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Published: March 19th 2010
Day 311 - Box Hill Resort
Wakey, wakey rise and shine! We could have slept all day in truth just getting over the chaotic brilliance that was Tasmania but we didn’t, Darryl had sandwiches to make for two beautiful young ladies.
The girls were up bright and early this morning so we joined them in the family room for a bit of a catch up on their latest news. They had a good time down at the beach house, everything is well with all of their friends, their Wii fit ages are getting better and Daisy & Henry are still driving each other crazy. Basically in the world of these 7 & 9 year olds, life is good!
Grant is on a later shift today so he’s catching up on some much earned sleep while Anna is re-organising some appointments after a hectic time at the trade fair. The house goes quiet for a while when Darryl takes the girls to school (we think they secretly like it when the Pommies pick them up or drop them off and we love doing it!) and I crack on with the blog!
My gosh the blog! We’ve never been
so far behind so apologies to all of our far flung family and friends sitting on the edges of their seats each morning waiting for the next instalment of the trip. Hopefully we’ll catch up soon!
We’re on a non stop washing regime today, Anna’s machine is heard wincing as we pile our filthy, smelly hiking socks in. Infact they’re so dirty they have to go in twice!!
The silence was broken with the arrival of Jordan’s girlfriend Therese who is now living in Australia and hoping to get a permanent visa sorted. She’s finding it very difficult at the moment because she’s not able to work and seems a bit down in the dumps. Our advice is to get energetic and get involved with something, anything, while she’s waiting. It’s frustrating though and we talked last night about the huge amount of paperwork there is to fill in plus having to find copies of her parents’ passports which is difficult because they’re still in Sweden. Therese is very keen to get everything sorted as soon as possible so I give her a hand and read through the requirements for a de-facto partnership visa. The first thing I
spot is that she doesn’t need a copy of her parents’ passport at all so at least that’s some of the stress taken away.
Visa applications are hard work at the best of times but when English is not your first language is does make it tougher so we all lend a hand in one way or another. After quite a detailed read through certain things aren’t coming together as they should. It’s looking more and more likely that the young couple will have to visit a specialist and obtain some advice to move things forward.
When the girls got home from work myself and Therese took them out on their bikes to check out the Gumnut Babies geocache. With Daisy & Henry coming along too it was a bundle of fun and Therese was brilliant in encouraging the girls to get used to riding their bikes. Both were reluctant to put their feet on the pedals at first but by the end of it were merrily cycling along the pathway.
The geocache has been well visited and is still in excellent condition when we re-discover it. We’re careful to hide from ‘muggles’ (non geocachers!) and to cover things back up once we’ve looked at the log.
Back at home we swing into action to get the caravan ready for our trip up to Mansfield tomorrow. I managed to pick up a new hairdryer for $5 from the local Op Shop, I haven’t used one in months but the weather is cooling down now and I don’t want to catch a cold - something else I haven’t had for months!
We cooked up the last of our free Tuna for dinner tonight. With Grant on late shift, Darryl is in charge of the cooking and does a fabulous job as always.
The rest of the evening was spent chatting with Anna and mulling over how to spend our last 2 months in this fabulous country. There’s still quite a lot we want to see but much of it will be spent with family and new friends in either New South Wales or Victoria. Although we’re sure there will be a few big walks thrown in along the way!
Dar and Sar
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