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Got back to Manchester from Malta on 11.01.17 after another “stupid o’clock” flight. Picked up a hire car and got over to Rossendale for a doctor’s appointment. Picked up some clothes and then over to the Wirral to see some friends. Having spent four days back in “Blighty” the Sunday 15.01.17 at Manchester airport again for a sleep on their very comfortable, though uncompromising steal seating for an 06:10 “check in” for a trip to Budapest for some dental work, and as it turned out some whooping cough vaccines. Budapest was freezing! Five days later we’re on for a quick hop to Berlin and transfer going to Abu Dhabi.img_3596 A two day layover there, and finally out to Brisbane and a transfer to Sydney.

Bondi Beach, the proverbial stomping ground of the "Beautiful People", Surfers & Sharks

Bondi Beach, the proverbial stomping ground of the “Beautiful People”, Surfers & Sharks

The whole point of the trip was that on the 15.01.17our first grand daughter Amelie was born into the world. Two weeks earlier than the anticipated 31.01.17 forecast date. Babies do have a habit of generating frenetic activity don’t they?

Unfortunately, we appear to have picked up a chest infection which precludes us seeing our grand daughter until it clears up and we can make it back up to Brisbane to see her.

Tuesday 24.01.17 after a stonkingly good nights sleep, lazy start, and a coffee, ambled down Bondi road to the beach and Bondi Surf Sea Food store to pick up some salmon, Bondi Fruitologist for spinach & tomatoes and a few tinnies from Kemnies. Crickey! it’s pricey though (AUD49.47 or £30). Our prospective son in law, being something of a “gourmand” employing his skills as a chef provided an exquisite salmon dinner presented in his own inimitable way. It was delicious.

Looking down on the eponymous Bridge.

Looking down on the eponymous Bridge.

Last time we were here the bridge was “alive” with fire works, colours and smoke bringing in the new year 2014.

As an aside, it seems that the new U.S. president “The Donald” has made a whirlwind start with a whole swathe of new legislation plus ridding the State Department of many Obama acolytes.

I hope that our incapacity does not make our planned trip north too protracted.

With much sentiment and sadness, said our farewells to number one daughter and husband in their Tokyo abode. Flew back in two legs with Etihad from Tokyo to Abu Dhabi. Six and a half hour wait for the Manchester connection. Landed Manchester at 14:15.
On Friday last week,  went for a meal at a local Japanese restaurant called “Quatto” in Setagaya, where we had eaten on a previous occasion.

Meal at "Quatto" restaurant downtown Setagaya.

Meal at “Quatto” restaurant downtown Setagaya.

Escargot,Caesar Salad,Chicken,vegetables & brioches garlic, with a very palatable Nero de Avola Sicilian red.

Nero d'Avalo , Sicilian red.....mmmmm.

Nero d’Avalo , Sicilian red…..mmmmm.

There have been so many high lights on this visit to Tokyo over  Christmas and New Year that it seems asinine to mention just a few. However, the visit to the Peak Lounge Bar for afternoon tea in the Park Hyatt on new years eve, the meal on Christmas Day at the French restaurant, Dominic’s magnificent impromptu meal delivered with panache and confidence, the trip out to MountFuji, a crazy night in the Karaoki booth,feature prominently. Most of all was the very precious time shared with family.
Being over on the other side of the world we were unaware of the severity of storms that had impacted the UK prior to and over the Christmas and New Year period. Although I had read some allusion to them on line, coming back and hearing anecdotal reports of bridges collapsing, houses being rendered totally uninhabitable by flood damage and in some cases danger to life and limb, were shocking. Thankfully, storm “Desmond” and inclement weather had all passed by the time we got back.
Anyhow, here’s wishing everyone a healthy and prosperous new year.

image“Eee by gum”, Looks like a counterintuitive destination. However, when one  is travelling,  numerous imperatives seem to impact an otherwise straightforward process, with a seemingly random and unexpected frequency. This one implied the immediate  return via Lima, Fort Lauderdale, New York, and Manchester.

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