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Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 29th April 2008

By: sararingham

Hey! I haven't been doing much these last few days... Sara's been busy with chores around the house and helping Daniel with the home business that they run so I've just been tagging along and helping out where I can...

Today we did heaps of laundry and I helped Sara hang it on the line...

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It's getting dark here pretty early so we got up as much as we could before the sun set to leave there until the next afternoon when it would be dry...

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Then I got to show you this beautiful tree and the changing colors - it's getting well into Autumn and almost into Winter now - so there are some amazing colors happening on the trees (that aren't eucalyptus - which is pretty much every other tree down here, haha).

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I've been helping Daniel - staying out of his way with the big signs, but here are his saw horses that he uses for the big signs... I decided to do a pose with one of them...

Then Sara took Andrew out for a bit of time outside today as well and she found a postcard that was lost in her front yard (blown away by wind) and sun washed and everything! It was a postcrossing card that she got, and the only thing she could read on the back was the postcard ID! How lucky for her! What a travel that postcard went through to finally be taken in!...

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Sara says she'll be taking me and Gracy to the park later this week, we'll see how that goes! There's more rain in the forecast (except Sara says never to believe it unless it's actually raining) haha. We can hope! :-) Talk again soon mom! <3

* Posted May 3, 2008, 6:18 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Orange, New South Wales, Australia - 1st May 2008

By: sararingham

Sorry I haven't updated in a while. Today we went to Cook Park, which is a park right in the middle of Orange, it's pretty old... but Sara showed us some interesting stuff... first we got a chance to feed the ducks!

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It was cloudy out so I don't understand why I look washed out, but oh well... that was fun, these ducks are sure not ducks I've ever seen around, I wonder why they're different... but Sara got to get a close up of one that was pretty brave and wanted to approach us...

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Once I tried to get a photo with him he quickly hopped back off into the water! Oh well!

After we left the duck pond both of us decided to lay down in the autumn leaves and play a little bit, there were sure a lot of them!

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Straight after we went to the huge bird aviary they have in the middle of the park. On the left hand side they have cockatiels and medium sized parrots, in the middle is the cockatoos and much larger birds (one of them said hello to me when I walked up to it, and asked me if I had a biscuit - which Sara says is the main word for cookie down in Australia). Then on the far right hand side is the small finches and button quails.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers/coop_cookparkbirds.jpg

I think it was a bit cold for the finches, because most of them Sara says live in much warmer climates than Orange is... so we didn't get to see any in that aviary - thankfully Sara has one of her own and we get to see and hear them all the time! They're so pretty! I'll definately get some photos of me with them together before I go to the next host!

Then next to the aviaries is this strange bandstand type thing... can you see us?

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Here we are!...

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...and then Sara realised that was a new plaque they put up very recently so we got to sit on the other one with the plaque put up when it was built for the city of Orange way back in 1908! Wow that's old!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers/tvs_thingieincookpark.jpg

...then last but not least we got to see this gorgeous fountain that was donated to the city of Orange in 1889... isn't it pretty?

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Granted it's not a great photo because it's so dark, but to show you partially what it looks like check out a close up Sara took of it here. Isn't it pretty!

We decided then it was getting a bit cold so it was time to go and get a few more errands done and then time to warm back up at home... but on the way out Sara introduced me to another type of duck that's in the park. Sara's not sure what they're called but she's nicknamed them the "fancy" ducks... they're pretty cool looking aren't they?

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers/cookparkducks.jpg

Well I'll write again soon mom! I'm having heaps of fun, and I'm very glad I'm wearing a jumper because it's FREEZING!

* Posted May 3, 2008, 6:04 pm Last edited May 3, 2008, 6:05 pm by sararingham [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia - 8th May 2008

By: sararingham

Today we took a trip to Bathurst. Which is world famous for it's V8 Super Car race track. Every October Bathurst and Orange is absolutely crazy for people coming from all over Australia and the world to come and watch the races at Mount Panorama. So Sara and Daniel had a few errands to run in Bathurst so they decided to show me the Mount Panorama track, up close and personal... first we decided to leave kinda late in the morning around 11am, and just as we got there I got a photo of myself on the main street of Bathurst as we were headed to do Sara's mystery shopping in Kelso (just outside of Bathurst on the Sydney side).

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/coop_inbathurst.jpg

After doing all the errands around Bathurst, we got to pose in front of the Mount Panorama sign as you're about to drive onto the race track.

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/coop_mtpanoramasign.jpg

...and then we got to learn a bit more about the famous race track...

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...and of course - here's the big sign you can see from many kilometres away... the famous Mount Panorama sign on the side of the mountain!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/mtpanorama_bigsign.jpg

I couldn't drive on it without getting a picture of that... :-)

...and now it's time to take a drive on the famous race track... keep in mind this is open to the public all year round and a lot of the people of Bathurst actually have to drive on it, just a little bit - to get on the road to their home. It's kinda funny. It was very cool anyways, here are the pictures of us on the track...

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As you can see it was a very long track... and there are some very steep parts of the track, and thinking some CRAZY people go around that track at 120+ kilometres an hour is crazy! Sara said that there's been a few hits and misses with kangaroos on the track with races going on, last year, one kangaroo came very close but managed to get away after slipping and falling as some of the cars were coming around the bend! Pretty lucky kangaroo I must say!

