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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Lindsay and Gary in Australia

Lindsay and Gary in Healsville Sanctuary

Can you see the audience in the tree behind?

Today, Lindsay and Anne hosted Gary and Anna to the Yarra Valley area of Melbourne, where we visited the
Healsville Sanctuary. Melbourne is on a flood plain, but the area to the northeast where Lindsay resides, in Eltham is hilly and attracts artists, nature lovers and wine aficionados. Further out is the Yarra Valley, renowned for wine, beauty and in recent years, bush fires which wreaked some devastation. We enjoyed seeing dozens of Australia's 'only-here' species today, from the platypus swimming in its display to kangaroos sitting on the hillsides and had a wonderful dinner in a hilltop winery restaurant.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

In the land down undah...

Somehow November 17th disappeared! It was November 16th as we flew toward Australia from Vancouver and the next instant it was November 18th. I pointed out to Anna that it would certainly be the cheapest day of our vacation...but we were both alarmed at its lost.

Fortunately when we fly 15 hours home in December, we'll leave Sydney on the night of the 16th and arrive in Vancouver on the morning of the same day.

Go figure! (Okay, I do understand, but it's still a marvel.)

Photos and stories to follow soon. Meanwhile if you have a chance, take the ferry from Circular Quay in Sydney to Manly. Eat some fish and chips, wander the beach, jump into the Pacific and at dusk hang out under the Norfolk pines as thousands of Rainbow Lorikeets make a racket and settle down for the night.

For those of you interested, I get the pleasure this week of meeting Lindsay Lobe (and wife) - in PERSON. That is more amazing than losing November 17th after all.

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