Our year's adventure is
over: we have just arrived back in the UK for Christmas. The last 7 weeks
or so in Australia and New Zealand have been a mix of seeing friends and
going on little adventures. But since leaving Kokamo we have been too
busy rushing to the next activity to write on the blog. So here are some
pics to fill in the last weeks of our time away.
Back in the Port Vila,
the last morning we woke to a view like this. Within a couple of days we'd
left the boat and were in Sydney...
... where it was great
to see Jemima and Ewan who kindly put us up.
'Life Boy' At the
Sculpture Walk above Bondi Beach. Maybe we should have had this piece of
essential safety kit on the boat?
Then we flew to Western
Australia for a week... what for? The wind of course. We spent most
of the time at this spot in the estuary by Augusta - the best kitesurfing spot
we'd ever visited. Look at that butter smooth water - who'd have thought
it has 20 kts blowing across it?
Better still, dolphins
came to play with us most days while we were kiting
had admittedly taken a downturn. The only way we could sleep in our
$12 Kmart tent was with our legs sticking out the door from the knees
But at least bargain
camping meant we could splash out on some winetasting at Margaret River's
amazing vineyards between the kiting.
Next stop, to see Marve
and Molly in Brisbane....
...kicked off with a
weekends camping in the crazy granite landscape of Girraween National
...complete with field
biology notes provided by Professor How.
Then our first test
match experience at the first day of the first test of the Ashes. Andrew
Straus was out 3rd ball of the entire series - not a great
...but it was certainly
an exciting day of cricket, with the result that having never shown much
interest before, we've been following the series with something approaching a
true cricket jersey's obsession.