Tuesday, September 22, 2020





I'm all packed, and it's only like... 4.33 am!  (6.33 am NZ time).

There is bugger all left for me to do now... I'm literally just sitting here waiting, waiting until I can go.

I do have fairly good plans for my day ... first up, I will be walking to a cafe for something really yummy for breakfast.

Then I have a little mission.  Call it an adventure even.

I'm not telling you what it is either.  You will just have to wait until I post photos!

And that won't happen for a few hours I'm picking.

It LOOKS like it could be a warm day out there, I wouldn't really know!  But, in anticipation of a warm day, I'm dressing like it's summer.  A light weight top and 3/4 tights probably.

AND me face is going on.  It's totally a 'face on' sorta day.  

ABOVE:  Goodbye ParkRoyal, Darling Harbour.
Much as I'd like to say it's been a lovely experience... IT HASN'T.  It's been goddam horrible!


6.22 am:  And DAMMIT!  I cannot store my luggage here in the hotel while I go out on my little adventure.  So, I will be lugging it all around with me until I can offload it at the Airport Motel this afternoon.

That might change my plans a little. We will see.

I'm all packed.... ready to go!

EUREKA!  Thanks so much Paula and you other girls for suggesting a Storage Locker.  I've talked to, and booked a locker in the CBD... and a taxi to take me there.  Then I am free to wander and enjoy the fresh air all day!  

1.5 hours to go.... till FREEDOM.

ABOVE:  And... the final breakfast arrived.

And I actually ate the bun and piece of cheese.

The rest.... in the bin. That banana was pretty much rotten, cos I only like them almost green.

I rate this meal a 3/10

And it's now 1 hr 10 minutes to go. 

9.58 am... and I'm FREE.

MY LUGGAGE IS IN STORAGE until later on today. 

I'm now wandering around Darling Harbour. 

ABOVE: I have walked under the motorways that I watched for two weeks.

I've  seen the new building from the other side.

I've found a friggin Lighthouse! 

And seen the harbour.

It's  a stunning day and I'm  roasting!

ABOVE: I might just be about to get on a ferry!

1.53 pm: just quickly... I'm having a really good day.  I will update fully once I'm at my airport motel later.

But for now... next adventure!

MUCH.... LATER.... IN... THE.... DAY:

After dropping my luggage at the storage place, I walked over to Darling Harbour and had a quick look around.  Everything was closed, it was too early.
So I got a taxi and went down to Circular Quay and caught a ferry to.... Taronga Zoo.

It was very hot, so I didn't actually spend much time there.

I got a bite to eat:

ABOVE:  After two weeks in Quarantine, and I ended up getting a sausage roll and tomato sauce!  And for company I had a pesky peacock!

Anyway... as I said, it was like 28 degree C, so I was melting.
I hopped back on the ferry and went back to the CBD.

ABOVE:  But not before checking out the giraffes.  They were gorgeous.
Sadly ... there are no Rhinos at this zoo.

ABOVE:  Getting out on the water was the VERY BEST WAY to blow out the cobwebs after being cooped up for two weeks!
I was just fantastic.

Once back at the CBD, I caught another taxi and went back to Darling Harbour... as there was one thing I was determined to do today.

ABOVE:   I was the only person on it!  So they gave me a doubly long ride!  I was on it for about 25 mintues!
By then I was good and ready to get off. 😂😆😅
But it was AWESOME.

And by the end of that it was about 4 pm and I was ready to jump in yet another taxi, and come out to the airport motel.
Which is where I am right now.

It's nowhere near as large a room as ParkRoyal, but it's just fine for one night.
I've even made myself a COFFEE!  I was bloody thirsty.
I'm going out soon in search of diet coke, and dinner.

What a day!

And to make me even happier, I have spoken to The OLD MOO today (twice) and she is doing so well.  I am so proud of how she's handling things! And I get to see her  TOMORROW!

Right, let's wrap up this awesome day with a nice dinner shall we?

ABOVE:  I went to the Mantra which is next door to the motel I'm staying in.
They had a fairly limited menu, but OMGosh!  They had sausages, mashed potatoes and PEAS!  PEAS.... my favourite vege ever.  And gravy.

I had prawn dumplings for an entree too.

SO GOOD! HOT.  Tasty. Food coma again tonight.
I also ordered Sticky Date Pudding.

What was I thinking?  I'm full as a bull again.
So I've got it in a doggy bag. Might have it at 2 am.  Or for breakfast. 
I am now going to lie on the bed and RELAX.

And sign off for the day.  It's  been the best day in 2 weeks.


  1. Anonymous7:06 AM

    Good Morning DCR 😊

    so happy you are you and gona be with Granny soon xxx 💙💕
    #Lacy 💙

  2. Have a great day... I take it you are leaving your luggage there while on your outing or are you storing it elsewhere? Exciting, have fun today.

  3. Happy freedom day lol enjoy the fresh air xx

  4. It's after 4 am....... RUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Wahooo!
    Have wonderful day today mum!

  6. Enjoy that first feel of outside air!

    Are you leaving your luggage at the hotel and picking it up later rather than drag it on your adventure?

    1. I am going to try to do just that.

    2. Is it too far to the airport hotel to take a cab and drop them off there and then take cab back to your activities?

  7. Have a wonderful day

  8. Woohooo have a great day!! Better share your breakfast lol

  9. Anonymous8:17 AM

    Happy freedom day! Is your adventure getting to coffs harbour today instead since you are able to leave the hotel so much earlier than you originally thought?

