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Another one bites the dust.

Last night, I dropped L-Bro off at the airport. I wasn’t allowed to go in with him so had to make do with a very hurried farewell hug at the 1 minute drop off point at the departures area while overzealous security man strode purposefully up and down to ensure we were 1 minute, 1 minute only and not 1 second over.
1 minute – ridiculous! You barely have time to get your luggage out of the boot in 1 minute, never mind giving 1 years worth of hugs as well; given that I don’t actually know when I am going to see him again.

Anyway, L-Bro’s departure brings us to the end of the ‘holiday season’ chez Melbs. It was rather a long season for us, starting all that time ago in January with the visit of mum, sis and gorgebag nephew. They left and husbs parents then arrived a week later. They left and then L-Bro arrived a week or 2 afterwards. So for the first almost 5 months of the year we have been sharing our house with varying family members and doing the Melbourne tourist thing. . . . a lot.

And I have had a fab time.

It has been brilliant being able to show everyone where we live, places we go to, things we do.

Now that we are back to just the 3 of us again it feels odd. I don’t really know how else to describe it. It feels like someone (anyone from the past 5 months) will come in through the lounge door at any moment and ask if I want a cup of tea, and it got really familiar and comforting. It is not like people were only here a couple of days before moving on elsewhere, each visit was a good few weeks and it is amazing how you fall into old habits and the familiarity of home, even though we are thousands of miles away.

I really feel that now the family have visited it makes me feel closer to them even though in reality we are still on the other side of the world to each other; but the fact that they now know and have been to the places that I talk about and have met many of the people I talk about somehow makes it seem like we are not so far away.

Back to L-Bro and in the 3 weeks that he was here he managed to pack more in than husb and I have managed to do in 10 months of living here. He made me feel a bit slack if I’m honest.


He did a whstle stop tour of Sydney in a day, I’m not talking opera house and bridge, oh no. In one day he managed to fit in brekkie at the barracks, walking the bridge, bridge observation area, opera house, lunch at the botanical gardens, Bondi beach, Darling Harbour, dinner in Cockle Bay Wharf all before heading back on the last flight of the day! I haven’t managed to do Bondi yet so I am well jel of his exploits.

Not content with that he also did a tour of the Great Ocean Road that was supposed to take 3 weeks he did it in 2 days. Mental! He did Bells Beach, 12 Apostles headed all the way up to Portland taking in various sights along the way (we have never been that far!), before heading inland and home to us via the Grampians and Hepburn Springs.

But . . .not content with that either, he also headed off down to Wilsons Promentary via Phillip Island to see the penguin parade and back again along with a load of other stuff that I can’t remember. I am tired just writing about it.

Fair play to him for packing so much in in such a relatively short space of time. No one can say he didn’t make the most of it.

Listening to all of his adventures when he got back has given me renewed vigour to dust off the monster truck and get seeing some more of the sights we haven’t managed yet. Although I might leave it for a bit so that we can get used to our daily routine again first.

It is going to be really really strange not having any more visitors planned until the end of the year. (Strange that, I wonder why suddenly as we go into a Melbourne winter, no one else is booking their flights over!)

Fairweather family. . . . πŸ™‚


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11 thoughts on “Another one bites the dust.

  1. good morning to you my friend i like you blog , have nice day

  2. I know what you mean – you get used to having them around and then they’re gone, and things are very “quiet” … it is weird. I’m so glad you got to have all these visitors from home though, as I know you were feeling quite home sick. I hope it’s no time before you get to see them all again! And in the mean time, you can start planning all this sight seeing you’re going to do between now and then! Your brother sounds like me – if I’m going somewhere, I want to see as much as I can, no time to slow down, you might miss something!! πŸ™‚

    • Yes it has been great having them and it will definitely take a while to re-adjust to our old routine. Give me a couple of weeks and I will be in full on trip planning mode again. xx

  3. Having relatives in the UK I can totally understand the summer visits! It must be so weird to be just three again. So glad you had so much time with them. Wilsons Prom is still on my list of to-do’s and I’ve lived in Victoria all my life. At least if you visit there in winter you avoid bush fires?! Knowing the ridiculous change ability of a Melbourne winter my advise would be to grab blankets and snuggle in until September!

  4. Uurgh iPad spelling sorry

    • Snuggling up until September sounds very inviting at the moment! Wilsons Prom has been on our to do list since we moved and we tried to go for New Year but left it too late to book accommodation. I think we will have to bump it up the list but your’e right I might wait until the weather picks up a bit. Definitely odd to be back to just us three again!
      Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚

  5. Wow! Your bro had a very busy trip! That’s great! Everyone in my family and my friends say they will come but I’m still waiting for the day… Just my parents came three years ago. Meanwhile, I will be going to Canada in a couple of weeks!

  6. That’s great news Rita I bet it will be so good to catch up with all of your family and friends, you’ll have a fab time. Hopefully you will get some more visitors Down Under soon too. I can’t wait to read all about your trip. πŸ™‚ x

  7. Ahh, it must be an odd and slightly melancholy feeling… But at the same time will be lovely getting your space back and back into the family routine. Maybe next year they could, y’know, spread themselves out a bit better through the year!

  8. It is nice to get our space back but I do miss the hustle and bustle now as I had got used to it.
    That’s true they COULD spread themselves out throughout the year, but they won’t because it’s only the weather they are after really. They think I haven’t realised but I’m onto them. . . . πŸ™‚

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