November 27, 2003

Apology.

Hi all!
This is just a brief entry to let you know that I've not forgotten about updating the site. My problem at the moment, is that I'm too sick to sit at the computer for any length of time. I went to work on Tuesday night and just made the distance. Wednesday I had to beg off.

It's pretty difficult to breath properly at the moment and if I cough, I discover all the damage I've done to my poor muscles...so, I'm afraid things are just going to have to wait a little longer, until things get back to a bareable level.

Just these few lines have let me know that I should be back in bed. I'll see you later.

Oh and I want to say<i><b> thank you </b></i>to my darling Rob. He's been wonderful. He's put up with my whinging and never complained. He's always ready to take care of me and give me a comforting cuddle.

Soon,
Vickie.

Posted by Midus at 09:16 AM

November 22, 2003

Timed Out.

I'm back on Planet Oz and totally understand the Pope's urge to kiss the soil. The further I venture, the more Australian I become. Not in an ocker way, but in my desire to return as soon as possible.

At the moment, both Rob and myself are still battling jet lag. This, off course distorts everything. No amount of Bach Rescue Remedy has been able to fix it. I checked my blood pressure yesterday and it wasn't what I wanted to hear.

Rob is setting up a post on the subject of jet lag...he's actually trying to work out the hours we've slept or not slept, since we've been back. I've given up!

Our trip to London had it's highs and lows. Firstly our hotel, The Dover on Belgrave Road, Victoria...don't, unless totally desperate for a place to lay your head, give them your hard earned $$$! Our 'room' was on the third floor. That doesn't sound too bad, except the stairway was narrow, steep and like a switchback. It took 5 seperate sets of stairs to get there. No lifts and no help with the luggage. The breakfast room was down 2 flights from reception, in the basement. I feel totally exhausted just thinking about all the climbing we did. One night, I actually crawled up the last flight...and NO I wasn't drunk! The room itself was about the size of a breadbox. The double bed was jammed up against the wall with just enough room to walk next to it. In this space was crammed a clothes rack and a bedside table. At the foot of the bed was a dressing table. Facing the end of the bed was a tiny shower in a glass cubicle. It's just as well neither Rob or myself are particularly modest! Oh and yes, the loo was in the hall way! Ensuite in the UK means something totally different from the Australian version. If you want a shower and a loo in your room, you have to be specific.

We did, however, find a great place to eat and have a few drinks. The St.George's Tavern was just 2 blocks away and provided meals in three sizes, to cater for all appetites. Prices were reasonable and they had cheap drinks from a 3hr long happy session. This is one place we can recommend.

As we didn't have a heap of time in London, we decided to go for a bus tour with the Original Tour. It was a pretty good investment, as it gives 24hr travel on their buses and has 70 destinations where you can alight, sight see and then catch a bus that suites you, to continue your journey. We managed to see quite a bit without getting off the bus. London by night (well after 4pm) is still quite spectacular.

We did, however, get off the bus to visit 221B Baker Street. This, for those of you who don't recognize the address, is the fictional home of Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson. It's a really well put together, little museum of memorabilia and it's hard to remember that none of the events actually happened...especially after you've been greeted by Dr.Watson.<g> We gave it an A+ on the list of things to do...and we've the TShirts to prove it!

Oh...one special thing of note: We saw St.Paul's Cathederal - well we thought that's what we were looking at as the bus approached, but then we realized that the entire facade was actually a sketch of the building! It was covering the scaffolding that was in place while it was being cleaned. This must surely be the world record for Trompe-l'oeil. The rear of the Cathederal was still quite visible and yet to be cleaned. Rather like a Charles II virgin (if there was such a thing) showing a rather grubby pair of drawers.

On day 2, we were unfortunate enough to get caught up in the traffic mayhem connected with Rememberance Day at the Cenotaph. Our bus was 3/4hr late and we hung around getting more and more testy...along with a great many other tourists. Once underway, we actually saw the changing of the Horseguards on our way past. Our aim for the day was Oxford Street, Regents Street and a trip to Knightsbridge to Harrod's. We achieved all of those and managed a trip on the 'tube'...again held up, this time due to someone having fallen under a train. I'm now the proud owner of a zip top shopping tote from Harrod's with the name embroidered on the side. (I'm such a snob!LOL)

One of the things I make a habit of doing, is picking up ornaments for our Christmas tree and I scored very well in London.

Day three saw us on a coach again...this time to travel to Swindon and to visit our old mate Roger. I'll tell you all about that in my next post, which should be ready sometime tomorrow or Monday.

