Clans and Surnames: Irish Family Research Conference begins in earnest today. I awoke very early and very excited because finally after traveling 12,000ks, for 6 days from Australia to Ireland with 2 very enjoyable stop-overs along the way, the day has finally arrived to learn more about how to research Irish family history and we are raring to go!Continue reading “Clans and Surnames – the Conference”→
Staying in Singapore these last two days has been very absolutely wonderful.
We have participated in two very different but interesting tours. The Explore Singapore city tour yesterday and the Footsteps of Raffles tour today.
We started the tour at the Raffles Landing Site where in 1819 Sir Stamford Raffles alighted from the vessel that he was sailing aboard along the river. He recognized its potential for becoming a vital trading Center for the Far East.
Last minute packing and arrangements took up most of the morning. Two dear friends phoned to wish me well and by 12.30 we were on our way. I received a couple of lovely Bon voyage emails as well.
We drove into Proserpine where Sue was waiting for us to collect her and then on to Proserpine Airport. What a smooth check-in!
I wish all Airports were as efficient as the Whitsunday Coast Airport. Not only are the staff friendly and efficient, they check in the baggage, tag it, and send it down the baggage shoot. This takes all of about 3 minutes. They even managed to book the baggage through to Singapore which saved us having to collect it at the Brisbane Domestic terminal, lug it across the road and up an escalator before purchasing a train ticket to the International terminal where we would have had to sit with our baggage (ensuring that we never left our baggage unattended) whilst we waited for about 4 hours before checking it in.
We were also allocated seating for both the Proserpine to Brisbane and Brisbane to Singapore legs and given our boarding passes.Continue reading “Time to fly!”→
Cyclone Debbie caused a great deal of damage to buildings, fences, sign posts but mainly to trees. So many are stripped bare and the mountainside, although slowly recovering resembles an area burnt out by bushfire. The clean-up continues and everywhere you look there are teams of tradies trucks and machinery parked outside properties in the throes of assessing or repairing damaged buildings.Continue reading “Meeting the Mayor of the Whitsunday Regional Council, Cllr. Andrew Willcox.”→