The flight to Canada from Los Angeles was spectacular. There is still snow on all the peaks, and we were flying over mountains the whole way. A bit of a tight connection, not helped by an iPad being left on the first flight. They were looking for us at check in to tell us it was on the previous plane, mad dash back to the first plane to get it. In retrospect the iPad is so old we should have just “donated” it. The second flight wasn’t quite held up but we were certainly the last on the plane. However we all arrived in one piece at our hotel.
Victoria is beautiful, lots of water & lake, and totem poles. Both our hotel rooms over look the water. The tulips are out, the gardens are lovely, and its very easy to get around. Tomorrow our tour starts and we are off to the Butchart Gardens in the morning.
Looking across the water
View from one of the bedrooms
Lots of great flowers
Looking across the water from the other side
Lots of these dolphins around the area.
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Tagged Canada, Flowers, Gardens, Lakes, Moose, Totems, tour., Tourist attractions, Travel, Victoria, Water
We arrived in L.A. last night and basically went to bed – party animals that we are. Though this morning, well rested, we decided to have a wander around Venice Beach and the canals. I really like it there, it has a great vibe, and its amazing for people watching. Being Monday it wasn’t as crazy as the weekend, lots more locals than tourists. After walking along the beach front and back again we decided then to have a look at the Venice Canal area. Note to self – the wheelchair only has a battery life of 3.5 hours. We saw enough to get a feel for the area before it died. We took turns in pushing the now manual wheel chair back to one of the local restaurants, had a late-ish lunch and called a taxi back to the hotel – we all need a nap anyway. We left mum to her own devices and went in search of somewhere for dinner. Also – I saw a Humming Bird when I was walking to the canals – they are tiny, and I was very excited to see it.
Early night tonight for an 8:00am flight tomorrow.
Baywatch at the beach
Hard to look at street art.
Cool bike racks everywhere
Surf was up
Someones home business.
This is what $500.00 will get you – whether it will run or not is another matter,
She was 2 days old.
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Tagged Art, Beach, Birds, California, cars, family, Los Angeles, Surf, Travel, USA, Venice Beach, Wheelchair travel
We called into Wandiligong (my bro & his family live there) and stayed for Easter. Its a beautiful time to be there, Autumn is well underway. Bright is known for their Autumn colours and later this month the Autumn Festival is held. Bright know how to do a good festival.
We walked into Bright from Wandiligong along the bike path (I walked, mum motored). It was great weather and a lovely day. We are struggling with “wheelchair management” and realised halfway there that the battery hadn’t been on the charger for 4 days. However we made the 5 kms, rewarded ourselves with coffee, then borrowed the brothers truck to drive back home.
The Wandi Shed
Paragliding is a huge sport in Bright, along with cycling in all its forms.
These trees are just changing colour.
The wheelchair – its quite handy, I can collapse it and it fits in the boot of the car.
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Tagged Autumn, Bright, family, Home, Road Trip, Toadstools, Travel, Trees, Victoria, Wandiligong
Posted in australia, Family, Food, New South Wales, Travel
Tagged australia, family, Food, Fratelli Roma, Kangaroos, Maitland, New South Wales, On the Road again, restaurants, Road Trip, Travel
Spent Sunday with Dads family (Muriel & Ted) in Kurri Kurri, then I drove everyone to Brankston to see Muriels son Phillip. They have had so much rain up here everything is very green. Phillip grows a lot of organic vegetables on his river flats and gave us some apple cucumbers & a lovely pumpkin (unfortunately we left the pumpkin in Teds car). I’m going to see if I can collect the seeds from the cucumbers to plant for myself. He has a lot of land, I don’t think I’ve been there before. We are meeting up with Phillip again tomorrow at his daughters coffee shop/restaurant in Maitland.
Today we went for a drive to Newcastle, we had a nice walk along the foreshore and watched a lot of marine activity going on. Big big boats coming in. If you can get past the mining & the industrial sections its a really nice town. They are doing a lot of work in Hunter Street – they are building more univeristy buildings, there are plans for a tram system, and even now with the works going on you can see the regeneration of the area.
James Cook Memorial Fountain
Images on a boarded up building.
We think this boat was carrying dismantled wind generators.
These just made me laugh.
This was in front of a legal office.
In front of a bridal shop.
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Tagged australia, family, New South Wales, On the Road again, Road Trip, Sofala, Sunshine, Travel
We are doing a quick road trip before we head off to Canada (bad planning I know). We left Melbourne on Thursday morning after waking up to a leaking bathroom something. Opened the cupboard to get a clean towel and everything was wet. Made some calls, left the keys with an uncle and we were on our way. First stop was Wagga – its a lovely town, very clean with lots of museums & galleries. We spent an hour in the National Glass Art Collection. We then had a look at the art gallery, but it was very modern and dark so we moved on. Next stop was the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, it has an interesting tour and an attached museum and cafe. And good liquorice made with liquorice root powder. Many miles later we stopped the night in Bathurst.
Edited for typos and errors.
Autumn is starting
Spiders are everywhere
Our chickens are bigger than yours!
The might mountain.