Europe, Asia, Australia and Oceania · 69 Days · 40 Moments · February 2017

Stage family on tour

25 April 2017

A wonderful end to our trip, an action packed morning around a wonderful zoo. Too many squeals of delight from Hope to know which animal was her favourite.

24 April 2017

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5 April 2017

There's no better way to explore new big places So slip on your trainers and tie up your laces Your legs can take you to see all the sights A split second choice to turn left or turn right I go in the morning as sun ends the night The best time to see the world spring into life You don't need an invite just set your alarm And the city will show you its secrets and charms

30 March 2017

A good contrast between NZ and Oz with what you can find on the road, though one has clearly been embellished somewhat!

29 March 2017

28 March 2017

Our New Zealand chapter has come to an end. In summary: 3833km driven 34 nights 13 different beds (but Hope had her same one every night) 14 playgrounds visited 2 bottles of gin consumed (aside from the wine and beer) 1 kiwi (bird) seen in a zoo - just its bum as it scurried away 30 kiwi (fruit) eaten 30(?) times Hope ate spaghetti 1 course of antibiotics 1 tyre puncture In short it's a beautiful place, reminds me a lot of home!

26 March 2017

Guests at a kid's science fair

22 March 2017

21 March 2017

As we get older we hope to acquire knowledge and wisdom. We learn about things and we learn how to piece knowledge together where there are gaps. But this can come at a cost. As the part of the brain concerned with logic kicks in we may lose the excitement, amazement even, at seeing something for the first time. With children you get to experience this all over again. A plane, a boat, a duck... it can be one thing or many things, which trigger regular looks of astonishment. 'What is this thing I see before me?' I still experience this myself at a farmyard, the rush of my childhood when I would get to feed goats at the local farm park, when I could marvel at how much fun pigs can have in mud. A farm park never fails to bring a smile to my face. Some people say I'm easily amused. I hope so... I hope I continue to be easily amused too.

12 March 2017

What a great name for a town. We also found Mount Hopeless but didn't find the time to get there.

11 March 2017

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9 March 2017

8 March 2017

Travelling with an infant is rarely easy. If you're lucky they sleep soundly; But at other times they scream so much perhaps their seat had the Devil's touch. Or they are just bored. Or hungry. Treasure the time they sleep soundly
Founder's Brewery in Nelson Today I won the lottery, But this did not bring prize money, It was just some tomfoolery, For a father and his family, For this was a microbrew'ry, For him to drink and be merry, In the playground his bairn ran free, And the sun was out to bronze wifey.

1 March 2017

Seeing the world through the eyes of a child Everything starts to unravel, For fascination exists in the smallest of things Like puddles, wood chip, and gravel

26 February 2017

25 February 2017

Coromandel - my favourite stop so far It sits atop a vast enchanted land, A luscious sea of green that's painted flawless It's bordered by the finest grains of sand, White against the crystal clear blue waters A cyclist dreams of conq'ring winding hills For peaks rise up to split the East from west And afterwards they revel in the still Of peaceful starry nights that let them rest

24 February 2017

Auckland: built amidst vast volcanic legacies; Man and nature entwined.

20 February 2017

The first leg of our trip is done, we've moved on from Lantau It's sad to say goodbye to friends, it's just us 3 for now We found a part of paradise which came as a surprise, It's name is meat related and is tasty in a pie The beach, playground and national park for us we're just the thing, Then throw in roaming buffalo, and there you have Ham Tin We sampled lots of local food and got our dim sum fix, And smiled whilst watching little Hope eat noodles with chopsticks We squeezed a last trip to Ngong Ping before we had to fly, Cos you all know "we like Big Buddhas and we cannot lie" So thanks to our amazing hosts for making our first leg great, The sights, rooftop sundowners, and all the things we ate.

19 February 2017

17 February 2017

Qi - House of Sichuan
On our rooftop terrace
There is an old town called Tai O On Lantau as West as you go Their view on life tilts 'Cos their homes are on stilts And dried fish smells that make you go woah

16 February 2017

Imagine sitting inside a plane, With a wriggly worm beside your name. For half a day they wriggle and squeak In play, through dinner and even sleep. They prod and jab your weary bod As if to give a gentle nod To thank your lucky stars tonight They're a wriggly worm and not a... stingray
The planning is over the day has now come Inquisitive soles with a penchant for fun With all kinds of feelings inside of their heads excitement and freedom and plane journey dread Their bags are packed full, they trust they’re on board Their seatbelts are fastened, the plane engines roar So here marks the start of an epic journey, adventures down under for this family