Kim’s Resort, Towoon Bay

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I’ve been promising myself for a long time that I would pay a visit to Kim’s Beachside Retreat at Toowoon Bay and I was able to spend a few days there over Christmas. My terrace cabin had a beautiful view … Continue reading

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The Paul Ractliffe Memorial Scholarship 2019

Congratulations to XtrAct Drama Academy’s seniors class for 2019. I was at The Launch Pad theatre last weekend to see the young actors performing in their end of year show, a collection of theatrical pieces that were wholly produced by the students themselves. It’s always a privilege to witness the budding talent that will soon be gracing the stages of the Central Coast and beyond, and I saw some very promising performances that day.

The annual show always ends with the presentation of two very special awards. First, the Paul Ractliffe Memorial Scholarship which, this year, was presented to Reilly Jones. Reilly has been with XtrAct since 2017. She attends Northlakes High School and is going into year 10 in 2020.


“Reilly has an effervescent personality, a contagious smile, and one of the best talents for comic timing I’ve ever seen go through XtrAct,” says Academy director, Danielle Brame-Whiting. “She is an extremely humble soul and has no idea how naturally talented she is, which only makes her more captivating to watch on stage.”

In addition the the scholarship, Danielle also now presents an “XtrActor of the Year” award which, this year, was presented to Elijah Johnston. Elijah started with XtrAct’s San Remo class in 2016 then moved to the Wyong class the following year. He currently attends the Hunter School of Performing Arts and will be going into year 9 in 2020.


“Elijah is extremely thoughtful to classmates and myself,” says Danielle. “He is extremely talented at collaborating, recognising when he needs to lead and when he needs to follow.” She tells me he has a wonderfully creative mind and particularly enjoys scripted work and building character.


Many congratulation to Elijah and Reilly, who are pictured here with Danielle.

For more information about the scholarshp, please click on THE PAUL RACTLIFFE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD from XtrAct Drama Academy



(Above image courtesy of XtrAct publicity)

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Tanglin Lodge Alpaca Farm

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This month the village bus tour took us to Tanglin Lodge, an alpaca farm in Tennyson. In addition to meeting these adorable animals, we were served morning Devonshire tea and a BBQ lunch while listening to a fascinating talk on … Continue reading

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Newcastle, May 2019

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Photos taken over a long weekend in Newcastle.

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Local photos, March 2019

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Photos taken round the Central Coast and Sydney  

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Hunter Valley Christmas Lights

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Each year the Hunter Valley Gardens at Pokolbin hosts their annual Christmas Light display. I’ve been fortunate to be able to enjoy the exhibition for the past two years. It’s so extensive, it’s hard to cover it all in just … Continue reading

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“Fab Fakes” Art Exhibition 2018

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I always try to get along to this annual exhibition hosted by the Tuggerah Lakes Art Society. I very much enjoy seeing these legal imitations of great masters reproduced by exceptionally talented artists, both local and from farther afield. This … Continue reading

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