Gardens – A Personal Passion

By Michael Turner – garden and art historian, formerly the Senior Curator of the Nicholson Museum at the University of Sydney. I grew up in England surrounded by beautiful gardens and landscapes. Memories of the smell of honeysuckle on a warm summer’s morning wafting in through the kitchen window of my grand-parents 16th century farmhouse in … Continue reading Gardens – A Personal Passion

Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

Do you remember that ad that Victorian Tourism used to run before every film at independent cinemas? “You’ll love every piece of Victoria” was a marketing campaign that spoke to something observable about Victoria. It is a relatively small state, with diverse landscapes packed in between relatively short driving distances, with excellent museums and galleries … Continue reading Yarra Valley to Bendigo – in photos

China: New and Old

Truly, you have to see modern China to believe it. The scale of the change across this large nation literally takes your breath away. A few years ago I caught the high speed train from Shanghai to Beijing. As I sat there in whisper quiet comfort, I mused on the never-ending debate on high speed … Continue reading China: New and Old

The Isles of Scilly: of helicopters, gardens and shipwrecks

Michael Turner – garden historian & ADFAS Travel tour leader I’ll never forget the first time I saw the Isles of Scilly, early one misty, summer’s morning more years ago than I care to remember – from a helicopter. On what promised to be a glorious day we took off from Penzance for the 15-minute flight. … Continue reading The Isles of Scilly: of helicopters, gardens and shipwrecks