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So long and thanks for all the fish

sunny 26 °C

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We arrived to a bone-dry Victoria, suffering it's worst drought on record. Everywhere brown, dry and cracked. The last three weeks have seen some good rainfalls, though, and the worst does appear to be over.

Our first fortnight was spent largely with family in Gisborne, west of Melbourne, and catching up with relatives and friends. We spent a lovely weekend with old friends in Melbourne, whilst the kids played in the pool - BBQ, wine, beer, loud music and a lot of talking - amazing how you can meet up again after so many years and it might as well have been yesterday!

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The new freeway system in Melbourne is brilliant!

We spent an enjoyable couple of days in Anglesea, on the Great Ocean Rd; out of season and very quiet and peaceful (which we needed after the weekend at Gary & Gayle's!).

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On our second weekend we went to stay with my old friend Jack, up Upwey way in the Dandenongs. Very beautiful - feeding rosellas, kookaburras, cockatoos, butcher birds and possums from the balcony........

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We went to the Mossvale Music Festival in East Gippsland, home of the World's longest worms (not a lot of people know that!). There were more hats and beards than you could poke a stick at. Some excellent music - notably an American band called The Mammals, and blues singer Eric Bibb.

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Our last week was spent with Jack in the beautiful little town of Marlo, at the mouth of the Snowy River, about 400kms from Melbourne.

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We kayak'd on the river with the kids, went out fishing in the boat. We BBQ'd the fish that one of us caught (suffice to say that it wasn't Jack, Frith or the kids!), and had sundowners and dinner on the veranda of the Marlo Pub, overlooking the magnificent Snowy Estuary.

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Now we're getting ready to fly off to the Cook Islands tomorrow, it's was very nostalgic seeing old friends again and the hospitality has been fantastic. We'd like to thank everybody for making it such a magical holiday - and special thanks to Sheila and Bill for looking after us so well and for so kindly giving us use of their spare car(s) during our stay here.

Will miss:

Heather:

Woody & Tonka, Marlo, Family

Rhiannon:

Sunsets, Marlo, Birds, Possums

Frith:

Family and friends, Automatic cars, Marlo, Australian Bakeries, Cascade Light

Graham:

Best friends, Family, Marlo, The Dandenongs, Cascade, Wine shops.

Won't miss:

Heather:

flies, mosquitos

Rhiannon:

mosquitos, bee stings

Frith:

flies, Australian drivers

Graham:

Aus. TV.

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Posted by chaddo 18:45 Archived in Australia

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Hey, you lot must have been having such fun it feels like I have not heard from you for ages!! Safe journey to the Cook Islands. I think you are half way round the world by now. I really look forward to your beautiful pictures and tit bits from all the different visiting spots. Marlo must be beautiful as you are all seem to be going to miss it.

Take care lots of love Gaye!!

by gayew

Rhiannon, bee stings in Australia after what you did here in SA . I am surprised - guess you never had the right beekeeper there to help. Look up what a honey badger looks like, and you know what has just done a lot of damage on one of my apiaries - now to build special stands to get the hives out of badger reach. CAn't shoot them as they are protected, and in any event, they don't know to leave hives alone, so its up to technology to make it impossible for them to reach the hives.

Hi All - I think I was in Oz at the same time as you, got there (Sydney) on 26 March and came back here at the end of that week. Great place but a lousy trip due to a lousy travel agent.

Heather - Ashleigh has taken the waffle maker to her flat, so no more waffles I'm afraid - will get it back when you next visit.

Frith and Graham - looks like you are having a ball - we live next to the sea but it's nothing like what you have experienced out there. Looks stunning - Guess it's time for us to be planning a last big family holiday before I call formal employement a day.

Travel safe - and I will almost certainly be seeing you in May in the UK, some time between 19 and 29 May, after my business in Stockholm is done - will shout as soon as dates and meetings have been firmed up.

by NigelHo

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