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  • Day13

    Back to brisbane

    March 6 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we left the farm which was a bit sad even though I am going back but strange to think we will all be leaving each other. Clint told us this amazing poem as well was so cool gave me goose bumps!
    Had a good day though and even went on a night out miracles do happen.
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    Steven Francis

    Nice photo. don't be sad you will all keep in touch. Exciting times ahead.

    3/5/22Reply
    Betty Francis

    Hi Jen,just got your update,"lovely photo of you and your friends," Dad as put us in the picture about the placement farm you will be working on,as from Monday."horses and cattle" that seems great,they must have been most impressed with you Jen, "so well done" It will be strange,saying goodbye and all of you going to different location

    3/5/22Reply
    Betty Francis

    continued, but we are sure you will all keep in touch,"love you lots Jen,"looking forward to your next update love Nan and Nandad xx

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  • Day7

    Finally a day of sun

    February 28 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    So today I woke up went outside at 7am and the sun was finally shining. Which was the best feeling ever. FINALLY TANNING TIME!!
    We had a nice walk around in the sun to do bit and bobs but turns out literally everywhere was closed due to the flooding but oh well. Spent the rest of the day by the pool. Even had pancakes ready for pancake day tomorrow.Read more

    Steven Francis

    Nice legs and tasty pancakes. The flooding looks really bad, is the water level going down quite quickly? Hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing day. Did you get all your jobs done before you leave for the farm !

    2/28/22Reply
    Julia Bailey

    woo hoo hope you get to the farm ASAP. love you so much xxxx 😍♥️

    2/28/22Reply
    Charlotte Careless

    So Australia do have pancakes 😉😂 xx

    2/28/22Reply
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  • Day95

    Saying good bye

    May 27 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today was kind of said saying good bye to the boys. They got a bit upset amd was a bit strange leaving again, traveling is a very surreal experience. But let the adventure begin started by watching the rugby which was pretty good was an exciting game met some of George friends and yhey were really nice!Read more

    Julia Bailey

    enjoy your journey my lovely girl xx keep in touch x💕

    5/27/22Reply
    Julia Harper

    Enjoy and stay safe xx

    5/28/22Reply
    Betty Francis

    "Enjoy what ever you have got planned for your holiday Jen " chance in a lifetime " love you lots,keep safe,and take lots of photo's xx

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  • Day6

    What a day

    February 27 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Well today started off well decided to go to crazy golf which was really good. I didn't loose!!
    We went to get the tain home and they have stopped everything all bus's, trains, taxis the lot.
    The rain still hasn't stopped so it has resulted in us not being able to go to the farm. Which isn't great just got to sit tight.Read more

    Steven Francis

    Don't get down the rain will stop soon. Things will feel much better when it dries up and the sun shines 😎🌞🌡

    2/27/22Reply
    Mark Careless

    you should be use to it by now working with me nothings ever straight forward but with your positive thinking "it'll be fine"

    2/27/22Reply
    Jenny Francis

    ahah yeah very true can wait all I wanted was a nice golden tan. but as you say "it'll be fine"

    2/27/22Reply
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  • Day31

    Wieder in Brisbane

    January 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Wir sind wieder in Brisbane😛😂😂 in den letzten 2 Tagen haben wir ca 950 km abgespult, durch wunder schöne Landschaften, geprägt von Wäldern , Feldern bis an den Horizont, über Schotterstrassen ( 30 km, obwohl die auf Karte als Normale Landstrasse deklariert war.) und Kilometerlange Graden bis zu 25 km mit vielen Wellen, dass es einem sogar fast abgehoben hatte🥴😂😂🙈, und unzählige tote 🦘🦘 am Strassenrand.
    Nun haben wir einen Campingplatz bezogen auf einem Universitätsgelände🤪👍👍.

