Back in 2012 my friend Bill and I headed for sunny Townsville to take in some V8 action, well 3 years later we’re heading back!
While it’s likely to be wet and cold at home in Perth the weather in Townsville in July is great, average days of around 26C, balmy evenings and tropical breezes. Just the thing the recharge the batteries after an 11 week school term. The when you throw 3 days of trackside V8 action into the mix it just gets better.
Will keep you all in the loop as we watch the V8’s and associated race categories battle it out around Reid Park, a semi-street circuit on the edge of Townsville’s CBD. Stay tuned for photo and updates….
Well our 2016 adventure looks like it is now locked in, Peru here we come! After some searching and looking at flight schedules we’ve booked Peregrines Best of Peru tour for July 2016. The plan is to fly into Lima a few days before the tour starts and explore the city ourselves while getting over any jet lag and adjusting to altitude. Then we have 19 days of touring before we stop in Santiago, Chile for 3 days on way home to again do some solo exploring.
The easiest way to explain the trip is to borrow from Peregrine themselves: Peru’s history and geography read like myth and fable: earth’s most mysterious figures in the Nazca desert; the world’s deepest canyon; volcanoes guarding cities and a gigantic lake halfway to heaven. On top of all that is the incomparable Sacred Valley, the heartland of Incan culture and home to Peru’s finest monuments and relics from the ancient world. Exploring Cusco then setting off along Incan pathways is a must for all who want to experience the full magic of the region, both to appreciate the quiet splendour of the mountains, and the full power of Machu Picchu, rearing up suddenly on a hidden peak deep in the countless folds of the Andes. Lake Titicaca’s combination of stunning scenery, intense colours and intriguing customs makes it a favourite of many who travel in the region, while La Paz’s striking streets and vivacious culture is a vibrant finale to our adventure. Continue reading Peru here we come!→
Every Friday afternoon is what has become known as Men in Sheds at work. Basically myself and the other two men at work gather in our groundsmans shed for a couple of beers and some banter. No these are not just megaswill beers, no not for us, we look for craft brews and beers from around the word to satisfy our palates. Last Friday was my turn and I took along a red ale, haven’t had one for ages and had forgotten how good they can be. The low hop profile combined with rich gentle red hues and a lightly balanced malt profile are a joy to drink. This got me thinking, time to brew and an Irish Red Ale was born…
We ventured out to for a wander around Maylands, there are a lot of new shops and restaurants in the area so a stroll was needed to check them out.
The area is undergoing a transformation and becoming quite interesting with a mix of businesses, both old and new. After wandering around we decided to try Chapels on Whatley for a late lunch. Being Mothers Day they were flatour, but after a few moments they did find us a table. The decor is inspired by Asia, mainly a Singaporean feel. The artefacts around the room are bright and colourful, many for sale as well.
The menu is a mix of Western and Eurasian cuisine, if you can’t find something here to try then you just aren’t looking hard enough. The wine list is quite good with many by the glass, they also have a fine range of local and imported beers and cider for Helen. We made our selections and sat and listed to a string duo playing mix of classics and modern music, very soothing it was too. The food is very good, I tried the Vietnamese Chicken Pho and it was excellent, a clear broth with poached chicken and flat noodles with chilli etc on the side. Helen had the Chicken Satay skewers, a large serve of chunky skewers with a very tasty house made satay sauce and gado gado salad.
If you’re in the area this is well worth a try, although as their website says I’d suggest booking if heading there on a weekend as it does get very busy.