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Mountains of washing

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 Working my way through the mountain of washing/ironing every holiday entails, and at the same time, reminiscing - the pic today is of Port Macquarie beaches. It is the largest town in the area and it was stonking hot that day, which made walking around quite a challenge. There are two long breakwater/harbour walls and it seems as if everyone has made their mark on them. Back in 2012 we inscribed a small Black family shield, but either it has been painted over or  more likely we simply couldn't remember where we had put it! Either way, we never found it!   I suspect we'd be accused of vandalising the town if we did this in Whitby, but Australians are much more relaxed about such things. Sometimes the lack of formality can seem a bit too loose, but it is basically a country for young people and they love the no ties, no business suits, very few high heels and in fact, very few dresses - everyone wears shorts and what I call flip-flops but they call thongs. My eyebrows lifted the

Travelling highlights

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 Currently sitting in the Emirates Business Class Lounge and catching up on e-mails and stuff. Thank goodness it was open! The Emirates Lounge at Sydney was closed and we had to used the Plaza Premium lounge, so we had fears about this one, but it is the major hub of the airline, and it is open. The flight was OK. 7,600 mile in 14 hours. I watched the new James Bond and could hardly hear a word for the gunshot noise on screen and the general airplane engine noise. Good, but puzzling as to plot until I can hear the dialogue/ I thought the slender dame in the black dress and heels was the new 007 but evidently not. I think I need sub titles! Ben Fogel's wilderness retreats entertained me through all 6 episodes, but I must admit I kept nodding off and waking up again. Next leg I plan to watch Bear Grylls. I kept seeing chunks of it on a seat ahead of me and it looked interesting. We shall be here for 9 hours, and will get something to eat and find the comfy "beds" to have a
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 Our Australian adventure is drawing to a close. Now back in Mosman, where there seems never to be less than 3 lanes of traffic hurling around junctions and turning at right angles in the face of those 3 lanes. Scary stuff. Last night we decided to take our hosts out for a meal. We had all had a long day, but they had driven back from Brisbane to pick us up in Redhead and then driven down to Sydney the next day. Almost 800 odd miles. A meal at a restaurant on Chowder Bay called Ripples seemed a good idea. The bay used to be a naval establishment - in fact it still is. I chose Barramundi as my main meal and enjoyed it. A chunk of fish that was moist, sweet ad succulent. I can honestly say I have never tasted a better chocolate mousse with cherries on the side plus a portion of ice cream. Two bottles of Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc-Semillion blend from Margaret River and I was in heaven. Today, Thursday, we walked up Brady Street and onto Military Road. We walked to the cricket ground a

The Strawbridge Hat

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 What with wind, rain, the NoVax situation and the Omicrom virus, the last few days have been memorable, but possibly for all the wrong reasons.  Talk of summer in Australia and you expect hot temperatures. Well, we certainly have those. I have gone around in bare feet since I got here and have never worn a jacket, cardigan or anything approaching such a garment. But...there have been some torrential rain storms, and days spent watching dark clouds drift about all day long. Nights have been sticky and hot, which isn't good for sleeping and if you sleep with an open window then the wind screams around the corners and there is a constant roar of the surf hitting the beach.  We've spent the morning in brilliant sunshine sitting on the beach and dipping our toes in the incoming tide. Yet step out on the balcony to eat lunch and the wind almost takes my sandwich off my plate. One day I spent on the beach with my sun-hat (which you need here otherwise you might end up with a cracking

Welcome to Australia

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You probably won't believe me but there is a stonking wind howling around the balcony and it is so unpleasant we are sitting inside. Dh is reading Musk's book about building Tesla cars and me writing  this and then going back to my story. I thought Australia was this pleasant, sunshiny country where tennis players melted on court because the weather was 40 degrees and climbing. Well, I kid you not. I would not class outside as cold. Not exactly. But it is not pleasant to be out. If you find a sheltered spot out of the wind, the temperature makes you break into a sweat. Beaches must be wind tunnels of stinging sand, and we know from yesterday's walk that the sea is not for swimming as it is too rough.  The waves may look innocuous from high up where we are, but down on the beach they are breaking at heights that would be well over my head and the undertow is powerful. Stand still when the waves retreats and you find yourself toppling over with its power dragging you out into

Time to Relax

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 Apologies to anyone who is confused by the appearance of my blog in the last few days. When I arrived in Oz, the family told me they didn't follow it because they couldn't read it easily. The blue background took over the screen. So I decided to experiment with backgrounds and have now got myself in a tangle. Hopefully more of you will be able to read it now, but it certainly isn't the kind of "look" I wanted. (Evidently it depends on which browser the blog reader uses as to how it looks on screen. Most of the time I favour Google Chrome.) The odd weather continues with really heavy surf that takes over the entire beach at high tide, storm clouds, heat and occasional torrential burst of rain. It is all very restful, actually. The life savers bright orange high perch is in its usual position, but I don't suppose he is lurking there. No one is supposed to be in the water at the moment. (The pic is of a calm day at the beach.) There is a vast store of books in t

New Year 2022

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 2021 has ended and I don't think anyone will be sorry! The magpies are croaking outside and the temperature is, as it  always seems to be, averaging around 20 degrees. Some days, however, it shoots up to 35 and higher. Our first few days here were of that order and it made sleeping difficult. Overall it is a cloudy sky today  but it isn't 9am yet, so there is room for improvement. Even so, there are people on the beach and out walking their dogs - lots of dogs here! - before it gets too hot. Part of the family is packing in order to visit rellies in Brisbane, and the rest of us are waiting to wave them Goodbye. Typically of Australia, they have 875 miles to drive to reach Brisbane from here. Everywhere is a long way from everywhere else. We as in dh and I, drove to Port Macquarie the other day and it seemed a long long way to drive but only a tiny distance on the map. We will see them back again to take us back to Sydney.