    Wir sind nach Brisbane zurück aus verschiedenen Gründen🤔
    1. Möchten Morgen unbedingt den größten 🐨🐨 Park besuchen gehen, denn in freier Wildbahn sieht man diese "schnügis" eigentlich kaum.
    2. Eigentlich war unser Plan von Brisbane via die Südküste bis nach Adelheid zu reisen, dieses haben wir aber wegen den Buschfeuer vor 2 Wochen geändert, in der Hoffnung, das es besser wird im Süden. Deshalb haben wir den Abstecher in den Norden gemacht.
    3. Eventuell muss ich nochmals beim Campervermieter vorbei, denn auch unser Radio findet keinen Sender, welch ab jetzt aber noch wichtig wäre für die Weiterreise in die "heisse" Gegend.

    Also so wie es bis Heute aussieht könnten wir bis Sydney kommen in 4-5 Tagen, aber wir müssen schauen dass wir dort auch wieder raus kommen um den zur Zeit größten Brandherd über den Norden zu Umfahren und eventuelle doch noch nach Melbourn zu gelangen, diese würde aber ca 1000 km mehr bedeuten. Aber was uns viel mehr schmerzt ist, dass wir vieles dadurch nicht sehen können. Wir versuchen es, aber wie schon gesagt, unser Wohl,Lebe und Gesundheit ist uns wichtiger wie die Städte zu sehen.
    "Susanne Spruch, dann müssen wir halt nochmals für 1,2Monate kommen😉😛😂🙈👍👍"

    Uns haben einige kontaktiert, wie es uns gehe, da sie unsere Reiseroute kannten.
    Gerade weil wir zu erst im Norden waren, sind wir nicht in der Gegend, wo es so brennt.
    Ansonsten wären wir gerade in dieser Gegend gewesen.
    Und anscheinend haben sie in den Nachrichten Karten von🇦🇺 gezeigt wo es zur Zeit brennen sollte, diese entspricht nicht den Tatsachen, denn im Osten (Brisbane) bis in den Norden (Cains) und auch im Landesinneren ( Queensland)
    hat es noch nie Buschbrände in dieses Saison gegeben, nur kleine Grillbrände😛 und kleinste Flächen von Wiesen.
    Nur der Süden(Victoria und New South Wales)
    sind sehr betroffen, wobei es um Sydney bereits wieder besser aussieht als noch vor 2 Wochen, melden alle Apps under control.
    Nicht die Feuer sind das schlimmste, sondern der sehr starke Wind bis 40km/h und die Temperaturen bis 43 C
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    Gisela Baumgartner

    Jo das isch schlimm mit dene Buschfür.... Ihr chönted doch no en Abstecher uf Fraser Island mache, sehr z, empfehle 😉liebs Grüessli us de 🇨🇭

    1/3/20Reply
    Verena Vogler

    Mir sagte Mal ein Australien Reisender: Fleisch muss man dort nie kaufen, es liegt am Strassenrand ( Känguru gemeint) 😟

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  • Day26

    Bunnings

    November 6, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Up early to get down to the department for transport to register Bertha in our name. Again, very painless, but not as painless as the UK system of doing it online. Having said that, how easy is it for a foreigner to buy and register a vehicle in UK?

    We came home and I picked up the bunch of keys and sorted them. While we have 4 or 5 copies of some keys, we only have 1 copy of our main deadlock for Bertha. One of the door locks could probably be opened using a wooden lolly stick! We then washed everything we had collected the day before, sorted into what we would keep and what to send to the charity shop.

    With loads of stuff and lots of places to put it, we decided to go to the enormous DIY/trade store called Bunnings. As I’ve said befor, it has everything and makes a large B&Q look a bit insignificant. The plan was simple, park in their car park, start packing the stuff away and if we had a problem to go into Bunings and find a solution.

    In reality the plan worked well except they didn’t have something I wanted that I felt sure I would find in B&Q. Sometimes the language barrier is too high and I can’t make myself understood; never mind.

    The evening was spent continuing to pack and squirrel everything away. Now we just need to put our clothes in, buy some food and be on our way.

