Last night Tangea and Richard took me out for a curry. This was to celebrate my completion of my exchange year. Their son Mal, and his fiancee Marcie were also present. It was a lovely meal, and they gave me some little leaving presents - 6 Australian coasters (Jim and I use these all the time at home), a koala key ring, and best of all a fridge magnet with a thermometer. This was the best of all - because it is shaped like Australia - and the thermometer does not go below zero!! Of course out here, why would it? They never get a frost! Unlike the UK where last year we reached -17! This thermometer goes between 0-50 degrees. In the UK we rarely get over 36 degrees and this is deemed exceptional. So this epitomises my experience in Aus! I found the hot weather such a struggle, being fair skinned, blue eyed and red haired. What a brilliant and appropriate gift! Definitely a gift to be kept indoors on the fridge door.
Thank you Tangea, Richard, Mal and Marcie.