Well, I've just returned from 2 weeks in Australia. It was only booked a week before we decided to go. I first went in 2,000 to Adelaide and it was cold and wet, but this time we went to Perth where the weather was lovely
and warm. It was their Autumn, but more like our height of summer.
One thing I learned, due to it being warm and sunny every day, Australians like to get up at sunrise and go to bed earlier. This is something we
in England are not used to as most mornings it is chilly and dull and there is no reason to get up early, unless you have to go to work. If we had gorgeous sunshine every day, I would leap out of bed!
As I have
seemed to fall over every time I have gone on holiday, this time was no exception. I had just got in to the pool with our friend who assured me she could teach me to swim - good luck with that then, no one has managed to teach me yet! I walked over to the
side of the pool to take a glass of drink from someone, when I tripped up the steps in the pool and fell over, breaking the glass and cutting my wrist on it. Luckily she is a nurse!
We went to their local park and
it was amazing mixing with kangaroos and feeding the parrots in the trees at the outside eating area.
They had a natural habit for koalas there and I was amazed to see a koala at eye level, in the day time, munching
on the eucalyptus leaves and looking at us. It is something many Australians haven't seen. They are usually at the top of the tree, hugging the trunk which camouflages them. It is a personal memory I shall treasure.
hearing a black and white bird singing beautifully, we got a lovely picture of it. Felt a bit silly when we were informed that it was a magpie!!!
I stayed with my cousin as well. My aunt was one of the £10
Poms who took the assisted passage scheme many years ago. It was due to my Aunty writing a short autobiography addressed for my other cousin that actually gave me the idea to write my own. This time my cousin gave me a print out of the complete my Aunty had
written and I have put it in my Autobiography Update, as obviously it pre-dates mine and I was absolutely fascinated by it.
We also went to Busseltown where there is a very long pier (however the Southend Pier is
slightly longer). They built an underground room 8 metres under the water at the end of it. It was unbelievable. I have seen sea life in man made aquariums, but nothing could top this. The struts holding up the pier, built in the sea bed were covered in the
most beautiful plants attached to them. We were told that they were living creatures, as plants need light to grow and not underwater. Shoals of fish passed the windows, anchovies then herring. Beautifully coloured tropical fish swam by and the odd large strangely
shaped fish swam past each window as though it was saying "look at me". After seeing this, I totally understand people's fascination with Scuba Diving. It was hard to realise that this sea life was going on when you looked over the pier at the sea water.
We had a stop over in Bangkok waiting for the connecting flight and so we booked in to a hotel for a rest. No I didn't disappoint with my quest to fall down in every country I go to! The hotel room had a 3" step when
you opened the door. When you are carrying bags and you open the door, you don't expect this.
I went flying on to the stone floor, badly hurting my toes and bruising the inside of my leg. It is still very painful
and seriously limited my ability to walk anywhere fast.
Bangkok Airport was a very daunting place, especially with the immigration staff. I felt guilty and I hadn't
done anything. They were so stern and fierce. Whatever possesses people to smuggle drugs in to their country, I do not know, especially with the consequences when they are caught.
However, they were obviously hard
workers, because a lot of the staff had probably returned to work earlier than they should from sickness, as they were considerately wearing surgical masks as they didn't want to pass their germs on to us!!!!!!!
Before I left, I planted a lot of seeds and left them growing on the table in the conservatory, well watered. My lovely neighbour kept them watered for me. On my return they were growing profusely, there was only one problem,
I put the packets in the trays to identify what I had planted. unfortunately, the water rotted them and now I will have to try and guess what they are!!