Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Easter 1

Sister and Bone Doctor's garden wasn't looking too bad. We arrived at 4pm after a brief stop at the Scottish restaurant in Geelong, just for a drink mind. ABI Brother and Mother arrived shortly after.


Why were we not told? They have installed solar panels on their roof. Unfortunately the roof faces east west instead of the ideal north, the opposite to the northern hemisphere, so it was installed facing west. The control unit was on the back wall and I found it quite interesting. Shortly after we arrived it was generating about 1.5kw. They are only paid 6c per kw that they put into the electric grid, so the best way is to use the power while it is being generated, that is dishwasher, washing machine, cooling/heating etc.


Before dinner we drove down to the beach and went for quite a long walk, long for us anway. Mother went for her afternoon nap. Looking towards Queenscliff. For dinner Sister had bought salmon and some fresh from the bay, whiting. Both were delicious.



Sister and Bone Doctor bought a wee pool for Little Jo. All three of them use it. It is an odd shape, but I expect the shape is to give it strength. I am remembering River's collapsing pool.


The sleeping arrangements when we visit are complicated. This time R slept on the bottom bunk in Little Jo's room and I slept on the top. It was not satisfactory for me as there was nothing to lean against to sit up in bed and read. Mother slept in the brand new bed in the office, Sister in her own bed, ABI Brother on a lilo in the lounge room and Bone Doctor and Little Jo in this brand new tent from Aldi.


A galah as we walked to the beach. Umm, didn't I say we drove. I am confused. Must have been the next morning.


Not necessarily religious and who could not agree with the sentiment.


The Point Lonsdale Christmas tree, sans lights. Cruise ship passengers enjoy the illuminated display as they pass by in December.


Saturday saw us at the Easter Market. The fruit and vegetables were incredibly cheap and we bought a pumpkin, capsicums and something else. We had coffee and doughnuts and were entertained by this terrific busker. He sang in an almost falsetto voice but he could also sing lower too. I gave him five bucks, not because he was cute mind, but because he was talented and I took his photo.


Old joke, One hung low. Testicular trauma or a natural occurrence.


The market is held at Little Jo's school. How nice to see old style drinking taps for the kiddies.


On our return walk from the market, I noticed how well this garden has come along. I saw it planted in its early days and I impressed by how it has grown.


By the time we had all returned from the market, Mother had showered, dressed and made up so we left Sister and Bone Doctor and went off to Queenscliff for brunch. There are some really nice historic buildings in Queenscliff. Easter is the busiest time on the Bellarine and boy was it busy in Queenscliff.




We had to take a number to be served in this very crowded bakery. Staff in such places don't earn a lot of money but in spite of how overrun the place was, the staff remained cool, friendly and efficient. We had all finished our brunch when Mother decided she wanted a cup of tea. ABI went and bought it for her from another shop and she took forever to drink it. I was feeling crowded in. I said to R, I am just going around corner. Little Jo must have heard me and guessed where I was going. That is to the lolly shop around the corner. She was very restrained in her lolly purchases, buying only ten lollies. Me, not so much with aniseed rings, chocolate bullets and doubling the cost, four little Turkish delights at $1 each.


Looking down towards the Queenscliff Harbour.


The Vue Grand Hotel has struggled for as long as Sister has lived in the Borough of Queenscliffe(sic). It is for sale. Little Jo is studying the history of Queenscliff and Queenscliffe at school and of course she can tell you about the different spelling.


How good is the brickwork.


We then headed off to Barwon Heads.

33 comments:

  1. You managed to cram a lot in for a holiday. That bay looks beautiful and to finish the day with some fresh fish delicious.

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    1. Marie, Sister always keeps us busy with more suggestions for things to do than there is time and certainly energy.

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  2. so it was interesting and busy day

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  3. It sounds and looks delightful.
    You are so right about that brickwork too.

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    1. T'was nice EC. The old large hotels in the area struggle no matter how many times they re-invent themselves as perhaps boutique accommodation or fine dining. See Hels comment below about one hotel.

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  4. Camping in the backyard, I remember doing that many years ago. Lots of lollies wandering around empty streets and lovely fresh fish sounds pretty good way to spend time.
    Merle.............

