Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Getting ready for the big trip!

Well folks we have almost come to the time when the management (me, Sue and Angus) of the Mighty Patou herd must head south to the land of Oz.

On Saturday night we will board a British Airways Jumbo jet bound for Sydney. We have never been before and bloody hell it's a long way. We don't get there until breakfast time on Monday!
I know they are 9 hours ahead, but even so it's like it's on the other side of the world!

Early on we had to decide whether this trip was going to be a holiday or an alpaca trip. The vote came out in favour of a holiday. I am sneakily trying to squeeze in a visit to at least one alpaca farm on the way............... "well we go right past it dear "......... that sort of thing.

The trip is a holiday of a lifetime for us and it is a trip that we have to thank others for. My father in particular coughed up about 50 million Airmiles to get us flying Club class both ways. Club class folks, with a bed and everything! Not to mention all the free food and drink. Fill your boots time I believe!
The problem is we will no doubt never want to travel any other way in the future. Mum and Dad are also moving into Patou HQ while we are away to look after the alpacas, mad labs, kittens and choocks.

From the flights onwards we have to thank alpacas for everything. The accommodation, car hire and spending money is all down to the lovely fluffy pacaroonios. Results of a good year for us.

Anyway we have a couple of nights in Sydney then a weeks whale watching and flapping around in the sea split between Jervis Bay and Eden. A quick drive round the bottom right hand corner of Australia and we are then in to Melbourne for a couple of nights.

Then we board another plane to cross the Tasman Sea to the land of Tasmania. I expect by then that we will be speaking fluent Oz so hopefully we will be able to converse with the natives without too much difficulty.

Tasmania is the homeland of the Earl of Inca and we will be staying with Tim's parents on their alpaca farm. We are looking forward to seeing them again.

I will be taking the laptop and the camera and hopefully if the Aussies have electricity we should be able to power up and blog from down under! I am assured that my laptop will be able to 'hook up' to wi-fi sites easily. Yeah, well I've heard that sort of guff before. Nothing involving computers is ever easy, especially for a technophobic numpty like me, let alone on the road and on the other side of the world!

So hopefully folks if you are interested you will be able to follow our progress around a small part of a big country a long way away. If it doesn't work? Well then the blog will be silent until the end of October.

All very quiet on the alpaca front here so nothing to report, it's raining which seems like a new experience down here!

I may post before we leave but if not you may be hearing from this Dag faced Dingo's donger when we land down under!


Amiryck said...

There is one major flaw to your master plan.... does Sue read your blog!? Hope you have a great time. The Heys are bound to make you feel very welcome.

Lucy of Coire Alpacas said...

Hope you have a great time. Not going to any alpaca farms??? Surely that cannot be possible. Oh, I see you are in fact going to the Heys'. Smuggling any pacas back in?

Zanzibah Alpacas said...

Gd ....Day !...Have an excellent holiday...look forward to theose down under blogs !!!.....enjoy your trip....missing you already !!!....Jayne

Graham & Lucy said...

the thought of your 'down under' news sounds vaguely medical...we will however be avidly tuning in to your adventures...say Hi to Skippy and Kylie for us.

gary said...

Hope you are leaving your cheque book at home.....have fun

Apple Vale Alpacas said...

Have a good trip Mark and family - I found wi-fi in Cornwall (mostly) so I'm sure you'll find it in Oz! Dave.