Phoenix feathers and ashes

This morning we enjoyed a simple breakfast of toast, availed ourselves of the shower and arranged to meet Colin. We travelled by train to the CBD and walked to one of the Quays to pick up the free river hopper. We got off at eagle street and stopped for refreshments and an all too indulgentContinue reading “Phoenix feathers and ashes”

Brisbane and sport

Next up was our journey to Brisbane. We had breakfast at the apartment, had a drive round the 🌴 one last time, soaked up the views, the memories and said our goodbyes. We had emergency exit seats on the plane, so more leg room! The flight with Virgin Australia was short and sweet and weContinue reading “Brisbane and sport”

Last full day on HI

Our last full day before Four become just two ( three actually as we meet up with Colin). We go into town to buy breakfast essentials and enjoy the views. Kevin and I have a drive around and then walk the other side of the marina and also Bommie Deck, where we hope to goContinue reading “Last full day on HI”

Six become four

Today Andrew and Lis were to leave us to go home, but before that, Andrew and I completed the HI parkrun. We were cheered around the 2 lap route by the rest of the family. It was my first as a ‘tourist’ and what a place to do it. We went for breakfast after ourContinue reading “Six become four”

Hamilton Island 🌴

An early start, an hour’s flight and we arrive at HI. We see Andrew and Lis’s flight arrive and we eventually meet up. Our apartment isn’t ready yet, so a walk round to acclimatise is required. When we get in the view is breathtaking, our home for the next nine days. A visit to IGAContinue reading “Hamilton Island 🌴”

Daintree Rainforest

One of the reasons to come to the north east coast was to take in a trip to the world heritage site of Daintree rainforest🤗 and this trip didn’t disappoint We first visited the wildlife park with obligatory koala pictures. A wander through the rest of the park showed the diversity of this country’s fawnaContinue reading “Daintree Rainforest”

The land down under 🤗

Jet lagged I’ve decided to write about our travels so far. We left England after meeting Colin, Kevin’s best friend for over 40 years, where we all flew to HK. Have to say, Cathay Pacific were great and the journey, including 4 hour changeover, was smooth, in fact, we all agree that it has beenContinue reading “The land down under 🤗”

Keep right on to the end of the road……

Sunday arrived and we had beautiful weather for the Scottish relatives, friends and neighbours to celebrate the diamond anniversary. Food, drink and chairs were in place. Guests arrived and laughter rang out. We spilled over into the garden and it was so good to see so many smiling faces. I read a poem by BobContinue reading “Keep right on to the end of the road……”

Shine bright like a diamond….

My sister and I travelled almost 500 miles by road yesterday to be a part of the first celebration of our parents 60th wedding anniversary. What a privilege to be able to be here, and what an achievement! We arrived after a 12 hour journey, falling exhausted into bed. An early start today and aContinue reading “Shine bright like a diamond….”

Life changes

On Sunday we drove to Bristol to our niece’s new home, to surprise Kevin’s sister on the eve of a momentous birthday. I’d been nearby, actually having lunch at the above pub earlier this year, and after a very early start we arrived before the birthday girl. Viv was suitably surprised and pleased at theContinue reading “Life changes”

Dyffryn Gardens

Another day, another house and gardens, this one a National Trust property just outside Cardiff. The gardens less formal than yesterday, but a sculpture here and there. The sun shone intermittently but the moisture in the air did not dampen our enthusiasm. We stopped for the obligatory cream tea and wandered around the stalls whereContinue reading “Dyffryn Gardens”

Education and what it can mean

Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit another Catholic school in East London. The journey from Chelmsford was a real trip back to the past especially when we drove through Ilford, Manor Park and Forest Gate. Road names remain but so much has changed.  We passed my old secondary school, the entrance door still familiarContinue reading “Education and what it can mean”