Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trentham :: 18-20 August 2017

Sam and I have just had a wonderful weekend away in Trentham with her gorgeous daughter Phoebe and my two beautiful girls Torie and Lizzy.

We stayed at an AirBNB called "Plum Tuckered Inn", which is a cosy little cottage with two woodfires, which were very much appreciated because it was very cold there in the Central Highlands.

It even snowed a little further north in Bullarto, although the weather was fine all weekend for us.

It was a real "Mums and Daughters" weekend, which was really lovely!  

My girls have a very busy social life as well as important roles in their jobs, which meant that they could only be with us for the Saturday, but we had such fun together going to the Farmers' Market, where I bought some really thick bed socks and Phoebe and I both bought beanies.  There was a marching band and we bought sausages in bread which we shared with the dogs.

After that, we spent some time poking around in art galleries and specialty nicnack shops like Kuki, where Sam bought Phoebe a cute overnight bag.

Then we stopped in at the Historical Red Beard Bakery for morning tea and sat in the sun warming our bones while we chatted, ate muffins and drank coffee and hot chocolate.

Daisy and Jarrah enjoyed their muffins too!

After that we found an Op Shop and we were all in heaven sifting through all the bargains there!  Torie bought a belt, Lizzy got some berets, Sam bought a book and Phoebe bought some shoes.  At first I couldn't see anything I wanted, but was standing at the counter just before we left and spied the cutest little bear who is apparently called Sue-Ellen (only $5) ... I couldn't resist!!
... and then just as I was turning to leave I nearly tripped over the most gorgeous travel bag with a sturdy handle and wheels which Torie immediately said I HAD to get because it matched my orange leather jacket EXACTLY (and it was only $8!!!).  Not a bad find for $13 (although I felt guilty for getting such great bargains, so gave them a $2 donation as well)!
After such an eventful morning, we all went back to the house for lunch and wine and an afternoon of kicking back and relaxing, more chatting and some naps before Torie and Lizzy headed home because they had a special friend's birthday party that night. 

Then Sam, Phoebe and I went across the road to the Pig & Whistle for dinner.  Sam had fillet steak, Phoebe had a hamburger with caramelised onions and I had a pork and mushroom pie.  They were all delicious!
After dinner, Sam and Phoebe went back across the road to our cosy cottage to settle in and read books, but I stayed on at the Pig & Whistle because I wanted to see a performance by an orator called Peter Fernon.  This was one of the reasons I had wanted to come to Trentham this weekend - the Words in Winter Festival (which I had read about in the most recent newsletter from the Storytelling Guild of Victoria).

Peter told a tale called "The Wheel" about his family and he was a true theatrical artist because the story he told painted word pictures in my head.  He used his saxophone not only as a musical instrument to decorate his story, but also as a prop - one minute it was a babe in his arms as he told about his great grandmother struggling to raise her nine children, the next it was a rifle in the hands of his grandfather as he and his battalion rushed to their deaths in World War 1.  He sang beautiful tunes and changed his voice to become his characters, he used the taps on his shoes as percussion, sometimes the rat-a-tat-tat of the German machine guns, at other times the rattle of old railway carriages, sometimes the ticking of an old clock showing the passage of time from one generation to another.  I had initially been unsure whether I would enjoy this eccentric looking thespian's performance, but by the end I was swept up into his story ... feeling like I had met each of the characters in it.  It was a truly beautiful evening!

Back to the cute little "Plum Tuckered Inn" again to spend the night in my big fluffy warm bed with Jarrah and Daisy and the woodfire keeping us all warm.

This morning we packed and said farewell to the cottage and the cute alpacas which Vicky, the landlady owns.  Apparently her alpacas are quite famous in the area, especially the black one who is called Wakka (the alpakka)!
There is a story in the local paper about Vicky taking Wakka into the Pig and Whistle for a guiness!
After we left the cottage, we made our way to Trentham Falls, which was only ten minutes away and walked the dogs along the path to see the beautiful waterfall.
After spending some time just marvelling at the wonder of nature and soaking in the beautiful views, we headed off to Radio Springs Hotel in neighbouring Lyonville for morning tea.
We had heard about this quirky little place because our landlady Vicky works there, but didn't realise until we got there that this was actually the Centre of the Universe!  Ha ha!!

Another pub full of character (and characters)!

Vicky showed us around - the rooms are just beautiful!

After we left there, we said our farewells and Sam and Phoebe headed off to Daylesford for the afternoon while Daisy, Jarrah and I headed home.

A truly lovely weekend I will remember for a very long time!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A Beautiful Morning on the Beach

This morning I met my good friend Deb Lane and my new friend Flo Powell at the Edithvale Beach.  The weather was just perfect - not too hot (about 28-29 degrees), with a slight cool breeze - and the water was divine!

We spent about four hours just lying on the sand or floating in the ocean and chatting.  It was lovely to spend time with such nice ladies like this!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Perth & Broome Holiday :: Day 1

Pier 21 Apartments & Pool

Richie dropped us to the airport at 9:00 am and we hopped on the flight to Perth just after 11 o'clock.  

View from the Pool to the Marina on the Swan River

We landed in Perth at about 2:00 pm, picked up a hire car and headed down to Fremantle, where we were staying in some nice apartments called Pier 21, looking over a marina on the Swan River.

