Thursday, 21 April 2011


Well now are on our way again but as we are staying with Pete and Dawn we decided it was just as easy to leave the van at home.

We certainly had a packed programme and it was lovely to visit with them and see their block of land and the home they will build on it later this year. Although they won’t be in it before their baby arrives it will be lovely when it is completed.

Dawn is singing in a choir now and we were fortunate enough to go to one of the performances which was lovely. It was also Pete’s birthday and their 2nd wedding anniversary so quite a few very special family occasions to be celebrated.

Pete and Dawn took us down to Sydney and at Sue’s special request we went to all of the Adriano Zumbo stores to sample the very special pastries we have seen on the TV. It was well worth it and for those who know Ian’s passion for Pattersons Cakes which has closed since we moved to Shepparton and he was unable to support the shop almost single handed, this was a delight he managed very well! The cakes are sensational and we indulged!

We also went to the sinking of the former HMAS Adelaide off Avoca Beach which was spectacular even if we had to wait for the dolphins who held up the proceedings for 90 minutes whilst they fed close to the ship. It was amazing and really a very quiet affair which was all over in just a few minutes.

As the Sydney Royal Easter Show was on we had to go as Pete and Dawn had been previously and regaled us with descriptions of the pig racing which Sue really wanted to see, but it was not to be as this was the year they were not coming. However we comforted ourselves with lots of other farmyard experiences and food (again!). The chips on a stick were quite different and should not be missed if they come to a show near you.

We left the day after the show and travelled home in one day to get ready to pack the van for the trip to WA.

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