Newtown. And Thank you!
Up at 7.30 when the workers left and did two hours blogging. I have been writing my notes when on trains and sometimes in the car; processing them when I have wifi.
I then took an hour and half to organise packing. I do hope it’s quick to finish tomorrow also that I am not over weight. (No lie it was 29.9 when weighed at airport for return journey!) Ridiculous.
A good idea.
For those who take too many clothes and items on holiday, (you know the kind of thing I mean – when you hear yourself say, ‘I’ll just take that, just in case’), do yourself an enormous favour – Just don’t do it! That’s what I will attempt next holiday- honest!
I came here with a ridiculous 27 kilos. I’m allowed 30kg.
I have used maybe a third of my clothes. I think I forgot that I would be able to wash my clothes rather than look out for laundrettes. When oh when will I ever stop that nonsense?
Newtown. Well worth a visit.
I met Rachel briefly around lunchtime near her work : Newtown. Very trendy, touristy, health shops and good cafés; a bit like Camden near KentishTown where Rachel lived in London. Well worth a visit.
Next time I visit I will spend longer there. The health shops and Naturopath centres were super.
We are eating tonight at Ross and Kate’s.The family regularly gather together there to eat once a week. Ross does a BBQ and Kate the delicious accompaniments!
A lovely couple of hours. Thoroughly enjoyed the Pink Champagne Kate!
So my time is finally finished.
AND a huge Thank you.
Tom’s family once again showed me great kindness and hospitality. Thank you Ross and Kate, Wendy and David. Tom’s sister Marnie and his step-sister Sophie and their partners: lovely people.
Thank you Tom for accommodating me in the lovely apartment you share with Rachel for my three weeks visit. I think it all went OK? Very much appreciated.
I met some of Rachel’s friends and enjoyed their company enormously. And I met Claire Takacs a Facebook friend and we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon.
Rachel my darling girl.
She kept me busy, organised much, prevented boredom (as if I would be bored!) and we had a great time away in The Northern Territory; a first and we got on marvellously. Quality time.
So to all my Aussie friends, those who care for Rachel, those who showed me great kindness, hospitality and a bit of the Wild Side; Thank You very much! And Wendy, if David has another trip over to UK, drop me a line and we’ll try to meet up!
Au revoir. Xx
(Photo courtesy of Caroline McCreadie).
Homeward Bound: A full flight on Qantas.
When I switched on the Breakfast News this morning my heart sank.
The Australian Airport staff have resumed their strike action. Buggar.
I tuned in during the morning for updates.
Outcome: when Rachel helped me at the airport, the check- in staff were desperate for customers. It had been perhaps busy but whatever Striking was going on it was not affecting Departures at that time. I was able to get through customs easily. Fingers crossed for the rest.
The Plane took off on time and I have finally finished my #Australia2016 postings.
I had Luxury on the journey out from London to Sydney: 4 seats in the middle section of the plane- all to myself which was JUST GREAT.
The journey home was different. Not a spare seat. Full. However I must say I was still able to sleep, the journey was very good and I cannot complain ( actually they missed our row when the final food was served just before arriving in Dubai to refuel- I did ask for a cup of tea eventually when I realised what had happened, and the staff were fast into action). Qantas: I can recommend.
With regard to #Australia2016 all I need to do is transfer the last 3 days and add photos. I’ve enjoyed this additional activity to my holiday. It has taken a bit of time but not enough to cause any problem.
And I am open to offers on becoming a holiday blogger, a tester of restaurant food, a critic on hot spots to visits. Please, Do Ask and I will be happy to consider!
I really enjoyed my adventure and am now ready to focus on life back in the UK. I will keep myself busy and try not to miss my beautiful, talented and very kind daughter. Thank you Rachel. Xx
Whilst away, Herb ran the Bed n Breakfast . He got an excellent review from one guest so now we have a 9.1 on Booking.com. Well done Herb! Big hug for you Xx
I will see my gorgeous little grand daughter, Ava, who is 7 months old. Babies are just super at this age so I am keen to see how much she has changed. I have my son and his wife living fairly close by. Mind you, I think they would like to try Australia again too.
My cats, well I wonder if I will get any response from my gorgeous boys Bramble and Marmalade.
Live for the moment; life can pass you by.