What I would like to do upon an Adelaide revisit.

As I wrote in this Iadeal-aide day I had a fabulous day in Adelaide December 2022. I would love to return; these are the things I would love to do:

1. When I first arrived in Adelaide airport we were on our way to Kangaroo a island. Therefore we just had a brief stop in Glengelg which is a suburb of Adelaide. There is a beach there. I would love to get a tram from the centre of Adelaide out to Glengelg at the end of the line. I would like to spend time on the beach and revisit Bracegirdle chocolate shop and cafe. I imagine there are some interesting sights to see on the tram route.

2. Definitely worth revisiting the botanical gardens.

3. I was based near the Botanical gardens and there is a whole side of the city that I did not explore on foot including China town.

4. Would be tempted to do the factory tour of Haigh’s chocolate. I could not do it when I was there because there were not tours due to being so close to Christmas.

5. Would love to be there during the Adelaide Fringe!

6. Queen Elizabeth statue.

7. Hopefully meet up with ladies from my last visit.

aIdeal -aide Day

I love a Saturday exploring a new city featuring some art. Therefore a Saturday in Adelaide it was bound to be a good day. But it was more amazing then I could have imagined kind of ideal.

The day started with a swim in a rooftop, infinity pool. Followed by a mooch round Adelaide museum and near by art gallery. The art gallery had some fabulous sculptural exhibits (see Wonderwall 360 Instagram for photos).

Next was a walk through the beautiful botanical gardens which are free to enter. The walk ended at the zoo., where the day just got better.

At the zoo, I took the very wise decision (in hindsight) to do one of the free tours with a guide. I thought it would be a quick 20mins – 30mins whistle stop tour, but we ended up with guide for about 2 and half hours. There was only myself and two ladies from Adelaide on the tour, so we was able to tailor it to us. Our guide, Jade was very knowledgeable. At the pandas the male panda was out whilst female was being protected from public view as displaying signs of pregnancy. We learnt a lot about why it is so difficult to detect pregnancy in pandas, especially as they often have phantom pregnancies. After eagerly awaiting news about a panda birth about a month after I visited i learnt it had been a phantom pregnancy.

At the zoo as I had chosen not to go to Rottonest island to see the Australian marsupial quokkas, I was keen to visit them at the zoo when saw them listed on the website. I would never have found one without the help of the guide. There had been disease issues with certain animals so animas had been moved around. it became a quokka quest with the guide taking us round various places there may be a quokka. Until we finally had success.

At the zoo we also spent a several joyous entertaining minutes looking at a pair of natives colorful baby birds that had nested in a tree. As it looked like one of them was attempting to leave the nest.

Upon leaving the zoo the two women that I had done the tour with offered to show me the Christmas tree in the library. It was a big tree, in an old fashioned picturesque library. From there they wanted me to try Haighs chocolate. We rushed to the nearest store and arrived at 5pm as the door was being locked. The ladies tried to persuade them to let me in! Which was funny but fruitless. Although I was back at the door at 9am the next day when they opened to acquire chocolate successfully before flight to Melbourne.

Next the women took me to a rooftop bar 2kw, so called because it is at 2 King William Street. It was busy so we shared a booth with a couple. We ended upo talking to the couple as he was originally from England and had worked in the building where the bar was when it was a bank. They were going to the restaurant on the ground floor fish bank and invited me. I had a drink with them at the bar in Fishbank whilst we waited to see if they could fit me in. The restaurant is a fancy fish restaurant. There was not space for me. But whilst I did go downstairs to the underground toilets as that had originally been bank safe so still had the safe and protective cages. The mirrors were old art deco mirror (see Wonderwall360 Instrgram for photos)

I ended the day with a solo thai meal.

But that was just the end of this story. I left with the women’s contact details and the name and place of work in my next stop of one of the women’s son … To be continued

Standing on Sky Edge Again!

I went to see Standing on Sky edge again; I saw it during it’s first run in 2019. This is my Review from the first time.

I could not remember the detail from last time! I thought the Henderson’s references were new, but from my review they were there last time! It is the same format of three different time sets. From what I wrote last time the latest of the three set of narratives started in 2016 this time it started in 2015.

I first saw Standing on sky edge, March 2019, so I’m wondering whether it ended New Year’s Day 2019? The narrative for the last set finished new year day 2020 this time. Now I’m unsure whether it finished at this point the first time and 2020 just did not seem that significant then! Now I can of want to know what happened next in that flat during the pandemic!

From my memory, I think this time there were less Brexit references. The audience loved the Sheffield references and the show ended with a standing inaction. The current run of shows ends Sat 21 Jan. Then it is to be transferred to London. I’m still not sure how it will work with a London audience with all the Sheffield references! But I could be curious to see it!

Book Club Challenge first Update

I have started reading books for this challenge and acquired all but a couple of the books I plan to read to fit the categories..

A book with a boy’s name in the title

I think I’m going to use CHRIStmas murders for this one unless go for a less concealed boy’s name. I read this book in December after the categories were announced.


A graphic novel

I wanted a subject area that held some interest for me rather than superhero’s etc. The book I have found is about a French women moving to London.


