filed18 May 2016 fromCarmen Jenner
The other day as I popped into the shops I noticed a toddler locked in a car alone. I paused wondering if I should intervene. The window was ajar and it wasn’t a hot day anyway and the little girl seemed pretty content with her doll. Who’s to say her mum wasn’t simply returning the trolley or just a short distance away keeping a watchful eye. I decided to not interfere, especially as I had made it through my childhood also being left in the car on many occasions. I don’t want to dump my mum in it, but I remember being staying in the car with my brood of sisters as my mum “popped” into the shops. At the time I was sure she was leisurely browsing the aisles, and who could blame her wanting a few minutes of peace from her six daughters. But in actual fact, she was racing around at break neck speed trying to source the ingredients for a meal of eight on a tight budget.
I tell this story because a baby bison met a similar fate this week, and although no-one died if my childhood memory serves me well, this bison wasn’t so lucky as a pair of do-gooders visiting Yellowstone National thought they were saving it from freezing to death by putting it in their car. Alas, when the calf was returned to its family, it was rejected and couldn’t be cared for by the park due to the lack of resources and was at risk of contaminating the others and couldn’t be quarantined so it was sadly euthanized.
I wonder if my mum felt rejected too when she was reunited with her ungrateful family. Moral of the story, don’t interfere with the wildlife…or work with animals or children.
filed05 Jan 2016 fromCarmen Jenner
It’s easy to spot my ride when I land at Broome’s International Airport. The pedicab and Schmicko’s appropriately tropical shirt gives it away. His name derives from his former life as a tradie (hence the “o”) and because he always does a good job. He’s full of tales about his beloved town as we whizz past old homesteads with lattice windows in Brunswick red and green.
We make a pit-stop at the Japanese Cemetery, one of the largest Japanese cemeteries …
filed16 Jul 2015 fromwpengine
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My friend flies through the air 14,000 feet above me and the turquoise coastline of Rockingham. Even from the ground I can hear her screaming. Screams of delight, she later assures me.
I suspect …
filed12 Jul 2015 fromwpengine
As Big Ben chimes in the background and the autumn colours adorn Launceston, you can almost pretend you’re in the UK. Teeming with art and architecture, some of the freshest produce I ever tasted and the kind of scenery which will turn even the most cynical of travellers snap happy, I can write with complete sincerity that Launceston should be added to many a travel list. And I haven’t even mentioned the locals. Everywhere I went I was given advice …
filed22 Apr 2015 fromCarmen Jenner
Greens Pool…too beautiful to be real
The approach into Western Australia’s Great Southern region is a mix of weathered scrub bordered by the rugged peaks of the Stirling Ranges hovering in the distance. This idyllic scene has been a fixture on the landscape for over one million years, but is a world away from how our ANZAC troops left the region to fight for Australia’s future.
The 25th April 2015 marks the ANZAC centenary and the 1st November 2014 …
filed06 Mar 2015 fromCarmen Jenner
Almost exactly halfway between Perth and Albany, the dusty outback town of Wagin toils away beneath a vast expanse of nothingness except for clouds swirling on a background of blue.
As the outback scrub gives away to hills of faded gold, the Southern Wheatbelt region is dotted with cattle languidly grazing in paddocks while lorikeets and galas nibble on roadside picnics of seeds. The quintessential outback town of Wagin is at the crossroads of the Great Southern region; with Albany …
filed04 Nov 2014 fromCarmen Jenner
I had lasted 11 hours in my silly shoes, but there was no way I could wear them for the twenty-minute hike back to the car. As my sandals dangled from my hands, the cool tarmac had taken a velvety texture beneath my bleeding feet.
The brisk air itched my sunburnt shoulders and ached every muscle as my hangover kicked in. However, I was healthier than many of the other punters we passed along the way. Some were in vomiting …
filed27 Oct 2014 fromCarmen Jenner
Lane Poole Reserve
Just an hour’s drive from Perth and you can lose yourself in amongst the rugged scrub, a stunning coastline, rolling farmlands, majestic native forests, the languid Murray River, one of the world’s longest walking and cycling trails, waterfalls and Lane Poole Reserve; one of those special spots the locals would prefer you didn’t know about.
Uncover more here Uncovering the Peel region as published in Horizons Magazine August/September 2014
filed08 Sep 2014 fromCarmen Jenner
The Brisbane River weaves around the city’s peninsulas as freely as the friendly vibes float along the undulating streets. Brisbane is one of those cities which embraces its visitors immediately on arrival. Ask any local for recommendations and they’ll probably be able to list enough activities to keep you entertained for much longer than your intended stay; which in my case is just 24 hours.
