Monday, December 04, 2006

Home Sweet Home

Back to Australia- hard to believe.

Landed in Sydney at 6am tired and excited all at once. First we had to go through customs, which should have been a doddle, but at the last minute we were stopped and a large customs woman was summoned and we wondered what we had done wrong!!! After Helga arrived she asked us if we knew that carrying handcuffs was a police offence? We started to explain that they were children's ones that we had bought in Scotland, but Helga did not want to know, we offered to surrender them, however Helga declared that would not be necessary this time!!!

We queued up for the transit bus to the domestic terminal and then finally caught the plane home. Kids slept all the way and the hosties gave them snacks for the car trip home. The children both slept in the taxi. We arrived home and had no key for the house and so spent some time breaking into our own house (again!). This was mainly done by JSR and AJR, while MLR slept on the trampoline under my red jacket. Millie dog was mad with excitement and it took her a long time to settle down.

Our parcels that we had sent home from Scotland had arrived, so AJR and JSR went off for provisions and parcels, MLR continued to sleep, while I got serious about putting together some of the titles of this blog, to ensure that I would not forget (as if). Again no photo's, but JSR did video some of this, so there will be some pictures, eventually.

There you have it, the whole trip from woa to go.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Stage 3 Water Restrictions

Well it had to happen and a month ago they were predicting stage three water restrictions in January, so I for one am glad that we are moving to stage 3 earlier. If you check out what we are allowed to do with water in the stage 2 restrictions the restrictions are generous, we can water 3 or 4 times a week using hoses and also use sprinkler systems for upto three hours once a week, even numbered houses on Saturdays and odd numbered houses on Sundays. This is pretty generous when compared with watering on the south side of Sydney for instance, they are only allowed to water twice a week.

For the full range of the new restrictions see the link above. I still think this is generous, considering how low the dams are.

It is of course raining in Newcastle tonight.