Happy new year

I saw in the new year at Dan and Scott’s place in central Sydney. We were joined by Louise who jetted in from Melbourne to join the party, along with her sister Bec and friend Michelle who had come over from Canberra.

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Also in attendance were Tony, Will and Will’s friend Richard.

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As the clock approached midnight, there was only one thing to do…

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And then we settled on to Dan’s balcony to watch the fireworks. Truly amazing.

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2012 has been a whirlwind year – plenty of highs, and a few lows. So it felt good to say goodbye to it with the best fireworks display on the planet. And look ahead to 2013, which is already filled with many adventures and plenty more I don’t even know about yet.

Open air sing-a-long Grease!!!

OMG – what a treat! All my favourite things combined last night – Grease (the film), music, singing, wine and giggles. What a laugh. Dr Dan and I did everything we could to embarras Scott and Chris with our public shows of very loud singing. It worked.

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We sat out in Centennial Park, just up the road from where Dr Dan lives, drank copious amounts of cool white wine, watched the bats do their evening fly-by, and the settled in for the film/sing-along.

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After a hard night’s singing, there was only one thing to do – hit the clubs and bars on Oxford St. Long lie in this morning is all I will say on the matter…

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Xmas with the Roberts family

It was such a nice treat to have a family xmas on the other side of the world without my own family nearby. The Roberts family were perfect hosts…

We had a slow start to the day:

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Scott kept us fed throughout the day/night:

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We all enjoyed our presents:

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And in a stroke of cliched genius, I was allowed to throw the first prawn on the bbq!! Best travel highlight to date…

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Happy Christmas

It feels really strange to celebrate Xmas in 30 degree heat with clear blue skies from a roof top terrace with views out over the beach at Bribie Island. We had a slow start to the day with bacon butties and coffee in bed courtesy of Scott.

By midday, we had witnessed the arrival/whirlwind that was Scott’s niece and nephew arriving (2 and 6 respectively). Furious present opening followed.

Lunch was a cold meat and salad affair served with a generous helping of Australian Sauvignon Blanc. Guitar playing and sunbathing on the roof completed the afternoon’s entertainment. I’ve started to learn some Bob Dylan, which is pretty cool, and am perfecting Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Sweet.

This year’s Xmas presents were – by necessity – all very practical. Scuba diving course paid for by mum and dad (thanks muchly), sun lotion and insect repellent from Mary and Bruce, bubbles from Donna and Brett, and a solar powered phone charger from Dan and Scott (very useful). Plus a beautiful Australia calendar from Justin.

We just enjoyed a sunset stroll along the beach, and saw a dog swimming out to collect a ball which seemed to have been thrown at least 5 miles out to sea. I also had the chance to cuddle a 15 week old puppy. Happy Xmas indeed.

i am without wifi on my own tablet, so a flurry of photos will follow when I get back to Sydney in a couple of days’ time…