Yes, it is, as yelled by Noddy Holder in that old faithful seasonal refrain, ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’
I hope you had a brilliant Christmas – I certainly have!
But first, a small apology
Forgive me father, for I have sinned. It’s been 2 months since my last blog post.
In my defence, I have been mad busy, mostly with work, which has robbed me of all motivation to do anything else and when I have had the time, it’s been taken up with gardening or other chores. I’ve started a few posts, some rants about this that or the other, but so far, nothing good enough to actually post.
I’ve got my kids here in Perth for Christmas.
As they live in England, this involves a fair amount of travelling. And when I say ‘fair’ I mean ‘ridiculous’. Get this for 3 days of fun.
1. Red line – Fly myself – Perth to Singapore – 5 hours 30 mins
2. Singapore to London – 13 hours
3. Arrive London 5:30am – drive 200 miles to collect kids. Drive 100 miles to parents house with kids.
4. Green line – Next day 2:15pm – fly with kids – London to Doha (Qatar) – 6 hours 30mins
5. Doha to Perth – 10 hours 30 mins
6. Arrive Perth on Christmas Eve 6pm. Drive home and take kids out to see the local Christmas lights, play santa and get to bed late.
I couldn’t wait to get off!!
I had a few dramas, I miss-read the tickets and managed to miss the Perth-Singapore flight by about 10 minutes. Luckily for me, someone else missed the next one and I managed to nab their seat and make the original connection to London in Singapore. *phew*
In England, the weather was terrible and we got stuck in a massive tailback on the M25 trying to get back to Heathrow – we managed to scrape in with 45 mins to spare! *eep* In both cases, we’d checked in online, so it takes some of the pressure off, but even so!
But all this is how come I have something interesting to write about. And some pictures at last!
Christmas Day here was great – typically warm, full of family and presents, trips to the beach and tons of yummy food!
But the beach was the bit that kids most enjoyed. Given that I’d just collected them from a dark and rainy England where the temp was no more than 7C, they really loved this! To Anja and Piper, this is just normal, the beach is just down the end of the road, but with Ella and Henry being so excited, they got into it and let their hair down pretty quickly!
We went back to the beach later in the day with swimming cossies – the sea breeze brought in the waves, so the kids spent a few hours leaping and jumping and getting bowled over.
All in all – a very successful day.
This week we have a ton of stuff planned – including a trip to Caversham Wildlife Park to see koalas and kangaroos. I cant wait to see their faces!
Now those are some seriously excited children. There’s just nothing like a warm, sunny Christmas down by the beach is there??
A happy new years to you and yours Charlie. Looks like the ramp up to 2014 is going swimmingly 🙂
Man, been so busy I kinda forgot to follow up! We had a great time doing all the West Aussie Christmas things – think this might be the first year that a hot Christmas made any kind of sense. Hope 2014 is an amazing year for you too!
Lovely pictures from sunny Perth. And what a journey. Simone and I did a relatively short journey from Bangkok in World Traveller recently and that was enough for us for a while.
Hope you are keeping well and have a fantastic Christmas and New Year.
Hope we can catch up on your return.
Hey John – really good to hear from you!
I’ll be back at least once this year – hope to catch up with you too – it’s been way too long!
Happy New Year to the both of you
What a contrast between the England shots and the Aussie ones! It hasn’t got much better here so tell your kids to enjoy it while they can! 🙂
It’s a crazy trip going from hot to cold and back again in only 3 days. I dont really recommend it!! Coudnt believe how miserable and wet it was when I was doing the turnaround in England both times. Mind you, its 44C here today, which is too hot for anything useful, so a little English chill would be most welcome!
Hey, they are obviously having a good time, keep enjoying the sun, it is cold here. Love to all.
thanks mumma 🙂