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Jun 21, 2017 - 2 days to go

Only 2 sleeps till we leave on our adventure. Today 1 bought 4 boxes of motion-sickness tablets - hope I have enough. I still have memories of being sea-sick when I was 3 years old and going to England by ship. And our ship (at the end of this trip) is of the same vintage.

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Jun 8, 2017 - please leave a message

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Mar 13, 2017 - Canberra

Generally quiet day today. We took the dogs for a walk around the showgrounds again- we discovered that the wood chop area was mostly fenced in, so we gave them a chase of the frisbee and a runaround in that area before making our way back to the van. I actually spent the rest of the day pottering around the van catching up on my diary, sorting out where too for the last couple of weeks of our trip, sorting out finances, etc whilst Ian went off to the ANZAC Memorial at about 2pm. He thoroughly enjoyed the memorial and thought he could have...

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Mar 12, 2017 - Canberra

We went for a Sunday drive this morning over to the tiny township of Bungendore. It has some lovely old buildings housing some very interesting shops. Of particular note were a woodworking shop with some of the most beautiful woodwork items on display that I have ever seen (also incredibly expensive!) and a leather shop. There was also a homeware cum antique shop that kept going and going with some really incredible stuff. I think if we had had the ute with us, it would have been full by the time we left! We had lunch in the park at...

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Mar 11, 2017 - Canberra

We had a Farmers Market at our doorstep again this morning. Ian went for first look while I did a load of washing. He came back with the best egg and bacon roll for breakfast that I have ever had. What made it so good was that the bread roll was cooked at the same time as the bacon and egg and was still warm- it just melted in your mouth!!! After hanging out the washing, it was my turn to go over to the markets and I have to say that the markets here in Canberra are the best I have been too. I spent a fortune on meat and fruit and vegies -...

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Mar 10, 2017 - Canberra

Ian went back to the zoo first thing so that he could have a better look at the areas where they are proposing to try the lure coursing. I pottered around the van whilst he was away, then, after lunch, it was my turn to get out and about. My first stop was the Botanic Gardens. Not sure what I expected, but although really nice, they weren’t all that spectacular. They have a new red centre area and a rainforest section which was lovely and cool to walk through given the afternoon was quite warm. My next stop was old Parliament House (now...

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Mar 9, 2017 - Canberra

It was my turn for sightseeing first up this morning, and first stop was the Royal Australian Mint. Apart from negotiating the hundreds of school children visiting at the same time, I found it quite interesting. Some key facts I learned that I had never realised before were that; 1. All the 1 and 2 cent pieces that had been recalled from circulation were melted down and made into bronze medals for the 2000 Olympic Games; 2. The mint only makes coins - the blank coins are made from Australian product overseas, then sent back to Australia to...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Canberra

Ian had first shift for sightseeing this morning, so while he went off to see the museum and Parliament House, I did some washing, took the dogs for a walk, caught up on my journal and generally took it easy. He was home about lunchtime, so it was my turn to go sightseeing. First stop was Cockington Green Gardens which are gardens that have displays of miniature buildings from around the world set amongst beautiful gardens. The first section of the gardens were mostly English inspired miniature buildings and scenes. These included a cricket...

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Mar 7, 2017 - Belanglo forest to Canberra

After a lovely quiet night and a good sleep we were on the road again by about 9.30am. The traffic on the Hume highway wasn't too bad today so we made pretty good time to the Canberra turnoff, then down into Canberra itself. (Unfortunatley, we found out later that night on the news that there had been a horrendous accident on the Hume highway where a mum and her son were killed just a bit further north than where we joined the highway. This would have explained why there was no traffic going our way when we joined the highway). We are...

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Feb 14, 2017 - On to the Capital, Canberra

We decided we could not travel Australia without seeing the nation's capital city, nestled inland across the mountains. Off we go up and over the mountains through mist, fog, light rain and the very occasional patch of sunlight. This section of a secondary highway was well treed until we dropped down into the plains. We felt we could have been driving around Kamloops in the semi arid flat land amidst hills. We booked a historic hotel in Canberra in an older building but very significantly refurbished. The rack rate on the deluxe queen room...

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Nov 6, 2016 - RAN Communications Branch Association National Reunion 2016 in Canberra

Nov 6th. Moved from park to Judy's, loaded up her car, left Pete cheerfully looking forward to a quiet week alone, and off Helen, Judy and I went. Is nearly 1300 kms from Adelaide to Canberra...we went across the Hay-Balranald plains. Spent our first night in Hay, with Judy and me sharing the driving. Helen decided to do a "Gen", sit back and be Miss Daisy!!! A shorter drive on 7th, found our way to our accommodation...pleasantly surprised with our 3 bed/2 bathroom apartment....other than having 30 stairs to climb to the front door, then...

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Aug 4, 2016 - Our amazing trip to Canberra

This summer we finally got to visit Australia. The country has been on our bucket list for a while now and we simply couldn't wait for our holiday to begin. One of our first destinations in Australia was Canberra, an amazing metropolis which houses some of the most important monuments in Australian history. Here's a selection of my favorite spots in Canberra. Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House Located at the base of Capital Hill, the Old Parliament House housing the Museum of Australian Democracy is just stunning. The...

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