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  1. Updating our day at Bay of Islands.......bit late as have been playing with the caravan, getting ready to escape the house when the time comes.......so we had a lazy morning, grabbed our coffee mugs which we bring with us, hot cup of tea and walked around the lovely wide promenade deck. This deck has deck chairs all the way around and you can do a lap with no stairs to climb...amazing!! We fast till lunch time so no brekky for us these days, amazing how much time that saves on port days!! We took the tender and then shuttle bus to Paihai. We don't do arranged tours so took the ferry across to Russell, walked around the small town, visiting a few of the museums. Had a coffee at a little cafe looking over the water, ,then lunch at the well known Duke of Marlborough Hotel, lots of cruisers there today!! The fish n chips were great. I won't post photo's as I see others have. The sail back was scenic with blue seas and blue skies with the islands in the background. Such a beautiful part of the world.....but I am biased as I lived on the North Island for a couple of years😉
  2. Geez......we got to our cabin and fell asleep, so a bit late to update you all. Love our inside cabin, no upgrades for us. As usual we have picked a great location, highest deck aft, with a door leading out to a huge aft deck with a pool and spa and loads of comfy sun lounges, with nice padded cushions. They are all spread out, so no climbing over others to get out!! We will be spending most of our time out here! We chose a sideways cabin, so much more room and storage space. The aircon is nice and quiet too. Fluffy white towels, bathrobes and the lighting in the bathroom is perfect. On demand TV yay!! and guess what, the doors to the cabins are soft closing, no banging of doors, love this ship so far! oh and the shower is so large for an inside.
  3. Leigh, we would love to meet up for a drink before dinner, let me know if you find a great bar that does good martini's. Since we won't meet on a Sapphire cruise boohoo, we can catch up on this one😉
  4. We live a four and a half hours drive from Sydney, so flew in the night before. We took what we call the Cheese n Wine happy hour flight, 5.30pm, 50 minutes up then down, just enough time to serve a beer for hubby and a wine for me😀 We call Jim our driver to come pick us up from the airport, always good to see him again, $15 each. We have used our AccorPlus free night ( we save it for Sydney stays before a cruise) for overnight at the McGallery Harbour Rocks Hotel, an old building with lots of history, no lift though, only for luggage, we always ask for a room with a view of the ship so we can see it docked in the morning. We walked to the Glenmore Hotel for dinner on the rooftop area with a great view of the Opera house or ship departing. A 100 m walk to the OPT in the morning, all down hill.......hope we can get our wine stash on😨
  5. Hahahaha! We have the Wii hooked up for when the Grandkids come, great idea, might challenge hubby to MarioKart, but I always win, so he will get bored! We have all the Sports too, too funny!
  6. David, you are doing something.....helping stop the spread!! We are home too, no kids or grand kids this year☹️ I have done the groceries, made some bone broth soups. Our neighbours and us are lighting our fire pits in the backyards, we are going to cook up something on our OZPig, put some music on and sit out under the stars........on each side of our fences!!! with a bottle of red. I think the neighbours are putting tents up for a camp out for the kids. We will be playing with our caravans, doing some work on the old one, lining the cupboards on the new one, celebrating our son's 34th Birthday via Zoom. I am missing my kids and grandies big time🥰
  7. Great post Megsie, we feel the same. We won't be affected by the age restrictions, but cannot take a chance to get stuck on a cruise ship and be floating around for an unknown time. All our cruises are cancelled for this year, still have one for next June but hubby is determined he is not going, has no interest. Going to spend a couple of years seeing our beautiful country and spending our money in our towns. I hope things change......alot, less cruise ships, more health security, both ports and airports, more hygiene, more personal space. I can't see any cruise ships for the rest of this year, I just read on CC that someone from overseas just booked for July for a cruise from Australia......are they serious??
  8. Leigh I use my slow cooker all the time for stock. I have an oval large one.
  9. We have Plantation shutters, not sure I can fit our two Panda bears in☹️
  10. Hope you get the TP Les, our neighbours still in quarantine were eligible for home delivery so ordered online and no TP. That was with Woolieworths🤣 although it looks like the supplies are staying stocked, it's the meat.
