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16th July 2010

Tower Leaning -___-
Ben, Ben, Ben, I thought you told specifically NOT to lean on that tower!!!!!!!!!! And beware that meat cleaver ;)
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
16th July 2010

Just read this, so...
BYE BEN!!!!!!!! xD yeah... kinda didn't read earlier. Whoops xD
From Blog: Final Goodbyes
13th July 2010

tour de nederland
Lots of morning bike-rides. Are those some kind of squirrels in the forest photos? Pity about the World Cup on Monday. Also Cadell had a really really bad ride up Col de Madeleine and now sits 8 minutes off the lead - too much. Think I'll now watch Andy Schleck. Tim's flight got cancelled yesterday and he was rebooked on an earlier flight. We left at 4.30am! and then I was too early for work so slept in the back of the car. He arrived in Devonport without luggage which still hadn't turned up by 6pm so I think he has to wear Nana Miller's undies today. I am sick - sore throat and thick sinuses - shouldn't be going to work today but no sick-leave arrangements so I'll go and sniffle over everybody. I saw on SBS news that the German trains on Monday were in trouble - no airconditioning on a very hot day, inside temps of 50 degrees - the footage had people being carted off in ambulances. How did you and Nana travel?
9th July 2010

Bulk update
Great to read of 3 of your dutch days all at once, realising that you have not had easy internet access these past days. Fascinating family history and perhaps seeing a life of Kees that you / we didn't know much of. Back home.... scandal! Marion has been eliminated from Masterchef! Yesterday, not a work day, Tim and I made a bow from a willow spa and arrows from willow and bamboo. He has been firing then into the hay bales and cardboard perhaps like Will in the Rangers Apprentice books or like the Bushman in The Gods Must be Crazy as we watched this movie the day before - Tim enjoyed the philosophical angles behind the stories, enthocentricity, religion, war, purpose and women. Today we might find a new, less dangerous bike for him. We now have at least 2 lambs. We are in the end of a storm - I hope, as it is blowing, blowing, blowing - 80km/h or 129km/h on Kangaroo Island. There might be a bit of rain behind it, but the creek -filling is of course behind schedule. I have heard a trickle 100m downstream of 6 ways but not much evidence of it in the forest dam at CC2. There's a medium-sized bough off Leidy's tree, and Tim and I will scout for other damage today. Once again, thanks for the travelblog update, and its so good to hear of all your knew learnings. Everybody is enjoying reading them.
6th July 2010

Night and day
Ben, is that a Wesley Sneijder T-shirt? All this northern hemisphere sport is getting hard on the eyes - I'll soon be as jet lagged as you. I tried to watch some Tour on the cobble stones, but fell asleep, then stirred at 5am, so thought I should check the Nederlands Uruguay score, which was 1-1 at the time. Sure the locals are happy again for the win and big final! Now, work is such an inconvenience - hope I stay awake. Andrew, the boys had 8 wheelie bin fires the other night - pity you missed it?
From Blog: Day 10- Andijk
5th July 2010

Hiya Geytz, those bloody lameys and their emus allways causing trouble eh! All sounds like fun to me. Let me know if anything needs doing at home, a neighbour whose name IS NOT Hook
5th July 2010

Il pleur sur la tour
Andrew, it's all your fault! Because you didn't take your umbrella to Rotterdam, of course it rained, and Cadel felt that he was riding on black ice and cautioned himself short of full pace and now he's 12 seconds behind Contador with 3000km to go! On the upside, I'm sooo excited to think a gorgeous new yellow umbrella is coming MY way! Sounds like you had a great time at the Tour - I looked out for you on the telly, thought I saw you on the left, but you must have been on the right. Shadow met her first emus this morning on our walk. Fortunately they were on the other side of Lamey's fence or her curiousity could have been her undoing. I think the emus were a bit distressed making those thumping noises in their throats. I'm alone tonight as Tim is staying over at Jack's. Its very quiet.
5th July 2010

Was every one still celebrating from Holland beating Brazil? Sounds like you are having a good time.
3rd July 2010

Brussel sprout.
Andrew, do I see that you found Evian water? Is that French? Nice beret too! I'm glad you made it to Sacre Coeur - good idea to walk the back alleys - I've heard its a very pretty place to walk. It's a shame you've finished with croissants and baguettes - what do they eat on the street in Amsterdam for breakfast / morning tea? I like your patisserie photos. Yum! I wonder what your thoughts were about the red-light district - simply supply and demand, who's got the power / free will / choice, does anybody get hurt??? Is sex industry regulation safer than no regulation? What's the feeling compared to the Moulin Rouge idea - where is the line crossed, or isn't it? Ben, you'll now have to come back and watch the Moulin Rouge movie. Today I trained the tomatoes, which are ripening, turned the compost, and fed the cows who followed me with the wheel barrow full of tomato prunings licking my elbow. No lambs yet. Harvested brocolli for tea, and I'm not sure if the glasshouse peas are sno, sugar snap or ordinary so what size to pick? We had some crazy visitors today - I wonder if you can guess who, Ben. I'm sure they'll facebook you about it. Le Tour doesn't screen until 2am, so I might try going to bed and getting up later as I stayed up til 2am last night watching the exciting Nederlands v Brasil match. But I'll be looking out for your Aussie flag and hope that Cadel puts in a top 5 performance.
2nd July 2010

Peppie la pew!
A sewer tour! - alongside high art!? - way above ground and underground in the same day! They have Mount Franklin water in Paris? is this ubiquitous coca cola co or a refiiled bottle from home? Shouldn't you be drinking Perrier? Today I restocked on milk for the 1st time since you left! - so what does that say about who drinks all the milk in our house! And well-done, Ben, on the A-grade report card. Athena said there's maths homework for the school hols, but I guess you can skip that. Seems like you're already doing geography, art, design, society and environment etc etc etc in the best university - real life!
From Blog: Day 6- Paris
2nd July 2010

