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Jul 26, 2013 - Guildford

Off to Guildford by train. Captain (and from the inscription on the plaque at the Stirling centre, later Admiral) It was a fairly long walk out and back to the centre, and other than his tomb stone and this plaque on it, there was other information even though the 'Stirling Centre" attached to the church (a very ordinary centre of offices and meeting/function room)had been paid for with contributions from the WA government in the 70's. (Bevan had been tole this on a previous visit) seen on the return trip After having a coffee and...

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Oct 7, 2011 - Jacquie and Trevor's Wedding, London and South England

We flew into Heathrow Airport west of London and traveled by bus & train to Jacquie & Trevor's home in Haywards Heath (south of London). 01 October was their wedding day and it was an elegant and fun-filled day conducted at Clandon Park, a National Trust property. Thank you Jacquie & Trevor for inviting us to share your very special day. Then Lidia & I joined them on their 'honeymoon' !? How's that for good friends ?! Actually we spent a few days with them touring the south England countryside visiting various sites, and doing some hiking....

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Dec 8, 2010 - Dougie's Reflections on the trip

Overall I think that it was really good. I especially enjoyed Alaska because of the fishing. I also really enjoyed swimming with dolphins in the Florida Keys New Zealand was brilliant because of all the activities like the luge, the swoop, the zorb, the jet boat, the quad biking, and the schweeb. It was also really beautiful I really enjoyed Sydney, and going surfing, in Australia Fiji was brilliant with its parasailing and fishing, and I enjoyed driving the boat. The people were really nice and we made lots of good friends – and I saved a...

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Dec 3, 2010 - The second-half and Back to Normality: Christine's Reflections

Three months later and you would have thought that we would be back to normal, and although we are unimaginably fortunate in where we live and in the support of great family and friends – I can’t say that given the opportunity we wouldn’t all four jump on a plane tomorrow. The time since we got back at the end of July has flown- the boys are back at school, we have got our dog Molly and our cat and our fish back. We are as close to a normal routine as we are going to get except that Don is still deliberating his employment prospects. A...

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Oct 21, 2010 - London

Ahhhh....London. Back to english (of a sort, anyway)...hardly surprising that it was damp, but again the temperatures were warmer than expected. Robert and Millie Ruegg were there to meet us, and escort us back to their lovely home in Weybridge, a place that this trip journal program seems unable to recognise. Lots of talking and catching up preceeded a wonderful chicken dinner and heaps of crisp, simply prepared vegetables......heaven for us after a long month of different experiences. Robert and Millie has agonised over the state of the...

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Sep 14, 2010 - Don's Overall Reflections on the Trip

We have been back for over four weeks now, but it is still difficult to gather and summarise all of my reflections on the trip. Rather than delay any longer I will, in time honoured fashion, throw out a series of random thoughts and observations: It was a great thing to do: overall, I’m so thankful to have had, and taken, the opportunity to do and see so many wonderful places, meet so many great people and spend so much time together as a family when the kids are still young enough to enjoy being with us (well, most of the time) but old...

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Aug 8, 2010 - The trip in Numbers, Words & Music

The trip in numbers: Days Away - 197 Countries visited – 13 Flights – 26 Places we stayed – 104 Campervans – 6 Beaches where we wrote our names – about 50 Snakes we held – 4 Snakes we saw in the wild – 3 Cheetahs we walked with - 2 Bears in Alaska - 0 Metres Don can spit giraffe poo - 6 Vehicle accidents - 1 Upset tummies – 1 Trips to doctors/ hospital – 7 Trips to dentists – 10 Other Trips to doctors/ nurses - 3 Expressions of the Trip: Blimey Crikey Holy Cow This is madness Well, you can live on it, but it tastes like **** (when...

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Jul 31, 2010 - Back Home

Saturday 31 July We have been home for 24 hours now, and we are still a jumble of thoughts and emotions. It is very strange to be back in familiar surroundings – almost as if the last six and a half months was a dream. As Christine said yesterday, “it feels like we’re different people today than we were yesterday”. It feels like nothing has changed, but everything (or maybe just us) is different. At first I was surprised how happy I felt to be back in our house – it feels like there is so much space after our time in hotel rooms and...

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Sep 19, 2008 - talk like a pirate day

Hmmm talk like a pirate day.I thought this was the perfect op to see branch out and test my skills so i took a test and got the following result: You are The Quartermaster You, me hearty, are a man or woman of action! And what action it is! Gruesome, awful, delightful action. You mete out punishment to friend and foe alike – well, mostly to foe, because your burning inner rage isn’t likely to draw you a whole lot of the former. Still, though you may be what today is called “high maintenance” and in the past was called “bat-shit...

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Mar 6, 2008 - Training

The Guildford epiphany. We have read 2 books and 2 blogs so far about other people's pilgrimages. The whole idea is rubbing off. We were bogged down with how to leave some extra luggage in Santiago de Compostela so it would be there for the end of our walk. We figured that as we are travelling extremely light on the camino trail, we may need extra clothing at the end. However, as it is all too hard and, indeed, pilgrims should need only their spirituality and not material things, we decided to just use the same 2 sets of clothes for our...

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Jan 25, 2008 - Cuz Ned tries to become a celebrity

It seems cousin Ned is getting more and more jealous of my celbrity status trying make himself one. As you may remember cuzin ned has been mentioned once before in this blog (back in august 07) as the fancy national geographic shop kangaroo that hangs around his fancy national geographic shop friends like telescopes, frogs that croak when you walk past them, and globes that have the stars on them. Me, I come from the streets (george street!!) and am street wise. Anyways, thanks to my spies back in Oz, Ive been hearing of his try hard antics...

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Jan 23, 2008 - Heath Ledger

OK I just need to say that when I wrote the entry about Windsor I had no idea about Heath Ledger passing away. I didn't mean that about him himself but the stupid A Knights Tale movie and its character. I still stand by that but I mean no disrespect for a fellow Aussie himself

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