Jean and I just returned from our first trip out of the country since arriving in New Zealand in December. Even though it is technically also winter in Sydney we enjoyed a real respite from the cold, wind, and brief snow we’ve seen here. It was near 20 Celsius almost everyday with sunny skies and a light breeze. Downright hot at the beach. Five nights in Sydney and a one night trip up to Canberra to visit family and take in a footy match.