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  • Day5

    Mother's Day

    May 12, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We had a great day - a Mother's Day lunch and gathering. We started the day with a special breakfast from Miles - waffles, fruit - strawberries, kiwifruit and raspberries - and cream too. We gave Mum a bunch of flowers. Before everyone arrived we visited Nathan & Caroline's new flat, which is just around the corner on a canal. Then we visited the new house that Meghan & Dominic have just moved too.
    For lunch we had all of the above and Caroline's parents. We have a big lunch - roast, vegies etc.

    It was great to see them all and catch up.
    Tomorrow we leave for Noosaville, but before that we need to pick up Mark & Penny at the Brisbane airport.
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    Bob and Mary Travels

    Great photos Trevor. Happy Mother's day to all the mums over there 😊

    5/12/19Reply
    Cath Scott

    Beautiful photo

    5/12/19Reply
    Cath Scott

    Wonderful photos - everyone looks so happy and relaxed

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  • Day8

    Beautiful Brisbane - Day 2

    January 28, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Before our tasty breakfast we did a big washing in the hotel laundry - how can we have got through so many clothes in a few days? We were then joined by my former social work colleague, Kylie, who had offered to meet up with us and show us around. It was great to see her again, and since I worked with her In Glasgow, she has returned to live on the Sunshine Coast with her husband Tam from Govan and their three children. Kylie took us on a trip to Mount Coot-tha, a favourite scenic point, which had fabulous views over the city of Brisbane. We then visited the beautiful Botanic Gardens, enjoying the shade offered by the huge variety of trees in view of the heat. On return to the city, we enjoyed a late tasty Greek lunch, before bidding farewell to Kylie after a most enjoyable day.

    Campbell and I then attended a small exhibition called Bittersweet, about the development of musical theatre in Australia. Although mostly obscure works we had never heard of, it included memorabilia and costumes from shows including The Boy From Oz and, of course, Priscilla. There was also mention of the latest hit musical, Muriel’s Wedding. Although it seems to have had great success here, I am not aware of any proposed productions on Broadway or the West End. The next Runway premiere perhaps? We then visited the much lauded Gallery of Modern Art, and on the way in we saw a pair of old boots on the steps outside. We wondered initially if these were actually one of the art exhibits, I have to say that the contents of the gallery were very highbrow, and we much preferred the architecture of the building to the art works themselves. Bring back Kelvingrove!

    We were planning on going to see the big show in town - The Book of Mormon - but as we both had seen the show before (Campbell twice!), and the fact that our body clock has still not quite adjusted to Australian time, we were worried we would fall asleep at the interval. Instead we settled for a walk round the old, historic quarter, viewing Parliament House, the Old Government Building and the City Botanic Gardens. By the time we walked over the pedestrian bridge over the river and caught the ferry back, it was certainly nearing our bedtime of 9pm.
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    Margaret Morris

    Have you had a dip in the city lagoon yet? Loving reading your daily update. ❤️

    1/28/20Reply
    Lesley London

    Tasty breakfast? I hope the marmalade compared favourably with yours.x

    1/28/20Reply
    Robert Fyfe

    Lesley - marmalade ok, but not quite up to our efforts - need a visit to Tattie Shaw’s! And as for the Vegemite - ugh!

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  • Day118

    Canberra Arboretum and Bonsai Display

    February 6, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    It took two attempts to see the Bonsai exhibition. The arboretum is open until 8:30 pm so we chose to go there at the end of the day only to find that, while the gates were open, the exhibitions were all shut at 4:00.

    A wonderful display of bonsai trees at the arboretum that will probably look great in 20 years time and amazing in 50 years time.
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    Renate Symes

    The original Arboretum burned down in the 2003 bushfire that went right into the suburbs. It destroyed nearly 500 homes, injured a few hundred people and killed a few as well. That's why they were so antsy with the recent big fire.

    2/11/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Thanks for that, it was mentioned at the arboretum.

    2/12/20Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    I think a pair of Bonsai trees sitting either side of your Orchid hospital on your Bakers rack would look fab!

    2/12/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Bun will have to make a start pretty soon if we’re going to see them looking good.

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  • Day121

    Daylesford - “All aboard”

    February 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We were lent a car to go exploring, so set off to Daylesford Market. Actually the market was less like a produce and craft market and more like a large car boot sale. However, it enabled us to buy Kerry a pink rose called “Forget Me Not” with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Daylesford also has a rail line that runs to Bullarto and is kept going by volunteers. unfortunately it does not run steam locomotives but we fancied a trip and bought to return tickets. The “clickerty clack” of the wheels was quite soothing and evoked memories of train journies taken in my childhood before lines were laid with seamless joints.
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    Wayne Bampton

    I didn’t know Bunny could drive a train 👍

    2/14/20Reply
    Mandy and Johnnie

    That’s how I like to do gardening Bun! 😂

    2/15/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    And she was very good at it too

    2/19/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    She’s been learning in case she needs another job when we get home.

