Expect lots of photos in this post.
Waaayy back on 28th August, the CO-PILOT left Albury Airport to begin her trip to visit familiy overseas. I of course stayed behind and spent a month house sitting at Mt.Beauty in Victoria, spent a month travelling central western and southern New South Wales and another month house sitting at Guyra in the New England district in north central New South Wales.
Donnis arrived in Los Angeles on 4th September and hooked up with her daughter Alecia and her sister Linda and the three joined the audience of The Price is Right with faint hope to be called to “Come on Down”. That did not happen but they enjoyed the show anyway.
Afterwards they all flew back to Vancouver and stayed with Linda a few more days, linking up with Merlilyn from Melbourne (Merilyn is Errols, wife, Nicole, Mum…clear? Good!) They took time to travel to Whistler the ski resort and took the travel lift to the top of the mountain. They also took the opportunity to visit some wineries.
After a few days they travelled to Vancouver Island to stay with another sister, Joan (or Joanna as she prefers to be called) in Duncan.
Joan ensured Donnis and Merilyn got to visit local markets,
wineries and other community activities including a ferry trip to Salt Spring Island.
Merilyn then took off on a tour to eastern Canada and New York.
Donnis stayed to help Joan in her health food store in downtown Duncan. Some of the highlights of her time on the island was the beginning of “Fall”, Thanksgiving and Halloween at the end of October.
Then, as times moves so quickly she flew to Mexico to join other family members for the wedding of Linda’s daughter, Jessica at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.
The day after the wedding the familes spent time around the hotel pool then it was off to a local nightspot.
The final day was spent at a Tequila Distillery…instead of a winery and a final night aboard a Pirate Ship.
As you all know from reading my regular blog pages she arrived back in Oz on 28th November. Not a bad coincidence…leaving on the 28th and returning on the 28th.