A book with an item of clothing in the title

Not decided on a book for this category yet.


A book with a mathematical connection

The Number Bias by Sanne Blauw. A non fiction book about how a number can mislead us if you do not understand how that number was generated!


A book recommended by a friend

I have had two friends recommend books do looks like this will be a 13 book challenge.

The first I have read is: while you were breeding by Kristen Newman.


A book set in South America


Need to find a book for this category. Any suggestions?


A book with a musical connection

I read the Piano Teacher by Lynn York.

A book with a job in the title

On my tbr shelf I found I had the Librarian of Austwitz.


A book with an alliterative title

All the books in Rebecca Tope series set in lane district have an alliterative title so this will be an excuse to buy and read the next in the series.


A book connected with the sea

I read the Shelly Bay ladies swimming circle by Sophie Green set around Australian sea.


A book with a religious connection


I have bought Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir to read for this category.

A book by a woman writer you have never read before

I read the Holly Project by Kate Sterritt. A book set and bought in Sydney by an Australian author and a signed copy at that!

Three Day Millionaire – Grimsby’s answer to the Full Monty?

Three day millionaire is Grimsby’s answer to the Full Monty in that it is about the demise of Grimsby’s centuries old fishing industry. Like in the full Monty, it focuses on a group of characters trying to find a way of earning money. Unlike the Full Monty, this is not about stripping; it is a a safe heist escapade.

The title refers to how trawlermen have been known, to have been away at sea so much that they have had only had a limited amount of time to spend their wages. Hence wages have been blown in an excessive way during their time off (three day millionaires).

The first part of the film introduces their 3 day millionaire lifestyle it is reminiscent to Trainspotting. The second part of the film is a drastically different feel more like a cosy British comedy. I think, it would have been to go with the cosy British genre throughout for a small budget film rather than try to go for a Trainspotting type feel. The beginning did contain some old shots of Grimsby and a touching scene of them coming back from sea and seeing Grimsby though a Port hole; more of this plus creating empathy for the characters would have made this a better film. Particularly if the women’s characters were better developed!

This film has been out a few months now. It will not become a classic like the Full Monty which is watched over and over and often referred to. But it is not a wasted couple of hours to watch; it is easy watching and has it’s moments!

Immersive Monet – Melbourne – Highly Recommended!

I highly recommend this immersive exhibition in The Lume, Melbourne until March 31st.

On entry you get to pose in a set of Monet’s water Lily painting.

From there you enter a very large he’ll (big and tall) pictures of Monet and friends are projected on to walls and floor. It goes round in a loop which I think lasts an hour or so. Different paintings, images and quotes are projected all at once to different places of the hall; so there is so much to see. The pictures are brought to life and you see parts of familiar pictures up close like never before. There is music played, which makes the whole experience atmospheric! You can move around the room including up on Mezzaine and into intimate circular room to get different perspectives. You are free to take photos with all the amazing back drops allowing you to engage with the art. I think I watched the loop at least twice and could have stayed longer / if lived in Melbourne would have gone back again.

There is a ticket option to dine in part of the hell set up as a Parisian cafe. Those tickets are twice price of standard entry but the extra is about what you would pay for any evening meal in Melbourne. As open until 10 to 11 most evenings then I think it would make a lovely atmospheric evening even alone as there would be so much to take in. I just have no idea what the food is like! But I guarantee the art experience is amazing!

The books that accompanied me on my travels (Dec 2022 – Jan2023)

I was away for a month so took four books and then had to buy more!

The Amulet by Ann Bennet

My first stop was Singapore so I had searched Amazon for a book set in Singapore. It had a year 2000 narrative strand of a lady searching for her Mother and Grandmother’s history alongside flashbacks to their lives. Her Grandmother had worked at the famous Raffles hotel during the Second World War. It tells the story of her giving birth to a baby that ended up in an orphanage.

I left this book in Singapore after I finished it. It read it on the plane, at night, day after arrived had a chilled afternoon by the pool with it then on next day when was flying out late afternoon there was torrential rain so finished it then!

The Christmas Murder Game by Alexandra Benedict

This was a book Cllub read. A murder mystery.

The Shelly Bay Swimming Circle by Sophie Green

I chose this on Amazon when looking for a book set in Australia. Think functional ocean town.

The Number Bias by Sanne Blauw

I bought this on a quick book shop visit before leaving Melbourne to get to the airport (to travel to Alice Springs). I bought it as for book Cllub challenge there was a category of a book with a maths category. This was a non fiction book. I read a lot on the plane journey. It booked up on thoughts I have about how numbers are used by politicians and the media. I finished it in between continuing fiction books.

Mrs Hemmingwood by Naomi Wood

The fourth book I took with me. It was a fictional story of Ernest Hemingway’s wives. I completed it in Cairns.

The One by John Marrs

Christmas Eve in Cairns, I had a mission to find a book shop as I wanted to read on Christmas Day and was close to finishing Mrs Hemmingway. It took a while to find a book shop!

I had seen a couple of programmes of this on tv a couple of weeks before going away.

