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Published: March 11th 2016
Well, well, well. We have been "not so patiently" waiting a long time to announce that we have once again given up our secure full time jobs and are well and truly ready to hit the road again. It has been a long time coming but as much as we love Darwin and will definitely miss it we do have itchy feet again and more than ready to commence exploring once more. Our plans that have taken shape so far are:
01/05/16 Darwin to Bangkok
02/05/16 Dubai for 2 nights
04/05/16 Italy for 8 nights
13/05/16 London for 4 nights
17/05/16 Motorhome swap for 8 weeks exploring the South of England
13/07/16 Manchester for 6 nights
19/07/16 Bangkok for 3 nights
22/07/16 Darwin for 7 days before heading for Perth via Brisbane!
29/07/16 Darwin to Perth by Oct 2016
Nov 2016 New Zealand for 6 months using another motorhome swap.
May 2017 Travel France, Spain and Portugal by car
July/Aug Another motorhome swap in UK exploring Scotland
Sept 17 Back to Perth
Nov Back to NZ.
It has taken months and months of planning but all is looking good so far. Darwin has experienced its hottest February on record
and it has been unpleasantly humid for the most part. If praying to the Rain gods worked we would all be on our knees and for the most part the dark clouds and rolling thunder just tease us and then move on by without leaving even a drop of water. I am sure when I get to England I will see plenty of it so I should not complain!
Pete and I have loved living in Darwin and will really miss the friends and work colleagues that we have made here. Living in a caravan park one can be as sociable or as unsociable as one chooses to be. We do a bit of both and it has worked out very well and we don't envisage settling down in a brick house any time soon. Although yesterday on entering the outdoor ensuite I encountered a huge ugly Cane toad behind the door and as Pete was not around to call upon I very bravely got the broom and it obligingly hopped out of the bathroom but unfortunately not out of the adjacent laundry. When Pete arrived home on asking him to check that it had moved on he discovered
that it was still there so proceeded to also get the broom to move it on and again it obligingly hopped this time on to the cobblestones outside. This is where the fun began. We have been instructed by many Aussies to get a golf club and kill it by swinging at it and sending them on their way (or the neighbour's way in this case) but not having access to a club Pete used the broom instead. However his swing, like is golf is not completely accurate and the toad ended up hitting the rubbish bin instead and rebounded and landed at his feet and this is where I cannot repeat his expletives! He tried twice more and finally got it on to the roadway where he claimed to me that he left in on its back looking very dead. Strangely though when he checked 10 minutes later there wasn't a trace of it! Should have sprayed it with Dettol which I believe does work and they hop off to die (again in someone else's garden!) Certainly had a chuckle over that and of course have told a couple of others!
We have worked hard and now it
is time to holiday and we can't wait for those final days to arrive.
Wishing everyone the best of health and look forward to catching up with some of you again!
Apologies for lack of photos as it seems to be that it is only when you are on the road or on holiday that the camera comes out!
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