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  1. Enjoy your staycation. We lived in Perth, Mt Hawthorn, in 1998. I have just finished a Chardonnay from Monterey. Unfortunately it didn’t last!😎 I usually have one glass but couldn’t resist a few! It just slipped down. 🤭
  2. That meal looks wonderful Mysty. We are back in lockdown and have had two takeaway meals delivered from our local cafe. They are nice but I crave a meal like yours, with all the clues to make the night more interesting, (if that is possible). We were meant to have a quick week lockdown but feel it will be extended as there are new cases of covid in the community. We had planned to visit our daughter for her 50th Birthday next week but that may not happen. She is in a regional area where she can visit a restaurant so at least can celebrate with friends. Everyone is feeling very despondent, especially Melbourne people as they have had a much longer lockdown than regional areas and are seeing violent protests about anti lockdown occurring. Covid numbers are increasing so I’m not sure what will happen to "the path out of lockdown". People are finding it much harder to stick to the rules of no home visiting I think. We have booked at a 3 hat restaurant for my husband’s birthday in October and another in Melbourne for a family dinner in November! Surely by then we will all be out of lockdown with most people double vaccinated! 🤞🤞🤞
  3. We are having a zoom wine tasting tonight too. The sommelier has chosen 3 wines for a French Wine tour on a Budget. Simonet Febre Bourgogne Chardonnay Guigal Cotes du Rhone Domaine de la Colline Chinon Cabernet Franc. The wine stores near us don’t have the last wine on the list so we have gone a little more expensive and bought another wine from Chinon. It will be interesting to see how they taste. I’m rather partial to a big buttery Chardonnay but unfortunately the winemakers aren’t making them as much now. Have a great trip JP and Chris. I’ll be interested to hear about Ponant and comparisons you make when you return.
  4. The jars had red wine jus, pepper sauce and horseradish cream. Delicious with the steak.
  5. Father’s Day here in lockdown. See jigsaw in background as lockdown activity! Our daughters sent this present. We had it for lunch with a Rockford Moppa Springs 2016, a blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. All delicious. After the wine in need of a LLD ( little lie down)!
  6. My sisters and I still laugh about my Father complaining that he couldn’t get the air conditioner to work. When we looked into it he had his garage door going up and down! That’s when we realised he wasn’t managing as well as we thought!
  7. We have been house and dog sitting sitting in Far North Queensland for 4 weeks and now on our way back to Victoria. NSW has had an increase in COVID infections of delta and Victoria has shut the border to people from NSW. As we have been in a green area we have a permit to transit NSW but it has to take no longer than 24 hours. We will leave Queensland at 9am tomorrow, Friday, and drive 900 kilometres (560 miles), stay in a motel overnight, then make an early start for the 200 kilometres to the border before 9am Saturday. Not the leisurely trip we imagined! We share the driving and plan many breaks so we are hoping it goes well. After the border we have a few more hours till we are home and I imagine we will have a very quiet week. Victoria is just out of lockdown but still has many restrictions so visiting family is not possible. We are due our 2nd AstraZeneca in 10 days then happy to be fully vaccinated. Here is a photo of the beach we have walked the dog along twice a day. It changed every day, but managed to take my breath away every time. I will miss it. Mission Beach Queensland
  8. Good news Lois. We cancelled a cruise Vancouver to Tokyo for September this year on Regent. A few ports in Alaska which looked beautiful. I was looking forward to it too. I’m sure you will enjoy it and look forward to hearing about it.
  9. An Australian wine from McLaren Vale in South Australia.
  10. Out to lunch today and offered 125 ml glass or 250ml. Waiter surprised when I said 250ml, of course!
  11. We planned a road trip to North Queensland and we’re lucky that NSW and Queensland opened their borders to Victorians only a few days later than we had planned. We had just about given up and had cancelled our NSW accommodation. We quickly rebooked and took off. We had one scare when Magnetic Island was declared a red COVID area the morning we left. We called and had a covid test which was negative. Now at Mission Beach till the end of the month and hoping to get home in August without lockdowns or self isolation.
