It never rains in Australia..... right?
Trip Start Apr 14, 2010
96Trip End Apr 16, 2011
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Since their rash promise to put us up they had emigrated to Australia, got married, bought a piece of land to build a house on and even had a baby. Not deterred we were holding them to the agreement, even if it meant camping out on the foundations with the baby in the tent but being the hugely organised people that they are the house, complete with an entire floor for our use, was ready and waiting for us, as was their beautifully behaved and smiley 10 month old baby, Callum
Happily, baby Callum’s namesake, Gordon’s brother Callum (now known as Big Callum), his wife Ree, and our gorgeous & precocious nearly 2 year-old niece Elsie were all out on the Gold Coast for Christmas as well and it was wonderful to get to spend quality time with them throughout the period. Unfortunately, the 10 year drought that had been affecting Queensland last time we were here had broken in spectacular style and much of Christmas week there was torrential rain and, up in the mountains, fog. We were lucky to have left before the real floods started and watched with horror the images on the news over the next few weeks of the Queensland floods.
Our first 'hot’ Christmas Day therefore wasn’t exactly hot but pretty drizzly, but that didn’t stop us having a Aussie style Christmas feast with oysters, "bugs" (lobster-like things) and prawns with Fi’s family down on the coast
Overall, despite the rain it was wonderful to put our feet up for a week, chill out at Phil & Fi’s or in Ree’s family beach house in Palm Beach, spend time eating and drinking and playing Wii (including “just dance” which had been diplomatically nicked from Fi’s 4 year old niece) and eating and drinking and playing Pictionary and drinking and playing Australian 1990’s Trivial Pursuit and eating and drinking. Fabulous! And to top it all off there was the Boxing Day test on TV in the background – which we aren’t allowed to discuss in front of the Aussies.
All too soon for our liking, it was time to bid adieu to everyone head off to the airport and over to Sydney for New Year’s Eve leaving Phil & Fi to some peace and quiet and a seriously depleted wine cupboard. Thanks again guys for being such wonderful hosts and taking us in for Christmas, we had an absolute blast and hopefully we can return the favour someday!