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We arrive in Heathrow, London about 7am, go through Customs etc and are taken by Chauffer to the Mayfair Hotel, Stratton St, Mayfair. It's a warm sunny Sunday, and we feel like death warmed up due to interrupted sleep patterns. Luckily we were able to go to our room straight away, have a shower, then go for a short walk around. My feet were too sore to walk far, and John had wrenched his knee badly during the flight, so we went ...
... humid countryside again. Had a lovely weekend and bbq
with Brendan’s family. It was lovely to catch up with his daughters and
children again. We went for Holly’s birthday (one of Brendan’s granddaughters)
to the the local caves.Also had a very interesting 9th birthday
party with a lot of squealing and giggling girls. The most interesting part was
the cave tour.
We moved on on the Monday to Calliope and went and ...
... Koala Sanctuary where we could all typical Australian creatures. We decided to take a taxi and go because we didn’t want to push Mary to leave Riley by herself, but there was also Jamie´s step-mother in the competition who offered to give us a lift. That was so nice of her and in the way she turned up to be a really cool person. She used to be a professional surfer. Now she runs her own business, plus she hosts people from all over the world in her house.
... course. As the sun began to go down, we all (bar Daniel, he was too interested in his computer games, and who could blame him) went to Cheryl's hometown of Redcliffe, which is right on the coast. I was rather impressed with the barbi set up, as there are permanent barbecues set up in nearly all the parks and all you have to do, is switch them on. No coal, no lighter fuel and no cleaning required, it's all done for you. It was lovely to sit by the sea, and watch the sun go ...
... we didn't. I panicked that I had wasted our chance to go to Australia. Luckily for me the visa can be purchased at the airport. So she sent us to another counter to buy ours.
Actually, I had two kick myself moments. After we provided our information and paid the $60 NZD fee, we had our visas. The lady at the second counter proceeded with our check-in. That led to this exchange:
Woman (looking at our ...