Neddie, neddie, neddie, oi, oi, oi!!!!
Well I hope you didn't miss the 2-1 Nederlands win over Brasil. Must have been mayhem in down town Amsterdam! Did you find an orange shirt to wear? And could you feel any Dutch pride - you're 1/4 entitled to it!
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
2nd July 2010

Tour Eiffel
Ben.... *shakes head* 1, Tori's gna kill u - a) u havent done the poster photos, b) u leant on the Eiffel Tower. 2, u look like a goon. y??? :P hehehe. *rolls eyes* honetsly benny, dnt. hehehe. :P have fun and just wait til u come back. :P ;) hehehe. jks. Tabitha xxxxx ps, she will bring the meat cleaver.... :P
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
2nd July 2010

Oh ton cheveux!
Ben, I always thought "deshevelled" was a french word - great hair in photo 972! And who's the pretty french girl in photo 773?
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
1st July 2010

I subscribe to your blog
Hey Ben, I have been reading blogs on travelblog.com for the last couple of months and i have to say i have really enjoyed reading your blog entries and pictures you have a real talent at describing things. I hope you write more and i am looking forward to your posts. Enjoy your trip with your dad, be safe and have fun. Maria ( a subscriber to your blogs)
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
1st July 2010

Tableau pittoresque
You paint a detailed picture of your sights and experiences. I am soooo ready for a holiday to France! I want croissants, baguettes and old spiral staircases. Instead I have a work experience student, double bookings and pages of case records. Yay, Friday tomorrow - last day of school, a little shopping, some time with Shadow (she's walking better on the lead, and we've been running together in the forest). I guess its Amsterdam for you tomorrow, and then for me, France on TV as the Tour starts on Sat night - I'll look out for you!
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
1st July 2010

sounds like you're having a good time!
Hi Ben! Hope all is well over there in Paris! The Eiffel Tower looks so cool from the photos and I bet it's even better in real life! But I thought Tori told you not to do the "Hey-look-I'm-leaning-on-the-Tower" thing... so watch out for the meat cleaver! :) See you in a couple of weeks!
From Blog: Day 5- Paris
30th June 2010

forgot
You were ripped off a little bit by Travellex. 81 British Pounds should be round about 100 Euro.
29th June 2010

C'est magnifique!
Fancy looking out the train window and finding yourselves in the French countryside! The Metro, Notre Dame, the Seine and escargot. I like your observations contrast, Ben, style of buildings, how trains are different and the same, and intercontinental American capitalism. I'm hearing rave reviews of your blog from Carol, Ali, Nana and Nana, Olaf, Janet(?Allington), and Paul! Of course I'm looking for my daily fill and travelling with you. I watched "Greatest Cities of the World" tonight which featured Paris, the traffic, a vineyard behind Mont Matre and underground passages.... Some 40mm+of rain in the past day or so here - trying to fill those dams by mid July. The avocados are still on the tree. Shadow is missing you but enjoying our walks. Hotdog day at school tomorrow. Love Jen
29th June 2010

Well,well,well! You are there!! I am in Huizen with Leidy and it is warm! Off to Pita and Wil tomorrow. Lovely time in Orkney! Yes, getting around in a foreign town is not always easy, but you are managing it. I would have loved to come to Paris with you, but you are going too fast for me. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. Till Friday, Nana.
29th June 2010

Hey Ben
Have been reading your blogs and it seems like you've been busy! Hope you're having a good time and we'll see you back at school in a couple of weeks! (and also good to see you're taking lots of photos for us to see!) :D
28th June 2010

The Amazing Race
Pity you haven't got your GPS tracking on, or pedometers, for the number of Ks you're covering each day! Some hits and misses, but it sounds like you're seeing lotsof interesting stuff. Do they have vegetables in London? - doesn't sound like you've eaten any since home!
From Blog: Day 3- London
28th June 2010

Dear andrew and ben Great to see your having a wonderful time exploring the sights of london. Just remeber, that if you find yourself in a survival situation and your really thirsty, you can drink you own urine. (Got that one from Bear grylls!!) Take Care From all the boys at 32
From Blog: Day 2- London
27th June 2010

Ben, We are impressed with how much you got done in a day. Look after Dad. Enjoy yourselves.
From Blog: Day 2- London
27th June 2010
Heathrow 1

Good to see what your exploring
Hope you get some sleep as well as seeing everything. Have fun
From Blog: Day 2- London
27th June 2010

32 hour day
Again, a fantastic blog, Ben. So good that you can think and type fast. Its obvious Andrew isn't typing any of your blogs because that many words would take him 5 hours to type. And how did you fit so much in one day - must have been a 24 hour day plus the 8 hour time difference - not sure I could keep up. Are you warm / cold? I see from the photos you've got your shorts on. Looks hot at Wimbledon on the TV. Was getting money easy with the Gold Card? I told you to watch out for Andrew misplacing things - you have to anticipate that he's going to do it. Is he coming around to your predilication for internet ports? I think this blog and connectedness is fantastic. We're going to take Shadow for a bushwalk this morning on the Yuribella Trail towards Black Hill. The mysterious beagle visited agin this morning - we think its Varnes'. Judy Crowe was on TV yesterday doing a segment for a kids science show on how honey is made, Tim did a cameo in a white hygenic headcloth. I am printing your blogs for a hardfile and will probably take it for my dad to read when we visit or post sooner.
From Blog: Day 2- London

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