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Aug 14, 2019 - Day 1 - Wednesday. 14/8/19. Brisbane to Perth via Kalgoorlie

Day 1....an eventful day. We had an aborted takeoff from Brisbane.....40k overloaded with fuel due to head winds and having to fly north to Longreach before turning west, which added extra kilometres to the flight, and always need some in reserve. Second time was successful. Good flight until about an hour out of Perth when Captain announced that Perth was being buffeted by winds and rain from the west and we wouldn’t have enough fuel to possibly circle before landing - so we landed at Kalgoorlie to refuel. That only took about 30 mins. and...

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Apr 19, 2019 - Easter in Perth

19 April – Good Friday Happy Easter, and an early morning wake up call from the bank. The bastards call Tony on the NZ number, and it comes up as “private”, so he abuses them and shuts the call down without answering it. They try twice more, same abuse, same response. We are wondering who the hell is calling, and the phone rings again, this time on the Aussie number. Private number again, but Tony wonders if it is something important, so he answers it. The woman asks for Anthony, and Tony asks who wants to know. It is the bank, ringing...

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2019 tour

Apr 16, 2019 - Perth in W.A.

Tony was awake about an hour before the alarm went off (woken by the bladder alarm that has not adjusted to leaving NZ). It seemed to take forever to get off to sleep again, and no sooner that happened than the alarm went off. We take our gear into the hallway to finish packing, and have a quick breakfast. Uber is on time, and it takes about half an hour to drive to Tullamarine airport. We are surprised that there is a lot of traffic at this early hour, but we are still at check-in an hour before we need to be (which we generally always...

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2019 tour

Mar 24, 2019 - Sailing Indian Ocean north towards Broome and the cyclone

Enjoying the Sea Princess as we enjoy 3 sea days. Went to the Newly Wed Game last night. It was hilarious and a lot of fun. We definitely booked the correct side of the ship, starboard, as we have cell tower signals so our myfii works a lot of the time as we sail hugging the coast. Fun to stay in touch. Tribute show tonight to Dolly Parton. Have had a lot of good music.

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Australian Adventure

Mar 23, 2019 - Fremantal & Perth

Cousin Margaret drove us around Fremantle and Perth. Visited the military memorial to men and women lost in all wars from Western Australia. Saw a Hicks lost in WWII and a Bond also, my Mother's maiden name. Perth is a georgeous city with water all around and many green parks. We have 3 days at sea before arriving at our next port of call, Broome.

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Australian Adventure

Jan 17, 2019 - Non stop to nowhere!!!

What a busy few last days of our holiday. Vic swim lessons every day with the kids - so much improvement in such a short time. They are like little fish. Filling in time between classes by filing Grandad's nails. The kids were bored waiting to go swimming so Grandad set them a job to do, washing the car wheels and headlights. Winta having fun with the bubble wand. Levi spotted us weighing our baggage and had such a good time weighing all sorts of bits and pieces. It was heart breaking having to leave them all, we've had such a...

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New Adventures

Sep 15, 2018 - Day 1/2 Perth - Doha

At last it's time to set out on our long awaited holiday...Nana, Sarah and Riley. After having dinner at the club with the family, we left for the airport. Check-in was a bit of a long wait and then it was time for kisses, cuddles and goodbyes before we left for the departure lounge. I think there might have been a few parent tears. We had a good flight to Doha although it was very long. It was a very full plane so no spare seats. About an hour out of Doha, Riley told me he was feeling sick. Before I could get into a sick bag (they have...

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Apr 12, 2018 - Stuff

I'm not much of a souvenir buyer. I enjoy getting something to replace a worn or lost item, or buying a necessity. If I do buy something to remind me of a trip or place, it's usually a practical item I'd use at home. In Morocco, it was socks. In Greece, a hat. In Thailand, a cooler hat and sandals. In Australia, I learned there are a handful of companies that manufacture watches. I love watches. They are the only jewelry I wear. (My wedding band does not count as jewelry: it's more than mere jewelry.) I did Internet research and found an...

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Second Time Around

Jan 28, 2018 - Perth

The gateway to our Australian adventure was Perth. Situated on the banks of the Swan River, it is a city with a modern skyline. In contrast, further to the west, its port of Freemantle (Freo) still has many original Victorian buildings. We celebrated Australia Day (January 26th) sampling beer and watching a spectacular 30-minute firework display with about ¼ million Aussies. We also spent one day on Rottnest Island (11 miles off the mainland) with bikes, beaches and members of its only indigenous population: the friendly quokkas....

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Jan 10, 2018 - Back to Perth

Our second stay in Australia for Christmas came and went in a flash. We had anticipated that Peter would be working but in fact he had a break between shifts for the whole of the six days and we wished we had made it a longer stay in Perth. We arrived on the 21st December and went straight to the very lovely and quite grand home of Jing Jing’s parents. Jing Jing is a friend of Peter with whom he has been staying. He had, by now, signed the contract on the rental of a small house of his own – the one that Jane and I had viewed on his behalf...

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Dec 29, 2017 - Christmas in Perth

Perth for Christmas We arrived back in Perth after a five and a half hour flight, which landed early, to be picked up by Peter and taken to Jingjing’s parents house which was fabulous. The weather was very different from Batam, being much much hotter and much less humid. After a good nights sleep we went across to Peters newly rented house to check on what else he still needed to buy. We then headed across to Rockingham where Pete was having a kite surfing lesson and we enjoyed sitting on the beach watching both the professionals and...

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Jane in Asia

Dec 14, 2017 - Day 18 - Coolgardie to Perth

The last day. Only 560 km to home. The longest drive. Finally sunshine and fresh temperature, so we went for an early start, with the bikes refuelled the night before. While packing I was considering that this would have been the last time for a while, at least for this trip. We did those same movements, that on the last 18 days become a daily routine. I remembered the first morning in Norseman, when it took a while to repack everything before taking off and I said Alberto that the last day we would have pack the lot in a fraction of the...

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