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  • Day137

    The Twelve Apostles

    February 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    A “must see” stop along the great ocean road, these sandstone pillars were originally called “sow and piglets”

    “What are now universally known as the Twelve Apostles were originally named, “The Sow and Piglets.” The Sow was Mutton Bird Island, which stands at the mouth of Loch Ard Gorge, and her Piglets were the 12 Apostles.” “An English man, George Bass named the The Sow And The Piglets in January 1798 . Charles La Trobe’s map dated 1846 also shows them as the Sow and Piglets, and included a lot more than 12 stacks, including lots of smaller ones”. “When they were christened the 12 Apostles by Victorian tourism in the 1920s, there were only nine in the cluster. Now there’s eight. ... There are actually many more spectacular limestone formations along the wild coastline.”Read more

    Wayne Bampton

    Beautiful pics, and Bunny’s interpretation of standing at the bow of the Titanic

    2/26/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Lucky a gust of wind didn’t lift her off the platform and over the edge

    2/27/20Reply
    Mandy and Johnnie

    Sooo jealous of this one! Looks fab x

    2/27/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Bun said that you’d missed it during your travels. Jessica and Chris also missed it due to the crowds. One good thing about coronavirus is that there are almost no Chinese tourists, so everywhere is pretty quiet.

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  • Day148

    Rottnest island

    February 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Drove to get the ferry to Rottnest Island. We hadn't booked and managed to grab the last few tickets on the 40min fast ferry over. Got off and jumped on the bus. Rode it round to one of the first beaches.
    Heather had never been snorkelling before, so she had a go at that.
    Load of fish around to see, plus some under water snorkelling notes about the area.
    We bussed to the west end and saw dolphins surfing and seals having a lazy time.
    Then back to town for a spot of subway for lunch.
    With not much time before the ferry back, Hannah and I walked to the lighthouse and then saw a dolphin swimming around in the bay.
    On the way back on the ferry we saw a few flying fish, gliding for what looked like about 50m. Very cool.
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    Sally Le Poidevin

    Wonderful!

    3/2/20Reply
    Ashleigh Thomas

    Awww!

    3/3/20Reply
    Ashleigh Thomas

    Wow!

    3/3/20Reply
    Ashleigh Thomas

    Soph’s not going to be happy 😬🤣

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  • Day161

    The Grampians

    March 20, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We have spent a few days with relatives and we are now back on the road.

    Things have changed a great deal in a few days. We feel slightly removed from the whole event as we are not getting bombarded by constant messages about Covid19. Our niece, who has decided to quarantine her family, doesn’t think we are taking it seriously enough. Towns we travel through are certainly quieter. Campsites all have sites and cabins available. Different states are now going it alone with two states shutting their borders and others shutting schools which is against the federal government advice.

    In a few days time, if we continue to travel around, we may start feeling like social outcasts.

    I went out with Dale to deliver some straw, it’s the first time I’ve driven in a large lorry “King of the road”.

    Anyway, we are now in the Grampians and managed to get some washing done ✅. We are planning so spend a couple of days walking around this national park. There is hope that the weather will improve, having dropped from the 38C of last week.
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    Deb German

    Stay safe over there!

    3/22/20Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    Showed Hilary the vid of the spider, OMG, not the reaction I was expecting... “If you think I’m going out there with these things in the bedroom your out of your mind!!!!”... a little harsh I feel 🤣

    3/22/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    A bit OTT. It was very friendly and quite harmless, just a big Huntsman spider.

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  • Day136

    Back to reality

    March 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 34 °C

    After breakfast we went to say goodbye to the nice Dutch couple who were travelling in their campervan. We spoke for a good hour about Australia, their travels, our travels and corona. Then it was time to leave Karijini National Park and make our way south.

    After some hours of driving we arrived in the mining town of Newman. After a short visit to the tourist information center ("I'm afraid there isn't much to do here or on the way to Perth" is an exciting conversation starter) we caught up with the news and people after having been without reception for a couple of days. The past 48 hours had felt like a much needed break from all the sadness and worries.

    Now however, it was time to face reality again. And reality currently doesn't make us (probably actually no one) happy. For us it is clear that sooner or later our world trip will stop. Lots of questions are popping up in our heads. For how long do we need to pause it? 6 months? 1 year? Is it even feasible to start a worldtrip part 2? How do we fill the time in between? How do we get an income? Does it make sense to apply for a job we would like to have? Or is that impossible and we should just try to find work in areas that are currently looking for people? Parcel delivery, supermarkets etc? Where do we live? All these things just seem so different from how we imagined this year to go. Despite it sounding overdramatic, for us it feels like our dream is falling apart and that left us sad, hopeless and slightly panicking.

