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Christmas Is.&Beyond’s Travel Diary

Monday, 10 Jan 2011

Location: Melbourne &Tasmania, Australia

MapWell the year ended in a bit of a rush for me on Christmas Island. First we had a very sad incident with asylum seekers crashing into the rocks (see earlier entry). Then I had to go to Melbourne for the funeral of my grandmother who at 97 succumbed to a combination of old age and the stroke that had immobilised her 2 weeks earlier. It was very sad but as she has had alzheimers for a number of years she was not the person we all knew and loved in recent years.
Even though Melbourne was a sad time it was also an opportunity to catch up with family I had not seen for many years. Not to mention a chance to hit the shops with Jane, who knows where ALL the bargains are.

Tasmania was my next destination as there were no seats on the plane to get back to Christmas Island before Christmas, so I went to Hobart/ Nubeena to spend Christmas with my parents and son. Which was nice. A great opportunity to sample the fantastic seasonal produce and catch up with friends. The strawberries, raspberries and cherries are absolutely the best in Australia, and for that matter anywhere. Needless to say I have indulged inplenty of these! I have also sampled a pomegranate - interesting eating, but quite delicious once you get the hang of eating it!

Down to my last week here on the Apple Isle and geting lots of things done to get my house rented out and Chris's house and garden sorted!
Then on Sunday off to Melbourne for a few days and then on to Christmas Island Via Perth for a night, then back to the island for a week of sorting my own house before back to work and study!
So looking forward to getting back I really miss the tropics! Even with all that rain!
It has also been hard without Michael here, I miss you!!!!