Thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, Andrew John arrived safely into the world. A full head of black hair and a giant leap into the unknown. He has made us laugh, cry, shout, beam with pride, laugh some more and cry more tears as we have said goodbyes at the school gates, Brunel University and off to…

Strictly Amazing!

Yesterday Debbie and I went to London to see the Musical Strictly Ballroom, a stage version of Baz Luhrmann’s film-we we’re not disappointed! I left work at a sensible time and we drove to shenfield. We travelled to London Bridge and walked along the south bank, bathed in spring sunshine, always a pleasure We passed…

35 hours to go…..

Most of this week I have been planning and preparing as my son Andrew and his wife Lis are visiting from Australia. They are attending the wedding of their best man and a bridesmaid (who introduced them to each other ten years ago!) We are having an open house for family and friends on Sunday…

2017

This last year has been well documented by me, but I will post a few photos here too! As is the way, there has been highs (many) and lows (few), but that is life. How we cope with the lows is the important thing, with support of family and friends. Reading through my blogs for…

Ashes to Ashes, Gabba to Hong Kong…..

To see a day of Ashes test cricket, in Australia, was one of the reasons for the timing and destinations of this holiday. We both love cricket, Kevin a very competent bat back in the day! Colin and him met at school, with Colin a demon fast bowler (well he is Jamaican) So tickets were…

Shopping, and Rugby League

Today we went into the city to have on last amble round, Colin went off gift shopping, whilst Kevin and I browsed. Kevin, unusually bought something, a tie, whilst I bought gifts for my friend’s, Debbie, new grandsons, born the day previously. It is so strange to see the Christmas decorations around whilst walking in…

Gold Coast

Today the Magellan Ashes were to start, but our tickets are for Saturday, so what to do? We have decided on a trip to the Gold Coast. A mere 1 1/2 hours on the train to Varsity Lakes, then 1/2 an hour on a bus to Burleigh Heads. Is this a syrup? We arrived just…

A trip to lone pine

Today we took the bus 🚌 to travel to fig pocket lane to visit the lone pine koala sanctuary. They have a variety of koala areas where you can find them sleeping or doing their day jobs of being photographed with humans. They can only work 30 minutes a day and this is broken into…

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 indulgent…

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 we…

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 go…

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 our…