Tuesday, January 3, 2012


I really have to take care when writing these blogs or I am going to find myself in all sorts of trouble.  Technology and Lesley are two words that shouldn't be used in the same sentence.
Firstly I thought I would get in early and send a New Year Greeting to family and friends on New Years Eve.  After about 3 attempts of getting the addresses in and part of the message done I would lose it all and have to start again.  when I finally sent it I had left out Kathy from the greetings list and also one of our friends.  Kathy has reminded me and our friend will forgive me after she reads this.
Then when I listed our family at our Christmas Party before we went away I totally left out Tracy and Bob, who came up from rocky for the party.  I have apologised but I guess as I get older the number of times I will have to apologise will increase.
We travelled a whole 50 kilometres to Nambucca Heads to have coffee with Stuart's cousin Lyn and her husband Bill which ended up being coffee, lunch, dinner, bed (in our van on the side of the road across from their driveway) and breakfast.  Stuart and Lyn looked at old family photoes while Bill and I chatted along with Bills brother Dallas and his daughter Emily who had travelled up from Sydney for a few days.
Bill did mention that Dallas was an accomplished singer and singing teacher in Sydney and had "performed in quite a few operas".  After we got on our way I googled "Dallas Watts" and found him to be a little more talented then we first thought, I quote

"'RECITAL AT THE PROMS' is Dallas' seventeenth production as a director. He has sung in over 20 operas with Opera Australia including Pirates of Penzance (National Tour), Turndot, Don Giovanni and as a prison guard to Teddy Tahu Rhodes in Dead Man Walking (State Theatre/Alexander Productions, September 2007). Dallas has also appeared with The Three Waiters and Opera Afloat (Captain Cook Sydney Harbour Cruises).
Recordings and Films with Dallas

Dallas was the featured soloist in "Uno Amore" which won best film and best soundtrack, Tropfest 1999, and also sung solo in The Tin Symphony (Sydney Olympic Games official CD 2000) composed by John Frohlich."

As well as meeting their celebrity guest we had a wonderful time with wonderful people and it was a bit sad to move on next morning.
We travelled on to Port Macquarie only a little way down the track where friends of ours were staying at the Sundowner Breakwater Tourist Park. 
When Johnno said they were having a curry night and for us to join in we had to find a shop.  We had a great night with Johnno, his family and 3 other couples and their families with plenty of food and plenty of wine.  The park is right on the breakwater and we heard that they were catching hugh jew fish off the rocks.
We were sorry to leave there but as caravan parks go it was a bit too dear for us (though I guess it is their peak season).
We are just loving the fact that we won't have to rush and we just have to pull up wherever for the night and as long as we are in Parkes by next Tuesday we will be OK.
Got some great places to visit tomorrow but as they say - Tomorrow is another day.

Just a gentle reminder to all who receive our blog - if you don't want to read about our travels or family stories please don't hesitate to email me to remove you from the list, Lesley.

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