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Old 12-19-2015, 02:34 AM
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Thanks again mitchell.

That's Amber Petty with them. (Amber was with them yesterday and has posted a photo of her koala cuddle time on her instagram.)

Perhaps there will be photos from their time at the beach now they are in a more populated area - and known to be there by the professional snappers. These photos were from just a few hours ago.
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Old 12-19-2015, 03:42 AM
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I just want to give a huge Thank You to all for posting the links about the tigers and Dreamworld. I never knew about Kai until now and now knowing that 2 more of these very precious babies have been born is thrilling. I so love the animals of this world, and seeing that these beautiful tigers will always be safe and secure in this type of environment is great. Kai is one very beautiful tiger and I bet those 2 baby cubs will be such a delight.

I am sure that Mary and Frederik and the children are having a wonderful time and this will leave a very lasting impression on the children of this time together. Who knows maybe it will be something of a start towards the conversation of animals in one of them someday.

What a place Dreamworld must be, and to see it would be fabulous. Glad there are places on this earth that still cares for the animals of this world.
Thank you all for the trip!
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Old 12-19-2015, 08:40 AM
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Is it assumed they flew from Western Australia to dreamworld, or possible that they drove there given the different times they were spotted? What a vacation for the kids, the twins would be just old enough to appreciate it. In the article about stopping in Bridgetown, I like that the waitress reported that one of the sons, Christian I assume, reminded his dad about what his mother wanted to order. Shows his English is very good.
And I love what Mary and Isabella wore to go shopping
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Is it assumed they flew from Western Australia to dreamworld, or possible that they drove there given the different times they were spotted? What a vacation for the kids, the twins would be just old enough to appreciate it. In the article about stopping in Bridgetown, I like that the waitress reported that one of the sons, Christian I assume, reminded his dad about what his mother wanted to order. Shows his English is very good.
And I love what Mary and Isabella wore to go shopping
These are good questions for our Australian board members: would the famous 'convoy of 4 cars' have driven from southern Australia to the Gold Coast or is an airplane jaunt more likely? My first impression is the airplane version, bearing in mind the size of Australia; the impatience of young children (are we there yet?) and the heat of the Australian summer! However, not having visited Australia (yet!), perhaps I am wrong...and long distances in Australia are drive-able! (we don't have any Australian smileys; does your Santa wear swimming trunks?)
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:02 AM
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And little Josephine The girls day out shopping.

What an experience this must be for the children - or the whole family - a trip/road trip through mother's homeland. Australia is a huge country, I bet there are many areas/places even Mary and her siblings have never seen. I'm pleased we are now talking over two weeks and they have only been spotted by private persons from time to time. Must be fun for the children to try spending Christmas Eve in 30/40 degrees.
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Old 12-19-2015, 11:11 AM
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These are good questions for our Australian board members: would the famous 'convoy of 4 cars' have driven from southern Australia to the Gold Coast or is an airplane jaunt more likely? My first impression is the airplane version, bearing in mind the size of Australia;
They were spotted at the Maritime Museum in Fremantle near Perth last Tuesday. I am guessing they flew from Perth.
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:21 PM
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These are good questions for our Australian board members: would the famous 'convoy of 4 cars' have driven from southern Australia to the Gold Coast or is an airplane jaunt more likely? Myfirst impression is the airplane version, bearing in mind the size of Australia; the impatience of young children (are we there yet?) and the heat of the Australian summer! However, not having visited Australia (yet!), perhaps I am wrong...and long distances in Australia are drive-able! (we don't have any Australian smileys; does your Santa wear swimming trunks?)

They would have flown gerry. Perhaps a private jet as they are with Danish friends and we haven't had any airline/airport sightings?

Plenty of Aussie Christmas cards every year with Santa Claus out bush with all the animals, surfing in his sunglasses, having his sleigh pulled by flying kangaroos.

Some people got themselves in the "Guiness Book of World Records" a week ago by having the biggest group of Santa Clauses surfing all together. Footage made the evening news.
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Old 12-19-2015, 01:42 PM
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Thanks again mitchell.

That's Amber Petty with them. (Amber was with them yesterday and has posted a photo of her koala cuddle time on her instagram.)

Perhaps there will be photos from their time at the beach now they are in a more populated area - and known to be there by the professional snappers. These photos were from just a few hours ago.
Thanks
Looks like someone snapped them on the beach
https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hp...14939627_n.jpg

so now they are in eastern Australia ?
Closer to La Brisbane and Sydney

What an adventure for the kids. And a joy for Mary and Frederik .
Spending time with family and friends , learning about their mother's home country.
I'm sure this is something they had hope to do since they got married.

A special thanks to all our Australian posters, I'm learning so much
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Old 12-19-2015, 02:11 PM
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Looks like someone snapped them on the beach
https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hp...14939627_n.jpg

so now they are in eastern Australia ?
Closer to La Brisbane and Sydney

What an adventure for the kids. And a joy for Mary and Frederik .
Spending time with family and friends , learning about their mother's home country.
I'm sure this is something they had hope to do since they got married.

A special thanks to all our Australian posters, I'm learning so much

Thanks polyesco for the beach photos.

Can you see the skyscrapers in the background?

The Gold Coast/Surfer's Paradise is sometimes called "BrisVegas" as there are so many high-rise developments along the beach.

The Royal group fortunately missed "schoolies" which has just ended again.

Some students now go overseas to Bali or Fiji, but most spend "schoolies" in this area - different states have different break-up times so the crowds are staggered.