    1. No, I am still going to Coffs Harbour tomorrow. One day won't make much difference in the grand scheme of things. Plus, all my plans are made ... motel, flight etc. I also didn't want to feel rushed and having to change my bookings etc. I tend to get easily flustered when traveling!

  10. Anonymous8:55 AM

    Look up "Stasher Sydney". They are a website where you can organise to store your bags at a designated hotel or shop for the day. I don't know if there is one near you but it might be worth a look before you leave the hotel. Enjoy your freedom.

  11. Google luggage storage Sydney - see if you can store it.

  12. Anonymous9:08 AM

    Hi enjoy your day...yuo could put your luggage into a locker at Central station? there is luggage storage there as far as I remember.


  13. Isn't freedom a wonderful thing! Enjoy it. I'll be thinking of you and your Mum.

  14. Maria9:43 AM

    This place is a 6 to 10 minute walk away and has all day bag storage for $11

  15. Whoo hoo!!! Paroled! Enjoy your little trip around the CBD. So much to see and do!

    1. Anonymous1:00 PM

      It's 3 years today that we were at the maritime museum lol came up in Facebook memories including that lighthouse (Sharlene)

  16. Go out the door! You are free!
    Bananas MUST HAVE brown spots! Perfection! Haha, Just kidding. Everybody can have their own opinions!

  17. Enjoy your freedom but remember to use sanitiser heaps :-)

  18. Go for a ferry ride any are nice, but to Manly is really cool as is a big ferry then you could walk along the beach. If you go up the road past the surf club you might see the sea lizards. I saw some last time I was there.

  19. Yeah for freedom!! I hope that you have a lovely day exploring Sydney.

  20. Take the ferry around to Ciurcular Quay. It's beautiful!

  21. YAY!!!! I knew my gorgeous Sydney would put on a lovely day for your "freedom" !!!!!! xxxxxxx

  22. Kiwionholidays1:32 PM

    Maybe you are in Manly now ......???
    Loving your freedom n updates

    Cheers 🥂

  23. So happy to hear Old Moo is home again...*Cheers! So thrilled you are finally FREE and can move about in "the real world", strange as it is these days! Take care now..good luck and hugs for your reunion with your Mom...thinking of you everyday and always saying "God bless her"..........

  24. Enjoy the fresh air! You must be so happy to be free from that hotel! Hope you have an awesome day!!

  25. So glad you're getting to see a bit of Sydney. It's not a bad city (says she from Melbourne!)

  26. Ferry? Are you going to the Zoo or maybe Manly? I have been on the Captain Cook Harbour Cruises twice in the past - so much fun! I wonder if they are still going.

  27. Anonymous3:50 PM

    How's your day going Ma, how are the legs, mine are ok after my 6 minute walk 😂 then walking around 'The Base' looking for extension cords and a 4 way plug witch I managed to get (for those that don't no me, I don't do public or mall or Human's very well) but I survived lol
    Chat later Ma xxx Love you 💙 💜
    #Lacy 💙

  28. Enjoy! So good to see you out of that hotel. Have a great time in Sydney, enjoy the food!! Travel safe.

  29. Have fun, take time to do your own thing. So happy you are free!

  30. Anonymous5:00 PM

    Congratulation 🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉 on surviving quarantine 🏅 you deserve a medal, what was your chosen breakfast today?
    Enjoy the sunshine one more sleep and you will be with you Mum. Heather

  31. Anonymous6:16 PM

    Oh Ma 💜 💙 so glad to hear hear your ok and having a good day, the Feris Wheel Ride looks a bit to hight and closed in for me, but thanks for the video xx 💜 your a dam champion xx
    Love you and miss you so Much xx
    Can't wait till your with Granny and Ron tomorrow xx love you xxxxx
    #Lacy 💙

  32. Anonymous8:36 PM

    Glad you had a great day once you got out. Peas and Mash with sausages and gravy, what great comfort food. Dumplings and dessert sound pretty good as well.
    Tomorrow will be even better

  33. Kiwionholidays8:42 PM

    Yahoooo what a fab day out n about

    Good on you..

    This time tomorrow night will be after dinner 🍨 dessert with Mum and Ron

    What a ride Thanks a million for allowing us to ride the journey with you.

    Fab all the family at home are all going great too 💐💐💐

    Cheers 🥂

  34. Glad you had a good day you definitely deserved it. Haven’t commented before, love your blog. LindaV

  35. Anonymous9:06 PM

    OML PRAWN DUMPLINGS 🥟 😋😋😋😋😋 I'm so Jelous right now xxxxx💙💙💜💜💜
    #Lacy 💙

  36. Glad you've had a great day in Sydney. No doubt you are getting excited now to be with your Mum tomorrow. Rest up tonight, safe travels tomorrow and enjoy every moment with Mum and Ron. Big hugs x

  37. Fantastic glad your first day went well. One more sleep and off to Coffs you go to see the Old Moox

  38. Anonymous12:16 AM

    Lol now that is the voice of one tough chick! I am excited for you too. To finally be able to see your mum and Ron. Thinking of you all. 🌹🌻🌺

  39. Anonymous12:38 AM

    Hello Chris! I so enjoyed reading your blog this morning and seeing all of the lovely views, giraffes, , sites, etc you've had. I am happy you are out of lock down and ready to go see your mother. I send love and peace and tight {{{HUGS}}} to all. Ky Girl

  40. Wonderful to see you made it to FREEDOM! Looks like a fun day. Safe travels.

  41. I don’t know how you did the quarantine, I am sure many people would not have coped as well as you have. Tomorrow you will see your Mum, more happy tears x

  42. So good to see you had a great day, excellent to get out after being inside for so long.


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