Snakes Alive!


The last few days in Sydney for a while and the place has certainly been doing it’s best to make a mark.

The weather has been spectacular – apart from the two almighty thunder storms we had over the weekend.  I was lucky enough to just make it inside for both of them, but the rain, thunder, lightening and 80kms/hr winds were certainly worth seeing.  The rest of the time it has been balmy, sunny days and cool evenings and nights.  Damn near perfect weather, in fact.

Maybe that is why the snake came out for a play.  Morelia spilota spilota, to be exact.  Better known as a diamond python.  Fortunately, unlike the last night-time wildlife experience we had, this one isn’t poisonous, but waking up to find one of them giving you a hug probably wouldn’t be that pleasant.  It was fascinating to watch a 2 metre snake make it’s way slowly across the roof knowing that you wouldn’t be exactly sure where it was going to be the following day.  Just another day here in sunny Sydney.

Across in my normal world things are going apace with the packing and the move of my stuff into storage – the final bits that I won’t be taking to the UK with me, but have had in the house here.  T & F have another medium-term guest arriving just a few days after I leave so the room needs to be emptied.  Not much of an issue, but it was time consuming working out just how much clothing you need for a three month trip to the UK and then getting it all down to 30kgs (and two suitcases).  A good job has been done and a small shopping list of all the things I will probably need to buy when I get there has been made.

Excitement is building, temporary farewells are being said in Sydney and catch-ups arranged for lunches, dinners and drinks in the UK.  Finally it feels like I am ready to head off.  The waiting is getting tedious now… wanting to be back in my home-not-home as soon as possible…


A long-term British expat - 18 years and counting

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