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Published on January 19th, 2013 | by Ann Rickard


Ann’s Blog – New Start for 2013

Bonjour/G’day my lovelies,

I do hope 2013 is going to bring you everything you want.

Isn’t there something invigorating about turning the calender on a new year?  It gives you a lift of spirits even if you know your resolutions will all be broken by the end of January.  Mine were all shattered around midday on January 1.  That’s when I popped my first champagne cork after declaring my top resolution the night before to not drink for a month.

But let’s never give up the hope of being better people, of achieving our goals, and that faithful old cliched ambition – to be thinner.

So, what’s happening?  I am in the middle of updating my website to turn it into a user-friendly blog of great fun and immense interest.  Our man is working on it right now so that I can put all sorts of wondrous prattle on it: my weekly column, travel adventures, travel deals and musings about life where I live and where I go.   I’ll be sending you out a cheerful little notification every week, perhaps on a Monday to let you know what’s happening and I really hope it will start your week off with gossip and giggles.
I’ll be blogging mostly about my two beloved places: Noosa and Provence.  (This is Noosa below, not Provence, could you tell?)

I promise not to be boring and I promise to entertain you every week.  I really do pledge that.   There will be lots read about Noosa ‘cos I live right in the midst of all that’s happening here, and there will be plenty to read about Provence ‘cos I go there every year and have a good idea of the place.
I do hope you’ll follow me on my gorgeous new website.  In fact you must follow me. You absolutely must.  I’ll tell you more when the site is all beautiful and modern (it’s shamefully old fashioned right now) which should be in the next couple of weeks.

Lots been happening in Noosa. The town has been packed to the gills. You can barely find room on the footpath in Hastings Street, and you have to fight for a spot to picnic on the river banks.  Restaurant reservations are as scarce as feathers on a fish, and the beach is crammed with lovely bodies (apart from when I’m there.)

Love, love, love Noosa.  You can swim at 5 in the morning at this time of year.  The river and sea are deliciously warm.
But Noosa is good all year round – and you MUST visit in May for the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (May 16 through 20.)  It’s the festival’s 10th anniversary and organiser, the fabulous Jim Berardo (my great friend), has pulled out all stops to present a daring and ambitious program.  I’m talking cocktail parties and concerts up at Noosa’s Lookout, I’m talking gourmet dinners in silk-lined marquees on the beach (toes in the sand, Bollinger in the hand sort of stuff) and seafood trails on the lovely Noosa river and Asian food trails in the lush Noosa hinterland.  Some of the world’s most renowned chefs and food personalities will be in Noosa for the festival, so you be here too. We could share a glass of wine or three under the main marquee.  This photo below is of one of the hinterland food trails last year.  You can see Matt Preston in the background on the right.  Check out this year’s full program on

Visited the Spirit House
Went to The Spirit House last week, haven’t been there in years and wow, has it ever got better.  The growth of the rainforest is spectacular.  We sat inside the Spirit House for the first time (usually sit in one of the leafy alcoves) and loved  looking out over the lake.  When the cicadas burst into song as the sun went down over the serene lake, it was pure magic.

Went with our lovely friend Hester and her stylish friend from France, Doudou.  Yes, that’s her real name and she knows we make fun of it, but once you get used to it, you love saying Doudou (especially if you have a chance to say, “Doudou, did you do a dou dou?” ) (Although that chance has never arisen.)  Here we are below at the Spirit House overlooking the lake.  Charming, no? (I mean the lake, not me on the bottom right, too chubby.)

The Ginger Food & Flower Festival is on in Yandina this weekend and it’s a thrill to see the beautiful ginger flowers in bloom.  I have a few in my own garden.   The gorgeous tropical blooms are just one more thing I love about Noosa. Doesn’t this photo look as though I live in a rainforest?  Actually, it’s just my front garden, quite small and modest but the ginger flowers make it look spectacular.

Lots of good stuff this year.
I do hope you are flourishing and fabulous, my friends.  Are you following me on Facebook?  I haven’t mastered Facebook thoroughly yet but I do put snippets and photos on it every day and send it out to the ether hoping someone will see it.  I don’t know how to follow others though so if you want me to follow you, tell me how.   You can contact me through the website, or just email me on
Here’s to lots of fun writings and musings and gossip for 2013.


Lots of love…



About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

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