TODAY I wrestled my mother-in-law’s vacuum cleaner, a Dyson DC20 Stowaway. It was the arch cleaning icon of its day and clearly I was not handling the animal gently or correctly … any advice ladies?
Anyway, next week we’ll unpack the Wertheim 7000 we imported from Ballarat. It too is imposing but at least I know the beast.
Here we are ready to share a drink at the 1891-vintage Wellshot Hotel at Ilfracombe, just east of Longreach, central western Queensland. The schooner (centre) is full of VB, the only full-strength brew on tap, while the other glasses contain the refreshing but practically non-alcoholic lemon, lime & bitters, handmade behind the bar. What are they sitting on? A glass panel across a bale of wool (the white fluffy stuff) signifying the district’s long association with grazing and shearing. The town is also famous for being the childhood home of Australia’s first woman governor-general, Quentin Bryce. I have suggested that the front bar be renamed The Quentin Bar but have been howled down as crass and far beneath the dignity of the great lady herself. I agree she’s classy … so it’s probably a dumb idea. Nice pub, though.
And so the royal progress back to Queensland begins today with a luxurious session at the Hepburn Bathhouse and Spa. Dreamy soak in the mineral salt pool followed by a sauna and hours being buffetted by bubbles. After a dramatic few months, we’re off to launch our new online education business Edupreneur Services International. If you have an interest in international vocational or tertiary education content and policy, you have an interest in us. And we have a regular blog too, which accepts comments so speak up. Our itinerary over the next two weeks includes Sale, Bermagui, Maitland, Armidale, Brisbane, Roma and finally Longreach. See you on the road. John and Pip
We’ve been eating, drinking, testing and tasting and the fruits of our labours are coming here soon. Watch our video … perhaps you’ve visited these places too? Love to hear from you, John and Pip
Happy to report local Vline station staff have restored my faith and lowered my grumpy level. Friendly helpful service goes a looooong way! Thanks. Only fair to report the good with the bad :-)
And so it goes — the 8:53 to Melbourne has been delayed and they now hope it will be more like the 9:20 if we’re lucky … Official reason? “Defective locomotive”