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August 15 to 26 2011 - Suffolk and back to Byron Bay

FINAL STAY IN SUFFOLK AND BACK TO BYRON BAY

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After the Shrewsbury trip, I headed back to Cockfield in Suffolk to spend a few days with my sister and mother. Unfortunately the weather throughout August was pretty awful - still warm but mostly depressing grey skies with the odd few hours of sun here and there (mainly in the evening)

Mum, Elaine and I had a trip out to Angelsey Abbey in Cambridgeshire (Jeni and I went there in May) and I went along to see Elaine competing in a nearby dressage event with her latest horse

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On Saturday the 20th, I drove down to Southend-on-Sea to visit my cousin Lynnette and then spend a very pleasant few hours with Bob and Maggie in and around Old Leigh

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On the evening of Tuesday the 23rd I drove down to Ealing to have a few beers with Richard Price and then drove the last few miles to Heathrow early the next morning. The Qantas flight back to Sydney via Singapore was very good, made even better because the flight was not very full and I had 2 empty seats next to me. The Qantas A380 is very good but both Jeni and I think that the Singapore Airlines A380 is better and landing back in Sydney at 7:20pm is a nuisance for us as we need stay overnight in Sydney before flying up to Byron Bay (thank you Neil)

It's very unlikely I would fly Qantas again; their flight staff were very good but I just don't like the way Qantas operate their business any more - I had an "Any Seat" frequent flight booking (ie a lot of points) and I still had to pay $60 to change the flight and another $20 to select a seat. A very 'Easyjet" attitude from a supposedly premium airline and their software is rubbish - I couldn't change my booking online as they said and despite being a frequent flyer with them for 20 years and having the vegetarian meal option in my profile for 20 years, the software somehow managed to forget my preference when I changed flights, but I hope they do that again as the staff very kindly arranged a meal from First Class which was delicious

THE END

Posted by kforge 15:42 Archived in United Kingdom

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