Happy Holidays

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break. We certainly did, after what seemed like an extraordinarily manic end to last year. So the prospect of escaping north to the relatives was a little light at the end of an excruciatingly long tunnel. Fun, busy Christmas fun, but still fun. Being Queensland defectors we do have a sweet pay off, visiting the tropics for holidays and the kids were really looking forward to loads of pool time, as were we. So here's a little of what we got up to in Townsville, Queensland...

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Christmas in the Burdekin how could I not snap the cane fields, especially with that whole 'first full moon on Christmas day since 1977' thing. The pressure!

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The Water Park, you won't need to search it out. On any hot day (everyday), half the population under 15yrs will be here on the Strand. We had to circle the round-a-bout multiple times just to see the bucket empty...again and again!

The main component of every meal, what's not to love? Mango for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!..Ooh and Dessert, mango ice-cream!!!

Why do I hear the Beach Boys 'Surfin' USA' every time I see this photo. So funny, it was like a gunfight at the O.K Corral everyday trying to get these through the pool gate.

This is my youngest's new photo pose called 'Ice-cream Head', apparently it's the new Blue Steel. I'm sure it'll be huge in Norway...

The Strand! My favourite place to stroll, be, breath, anything! Or running if you're really keen, especially if it's 32degrees and 90% humidity. Crazy fit people I take my hat off to you, then totally talk behind your back after you pass about your amazing guns and show-offy pace!

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Magnetic Island was a great day trip, I think the kids enjoyed the boat over as much as the beach time, fish&chips, ice-cream. Yes we ate a lot of ice-cream, did I tell you there was a Gelatissimo opposite the hotel? 

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The Rockpool on the Strand, filled with sea water without the jellyfish and waves, what's not to love. Plus there's more fish&chips and ice-cream. I'm seeing a pattern...and the reason my jeans don't fit!

Then it was time for Champagne and Glowsticks! And maybe a little kiss! Two crashed and burned after the 9pm fireworks but one little monkey made it to midnight with two very tired parents. Happy New Year!

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So then it was time to come home, boo! That said, it was a wonderful break from the school routine, which we all enjoyed. Now it's time to start making new plans for a new year, hope you're feeling ready for a fresh start too. See you soon.

Jess x