Blogs from Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore February 17th 2014

On the first of January we headed off for Night Cap National park, where we went to see a big waterfall. There was just -again- no water in the falls, which of course was a shame. It was a little too late to embark on any of the hikes around in the park, and in addition we were starting to run low on water, so instead we went to the nearest picnic area, cooked lunch and chilled around reading in our books. It was a relaxing spot, and was nice to sit calmly around not having to worry about hitting the road straight after cooking. After having been seated here for some time, some goannas started crawling around on the ground, coming fairly close to us, so several times Christian had to get up in order ... read more
Night Cap NP

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore April 5th 2013

On the Road Again! It's been more than 12 months since Peter was in hospital receiving his first Chemotherapy. The year has really gone very quickly. Christmas was a lovely time for us. We were excited to be able to organize a special day where all of our family could be in the same place at the same time - THAT hasn't happened for quite some now. As you can see in the picture, the tribe is growing! Late January/ early February we had another week in Shoal Bay which was most enjoyable. We arrived the day after the area had experienced extremely high winds. A yacht and a fishing boat had been washed ashore and were well and truly stuck in the sand. It was entertaining to watch each of them being refloated by teams ... read more
A challenge for the owners...
Jared can run faster
Esther Elaine Close joins the family

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore May 28th 2012

Today we had an "orientation day" for our student teaching placements. We met the preschool center directors at the university to go over our requirements for our placements. We have assignments that we have to complete each week, and we will be having 2 "head weeks". Our head weeks are week 3 and 4 so we can get adjusted to the center before we do a head week and then we will be able to relax and have fun for our last week which is week 5. Before we know it, I will be back in the USA! After discussing our requirements, our center director, Kylie, took us to the center to show us around. We met all of the staff and got to see each room. I found out I will be working in the ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore May 27th 2012

Arriving in Australia was definitely a long journey! We left Minneapolis at about 5:45 P.M. on Thursday, May 24th. From Minneapolis, we had a 4 hour flight to LA. Then in LA, we boarded our 15 hour flight to Sydney. The plane was huge! There was a tv screen for each seat. We had our choice of about 30 movies & there was also tons of music. There was a map that showed the progress of our flight and the times at home & in Australia so that was pretty cool. The flight actually went better and faster than I expected. We arrived in Sydney and found out our bags were over weight and each of us had t pay $125-$150 dollars, depending how much our bags were over weight. We were slightly annoyed by this, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore May 27th 2012

So here it is, my first morning waking up in Aussie and it's a bit colder than I was thinking it might be. It feels like the fall breeze back in Minnesota. I'm happy to say that I woke up feeling replenished and on Aussie time. I can only hope that I hold this feeling throughout the day. Kelly and I woke up this morning and went on a run through the hills of Goonebellah, and it was a beautiful hilly run. When I say hilly, i mean HILLY (or HELLY should I say.) We were able to give ourselves a nice running tour of the town, and got a feel for how far it's going to be to walk to the child center. It will be just a quick 20 minute walk. We went to ... read more
Water hockey
Black boy


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore January 20th 2012

So I am 2 weeks and 5 days out! I am having so many different feelings right now. I am very excited but somewhat sad to leave home. I have been on somewhat of an up and down emotional roller coaster lately it really helped just to talk things out with my amazing GF Maria and to talk with my parents. I think everyone realizes that this is a big change for me and especially me as I have never done anything even close to this before. I am really excited to be going to a new place and see new things and meet new people. Most of all I can't wait to surf in warm water and perfect waves. I am so tired of this cold water we have in CA it makes surfing not ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore August 11th 2011

Hi all, we had 4 wonderful days at Harrington with family and friends. Rodger actually caught 2 fish (Bream) that were keepers and we did enjoy for dinner one night. We had an enjoyable evening BBQing with all the family and also a great afternoon at the local pub with everyone. We went down to the local to watch our footy team play on the BIG screen. Our team ‘The Knights’ won 40 – 8. You will see a pic of little Knox’s girlfriends – Lily and Ruby. They are the latest editions to our family. Knox has the best of both worlds at his finger tips. Lily is blonde and Ruby is dark, so he can choose or have both ............ lol. We certainly have 3 wonderful new babies around us. Please remember to arrow ... read more
Rodger and me
Evans Head beach
Me on beach

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore December 23rd 2010

Port Augusta was the first place we’d been to in eight months that wasn’t new and daunting to us. We knew where we were going and what to expect – it was kind of a weird feeling after ‘winging it’ for so long!!! The sense of familiarity was very short lived however because we were taking a new and different route back to the East Coast. The car which had served us very well had been overheating since Alice – she was really struggling up inclines and into head winds. I feared the worst, and rather than be stuck in the middle of nowhere I just wanted to be home in Lismore with a mechanic I trusted! Meanwhile, family in Shellharbour really wanted us to drop by there ‘on the way’ (about 1000kms out of the ... read more
The Long Road
Tanikah taught us all how to shoot!

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore January 15th 2010

Last week I worked all week and cleaned the house ready for my friends to move in, then we moved the van to the local caravan park. I’ve spent the past few days running around doing last minute organizational stuff, and catching up with good friends to say goodbye. If all goes according to plan we will get new tyres on the car on Monday morning and then head down the coast. ... read more
Shay & Brandon
Koda & Jake
Good Times With Anneka

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lismore September 15th 2007

Today is my first day of homestay in Lismore, New South Wales. We are truly in the country. Today we had to stop on the road to move a snake before we could drive. There are gorgeous green rolling hills all around. The family I'm staying with is a single mother, a 16 year old girl, 18 year old boy, a 10 year old boy, and an adorable loving fat labrador. We went to a soccer match and it started to rain. It sounded so loud on the country tin roofs then it began to hail! It was still sunny and no cooler than 60 degrees. It was so odd. I'm incredibly tired as for our last night in Byron a lot of us went out. I drank lots of wine and ended up sneaking into ... read more

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