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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

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Portsmouth August 29th 2012

All the while we are getting around, we try to pop in on people on the off chance and we had been lucky so far, but what does seem to be clear is that after the initial welcome all our conversations just continue where we left off and most people comment that it is as if we left the room 5 minutes ago and just wandered back in. How true that is, but no matter how easy it is to pick up, saying goodbye is a hard thing to do, what makes it easier at this stage of the trip is the fact that we are still on holiday and still have a few weeks ahead of us, I know from past experience that it will be harder the closer we get to going home. Oh, ... read more
View from the Floor!
View Over Portsmouth Docks

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Romsey August 25th 2012

I am not sure that we can attribute any day numbers to the blog at the moment, would it be the day number for the day we originally left the country or should we have day numbers for this particular trip? I shall ponder that thought. Our Friday night brought a visit with our friends Julian and Alison in West Winterslow, they own an old public house, long since converted to a lovely home, I could not be exact but their house is hundreds of years old, Andy used to motorcycle with Julian, and these guys were a planned visit in our schedule, before they went off on their own holidays. We arrived and after hugs and kisses just sat down and started the conversation as if we had never been away. Alison had cooked a ... read more
Alison & Julian
Len & Sarah
At the steps

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Hampshire » Eastleigh August 24th 2012

With the first part of our trip underway, we said our goodbyes in Welwyn Garden City (Hertfordshire) and headed South around the M25 toward Basingstoke and the next stop on our schedule. We have been working with our excel spread sheet that identifies all of the stops on our tour, detailing where we are morning, afternoon, evening and overnight. Without it I think that we would find this trip quite difficult, Andy says it’s like being on tour with the Rolling Stones. We had wondered if we should find a base and make our visits from that base, but that is quite a tricky thing to do unless we rented a house somewhere so we will see how this trip works out, equally by staying with friends and family we had dedicated time to spend with ... read more
Jon & Lorraine
Caroline & Lorraine
A roast Dinner

Day 1379 It was weird being on the M25 again, my first time in four years, everything seemed to be whizzing past so fast, far faster than we drive in Australia, but maybe it was just the jet lag. We had collected the hire car from Hertz, a little Kia Ceed, we were offered an upgrade to an Audi A4 for another twenty five pounds a day, but we were not interested, originally they wanted one hundred and twenty five pounds, but it must have been the initial look on my face that put him off trying to drive, (in his eyes) that bargain. It was the most beautiful morning and we were heading clockwise around the M25, towards Junction 24 (Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City) we both felt completely wrecked from the last flight ... read more
My Mum
Ted and Jan Davies
Travel Pressy

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