The not-so-Sunny Sunshine Coast

Trip Start Mar 13, 2010
Trip End Feb 13, 2011

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Scott and Danielles house
Matts House
Dalene and Kevins House

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Well to say that time is flying now would be an understatement! I can't believe it's 2011 (the date on this entry is when we arrived in Brisbane- I'm typing this from the other side of Christmas and New Year.)

Our flying tour of Australia was over in a matter of days, but after so many months of traveling we were both looking forward to staying with some family. Our first taste of any sort of home from home since leaving my Auntie Kates house in July!

So, minutes after touching down in Brisbane we were met at the airport which was a luxury in itself after struggling with our bags from so many other terminals over the months. We had a brief catch up on the way home and got to see my cousin Matt's house which he's just had built, and which I'm VERY jealous of. (If for nothing else, for the resident robot vacuum cleaner which cleans by itself!)

After that we headed to another one of my cousins (for readers of this blog who don't know me personally- i have a LOT of cousins) houses. Also for the benefit of readers who aren't familiar with my family news, my cousin Danielle and her husband Scott have a baby Chloe who is three months old and is absolutely gorgeous! So I was very happy to be staying with them for a few days. Also Danielle is a trained beautician with her own beauty room built in their house, so I got a fabulous (and much needed) pedicure whilst staying there too!

After a few days of relaxing, shopping, having beauty treatments and playing with Chloe, we went to stay with my Auntie Dalene at her house which is where the family were convening for Christmas. Now I was already sick with jealousy at my cousins' amazing houses and Dalenes just turned me an even darker shade of green! Her house, also newly built is in a beautiful location right by the sea. On one side you can see Mount Coolum and on the other a line of trees beyond which lies the Pacific Ocean. Needless to say, as soon as we arrived we headed straight to the beach to dip our toes in the clear blue water, a good job really, because that was the last time we saw the sun until just before we left!

You've probably heard about the freak rain that Queensland has had over the last few months. It was crazy, luckily for us as we were near the coast, we didn't experience the devastating floods seen further inland, but it was overcast and wet for most of the Christmas period. However, this may have been a blessing in disguise as I'm not sure Mark could have survived the average Australian Christmas temperatures, as it was, Christmas day was just pleasantly warm and we even headed to the beach in the afternoon.

Whilst staying so close to the beach Mark had developed a keen interest in body boarding. Well, more getting knocked around by the waves whilst holding a body board actually, anyway, he and my cousins all headed out together on Christmas afternoon to try and work off some of the copious food which had been consumed when he got stuck by a bluebottle jellyfish. I'm told it was quite painful, and we didn't here the end of it for a few days, but he survived, living to add a jellyfish sting to Malaria on his list of natural misfortunes abroad.

Our stay with my family was a really nice break for both of us. More specifically, it was a really nice break from each other, Mark got to burn off some pent up testosterone by go-carting/ trying to surf/ laying gravel for my aunt with my plethora of male cousins, and I got to shop, relax and play with a super cute baby.

Perhaps now after some time out, we'll be able to make it back to London without killing each other!

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Janak Carey - quiet american on

Sir English Patrick,
you went to the US according to your travelpod? San Francisco? how did you find it? I love that city, lived across the bay for 4 years!
Are you still traveling? I just made it home yesterday with 22 cents left in my account haha!
Hope all is well

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