Saturday, 22 February 2020

Back to Oz ... Goodbye Melbourne ... Hello Sydney ...


 Ray (of ex-nb Ferndale fame) very kindly dropped us off at Melbourne Airport on Monday 4th March 2019 for our 12:30 flight on Qantas Cann River ...

 onboard and being briefed by the hostess ...
 and we're off the ground on our way to Sydney!


 It's only a 1.5 hour flight ...

 so it's not long ...

 before we start to descend ...




 brakes are on ...

 as we taxi to the arrivals bay.

Half an hour later we're in our pre-booked taxi travelling under Sydney Harbour and over Spit Bridge to Manly ...
 and our hotel for the week ...

where we had a lovely spacious room on the top floor overlooking ...

 the beach ...  what a view!
Out for a walk an hour or so later to familiarise ourselves of the immediate locality as we have a very early pick up in the morning ...
 Our stay coincided with the World Volleyball Tournament and we could see these courts from our hotel room balcony.


 
We walked as far as Circular Quay to watch the ferries coming and going as this would be our main transport whilst staying here.

We're going to have the most fabulous time!

Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Back to Oz ... Our last day in Melbourne ...

We spent our penultimate evening in Melbourne still at Ray and Diane's lovely home chatting with their daughter Samantha and their bonkers dog Archie.  In-between time I caught up on the laundry ready for our departure on Monday 4th March 2019.
The day before we left Ray's he took us out ... for breakfast ... a first for us!  We walked to Sir Dukes in Puckle Street, Moonee Ponds named for Stevie Wonder's 1976 hit HERE.  I really can't remember what we ate but it was nothing like any breakfast that we'd had before!  What a treat ... thank you Ray.
 Back at Ray and Diane's home ... appropriately named ...
I spent most of the day packing our suitcases for our flight to Sydney on the morrow and generally relaxing.
 Sam arrived home from work and of course Archie was pleased to see her ...

 He really is a cuddly, loveable rogue and we shall miss him!
While Ray prepares a culinary delight for our evening meal ... 
 I'm outside doing my best to tire out the crazy dog ...
and I think it may have worked ... for all of five minutes!

With the packing done and dusted, diner eaten, we all relaxed in front of the telly and watched the movie 'Queen'.

We thank Ray and Diane (in her absence) with all our heart for making us so welcome in their home, and particularly Ray for looking after us so well and ensuring that we saw and enjoyed our excursions to the  wildlife park and the little penguins and all around their local area.  We had a truly wonderful time and will remember their hospitality forever.

Monday, 17 February 2020

We've got a pair ... and Dennis the Menace

We've not seen much of the kingfisher over the past few weeks ...
but I did get a quick snap of this one on Thursday last week (13th) ...
before we set off for our daily walk ...
under a very moody sky ... will we get wet?
Yes, of course we did!
But the rainbow as we walked back was worth it.
We had more rain and sunshine later in the day ...
and another fantastic ...
double rainbow at the marina.
Friday (14th) at 7am was nearly as bright as day ... with the moon ...
and the morning sun's reflection on the clouds
We spent Valentine's day wandering High Wycombe and ate a very nice meal at Blue Grass BBQ Smokehouse where George took this selfie!
Saturday we saw this little fellow.  
In past winters here we've saw a lot of the squirrels on the bird feeders but this year they've not been on them at all!

And the 'pair' ...
How good is that!
 Storm Dennis has been and gone and left the Thames on red boards  and Still Rockin' 

today is very nearly marooned again ... with the pontoon still rising.
I was so lucky to get this photo this morning as this huge cormorant  shot out of the high water with a huge fish in it's mouth.  Unfortunately by the time I'd focused on him with my camera the fish was gone!