’m loving exploring the laneways and buildings of Melbourne, but the contrast from remote Bathurst Harbour to Yarra’s Edge couldn’t be more pronounced. Cities always surprise me with their manmade beauty. Throw in a slice of natural beauty, Continue reading


Where has the time gone?

I’m sitting at Constitution Dock in Hobart wearing ugg boots and a woolly jumper – a sharp contrast to our usual cruising grounds! It’s been a busy few months for Roo Bin Esque and the crew. We’re survived New Year’s Eve on Sydney Harbour – a truly awe-inspiring display of fireworks. We crossed Bass Strait Continue reading


The Whales of Hervey Bay

It’s been a strange old year and, whilst we wish we were on our way to New Caledonia, playing with the whales of Hervey Bay has chased away the blues. These giant curious animals have wallowed and played in the shallows beside us, seemingly happy to check out Roo Bin Esque’s hulls and to allow Continue reading


Waltzing Australia by Tim Borthwick

Are you casting around for a present for your father – father’s day is just around the corner – or for a friend overseas who loves all things Australia? Or perhaps a present for yourself because you love Australian Bush Poetry? Look no further. Talented Australian poet, Tim Borthwick, has a new book out on 24 Continue reading


Weather to go, whether to stay?

So far sailing the coast of Australia has been exhilarating, enlivening, extraordinary, and at time exhausting. Roo Bin Esque has given us a mostly comfortable ride in style, if not at any great speed. We’ve met many amazing people and visited beautiful and remote islands, but now it’s time to step outside our comfort zone. Continue reading


It’s the little things that make the difference.

It’s been a crazy busy week with tradies crawling all over Roo Bin Esque to ensure she’s ship shape for her journey to New Caledonia – and it’s no hardship watching others working! We’ve also had our heads buried in the engine bays servicing the two Yanmar diesels to ensure they’re purring. Whilst we like to sail Continue reading


Proper Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance

As an aviator and a trainer ‘Proper Prior Planning’ has been a mantra I’ve lived by for the last twenty-eight years. It seems it’s going to stand me in good stead for sailing! Graham and I are gearing up for our first blue water cruise to New Caledonia and Vanuatu and, hopefully, Fiji, departing early May if Continue reading