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Dec 25, 2018 - A beautiful day

The view from the Headland is always spectacular, but this morning it was even more so. The kids had been up since 6am and were very excited. Lunch was eaten early as Michelle had an afternoon shift at the hospital and had to leave before 12.30, but the prawns were delicious as were the turkey and ham. The Christmas puddings tasted good too even though I only made them a few days ago. Graham has a hive of native bees, and suddenly this afternoon they were invaded by another hive. We had just happened to give Graham a book on the native...

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Dec 24, 2018 - Merry Christmas to everyone

We went for a walk along the beach this morning, after queueing at the Fish Co-op for half an hour to purchase prawns . The humidity has dropped thank goodness. There were quite a few bluebottles washed up on the shore. Then after lunch we went visiting where Finn had a bit of luck with a fishing rod, catching a bream big enough for he and Malia to have for dinner tonight. After dinner we drove around to a nearby village to see the houses looking very pretty with their lights. Then Finn sorted out a carrot for Rudolf and a glass of...

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Dec 23, 2018 - A bit less humid

Today was somewhat cooler and much less humid. So while Grandad and Malia went Christmas shopping the rest of us went for a walk to the local billabong and Finn tried fishing with his "primitive" rod. He went through all the worms he had in his bait box - something was munching on them and having a lovely feed! Ruby the dog had a lovely time too swimming. On the way back we spotted this very big grasshopper. Grandad had promised to take Finn fishing this afternoon, so Finn decided he wanted to go back to the billabong in the hope of...

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Dec 20, 2018 - Lazy afternoon

A short trip to the beach after we had driven from Bribie to Lennox Head, where Malia had just finished her last day of primary school and was meeting frineds to have a dip in the sea.So Graham and Finn had some fun too.. After some shopping this morning to gather all the ingredients for the Christmas pudding, the kids came to the motel and we spent a very relaxing afternoon by the pool....

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May 7, 2018 - Sprouts

We went to see Graham's new business venture in operation today He is growing organic sunflower sprouts. His plot is on an organic farm in the nearby hills. This is the biggest bag of potting mix I've ever seen! It's an interesting process and it takes 6 to 8 days from start to finish. The sprouts are packaged in 2 sizes and the local shops are taking them as well as a couple of wholesale fruit and veg suppliers. Finn was hoping to take Grandad fishing after school today but we had a rainy afternoon so hopefully tomorrow will...

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May 5, 2018 - But wait ........there's more!

After departing Port Stephens we had a long day's drive to Lennox Head. We stopped at Ulmarra on the beautiful Clarence River to catch up with Paul and Kath on Moor R & R - a very short half hour stop as we still had a couple of hours driving to do. Then it was on to see our son and family. Grandad and Malia played chess. Finn played his first ever game of soccer. Then we did a trip up to the northern outskirts of Brisbane to catch up with Tim and Amanda, and their lovely daughters, Ashleigh and Carrie. This is the view from...

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Dec 15, 2017 - Heading to the Coast

Lovely weather as we headed down through Warwick to Stanthorpe where we did some shopping and had lunch. What a busy, progressive town. Headed south for a quick photo stop at Wallangara on the border. This is the town where the trains had to swap. One side of the railway station is the NSW side and the other was the Qld side. No longer in use but well restored. Headed through Tenterfield before turning to Casino along 100 kms of winding and twisting roads - nice view but heavy going. Casino is a large town of about 10000 people before the...

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Oct 15, 2017 - Ballina

Sunday 15 October 2017 Lots of rain during the night, with some of the heaviest rain we have ever heard! Quite a lot of wind gusts to add to the equation. The morning dawned overcast, but little rain, and only a few light showers occasionally. Had a lovely day out visiting Lyn & David, meeting up with Cheryl after maybe close to 50 years and meeting her husband Colin. After some chatting at the house we headed to a cafe at the wharf for a lovely morning tea. David gave us a tour around Ballina, bringing back memories for Don where he spent...

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Oct 14, 2017 - South West Rocks to Ballina

Saturday 14 October 2017 We are now settled in Ballina, hunkered down in the van with very heavy rain to keep us company! We were able to pack up in more or less fine weather this morning, and left South West Rocks at 8.10am. We won't be sorry to say goodbye to daylight saving, getting a bit tired of getting up in the dark most mornings! We were surprised that the weather was being kind to us. That didn't last very long, and things certainly deteriorated before Coffs Harbour. The traffic through Coffs was worse than ever, and we decided to...

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Dec 19, 2014 - Ballina

Hi All, today I went to Ballina, mainly to get some bubbly and a turkey breast for xmas and while there had a look at the river frontage, really pretty. Went to Budget Eyeware to organise new distance and reading glasses and visited some op shops. In one op shop I found the pink hair decoration you see in the photos. I was flabbergasted to see it because I bought one at the Brisbane Riverside markets in 2003 I think it was and have NEVER seen another one, and I am always looking. Some of you know that I make them and will be selling them...

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Nov 8, 2014 - Flat Rock

This morning. We were up very early and got all packed up. We had a walk around the Island before breakfast. When Evi was up and Martin came back from his bike ride we spent time together and prayed for each other before heading off just after 9 am. We had a funny experience. The GPS took us all around Tweed Heads and up a very very steep hill. We even thought the truck might not make it, it went so slow. Then it was down a very steep hill on the other side. Phew just made it. We were looking for Coles. We drove down the coast into New...

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May 8, 2014 - Ballina, NSW, AUS

Uh oh - another short driving day. We started with a pretty coastal drive along the Miami shores and then proceeded to Palm Beach. Yes, we are on the East coast -- of Australia! Wonder where they got those names? Some nice beach stops in both areas. The surf was up a bit and the water was full of surfers. And we had some fair views of the Brisbane skyline across the large bay. Surprised me, as we were a pretty good drive south of Brisbane by this time. We continued on along the coast, climbed a small hill and found ourselves crossing from...

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