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Two Days in Canterbury

We’re nearing the end of a couple of days of sightseeing in beautiful Canterbury. Like Cambridge, Canterbury is overrun with history and tourists. But Canterbury has a better scale than Cambridge. It’s a town that isn’t trying to be everything all at once, as Cambridge is prone to be. And the place appears to have [...]


So, we were told that the wrong kind of snow for snowmen is the right kind of snow for sledging. Turns out that was right. We went sledging this afternoon on the Gog Magog Downs. Of course, sledging is easier if you have a couple of reindeer to pull you !

Our snowman lacks something…

It was the wrong kind of snow. At least that’s our excuse. If anyone can explain why we were unable to make a proper snowman in the back garden this morning, we would be delighted to know. He’s more of a snowblob than a snowman. It was fun, anyway.

The snow is here

We woke up on Friday morning, treated with a few inches of snow. It made the journey to school even more of an adventure than normal. Here is a ‘before’ photo – I don’t think Jem quite knows what’s coming!

That fat lady is tuning up….

So there you have it. Seven flights, just short of 10,000KM of driving, countless beaches, rainforests, deserts, ice creams and koalas. Just another 17,000KM to go. I can’t say we’re looking forward to the 23 hours of flight QF31 from Sydney to London, but here we are waiting to get on the plane, and there’s [...]

Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens

Right next to the Central Business District in Sydney, in the heart of the city, lie the much treasured Royal Botanic Gardens. Occupying about 30 hectares of the Farm Cove area, the gardens offer some of the best views of Sydney Harbour. There are also some great plants to hide behind, and cockatoos to chase. [...]

Lunch with Lloyd and Susan

Our last full day in Australia. We were treated to a wonderful lunch at Lloyd and Susan’s house in Carlton. If we needed another reason to come back to Australia some day, then the lunch would do it! Thanks guys.

Bondi Beach

Is this the most famous beach in Australia ? It might be, and it’s certainly great for surfing – as evidenced by the twenty or more lifesavers on duty here this morning. Here are the smallest two that we spotted. We only had a short time at Bondi. Just long enough, though, to get the [...]

Life’s flat without bubbles

So it’s not like we visited all 120 of the wineries round here, but they do all seem to have a similar feel inside. Lots of wood, a bit musty, and usually there’s some old boy behind a long oak bar who will serve you a glass of wine or two. Not Peterson’s Champagne House, [...]

Hunter Valley Gardens

Of course if you’re under 18 then the Cellar Door of a winery holds less appeal. But the Hunter Valley Gardens (the largest gardens in Australia, of course!) are great fun. We could show you pictures of the many many different styles of formal gardens here, and they are indeed beautiful. We could tell you [...]