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Jun 23, 2017 - Spending the day in Brisbane

Today we have spent the day at DFO in Brisbane with my Brother Craig Sister in law Nikita and counting Brayden and Layla they Left after dinner to drive back to the coast Uncle Rode and Aunty Beeca and Lachlan joined us for dinner and stayed in Brisbane for the night with us and then sadly we left them on Saturday morning to head to Sydney

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May 23, 2017 - Pottsville to home

What a great break we have had; today we left to go back to the "de-clutter, chuck, throw, and give away" in preparation for our move to Taigum late this year. Off we head, 1 and 3/4 hrs up the 110km black bitumen - I can think of better roads to travel on but when you head for home, the fastest way is usually the "best" way. Hopefully we'll get in another trip and yet another "tripe tales" before we move in to our new Taigum Villa late this year. Apow - (that's Wik Mungkan for "Goodbye" - the language of the Aurukun First Nation people"

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May 5, 2017 - Fri Time to escape

The van is showing signs of "wanting to get going" Jan is showing signs........ Ron is showing signs.......... And we've both had enough of looking, giving, chucking, throwing, checking, packing ......... Aaaaarrggghhh!!!!!! Today we leave Arana Hills for a much sought after short escape.

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Feb 28, 2017 - My Tips for Spending a Weekend in Brisbane

Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and the third largest city in Australia. Whilst Sydney and Melbourne pull in the crowds, Brisbane is a bit of an undiscovered gem making it the perfect place to discover “real” Australia. There are loads of attractions and activities to enjoy as well as a wonderfully vibrant and laid back atmosphere to soak up. Even if you’re just there for a weekend, there are plenty of ways to explore this wonderful city. Eat Brunch Brunch is big news in Australia and Brisbane is no exception. Personally, I can’t get...

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Feb 11, 2017 - It is Pronounced Bris-ban not Bris-brain

Yesterday we prepared end to go ashore in Brisbane. The temperature was in the low 90's but little humidity so it was a typical day in Florida. We slathered on the sunscreen, took our hats, and departed the vessel to wait for our Kookaburra River boat cruise on the Brisbane river that runs through the center of the city. Getting off the vessel ship security once again told Joe ( that's what he went by this trip) to get a new card because his only shows 1/3 of his face. This will be his third card. We were to wait in air conditioned tents...

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Over to Downunder

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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Oz and the Big Lap

Dec 27, 2016 - Brisbane to Auckland

Brisbane to Auckland Tues 27th Dec. 15-20℃ mainly cloudy. Left Brisbane at 08:25 bound for Auckland NZ on our first flight aboard an Airbus 380. On pushback the aircraft lost all power, so it was towed back to the gate. There was no aircon or entertainment for about 20min until maintenance fixed the problem, finally we were airborne about 30min late. Good flight otherwise, the A380 seemed about the same as flying aboard other large airliners, perhaps the takeoff was smoother and the engines quieter. My best investment ever, a set of Bose...

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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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Oz and the Big Lap

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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Oz and the Big Lap

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