  11. The cafes in our town of Wauchope have become popular for riders, there are also lots of things on at the showground through out the year for clubs etc. We have seen some crazy caravan drivers in out time towing.
  12. A big Happy Anniversary from us Leigh! I made up some soup with chicken stock I had made and frozen. I am slow cooking meats, making double meals and freezing, just trying to minimize how often I have to go out. Trying to go shopping fortnightly now. Andy goes to and from work each day, straight home and doesn't work with the public, so our contact with the outside world is minimal. Keep safe xx
  13. I got toilet paper yesterday....been trying for 4 weeks!! They had cheap quality 10 pack in Woolies, and had good stuff in Aldi. I took a pack around to sons as they have set up offices at home and unable to leave during the day. Added some Sour dough bread and a bag of lollies and dropped at front door.......saw my grandson down the hallway, boohoo no cuddles, but he can enjoy his treat while doing his school work🥰
  14. Driving lines.....Police driver training. Race car drivers do it really well if you watch them taking those bends at speed.
  15. Talking about Walcha......just watching Sunrise and Barnaby Joyce is standing outside of the Walcha Road Hotel doing his live segment.
  16. No we didn't, we would never drive a van up the mountain if we could help it, although I did most of my driver training on the Walcha mountain, and I wasn't going slow, it's where I learnt driving lines. No caravan behind though!!
  17. I saw online that farmers were opening properties for Grey Nomads that could not get back home due to closed borders etc. How great is Australia and our kindness. I noticed Wauchope Showground has quite a few caravans still there as I drive past. Perhaps they are taking shelter and keeping safe in our little community. It was a safe haven during the bush fires for people and animals, so I hope it is the same for those that cannot get home with the closed borders. At times like these I am glad we live here🥰
  18. Zoom is like Skype. One of our sons is IT for Essentail Energy, he is training staff so they can work from home etc He was a great teacher for us to learn how to use it. It is his birthday next week so we will get together and have a "party" to celebrate. Andy and I wore our hawaiian shirts tonight and had a Pacific Island background with palm trees and beach. Next week will be party hats and virtual cake!! Hopefully we will do a shake down trip to a National Park in Taree October long weekend if we are allowed out, we did this with our first van in 2011 before our trip around OZ. Yes, this one has a shower and toilet ensuite, such luxury, like a ship cabin....but bigger!! Hopefully no TP shortage then.
  19. We picked up our new caravan yesterday (well new to us!!) Felt really bad driving it the 10 minutes home, other drivers thinking we are swanning around travelling haha!! So now 2 vans parked on our property. Including our three spare bedrooms and caravans we have 3 spare queens beds, 1 double bed and two singles!! All ready for a big family get together when this is all over. We will spend our weekends getting the old van ready to sell. We did Zoom tonight with all the kids and grand kids, so much fun. Son, partner and grandson live near us, one son in Brisbane and daughter and 3 grandsons in Sydney. Grandkids were dancing, showing us stuff, kids bought out all their old photos and we had a laugh, had tours of everyone's house and daughters new furniture. The dogs were included too!! So much love🥰 Andy is now catching up with his 84yr Dad on the phone, even though he is only 10 minutes away he will not visit him as Andy is still working, unless he needs his help on the farm. So all good here, staying home, staying safe, just going for groceries.
  20. Yes, I agree. I had one booked for October, would have had to pay in full in July for them to give me a FCC if the cruise doesn't go ahead in October, with a deadline to take the next cruise, no thanks!! There are a lot of disillusioned people out there who think their cruises will go ahead in a couple of months.
  21. I use LOreal also, $20 in Woolies, I ducked in to Reject store next door to see if they had toilet paper ( they get it 3 times a week, alas, I was late again) and they had the colour I use for $8 so I grabbed 4. Something had to come good for my one hour weekly venture into the weirdly, quiet, virus infected crazy world.
  22. Thanks, our son shops at Coles and called on the weekend to say.......they got toilet paper yay!! We are ok for now, but it ain't gonna last forever😱
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