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Home again

Hello dear subscribers. I will no longer be posting here as we have arrived back in the land of OZtralia. It’s been a fun ride but nothing beats your own bed at the end of a long trip.

The US and Canada are such a diverse lands, peopled by mostly friendly citizens. I may be biased because I have wonderful family in both countries, however we met so many strangers who were courteous and interesting and kind and friendly. We have memories and photos galore.  Below are a few photos that didn’t get used in this blog.

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More Family time in Canada and the USA

We left Ottawa on Thursday and headed west, stopping at one of Tim Horton’s ubiquitous donut outlets for a mid-morning coffer. We resisted the Tim’s ‘bits’, otherwise known as donut holes. Beyond Toronto’s snarl of traffic we finally reached London, Ontario.

My father’s first cousin Joan migrated from Liverpool England as a newlywed in the 50s. It had been over ten years since we had seen she and husband John. It was a lovely, if brief, 24 hour visit and we experienced a yummy roast dinner, a selection of beverages plus copious amounts of tea!

Cousin Lisa and her daughters Brittany and Jessica came by in the evening after the girls’ dancing lessons. We stayed up late chatting about our English family, past and present, then in the morning went for a leisurely stroll around their part of London. After lunch we set out for Linden Michigan via the Sarnia/Port Huron crossing to the USA.

The border crossing was blessedly simple and we made good time to Linden where we stayed the night with my cousin Angela (our mothers were first cousins) and her husband Joe. They were perfect hosts who showed us around some of their favorite haunts and provided us with a lovely dinner in their new home.

This too was a 24 visit and we really appreciated the great food, drink, hospitality and family chat (Angela and I hadn’t seen each other in 50 years we appreciate our husbands being so accommodating as we covered a lot of ground on all things Italian).

We have made our way now to Mackinaw City. The plan is to go to Mackinaw Island tomorrow – weather provided. Our hotel is near the bridge to the upper peninsula and it is really impressive. We’ll head over the bridge to the UP late tomorrow as we continue westward…




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Let’s hit the beach Myrtle!

After our long drive from central Florida, punctuated by a yummy Waffle House break, we finished up for a few nights visiting niece Emily and sister-in-law Judy in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s a strange town that seems to exist mainly for tourists and golfers, and golfing tourists. But there are some beautiful stretches of coastline, fantastic looking greens and plenty of good value accommodation.

We managed to chow down some yummy bagels, get in a bit of outlet shopping (well, looking – didn’t buy much), see the pier where Em works, play with the kitties at Judy’s and act silly at the grocery store – Piggly Wiggly.









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Six days on the road

…But we ain’t gonna make it home tonight. Just in week one and already I have succumbed to antibiotics for the dreaded throat lurgy and anti-histamines for the spring hay fever allergies. It ain’t pretty. However, some of the places we have seen are very pretty.

While in central Florida with Aunt Chris and Uncle Robert we visited Mt Dora, an old community near Leesburg where there are lovely old homes and early 20th century buildings.




So I could recuperate a little, we stayed an extra day with my aunt and uncle who have a lovely pool and a cute as heck dog, Papito.



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