Days of Gratitude – Thursday 25th October 2012


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Last night I was exhausted … I got into bed only to realise that my watch/alarm was down stairs.  I was too tired to go to get it so decided that I would manage to wake up without the alarm.  Seemed unlikely to be a good plan but honestly it was too much effort to come up with a different one … and guess what – I actually woke up on time.  This is the time that I made it down to the kitchen!  Grateful that despite my and Simon’s misgivings about the plan somehow it worked out.

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Days of Gratitude – Sunday 7 October 2012


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Grateful that when I discovered the SD card I had been using (all this year) had cracked and was, therefore, no longer reliable that I found a replacement in our car … and it even worked!  I like this test photo because you can see me taking the photo as we drive along.

20121007 SD card working

Days of Gratitude – Friday 5th October 2012


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I read a few blogs and came across one asking for a postcard to be sent to his daughter’s class in America who are collecting postcards from around the world.  I happened to have an Australia postcard on my desk …

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20121005 Postcard to Grace

If you’d like to help Grace and her class out too grab a post card and follow this link … http://www.nonbillablehour.com/2012/10/please-send-my-daughter-postcard.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ThenonbillableHour+%28the+%5Bnon%5Dbillable+hour%29

So, why does that make me grateful.  Grateful for the internet and how it lets us connect with perfect strangers half way across the world  and hopefully bring a smile to a young girl’s face 🙂

Days of Gratitude – Monday 1 October 2012


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Grateful that we had the old fashioned hard copy street directory in the car for when the GPS thought it was still in Iceland!

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Days of Gratitude – Friday 7th September 2012


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Grateful for oil in the scooter … and that I figured out how to fill it up (turns out it wasn’t that hard).

20120907 oil in the scooter

Days of Gratitude – Thursday 6th September 2012


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Grateful for my neighbours who bring a smile to my face by ALWAYS getting the bin weeks wrong … their green bin the only one left on the street after everyone else’s ordinary and recycling bins have been taken in.

20120906 green bin

Days of Gratitude – Sunday 12th August 2012


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Grateful that after three months of travelling (and marriage!) we were still able to fit everything into these 4 bags!

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Days of Gratitude – Sunday 29th July 2012


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What a wonderful day.  So much to be grateful for.  Definitely grateful that we were able to buy tickets (over a year ago) for the Olympic games and tha,t despite the authorised ticket agent being almost completely useless (people lining up for 6 hours and not getting the right tickets), our ticket pick up was executed perfectly by Dad yesterday allowing us to get to the Men’s basketball for the start at 9am.

20120729 on the way to Olympic men's basketball

Days of Gratitude – Saturday 7th July 2012


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Grateful for being in Hungary with the ‘monopoly money’.  A 20,000 FT note from the ATM! The surprising thing is that it actually goes a fair way.  Beautiful dinner (I had perfectly cooked Salmon) and too much wine cost 14,000 FT (less than $60 AUS).  Don’t even talk to me about what this would have cost in Switzerland.

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Days of Gratitude – Saturday 30 June 2012


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Grateful for these handy boards with the timetables on them at train stations.  Saved us quite a lot of time being able to work out that to get to Florence we should go to Pisa and catch a train there rather than wait for the next direct train from La Spezia to Florence (which was a few hours away).

20120630 train stations departures sheet

PS this one isn’t actually in La Spezia but was taken in the Cinque Terra on the day and is a lot more picturesque than La Spezia.