Rich

  • Willow helps us celebrate our third wedding anniversary with a sushi lunch

    As we set off to explore the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia we hadn’t any idea of where Steph and I might spend our third wedding anniversary. Fortunately, it didn’t really matter because we had everything we needed to celebrate in the van already. So when the day came around, we found ourselves on yet another […]

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  • Willow’s trip from Fleurieu Peninsula to Whyalla

    This leg of our South Australian adventure saw us arrive on the Fleurieu Peninsula by ferry before finding ourselves at the stunning Rapid Bay for a few nights. We then headed North to catch up with some friends, before visiting a unique roadside cafe. Our arrival in Whyalla saw us finally on the Eyre Peninsula […]

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  • We Toured South-East SA with our Cat Willow. This is what we saw

    Although our trip up the south-east of South Australia was bit of a whirlwind tour, we visited some magical places before we received a warm welcome at the home of one of Willow’s top fans. After we passed the border into South Australia from Nelson, we spent the night near Port MacDonnell. West of the […]

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  • Little Cat, Big Lobster at Kingston SE, again

    As we breezed up the south-east coast of South Australia, there was one town we just had to drop in on. Kingston SE is a seaside town of 1,600 residents and home to one of the most iconic of Australian tourist attractions. Since 1979, the 17 metre tall Larry the Lobster has delighted locals and […]

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  • Hello South Australia! Willow’s millionth border crossing and a lot of avocados!

    It’s true. I couldn’t even count how many times Willow has crossed state lines over the past 8 years. Is it 20, 30? I’d have to get out a map and count them all, and there’s a lot. Willow is generally oblivious to the situation as she sleeps in the back of the van, unless, […]

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  • Rich’s B’day windfall and the painting that started it all

    As I was rummaging around a garage sale in West Hobart back in 2011, I found the most delightful painting of some sailboats. I’d recently moved house and thought it would be the perfect addition to a wall in the living room, and after some negotiation paid $80 for it. Now, I don’t know anything […]

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  • Is Van Cat Meow fake? Confessions of a social media influencer

    On this particular day, we were camped at the Recreation Ground at Panmure, a small town of just a shop, a pub, and 424 people. It was early morning, and as I spent some time with Willow outside as she explored the footy oval, I had a quick scroll on Instagram which left me considering […]

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  • Great Ocean Road adventure with Willow at Port Campbell

    We’re finally here, I said to myself as we pulled up the van by the Surf Life Saving Club at Port Campbell. But, it wasn’t Port Campbell that I meant by here necessarily. We were here – the three of us. Steph, Willow, and I in the van together, living the life we set out […]

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  • Adulthood is wasted on the adults, and other things I realised on a train platform at Railton

    Sitting on the old station platform in Railton wasn’t a likely spot for a revelation on aging, but there I was . Willow was on her lead, chewing on the grass, and taking in the whole scene. We had found ourselves in Railton in Tasmania’s North-West, the place they call the Town of Topiary. This […]

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  • Willow and the elusive Waterhouse Point Wombat

    The last of the sun was on our backs and the whole beach was still, except for the sound of the small waves lapping at the shore. Willow was standing on the rocks and the light behind her made her whiskers look majestic. How have we not spent time here before? I asked myself. This […]

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