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March 20th 2020
Published: March 18th 2020
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Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour Sydney Harbour

No visit to Sydney is complete until you have taken a ferry ride, preferably to Manly. We were treated to a close up look at an international catamaran race.
Our round the world adventure turned into a scramble to get home when The Virus changed our plans for us.

We were fortunate to be able to revise our flights to get back to Toronto via Vancouver.

It meant missing a week in Rarotonga which we have long wanted to do, and a stop in LA where we were to meet up with a friend who teaches there.

It was so comforting to get back to find son Pat, his wife Claire and ably assisted by their sons Tom (6) and Ollie (4) had fetched our car from storage at Sauble and loaded it up with groceries and necessities...”We even got you chips!” said Tom.

Now we will hunker down at home and hope for the best!


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Aussie birdlifeAussie birdlife
Aussie birdlife

We visited with mates at Burrill Lake, south of Sydney and enjoyed the local birds.
Bushfire damageBushfire damage
Bushfire damage

We saw plenty of evidence of the devastating bushfires that ravaged the region south of Sydney, including Sussex Inlet where I had lived.
Family visit to Melbourne Family visit to Melbourne
Family visit to Melbourne

We visited nephew Todd in Melbourne with his wife Jenna and children Layla and Nate.
The Great TP caperThe Great TP caper
The Great TP caper

My brother had asked me to pick up tp if available as shelves were bare of it in Sydney. So Todd and I lined up with a crowd for a supermarket opening. We successfully out hustled several old ladies to get our hands on the prize!
Farewell lunchFarewell lunch
Farewell lunch

With Garry & Jan just south of Sydney.
Desmond at The BeachDesmond at The Beach
Desmond at The Beach

My mate Des presented us with this little Aussie surfer to take back to Sauble. Here he is freezing more than his toes in the lingering snow, waiting for the lake to thaw.


19th March 2020
Farewell lunch

Welcome Home !
Hi Ian and Marlene, Welcome back. Glad you're home and ,with chips and toilet paper, you'll be just fine ! What an amazing trip you had. We'll have to hear all about it in the summer. Ted and Moe

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