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Jan 1, 2017 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

27 December Swimming pool not open until 9 as it is a public holiday, so a long wait after walking the dogs at 5.30. Ruth decided to join me. Didn't realise how strong the sun is at that time of day, got mildly burned, even though in the water, swimming hard. Relaxing couple of days, a bit more research into great-uncle James, shopping sorties, otherwise just enjoying the weather, hot, but not too hot. Watched some of the Boxing Day test crocket at the MCG, that is when it wasn't raining in Melbourne! Saw the tv reports about the flooding...

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Dec 27, 2016 - Brisbane to Auckland

Brisbane to Auckland Tues 27th Dec. 15-20℃ mainly cloudy. Left Brisbane at 08:25 aboard Emirates A380 bound for Auckland NZ. On pushback the aircraft lost all electrical, so was towed back to the gate. No aircon or entertainment for about 20min until maintenance fixed the problem, finally airborne about 30min late. Good flight otherwise, the A380 was the same as flying aboard other large aircraft, perhaps the takeoff was smoother and the engines quieter. My best investment, Bose quiet comfort headphones, combined with the vast Emirates...

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Dec 26, 2016 - Christmas!

Christmas Eve The day started with beautiful blue skies and a lovely cool temperature - 22 degrees. Made dog walking very pleasant and they didn't get too hot, despite all their running around after the ball. More work on our Bali holiday, more or less sorted, just a minor issue with mistaking the international flight home time of departure. Fortunately checked properly before making our bookings. Delicious lunch of tiger prawns, avocado, aoli and a rice salad. Picked up a piece of porchetta for tonight and a deboned chicken for next week...

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Dec 23, 2016 - Merry Christmas everyone

18 December A much warmer night, the car thermometer showed 25.5 degrees at 5.30 in the morning and it was getter hotter and more humid. We drove down to the Racecourse market to buy some more fresh fruit and vegetables (and for Ruth to check out the clothing stalls!). Last market until after Christmas. Weather seemed to be closing in, clouds and humidity building, time to go. Back for lunch and to watch Australia vs Pakistan at The Gabba (technically Wooloongabba, but shortened by everyone) here in Brisbane. Watched a bit yesterday and...

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Dec 17, 2016 - Well, Christmas is just around the corner

11 December Lovely fresh morning, long may this continue..... Dogs walked, we headed off to the racecourse Sunday market for brunch. Fresh fruit and vegetable shopping......mango, pawpaw, limes, avocado, asparagus, bananas, all looking perfect and very reasonable prices - 4 mangos for $10! Gave the dogs a treat in the afternoon, a walk along Nudgee Beach. There was an enclosed 'dogs off the lead' area where we attempted to wear them out before we hit the beach, on leads. Total failure, Flash kept pulling though I was determined he was not....

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Dec 10, 2016 - Ok, week one completed

5 December. Up early again today, dogs walked, picked up some laundry to be ironed (we agreed to stand in for Tricia's little ironing business), then off for a swim. The 'local' pool is about a 15 minute drive away. A 25 metre lane pool plus an aquatic centre with slides etc, looking a bit tired, but its all outdoors, and the water is heated! Did my usual two kilometres then drove back for breakfast. Found some pretty cheesy Christmas cards, quite obviously from Australia ( koala/kangaroo wearing a 'Santa' hat), written up then posted....

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Dec 4, 2016 - Brisbane, lazy Sunday

4 December Feeling a bit fresher today, after a good nights sleep, Ruth's persistent cough is now diminishing, we are both feeling better. Early mornings are not a problem and the animals are all happy to see us. I took the dogs for their daily walk, but this time i parked at the bottom of the hill and walked up to the dog park, with Flash on the lead. He wasn't happy about that but got used to it and even walked to heel for a short while, that is until he recognised the entrance to the Park! Back for breakfast, then off to the farmers...

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Dec 3, 2016 - Brisbane, at last!

We are slowly getting our body clocks adjusted and catching up on sleep after the long journey. To recap, we arrived in good time at Gatwick and enjoyed a light meal in the lounge with our first glass of champagne! Boarded, settled in, arriving in Dubai six and a bit hours later, not having had much sleep as they had served dinner and breakfast. Got to the hotel, where the very friendly check in clerk offered us breakfast while he sorted out a room for us (it was 7.30 in the morning). Breakfast and room sorted, we crashed for a couple of...

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Oct 5, 2016 - HOME after 8 weeks

Wednesday 5th October - Toowoomba to home As soon as we started the long 2nd gear roll down the Main Range it seemed like we were almost home. All good things come to an end, and this holiday is no different. From 10th Aug through to 5th Oct we’ve experienced the following ……… been away 8 weeks, 56 nights - - covered 5000 kms (actually 5km under that), - - had the company of 4 great friends over those 8 weeks - - replaced 1 blown-to-bits tyre, - - turned a microwave into a bread storage bin - stayed in the following places for 3 nights or...

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Sep 30, 2016 - Home

Friday 30th Moree to Toowoomba. Saturday 31th Toowoomba, Sunday 1st Home. Would you believe it a fine beautiful day. Rang Pat Schmith for her 70th birthday then off we go heading north. Stopped at Goondiwindi the town of the famous racehorse Gunsynd. Went through Millmerran which is booked out as there is a camp oven weekend on and arrived in Toowoomba in time for happy hour !!! good . Saturday was a magnificent day, we looked at about four flower gardens around town and then went to the moves and saw Sully ( recommend it ) dinner at the...

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New South Wales 2016

Sep 25, 2016 - Brisbane

25/9/2016 Kingaroy to Brisbane - Lawnton Showgrounds A cold night, and a cloudy morning. We were ready to leave at 9.30, an hour earlier than planned. We're looking forward to being back in Brisbane and seeing our family. There was more traffic on the road today than we've seen in the whole 2 weeks we've been away. From the time we left Nanango, south of Kingaroy, it was continual, both ways. We pulled off the road numerous times, and each time it wasn't long before there was another stream behind us. So, a slow trip, and a vow that we...

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Homeless but happy

Sep 11, 2016 - A quiet day

11/9/2016 Sunday It poured last night but it didn't bother us too much. This is when we really appreciate having a shower and toilet in the van. This morning, I did some hand washing before Ian woke, and then he put the clothes line up for me, we had breakfast and headed off to church. We weren't sure how long it would take from Lawnton to Mitchelton, but we made it with time to spare. We did some shopping on the way home, and Ian bought some ramps to help Sandie get the mower up to the top level of lawn. Not an easy job! Continued back...

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Homeless but happy

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