Vickie (Who is so very glad to be HOME!)

Posted by Midus at 09:16 AM

November 08, 2003

Across the Pond

Here I am, sitting in the Prestwich Library computer room, sweltering! I can't get used to the solid wall of heat that hits you as soon as you venture in from the outside. Shopping malls are like saunas and you could cook your Sunday roast on the floor of Boots the Chemist!

The weather this past 4 days was glorious. Autumn sent swirls of amber leaves on gusts of wind that were quite temperate. Today, Saturday, is pretty chilly. Rob and I are all rugged up when we are outside. It's not really unpleasent, just so long as the extremities are warm. We've both aquired some pretty snazzy hats etc.

Wednesday saw us on a hike across Heaton Park to find the huge bonfire that was to be lit later in the evening. Eventually we found the fun fair and behind it the mound of timber and the Guy. Remember, remember, the 5th of November etc. Prior to the ritual burning, the fireworks were set off. It was a pretty good display for a local community. Nothing like New Year and Australia day on the Bridge, but plenty of flash and bang. When the fire was lit, it was like something out of the Wicker Man and had a distinctly pagan feel to it. We headed for the exit gate on Sheepfoot Lane, only to find that the hundreds of people trying to get out a 3ft wide exit, were being held back by a mob of louts trying to push their way in. It began to get ugly after about 30mins of stalemate, with punches thrown, but then the police arrived and started weilding their riot battons on the trouble makers. It didn't take long for the crowd to disperse and we wended our long way home on foot.

We've been going to bed by 9pm and awake about 5am...it's totally insane and something that we will no doubt put right when we return.

Next week we're off to London. I'll keep you posted!

Toodle Pip!<g>

Vickie.

Posted by Midus at 10:58 PM

November 02, 2003

Six out of Eight

Six out of Eight

This photo was originally called "Six out of Seven", before grandkid number eight (Christine) came along! From left to right, we have: Amanda, Elyse, Rhys (holding an as-yet-to-be-identified guinea pig), Troy, Brook and Jake. Absent are Christine (photo taken before she was born) and Katie.

Posted by Midus at 10:18 PM

Amanda and Elyse at the Beach

Amanda and Elyse at the Beach

Posted by Midus at 10:12 PM

Christine and Barney

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My newest grand-daughter, Christine, and her new friend.

Posted by Midus at 09:27 PM

Beach Baby Kate

Beach Baby Kate

My grand daughter, Katie.

Posted by Midus at 06:49 PM

Biography

I'm an Australian. I'm not officially classified as "young" any more, though I beg to differ! You're as old as you feel!
I live in Gordonvale, Queensland, with the love of my life Rob (who IS young and is the reason I feel it!)
I'm a writer... Poetry and short stories mainly, though I have made a tentative step towards my first novel.
I love life with a passion and my favourite quote is Life's not a rehersal...so get your act together!

In 1999, I decided it was time to spread my wings. During the next couple of years I travelled quite widely in the USA... not to mention uprooting myself from a boring existance in Cairns, Queensland and moving to the big smoke to start a new life with Rob.

I worked for a nursing agency three evenings a week finding temporary staff for medical facilities. I also developed a new hobby of designing and making jewellery under the name of FantaC.

Rob and I travelled to the UK in 2003 to visit his relatives there. We took a side trip to London, where I was born and lived until I was nearly 14. Honestly, when we returned home, I wanted to copy the Pope and kiss the good earth of Australia.

In August 2004, Rob and I got married in the lounge room of our home in Sydney. Two months later, we decided that we'd had enough of Sydney and started planning our return to Queensland. We had tenants in the house, so we had to wait until their lease was up. We arrived back on the 26th January 2005 in the middle of the Wet Season. We'd been stranded for 3 days in Mackay due to flooding, so we were very glad to see Gordonvale!

You can read of our "adventures" in the rest of my blog and I hope you don't get too bored with our very quiet life.

Rob and Vickie July 2002

The picture above was taken of Rob and myself, at home in Sydney.

Posted by Midus at 06:13 PM

Favourites

Movies


  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Gettysburg
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Amistad

My Old Friends from the Bookcase


  • Michael Shaara: The Killer Angels
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit
  • Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta Mysteries

Music? Now here's a challenge!


  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
  • Just about anything by Santana
  • Everything by Steely Dan
  • Lionel Ritchie
  • Bryan Adams

Now there's an ecclectic collection for you!

Posted by Midus at 06:07 PM