Thursday, July 9, 2015
On Monday Dieuwer and Wies arrive from The Netherlands to start our home exchange. I pick them up at the airport and since it's a late afternoon arrival we get acquainted, have a chat and go to bed.
|Wies and Dieuwer on arrival at the airport|
During the following few days we check out the surroundings and Dieuwer gets to drive my car so she can get used to travelling on the other side of the road and for both to find their way around.
After I have done my chores and packing we have dinner at the RSL on Wednesday night. It serves the purpose of having a lovely night out together and for Dieuwer and Wies to get to know some people in the area with whom they can be in touch while staying here.
And finally, on Thursday morning the trip begins. Patricia, with whom I am going to stay in Vreeland for the first six weeks, has already left and we will meet at Schiphol airport upon my arrival. Dieuwer and Wies drop me off at the Brisbane International and from then on it's just as usual, partial a waiting game in between flights and the long stretches on the plane.
I start with a cuppa at the airport and take a picture of my plane in the early morning sun.
|The koi pond|
|Displays that tell a bit about the history of ceramic and other kitchen items|
|The title above the heads speaks for itself|
|The metal tree garden|
|A huge hothouse in the background|
|The super trees|
|Jane taking pictures of the orchids|
|Orchids of all sizes and colours|
|Wim's welcome back|
|Picking up Patricia at the Meeting Point|
|"And who may that stranger be?"|
|Getting to know each other|
|Having a wonderful time with a cuppa|