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The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.
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My snuggly-buggly

Two years ago we were chosen by a lovely family to take in their precious pup when their lifestyle and her were no longer compatible. Within a few weeks we had broken her of the “no dogs on the furniture” rule from her previous life and she took to the couch and the bed very … Continue reading

Halong Bay Cruise – Vietnam

We took a punt and booked online.  Unfortunately our first choice boat based on Tripadvisor was fully booked and we ended up on the 3-star Golden Lotus Classic cruise.  I think this is an overly generous rating – it was a 2-star at most IMO – and I’m not that fussy. Cost was $US220 including … Continue reading

Vietnam – travel cost summary

Back in February when I was arranging our holiday to Vietnam, I wrote of The cost of an organised tour vs Independent Travel. The holiday has now been completed and we are home, while we were away I kept track as much as possible on what we spent. All accommodation included a cooked breakfast, free wifi … Continue reading

Kaohsiung – Taiwan

Click here for part 1  Blurb repeated from previous entry so skip to the photos if you read the first one 😉 When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and […]

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Miegunyah House Museum – Historic House

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First […]

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Wolston House – But oh, the gift shop!

So after the zombie mannequins at Beenleigh Historic Village, I was pretty sure that a visit to Wolston House was going to be your standard, run of the mill historic house. For the most part, I was right, however visiting Wolston House will remain memorable for a couple of reasons, but I’ll come to those shortly. First … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Prince Charles photobombs my Dad

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Sand Safari 2017 – Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise is always a bustling tourist hotspot at any time of year but during February the Safari Arts Festival always gives it a touch extra fun and whimsy. Most days I take a walk at lunchtime, and stroll from the office a couple of blocks towards the Cavill Street Mall where during the Arts … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Disneyland’s 25th Anniversary Parade

Mum bought some slides back from New Zealand.  Over the last week I have converted them to digital format.  So for the first time, after 35 years we can actually now see these photos. This is the second set which feature the 25th Anniversary parade.  Please forgive the somewhat blurry photos – we are spoilt nowadays … Continue reading

Then and Now – The Lion’s Head

First photo taken around 1952, with Lion’s head attached to the my father grew up in – Riccarton, Christchurch, New Zealand.  The little boy in the photo is my father aged around 5 years old. Second photo taken yesterday, Gold Coast, Australia.  Lion Head firmly attached to our home here, overlooking the pool. Not sure on … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Disneyland 1980

Mum bought some slides back from New Zealand.  Over the last week I have converted them to digital format.  So for the first time, after 35 years we can actually now see these photos. I’m in the white t-shirt, my brother is the little boy in the red t-shirt and Mum is the woman in the … Continue reading

Visiting Hoi An (part 2)

Click here for part 1  Blurb repeated from previous entry so skip to the photos if you read the first one 😉 When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and … Continue reading

The cost of an Organised Tour vs Independent Travel (Vietnam)

We decided to book a trip from Easter through 1 May to take in the public holidays here in Australia.  Success – leave approved from 14th April to 1 May inclusive! Where to then?  Robert’s had a hankering for Vietnam and I thought, why not?!  Its cheap and the food is great.  Its well geared … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday – Nurse Paula & Sam the sausage dog

Visiting Hoi An (part 1)

When we did our Royal Carribean cruise back in July, for the second cruise we had two stops in Vietnam. One of these was Hoi An which is situated on Vietnam’s central coast.  Mum and I had previously visited Vietnam back in 2004 and Hoi An was one of our favourite stops.  Not so much for … Continue reading

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