    First stop will be Bribie Island, a staggering 40 miles away north of Brisbane. “Bribie Island is the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia. The others are Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island. Bribie Island is 34 kilometres long, and 8 kilometres at its widest”. The island was connected to the mainland by a bridge in 1963. It is believed that the name of the island came from a corruption of a mainland word for it; “Boorabee” meaning 'koala bear'.

    We are meeting a friend who now lives on the island. Hopefully this will give us a chance to see how well Bertha travels full of crockery etc. Earlier today we went over a sleeping policeman and it sounded like everything smashed in the back! It will also be our first night camping!
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    Tony German

    Bertha has a Balcony!!!

    11/6/19Reply
    Geri Briggs

    Sorry if I haven’t been keeping up - did Bertha come full of ‘stuff’ like kitchen equipment/ bedding etc.?

    11/6/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    It was sold to the dealer full of equipment. When the dealer sold her to us we were allowed to pick what we wanted.

    11/6/19Reply
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  • Day219

    Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary

    November 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Of course we wanted to see some Koalas 🐨 in Australia, so we made a day trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary. It was great and beside the Koalas we were able to feed Kangaroos. Just a lot of fun today.

    Natürlich gehören zu Australien auch die Koalas 🐨 und deshalb haben wir heute einen Ausflug ins Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary gemacht. Wir haben hier deutlich mehr Zeit verbracht als gedacht, weil wir auch noch Kängurus füttern und streicheln konnten.
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  • Day105

    Brisbane

    March 31 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    After a very busy 10 days touring Tassie we came up to Brisbane to stay with some friends and spend the week doing very little. We took the time to enjoy some good food, a lot of wine and some great company. We did manage to drag ourselves away from the home comforts of their amazing pad in the suburbs of Brisbane to go and check out Australia Zoo, the spiritual home of Steve Irwin. Apparently he is not well known in France, bit he is an absolute legend. We got to see his son do the famous croc feeding, pretty special. It was a quiet day at the zoo and we managed to speak with a few keepers who could give us more information on the koalas and other animals, it was incredible! We also booked a wombat encounter as wombats seem to avoid us in the wild! It was fun! Wombats are not very soft and she was very focused on food ☺️, we also go to hand feed a giraffe, also not very soft and very interested in the food.

    Luckily Brisbane Lions the Australian Rules Football team were at playing at home on the weekend so we took the opportunity to indulge in some proper Australian culture. It's a pretty fun, full on game, lots of action but the pitch is massive so it's tough to see what's going on when the action is up the other end.

    Brisbane has been very relaxing and we feel full recharged and ready to get back out on the road.
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    Michael Cowling

    wow..he is so like his dad

    4/4/22Reply
    Claire Huitric

    I hope so! you could almost fit in his mouth 😱

    4/4/22Reply
    Armelle Travelling

    it would have been a better picture indeed 😂

    4/6/22Reply
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  • Day27

    A right royal send off

    November 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Obviously we were hoping for bunting along the streets and a brass band to walk slowly in front of us - Bertha doesn’t do much more than slowly.

    To our surprise we had a royal send of by a pair of King Parrots - or should that be a king and queen? Their colours are beautiful.Read more

  • Day60

    Things we haven’t seen in England

    December 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    One aspect that we both really like about Australia is that nothing really happened about Christmas until 1st December. Even now some shopping centres are not playing Christmas songs although some stores are. There are small displays not the huge displays that take over the whole shop. Some houses have strings of lights our baubles on trees but there is not the overkill that we see in Calne.

    All in all we have found Australia far more laid back about Christmas even now compared to England when we left in mid-October.

    Therefore we were not expecting to see Father Christmas on a jet ski on the river Brisbane or a bus decorated like Santa’s grotto. Very unexpected.
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    Wayne Bampton

    Bar humbug!!!

    12/11/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    The low key approach enables us to reflect upon what the real meaning of Christmas is ......

    12/11/19Reply
     

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