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Mar 17, 2020 - Reflections

Tue Mar 17 - Day 23 Reflecting back - Was it a great holiday? YES it certainly was. Lots of resting, reading, relaxing and reflecting in the writing of this blog. Reflecting back - Anything Go Wrong? Nah! Nothing major. Just the door is damaged and won’t separate. The Air Conditioner doesn’t cool anymore. The awning is destroyed (probably hail damage) and has to be replaced. Nope! Nothing much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reflecting back - COVID-19 Pandemic and the ensuing panic. Even reflecting on the Media’s role in unnecessarily feeding the...

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Mar 16, 2020 - Kingscliff to Brisbane

Mon Mar 16 - Day 22 Guess what? - It’s blue skies all over. Must be time to go home. Not much to do this morning. All done and away without fuss and back home by 10:30. Gained an hour at the border. It was an uneventful run home, taking the van to our church’s spacious grounds to enable ferrying our goods and chattels back to the house 500m away. After a cuppa Ron returned to the van to wash it and wait for The Awning Man to come and give a quote on it’s replacement which he did about 5:00pm. He tells us it has been damaged by hail and...

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Feb 23, 2020 - van to church for packing

SUN Feb 23 - Day -1 The recent rain event has given us 450mm in the home rain gauge in a bit over 2 weeks. Wow!! Lots of people prayed for rain and now we have a lot of rain. So when the weekend came to take the van off the property at Samford, the creek bed we had to drive through was running at knee height. Take the van out??? No can do. So we put the trip back a week. A couple of nights later the creek was running at about waist height. But hey! Who’s complaining? Not us. We prayed for it - we got it. Join the frogs and enjoy...

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Dec 8, 2019 - Brisbane Culture

Galleries and Swimming Day 94 Today we are going to have a day of culture so after breakfast we head to the South Bank and the Cultural Centre. The GOMAB is the museum of Modern Art and the first building we come to. We enter a light and airy four storey building which is free to the public. The first exhibit is a 20-foot long sculpture of coral behind glass. There are examples of all the different corals we have seen whilst snorkelling and some we have not. We spend at least two hours perusing the different galleries. There are examples...

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Dec 7, 2019 - Brisbane River

Kangaroo Point and New Farm Day 93 It is misty this morning due to the bush fires west of Brisbane and we are glad that we went to Mt Coot-tha yesterday whilst it was clear and we had the fantastic views. We have been watching the Ferries zigzag back and forth across the river between North Quay and the South Bank and decide that this will be a good way of seeing the city from a different perspective. The North Quay stop is just five minutes away and both the CityCat and CityHopper Ferries stop here. We decide on the later as this is a...

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Dec 6, 2019 - Mt Coot-tha

Gardens and Churches Day 92 Today we’ve decided to drive out to Brisbane Botanic gardens on Mt Coot-tha as it is quite high up and the views of Brisbane and the coast should be brilliant. During the drive we climb steadily towards the highest point in Brisbane. Pulling off the road we park up and walk to the information centre to collect a map of the gardens. We speak to one of the guides who advises us because of the very high temperature to drive around the gardens, parking up at identified points to see particular gardens of interest....

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Dec 5, 2019 - Brisbane City

A Modern City Day 91 We eat breakfast on the balcony appreciating the views. The builders opposite started work at 6 a.m. presumably so that they can finish early before it gets too hot. Looking across to the South Bank we can see the theatre, museums and big wheel and we decide to make that our first stop of the day. The Kurilpa foot bridge across the river is right outside our hotel. It is marked out with lanes for pedestrians, bikes and scooters (the whole city is pedestrian and cycle friendly). We walk across and join the boardwalk...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Australia

Nadi - Brisbane - Cairns Day 71 Taxis, Buses and Planes We are woken by the wake up call at 4.30 a.m. I'm up first, then Mark and lastly Marcus. The taxi picks us up at 5 a.m. and we say a sad farewell to Outrigger Beach Resort. Arriving at the airport at 6.20 a.m. we check in and have breakfast before the flight.The plane is not a Fiji airline jet but is supplied with staff by Malindo Airways. To our surprise the plane is very roomy, much more space than on the long flight from LA to Nadi and we settle down for the 4 hour flight. Luckily...

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Oct 14, 2019 - Honolulu to Brisbane

14 October 2019 It's time to say farewell to Hawaii and our adventurous holiday. We have all been truly blessed with a great time, good health and great travelling buddies. An early start to the day & ready to be picked up by 6am. Everyone managed to get the suitcases closed & our Uber driver arrived promptly. A very friendly guy who was a bit hard to understand with his Vietnamese accent, but he knew how to drive very fast. Honolulu is a very busy city at that hour of the morning. A bit of a wait at the airport for the staff to start work,...

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Apr 24, 2019 - London - Here we come.

LONDON here we come. Such a different feel to departing this time by not going to Congo after 10 years. Great farewell at Brisbane airport by Ian and Robyn, then flight to Sydney to quickly connect to Singapore flight on the A380. “No Heather,” said David, “don’t go to that Gate, or you’ll end up on the African flight.” Um.... now that’s a thought worth considering! Smoothe flight to Singapore. After long walk around Changi Terminals, and a midnight train ride, we arrived @ Airport Hotel and settled in room by 2 am ( Aussie time) Crashed on...

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70 Canals 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - Sailing the South Pacific

We are 6 days into our Trans Pacific cruise. We are playing Hand and Foot card game, watching the ocean slide by and eating good food. We have watched the surfers do the flowrider, the I-Fly and rock climbers. Have thought of doing that myself. 3100 Aussies on this trip. Really enjoying the Diamond lounge.

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Apr 18, 2019 - Sailing From Sydney

We had a really nice sailaway from Sydney Harbor. We spent two nights at Sydney Harbor Marriott. Beautiful hotel. We scored a two room Suite on top floor, 32, with a nice bottle of wine and cheese plate. Marriott is our favorite hotel chain. We had a great tour to the Blue Mountains on Tuesday.

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