I flew out of Perth early with Virgin Australia ensuring I have the maximum amount …
filed22 Aug 2014 fromCarmen Jenner
Staying in shape while on vacation can be difficult especially with the changes (and temptations) in your eating habits, environment and sleeping schedules throwing your usual routine out the window. Although a departure from the norm is kind of the point of travel, you can still stay healthy. Work-out sessions can be difficult to squeeze in while on the road, high seas, mountain ranges, hot air balloon or exotic waves, but these tips by guest blogger Gavin Apter, innovator of …
filed20 Nov 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
In what is deemed as a spiteful act on the owners part, 20 years of graffiti art has been wiped clean at 5Pointz. The sprawling warehouse in Queens has been a graffiti mecca for artists all over the world. The dilapidated building complex has been earmarked for demolition for the end of 2013 to make way for luxury apartments. Perhaps the whitewashing of the artwork is a humane approach to the art-clad walls being pulled down, but I’m in …
filed13 Nov 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
I recently had a glorious stay at Pullman Resort Bunker Bay and all the words and photos in the world can’t do this part of the world enough justice. No wonder all Western Australian’s get a dreamy look on their faces whenever you mention the Margaret River region. Read the full article published in Qatar Airlines inflight magazine here Pullman Resort Bunker Bay
filed29 Oct 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
I’ve landed a great gig writing for Findery where I get to “find” cool stuff in my hometown Perth, Western Australia.I’ve seen dead animals at the Natural History Museum in Guildford, got my girls out with a Breastique Art workshop, braved a storm in a campervan in Denmark, discovered some great coffee at Love Thy Neighbour, unearthed why honeymooners once flocked to Ngilgi cave in Yallingup and even did some of my research in the horizontal position at Hidden Valley …
filed29 Aug 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
Some of you Perth-ites might have attended the Butcher’s picnic back in March. My husband competed in the Home Cook Competition and although he didn’t win, his pork chops were a hit with the crowd and so popular the West Australian published his Crumbed Pork with Corn and Sage Pancakes recipe.
Crumbed Pork Chops with Corn and Sage Pancakes
filed19 Aug 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
The 19th August marked World Orangutan Day, which recognises the most iconic victim and of the palm oil industry. You can take action at World Orangutan Day. If you want to know more about the dire consequences of the palm oil industry you’l find out more details here Rainforest Action network
Wouldn’t the world be a sad place without these guys in it?
It’s time to take action!
filed29 Jul 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
On the 28th July in 2003 the first ever (well, the first documented one) truffle was found in Western Australia’s Manjimup. Ten years on, the Wine and Truffle Co. is so successful they now export to the US, Germany and France.
I went on a truffle hunt last week and I can still smell that earthy aroma. And as you can see below hunting for truffles is a very simple process…once you’ve selected the right plot of land, inoculated the …
filed07 Jun 2013 fromCarmen Jenner
The Australian Tongmaster Team, MLA, BBQ aficionados and Kevin
After the sun had long disappeared I pondered on how I ended up in a field in Lexington’s North Carolina passively smoking a beef brisket and drinking the local moonshine. RV’s with palatial proportions steamed into town for the BBQ-ing version of Woodstock at the Annual Capital BBQ Cook-off 28th-29th April 2012. Heaving with 50 competing teams vying for the $15,900 prize money, many of the competitors were …
filed03 Mar 2012 fromCarmen Jenner
I will be selling my book Fluffy Towel Travels tomorrow at the Hyde Park Festival 4th-5th March 2012. Come and find me at the KALM Wellness Centre stall.
filed28 Jul 2011 fromCarmen Jenner
Some of the finest, least populated beaches anywhere can be found on the newly peaceful island of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.
Foreigners, burquas, and children bob along to the rhythm of boats along the curvaceous bay of Unawatuna. The scents of coconut oil, incense, diesel, sunscreen, salt, and curry flirt with abandon in the gentle breeze. The idyllic scene is complete with swaying palm trees and sauntering bikini-clad bodies glistening in the humidity. Yet, the very sea that …
filed28 Dec 2010 fromCarmen Jenner
THE BLUE STAR OF FREMANTLE
Fedora tipped over blue
Seductive plucking of tune
Freo presents Ivan Zar
In amongst the throng of bohemians languishing along Fremantle’s capuccino strip, I’m immediately drawn to the man sporting a suit and fedora in mid-night blue. Oozing 1960’s glamour evocative of the Cuban time warp, I learn his name is Ivan Zar. A master of blues, the haromonica, and his unique metallic slide guitar, his style is gutsy yet unassuming. Influenced by …
filed18 Nov 2010 fromCarmen Jenner
“Beep, beep, beep,” drones the forklift. It reverses up and down the salvage yard next door, just a few metres from our lounge room. A grunting semi-trailer pulls up with a delivery of wood to be unloaded throughout the entire afternoon. Soon, the rubbish truck will arrive to empty the enormous bins with its noisy hydraulic lifts. A plane thunders above and if I run outside I can wave to the passengers. A train “toots”. On the other side of …
filed11 Nov 2010 fromCarmen Jenner
Broome Vroom was a finalist in The Purple Passport travel writing competition. If you liked my story please vote http://diary.thepurplepassport.com/global/other-global-cities/cast-your-vote
“My name is Roger and I’ll be your guide today. Welcome to the Mango Tango Tour,” drawls our driver as he caresses his white Harley-Davidson trike, our mode of transport. We climb aboard the curvaceous blonde and hit the highway to sip wine at a mango plantation.
This is our second trip to Broome and I can see why so …