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Travels 29 Dec 2009 05:42 pm

3,000km of rain…

Ok, so perhaps a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.
At the end of November, Clayton and I headed up to Sydney for the night so that we could arrive at the airport in plenty of time to pick up my parents.   We were lucky enough to be playing tour guide for Mum and Dad for a month – I was very excited about all the things we would do…  Here are some of my highlights:

Ok, so perhaps a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea. At the end of November, Clayton and I headed up to Sydney for the night so that we could arrive at the airport in plenty of time to pick up my parents.   We were lucky enough to be playing tour guide for Mum and Dad for a month – I was very excited about all the things we would do…

Here are some of my highlights:
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Travels 18 Aug 2009 08:49 pm

Ski, Snow and stacking it…

We’ve just returned from a long weekend in Perisher, and once again discovered (in my case anyway), that ability affects execution!

A fantastic weekend, only marred slightly by the rain on Sunday.  On the whole, I think our ability has improved since last year.  We even managed to conquour a blue run on Saturday morning.  Although it has to be said, I only made it once without stacking it – so props to Clayton for being braver than me!

A few unplanned trophies must be awarded for the weekend:

1. Most co-ordinated ski-wear

Nominations: Cil and Clayton

Winner: Cil (based on the fact that she owns, and therefore has control over her outfits!)

2. Most improved

Nominations: Clayton

Winner: Clayton (based on his outfit!)

3.Worst helmet

Nominations: Katie, Clayton

Winner: Katie (difficult to go past a light blue helmet with white flowers)

All in all, the weekend was another winnner, and thanks must go to Tim and Cil for organising, and making sure that we returned with no more than just a few bruises!

Travels 07 Oct 2007 09:53 pm

Tassie – Part 4

Going through the guide books for Tasmania, we discovered that there were caves to the South West of Hobart – and theses ones were advertised as having a Thermal Spa.   You can obviously imaging that I was keen to go.  So we headed off in the car to Hastings Caves and Thermal Spa.  The guide taking us arounf the caves was probably one of the more interesting and informative that I have seen (although he did come with a large whiff of garlic – which was slightly offputting!), and caves did not disappoint…

 Tassie Trip 12

The thermal spa
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Travels 05 Sep 2007 01:40 am

Tassie – Part 3

I’m sure there is some health standard dictating the maximum amount of hoof that is allowed to be included in a sausage, but apparently it hasn’t reached Tasmania yet. Or at the very least, hasn’t reached Lemonthyme Lodge. Breakfast was NASTY!

So we settled for loads of toast, and then headed out for a walk. Lemonthyme Lodge is the largest log cabin in the Southern Hemisphere, which, on first viewing, is a pretty impressive claim to fame. However, I don’t know if I could name another log cabin in the Southern Hemisphere, so don’t really know how impressive it actually is. What I was impressed by though, was the fact that it generates its own power. There’s a waterway that flows through the property, and the Lodge has its own hydro-electric generator (which is only the size of a garden shed) which generates enough power to run the entire setup, with pretty much zero environmental impact. Nice.

This leg of the trip was all about getting up to Cradle Mountain. The information book in our room told us that Cradle Mountain was up above the cloud line, and normally only gets decent viewing conditions on an average of 32 days a year. We were incredibly lucky then, as the sky was crystal clear, and rewarded us with the following:
Tassie Trip 07

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Travels 03 Sep 2007 01:12 pm

Tassie – Part 2

We woke fairly early today as there the day was going to cover a number of kilometres. The first point of call (given our location) was obviously “The Nut”. Having read in the travel books that there was a chairlift to get you to the top of this volcanic plug, I was fairly confident that it was going to be a nice easy walk.
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Travels 02 Sep 2007 12:21 pm

Tassie – Part 1

So the Tassie trip is finally underway! We flew into Launceston, overcast with heavy winds. We got off to a good start, with an upgrade on our hire car. We had booked the cheapest thing available, a Hyundai Getz, a bit like a sewing machine with wheels, but they had run out of stock and gave us a Nissan XTrail instead, a mid-size four wheel drive. Sweet.
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Honeymoon &Travels 19 Sep 2006 05:12 pm

Honeymoon – Perth Day 1

Arrived in Perth after a 5 hour flight from Sydney. Picked up our rental car, a Hyundai Accent. Extraordinarily shoddy, but then you get what you pay for. Felt a bit embarrassed, driving up to the five star Hyatt in a car that rattles when it goes over 40kph.
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Honeymoon &Travels 16 Sep 2006 07:38 pm

Honeymoon – Dubai Day 3

Day 3

As this was to be our last full day, we wanted to make the most of it, so set the alarm for 7:30. Got out of bed at 9, and was in time for the breakfast dregs at 9:30.
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Honeymoon &Travels 15 Sep 2006 04:28 pm

Honeymoon – Dubai Day 2

Knowing that the deal we had with the hotel included breakfast, we set the alarm for 8.30.  Unfortunately,
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Honeymoon &Travels 14 Sep 2006 12:44 pm

Honeymoon – Dubai Day 1

Day 1 – Just arrived

The flight came in just after 1am. The place is still pretty busy, despite the late hour.
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