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Published: January 1st 2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone.
This is my last post from Australia. I spent New Year's Eve at Hunters Hill - I could walk to a park and the view was amazing overlooking the bridge...so I sat on the grass ( in shorts and t-shirt!!!) for an hour or so and watched as boats all lit up sailed up and down - a pretty sight - then we all jumped up as the countdown began and BANG it began. It was not too crowded where I was - and I must say that Sydney and the Harbour Trust have done a great job of organising the 1.5 million visitors who watch. So if anyone else is going to see the fireworks some time - I can give you some tips - It was one of those WOW moments in life that I won't forget. Its so clever how they get all the shapes up in the air - X and heart shapes and circles and everything. I managed to take a few videos shots - but I haven figured out if I can download them to the blog. Will try later.
So it was what we in the house swappers circles call a "mop and bucket" day as I prepared Stuarts apartment for his next lot of visitors and cleaned his car... blimey that must be a record for me - I have cleaned 4 cars since the end of September!!! Many thanks to Stuart and Jo for this house swap - and to be able to stay in such a beautiful grand apartment and in such a very different old area of Sydney. I looked at the mountain of my stuff to pack with horror - it's not that I have bought anything apart from a couple of t-shirts but it all looked such a mess ...but after giving myself a good talking to I set to and got everything back into my 2 cases. Had to buy a new case as the handle fell off the old one - so managed to get a nice 4 wheely one in the sales when I went shopping with Wilma- it had one of those fancy locks.... and after a day trying to get my code in and lock it with no success- I then got it locked and couldn't unlock it - and I am supposed to be and intelligent woman!!!!( I bet Wilma and Mel are laughing at this!!!) So I ended up being pathetic and phoning the shop and then taking back the case and good service from David Jones in Sydney - they gave me another case....problem solved.!So ready to leave Hunters Hill Jo took me to the ferry and off I went to Double Bay to stay my last 2 days with Angela and Ed - thanks to Hattie for giving me her bed again!!!
So I fly with Emirates tomorrow Monday - to Auckland and my next house swappers are meeting me at the airport - they have already stayed in Greenway but I havent met them yet - and I am sure we will have a great time.
Its strange and sad to leave Australia - I have read so much about the pioneers and settlers and only travelled a small part of this country - and I really admire the way the Aussies deal with the extremes of climate in their country...and everyone I have met has been so kind, hospitable and helpful and full of fun...it's a great place and so it's not goodbye Australia its au revoir - I am sure I will be back.
Hope evryone with travel plans can get away ok in this next few weeks.
Love to you
PS - Jan - lovely to read about your experience as a girl in the Blue Mnts ....how different it is now .
Sue - sorry to hear about the frozen pipes and cat mess.... you see you should have come with me.
Michele - good to hear from you and I am glad that Remi and Marie seem to be doing so well.
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