More tales from down under
06.07.2009 - 28.08.2009
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Take a wild guess what we have been up to! I'll give you a clue.... it involves lots of typical touristy things like stroking kangaroos and eating them...obviously not in quick succession. But, I must firstly inform you all that we are no longer tourists of this huge diverse country - Andre has been granted his sponsorship with the sewers, and I have been tagged along too! Yippee! So we have been granted a 4-year visa to stay and play, and for those of you worried we may never return to English shores rest assured we won't be here forever...Andre is missing his BBC News far too much!
Here is a quick run down of what we have been up to over the last few weeks:
Xmas in July - While you lot have been enjoying the summer sunshine take pity on us here freezing our butts off in the wind and rain (no sympathy I'm sure). So we had a party to warm up the winter and a Christmas theme seemed suitable. Think oodles of food and gallons of mulled wine - beef and yorkshires, reindeer dip, mince pies, sherry trifle and er.. a bottle of sambuca, very traditional! We even had secret santa which certainly got the guests mingling, and of course I was the angelic pink fairy on the tree.
Footie Legend - With shiney new boots Andre hit the circular pitch for his debut trial of Aussie Rules at our friends work tournament. He certainly made an impact and will go down in the tournament history as the FIRST guy to be given a match ban for 'rough play'. Oops! Adapting from rugby was obviously not as easy as envisaged. My role as a side-line WAG however suited me perfectly, especially while I was dog-sitting little pup Freddie.
Tazzy - Tasmania is Australia's smallest state, it's about the size of Ireland, and in my opinion very reminiscent of the English countryside with rolling green hills, quaint little villages and flourishing wildlife - truly beautiful! We explored the amazing convict architecture at Port Arthur where Andre tried on some leg irons to see what it's like to be married. We patted a grumpy kangaroo, Andre yelped at the swooping birds and we marvelled at the grizzly Tasmanian Devil - he really does exist, and likes to run round in circles like the cartoon!
Surfers Paradise - Re-united with Ricky we took a trip to sunny Sydney to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Manly Beach and to watch New Zealand victoriously beat the Aussies in the Tri Nations, hoorah! Andre chose a hostel/prison cell in the heart of the red light district so we got a good glimpse of the seedy side, but what a fab party-place it is! The boys dodged the sharks down at Bondi Beach with their first experience of riding the waves, well, if you can call paddling on your stomach surfing. Sorry boys, I do commend you on your bravery with the cold water!
[*]Gawping at naked ladies wrestling in chocolate with members of the audience sponging them down. I was the only one to witness this entertainment, much to the disappointment of a few people.
[*]Banning Andre from the 37% alcohol Australian-brewed Bundeburg Rum. It comes in cans pre-mixed with coke for hard-core fans, eugh!
[*]Sport is certainly on the agenda with a Thursday night squash session and practising our golf swing at the driving range. Andre is determined to prove his worth on the water when he partakes in a rowing course, I have already got him used to the training by shouting at him while in the bath.
[*]WE WON THE CRICKET! YAYAYAYAAYAYAYAYAY!
So, thats it from us, sorry to waffle on....I have put photos of all these events up so feel free to laugh and comment. I hope you are all well, and please let us know whats been happening in your worlds as we miss you all terribly.