This is a travel diary of the places we have been since we left the comfort of home in Oz for 2.5 years ... and the trials, tribulations, photographic accounts and every-day experiences that are part of our life journey… through to our current adventures back home in Australia. Dare to Dream!!!
Day #11 Monday - Travelling again.... back in Calais!
We have had little luck getting internet successfully working while we have been away. We are currently sitting in McDonalds but connection is very limited. We leave from Calais (Storm had to have her injections here before we can go back again... so we wait) in the morning and will be back in the UK with our regular internet connection tomorrow some time. Can't wait to update you all on our latest adventures.
Once again we find that Calais has very little to offer. Unless you like noisy ferry's waiting to leave to UK and then coming in. They run all night long and are louder than a thunder storm.
We looked up things to see and to while in Calais, only to find that we have already visited the ver limited number of worthwhile things to see. It is difficult to imagine that this cold, blustery town could possibly be busstling with people in the summer months. Why?
We will be glad to see the back of it again. If it were not for Storm needed her injections to go back to the UK we would drive right past this run down, boring place. Oh, the joy! Matt did still manage to find some photographic opportunities amongst it all.... we refuse to take off those rose coloured glasses, even when there is little to really see.
The good thing about Calais is that we are always forced to relax while we wait out the two days before our departure from here... a small blessing.
Tonight... french fries from the beach (as has become our Calais tradition)... and sleep!
After our recent mis-adventure in the Redlands Shire, where we narrowly missed a hefty fine for taking our beloved fur child for a walk during the wrong hours, we decided to visit somewhere a little more "Dog Friendly". Having ridden today's trail on his bike some time ago, Matt knew that we were off to somewhere our little girl could wander happily, without the risk of getting into strife. The location: the very lovely Boondal Wetlands walk.
It's hard to believe that, only a short distance from the busy Brisbane traffic, this idyllic walk waits. The sounds of the city are completely blocked out by the dense growth that surrounds the Wetlands.
Mother Nature turned on quite a spectacular show today, with the sun shining gloriously. It was so warm, in fact, that we decided to walk only a little over 1km of the 8.4km Bikeway Walk at Boondal.
I'm so happy that I decided to take my camera with me today. So many beautiful macro shots were waiting for me. If you…
This weekend we took on an adventure of a new kind as a family. With the desire for more 'adventurous' outings we joined a group of gym buddies and headed to Crank Indoor Climbing at Mt Gravatt. Crank Indoor Climbing can be found near Garden City, at 2/537 Kessels Rd, MacGregor. Parking is readily accessible at the adjacent parking facility.
We had so much fun at this venue! The climbing walls available are graded from beginner to advanced, and are all well labelled so that you know which grade your chosen wall is. The pegs are also colour coded, making life much easier.
The boys were AMAZING! They worked together, even helping their cousin Amara (who joined us for the day). Together they scaled walls, belayed for each other and encouraged everyone involved in our day out. Much to my surprise, I even managed to scale several walls - there's a first for everything. I absolutely LOVED it!!! Proof that you are never too old to get fit and give new experiences a go.
Today we headed off for an adventure of a new kind.... to check out the wild animals at Longleat Safari Park. After a 2 hour drive from home we arrived at this massive park, first opened to the public in 1966. As we stopped the car to take a photo of Longleat from a distance, we could hear the howling of the wolves in the distance. Spine tingling start!
Once inside the main park we took a walk around to see just what was on offer. For £17 per child and £24 per adult you get a Longleat Passport. This allows you a single entry into each of the parks'many attractions throughout the season. This meant that we could take our time today, knowing that anything we missed could be visited for no extra cost at any time until the end of summer. Fantastic idea! With this knowledge we were able to take our time and enjoy ourselves. The park has it's own caravan park for Caravan Club members (of which we are) so we will be coming back again for an entire weekend to finish what we didn't …