Alan & Elaine Kidd


Alan & Elaine Kidd

Our fourth trip to Australia.

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney October 14th 2019

Monday 14 October - Darling Harbour We slept really well in our lovely upstairs room. We woke about 8.00 and after breakfast we set off in the car. Karin showed us where her daughter Coleen first lived. We drove through Hunters Hill, which is beautiful and where the enormous houses cost a approx $7 to 8 million! We found a lovely spot to photograph the iconic Harbour Bridge across the water. We found all day free parking and walked a short distance to catch a bus to the Queen Victoria Building in the city. The stunningly restored building was a great place to visit, with carefully restored tiled floors, stain glass windows and iron railings, with 3 floors of designer shops. Karin treated us to coffee on the top floor. There are several huge clocks from ... read more
The bridge from Hunters Hill
Sydney from Hunters Hill
The Queen Victoria Building

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Lane Cove October 13th 2019

Julie and Mike made everyone a hearty breakfast of fruit and bacon and egg buns. Mike's parents, Kerry and Jed, called in too! Alan set up the camera for a family photo, which worked well. The Nick's headed back to Melbourne, while the McCarthy family took us on a brief, sadly unsuccessful hunt for kangaroos nearby, before we all set off for the airport. The children all helped pull along our luggage and we checked in at Tullamarine. The family farewell was rather emotional as we have had such a wonderful, generous welcome from all the family. They remained in an area overlooking our plane and we waved to them once we were on board. Such a heart warming sight of them all waving from the view point. Our flight from Melbourne to Sydney was short. ... read more
Through the airport with the family
Our Quantas flight to Sydney

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Echuca October 9th 2019

Wednesday 9 Oct After a sustaining breakfast of Pete's cheese omelette, we were all packed ready to set off for Romsey. We will not be back to Pete and Moyra's in Leopold again. We took two cars as we were leaving the small vehicle with Julie and Mike and taking their big Toyota Prado, with a tow hitch for a caravan. They have lent us their 6 berth caravan for our 4 days camping at the artist's 'muster' in Echuca. Julie and Mike made us lunch again of rolls, chicken and salad followed by fruit. The two older girls were back at school but the boys made us little glasses of water each, as we arrived for a toast. It was our 48th wedding anniversary and one we will remember very clearly, as it was so ... read more
Another view of our camp site
Campaspe river
An old shed nearby

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 8th 2019

Spring sunshine and showers today, which is lovely for the garden. Between the showers Pete planted the Kangeroo Foot plant we bought them for their garden. This plant likes sandy soil so we had bought a bag of sand to lighten the soil. Another bonus was a visit by Nic, Elliot and Georgina. Elliot was interested in the Dove's nest with two eggs, we had spotted while working in the garden. Winks managed to finish photographing her Grandfather's amazing photograph album, with hand painted images of Rhodesia as it was in 1932 to 1945. He was quite an intrepid explorer and an excellent photographer. I have added a few photos below We walked to the Gateway Sanctuary while Elliot cycled on his bike, about two miles away. It is where Alan and Moyra did their painting. ... read more
The garden
Dove's nest
Georgie looking at the nest

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 7th 2019

Today was Moyra's actual birthday, so she had more presents from Pete at breakfast plus phone calls. Moyra and Alan went off to a lovely little church hall in Drysdale to a life drawing class for a couple of hours. Winks and Pete did some gardening and chores. Good to have time together Later in the afternoon Pete took Winks and Al to the 'Men's Shed' where Pete joins other retired blokes to do 'things'. The shed is well equipped for producing many repurposed items in wood, metal and other materials. It is a great place fo men to get together and chat, work on projects, garden or just hang out. On the way home we went to Bunnings Hardwear superstore in Leopold, which is huge and holds a massive variety of stock. We ought the ... read more
Pete showing us around
Fantastic veggie garden
Stack of kindeling

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 6th 2019

A sunny but windy day today with no pressing engagements saw a slightly later than normal start. Daylight saving meant the clocks leapt forward an hour! Moyra and Alan went to the local nature reserve to paint for a couple of hours, although it was very windy. Pete and Winks worked in the garden, tying up the daffodils and weeding. A really enjoyable time in their garden. Good to have a restful day after all the activity.... read more
Alan's oil painting
Moyra's oil painting
View of the garden

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 5th 2019

Pete and Winks were up very, very early at 4.40 to take Sue to the Airport to catch her flight back to Perth. SadLyn she missed thes celebration. At mid morning the Nicks and the McCarthys and all the children arrived and the day turned into a mad party fo Moyra's birthday celebrations, two days early but a convenient day for those still working. There was all kinds of activities to suit all ages with biking and walking on the nearby rail trail, fun at the nearby playground, spa hot tub plus painting For the children. There was roast chicken rolls and salad for lunch for 8 adults and 6 children. In the evening Pete and Moyra provided a tasty lasagne and salad dinner for 14 people, aged from 18 months to 76 years old. Everyone ... read more
Paddy and Winks at lunch
Room on my horse for two?

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Geelong October 4th 2019

Moyra and Alan went out painting while Sue, Winks and Pete went shopping for cakes for tea. It rained quite hard so the painters had to pack up early and come home. They were testing their new pochade/special boxes to hold oil paint and painting, which fit on to a tripod. The two painters spent some time cleaning up and fixing the pochard boxes. In the afternoon we had a visit from John and Helen Posselt, from Brisbane en route to a reunion. John was hugely helpful to Pete in suppling factual information about our father's young airline company RAMS in Rhodesia, His father, Theo Posselt, was Chief Pilot. A great opportunity for us all to meet. Sue, Pete and Winks were able to do some more research into our family history, as we shared memories ... read more
Moira with birthday presents
The Posselts with Pete, Winks and Sue

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne October 3rd 2019

We had a very comfortable night in the McCarthy's spacious home. Julie and Mike cooked us a great breakfast of fried eggs and bacon for all the family, including Mike's parents Kerry and Jed, who had called over from their farm nearby. It was good to see them again. Kerry brough her freshly baked scones, with jam and cream. After breakfast we set off to drive into Melbourne to Nicola and Nicholas' cute little home in Albert Park, near Melbourne. Unfortunately Nicholas had to go into Melbourne to work but joined us later, in the park. After tea and coffee in their garden we set off in two cars for the The Royal Botanical Gardens which are enormous and interesting. We had a picnic in the children's safe play area. Elliot and Gorgina had great fun ... read more
Tree in the Nick's garden
Elliot climbing the tree in the Nicks' garden
Sue, Winks and Pete

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Ballarat October 2nd 2019

Today we all piled into Moyra's Hyundai to visit the Julie and Mike McCarthy's and stay overnight in Romsey, north of Ballarat. We had a warm welcome from all the family and after a tour of their lovely big home and garden and after being entertained by the children, we had a delicious BBQed lamb lunch. The highlight of the entertainment was an amusing musical play, put on by the children, directed by Ella and supported by Charlotte, Paddy and Tom, playing the part of Father Christmases. We think it was the best entertainment we have experienced for a long time. In the afternoon we all went on a circular walk to the creek and got some ideas of the local area, and plants surprisingly there were some Buttercups and daffodils! The family enjoyed looking at ... read more
Moyra and Charlotte
Ella, Paddy and Charlotte puzzeling
Charlotte and Ella dancing

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