Back in Blighty again

Mar 08, 09

Once again we find ourselves transported back from one world into another. Travelling can be such a weird disorienting thing as we now find ourselves back in our familiar part of the world and as I write this I’m sure that I’m suffering quite a bit of “jet lag”, mixed also with a dose of “culture...

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Bangkok

Mar 08, 09

Our Bangkok stop-over proved every bit as interesting as Hong Kong was on the way down. Once again we found ourselves in a teeming metropolis filled to the brim with life & commerce. Like Hong Kong, Bangkok was an overwhelming cacophony of human life all packed into a very dense space but in many ways felt more “far...

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Sydney … Deja Vue

Mar 07, 09 Sydney … Deja Vue

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After returning again to Sydney, we managed to pack in a trip to the National Maritime Museum, where we got to go on HMAS Onslow (submarine) and HMAS Vampire, the last gunship destroyer in the Australian navy. It was deja vue for us because we also visited a replica of the Endeavour, Captain Cook’s ship that first mapped...

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Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

Mar 04, 09 Norfolk Day 15 … Farewells

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We bade a sad farewell to the family (& our new friends) on Norfolk Island today  🙁 We’ve had a fantastic time & it’s hard to believe we’ve been there two weeks, the time has flown by. We’ve had so much fun with everyone but especially with our little 2 year old nephew River. He’s as bright as...

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Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

Mar 01, 09 Norfolk Day 11 … The Big Day

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Mariëlle & Sylvan’s big day has come at last after much preparation and activity. We’ve all pitched in with different alloted tasks including the decorating of the reception & wedding location, setting up the bar, cleaning & cooking. My day started at 8am when I helped out with the washing and cleaning of...

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Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

Feb 26, 09 Norfolk Day 8 … Hens and Bucks

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Last night was Marielle & Sylvan’s Hens & Bucks party …. and did they go with a bang! The boys kicked off with paintball (& beers) at about 3 in the afternoon …. & man was it FUN, FUN FUN ! The overalls weren’t much  protection at all and so we all got our t-shirts & shorts liberally...

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Norfolk Day 7

Feb 24, 09

We spent a great day down at Emily bay on the south coast snorkeling. Emily bay is naturally enclosed by a huge reef and we were able to snorkel right up to it where the waves were crashing against it on the other side. The marine life we saw was incredible; highly coloured parrot fish , Angel Fish and numerous other shoals of...

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Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

Feb 22, 09 Norfolk Day 5 … Reunion

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The whole family has now finally arrived in Norfolk! Ma & Pa, Gerard & Herma all flew in from New Zealand today. Gerard & Herma have spent just over 4 weeks touring New Zealand whilst Ma & Pa flew in direct from Schiphol via Hong Kong. We’ve celebrated tonight in true Aussie style by having a...

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Norfolk Day 2

Feb 19, 09 Norfolk Day 2

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Annelies slept for nearly 14 hours solid last night and caught up on some much needed rest. We took it quite easy today did a little shopping before Annelies met up with Dee (one of the bridesmaids), Dee’s Mum, Nari & Judith( another of Marielle’s bridesmaids) to look over the location for the Wedding ceremony &...

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A dozen and counting …

Feb 19, 09

… that’s mozzie bites. The local insect population seem to like Guernsey blood. They seem to be pretty partial to Dutch blood too as Annelies thinks she may have even more than me.

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Touchdown ….

Feb 19, 09

Well we’ve finally arrived in Norfolk Island. It’s great to be back and although it’s been over 4 years since we’ve been here everything seems so familiar. Weathers not been too good , relatively speaking of course :-D, but it’s still about 25C and very humid. We picked up our hire car yesterday and in...

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Sydney …

Feb 17, 09 Sydney …

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We’ve had another great day exploring around Sydney. We took a ferry from Darling Harbour across the bay to Taronga Zoo where we got to see alot of the Ozzy native wildlife up close: Koala’s; crocodiles; possums; emus; wallabies & of course Kangaroos. Annelies even got to stroke a kanga & we were both allowed to...

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