New Zealand

We made it! (A little while ago now, but we’ve been busy/lazy.) We spent a lovely couple of weeks, doing as little as possible (bliss!) and drinking lots of cups of tea and coffee with Alice, Karl and this little munchkin: We went on sunny bike rides… Climbed a volcano: And even got trusted with…

A 1950s car trip

In March 1951 three women set off in their car to drive 20,000 miles from London to New Zealand, the first unaccompanied women to take on this challenge. My Great Auntie Joan was the youngest, at 23 years old. The driving force behind the journey was Jo, on her way home to New Zealand. The…

An Australian Alpine (mis)Adventure

We spotted a short cut on the map, aha! Well, a track that looked like it probably went most of the way in the right direction, before disappearing off all road maps, but we figured there must be a way across. Never ones to turn down the opportunity for adventure, we started plotting a route…

Tuesday

If it hadn’t been for the sweet smell of eucalyptus trees, the surprising sight of a hundred kangaroos on leaving the airport and the psychedelic sounds of parrots and cockatoos we could have been fooled into thinking we’d arrived back home… It was 5 degrees and raining when we arrived in Melbourne, not exactly how…

Monday

After a long morning of cleaning and packing the bikes we found time to relax by the pool in our lovely guesthouse and make the most of the last day of summer.