Now in Sydney. Good news - we've bought a campervan, a 2 year old 6 berth Winnebego that looks pretty good and it is fully kitted out. Having touched down at 8:30 on 21 st Dec it was ours by 5:30 that same day. So the next phase of the journey is taking shape already and a really big, big thanks must go to Jean for meeting us at the airport, feeding us, and taking us down to Mona Vale to get the van. Interestingly where we bought the van was behind a hotel where we had a drink on New Years Day (after a beach visit) on our last visit to Australia!
We had a really good and interesting Christmas at Tam's (in Linden in the Blue Mountains) where we found our tea chest sent from Worcester Park. This contained much needed 'regular' clothing (inc fresh underwear!!!) and other treasures from home. With the stuff we've brought to oz it seems as if we'll need a bigger camper!!
The weather hasn't been typical - it's been cooler, much wetter than normal but to be honest Australia needs the rain and it's not too bad or cold. Christmas Day was very pleasant and we enjoyed a bit of seafood (3 slices of turkey for Don though) and a very relaxed day rounded off with charades (perhaps we were a wee bit scary for Tam and Don's friends - Bob & Barbara - though).
We bought a bootleg version of the full 1st series of 24 and have been riveted ever since.
Now back down in Sydney - Thornleigh NSW to be precise - and spending time at the sales finding those bits'n'pieces we still need for the camper. We've bought loungers, outside table and chairs, and are on the lookout for a BBQ and bikes.
We also had a great Hogmanay at Jeans. Tam came down (from the mountains) and we were joined by some of Jean's friends some of whom we'd met previously. It was good to meet Chris and Andrew again after their very hospitable BBQ last week. Thank goodness for the Christmas cookbooks otherwise we'd have starved!!
New Years Day was a wee bit lazy but we spent the afternoon at a 'doggy' beach in Pittwater. Hamish at last learned to swim! By the way, readers of this site mustn't get confused with Hamish (Jean's dog) and Hamish (Tracy's son).
We've a very busy January ahead so you can catch up with what actually happens when we post the Australia/January PC. By that time we'll be on the road and will have tested the camping lifestyle that will see us through the next 11 months.