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Corfu – A Greek Island

Corfu – A Greek Island

My husband always told me he would take me to the Greek Islands one day, so he came good on his promise when we sailed into the port of Kerkyra or Corfu. The Greek Islands have always conjured up images of white-washed walled and blue roofed buildings, set high into steep cliff faces and overlooking…

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By 50 Shades, June 26, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Maltese Islands: Myths and Megaliths

Maltese Islands: Myths and Megaliths

Sailing into the port of Valletta in Malta, the largest of three Maltese Islands, was one of those magical moments where words can’t describe the ethereal feeling you get when you glimpse this fortified ancient city. The Maltese Islands of myths and megaliths, have the most incredible ancient structures that date back 9,000 years ago to…

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By 50 Shades, June 22, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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The Philippines: 7,000 Islands of Paradise

The Philippines: 7,000 Islands of Paradise

I had only known a couple of people that had ventured to The Philippines, until my daughter and her friends holidayed here last year. Apart from the honeymooner’s island destination of Boracay and the metropolis of Manila, I had heard very little about this South East Asian country. The Philippines is in fact made up…

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By 50 Shades, June 19, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Best Winter Holiday Escapes

Best Winter Holiday Escapes

I live on the Gold Coast in sunny Queensland where they say the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next!  The average Winter temperatures here are between 12.5 to 21.5 degrees C and most of the days are sunny and dry. Plus the sea water temperatures rarely drop below 20 degrees C.  So…

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By 50 Shades, June 15, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Taormina: A Sicilian Treasure

Taormina: A Sicilian Treasure

After three very busy days of seeing the sights of Rome, we caught a train to the port of Rome at Civitavecchia to embark on our 12 day Mediterranean Cruise. It was all aboard at noon and we set sail that evening only to wake up the next morning cruising past the island of Stromboli with…

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By 50 Shades, June 12, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Summer Holidays Essentials List

Summer Holidays Essentials List

I know that it is winter here in Australia, but many of us still like to escape the cooler months and head north where it is Summer all year around. For example, Bali is a very popular choice for a Winter escape. So before you pack up and go I’m happy to provide you with…

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By 50 Shades, June 8, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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When in Rome

When in Rome

Going to Italy has always been a dream of mine. I was fortunate to spend 3 weeks in this country recently and as they say “When in Rome do as the Romans do”. So of course this is what I did! I drank copious amounts of Italian wine and devoured delicious pizza and pasta every single day. Undoubtedly I…

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By 50 Shades, June 5, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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How To Beat The Post-Holiday Blues

How To Beat The Post-Holiday Blues

You know that feeling of overwhelming home sickness when you are away for a lengthy period? That desire to return home to what’s familiar and to see family, friends and pets and get back into your routine. I almost always get this feeling when I’m getting towards the end of my holiday. However as soon…

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By 50 Shades, June 1, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Down on the Ranch at El Questro

Down on the Ranch at El Questro

We experienced several station stays on our travels around Australia, but the one whose reputation preceded itself, was down on the ranch at El Questro in the East Kimberley region of North Western Australia.

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By 50 Shades, May 26, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres

Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres

Boston: Battles, Tea Parties & Massacres – It sounds like a dreadful place! One of the oldest cities in the United States, where key events took place during the American Revolution is a historically significant city in the north east state of Massachusetts.

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By 50 Shades, May 23, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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