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Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory December 21st 2012

Woo Hooo! The Christmas holidays have started, well for us anyway as many people are still at work. It will be our fifth Christmas in Australia and yet we still cannot seem to get used to the fact that it is hot and sunny, despite having more Christmas parties to attend this year, it is still not the same and by that I mean, with the long dark days, 3 or 4 parties a week, cold and perhaps wet weather we barely slide into Christmas on our knees with the flu or bronchitis, in tow. Despite Andy’s recent bout of bronchitis he is now feeling well and looking forward to a Christmas break. We have 2 weeks to spend at our leisure and as yet we have not decided entirely what we are doing with our ... read more
Hungry Pied Currawong
Ready for Breakfast
Feeding Time

Just to let you all know that Caroline and myself, carried out our Australian Citizenship test today and we both scored 100%. We are both apprehensive and went into town early so we could make sure we got a parking space, and got in at 08.30 and seriously had the very last space. We went in to Maccy D’s to rally ourselves, over a Chai Latte and got all the bits and pieces we needed to together so we were prepared. Caroline was up first at 10.00 am and I followed at 10.15, but as soon as Caroline got up, she had been gone a minute when she appeared and said we could get the paper work done together. As soon as this was all done, we both went in to the test room and sat ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 25th 2012

Well, I am going to tell you my secret, it really is not very exciting news but it is for me and Caroline, I finally resigned from my job at Serco and I am in my last couple of weeks. I chucked it in at the end of October, as simply I have had what seems at this point a better offer, still based in Canberra, and I am looking forward to spending some time at home as I will be at home every night. I had returned home on the Friday night after another week working away and was not really feeling too well, but tried to get on with the weekend. On the Sunday, Caroline and I drove to Mount Franklin in the Brindabella ranges to see if the road was finally open, but ... read more
Dumped in the bag
Gypsy at Honeysuckle Creek
Close up

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 18th 2012

Day 1465 I had a couple of days owing to me, so we thought that we would go and grab gypsy and go off for another mini adventure. She was delivered to us last week, at Woodstock and “Louie” (The owner of Vista RV) had said even though the water tanks were of food grade quality, there would be the “Horrible” plastic taste, and it would need several tanks of water through the system, to get rid of it “That Taste” He wasn’t wrong and we were happy to persevere through it, having such a flash new camper trailer and all, and a far cry from what we circumnavigated Australia with. One of our friends has let us store Gypsy at their premises they own, which we really appreciate and its very hassle free as it’s ... read more
Wombat ,is Heaven Shaped
Damaged Fences

Oceania » Australia » Australian Capital Territory » Canberra November 12th 2012

Day 1460 Today is a very special day in our lives, Four years ago today we arrived in Australia to make a new life and a new home for ourselves. These four years have gone in the blink of an eye, but when we think about what we have done on our adventure, it takes our breath away. Some of you have followed Kangaroojack’s adventures, shared in our blog, when we circumnavigated our way around Australia, the places we have been, the things that we have done and the people we have met along our journey. Never in our wildest dreams did we ever think that it would be possible or even that we would have had the opportunity to do the things we had done. So I think this is a good place to start ... read more
The Full Set up
Vista RV

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Nangus October 21st 2012

As many of Kangaroojack’s followers know, we love the farm at Woodstock and all things to do with it. I have been working away for the last month, (no names no pack drill), but I had a call from Caroline to tell me Wally (one of the working dogs) had had an accident and he was hurt. Even though Wally, to Caroline and myself, is a lovely tempered, hardworking, very social collie dog, who always loves his fuss, as a member of the Woodstock team, he is a tool to do a job, as are the tractors, the bailers and other equipment, please don’t get me wrong, he is treated with utmost respect, fed and looked after by Robert and Helen, who love all their dogs, but they are not pets, not really. Caroline told me ... read more
Poor Old Wally
Wally's Scar
Wally is a sook

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Thruxton September 9th 2012

Wallop, Ok when I mentioned that word at the end of the last blog it’s not what you all might be thinking. Leaving Fareham in the county of Hampshire, it is again a beautiful hot sunny day we headed back up the M27 and towards The Wallops! For those of you not familiar with this lovely little part of England, we have the lovely villages of Nether Wallop, Middle Wallop and Over Wallop ( where our friends Mike and Jo live. Mike and Jo are some of our oldest friends, when we first got together and bought a house that was being built on a new estate and when we moved in the place was still a building site, however not long after that there were signs of new neighbours and some of those new neighbours ... read more
How good is this
Steve and Sharon
Food in the Graden,

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Fareham September 5th 2012

Our trip back home was deliberately not meant to coincide with the Olympics, the flight prices were ridiculously high so we chose to go back when the prices had dropped (only slightly though) just before the paralympics toward the end of August, but we did not have an opportunity to go to the paralympics a small opportunity came our way to grab hold of a torch! When I said we had a busy day ahead of us I did mean it. Early this morning Andy was up doing his usual planning, we headed off to collect a hire van from Southampton. Today we are moving the entire contents of our storage unit, not very exciting I know, but this trip is not just about reconnecting with our family and friends, this trip is also about sorting ... read more
Keeley & Barbara
Nikki, Doris and Barbara
The Girls Together Again

Europe » United Kingdom » England » West Midlands » Kingswinford September 3rd 2012

……….Kingswinford, in the West Midlands in the borough of Dudley and a small town that even has a mention in the Domesday Book and the name Kingswinford is derivative from a Ford for the Kings Swine. Leaving the bulk of our luggage with Gary and Karen, we throw a few things for an overnight stay into a couple of Marks and Spencer carrier bags, classy luggage I know, but it was so much easier than lugging our huge cases around with us! We head off from Tamworth early afternoon, and I hate to say it they did lend us a sat nav, in the absence of having a map and we really needed a steer on where to go, until now I have been relying on Google Maps on my Iphone, which I have to say ... read more
The Bentons
The Crooked House
Local Beer

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Staffordshire » Tamworth August 30th 2012

The Kangaroojack, 2012 Rock and Roll tour, was moving along nicely and it was time for us to head off to the Midlands,near my home town of Birmingham. Gary Barber (Gaz) had been my mate from since we started our electrical apprenticeship together some 32 years ago, back in 1980 and we have been firm friends ever since. The thing about friends like this is, we might not speak for a while but when we do, we just carrying on from where we left off,without evena blink of an eye. It would be rude of me not to mention, his lovely wife Karen, or (Pikey) as she will always be to me, they are wonderful people and it was they who we came to Australia with in 2007 for our very first Australian Adventure, (Thanks Guys) ... read more
The Barbers
Tamworth in Bloom

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