Bums, sun, standby
29.11.2012 - 29.11.2012 25 °C
Coogee looks beautiful today. I'm sure she has put her best frock on to make it hard for us to leave. We like it here. There is something about Sydney and for me specifically the Eastern suburbs. Is it a bit like Brighton, sort of, we'll you can smell the sea, maybe that's it. I suppose its also special because it is the end.
We spend the first hour or so of our day establishing a standby strategy. We were offered 2 seats yesterday and weren't prepared (in terms of bags, nappies, toys, kids clothes etc) to split so had no choice but to turn them down and let them go to the next people on the priority list. We discuss options and decide (Ads, Tom, Alice and Mary you will recall the unlikely 5 &1 option coming up on our way to Palm Springs), 1 seat = Nat and Finn go, 2 seats = Dot and I go, and obviously 3 seats we all go (remember Finn is an infant and is on a lap)....... or no seats and we all stay at Coogee in the sun for another day. We pack our bags accordingly, decide on car seats and buggies and are set.
We breakfast in Coogee Bay Road and wander down to the beach for hopefully our last sandcastle session. I bury Dot up to her bum and a very sandy bum it is too. The waves are pretty fierce at Coogee and we have listened to them all night through our open balcony doors, it was 18 degrees overnight, lovely temperature.
Pushing mum over becomes impossible with her legs buried to her knees, but we try anyhow. As fast as we can build sandcastles Dottie loves nothing more than to smash them down.
Our transfer to the airport is at 2.15 so we take full advantage of the pool at the Crown Plaza (which by the way I'd recommend. Very friendly and helpful, right near the beach and the restaurants and bars. Impressed). Having heard what all you guys back home have been saying about the weather it seems almost criminal to be leaving here.
The poolside attractions don't make it any easier. This is one of the nicest ferns I've seen for a while (no zooming gentlemen please!!)
Butt leave we must!
We get chatting to a lady from Melbourne in the shuttle bus. She has a business in Sydney, but a husband in Melbourne. Two kids in Melbourne and one in Chicago. Her husband promised her that once he finished college they would move to Sydney, that was 35 years ago. She reminds us of Julie Walters.
We rock up to the airport and I begrudgingly pay the $4 for the trolley, that's probably about £20 in total we've spent on airport trolleys alone.......bloody cheek.
The other standby people that we recognise from yesterday are pleased to see us (not), given that they know we are top of the priority list.....they'd have been hoping we didn't show up. The Qantas staff are brilliant to us and we end up with 3 seats, so no splitting to be done, on the upper deck in Club. Thankyou very muchly!!
I'm writing this on the flight so I have no idea what happens next. We are supposed to be on a 'confirmed' standby flight through from Singapore to London.......but who knows.
The clouds never cease to amaze me.