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Yucatán Peninsula Mexico & Guatemala (2011)

With Australia's borders closed, and no chance of travel on the horizon, I've been revisiting our past holidays. It was finally time to write up this story. It was our first overseas trip together and one of our most eventful.
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Garden Path Project

When we bought our house in Budgewoi we knew that we'd need to replace the dodgy old asbestos shed at some point. We ended up doing it almost straight away.   Prue celebrating our first afternoon in the new house. The first job was to clear away the scraggy old
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Autumn Veggie Garden

We're now that we're living at Budgewoi full time due to COVID-19. So, we thought what a perfect time to freshen up our veggie garden with some fast growing greens to keep us busy, healthy and reduce the number of trips to the supermarket.
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Quarantine Baking

Prue has been doing a lot of bread baking during our Covid-19 Quarantine. She started baking sourdough bread while on maternity leave and she's now very good at it. So much so that we often think that her loaves are better than some of the top bakers in Sydney.
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Hazel's First Bike Ride

As a keen cyclist and first time dad, going for a bike ride with Hazel was one of the activities that I was most excited about. Our good friends at Omafiets in Sydney got us setup with a Orbea Katu 20 (in lime green), a Thule Yepp mini bike seat,
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Christmas in Loxton

Prue, Hazel and I spent Hazel's first Christmas with Jill and Jim at their home in Loxton South Australia. There are no direct flights to Mildura, the nearest airport to Loxton, so we flew via Melbourne. The drought was immediately obvious on arriving in Mildura. Everything was bone dry.   Christmas
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Colo Excursion

After missing out on riding Colmeroy Rd the last time I was in the area, I decided to return and have another try.
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Lior & Gil's Wedding

When Gil & Lior invited us to their wedding in Israel, we immediately decided to go. Though I hadn't seen Gil in 12 years and I'd never met Lior, I was certain it was going to be a fantastic day. It exceeded my expectations.
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Israel

We went to Israel to attend Gil and Lior's wedding, and I fell in love with Israel all over again. It is one of the most fun weeks that we have had overseas.
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Jordan & Petra

Whilst visiting Israel, we took a two-day side-trip to Jordan to visit Petra.
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Istanbul Attractions

The first stop on our way to Gil and Lior's wedding was Istanbul. It's changed a lot since I was first here in 2007, but it is still one of my favourite destinations.
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Istanbul Food

The food alone is a good reason to visit Istanbul, it was certainly the focus of our visit. We gave it our best shot to try everything, but we still missed a lot. Including Çiğ köfte, Turkish Delight, Turkish Icecream and Nougat. Warning: this is a very long post!