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Poor My toes were freezing because I was wearing thongs (flip flops), the temperature on the car dashboard says 6 degrees C and when we checked the weather in Perth an hour before it was 17 degrees, oh and just in case I forget to mention later on, it has been snowing in the mountains, so it is fair to say that I am feeling the cold this morning! After a couple of days at Woodstock, enjoying the surrounds, Helen and Roberts company and sorting through our gear that we had stored in the container, we want to take some stuff back to Perth with us, in particular a saucepan that will go nicely in Roobie. We both have a mass session of trying on clothes and creating piles of "taking" and "leaving" amongst the nice ... read more
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.
Poor Stewie!!!, its a Killler.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » Eltham April 6th 2015

Is the third time a charm? Kel and I desert our children (not that they're children), for six weeks to walk northwards through Portugal from Lisbon to Santiago. It's been more than a tough few working months. I calculated that by the middle of the year I'll have spent more than half of the year out of Australia (that's counting this trip, but still). Saudi Arabia, where the work has primarily been, is at once the most exotic and the most boring place to visit. Exotic in the sense of being foreign and boring in the sense that we commonly understand it. The four weeks in Riyadh last month was too long to spend in a city were Fridays resemble Melbourne Sundays in the 1960s. When one is living in a compound with 20 foot high ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Cooma April 6th 2015

Tuesday 31st March 2015 We left Sale at about 1000 very pleased with the caravan park fees only $17/night for both nights with a power cost of $4.75. This park is well worth stopping at if you are in the area. First stop was Bairnsdale, a couple of hours away, and after a walk down the typical country main street, we went to Maccas for lunch as we are getting rather addicted to their toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwiches! After this we stopped in at the Information Centre next door and a very helpful lady gave us some ideas of what to see and where to stay. After checking out the old church next door, the only thing worth seeing in the town in her opinion, we went to Cheap Auto Parts over the ... read more
The Stony Creek Trestle Bridge built in 1916
Lost on a bush track....
Early morning next to the Snowy River


I am not sure if we mentioned in the previous blog, but as we arrived back in Canberra this afternoon we pulled up at a set of traffic lights, Andy pointed out a couple of vehicles, one Lamborghini and one Ferrari, they were clearly wedding cars supported by a Jeep and a Mercedes. A moment later a police car cam screeching to a halt in front of the 3 lanes of traffic at the lights essentially blocking the road, a policeman suddenly appeared and shouted down the queue of traffic for "someone" to turn off the engine. I would swear that the whole queue of traffic turned off their engines. Well it looked like the brides day was about to be ruined, we are not sure what really happened, but perhaps they were racing each other ... read more
Not Another Birthday (Poor Stewie Continued)
Not Another Birthday (Poor Stewie Continued)
Not Another Birthday (Poor Stewie Continued)

Oceania » Australia » Queensland April 6th 2015

Hi Party People, We had another lazy day again, making the most of the house to ourselves. So again we read our books, watched more GOT (the red wedding OMG!) and we popped into Woolworths. I rang Robbie to see what time they were coming back later and if they wanted us to make dinner for us all. They weren’t sure so we bought enough ingredients to make spaghetti bolognaise and garlic bread just incase. Robbie rang again in the afternoon to say to go a head and eat as they really didn’t think they would be back around dinnertime, and that only Terry was coming home anyway. This was fine with us, Terry came home about 9pm so we had eaten and cleared up. We had a chat with him but I think we all ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru April 6th 2015

Sunrises and sunsets. Long walks and short walks. We rode the bikes too. We packed a lot in these days. We stayed at the Yulara campground which was OK. It had a pool. We ate local food (croc, barra and roo) at the pub. Next stop is Kings Canyon (now known as Watarrka National Park).... read more
Not much water left in this pool
The rock from the Visitor Centre
The rock from a sunrise / sunset carpark

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney April 6th 2015

On Friday 27 Mar we did a 9am tour of the Sydney Opera House which was really interesting from the point of view of how the design was chosen and then realized and also from the human aspect of the architect, Jørn Utson, who never visited the Opera house after it was completed. At 11am went for coffee and cookies as we had tickets for 'Tea and Symphony' in the Opera House where we listened to Holst's Planets Suite played by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. It was brilliant! We then walked around the bay to circular Quay where we joined a Tall Ship lunch Cruise on the Søren Larson. We sailed under the Harbour Bridge twice and around the Harbour in brilliant sunshine with as much wine, sparkling wine or beer as you could responsibly drink ... read more
Roof tiles of Opera House are self cleaning so stay white
Søren Larsen tall ship
Captain of Søren Larson with 19th Century mobile

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane April 5th 2015

Hello People, Easter Sunday- so it would have been wrong not to have a lie in. We put a bit of washing on, read our books and watched a lot of Game of Thrones (coming to the end of season 3-red wedding-very exciting!). We did venture out into the small town, but being Easter Sunday everything was closed so we made do with what we had; we made do with steaks in the evening, and drank wine. It feels like a holiday for once, as we have complete privacy, our own room, full rein of the kitchen and a bath. They have a pool, but Robbie said only the dog uses it at the moment so we stayed out of it. Even though we have so much time to just relax, we have been very slack ... read more
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Oceania » Australia April 4th 2015

Hi Everyone, Today we had a lie in, Neil made the best porridge I’ve ever had with a few extras spices he found in the cupboard. We then caught the bus back into the city, we saw some friends from Fraser as soon as we got there, and then went to get some Internet at a travel agent for about 20 minutes to book up our next bus journey to Surfers Beach. We then wandered 11 miles around the city-urh my legs hurt so much when we got back in the evening. We went to the QUT university art museum on the university campus on George street, we passed the city hall, passed a racism protest, got preached to about eating dogs (Neil wound her up saying he had eaten it and said who were they ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City April 4th 2015

Our first day in cairns (27/3) was definitely a stressful one. Kennedy and I had planned to do our farm work when we got to Cairns because we had been told that there are more farms up north than in the southern states. With this in mind we got up raring to go and find ourselves a job. We went into Peterpans and spoke to the job search guy in there who basically said there are no farms up here looking for workers at this time of year. The best place for farming right now is a place called Bundaberg which is a fourteen hour drive down south, or to go inland from Brisbane which is even more South. He gave us some options for farming in these places but the work was 4/5 days a ... read more
Cairns
Harbour
The lagoon at night




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