Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Robin and Joe come to visit

My good friend Robin and his eldest son, Joe came to visit us for a couple of weeks recently. It was ever so nice to see them and all three of us were grateful that they had made the somewhat arduous 20 odd hour trip from the UK.

Both of our visitors suffered from jetlag in the first week, preferring to retire to bed rather than seek out the bright lights of Canberra(!), but they still did and saw quite a lot of the city. I’d fixed up a Segway ride for them as well as borrowing a bike so they could take on Mount Stromlo’s fabulous mountain bike trails.

They saw the war memorial and we took in a rare visit to Blundells Cottage – learning about its ghostly past and enjoyed several particularly sunny Canberra days. They were a great help at Eli’s birthday party as they helped not only with the bbq, but also with belaying a number of kids up and down climbing walls.

We headed down to South Durras on their second week. Again the weather was very kind to us, and we did a spot of fishing as well as a trip to the Mogo zoo (the kids love it there). We also travelled to nearby Pebbly beach and patted some kangaroos.

Fortunately there was no tram doorways for Joe to jam his head in this time around!

I was sad to see them leave. It was a real whistle-stop trip, but really excellent to see them both.

By Lake Burley Griffin

National Arboretum

Mogo Zoo

Pebbly Beach

Kingston Foreshore

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