Response: You should have got that posting to Oz it's fabulous here...even when it rains. Been swimming in the pool here in Perth at Viv's brother Nigel's house and it's her neice's 18th and Australia Day...big event with bbqs and fireworks. Lots of piccies but might have to wait to Singapore to upload as no broadband access. I'm sure everyone is happy to wait...they should be good
Response: Australia Day here in Perth after 24 hours in Uluru. Lots of burbs but soon out to either beaches or the bush with wineries. We have brought rain wherever we have made landfall including the desert! Hot and sunny now and one last day before we leave for Singapore
Response: It was brill and it is only just slightly different in the red centre...more flies than birds! The Kata Tjutas and Uluru were better than any postcard close up. Only 24 hours there but a full on experience. Now in Perth celebrating Australia Day...just off for a picnic above the foreshore with fireworks!
Response: Topless...bottomless...the possibilities are endless here. Spent the day on a dreamy coconut palm fringed beach of white sand and exotic sea shells and bits of coral...oh and floating nuts of various types. As we are not allowed to export anything we've been taking photos of them for our virtual rock pile in the back garden. Just had dinner...I won't describe each exquisite mouthful...and then after a cold beer we're off to do some star gazing from the illuminated rock pools. Ah... Twyford is not going to be the same after this!! Pleased that all is quiet on the western front and that the Biscuit delivery boys are not competing for parking space with the Stella Artois men. Only one week to go now and a month to recover from the shock.
PS Hope the leg is still bendy and the London Marathon registration is in the post
Response: Sadly there is no hint of anything at all serious in OZ...I think it must be my natural home. No worries mate is the national work ethic but its all done so charmingly well and so good naturedly. Everything is brill so many more thanks for keeping the great ship of state affloat back in UK Dunc
Response: We are we are! A great place to come when you go on your world tour with your camera...there is so much to photograph with a proper camera rather than our titchy one. Today we went to the outer great barrier reef and saw amazing fish life including a giant potato cod. The rest of the trip has been wonderful too. Now at Thala Beach south of Port Douglas and we have fantastic sea views of rainforested mountains reaching to the sea. On to Uncle Nigel soon via Ayers Rock. Mum says steady on the Stella! Much love Mum & Dad
Response: You would not believe it! Made landfall in the land of Oz and its just been a blast ever since we got here. Margaret & Jack in Kuranda send their regards!! We had a wonderful day with them up in the hills above Cairns and they live in an awesome house wafted by cool mountain breezes and surrounded by fruit gardens of every description with hot and cold running birdlife...a most excellent meeting and Margaret's artwork derived from Papua New Guinea is wonderful and their house is a tresure trove of art
Response: Sailing was EXCELLENT on the Solway Lass and they even let me steer it! Snorkelling wirth turtles, giant wrasse, killer jellyfish, crocs and the rest! Viv is missing you and says you should have come with us! Next time!!! AND answer your b@%$#& telephone!Thanks for a great time in Cape Byron shire D&V
Response: Lots more to follow Jeff I'm afraid as we are eating our way through Australian wildlife with a big emphasis on fish and fruit...but Viv is thinking of turning vegetarian! The topless numbers are increasing as the wet bit really takes hold. A small problem of access to photo uploading facilities means no more pics until Perth but then you'll all get a deluge of wet stuff from the Whitsunday Islands with me sailing a proper Tall Ship (somewhat erratically!) and today's adventure on the outer GBR Dunc
Ay up chucks...it's always grim up north except in Australia where it's hot and wet. Living on the coast means that there is always lots of fish and many unusual ways of cooking it Pete!! Pacific whiting is very popular but so is mud crab etc. Not yet been fishing but the next phase from Saturday around the Whitsundays might offer opportunities outside the protected reef areas. The whole ocean is wondrously warm.
Response: No more pics until Perth as there are no upload facilities on the road we travel...but then you'll hopefully get loads...sun still shining and not yet been eaten by crocs, jellyfish, sharks, spiders or mosquitoes.
Response: Annie, thanks for your bit of encouragement...hope you like the photos...many more to follow I hope
Jeff, it's hotter than Norway following a night on the Gjetost and Aquavit...all the telecom men have to wear little hats with neck flaps to protect them from the sun or as they say here 'Slip, Slap, Slop'...slip on a shirt, slap on some suncream and slop on a hat.
Response: We did and it is paradise although a bit humid at the moment...thank goodness we have a pool, the Pacific, 4 showers and unlimited Aussie beer!
Response: Give the tinies a big hug and we'll send em some Balmain bugs to throw on the barbie
I'm gobsmacked this is birder heaven! It's hot and cold parrot city with noisy mynahs, magpies, lorikeets, parakeets, cockatoos, kookaburras, ibis, yellow faced plovers, gullahs and unknown beasts waking us up at dawn and then thrashing through the sky all day. Can I get hold of a pocket guide to Aus wildlife anywhere? What's Julian's contact details? We're up to Q tomorrow and for the whole of next week.