Sunday, 29 April 2007

Burning the Candle at Both Ends

People who knew us BC (Before Cruising), knew that we were good at burning the candle at both ends. Seems we fell back in this habit on our whirlwind trip in Australia. Not only did we cover a lot of road miles, but packed in many social and family visits. We even resorted to keeping a diary to control our schedule ... way too busy.

Road miles included a drive to Moulamein in NSW to visit Luke's partner's parents on their property at Burrindi. Nick and Kerry Lowing, Sondras's parents, run a rice and cereal farm. Although our visit was short, we toured the 3600 acre property, enjoyed fabulous food and company and are looking forward to our next visit. The country was very dry, but most fields were laser levelled and prepared, just waiting for the rain and planting out. The fields, like all the equipment on this property, were beautifully maintained. We hope they get their rain soon.

James and Marian Farrell also invited us up for the weekend to their new property at Glenhope. We walked the back paddocks, fed the horse, sheep, deer and goats and enjoyed the peace of the bush. James had brought up a few trees to be planted, so armed with jack hammer and shovels a mature pecan and quince were planted. The jack hammer made digging into the hard soil so much easier as James, a professional landscape gardener, had discovered.

Back on the home front in Williamstown, we installed three printers for friends and family, cleaned up and pruned the trees on our rental property and built a blog site for Peter and Maria's wedding (it's linked from this site, just look under Our Favourite Links).

The final days included family meals and watching Shaun compete in the annual Anzac day cycling road race in Williamstown. Both Neil's and Ley's parents were there to watch this fast paced event.

We forgot to mention that in the midst of all this fun we both caught very unpleasant colds, but soldiered on regardless. We flew out on Thursday morning, cloaked in leather jackets and finally arrived in Penang 14 hours later in 34 degrees and high humidity. Time to rest, recuperate and sleep in.
Check out the new photo album, Australian Visit 2007, in the photo links on this page.

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