Another busy year for us and our families, involving travel and some important milestone events in the lives of our grandchildren.
Joshua, our oldest grandkid, continues to work as a diesel mechanic, and to work on his great golf game – currently with a handicap of 4.
Cameron and his girlfriend, Kaitlyn, have bought a block of land at Kilmore and are building a house on it. They are travelling to the US for Christmas and plan to be in Time Square for the ball drop.
Cameron and Kaitlyn
Troy continues on with his electrical apprenticeship. He works extra hours with his supervisor on private jobs.
Hayley and Richard
Jonathan continues with his university work in Environmental Studies, where he met his girlfriend, Natalie. They have both been offered part-time work on the recommendation of their teachers.
Jonathan and Natalie
Spencer has completed year 11 and continues with his passion for theatre appearing in multiple stage roles this year.
We travelled for 12 weeks this year - to Europe for 10 weeks and the pacific for 2 weeks.
The highlight of our longest trip was attending, our English granddaughter, Hayley’s, 21st birthday. On that ten-week trip we visited Hong Kong, Germany, England, Scotland, Spain, Greece, Montenegro, Sicily, Italy, and France.
For a full account of this trip follow this link.
There were many highlights of this trip, and four in particular: Scotland, Athens, Kotor and Amalfi
On our Scotland tour, Margaret’s favourite place was the Queen Mother’s house in Mey, on the far north coast. Stephen’s favourite was Eilean Donan Castle.
|Queen Mother's House||Eilean Donan Castle|
|On Loch Lomand||The road to Fort William|
Stephen particularly loved Athens and wants to return there. It is quite difficult to take photographs in Athens and not have the Acropolis in the frame.
We did not have any particular expectations of Kotor and so were pleasantly surprised and delighted at what we found there. It is an attractive location that we would like to return to some day.
The last time we were in Italy was in 2012. We were unable to get to the Amalfi coast because a landslide blocked the road. This time Stephen was determined to get to Amalfi. As usual the fares for trips off the ship were exorbitantly expensive, but we managed to travel to the gorgeous Amalfi by local ferry.
We cruised with our friends, Jenni and Les for two weeks starting in Melbourne and visiting Mare, Port Vila, Lautoka, Suva and Noumea.
Wishing you a wonderful Christmas,
and all the best for 2020,
from Margaret and Stephen