Category Archives: Australia

Lucky Buddha Thai Restaurant Mermaid Beach…….beautiful……

Another beautiful meal and a night of happiness at my favourite restaurant here on the Gold Coast, Lucky Buddha Thai in Mermaid Beach….divine!

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Thai Green Curry with Beef……Hot!!


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Pad Si Eew….flat rice noodles stir fried with pork, veg and egg….melt in the mouth yumminess!

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Our Sunday night treat…..happiness!
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Steve looking pretty relaxed!


Ok, ok, I know everyone knows my love for Thai food….so off to Lucky Buddha Thai in Mermaid Beach again tonight for a lay back Sunday eve of happiness!!!

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….All in good time………..

It’s taking me a while to mentally get to grips with being back in my homeland of Australia, but I’m in the best possible place to get my mind back in order…..I love the Queensland coast, even though Tropical Cyclone Marcia is taking the fun away!  Thank you Steve for helping me on the path to getting well again….I can’t imagine life without you. X

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My ‘rock’ of a husband Steve, helping me get well again……


Where are the best ever prawns in the world? Australia of course!!

Boy I have missed these gorgeous little beauties….fresh and full of flovour, off the shores of Australia…..the best in the world in my opinion.  Prawns in England aren’t a patch on what we have from our coastlines and in the US….well, mostly farmed but even the prawns (they call them shrimp!) caught from the gulf still don’t live up to our Aussie beauties.  We live in the best country in the world (OK, yes, I am pleased to be home again lol!)   Yippee!!

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Valentine’s Day at ‘Lucky Buddha’ Thai Restaurant, Mermaid Beach….

What a relief to get far away from the food we consumed in the US….now finally back in Oz where the food is clean and pretty much free of pesticides and genetically modified processes……and everything has sugar added to the food in the US (but that’s another story!)  So Valentine’s Day and we went to a great little Thai place down the road….and we loved it!  Food cooked fresh to order….. gorgeous, authentic Thai and so reasonably priced…….and the service was fantastic…..just what the doctor ordered!!

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this was a very relaxing place….a light, clean and airy dining space


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We shared the Thai green Curry with beef….gorgeous!
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We also shared the Pad Thai with melt in your mouth pork….

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OMG!…. Relaxed at last……………thank God!!!!!

Well, we are in paradise again around active, fit and the most amazing chilled, positive, friendly people on this planet……(Australians mate!)  How I love OZ and the beautiful coastline…….makes the USA in most areas look like an even bigger nightmare than they are and will degenerate to be………..thanks Dad for watching over me on my nightmare that is coming to an end!  Onwards and upwards as mum would say…….

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Steve on Mermaid Beach today….windy but warm
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About bloody time!!!!!!
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My back yard (at the moment!!!)
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I adore the Surf Clubs in Oz……the best place to meet people and watch all those awe inspiring kids learning and loving exercise


WOW! arrived in Oz this morning and have just had a lovely few wines and met some friends in the surf club this arvo in beautiful QLD… I love and have missed Australia so much!! (haven’t slept a wink since I left Florida a day or two ago) but feeling on top of the world!! Thank you Steve for keeping an eye on my cabin fever!!!! Thanks Dad too for watching over your ‘darling girl’ XX

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The Sherlock Holmes Inn, Melbourne, Australia…..

 The game's afoot: The Sherlock Holmes in Collins Street.

The game’s afoot: The Sherlock Holmes in Collins Street. Photo: Chloe Carbines

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The Sherlock Holmes Inn

They may not have seen much daylight the last seven years, but for husband and wife team  Gary and Melanie Kirwan at the Sherlock Holmes Inn, it’s all about the people. “We’re a bit like a country pub in the city,” Gary says. From the solitary door on Collins St, head down to exposed bricks, wooden beams and comfy nooks. A comforting English menu is at hand, especially Mrs Hudson’s (aka Sherlock’s landlady) steak and mushroom in ale pie. There are 18 beers on tap, as well as a mulled cider to warm the cockles. 415 Collins Street; 9629 1146;

Congratulations to my brother Gary Kirwan who is getting married on saturday in Melbourne, Australia!

