Lynne Brown

Mumtraveller

Lynne Brown

Keeping this travel blog enables me to reflect and record my journeys as well as communicate with my family and friends.
I shouldn't be amazed me that complete strangers in this travel community will want to read about what I am up to as they are a great bunch of folk.
I have swapped my home and hospitality for many years now and always I have met such wonderful open, generous and friendly people. Travelling alone lots of the time I am never lonely ..there is always the travelblog to keep me company.
Planning for future trips and onwards now. Don't let the grass grow under you feet.



Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Caloundra January 10th 2019

9 December to 18 December 2018. In the last few weeks I have been zooming along the East Coast of Australia starting in Queensland , the Sunshine Coast , Gold Coast , then NSW and Port Macquarie and Forster and finally Sydney to finish. When flying in to Brisbane and needing to get to Sunshine Coast there is a great bus company ConneXion which will pick you up at the airport in a big bus , takes all the punters to Aussie World on the highway and then decants you into a mini bus which then drops you at the door of your destination ....all for a reasonable amount ! Perfect. So here I was with Vikki,who I met with her friend Bobbie ( visiting her later on the Gold Coast ), when we were in ... read more
Gorgeous Glasshouse Mountains
VIkkis tropical garden
Bushland Sculptures

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Hawkes Bay December 28th 2018

November 19 to 9 December In my last three weeks in New Zealand I was able to spend more time with friends and not rush about quite so much ...so there were some leisurely walks in Long Bay and lunches at the new cafe at the Sugar Factory and in Cornwallis Park in the midst of a hailstorm...I’ve never seen hailstones quite so big ! Thanks to Jackie and Goff I was able to stay in their delightful cottage on shores of Lake Rotoiti... it’s like a tropical paradise there with massive tree ferns dipping over the deck so I enjoyed one beautifully sunny day and 2 days where the rain pelted down ...that’s why it’s like a tropical paradise there I think !!! But it was a time to enjoy some peace and read a ... read more
Stunning Cape Kidnappers
That highest point you can see is where the gannet colony is.
Flower pot

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Bay of Plenty December 7th 2018

15 to 18 November Time is running out for Jenny’s Visit and we are grateful to Maree and Paul, who we met in Cambodia last year, for entertaining us and showing us the delights of Whakatane and Bay of Plentry. Breakfasting on poached eggs fresh from their chooks we set off with Maree and explored the town and harbour of Whakatane ( for those who aren't in the know a WH is pronounced like FF) ...the sun was shining as we whizzed around visiting Ohope, Opoktiki with their delightful small museums and a newly built Maori community centre. And all the time stunning scenery , coastline , spits, beaches hills and mountains . Don’t we just love all the place names and trying to pronounce them !! Lots of places begin with Wai which means water ... read more
Mount Maunganui
Powhutakawa tree
Who left that boat there ?

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island December 4th 2018

10 to 15 November Jenny only has 8 days in the North Island so we are on a quest to see as much as possible and as we arrive in Wellington on a very early flight ( thanks Diane for taking us to the airport at the crack of dawn) we actually had picked up the rental car and were at Zealandia almost as it opened 9.15 am. This is a dammed valley in the city of Wellington which has been fenced off to be predator free and eventually will be replanted with native trees and plants and provide an environment for New Zealand birds and native anilmals to thrive. In evolutionary terms New Zealand‘s land mass was split off from rest of Gondwana before mammals evolved so birds had a free rein and many were ... read more
Art Deco At Napier
Remembrance at Featherston
Wellington

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Lake Pukaki November 28th 2018

It’s always an aim in South Island to visit Mount Cook and to be able to see it , which I actually did back in 2011. So fingers crossed Jenny and I set off from Oamaru and again taking a route less travelled we came upon a place where there were Maori rock paintimgs and a mobile coffee van ! Yes it really was , not a camper van disguised as a coffee van .... like the famous Jucy Lucy vans ( I forgot to put a photo of one in the last blog). It’s not very often I get an uncomfortable feeling about a place ,Takirora, but as we walked under the rock face to see these paintings I didn’t like it , if there was an earthquake we wouldn’t stand a chance. My experience ... read more
A beautiful drive along lake
Dark clouds appear
Mount Cook not to be seen

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Otago » Oamaru November 24th 2018

Nov 6 - 8 NOTE (If you missed the last blog about Milford and Queenstown go back through the previous ones as they don’t seem to be in order. And I hope someone is reading these as the emails aren’t going out to my subscribers ...well I have to try and catch up !) Leaving Queenstown we drove along the Cromwell Gorge and aimed to take roads less travelled acros Otago and this we managed to do , as always just stopping whenever we saw a brown tourism sign . There are lots of lakes/ dams along this route and New Zealand makes much of its electricity from hydropower ...we could see why ! Driving over old suspension bridges , and quiet roads ( hardly another car ) into small towns like Clyde and Ophir we ... read more
Dam at Clyde
Little Blue Penguin
what’s this we see ?

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Fox Glacier November 18th 2018

(Something happened to my last blog it was published on the website but subscribers didn’t get emails to tell them... so if you didn’t read it go to the PREVIOUS button above this and click , then you can read it. ) 1 st November I am writing this looking back on the adventures we have had .... waking up to crisp sunny mornings with snow on the mountain tops on New Zealand’s West Coast we would set off and let Colin take us down beautiful valleys , cross narrow wooden one way bridges , marvel at the wide river valleys and stop for viewpoints. Wherever we could we would get out and do walks ...through bush , listen to the birdsong and take photos. Some of the little towns like Hari Hari were perfect stopping ... read more
Landed.
Awesome !
Kokatahi

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island November 12th 2018

October 29 ( am writing this 2 weeks later , haven’t had time to write a blog ) It was with some trepidation that I arrived in Christchurch about 2 weeks ago ...as many of you know I was in the centre of Christchurch on February 21 2011 when the big earthquake struck ( see my previous blog about that ) and I have always felt that I was definitely one of the lucky ones to escape with my life and no injuries. Staying in the suburb of Cashmere with friends Diane and Dave I was pleasantly surprised to see that the houses around them which had been wrecked were mostly rebuilt , roads repaired and it felt ok. But then Diane drove Jenny and I around and I could see huge swathes of land where ... read more
Peace in Christchurch
A wall of ferns
Colour in Christchurch

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island November 3rd 2018

3 to 6 th November Rainy grey days don‘t stop us and as the weather changed we put on our layers and boots and set off from Lake Wanaka on our way to Queenstown and I knew a nice little place for a walk. I had visited Diamond Lake last time in the sunshine having a picnic by the side of the road. This time there was a proper car park and signs for the walks and as we returned from the circuit round the lake and up the hill there were a few mini busses of tourists . (Of course we are tourists too but we are pretty snobby and like to set ourselves apart as we are doing it ourselves and we try to keep away from the crowds.) But around Queenstown that’s pretty ... read more
Lake Wakatipu Queenstown
Walk round Diamond Lake
Walk round Diamond Lake

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales October 28th 2018

I had forgotten about TimTams until I saw them in the supermarket ...for those of you who have never been here they are a bit like Penguin biscuits at Home. Anzac biscuits , homemade of course are the best , but I wasn’t up to a baking session so it’s been TimTam time with a cuppa every day when we’ve got back to base after a day‘s Walkabout. I was lucky enough to be offered Sue and Joe‘s apartment in McMahons Point and what a great location...a few minutes walk down the hill and round the corner there is the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House behind. Having been here for a month last time in 2010 things feel familiar and I have a map in my head and so am happy to potter ... read more
TimTam time
Wendy’s Secret Garden
Wendy’s Secret Garden




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