Rhossili

Coffee at Rhossili

Coffee at Rhossili

Today we took a drive to Rhossili Bay as Barbara has always wanted to visit the Gower Coast.
The Gower is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the small community of Rhossili is located on the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula near Swansea, South Wales.
It was a relatively easy drive along the M4 motorway but once off the motorway and through the roadworks in Swansea the roads became increasingly narrow. Some of the so-called “A” roads were so narrow it was almost impossible for two cars to pass … and that seems to be a feature of many British roads. It can be quite nerve-wracking!

The weather was pleasant … quite sunny although it did get cloudy as the day wore on.
We had a nice coffee at the pub in Rhossili, followed up with what would surely be the most expensive fish and chips in the known universe … another feature of Britain! … ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bath

Barbara sightseeing in Bath

Barbara sightseeing in Bath

A day trip to Bath yesterday (Sunday) to visit my brother Don and his family.
Bath is always an amazing place to visit. The whole place is just so historic, especially the marvellous architecture and the Bath stone buildings.
We walked off our lunch of warm Camembert and bread with a leisurely stroll around town then followed up with a delicious home-cooked meal (thanks Kate!) and wine.

The weather here in Cardiff is again quite dull. We sometimes spend all day wondering what time it’s going to get light … ๐Ÿ™‚
The forecast for tomorrow (Tuesday) is looking good so we might attempt a drive to see some of the Gower Coast.

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Celebrations

Mum and her four sons on her 90th birthday

Mum and her four sons on her 90th birthday

What a great family day.
A lovely meal and family get-together at the Ffynnon Wen, Cardiff to celebrate Mum’s 90th.
Catching up with people who we haven’t seen in ages and the first time in a decade that all four brothers have been together. Much wine and merriment … ๐Ÿ™‚

Today we’re off to Bath where my brother Don lives. The weather’s not looking too bad at this stage … there’s even a bit of blue!

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A Wint’ry Tale

We’re not only coping with the British Winter, we’re actually enjoying it.
We’ve done quite a bit of walking … been in to the city centre and amazed at how things have changed since last time we were here.

We’ve caught up with many of the family. My youngest brother arrived yesterday from the US so we’re all together in the same country for the fist time in around a decade.
On Monday we took Mum out for a nice afternoon tea (Monday being Mum’s actual birthday) and on Saturday we have a dinner arranged where everybody will get together to celebrate.

Happy to report that Barbara’s luggage eventually arrived at the hotel on Tuesday evening.
The hotel itself is brilliant. The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful, the room is very comfortable and all-in-all we’re having a great time.

We have nothing specific planned today. We’ll think about that after breakfast … ๐Ÿ™‚

Barbara on the bridge at "The Rec" during our morning stroll yesterday.

Barbara on the bridge at “The Rec” during our morning stroll yesterday.

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Arrived

We arrived safe and sound in Cardiff yesterday. Feeling fine after a good twelve hour sleep.
Unfortunately Barbara’s luggage didn’t arrive with us … apparently was left in Hong Kong. Last we heard they would deliver the suitcase to our hotel once they located it.
It was 0.5 degrees when we got to Heathrow but warmed up to a tropical 3 degrees during our drive to Cardiff.
I was sure our hire car was dark grey but looking out of the hotel window this morning I see it’s white … ๐Ÿ™‚

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At the airport

Waiting at Sydney airport for our flight.
We’ll be in the air and probably off the air for a couple of days … until we’re at our hotel in Cardiff and connected to WiFi.

It’s very busy here at the international terminal. I know a lot of people are a bit fed up with our Prime Minister at the moment but I’m surprised how many are leaving Australia! … ๐Ÿ™‚

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We’re off again!

Here we go, off on another adventure.
Train down to Sydney tomorrow (Friday) then we fly to London via Hong Kong to visit family in the UK and celebrate my mother’s 90th birthday.
Later in February we fly back to Perth and board the Celebrity Solstice for a cruise back to Sydney via the top end … as we’ll need to thaw out after the British winter weather.
We’ll keep you updated … ๐Ÿ™‚

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A little test

This is just a quick test to see if posting an entry to our personal blog is successfully re-posted on my Facebook page.

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The tip of Australia

Beautiful morning on deck as we pass around the tip of Australia. Breakfast is next ๐Ÿ™‚
We’re in Port Douglas tomorrow.

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Nha Trang

We had a good day in Nha Trang. A free shuttle into town and a couple of hours browsing the local markets.
Being a fairly โ€œtouristyโ€ town thereโ€™s an abundance of rubbish on sale but also a few good bargains to be had.
My purchases only amounted to a motorcycle ornament, a couple of cans of icy cold cola and a couple of cans of Tiger beer to bring back on board for later. Barbara did a bit better with a set of lacquer plates but managed to lose her floppy hat somewhere along the way. Weโ€™ll have to look for a replacement tomorrow in Phu My.
We had pizza on the ship for lunch … they make the best pizzas anywhere. An afternoon trivia session (no we didnโ€™t win) then a latte and a tiramisu for afternoon tea.
Back to the cabin for a nap then weโ€™ll think about getting ready for dinner.
Itโ€™s a punishing schedule but hey, weโ€™re up for the challenge … ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday evening there was a pre-dinner cocktail party and we caught up with Thomas, the Chief Engineer who we have met on previous cruises when he and his wife hosted our table at dinner.

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