Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Crikey cobber

We're here! And by some trickery and witchcraft, my laptop is working just like at home. Very odd.

We had a tres early start - up at 3.30am. It was fair dinkum dark as a dingo's bits. Everything was reasonably straightforward at the airport, although you forget how many little pieces of paper they make you fill in.

The plane was ace. Big ups to Andrea and Blondgirl and Man-of-indeterminate-sexuality who were our flight attendents. At Brisbane airport our wee boy got very hot and lethargic, which meant we managed to skip through much of the hideous queues.

We got collected by our rental company van by a very Australian fella with a ginger ponytail. Our supreme vehicle at a bargain rate is a 1993 Mitsubishi Magna, which has seen better days. You get what you pay for I suppose.

Thanks to our tipsy selves for booking a fabbo apartment in Toowag. It rocks. It is almost as big as the house, and despite a severe drought (worst in 100 years I'm told), and no hoses allowed, it has 2 terrific pools.

It feels kind of like dinner time, but is in fact only early afternoon. We've managed to buy lots of cool things at Ikea already, in a bit of a flying visit. Finn is enjoying his train set ($18.95! Fits the Thomas set!), and his igloo and no end of other bargain beauties. We're off to see a bit of culture later. Don't know what, maybe a water taxi or a XXXX beer factory.

You bewdy.


kitty said...

I hope you have a happy and super relaxing holiday, and that Malo's feeling better soon.
You'll be delighted to hear that it has just snowed in Wellington - and unfortunately I'm not joking...
Love Cathy & Tinks, xx.

David said...

And I'm still about 1500km north, not having budged at all in ten days. But at least we're in the same state.

Have fun. I love Queensland.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see someone mocking the Australians in such a pleasant way.
Are you familiar with Barry Humphries' "The Adventures of Barry McKenzie". His equivalent of "dark as a dingo's bits" was "black as an Abo's armpit".

Dodderyoldfart said...

A Pie report asap too please Cobber!

Guinness_Girl said...

"Fair dinkum dark as a dingo's bits"??? You New Zealanders are too damn cute for words.

Martha said...

Kitty, outrageous! We are very happy to be here looking forward to a 26 degree day.

David, I'll yell really loudly in 10 minutes, and you can see if you can hear me. In fact you may have heard my children from 1am - 4am this morning.

Thanks Vicus (I think, never can tell).

Doddery love, it is kind of hot for pies, but I'll do what I can.

Guinness, I think you'll find it is the Aussies who are cute!

The Shopping Sherpa said...

You've already done the culture (good to see you've got your priorites sorted and did IKEA first. A girl after my own heart...)

You are going to Target aren't you?

And for a little entertainment you can always go laugh at what The Warehouse is like here. A poor sad version of its Kiwi self :-(