    Eventually we went to the local camping, which like the one back in Tom Price was also mainly miner accommodation, with the difference that this one still accepted tourists as long as we declared ourselves healthy. Not knowing how long we'd still stay in Australia, hence also not knowing if we had enough clean clothes, we anyways made use of the free washing machine.

    Around sunset, we drove up to the Radio Hill as we were told it had a nice view over the town and surroundings. While driving there we noticed lightning in the clouds. No thunder however, and it didn't rain either. The views were pretty great. Back at the campsite all cockatoos had collectively decided the tree above our van would be their stay for the night. At first their loudness was a bit annoying but when they all started sleeping it became cute instead.
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    Hi, Wilhelm here, it seems you have some tough decisions to make. From how I see it you should be able to always find at any given moment a country in which the virus either has not yet arrived or has already passed. South Africa or India might still be travelable for a week or so. Then maybe the situation will be quite relaxed in Singapore, they seem to got rid of the virus. Another option would be to indeed stay somewhere until it passed in the respective country. If you go now into a highly infected country you get also out fairly quickly again. I guess in Italy it will be over in less than a month and you might be among the first to see Venice again. What I am saying: Try to stay positive! It might also open possibilities.

    3/23/20Reply
    Susanne and Machiel

    Hi Wilhelm! Great to hear from you, and thank you for the positivity. However, you're wrong 😉 South Africa just announced a 3 week lock down starting on Thursday. Parts of India are already in lockdown, plus it's the last place you want to get stuck in or get quarantined. Singapore is doing pretty well but since the 16th of March Germans haven't been allowed to enter it anymore, which was extended yesterday to include all foreigners. The simple truth is that travelling anywhere right now is risky and in a way irresponsible.

    3/23/20Reply

    Hi Susanne and Machiel; yes, Singapore is also closed now for all short-term visitors (from anywhere in the world) and all official travels and overseas leave applications may not be approved until 30 June 2020 or until further notice. I also planned to visit Europe in May which is not possible anymore. But this of course cannot even be compared to your situation; so I would just like to join Wilhelm in wishing you optimism and positivity in whatever decisions you take in the face of this challenge. Thanks for sharing all the pictures and your journey with us!!! Looking forward to see more, if not soon then hopefully in not too distant future, again! Jakub

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  • Day142

    The end

    March 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 28 °C

    Today we had to hand in our van. So after breakfast we had to pack our stuff. There was a bird who wanted to be packed with it, but we advised it to fly out of the van instead. Before we left Yanchep National Park we wanted to have a look at the koalas one last time. This time we were lucky and two of them seemed pretty active. While the first one seemed undecided if he was hungry enough to really do the climb to the leafs, the second one was fully enjoying his breakfast. He didn't seem to notice that it was from a 'fake' tree. It was very cute. But seeing them being so active and up close we also realised how big they were and how large their arms and claws are.

    Eventually we had to leave. We arrived in Perth, removed all the red dust from the van, dropped off our bags at the apartment, filled the fuel tank and drove to Traveller's Autobarn. This was a first glimpse into a world with corona. 3.5 weeks ago this place was busy with staff and people that picked up their van. Today it was closed, information on how to hand in your car contactless was hanging on the front door together with how to get a voucher for remaining rental days in case you delivered it early because of corona. The parking was full of returned unused rental cars and vans.

    To minimise the infection risk we took an uber to our Airbnb for the week. After giving the critical places like light switches, door handles, kitchen drawers etc. a good scrub, we felt at home quite quickly. Which is good, because it's a place for isolation.

    The last 142 days have been a great adventure for us. Thanks to everyone who followed our trip and thanks for the comments, likes and private messages! For now we will discontinue our world trip blog until there's something to write about again.
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    Suzanne Schönbeck

    Its not the end forever! Best of luck to you guys and see you on houseparty :)

    3/29/20Reply
    Lida Schönbeck

    Thank you so much for sharing your travel adventures. I enjoyed it, the stories, the pictures. Stay healthy!

    3/29/20Reply
    FranziGne

    I enjoyed being part of your journey and reading about your adventures afterwards. Take care and stay healthy!

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  • Day156

    Wineglass bay

    March 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Had a late start of 9.45. Both still trying to get over illness.
    Set off from our free camp site heading to Freycinet national park area.
    On the way through we stopped in at a vineyard called Devils Corner cellar door. Not bad wine, but nothing worth buying. We are back into Pino Noir area I think.
    Carried on round to the visitor center and decided on the Wineglass bay lookout walk. A 1.5 hour up and down to the beach. Brilliant views with clear blue water. A bit of a chilly wind so only stayed for 15 mins or so. There was an option of a longer route round the coast line, so we tagged that on for fun. Took us about 3 to 4 hours in the end.
    Checked into a nearby campsite for showers, beans, noodles and a nice sunset on the beach.
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    Sally Le Poidevin

    Lovely! X

    3/3/20Reply
    Ashleigh Thomas

    How cute is that! 🤩

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