I'm wondering if they will spend the whole holiday on the mainland and not get to Tassie at all - though we are also in a heatwave at the moment, so summer is here too.
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Old 12-19-2015, 02:40 PM
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thanks Sun Lion

Maybe they are making their way down to Tasmania .
From west to east. And then further south.
Either way what an experience
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:18 PM
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They would have flown gerry. Perhaps a private jet as they are with Danish friends and we haven't had any airline/airport sightings?

Plenty of Aussie Christmas cards every year with Santa Claus out bush with all the animals, surfing in his sunglasses, having his sleigh pulled by flying kangaroos.

Some people got themselves in the "Guiness Book of World Records" a week ago by having the biggest group of Santa Clauses surfing all together. Footage made the evening news.
Thanks for your insights Sun Lion! Santa and his kangaroos indeed. I found a youtube that gives an idea of what you mean

There is also a childrens' book appaently that explains how this works
Santa and his Brother Downunder
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I just saw on the CBS evening news that it seems like most of Australia is on fire, the wildfires are out of control and all over the country because of the heat and hot weather. Wonder if Mary and Frederik will have to move or go elsewhere because of this.
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Gerry, thank you for posting these.

Fancy the Oz embassy putting the kangaroos out for their Christmas decorations - very Aussie of them.

I wonder what the rest of Washington makes of that.

Your youtube Santa looks quite sedate.

A lot of Aussie Santas I've seen have their floral shirts on and their feet up on the esky with a stubbie cooler in their hand, accompanied by equally attired koalas in sunnies.

I think there is a market for these cards amongst the young British/Irish and European backpackers who are out here during summer - for them to send back to their winter-bound relatives.
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Old 12-19-2015, 07:14 PM
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I just saw on the CBS evening news that it seems like most of Australia is on fire, the wildfires are out of control and all over the country because of the heat and hot weather. Wonder if Mary and Frederik will have to move or go elsewhere because of this.

No they'll be right SnowBirds.

There were deadly bushfires around the Esperance area just before CP Mary and family arrived there.

This is normal for summer - though some summers have worse fires than other years.

No-one will leave an area unless they are under direct and immediate threat.
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Old 12-19-2015, 10:08 PM
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Gerry, thank you for posting these.

Fancy the Oz embassy putting the kangaroos out for their Christmas decorations - very Aussie of them.

I wonder what the rest of Washington makes of that.

Your youtube Santa looks quite sedate.

A lot of Aussie Santas I've seen have their floral shirts on and their feet up on the esky with a stubbie cooler in their hand, accompanied by equally attired koalas in sunnies.

I think there is a market for these cards amongst the young British/Irish and European backpackers who are out here during summer - for them to send back to their winter-bound relatives.
I for one would love to have at least a sample of such a card: now, Sun Lion, what is an esky? is a stubbie cooler a beer ?
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Old 12-20-2015, 02:55 AM
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I for one would love to have at least a sample of such a card: now, Sun Lion, what is an esky? is a stubbie cooler a beer ?

An esky is a rectangular plastic container - some are so large now they have wheels - that you take to the beach, bush, cricket match, barbie at someone's house etc, that has all your drinks in it.

On the way you stop at a service station and get a bag of ice and empty this in on top of the bottles and cans.

This keeps everything cold and icy for the rest of your outing.

They are very sturdy and make a good seat or foot rest too.

Yes gerry, a stubbie cooler is a small foam cylinder - in your football teams colours, or promoting a tourist spot etc - that you slip you cold can of beer or fizzy cordial into and it keeps your drink cold and icy till you've finished it.

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I for one would love to have at least a sample of such a card:

There are lots of samples of Australian Christmas cards on "Google Images Australian Christmas Card Images" gerry.

My favorite is all the Aussie animals having a game of cricket at the beach.

(I'm on my tablet - can't post a link.)

Prince Christian was caught in a rip while swimming at the Gold Coast on Thursday and was almost lost.

It's Sunday evening here and the 6.00pm news has just broadcast details of how young Prince Christian got into difficulties when a rip knocked him off his feet.

CP Mary and family where swimming between the flags fortunately, and life-saver Nick Malcolm spotted Christian and was able to reach him in time and get him out.

Modest Nick did not want to speak on camera but another, older, member of his surf life-saving team spoke on camera about the incident.

It would have been a frightening experience for all involved.

Yahoo 7 has already posted a news report online about the near drowning of Prince Christian.
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Old 12-20-2015, 03:17 AM
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Thanks, Sun Lion.

https://au.news.yahoo.com/qld/a/3040...d-coast-beach/
Article and video.

That's going to hit the news big time here in DK, when the journalists eventually wake up...

It happens all the time on the Jutland west coast here in DK as well at the cost of several tourists each year.
People underestimate the under current or step into horse holes. With the added danger of the water being colder.
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Prince Christian was caught in a rip while swimming at the Gold Coast on Thursday and was almost lost.

Modest Nick did not want to speak on camera but another, older, member of his surf life-saving team spoke on camera about the incident.
Should he have blabbed to the press...?
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Where were the adults in the family party who supposedly should have been keeping an eye on this young boy, where were his father or family friends?
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Old 12-20-2015, 04:52 AM
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Probably nearby.

But it only takes a moment and an overconfident ten year old...
It wouldn't surprise me the least bit if Frederik was already on the way out to Christian.

If Frederik was out in the water with Christian we can rest assured he got one serious dressing down by Mary later on!
It was a scare and she will take it out on someone. That's how it is and that's how it should be. Frederik is an experienced husband, he'll just take it and they'll be fine.

It's also a learning experience for Christian. - Suddenly not being in control.

ADDED: And now at around 11.00 in the forenoon the combined and ever alert Danish world- press has finally woken up: http://www.b.dk/nationalt/australske...oyal-juleferie
Nothing new though.

Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...old-Coast.html
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