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Fantastic to see Brad (a colleague and good friend from Zurich) and his fiance, Jen, drop in and spend time on Bribie Island...They have been on their own adventure around Australia and it was great the moons aligned and we could meet up on Bribie. For those who know Brad & Jen you can check out their own adventures at http://coastingaround.travellerspoint.com it is a very impressive journey!
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Will was lucky enough to turn 7 on the 5th of September 2012. It is not very often that we are in Queensland for birthdays so we made the most of having Nanna & Poppy plus Grand Ma & Grand Dad on hand. Naturally we had cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner! As you can see Sophia was always close to the action too:) !
 
 
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"City living Island style" was the old marketing line from a developer back in the 90's for Bribie Island. Bribie Island has never been 'trendy' or had a high profile but my parents have lived here since 1988! And I must now confess when you get weather like we had in September it is a beautiful place... This is Will and I catching a few whiting. Great start to a gap year spending a few days at the beach unwinding from packing up our life in Sydney into four 23kgs suit cases!

 
 
Planned to perfection! We managed to be in Queensland and have father's day with Lillian & Bill, Melissa & Charlie and my parents. Perfect occasion to pull out the  cameras and shoot .... 562 shots later and I think I found a few that worked.
 
 
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Will looking for a daily update
No this is not the Book of Genesis, however as someone who was adamant about “not keeping a blog when we go on our family gap year" ....then only to turn around and create an entire website dedicated to the trip. Well that probably needs a lead in story and mine is simple - Google Ads!

Here I was, just looking for a simple blog website which I could sign the kids up to so they could have a project as part of our ‘home schooling’ curriculum. Next thing I know I have bought a website from Go Daddy (that name is for real) and a web hosting service from iPage and ta da!

Now that may sound a little foolish and perhaps I just wanted to see if the claims that you could have a website up and running in under one hour are correct (which they sort of are).  However the biggest school boy error was yet to come. In deciding what pages we needed and handing out responsibilities for our new little virtual world I managed to sign up for the Daily Journal!! Yes on my first day of our official gap year I created a millstone around my neck for an entire year. Lydia scored trip highlights and naturally Sophia and Will are in charge of their ‘simple blogs’. Oh and I am also feely.org’s official help desk!  So it is now October 21, 2012 and here I am starting my online ‘daily journal’ …. Fortunately I have kept a few good old fashioned hand notes and the rest I will probably just make up as I go along.

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