A day in Seminyak

We’d had a couple of busy days, so we decided to take it easy in Seminyak.  After a sleep in, we had a swim in the pool and were surprised when someone knocked on the gate!  It was the maid who was looking after our villa. She asked if we […]

Exploring Ubud and the monkey forest

We started our first full day in Ubud with a delicious and very generous breakfast delivered to the outdoor dining table by the pool.  We ordered the night before and had a choice of nasi goreng or mi goreng, served with fresh fruit, fresh juice and coffee. It was a […]

A trip to PROV

A couple of months ago I made a visit to PROV, the Public Record Office of Victoria.  I had already used their online services to view wills and probate records of my ancestors, however records created after 1926 are not yet digitised and need to be viewed in their reading […]

Beetroot relish

There’s a cafe in North Melbourne, called Pocket, which serves a delicious breakfast bagel of bacon, fried egg, cheese and beetroot relish.  Inspired by this, and having finished a jar of chutney a friend had given us, I decided to make my own beetroot relish. The recipe below is a combination […]

Beetles devouring our lilly pillies

Over 12 months ago I spotted a bright green beetle on the outside of the window. It was similar in size and shape to a ladybird, but instead of red and black it was bright green.  I took a photo, admired its shiny shell then promptly forgot about it. The […]

Visiting Learmonth Cemetery

It’s been a while since I shared a post about my family research, and although this cemetery visit was a couple of months ago I’ve been meaning to sit down and write about it since March! I went to Daylesford for the Labor Day long weekend this year.  About half an […]

New South Wales Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

Following from my post last week summarising the information available from the Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages, this week I’m going to take a look at the New South Wales Registry. While my research hasn’t been as involved in NSW as it has in Victoria, to date I […]

Victorian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages

I started researching my family tree at the beginning of last year. During my initial research I spent a lot of time searching the various state Birth, Death and Marriage indexes. I’ve decided to write a series of blog posts summarising the information available in each registry and tips I’ve […]

Ok Google…Is there anything you don’t know?

Since Google Now first appeared on my Nexus 4 in 2013 I’ve been continually impressed by the little bits of information it has offered up.  At first it was the small things like the weather in my current location, or if I was away from home then it would let […]