Place 45 – Day 9: Sydney – Painting A Door

We woke up nice and early, had breakfast and sanded a few things that we needed to sand and then got right on with painting.

We needed to clean off the part we were painting first, so we did that and then pained the door frame. 

We spent about 3.5 hours painting and it was very cathartic and quite fun to paint!

We finished with painting and Curtis watched ice hockey. 

Once this was done, we watched some TV and then had to pop to the shop for some dinner items. There was a lovely view of the sky with the sunset, too!

We got back and our host had made burritos so we ate those and they were delicious!

Short one today, but fun day tomorrow! 


– Mr & Mrs Hale 


Place 45 – Day 8: Sydney – Dinner with Friends & Botanical Garden Walk

This is a repost as the previous was deleted for this day, for some reason! This will be much shorter than normal. Sorry about the repost. 

We did some work getting some things sanded and filled before we went out with some friends for dinner. Kim had ribs and Curtis had a burger. It was tasty!

We walked to the botanical gardens and then we sat and chatted next to a bit of river which was where a big military boat was.


-Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 7: Sydney – Thai Food & Friends

We started the day by sanding the filled holes and then we re-rilled the holes. We had to wait for 3 hours, so instead of doing that, Curtis watched ice hockey and Kim watched TV before we went out on the train to the centre to meet our friends.

We met our friends from home and went to a Thai restaurant. The restaurant was cheap but wasn’t bad food at all. 

Kim had a massaman curry and Curtis had a pad Thai. 

We finished our food and were completely stuffed, then we went to our friend’s airbnb apartment then we had a few drinks whilst chatting about random stuff. 

We then took the train back and got back pretty late but we had a great time.


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 6: Sydney – Back to School & Bondi Beach

We were up to get ready to go with our host to the local school where she volunteers as we were helping to stock check and organise a couple of cupboards.

We got to the school and we signed in, then went straight to the cupboard. We emptied the cupboard first and then explored what was in it. There was a lot of BBQ items as well as some weird items!

We were at the school for about 3 hours and then we left and headed back to the house. 

Kim made a wonderful lunch of toasted Turkish bread with cheese and tomato.

After a small relax, we went with our host to Bondi Beach! Her some had a surf lesson so we went with them to explore the beach. The sun came out just as we got there and it was lovely and warm! Kim had a little swim. She wasn’t going to, but then the water smacked her in the face so she thought ‘why not?’. It was a beautiful evening on the beach so we sat and chilled there for a bit.

We came back after a stop at Aldi where we got dinner supplies. Kim then made hunter’s chicken with wedges and a salad. 

Dinner was pretty late due to our busy day, but we had a nice end of day chat with our hosts about the change in school culture over the years… A very interesting conversation! 


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 5: Sydney – Big Work Day 

We woke up at a decent time to get some work done!

We started by doing some filling. The walls had previously been painted with a lot of holes in, so we worked our way around to fill the holes.

We filled the holes and then had to leave it for 3 hours to dry before sanding, so we left and took the dog for a walk and got some toothpaste and a coffee!

We got back and relaxed for a bit and then went back to the room to sand it. 

We sanded for a while and then applied a second coat of filler to the holes as well as finding new holes!

We cleaned up and then had some dinner. We had mushroom, leek and zucchini pasta with salad and it was tasty!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 4: Sydney – Touristy Stuff 

We decided to take a day off today to get into town!

We had made some plans to meet a friend in the afternoon, but before that, we spoke with Curtis’ family and then Curtis watched hockey again and Kim relaxed and watched some TV. 

We got breakfast and showered then we made our way to the city. The train journey was about 25 minutes and we were soon in tourist-central… The place was incredibly busy and very hot! At least the trains were awesome! You can move the seats to face different ways.. It’s hard to explain but awesome!

We saw the Opera House and the Bridge which both looked awesome especially in the great weather. 

We the  were informed that our friend could no longer meet us, so we went to get an Affogato (yes.. We’re a little addicted).

We got back onto the train and got back but stopped at the supermarket beforehand to pickup a nice cheap Lasagne for dinner.

We ate our Lasagne whilst watching Hancock and just chilled out. 

Tomorrow is a day we plan to work for a lot of the day and get some stuff done and we are looking forward to it as it will be fun!


– Mr & Mrs Hale 

Place 45 – Day 3: Sydney – Sanding, Filling, Hockey Kit Purchasing & Long Dog Walks

We were up early to get some work done before ice hockey was on.

We moved a lot of items out of the room we are renovating and we also did some washing up. 

When our host woke up, we figured out what we had to do and started filling the holes in the walls. There are large holes between the door frame and wall so we filled those as well as Sanding down the unpainted wall to get it nice and smooth. 

Curtis then sat and watched ice hockey whilst Kim watched a Jack Whitehall comedy on Netflix. 

We had a lovely lunch of a homemade pizza with tomato and feta cheese.

Once our TV had finished, we took a 45 minute drive to an ice hockey warehouse to buy some remaining ice hockey kit for Curtis as he needs some for future locations. We did that for about 45 minutes and got all that was needed before we got back and went right back out for a long dog walk. 

We took Alfie for a 20 minute walk as we wanted to get McDonald’s milkshakes so we took that as an opportunity to get some!

We got back and relaxed for a bit while doing some admin and booking for future places. 

We then had a wonderful dinner from our host which was grilled salmon (on the BBQ) as well as rice, runner beans and zucchini.

We had homemade apple and blueberry tart for dessert with some ice cream and had a nice long conversation. We had a great day and tomorrow we won’t be working so we have made some fun plans!


– Mr & Mrs Hale