Thanks very much both....
Trip Start Jan 02, 2013
53Trip End Mar 23, 2013
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So we left Labrador where we'd enjoyed a full week not having to pitch tents in downpours and headed, in torrential rain, to Brisbane. I'd told Mary that we'd be with them late on Saturday afternoon (after we'd "done" a tour of the city centre). We really couldn't manage more than two hours, even allowing for Helen buying a replacement umbrella (for the $10 one she bought in Sydney that lasted three minutes before breaking). NB this one was $5 and lasted 30 minutes - altogether better than the previous one....
We landed at Mary and Derek's, very wet, at about 2.30pm
And they were fantastic hosts. Nothing was too much trouble and they fed and watered us superbly.
M&D gave us a tour of some of the areas covered in water in the 2011 flood - horrendous! and on Sunday we three headed into town to meet up with Helen's old University pal, Karen (Dibden) and her chap Josh. After a nice reunion and a little over two and a half hours in total in the CityCat ferry, we returned to the McDougall home and settled in for another evening of fine dining. Derek excelled himself on the barbeque and the legs of lamb were decimated...
On Monday, we bade our farewells - much, I'm certain, to the relief of both Mary and Derek, who was heard to mutter that he was embarking on an "AFW". An "AFM" was heard emanating from Mary's lips. I think perhaps we should have applied a tad more restraint.....
Thank you Mary and Derek. We had a lovely time and we're so sorry about the bar bill.....
For those of you who know Mary and Derek but who haven't managed to get out and see them. Do so immediately - they are fantastic hosts and their new house is stunning!!!