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Introducing my newest cousin

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I have the most adorable new cousin … Sebastian Charles Pilcher!

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Part 2 of my trip to the QLD

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The story continued …

Monday 9th – We woke up and made an early start – finished packing the car – was one very full car when we were finished and then left.  The drive up to Cambroon (Hinterland) took about 2 hours.  We stopped for lunch on the way at Melany.  From Melany to Cambroon was a really pretty drive – we were so high up and the bush was just so lovely.  Our campsite was so cool – and we were the only people there!  We spent the afternoon setting up our tent and getting unpacked.  We drove to Kenilworth – the nearest town and had a coffee before heading back to our campsite and starting the fire. The night was super fun – being around an open fire is just so nice.  We drank tea, cooked dinner, listened to music, toasted marshmallows, stared at the stars, filled our hot water bottles and put them in our sleeping bags, had baileys hot chocolates and just enjoyed being out in the bush!  Slept really well – I think we were so prepared for the cold that we didn’t really feel it!!

Tues 10th – The campsite was home to deer so in the morning the campsite owners took us over to see them getting fed and we were able to hand feed little pete who was 7th months old and so cute!  Gideon the goat was very old and funny.  I learnt lots about deer – like the fact that they lose their antlers every year and they grow back with one more horn so you can count how old they are!!  We also got to see the horses being fed! After breakfast we drove along the Obi-Obi road which was one amazing drive.  Never before had I been scared that a road could be so steep that the car might actually roll back!  It was so steep and we kept going past signs saying 5% increase, 10% increase even 16% increase!!  But it was totally worth it as the views were amazing!! (at least for me – Claudette was doing an amazing job driving!!)  We were just so high!  We stopped at Mapelton Falls, which had a really cool lookout point that was suspended over such a big drop!  We drove through Mapelton and shopped at Monetville, which was a beautiful historic town with so many nice boutique shops.  We drove back to the campsite as the sun was setting and started our fire again, we had another fun-filled night around the campfire although it started to rain while we were having dinner and we held up for a little while but then our fire died out so we retreated to the tent where we stayed up late talking and listening to music.

 

Wed 11th – Well we had one rainy night but managed to stay dry and warm!  We packed up early and drove up to Eumundi which was about 45 mins north.  We had a stop at Kondalilla National Park and walked down to a beautiful waterfall.  Drove on to the Eumundi Markets which were really cool – I could not believe how many people were there for a Wednesday not in school holidays!  There were just so many stalls … couldn’t resist all the cool things – bought some tea and a few presents.  Met up with one of Claudette’s friends for a coffee before walking around the other side of the markets, saw an albino snake!  They closed at 1:30pm so we drove across to Maroochydore and went to the beach (because as Claudette says “you can’t come to the sunshine coast and not see the beach!”) it was a bit cloudy when we first got there but the sun came out soon after we got there and it was so lovely and definitely a good detour to make!   (The water was ‘refreshing’ ).  We drove back home – unpacked, and watched the movie ‘leap year’ and reminisced about Ireland!!  (we totally went to some of the places that were in the movie such as the Rock of Dunnmase!!)  Had dinner with her family – got recipe for boboite.

Thurs 12th – Was a sad day to think that I had to go back to Newcastle.  Had breakfast and packed up, then Claudette dropped me off at the airport – it was busy as some flights were delayed and it was a little hectic checking in but I made it onto the plane before it took off.  Was pretty tied by the time I got back to my house …  it was a great holiday and so great to see Claudette.

Let the adventures continue!

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So I have been back for 6 months now and while I miss the UK terribly, I am slowly re-adjusting to life back in Newcastle.  Life has been exciting which has made me realise that you don’t only need to be overseas for adventures to happen, so I have decided to post about my adventures here in Australia!!

It’s hard to believe that it is once again mid-semester break, and that a whole semester has gone by.  This time last year I remember getting organised to leave and start my semester abroad.

I have had a few prac days during this holiday period – two observation days at a voice clinic and two days at the John Hunter Hospital.  They were all really interesting – my favourite was the paediatric feeding day where we went up to the neo-natal intensive care unit and saw some incredibly tiny babies.

Lucy came up for a visit in the first week of the holidays, it was really nice showing her around Newcastle.  We drove up to see Bethany and Dan in Port Macquaire and stayed the weekend.  They took us to a beautiful mountain lookout called North Brother where the view was amazing and stretched such a long way.  (My ears were popping so much on the steep road incline!)  We saw a koala sleeping in the tree above our parked car which got us all pretty excited.

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Saw Snow White and the Huntsman at the cinema (have to love country towns which will hold off the start of a movie for 40mins while they let everyone in the line buy their ticket.) We visited their church on the Sunday morning and went to the town green and walked along the breakwater (really cool painted stones).  It was fun spending time with my 2 sisters.  Lucy and I drove back Monday stopping in at Medowie Macadamia Farm and had macadamia lattes.  Have been reading the Anne of Green Gables series and loving them all over again.

Lucy and I then spent 2 nights in Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.  We wanted to stay somewhere that complimented winter and our guest house definitely did as the fire was perfect to curl up infront of.  We drove straight to Echo point on Wednesday morning but were met with a heavy white fog.  We had no idea what we should have been looking at as the fog was so thick but there were still lots of fellow tourists standing at the lookout point taking photos.

We decided to explore the town while it was so misty so walked around the main street.  Went into the Paragon Café (so fancy) to have a look around and had a coffee at another café.  We then checked into our room which was so pretty.  We had tea.  Had an awesome dinner at a café called ‘Common Ground’ which had been recommended to us by a couple of people – basically the inside of the café looked like a treehouse with branches everywhere and the tables and seats fitting right it.  It was good food as well and we enjoyed the atmosphere of the place.  We watched Northanger Abbey that night and got excited/confused over who was the good guys/bad guys. (I love how Lucy’s taste in movies has expanded to include old classic period dramas so I have someone to watch them with now!!)

Next morning we had a sleep in and enjoyed a relaxing breakfast in the dinning room (mood music, plenty of teapots to choose from) and planned our day.  We drove to Scenic World where we bought a ticket on their sky-train down into the bushland.  We then did a walk up to the waterfall and had our packed lunches sitting amongst the trees and the birds.  We did the suggested round-trip walk which took us to the cable car which gave us a fantastic view on the trip up. We drove around the cliff rd to Leura – stunning views of the cliffs.  Needing a bit of energy after our day we had a coffee at echo point (this time we could actually see the 3 sisters  which were so beautiful)  the fog kept coming and going so quickly – one minute it would be crystal clear and you could see for ages and then you would look down and take a sip of coffee and all of a sudden see the clouds engulf the basin so it was white wash!!  We got all dressed up and went to the Fairmont Hotel and had a gin and tonic in the Embers bar (feeling very classy) on our way back to our room we had thai and chatted late into the night.

Our last morning we had another yummy relaxing breakfast and one last look at the view before driving to Leura again.  We browsed the mains street shops and then walked to a teapot museum/cafe.  It was crazy – there were just so many teapots everywhere!!!  It was a house and each room had 3 or 4 shelves which went around all the walls near the ceiling and these were filled with teapots!  Then in the actual rooms they had cabinets of more teapots and then there were rooms of teapots for sale!  They also had a tea room with lots of nice tables set out for tea.  It was lovely looking around but hard to choose a favourite as there were just so many! Then we decided to hit the road so we drove back to Sydney where I dropped Lucy off at the station.  A brilliant holiday with a most brilliant sister.