  12. I’m sorry you will be leaving the ship as I have enjoyed sailing along with you. It has been so nice to see ships sailing again and I’m hoping to see other passengers writing about their cruises.
  13. Enjoy your trip Lois. 🥂🥂🥂 We don’t have anything booked till 2023! We should be allowed to leave Australia well before then we hope. We will look forward to hearing about your days aboard.
  14. Thank you for posting about your trip. It is so good to see a trip report in real time once again. I know you will be enjoying every minute and even though we are on a road trip up the East Coast of Australia ( very lucky to be able to do this), I am still envious. I look forward to reading more.
  15. We did 2 market tours with David. One was to the Bergen market and the other to the market in Copenhagen. My husband blogged about them. http://www.thefletchers.com.au/The_Fletchers/Norway_Baltic_Cruise_2013/Entries/2013/6/21_Bergen.html http://www.thefletchers.com.au/The_Fletchers/Norway_Baltic_Cruise_2013/Entries/2013/7/7_Copenhagen_Market.html It was fun in the market with David seeing him negotiate with the different stall holders. My husband made a faux pas with Rudi. He told him his Thai food wasn’t spicy enough, perhaps made bland for the majority of passengers! Rudi told him his wife was Thai! The cooking demonstrations after a day at the market in the lounge were wonderful as well as the demonstrations in the theatre on sea days.
  16. Happy anniversary Chris and JP. It sounds as though you will have a fun day.
  17. Regional Victoria is finally coming out of lockdown and yesterday it was announced that other states are opening their borders to us. We had planned a road trip north to Mission Beach and Cairns more than a year ago and had given up hope of going and cancelled some of our bookings. Yesterday we made a fast decision and we will leave on Friday, only 2 days later than originally planned. By the time we reach Queensland we will have caught up with the planned dates of the accommodation we didn’t cancel. It will be a hectic day tomorrow but I’m looking forward to beginning our trip. It’s about 3000 kilometres or 1800 miles. Warm weather here we come! ☀️☀️☀️
  18. We ( in Victoria) are in lockdown again! Hopefully for 7 days but it will depend on community spread. Friends are back on cleaning sprees again but like Mystys last joke, I’ll look at the mess with disgust from the couch!! If we can’t travel this is what I’m going to do instead while in lockdown.
  19. We get 2 papers on Saturdays and another on Sundays, otherwise we read them on the iPad. I don’t make plans for Saturday mornings as I stay in bed with a cup of tea and start with the traveller sections of both papers. Depending on the weather I can emerge around 11am or sometimes later.
  20. We are feeling very lucky that we are able to travel a little more than this time last year when we were in lockdown. We have taken the car on the Ferry to Tasmania and are having 10 days here. We met one of our daughters in Hobart and had 3 days of gluttony, eating in interesting restaurants. We dropped her at the airport after sharing 3 dozen hot and cold oysters and drove to Piermont, a group of cottages overlooking Great Oysters Bay. The photo is of the view from our cottage at sunset. Sunrise was stunning but I’m not a morning person and it was too early for me to coordinate eyes and camera! We are lucky and the sun is out and a warmish 18C for our foray off to the vineyards today.
  21. I’ll be there JP! Just send the date and time!👏👏👏🍸🍸🍷🍷🍷
  22. We are having 3 nights away with 22 friends. We started going away on golf trips 15 years ago and this year we are staying a little closer to home. It’s only 2.5 hrs from home but in a beautiful spot, Healesville. It should be a fun time and the weather, although not warm and sunny should be rainless. This is the view from our balcony.
  23. Drron, our friends did this a few years ago and loved it. On our bucket list now.
  24. Our phone number was 68. When we were posted to England in 1970, my parents would ring from Australia and after about 30 minutes talking to them the exchange lady, a friend in the small town, would say "3 minutes, are you extending"! Another time we rang and my parents were away. The exchange friend told us where my parents were and that I had a new niece, but because we hadn’t been able to connect with them there was no charge! Heard all the news for nothing!
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