July 12, 2020

Syd’s Escape Diary 17.01.2009

The final day in Oz started with investitures for Charlotte, James, Jasmine and Jess at the Roundhouse followed by shopping and lunch in Freo.

In the afternoon many of the unit did the Fremantle Prison tour – visiting cells and the gallows amongst other places of the prison that closed in 1991.

Then off to the airport for the flight home via Dubai where the unit will say goodbye to Alverton, who fly onto Manchester.

Syd’s Escape Diary 12.01.2009

A much cooler night last night which made sleeping much easier.

Today was also a more reasonable temperature of around 26C and many of the unit have been offsite – Luke to the movies, Jess and Charlotte to Rottnest Island, James surfing, while Joe, Kieron and Ian went go karting.

Unfortunately Helen has been in First Aid for the past couple of days as a bite on her foot got infected but the swelling has gone down and she’s been hopping round the site on her crutches today and should be in tomorrow’s newspaper.

All still having a great time. This evening the contingent have been practising their English haka for the closing ceremony while Martin plus Zoe from Alverton were interviewed for the official DVD.

Syd’s Escape Diary 08.01.2009

Syd explored Northcliffe in the morning – a town settled in 1924 by UK ex-servicemen promised a new life in paradise after the First World War.

The reality was somewhat different as they had to clear forest to make space for the dairy farms that would provide them with a living.

The town has only a couple of shops – 1 sold everything from milk to CDs, motor spares to magazines while the other opened for 1 morning and 2 afternoons a week.

We then drove a couple of hours North, again barely seeing another car and arrived at Sun, Sand & Fun in Bussleton where we met up with several of the Alverton Explorers plus 3 UK service leaders.

The site was great and right next to the beach and clear blue Indian Ocean – the only downside the huge amount of flies around the site.

As it was the last night for all expeditions before returning to Fairbridge tomorrow we were treated to a barbecue by the beach and Beach Bums Ball.

Syd’s Escape Diary 06.01.2009

This morning Syd left Fairbridge bright and early for the 2 hour drive to the South West and Margaret River area where a few of the expeditions are staying.

After 5 days in WA we saw a rare sight – the first cloud we’ve seen in the sky since we landed at Perth airport!!

Unfortunately we couldn’t catch up with Helen as she was down a cave but we went to the Wharncliffe Mill campsite where John and Charlotte are based with Coastal Crusaders.

A really nice campsite with kitchen and covered dining area plus a shower block that puts some of the UK sites to shame.

They had just returned from a morning’s surf lessons plus a coastal ‘marine interpretation’ walk and were looking forward to a film after dinner.

The previous evening they had been on a walk through the bush around the site to see if they could spot any wildlife – the wildlife had taken one look at 60 Venturers and made a hasty exit so nothing spotted though plenty heard!!

After that Syd travelled onto Contos campsite by the coast where several of the Alverton explorers are staying with the Adrenalin Junkies units – all also having a great time.

We hear you have snow in London – forecast for Perth is 39C tomorrow rising to 42C on Sunday so looks like Syd’s desk in the air conditioned contingent HQ will be a popular place with both Venturers and the visitors to the Open Day alike!