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Oct 14, 2016 - Sad News and Happy Celebrations

Hi Everyone It is a very sad time for us as Paul's mum has passed away. She went quietly in her sleep after a fairly aggressive illness, she would have been 90 years old next month. Our love and condolences go to Brian, mum's partner for over 30 years, and Andrew, Paul's brother, and all the rest of the family in England. On a happier note my Dad has just celebrated his 90th birthday. According to mum the door bell was being continually rung as cards, parcels and flowers arrived all through the day. We hope he enjoyed his special day. The...

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Our Aussie Adventure

Sep 13, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Days 91 - 94

Hi All, Well for the past week or so we have been chasing wildflowers crisscrossing an area north of Perth which was another of the many reasons for doing the trip at this time of year and we were not disappointed. We stayed at 3 very small towns with very small caravan parks as free camping is currently not an option. The weather has gone cold, nights are around the 6 -9 and days around the 12 -18 so the electric blankets, heaters and air con are all hard at work. The flowers are incredible, from large areas in bloom to tiny orchids the...

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Feb 12, 2016 - Arrived in Australia at last ....to have a good day in Fremantle

After 7 days at sea crossing the Indian ocean in quite cool and cloudy conditions we arrived in Fremantle to glorious sunshine........but fortunately the 40+C temperatures we had been seeing on the news in Fremantle had passed and it was low 30+C with quite a breeze which made it OK for getting about. We set off after breakfast with no real plans of what we should do.... for a change..... but when we found some free cycles to use all other plans were abandoned although the pedal bikes were VERY BASIC with no gears and a back pedal brake! We...

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Dec 18, 2015 - More Fremantle

Thought I'd share a few more pics. Fremantle has such lovely buildings, which are so well preserved. The pristine weather helps, I'm sure. Many rehabs were done on interiors, while preserving the facades. Downtown was very alive last night (Friday night!) and we ate dinner at a place called Healthy Burger. While there is a lot of beef cattle raised in AU, Corinn says they are finally figuring out how to make a decent burger. And that's what we had last night. Apologies to my vegetarian friends :)

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Dec 17, 2015 - Fremantle and beyond

We're staying in a modern flat in the fascinating city of Fremantle, which is a shipping port just south of Perth. There are cafes aplenty, shops, historic buildings, and of course the beach, all of which we will be exploring today (and which are within walking distance!) Yesterday we visited a park called Point Walter, along the Swan river. Then we had a lovely lunch and spent the afternoon with Darryl's sister Lou and her husband Andy and son Chris. They've recently moved to a new house, so we got to see what the Perth suburbs look like....

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Mar 26, 2015 - Board the MSC Orchestra

We boarded the MSC Orchestra early 12 noon. We have been celebrity spotting starting with Kate Cebrano, Ross Wilson & Normie Rowe within the cruise terminal. The cruise is sheer opulence in carpet, marble, food & drink are second to none. The Italians have no idea how to cater for so many Aussies & Kiwis under one roof at once. We dropped lines at 21:30 and there were a few sad faces, a few teary eyes and alot of happy faces. I was one of the teary ones (especially with Pavarotti singing 'Time to say Goodbye' but Paul was out looking for...

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Mar 25, 2015 - Fremantle and Cottesloe Beach

Fremantle and Cottesloe After a morning spent doing laundry and taking care of some travel stuff, I headed out for Fremantle using the Perth train system, which is a well organized and efficient transportation system. Fremantle served as Western Australia's major port since 1829 and as the gateway to millions of immigrants. If you saw the Tom Selleck movie "Quigley Down Under," this is the port city through which he sailed into Australia. By the way, that was an interesting movie showing some geographic aspects of this part of the country,...

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Feb 5, 2015 - The beginning.

Knot Dreaming has again nominated for the 2015 Fremantle to Bali Race and Rally departing Fremantle at 12.00 noon Saturday 16th May 2015. The crew is very similar to our 2011 trip where Knot Dreaming won the Rally division, namely, Andrew Dawson (owner/skipper), John Strickland, John Heydon, Chris Harmer and Bob Lee. Jim McBeth who did the 2011 race is not with us this time.

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Nov 26, 2014 - Our Itinerary

Date Port Arrive Depart Thursday, 26 March 2015 Fremantle, Australia 12:00 Friday, 27 March 2015 Fremantle, Australia 3:00 Saturday, 28 March 2015 Albany, Australia 7:00 18:00 Sunday, 29 March 2015 At Sea Monday, 30 March 2015 At Sea Tuesday, 31 March 2015 Resting Place Of HMAS Sydney, Australia TBA Wednesday, 01 April 2015 Cocos (Keeling) Island, Australia Thursday, 02 April 2015 At Sea Friday, 03 April 2015 At Sea Saturday, 04 April 2015 At Sea Sunday, 05 April 2015 Colombo, Sri Lanka 6:00 17:00 Monday, 06 April 2015 At Sea...

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Mar 27, 2014 - Fremantle

We returned to Fremantle. On the way we stopped for lunch at New Norcia, Australia's only complete monastic town. Every church, school, and lunch bar is owned by monks. Designed in the style of a Spanish Benedictine village, New Norcia's grandiose buildings stand in stark contrast to the surrounding bushland. In the evening we had dinner at the Yacht Club.

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Mar 23, 2014 - Fremantle

Sunday, Mar. 23 We had breakfast at a small cafe near where Jesse and Jessie were staying in Fremantle and we got to meet their new son and hold him. We walked around Kings Park . The park is a mixture of grassed parkland, botanical gardens and natural bushland on Mount Eliza with two thirds of the grounds conserved as native bushland. With panoramic views of the Swan River and Darling Range, it is home to over 300 native plant varieties and 80 bird species. It overlooks the city as well as Perth Water and Melville Water on the Swan River....

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Mar 20, 2014 - Fremantle

We woke very early and attended the South Perth-Burswood Rotary meeting with Steve. It was at the Burswood Casino which we got to walk through. We had a wonderful breakfast and heard about the water projects being constructed. Then we packed up and Kathy picked us up to stay with her and Kevin in Femantle. We are so lucky. Kevin and Kathy were able to get us a flat right beside them, looking out over the Swan River. We are definitely spoiled! Fremantle is a city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle Harbour...

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