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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.



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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 25th January 2012

When I lived in Sydney in the 60's I met a girl - a very good make-up artist trained at the BBC. Funnily enough we both remember the party at which we met and also both remembered that our host - Roger Murray Leach had the bath filled with ice and on top were dozens and dozens of oysters! My friend came back to England to get married but has remained living in Sydney. I was one of her bridesmaids and we have kept in touch over the years.

She's recently moved from Palm Beach up to a place just south of Coff's Harbour. I had to fly up there - a road or rail journey would have taken far too long now that I''m nearing the end of my holiday. She has a lovely home in an idyllic spot surrounded by trees and bush - in fact I saw a kangaroo on her driveway so rural is the position. It was lovely to catch up but Oh! the weather. It absolutely bucketed down in torrents for the three days I was there. We had one brief respite when we were able to take the poor dog for a walk on the beach. Apart from that it just rained and rained. The river burst its banks and people in Repton Caravan Park had to evacuate the site. Bellingen was cut off and the Waterfall Way which I would have loved to visit was cut off by a landslide.

When I returned to Sydney, it was bucketing down here too and of course you could not get a cab for love nor money. I walked back to Jonathan's flat from the tube station and got drenched as I had no umbrella. At least the rain is warm. The weather has been very disappointing and I'm not sure it is just the pleasantness of memories but I don't remember Sydney having so much rain in high summer. (I had commented to Jonathan that I was very impressed with the multitude of taxis which always appear to be on offer - but like anywhere else, once the weather is inclement you can't get one)

Close to Kit's house, a family of Roos - Mother, Father and Joey.  Wasn't quick enough to get a photo of the Roo on Kit's Drive.


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