Pier 21 Apartment Living Room

We checked in, unpacked and then put our feet up and relaxed with a cuppa for a few minutes, checking out the view from the balcony.

Pier 21 Balcony & View of Marina

The weather was lovely - sunny & warm.  So, we decided to take a drive along the marina and see what we could find.

The Left Bank

Just over the bridge we came across a likely looking pub - The Left Bank - sitting bathed in the afternoon sun and full of people enjoying themselves.

So, we decided to join them!

The Left Bank Courtyard

Wayne ordered a fisherman's platter and a Peroni for tea and I had a cheese board and a nice cold sav blanc.

Wayne on the balcony of The Left Bank

We wiled away the next few hours on the balcony, watching the boats sail passed and the sun set.  A very nice start to the holiday!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Family Picnic

It was Richie's 23rd birthday during the week, so I asked him if he would like to celebrate it by having a family picnic.  He thought that would be good, so we sent out the word to everyone and we all came together at Jells Park today.

Lizzy, Richie, Nick, Mum, Jack & Phil

There was Wayne & I, our three kids Victoria (Torie), Richard (Richie) and Elizabeth (Lizzy), Torie's boyfriend Nick, my Mum Dawn (who had travelled all the way up from Phillip Island by bus on Friday for the occasion), Wayne's sister Debbie and her husband Phil, and Wayne's brother Mark, his son Jack and Mark's new girlfriend Suzie.

Phil, Debbie, Jack & Mum

Mark & Jack

Everyone brought something, so the load was shared nicely between us all.  We had cheese and biscuits to begin with, while we waited for everyone to arrive.

Mark, Torie & Mum

Lizzy, Richie & Nick

Then Wayne and Phil fired up one of the electric barbeques that are at the park and cooked up a whole load of different meats - steak, lamb chops, sausages, chicken wings and salmon fillets, while the rest of us laid the table with four types of salad, bread rolls, mustards and sauces.

Richie, Nick, Lizzy, Torie & Phil

Wayne, Jack, Debbie, Mark, Suzie & Mum

The weather was just perfect!  Sunny and warm and about 18 degrees Celsius, which was a relief because it had been overcast and raining all week.

Suzie, Mark & Phil in the foreground

The only family member who couldn't join us was Wayne's Dad, Geoff, which was sad and we missed having him there.  But hopefully we will be able to do something similar in Stratford next time and he will be able to be with us.

Torie with Daisy

We brought the dogs too - our two spoodles, Jarrah & Daisy and Debbie brought her schnauzer Schminke.  Mark said his dog was too smelly to put in the car today!

Richie & Lizzy throwing the frisby

After lunch, the kids had a bit of fun throwing a frisby while we cleared away the mess into big garbage bags to take home.

The birthday cake

Then we put the kettle on a little portable gas stove that we had brought and made coffees and teas and brought out Richie's birthday cake as we all sang "Happy Birthday" to him.  Everyone gave him their presents.

Earlier in the day, when they were able to have some quiet time together, Mum gave Richie her present which was very special ... it was Dad's wedding ring.  Dad passed away a year ago last weekend, so to give Richie his ring was a very moving thing for both Mum and Richie.  He was rendered quite speechless by such a special gift from Mum and gently tried it on each of his fingers until he found the one that it fit perfectly.  Then he wore it all day, but said he would put it away safely afterwards and only wear it on special occasions, as he wanted to take great care of it.

Richie wearing Dad's wedding ring
It was a lovely family day and everyone said they enjoyed themselves.

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Port Douglas :: Day 8 (last day)

We had a little sleep-in today, but had to have everything packed and the house cleared by 10am.  We didn't have to be at the airport until 5 o'clock so we had a whole day to spend just looking around at the shops in Port Douglas before making our way back to Cairns.

With fairly significant encouragement from Lizzy, Mum decided to follow-through on something she has been wanting to do for quite a while now.  She got a tattoo.  Yes, my 78 year old Anglican Minister mother went to a tattoo salon and asked them to put a permanent mark on her skin!!!  Of course, Lizzy and I went with her to make sure it was done hygienically and that all was above board.

She chose her favourite picture - a Ulysses butterfly - and before long the man was working away on her shoulder ...

... she said it didn't hurt at all, just felt like someone was scratching at her ...

... and within half an hour it was done!
I don't think I could ever do that, but I'm so proud of Mum for being so brave and for getting exactly what she wanted.  She is absolutely delighted with the outcome and we are so happy for her.
After that excitement, we drove half way back to Cairns, stopping in at Palm Cove for a picnic lunch on the beach (getting through some of the food we cleared out from the house).

Picnic at Palm Cove ... beautiful!!

Mum grabbing her last chance
to enjoy the warm sand!

A wind surfer enjoyed the warm breeze.

Then we headed off to Cairns, arriving at about 3 o'clock.  So, we went to the big Cairns Central shopping centre for some retail therapy until it was time to head to the airport.
Dropped the car back to the rental place and checked in by 5:30pm.  On the plane at 6:30 and landed in Melbourne at 10 o'clock.  Picked up my car from the long term parking and were home by 11:30 that night.
Well, what a wonderful holiday!!  So many fun things and so many great memories!