Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Home, home now.

We finished our holiday in Queensland. Queensland, sunniest place in the world. With place names like the Sunshine Coast and Surfers Paradise and marketing slogans like 'Beautiful One Day, Perfect the Next', expectations as a visitor are pretty high.

But there was not a lot of sunshine and it was not much of a paradise for surfers. In my one quick dash to the stormy beach I was whipped by the sand and slapped by the foam skipping across the beach as the waves came in. Invigorating but only a fool would swim.  
Of course those who live in Queensland haven't had a great week, with sandbags and road closures. To be fair to the Queensland tourism board there was some sun and we swam and took the boys to Dreamworld. 
You're never too young for a theme park but I think you can be too old, it might be my last little journey there. The teacups ride at Wiggle World made me feel queasy. Actually the whole thing made me feel queasy. The husband and kids loved it. We also had a great catch-up with old friends and family.

I rather loved our trip back. I had some rare help from my other half... we're rather like the royal family and never fly together (not to preserve the line of succession like Charles and William, normally just work commitments that never quite line up with holiday plans). And even better with my husband's frequent flyer status came an upgrade to business class. You can never be too old or too young for business class

Now we're home in Auckland I'm going to give my blog some love. And my kitchen floor, my washing basket and my life.  

After three weeks away in my home country I'm feeling slightly dislocated but that will disappear in a few days.  Jet lag perhaps. Can you get jet lag from a two hour time difference? Prising the kids out of bed this morning made me think you perhaps you can.


  1. Hi Ann, what a shame you copped this horrible weather. Normally this time of year is really lovely. After returning from our holiday in Hawaii to only one day of sunshine, I was ready to head back! Glad you still enjoyed it and made the most of it. ;-)

  2. You poor thing, you couldn't have picked a worse time to come to the sunshine state. We've had the most horrendous weather in years, and we were actually flooded in at one stage. At least your little ones got a good day for the theme park, and you deserved that upgrade for the trip home too. K xx

  3. I'm so pleased you enjoyed your little escape, Ann, particularly your school reunion. Fingers crossed we get to catch up next time! J x

  4. Shame about the weather, indeed. Actually it's been pretty rubbish in Sydney for ages, too. But a change of scene is always good for the soul and flying business class helps too! Take care, Jx

  5. I'm sure you can get jetlag from 2 hours. Look what daylight saving does to you! Glad you had a good break and I look forward to the next post, and the one after, and...:)

  6. Sounds like you had a lovely holiday. I'm an Aucklander (at this stage), formerly a Durbanite (South African) and quite possibly a future Brisbanite (all going well)! I've found your blog interesting and entertaining - you have a lovely writing style. My husband is at the Gold Coast at the moment visiting his parents and also enjoying the "lovely" weather they've been having. Carol


Thanks for taking the time to write, Ann x


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