We arrived in Brisbane on Monday 18th September to see Dave's sister Sarah, our brother-in-law Gav and the children's cousins Josie, Daisy and Zach waiting for us. It was a real life 'Love Actually' airport scene experience!
It has been lovely to be with family and living in a house again. We have really enjoyed seeing where they spend time. We had a fun morning at Queens Park and wildlife centre in Ipswich seeing native animals and eating ice cream and joining them for swimming lessons at the swim factory where Sarah also teaches aqua-aerobics - she even got Dave and Gav to join in!
We went to Ipswich Art gallery and a show called 'Loose Ends', about a 'quirkologist' who liked to compartmentalise feelings into boxes, and invent contraptions to make himself friends. It was certainly quirky and really interesting to hear the children's interpretations afterwards! Following this they got to make some pottery of their own. Here's Jakes monster scaring some unsuspecting kangaroos.
Top of all of our things to do whilst here was to visit the Lone Pine Koala sanctuary which was just brilliant. The Koalas obliged by being insanely cute and we got to hand feed Kangaroos and see many of the native birds and strange beasts such as Tasmanian Devils and wombats. We were pretty wiped out after such an exciting day, but were treated to drinks and the highlights of Ipswich by night as Gavs Mum and Dad, Pat and Mick kindly babysat.
On Friday 22nd we headed off for a week in Coolangatta on The Gold Coast, a town that dips in and out of New South Wales and made me look deeper into my Great-Grandfathers history (my Dad's side) as he emigrated here, but more about that in the next blog.
Friends have kindly leant us their beautifully remodelled beach house here and we look forward to returning the favour when Ange and Morrow come to England next year!
The Gold Coast has a cold wind this week so although the children went out on body boards this morning and we enjoyed seeing a lifesavers triathlon on the beach, we've been in long sleeves and enjoying cozy nights in as it's dark by 5.30/6pm. We even just went out for fish and chips freshly caught from the river - just needed a cup of tea with it and we'd have felt right at home! They are just coming out of winter I guess, and the sky is still a brilliant blue so we're looking forward to a few more days here and hopefully a little less wind!