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    1. Merle, I have never camped, funny as that may seem. Easter eggs were aplenty.

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  5. Andrew

    Queenscliff is a delight and as you showed in the photos, the late Victorian architecture is very well preserved.

    One of the stunning hotels has been modernised and divided into small flats, which I thought would be delighted to have as a beach base. How much could a tiny two bedroom flat cost - $250,000? Hell no.... $1.5 million!!

    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com.au/2010/01/queenscliff-1852-92-victorian-treasure.html

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    1. Thanks for the link Hels. We have back and forthed about Queenscliff. Which hotel is now flats? Gosh, $1.5 is a lot. Queenscliff is nice but not that nice.

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    2. Funny we used the same map too.

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    3. Andrew

      I cannot find the ad for the small flat, but there is a large flat at the grand Italianate-style Ozone Hotel (c1881) that you might consider. Top floor, grand bay views, no price mentioned!

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  6. What a beautiful place! (But I suspect I would have been feeling a bit crowded myself.)

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    1. Cranky, you would have at the bakery and at Sister's home too.

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  7. Aniseed rings! Chocolate bullets! Turkish delights!
    you belong in my family :D
    Sister's garden looks nice, I like the paths and beds, better than straight paths and square beds.
    The beach is beautiful, love the curve of the bay.

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    1. River, I feel sorry for Little Jo, as she doesn't like liquorice. The paths weren't always there, or they were overgrown.

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    2. Sorry, Schmorry, that leaves more for us!

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  8. It is a great to see the photos of Queenscliff where we haven't been, but then, we haven't travelled Victoria down that way at all.
    Your sister can't have many bedrooms.
    The tent is good, serves the purpose.

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    1. Margaret, three bedrooms, plus the lounge was utilised. It is about everyone wanting to sleep in comfort on their own and Little Jo enjoys the camp in the tent. For you next visit you must visit Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale and Barwon Heads.

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  9. Great to see this part of Australia through your pics Andrew. Always good to head for the beach.

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    1. Carol, while I rarely visit, I don't like being too far away from the sea.

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  10. ooh I'll have some turkish delights too please Andrew

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    1. Fen, have you been stalking me on xvideos?

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  11. I always forget to tell you to go to the museum and look up the book I made my father-in-law write about his young life on Swan Island.

    The tower of the Vue Grande was turned into a honeymoon suite but when we stayed there it was open on all sides and the boys loved it. The food was very pricey so they survived on fish and chips and made friends with every seagull that could fit inside that tower.

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    1. In Queenscliff museum? I would be interested to read it. Swan Island is a prohibited place to visit, but it is part of Borough of Queenscliffe.

      So you stayed at the Vue Grande. Wicked.

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  12. I hope there's a part two Andrew :) Enjoyed hearing about your weekend as much as I think you enjoyed it! When it comes right down to it as much as family are a pain sometimes it really is fun to spend some quality time with them.. these are wonderful memories for Little Jo don't you agree? Hurry up with part two!!!!

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    1. There is Grace, for maybe Friday. Yes, I always enjoy the company of family......for a while.

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  13. Our usual haunt was the Ozone Hotel and I believe that is the one turned into ritzy apartments and I really would have loved to buy one but like Hels, I baulked at the price. The Queenscliffe where Mietta opened her restaurant is still there but it was a bit too refined for my two horrors. The Ozone also had a tower reached by a tiny staircase and they were always found there and even managed to climb to the very top trying to get onto the roof.
    Swan Island has a nasty history as the conscientious objectors of WW1 were sent there and treated very badly.

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    1. Jah Teh, how I would have loved to stay there when I was a kid because it had a tower. I wasn't aware of that Swan Island history.

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  14. Your Easter break was full, as was the house you stayed in!!

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    1. CM, we were home by late Sunday afternoon to do some serious relaxing.

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  15. You certainly had a nice Easter with your family despite bunk beds ! Your sister is a brave woman to house all these people ! We did nothing, just looking in the rain !

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    1. So sad about the rain Gattina. You seem to have so much over winter. Sister housed four extra people. We regularly house the three of them in our apartment.

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