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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney October 16th 2019

Hi, my readers….as I mentioned in this blog before that Sydney is one of the cities in Australia I want to move to and yes, I just spent a week there (how cool?). It was a trip full of fun, good food and great friendships. I can’t wait to share this with you guys!! Sydney Australia is one of the oldest city in this great nation. The city is found in the New South Wales region. Sydney is a harbour city located on the Tasman Sea, and home to two most famous buildings, namely the Sydney Opera house and Harbour Bridge. The city is one of the nation’s most cosmopolitan city. Each year, millions of tourists flock this city for a fun pact vacation. There are many tourist places in New South Wales, and whether you ... read more
Sydney Australia
Australia Gems and Arts Gallery
Fortune of War

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 October 7th 2019

The few days we had in Alice were fabulous and definitely eventful. It allowed us to do all the mundane but necessary jobs such as washing, grocery shopping for next 10 days, and other administrative jobs. The upside was having a swimming pool and waterslide to play on each day, the bike pump track and the 'off limits' tracks that Merlin got to ride on, going for a run, getting take away one night, going to The Desert Park, the fabulous Red Kanagroo bookshop and enjoying the town and its people. The downside (which in hindsight makes for humourous memories) was really just dealing with people who defy logic in order to abide by bureaucratic/administrative/non-sensical rules and who lack any ounce of customer service or humour. To keep it simple, lets just say we had some ... read more

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 » Western Australia » Denmark October 7th 2019

The last day of school before the holidays meant a school assembly hosted by my niece’s class. They were performing a classic Banjo Patterson poem called “A Bush Christening” and she was playing a bailiff, complete with a drawn-on moustache. Through luck more than planning, I was back in Denmark and could go along to watch. With nieces and a nephew on the other side of the country, I don’t get many opportunities to see these kinds of things, so I was glad to go. But I had the rest of the day to myself so once I had finished my photos and blog from Margaret River, I had a relaxing afternoon reading and a nap before everyone came home from school and work. It was then time for a long weekend, giving me three more ... read more
Descending to Knapp Head
The Organ Pipes
Driving up the sand track

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 » New South Wales October 6th 2019

Barossa Valley to Albury We have spent three nights at Red Heads Vineyard, exploring the Barossa Valley. The kids loved Barossa Valley Chocolate Company and Maggie Beer's farm, while Lachie and I enjoyed Seppeltsfield winery. Hahndorf Inn was full of delicious German beer, and not far away we made it to the big rocking horse in Gumeracha. Next to the rocking horse there is a park retreat for wildlife, and the girls really liked feeding the animals. We spent our last night in the region at Alex's house in Gawler with good food and company catching up with our friend from uni. Our biggest day of driving yet, we travelled from Gawler to Melbourne where we camped not far from the caravan factories in Campbellfield. We spent the morning checking out caravan manufacturers as we ... read more
Daisy chains
Seppeltsfield winery
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

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