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Australia 2012: Day 8 – Truly on vacation now

Monday of my second week in Australia was pretty relaxed. I had breakfast on the flower-filled patio, then headed off for a walk in the neighbourhood. Blooming trees are in almost every yard, but apparently what we consider spring flowers are well past. On the drive south on Sunday, I saw evidence of tulip foliage and irises were in full flower.

My walk took me to a nearby mall, which could have been in any city at home, except for the fresh fish and fresh vegetable vendors – loads of choice in both. Beyond the mall, I wandered into a junk/antique shop, but didn’t see anything small or sturdy enough to take home.

The rest of my afternoon was spent lazing around on the patio, reading and finally getting started on some knitting. In the evening, I walked to the Balgowlah RSL Club, like a Canadian Legion, but much bigger, to attend a local Toastmasters meeting. The group welcomed me warmly and I enjoyed watching and taking part – so different from my own club, but with many familiar components. Their meetings are much longer than ours, so it was dark when it was over, but a member gave me a ride back to the BandB.

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