We have spent most of our time in Australia staying with Katharine’s brother and sister-in-law in rural New South Wales, enjoying the hot sun in the garden and on the beach, as well as visiting the local towns of Bellingen and Sawtell, and sometimes venturing up the coast to Coffs Harbour, where there has just been a big World championship motor rally. We have also visited friends of C & J’s and been made most welcome. We will miss our lazy time here watching the birds – a Kookaburra has just flown in to see what is going on and to use the bird bath – though we will be happy not to be woken by Possums thundering around on the roof in the middle of the night. The Jacaranda trees were in full bloom when we arrived, but the Frangipani are only just coming out.
Tomorrow we are taking the train to Sydney, and then the airport train, to fly on to Christchurch for the last part of our travels. I’m sure we’ll be back here again before too long.