Joined February 2018
  • Day26

    Everything’s back to usual now

    January 15 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    We arrived home to a fully stocked frig and a beautifully cared for house thanks to Robin.

    We were so happy to see her, and then Soph and Ross. And then of course it was wonderful to be reunited with Mum and see her feeling so much better.

    What a brilliant trip we had. It was very special to spend time with George and Tegan and our London cousins ! We can't thank them enough for putting us up and showing us the best time ever.

    Everything's back to usual now...until next time !!!

    xxx
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  • Day22

    Kuala Lumpur

    January 11 in Malaysia ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    We broke up the trip home with a few days poolside in Kuala Lumpur.

    We were to have met Soph and Ross, and I felt sad and guilty that we were there without them. That, and missing George and Tegan and the boys made it a bit of a funny holiday.

    But - it was a big treat to be staying at the Meridien KL. We played and swam and had drinks by the pool, went to the Chinese markets for a fish foot spa, and visited Brickfields (the Indian section). We went out to the Hindu Temples at Batu Caves. There were some spectacular Hindu statues, and monkeys everywhere !Read more

  • Day21

    Goodbye London

    January 10 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    A sad day as we got ready to leave London and our family.

    We did some last minute shopping in Richmond then met George and Percy for a pub lunch.

    Then it was home to pack and to enjoy some last cuddles with cousins before heading off to Heathrow.

  • Day20

    Tower of London and our last night

    January 9 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We weren't quite finished with London yet, and today we went on a tour of the Tower of London. We were shown around by one of the old Yeoman with an impressive uniform and a wry sense of humour.

    It was a smashing day - cold, but bright and sunny. Perfect weather for some iconic London shots.

    Back at Connaught, I took a last trip to Waitrose for supplies for a farewell meal - negronis, steaks and spuds.Read more

  • Day19

    Harry Potter world !

    January 8 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    We took the train out to Watford Junction and then out to the Harry Potter studios at Leavesden.

    There was everything here a Harry Potter fan could want - and also enough to entertain someone more like me.

    Henry and Ivy blew the last of their holiday money in the gift shop (Ivy - a t-shirt and lots of lollies, Henry - the wand of Yaxley, an obscure character who exists in mostly deleted scenes from the movies).Read more

  • Day18

    Norwich

    January 7 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 8 °C

    Today work and school started for the London Coles. Molly arrived to take the boys to school and I took myself off on the train to Norwich to spend the day with an old and very dear friend Elizabeth.

    Meanwhile Russell, Henry and Ivy tagged along on the school run and went into town to the Tate Modern. Apparently they were plotting a day trip to Paris - but sadly didn't take their passports.Read more

  • Day17

    Happy Birthday Percy !

    January 6 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Percy was four today !

    We all went into town to a favourite of George and Tegan's - Dishoom, which "pays homage to the Irani cafe's and all the food of Bombay". We started with mango lassis and breakfast and then moved into the lunch menu. Everything was delicious.

    George and Tegan took us to their old stomping grounds in Bloomsbury and we went to the children's playground at Coram Fields to burn off some energy.

    We finished up at the British Museum. There was a divergence of interest level (and tiredness level) in our group, and so we broke into three different parties for the journey home.

    We were all ready for tea and cake when we got there.
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  • Day16

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

    January 5 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    When morning came, the news from Wollongong started to trickle in - Mum seemed better, although a bit battered about. George and I both got to speak to her and felt re-assured. We knew she was in good hands with the doctors and of course Soph and Ross.

    Our other incredibly exciting Christmas gift was tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We saw the first half as a matinee, then had dinner and back in for the second half. It is difficult to describe how amazing this show is. Also, you are not supposed to spoil the secrets and surprises. It was the best experience - lots of magic and effects, but also funny and a great story. the 5 hours went by in no time.

    While we were in town Percy had his party with nursery and family friends, complete with a triumph of a Spiderman Cake.
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  • Day15

    The Last Skywalker

    January 4 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 7 °C

    A longstanding itch for Henry was scratched today when we went to Barnes to see "The Last Skywalker", The London Coles' local cinema is fantastic. It started as a dance hall, then was a cinema, and from the 60s onwards it was a recording studio and before the movie there was footage of all the famous bands that recorded there - Rolling Stones, Beatles, Led Zepellin, Queen, Pink Floyd...

    During the night however we received some worrying news from home. Our Mum had had a fall at the beach and had been taken to hospital. After a flurry of phone calls it was still a little unclear what had happened. We were so thankful to Soph and Ross who pulled themselves off their flight to Malaysia to return to Wollongong and take care of Mum.

    I was glad to be with George - it is hard to be far from home when bad news comes in.
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  • Day14

    Farewell Keats, arrividerci Roma

    January 3 in Italy ⋅ 🌙 3 °C

    For our last night in Italy we stayed in the fancy Hotel Meditterraneo recommended by Tegan's brother - right next to the station.

    While the sun was setting we took a walk to the Spanish Steps. I was keen to re-visit the Keats House, where I started by Roman trip with Soph almost exactly 23 years ago. Unfortunately it was closed for renovations, but you could go in to the gift shop and watch a documentary about Keats. It was a quiet little oasis right next to the crowds and selfie stick sellers next door at the Piazza Spagna.

    In 1821 Severn wrote in his diary: “28 Jan 3 o’clock in the morning - drawn to keep me awake - a deadly sweat was on him all night”. Before he died, Keats asked to be lifted out of his bed to look out his window one last time.

    We had our last dinner at the rooftop restaurant at Hotel Mediterraneo. We were all looking forward to getting back to our London family.
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