Xmas 2013 in Canberra

This year Ross hosted us all in Canberra. Dad praised Ross for the best pasta he had ever eaten, Trevor brought along his boat for outings on Lake Burley Griffin, Jen added some flair to morning pancakes, Danny helped out with everything and Eugene – well he just played and played!

Banff National Park

Moraine Lake BanffErrol has reported that the Jasper to Lake Louise trip is THE most scenic experience he has ever had. That’s saying something for an inveterate traveller after criss-crossing the world for the umpteenth time. (Trevor recalls his fantatstic rail trip across Canada in the dome car years ago. For some strange reason Ross chose to separate and went by bus!)

Mulling it over

Duart Castle, Isle of Mull


Jen and Dad have made it to the Hebrides and the Isle of Mull. Fortified with a wee dram or two they have explored the dramatic coastline and bird colonies.

Stirling Castle was a Scottish highlight.  It has been restored faithfully to 1540 – including its inhabitants!


NZ getaway

More of New Zealand had been on my to do list, and I took the opportunity to base myself in Christchurch for a week’s holiday.  At the last minute Dad secured a cheap flight as well and joined me. He’s ticked off the Transzalpine train journey to Greymouth now, but I still want to see the very North of the South island.  … mmm maybe I could incorporate a sailing trip …

Bagus Bali

Jen in Bali 200909How does she manage it? 

Jen escapes the Tassie cold and hits the warm Rote surf in September.  Followed by batik in Ubud – which incidentally has tripled in size since ’96!

Land of the long white cloud

I took a week at the end of October to tour the South Island of New Zealand.  I realised pretty quickly that there is a lot to see, and shortened my trip to Christchurch -> Lake Tekapo (1 night) -> Queenstown (3 nights) -> Dunedin (2  nights) -> Christchurch (1night). Car hire is cheap, Jetstar offer the best deals and BBH backpackers are generally very good.  Will have to go back!