After that we were pretty pooped... there was so much to see in Bathurst, so after that we got on the main street of Bathurst and got a shot of what the main town of Bathurst looks like...

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If you look just right of the lamp post you can see the top of a church... that's this one...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/bathurstchurch.jpg

...then we drove to the petrol station and filled up with a bit of petrol before continuing our long drive back to Orange...

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...and now were back on the road to Orange... only 56 kilometres to go...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/toyvoyagers_roadtoorange.jpg

...and half way there we are entering Cabonne Country which is part of Orange, as you can tell there are not many photos on the way home because this is pretty much what it looks like the whole way back to Orange... until of course you get to Lucknow...

...oh and of course, here's Mount Canobolas in the background (the one with the tower at the top of it). It's an extinct volcano around 20 minutes from Sara's house and there are lots of nature trails around it, it's quite fun. Sara says it's the highest point West of Sydney standing at 1,395 metres above sea level, until you get to Western Australia. That's crazy!

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...and very soon we got to the very small town called Lucknow, it's probably got less than 300 people inhabiting it. The town used to be called Luckno because there was literally "no luck" digging for gold in that town, until like 20 years later when they tried again, they found a whole heap of gold, so they renamed the town Lucknow. It's literally a one road town, with a few shops. Here's what you see coming into Lucknow...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/lucknow_far.jpg

Besides the huge truck... this is a close up...

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...one of the gold mines, it's very old... and on the other side of the road, the same thing...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/toyvoyagers_lucknow_otherside.jpg

...so not much to see in Lucknow, but now were almost home... between Lucknow and Orange (which is around 5-10 kilometres) there are two wineries... Orange is very famous for it's wine and has quite a few wineries, especially up on Mount Canobolas, Sara's told us around 6-7 just on the Mountain itself, but this is the most famous of one in Orange...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/orange_wineries.jpg

You can't see it very easily but in the upper right hand side is the resort, and all of what you see is grapes, lots and lots of grapes. It's called Turners Vineyard... :-)

...and now were so close to home we can smell it, I'm so excited I just feel like I'm going to collapse once I get back into the house... I'm so exhausted after this extremely long day...

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/almosthome_orange.jpg

...and then Welcome To Orange! Woo hoo!

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y289/saragoescrazy3/toyvoyagers2/toyvoyagers_hometoorange.jpg

...and now I'm going to go lay down and relax, after that huge day I had... I don't feel like I want to move for a week... I probably will though, so much more to see and do!

* Posted May 16, 2008, 2:26 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Casterton, Australia - 30th May 2008

By: gingermuggins

Hi Mom :D

I have safely arrived at my next hosts home. Unfortunately Sam is without a computer for the next week so we won't be making any updates. When the computer comes back we will have lots of photos to show you.

I miss you lots.

xx Coop xx

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Casterton, Australia - 10th June 2008

By: gingermuggins

Hello Mom :)

Here is a bunch of beautiful Australian flowers. They don't smell but are very pretty.

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Casterton, Australia - 11th June 2008

By: gingermuggins

I found an unusual egg under the flowers. Looks like a Dinosaur egg. Me and the other voyagers who are visiting have been keeping a close watch on the egg for a few days.

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Casterton, Australia - 15th June 2008

By: gingermuggins

Sam's son had his 3rd birthday. Here i am with Trudi, Twilight and Bob and a yummy chocolate birthday cake.

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Mmmmmm, sweets!!!

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Daisy's House, Australia - 18th July 2008

By: Boneyard Bears

Hi everyone!


Just to let you know that I have just arrived at Daisy's!

Daisy is searching her house to find her camera and as soon as she has found it she will take some happy snaps!

I'll write again soon!


Coop x

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Daisy's House, Australia - 18th July 2008

By: Boneyard Bears

Hi There!

Well Daisy finally found her camera and took a few happy snaps to get my travelog up and running.

I got quite a shock when I climbed out of my travel bag because the bears at the Boneyard are a little bit spooky, but mum says you should never judge a book by it's cover and she's right! (mum's always are). The Boneyard bears are very friendly and made me feel right at home.


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Here I am playing with my new best friend Carmen Tavisit. She is lots of fun and looks a bit worn out just like me.
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Then I met Daisy's pet cockatoo. His name is Mr Beaky Featherpants. He is a very big bird! I was worried he might eat me because I am such a little bear!  :o

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That's all for now, I will write soon!

Love Coop x

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Narellan NSW, Australia - 19th July 2008

By: Boneyard Bears

Hi Mum!

Today I did something that I have never done before! I went roller skating!

Daisy said it would help me get over my shyness so I said I would give it a try.

It was lots of fun!

The first thing we had to do was find me a pair of skates that would fit.

I liked the look of these green ones but they were waaaay to big!


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Then I tried on some shiny black ones. These were too big too, so I just climbed into one and Daisy pushed me around! (but in a nice way ;) )


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I think Daisy was right, I don't feel quite as shy anymore! :D

I will write more soon

Love Coop x

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