After our brilliant few days on The Gold Coast which culminated in a visit to the border of NSW and Queensland (we had a foot in each State) and a trip down the Tallebudgera Creek (with a paddle), we headed back to Ipswich.
We had a fantastic day in Brisbane enjoying The Art Gallery and museums on the Southbank, before cooling off (38 degrees -
unseasonable heat!) in the manmade beach and pools by the river.
Sarah and Gav threw a fun party on Saturday to celebrate their new house which was a great opportunity for us to meet some of their friends and get together with Gavs sisters and amazing mum and dad Pat and Mick again. Last time we were here 14 years ago we celebrated Mick's 70th!
This was followed on Sunday by a get together and wonderful hospitality at The Irelands house to watch the rugby league Grand Final; Cowboys vs Storm. Gav had us all wearing something Cowboy related but unfortunately it didn't help!
Monday was a bank holiday in Queensland for the Queens birthday (which is in April ?!) and it was raining- so a taste of a UK bank holiday about it! We spent the day at The Workshops railway museum in Ipswich, which was a major part of the town for many years employing 3-4000 people. It was very interesting but we didn't understand a word the old chap showing us around said - Gav had to translate!
It also involved some craft making which the kids loved and we got stuck into as well.
On Tuesday we were on school-run duty which was a real treat. After dropping Josie, Daisy and Zack to school we found a cafe to have breakfast and get some schoolwork done ourselves, before being shown around the school and taken to the children's classrooms for live 'show and tell' by The Vice Principal aka Uncle Gav!
Sadly this was our last day with the family in Ipswich so we went for a lovely meal and said our goodbyes before a 5am pick up for Brisbane airport on Wednesday. It's always sad to say goodbye to them, but we are very much looking forward to seeing them in the Uk next year, so it's not goodbye for long.
We were actually looking forward to getting on the road again! Our flight to Auckland was smooth and New Zealand was a welcome sight, with lush greenery, clear waters and a cooler climate. It felt like coming home as we explored Auckland today. Daisy's on the lawns, cherry trees in flower and green grass once more. We had a beautiful evening and day exploring the waterfront, parks, Art Gallery and Auckland War and Mauri museum, covering 5 miles and feeling like we deserved our Chinese meal this evening. Tomorrow we collect our campervan, our home for the next 2 weeks - watch this space - it could be interesting!!