Archive for the 'Christmas' Category

10
Jan
11

Super driving holiday

I’ve been back for more than a week, but I’ve just gotten around to uploading all the photos of what was a great Xmas/New Year’s driving holiday.

We drove south through New South Wales, into Victoria, around the Great Ocean Road, up into South Australia, and back across the Sturt Highway to Sydney. It was 5100 km, but we took a leisurely 18 days to do, staying for a couple of nights in a few spots (mostly wine regions).

You can see some of the photos here.

28
Dec
09

Home again

After a couple of rainy, twisty-road traveling days we’re back in Sydney with MB. We had a walk to stretch our legs, filled up on Thai food, and are ready to crash for the night. It was a good few days up in Queensland, and we’ve had a lot of fun.

Tomorrow morning we see MB off; later in the day the She-Aussie shows up. The fun never stops. We don’t return to work until January 4th.

26
Dec
09

the country

M’s parents retired to a farm outside Warwick, 2 hours south of Brisbane. We got here mid-morning and have been chilling with the family, dogs, and cattle. We’ve also had a big lunch, then did some clay pigeon shooting. That’s the first time I’ve handled a 12-gauge, but I managed to hit a few.

Later on we’ll go for a walk around the farm and see how much local fauna we can spot.

26
Dec
09

Christmas Day

We had a really nice Christmas Day yesterday: breakfast, presents, being short-term adopted by a lovely family, more presents, a dip in the pool, huge piles of food, more pool, more lazing about, Skyping with family in Canada.

Today we’re off to yet another lovely family homestead, some dogs and kangaroos. Tomorrow we start the big drive south to Sydney.

25
Dec
09

Merry Christmas from Australia

24
Dec
09

In Brisbane

Got here last night, and chilling mightily today. Happy holidays, everyone!

23
Dec
09

Xmas holiday

My first hot-climate Christmas is upon us. I’m on my way to work now, but at the end of the day we’ll fly up to Brisbane. We’re fortunate enough to be able to spend a few days of the break with Miss B, the She-Aussie, and all their bunch. We’ll be up there for about four days, then make our way back south to Sydney.

I will miss my own family, though. I’ve only spent one other Christmas away. But I’m sure we’ll all be thinking of each other: them digging out from under snow, me applying large amounts of sunblock.

10
Feb
09

Photos

I’ve uploaded a few of the prettier photos I’ve taken recently. Here’s a set from Christmastime back in Canada, and here’s a few I took last weekend in Brussels and Bruges.

04
Jan
09

The return trip

Luckily, our flight back to the UK went more smoothly than our trip to Canada did (or than our first attempted return did).

It was not without its risks, though. They began at 5am when our rental car didn’t want to start. The engine would not turn over for the first six or seven attempts, but somehow eventually roared to life. Then at the airport the queues for bag drop and security at the US pre-clearance area were massive, and we had little time to spare before boarding.

Our next worry was our connection in Newark. We were scheduled to land at 8:04am; our flight from there to London was scheduled to depart at 9am. That left us no slack at all for departure delays:  although US customs pre-clearance in Halifax meant we wouldn’t have to do so or collect our bags in Newark, we still had to change terminals between planes.

Sure enough, we took forever to leave Halifax. There were latecomers, and the weather meant we had to wait for de-icing. Luckily we learned that that delay had already been built into our arrival time in Newark, given the time of year.

Still, we only de-boarded n Newark at about 8:20am. There was a further bit of good luck when we found there was a direct shuttle between our arrival terminal and the international departure one, meaning we didn’t have to exit and re-do security. We ran to the gate and found that the London departure was delayed a bit, too, so our bags managed to catch up to us.

So it’s 2009 and we’re back in our flat in London. It was a super holiday – I’ll upload some pics later – but it’s good to be home.

27
Dec
08

Holidays in Canada

After the travel hell to get here it’s been a very nice holiday so far in Nova Scotia. It’s proper cold, and it’s just started snowing a bit. There’s been lots of food and drink, the families are all well, and still time to relax.