Saturday, March 16, 2013

Diary 11-12 March 2013

Mon 11 Mar (Public Holiday) To the Bellarine. Stop for lunch in Norlane and provisions at Newcomb. Sister and Bone Doctor bid for and won a voucher for a cabin at the Big 4 caravan and camping park at Marcus Hill for two nights, valued at $230. We add $20 for an extra room for Little Jo to stay with us. Check in, place is cooking, especially bedrooms received sun from the west. Put air con on 20 deg and fast fan. Cabin is wonderful, almost new, white and fresh. I highly recommend it, especially if you have children.

Sister's is ten minutes drive away. K&J meet Sister and Bone Doctor again after seven years, and Little Jo for the first time. Swim at Point Lonsdale beach. Sister and Bone Doctor take turns in taking us sailing in their collapsible canoe. Great fun. I noticed Little Jo can swim like a fish now. We all felt very refreshed after such a hot day. Sister and Bone Doctor cook us steak and salad at their place.


Back at park by 8.30 and settle Little Jo to bed. Place has cooled.









Main bedroom, a double bed, first on right, then our bedroom with two singles and at the end, Little Jo's room with a single bed, a roll out and a bunk.


I think this is a variety of finch. It kept coming back again and again to sit on R's aerial. 

Bone Doctor paddles R towards The Rip and Point Nepean.

Tue 12 Mar At 7am Little Jo comes running into our bedroom and jumps into bed with R. "R, I need to warm up".  We had left her bedroom door open with the air con blowing straight down the hall and her doona cover fell off during the night. What terrible parents we would make. Feed and water Little Jo and R & me deliver her to school. Sister said she could have a day off school to spend with us, but 'I don't want to miss my learning'. Little Jo drags us into school and shows us around and we meet her teacher. I am surprised at the lack of formality at what is viewed as an excellent school. School is no longer rows of wooden desks facing a black board but all very open plan where students sit at circular tables. At five to nine, music starts playing over the p.a. and the children rush outside to formally assemble. The bell sounds at nine and it was announced that the hot weather policy would be applied for the day, no outdoors for play or to eat. Two children had happy birthday sung to them and then inside they filed.

After tidying up and breakfast, we meet Sister in Point Lonsdale for coffee, then onto Ocean Grove supermarket for dinner supplies. We return and rest in the heat of the afternoon. Well, it was very comfortable in the cabin, even though I had reset the air con to 24 degrees. I did not want to freeze the child again. We collected Little Jo from school and spent a couple of hours at the park's indoor pool. It had some good things for kids, including a water slide, which Little Jo must have slid down fifty times or more. I left a bit earlier than the others to shower in peace.

From Point Lonsdale towards Queenscliff.

We had vouchers for what are described as go carts, so a few went for a spin around the park. Far too hot for me.

A tanker coming in through the heads. Two days before, Bone Doctor went out on one of the pilot boats used to guide ships in or to transfer a pilot to the ship to take control to get the ship through the heads and along the narrow channels of Port Phillip Bay.


Toddlers play area with the pool to the rear.

I have at least two blog mates who live in Glen Eira. Are you missing a bin at all?

Sister and Bone Doctor arrived with mussels and a sauce, which were devoured with bread and then no-one had much appetite for the chicken and salad and fruit salad. Sister and Bone Doctor left and Little Jo quickly went to sleep. R went to check on her at eleven to ensure her doona had not fallen off and she was missing from the bed. R nearly died, and then saw she was on the floor. She did not stir as R and K lifted her back onto her bed and she had no memory of it the next morning. I am guessing R tucked her doona in tightly and she got hot and barely concious, got out of bed. Do not trust us with your child. We will either freeze them or cook them.

12 comments:

  1. Little Jo must adore staying with you even though you are a liability.

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    1. Fun60, she does as she gets R's undivided attention.

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  2. Sounds like a lovely time - will have to post about our visit to Port Fairy - just seem to have slowed down that way...Must be lovely to have the little one around

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    1. MC, its been a long time since I have been to Port Fairy, but it sounds nice. Yes, the little one around keeps us on our toes.

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  3. It sounds like you all had a great holiday. That cabin looks amazing, I could live in that quite happily if only the TV wasn't way up high in the corner like that.
    Congratulations to Little Jo for swimming like a fish. Wish I could do the same.

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    1. Very comfortable River and the tv was ok as quite a distance from the lounge seats.

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  4. Looks like a swallow on the aerial.

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    1. Fen, it had a bit of red finch like marking.

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  5. I reckon that Little Jo had a wonderful time, freezing or cooking!

    The cabin looks very, very nice and in such a beautiful part of the world. I'm guessing that the mussels came from nearby Portarlington?

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    1. Kath, yes they do come from Portarlington, where the farms are.

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  6. A nice area and nice cabins. We did a trip from Brisvegas to Melbourne a few years ago and stayed in Cabins all the way. Most were very good. They are getting much more expensive now.

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    1. Diane, they are a nice place to stay. This one was about $220, which is really getting up there.

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