The premises was that a method of matching people by their DNA to couple them up had been devised – so everyone had their ‘one’. It told a story of different couples and explored the ethical consequences. Each chapter was a different unconnected couple and the chapter ended on a cliffhanger so it was a page turner to get back to their story in the meantime there was another story that drawed me in!

The Woman in the Woods by Lesley Pease

This was the other book I bought in Cairns. I started it in Cairns then interrupted it to read the Holly Project and therefore finished it in Sydney. For a book about an abduction of a 16 year old in 1960, the pace was a little slow and read like a children’s book.

The Holly Project by Kate Sterritt

By the time I got to Sydney I was on the last book I had; the Woman in the Woods. On 30Dec I took a trip on a ferry to the beach resort of Manly. I was delighted to find a charity shop with books for $2 as soon far I had found books to be a little pricy in Australia.

This book was set in Sydney! It even mentioned Manly! I started reading it sat on a rock with my feet in the sea at Manly.

It was even signed by the author. I enjoyed mentions of places I had seen. When I read it I had just learned that the birds I had been seeing were Ibis so when the book mentioned running past ibis I knew what it meant!

The Piano Teacher by Lyn York

I also bought this one in the Manly charity shop for $2. I bought it because I needed a book with a musical connection for my Book Clllub challenge. I started this on my journey back and it is my current read.

The most different Christmas ever! (Australia 2022)

My first 39 christmases have followed a very similar format! Each Christmas Eve I have slept at my parents and woke up there Christmas Day. As a child all bar my first Christmas we ate at my parents home where they have lived throughout my life. As an adult my sister has sometimes hosted but she follows my Mum’s traditions so it is fairly familiar!

Where as this year I travelled to Australia in early December. I managed to fit in a Christmas party before I went, wrote a very limited amount of Christmas cards and got presents for both my parent’s and sister’s householder (an experience voucher type presents along with a bottle of wine with a kangaroo 🦘 on the front!

All the hotels were decorated for Christmas and we heard Christmas music playing.

On Christmas Eve I went to Saint John’s in Cairns for midnight mass. In a dress and no tights or coats and still church was boiling! Unlike midnight mass in the UK where would go bundled up in a coat. although midnight mass has not been held at my parent’s local church in 2020 and 2021 due to covid. Attendance had been dwindling in pre pandemic years since perhaps that service will not restart; it did not restart in my absence in 2022.

There were different carols sung at St John’s. Even ones with same works as ours had different tunes! Of course Lord’s Prayer etc was still the same. The windows were open so the night shone through. Candles burnt inside. My trip was with a tour group so I had not met people before but it was lovely that a couple let me accompany them on Christmas Eve to midnight mass.

On Christmas morning there was rain; I went down to the hotel restaurant for a buffet breakfast. Then I went straight outside to lay on a hammock by the pool with a book. Initially it was not raining and when it first started I tried to just protect my book, hoping it was a short shower but the drops became bigger so it was impossible to read! At first as warm it was pleasant enough laying in the rain. But as it became more persistent I did move to a sun bed under cover to read.

Once my breakfast had been digested a bit, I went in the pool for a swim followed by the bubble pool. I was nearly urinated on by a young boy in the bubble pool – that has never happened on Christmas Day before! He had been playing near the pool then suddenly went to side of bubble pool and started pulling his trunks down … his Dad just got to him and lifted him away in time! Other people in my group, sitting by the pool also noticed, so that gave them a giggle too!

Sitting by the pool I finished the book Mrs Hemmingway. In the afternoon I read the book the One in bed and had a nap. See Books that accompanied mefor more details of these books.

I dressed for dinner in a navy blue velvet dress. It was a buffet dinner. I started with fresh oysters, salmon and lobster claw. Then a plate of meat and vegetables. Then vegetable lasagna with vegetables, just because!

Fabulous selection of mini desserts of which I sampled a number! Followed by cheese and biscuits. Beers were included. Our group of 36 plus our guide sat split across 4 tables. Following feasting I retired to bed ready to go into the rainforest the next day.

Top 5 Tuesday 10 Jan Top 5 bookish resolutions

As we are starting 2023. Meeghan has asked us what our resolutions are for 2023 for this Top 5 Tuesday.

1. Complete book Cllub challenge.

2. Read Agatha Christie book that have bought.

3. Keep using local library. I first tried February 2020 to request a book from the library to get in the habit of using … but then library for obvious reasons had to close for a while. But 2022 I did borrow books from the library so must remember to do this!

4. Keep buying 2nd hand books to help charities. Although I’m afraid there will be some Amazon shops – it is just quicker and easier when there is a specific title want! Although will release lots back to be sold again; to keep the cycle going!

5. As I need a 5th resolution and I’m anti setting targets of books to read … my last resolution is just to keep enjoying reading,

Book Clllub Challenge

The last couple of years I have completed a 12 book challenge based upon prompts. These are the prompts released one per day first 12 days of Christmas.

A book with a boy’s name in the title



A graphic novel



A book with an item of clothing in the title



A book with a mathematical connection



A book recommended by a friend



A book set in South America



A book with a musical connection



A book with a job in the title



A book with an alliterative title



A book connected with the sea



A book with a religious connection



A book by a woman writer you have never read before