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Apr 14, 2018 - Items I usually don't write about

I have gained weight this trip. No one to blame but me. Australia's food is based on English norms. Add to that a huge assortmemt of ethnic foods brought in by waves of immigrants. Brekkie (breakfast) can be full hot (eggs, bacon, beans, stewed tomato, cold toast) or simple cereal and toast. Coffee in hotel rooms is usually instant, not little coffee makers one finds in the US. Lunch and dinner have English foundations. I love the meat pies and enjoy occasional fish and chips. Just about anything from Italian to Thai is available. The...

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Apr 14, 2018 - City and town

Darwin is a kind of bland town built out of nondescript block or prefab buildings. A few taller buildings make for a modest skyline. Downtown is struggling no doubt due to cyclone woes, competition from suburban shopping centers, and other factors. It has many large and lovely parks, sadly with many blown down trees from a recent cyclone. Its economy is based on agriculture, tourism, and a military presence. The bus system is odd, linking the city with suburbs but not going to and from the airport, which happens to be surrounded by the city...

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Oct 19, 2016 - Busselton

After taking the dogs for a quick walk after breakfast I headed up to the jetty at about 10.30am to catch the 11am jetty train to the underwater observatory at the end of the jetty. The jetty is 1.8kms long and is supposed to be the longest wooden structure in the southern hemisphere. I am pretty sure Carnarvon claims that as well- but you can actually walk to the end of this one, whereas in Carnarvon you can’t, as it is almost totally rotten. The reason the jetty is so long is as per Carnarvon- the bay is actually quite shallow and they...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Herron Point to Busselton

After a very cold, but quiet night (no traffic noise), we woke up to a lovely sunny morning. We took the dogs for a bit of a walk after breakfast but were just about carried away by midgies. So, as pretty as the place was, there was definitely no chance of staying an extra day so we were on the road to Busselton by about 9am. We hadn't quite decided whether we were going to stay in Busselton or not - main aim was to have a look at the jetty which is supposedly the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. Anyway, once at the jetty,...

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Jan 1, 2014 - A very happy new year to you all.

New Year's Day and a very happy New Year to you all in 2014. The temperature today is about 24oC and just a beautiful day. We booked our train trip along the jetty and the Underwater Observatory at the end of the pier. It is 1.8 Klms long and it was a lovely train ride along the length of the jetty. We went down the underwater Observatory which goes down to the sea bed about eight meters at that point. It is fascinating to see coral growing on the pylons creating its own reef. Tropical fish come down from the north to mingle with cold...

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Dec 31, 2013 - New Year's Eve

Another lovely day in Busselton. We packed up the truck to head out and said goodbye to Ralph about lunchtime. We parked along the beach front which was most pleasant and then got ready for our night out to celebrate our anniversary belatedly for November. We went to see "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty." We misjudged the time so came in a bit late but I don't think we missed much. Mmm it's a strange film but the photography is good. Afterwards we went to The Equinox restaurant near the pier for a meal. We had a double decker seafood...

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Dec 30, 2013 - Last day at Ralph's

This morning we went in to Ralph's early and sat talking for a while. Alan and Melanie are coming for lunch so I went off to prepare and David rode his bike into town to get a few supplies. Whipping around the Motorhome took about half an hour and then preparing lunch plus a shower took up most of the time and the lunch was almost ready by the time David came back. The jelly and strawberries won't be ready for lunch as I only made it when David came back from town. Alan and Melanie old friends from the 70's came for lunch and it was great...

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Dec 29, 2013 - Meeting old friends

This morning Ralph dropped us at the local church and we met up with some old friends we hadn't seen for more than 30 years we think. How lovely to see them. They're basically the same as they were then but now have four children and eight grandchildren. We had a good time chatting over lunch then they dropped us back. We called in to see Ralph and have a cup of tea afterwards.

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Dec 28, 2013 - The Goose

The sea has been very calm in Busselton up to now. We decided to get the boat down and haul it to the sea on its wheels. David took Ralph for a burn in the boat with the dog. I don't think the dog enjoyed it that much and Ralph just a little better. The colours of the sea here is amazing and the beaches gorgeous. David and I then went for a sail in the boat. It seems so small on the water. We landed further along on the beach and went for, well you couldn't call it a swim, but a dip in the water which is quite warm. After lunch we headed...

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Dec 26, 2013 - Boxing Day

Beautiful days, hot sun, cool breezes and an early morning ride to Busselton along the beach bike track. Boxing Day in the smaller towns is not what it is in the city with massive 5 am sales etc. life is not as busy as that. We spent a pleasant time with Ralph watching the Boxing Day cricket in Melbourne for the rest of the morning. We all needed an easy day after the large Christmas dinner we enjoyed yesterday and we came back to the Motorhome to relax for the rest of the day.

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Dec 25, 2013 - Christmas Day

We want to wish all our friends and those we've met on the way a very merry Christmas. After a leisurely start to the day we sat talking to Ralph drinking tea and eating mince pies. Ralph cooked us an amazing Christmas dinner and afterwards plum pudding. All very nice. We've been having good and interesting conversation together. We talked to all the family today which was great as we miss them all very much. We wished many people via email and Facebook a merry Christmas. All in all a very good Christmas Day.

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Dec 24, 2013 - Christmas Eve

Today was a busy day getting the truck cleaned for Christmas and doing four loads of washing. All dry and packed away. Tonight we ate at our place, Ralph joining us for a roast beef dinner whilst we watched the Melbourne Carols By Candlelight which is very special, having been going for more than 50 years. Sylvie Paladino sang "It is well with my soul." A very special song.

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