Jane's Jottings

First – it was Sydney………..

Probably the most famous view in the world

We have just returned from what must be the trip of a lifetime – a month in the Antipodes. Bill and I flew¬† to Sydney and immediately up to Cairns to join our ship for a trip to the Great Barrier Reef. I have to admit that I chickened out when it came to diving on the reefs as we were in choppy open water but we both spent hours on the glass bottomed boat with our marine biologist Dani. I actually saw Nemo in his anemone, parrot fish, octopus, reef sharks and so much more – The corals were so varied and absolutely fascinating……..

The Coral Explorer

Our lovely ship – There were only twenty of us with ten crew so you can imagine – it was just perfect – We had one quite rough night and some heavy rain but the trip was all I had hoped it would be. The crew worked so hard to make sure we saw as much as possible. Would certainly go again……

The Sydney Opera House

The five days just flew by and then we were back in Sydney for four nights. We went to the Opera House for a tour of the buildings followed by The Merry Widow in the Joan Sutherland Theatre and the next day, a glorious Mozart concert in the main auditorium. I had never imagined that I would have six oysters and a glass of champagne on the terrace at the Opera House but Bill surprised me yet again.

A koala that was almost awake

Before leaving for New Zealand, we had a trip up in to the Blue Mountains and visited a sanctuary and I saw my first koalas – they did not let me down. They do seem to sleep for hours and hours but are really so cute!


It had to be done – Yours truly at Bondi Beach

On our way now to New Zealand and there are lost more pictures to come

Happy Stitching till next time


Date posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2018


1 Comment

I have just looked at your sight and see you have been to NZ. I do hope you will have some jottings soon. I sent a photo to you years ago which you Published and sent me a lovely cross st book, you were surprised I lived in a place called Hastings, as you had trained in a town with the same name. I still have a pile of your cross stitch mags which I love. I am now doing a lot of crochet as well. Just recently someone looked at my Instagram carocraft20 and asked where I got the pattern for my lovely hydrangea cr st and I told them from your magazine. Great to catch up again, I hope I didnt miss seeing you in Hastings !!! Carolyn.NZ

Comment by Carolyn Jackson on Sunday, April 8, 2018

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