Congrats to my older brother, Gary Kirwan and the gorgeous Mel who are tieing the knot (at long last!) in Melbourne, Australia on Saturday.  Well done you two….it’s been a long time since you have been hoping for this day to happen……I know you will both be blissfully happy….Have a brilliant day and we’ll see you in the new year x

‘Wipe-Out on Burleigh’ ………… Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

Well, this fusing glass art is a learning curve for beginner me, but the more work I do, the more I will discover what works and what doesn’t.  This is OK but not the texture I wanted to achieve at all…..I wanted the boards to be jumping out of the ocean with some 3D texture……so the temperature has to be lowered to do this, but still on a tack fuse……I will know next time!  I think it will frame up pretty much OK though.

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‘Wipe-Out on Burleigh’ Fused Glass Art by Jenny Kirwan

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Yes, I’ve been at it again….making glass art and this is what my latest work is….a frenzy of surf boards and surfers been thrown around and wiped out by a deluge of waves.  This is how I would imagine it to look like in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast in Queensland…….I love this place!  I have now placed it in the kiln for the second firing and it’s been set on a tack fuse which will give it a little more texture to the finish.  I will wake up in the morning to see the result!  Early riser Steve I am certain will have it out and ready for my inspection!  Hope he remembers my ‘hot’ cup of tea first!  I love this one……

It’s Australia Day! Meat pies and tomato sauce… little beauty!

Yesterday (Sunday) 26th January was Australia Day and for an Aussie living in England, there was no way that I wasn’t going to have a drink (or two) today to celebrate my wonderful homeland.  We had a huge party on the Saturday night in Maidenhead….. and after a fantastic breakfast at the hotel the next morning, my massive hangover was beginning to ease up a little.  After a bit of a rest, we were off again for drinks (nothing like the hair of the dog!) at our local pub to toast all Australians around the world.  We came back to the barn and I finished off making our home made Aussie Meat Pies which we served with a good dollop of tomato sauce and peas……..just needed a footy match and we would have felt right at home! but hearing the Australian Cricket team beat England in the one dayer was good enough for me.  Poor England…….

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My pretty authentic Aussie Meat Pies waiting for their lids!
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Skippy…..Skippy….Skippy the bush kangaroo…..
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finished Aussie meat pie….
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Excellent…….what a great way to celebrate Australia Day with a good old meat pie and sauce! We loved it…… have to be hungry to eat this pie!

Happy 80th Birthday to my Dear Beautiful Mum……

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Christmas at Strickland Road, Bendigo…..mum, second from right, pictured here with, from left Mel, Aunty Bett (mum’s twin!!!) my sister Jane Knuckey and Rosie.
my beautiful mum (right ) and her twin sister Betty on their 80th Birthday yesterday in Macedon, Victoria, Australia…….thanks for the photo Jane!

Wow!  Mum, I can’t believe you are celebrating 80 years in this world.  You have been the most wonderful beautiful wife to our dear departed dad and incredible mother to all of your five children and your grandchildren adore you.

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Mum pictured here with our dear departed Dad and grand daughter Daisy at Gary’s 50th Birthday bash in Melbourne, Australia

How sad it is, I know dear Dad will not be with the family today to help celebrate such a milestone you have reached.  I know he will be with us in spirit and he is looking down on you knowing you will be alright with all the wonderful love of your family around you.  I love you so much and thank you for being my wonderful dear mum….through all the good and not so good times.   I have the most wonderful childhood memories which I treasure so much of you always being there and looking after your family before yourself.  I feel so proud and so fortunate to have such a magnificent mum

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Beautiful mum pictured here with my sister Fiona, seated and me and my sister Jane at Gary’s 50th Birthday bash in Melbourne, Australia