Sunday, July 22, 2012

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Brisbane from our apartment

We had a bonzer holiday in Australia.

We started off in Brisbane where Cate’s mother was in hospital - so we visited her each day and then just mooched about.

Cate was happy with the accommodation I had booked!

Then we went to the Hunter Valley near Sydney to stay at an Alpaca farm with a whole bunch of relatives. Cate made friends with some Alpacas but we couldn’t take any with us.

Then we stayed with the Hendersons in the Hunter Valley and so flew from Newcastle to Brisbane to catch our flight home.

I had allowed oodles of time between flights but we were late leaving Newcastle and then were put in a holding pattern over Brisbane so by the time we landed had to go like the clappers to get to the International terminal to catch our flight.

One would normally take the shuttle bus to go from the domestic terminal to the international terminal but we were running very late indeed so we took a taxi. The taxi driver was so incensed by this that he berated us for the entire 5 minute journey.

We only just made the flight and had an uneventful trip home. Except that Australia is a long way away. The epic trip home took us 35 hours door to door.

We had very little in the way of internet connections during the trip. I suppose I could have blogged – but I decided to take a break.

But I missed you all terribly and it’s good to be back.

Normal service will resume shortly.


  1. Glad to have you back, 35 hours is just nasty.

  2. "Then we went to the Hunter Valley near Sydney to stay at an Alpaca farm with a whole bunch of relatives."
    I don't think that's very charitable.
    We must try our best to accept our family members, no matter how feral they are.

  3. Yea! You're back! I had visions of you being abducted by a dingo, or worse, kangaroos.

  4. good to hear you made it back in one piece mate

  5. fmcgmccllc: Thanks

    freefalling: I have always felt very close to Alpacas.

    esbboston: We saw a whole bunch of kangaroos but escaped unscathed

    Simon: Thanks

    Merisi: I am sure I turned it off.

  6. Welcome back to the right-side-up hemisphere!

  7. smedette: Thanks - and where are you now?