Tredding on snakes n dog steals Brides thunder

Trip Start Feb 15, 2006
Trip End Feb 16, 2007

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Saturday, November 4, 2006

Oh my god it is November already!!!!! It will soon be Christmas - speaking of which I saw my first Christmas tree in a shop on the 1st of Nov and everywhere is already selling cards, trees and trimmings; no different from back home I guess!

Anyway thought we better let you know what is going on as we only have a few weeks left here and to be honest we are glad and more than ready to head off to pastures new. It seems like we spend weeks doing nothing then do everything at once.

We haven't really done much sight seeing as one would say other than the Zoo with Bill & Co who are now back in England enjoying the lovely cold weather no doubt!! Hope you all had time to check out the pics from then. Just to let you know that its now 30 plus degrees and the humidity is at about 70%!!!

So the other day we decided to go for a walk to the Botanical Gardens & Centenary Lake which are situated just on the road from where we live. The sun was cracking the flags and it's been very humid of late but it was nice to be out and about all the same. So you walk around the side of the lake to where they have preserved a section of Rain Forrest which you can walk though along a board walk. It's really nice; quiet and peaceful and at the end you reach the Botanical Gardens which is way smaller than the map suggests!! We took lots of pics of all the pretty flowers (especially the Orchids which are my fav) and trees. On the way back as we were walking along the board walk in the Rain Forrest Ben was singing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (don't ask) and we were just messing about when I saw this thing move right in front of my feet. Had I not stopped, screamed really loudly and almost jump into Bens arms I would have stood on a SNAKE!! It was only a tree snake so it souldn't have killed me but all the same I'd rather not be bitten by anything. I must have scared it off with my piercing scream as it slithered off back into the Forrest.

Later in the afternoon we headed off down to the docks to see the owners of our house (Iris & John) hosting a wedding on their boat. The boat was an absolute wreck when they bought it; it dates back to about 1930 and is still not completely finished. The wedding was a huge success and the dog Telly completely upstaged the Bride & Groom (see pics).
We got to ride on the boat back to where it sleeps while Telly rode round on the tiny speed boat thing with Iris then went for a swim to shore to cool down. After we rode down to the Esplanade and ate dinner before heading off home feeling very tired and in need of sleep.

BIG NEWS. . . . . We are going diving on the Great Barrier Reef on Sunday and I have splashed out on a new mask, snorkel & baby fins so hopefully I won't get water in my mask and freak out too much!!! We went down to the Esplanade and tried out my mask in the pool to make sure it fits properly and doesn't leak. We will finally get to try out our under water camera and housing which incidentally we saw in a shop here the other day for $995 (about 400 quid just for the under water housing and the camera is $549 - whic is just over 200 quid) so we got a major bargain when we bought ours in KL!!

Great Britain kicked Australia's arse in the Tri Nation's tonight in Sydney; 23 - 12 and we saw a flag saying 'DALTON RLFC' (small village near where we used to live) amongst the thousand of crazy English fans going ballistic.

To be continued. . . . .
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