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Hugh & Justine’s Excellent Adventure

Random Au-bservations

Random Au-bservations

It's been 2 weeks since my last post and I think, unless something really newsworthy happens in between times, I'll probably reduce to fortnightly (that's Aussie for every 2 weeks) posts going forward. This is because I think I might finally feel like I'm settling in...

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1 Weekend, 6 Celebrations

1 Weekend, 6 Celebrations

I told you last week that I would have fun stuff to report on this week and I will not disappoint! Not sure where to start, so let's start with the biggest event in Rockhampton, which only happens every 3 years, Beef Week! If you click on that link, you'll see that...

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Moustaches, Mullets, and Frozen Fries

Moustaches, Mullets, and Frozen Fries

Well, as crazy as it seems, it's been one year since we arrived in the Land Down Under! I took this photo at the airport in Toronto on May 3'23, loaded down with as much luggage as we could get away with on the plane to keep us going until our shipping container...

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Anzac Day

Anzac Day

On November 11, we went to Emu Park for the Remembrance Day ceremony. You may remember that Emu Park has the most incredible memorial walkway along the ocean so that's why we went there instead of Yeppoon for the Remembrance Day ceremony. That is also why we chose Emu...

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It’s not fall, it’s autumn!

It’s not fall, it’s autumn!

I've been doing fairly well learning to spell some words differently (e.g., paediatric, organise) and use a few new vocabulary items, but one thing I'm really struggling with is changing how I think (and speak) of seasons. If I want to refer to something happening in...

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Foodie Tour of SE Qld

Foodie Tour of SE Qld

First - my apologies to everyone for last week's blog being down for several hours! I actually wrote it early but not long after I published it, the hosting site went down and didn't come back up for several hours. I received some panicked emails, but the site came...

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Rain Rain Go Away!

Rain Rain Go Away!

So much for living in weather paradise, the past month has been so darn rainy! We had the 3 lovely days last weekend and then it's been raining again since. It was so bad, I know this is going to make you cry, Hugh's golf game was cancelled on Friday! Say it ain't so!...

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The Easter Bugs-y

The Easter Bugs-y

Well, we saw our first stick insect this week! I was walking up to the 1st floor of my building at work on Monday night and at first walked on by, thinking a twig had become stuck on the wall (stairwells in our building are outside, so this was on an outside wall on a...

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Winner Winner Meat Dinner

Winner Winner Meat Dinner

This was a winning week for the retiree in the house! Although Hugh didn't have the best of golf games on Monday, the $5 raffle ticket he bought paid off. He got a call on Tue morning that he'd won a meat tray! In my mind, I pictured a deli meat platter maybe 30-40 cm...

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Emus (or lack thereof)

Emus (or lack thereof)

So emus are supposed to be fairly common here - there are apparently around 700,000 of them across the country. That's nowhere near the 50 million kangaroos we have, but still a good number of large, running birds. On the highway between Yeppoon and Rockhampton, there...

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Winners are Grinners

Winners are Grinners

I've stolen the title of this blog from our friend Joanne - this is the phrase she used when she posted photos of Hugh's, Kevin's, and her great wins at this week's golf comp in Bargara! When people here meet Hugh and ask what kind of work he does, he typically...

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Seasons and Prices

Seasons and Prices

Not a lot to report on this week, so that gives me an opportunity to finally share information I've been gathering on health care prices. Probably a boring topic for Aussies but for Canadians, who aren't given any information about what various health services cost,...

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