Musings, photos and general bits 'n' bobs about my trip to Australia and New Zealand, September 2013

Friday, August 30, 2013

One Step Closer . . .

Although to be fair, it is three steps.  Firstly, today was my last day at work before my vacation,  It is a little strange really as I have never been on a vacation this long - I will be away from work for over a month!  How will they all cope? - well, I know the answer to that - admirably!  They probably won't even realize that I am gone - oh, who am I kidding?  I have been wittering on about this trip for so long that I am sure a few of my colleagues are sighing huge sighs of relief!!

Secondly, it would appear that the workers at Vancouver airport are not going on strike.  Phew!  I know it was an outside chance of it actually being an issue on our trip, but do you remember the ash from the Icelandic volcano that caused flights to be cancelled in and out of the UK in 2010?  Well at that time my father was flying from Scotland to Canada - his flight was cancelled at zero notice and he had to drive over 200 miles, with his crazy Jack Russell, in a hire car and without GPS, to catch a flight from a different airport.  These things happen to us - so I am glad that the YVR issues are resolved.  For now!

And finally - I have some spending money.

How bright and cheery is this?  Perfect for a hot and sunny climate!  I think that some of these colors should be introduced into Canadian currency to give it a bit of pizzazz!  Interesting to note that these notes are also like the Canadian polymer notes, rather than paper, and have similar, clear windows in them.  The Old Folk reckons that Queenie looks a bit hard faced on the $5 bill - can't argue with that!

Four more sleeps to go.  Just saying . . . . .


  1. A trip Down Under - how exciting! Make sure you post where you are along the way as there are many of us around the place who would love to catch up with you! I'm up in Brisbane if you head up that far...J

  2. ...and I sew in Perth - the most isolated city in the world! Let me know if you're over this way :)

  3. We do have colourful money - Australia invented the polymer banknote along with eskys (to keep our beer cold), hills hoist, victor lawn mower, introduced the screw on wine lid and possibly the best invention ever - the wine cask LOL - we have our priorities!

    Loving this blog of your visit. Glad I found it. I am so looking forward to following your adventures.

  4. Don't forget we also invented the ute! and wi fi!