Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Cowes Day 1

Our week day two day holiday away at Cowes Caravan Park on Phillip Island was ok, just. It was a bright? idea of mine when I had a week off work. Unfortunately I suggested maybe it would nice if Mother came along with us. That meant booking for her her own double bed bedroom.

The morning dawned with a prescient shepherd's warning, and the sky was quite right.



Mother is old, like 83 and now depends on a walking frame when out and about. R ever so kindly lambasted me in advance. Did you not think about how your mother's walking frame will be stowed for our wee holiday? Did I not tell you when we bought the new car three years ago that we needed an SUV? Well, no, I didn't think about needing a larger vehicle for Mother's walking frame when she did not use one. OK, R talks like this when he is feeling stressed.

Formerly when on the odd occasion that I do Mother Thursday, the walking frame sits on the backseat as it won't fit in the boot, and either R or myself is squashed up on one side of the back seat while munching on a walking frame wheel. R has never let me experiment with putting down one of the 40%/60% split backs of the back seat. He rode in discomfort the short distance from Pakenham to  Koo Wee Rup where we had a nice lunch at a bakery. Mother refuses to use a walking stick for short distances, so every time we stop, the walking frame has to come out. Then we had to stop again for a public toilet stop, where she did walk unaided to the toilet.

We journeyed on and arrived at Cowes at about 2:30, shortly after check in time. We last stayed in Cowes in 2007, and amazingly after I checked back on blog posts from back then, it was in the same cabin. I have now added a label, Cowes, to the posts from back then, and also one to to our 2016 road trip when we stayed nearby and visited Cowes for lunch. I took some pretty good photos with an older camera, I think. I don't self praise often, but I think my posts were pretty good.  Little Jo and members of family had visited; Little Jo was about 3 months old.


Looking back at the old Cowes' posts, interesting to see we paid $110 per night plus a fee of $20 for bed sheets and towels. Eleven years later we paid $160 plus $31 for bed sheets and towels. I think this is the only place in the world where we have had to pay extra for sheets for our beds, and towels.



Unbelievably the exact same fabric pattern is on the couch. I have a photo of Hippie Niece nursing Little Jo on the same couch.


Perhaps a little dated, but very clean and comfortable.


Just a couple of hours after we arrived R and I walked down to the beach, the wind changed from being a hot northerly to a cold southerly.


All traces of human activity had been erased from the beach by the wind.


R did have a little paddle, but we felt our legs, arms and faces had received enough dermabrasion for the day and so returned to the cabin.


As evening approached, out came the rabbits, many of them. I didn't get a really good photo. Also a flock of galahs descended to feast on something on the ground that falls from a tree. One of Mother's former neighbours, Mrs Stewart, remembers staying the caravan park when she  was a girl and there were hundreds of koalas to be seen. None there now that we could see.

Mother decided she wanted take away fish and chips for dinner, so we drove to get some and were spoilt for choice by the number of places almost side by side. We chose the green shop. The fish was nice, in a nice batter but the number of chips was ridiculous. Half a field of potatoes in each box.




The cabin quickly cooled down after the change of weather, so the air con cooling went off and a couple of hours later, the air con heating went on. Mother and R watched stupid shows on tv while I watched stupid Youtube clips on my tablet. R and I almost successfully blocked our ears to Mother moaning on about her medical problems and with a dire warning that she has not been to the toilet for three days and she expected things to happen in the morning. I think we all slept quite soundly. 

27 comments:

  1. Holidaying in a caravan park was so 1950s and so much fun, all working families will think your post was about their own history :) Were you within walking distance of the beach?

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    1. p.s. Eating fish and chips outside the caravan is another fond memory. No plates and cutlery, of course .. We ate straight out of the paper!

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    2. You are up early Hels. My family was very much of a Rosebud foreshore camping variety, except we never did camp. One edge of the park is the beach. Yes, from the paper is good, in this modern case, from the box.

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  2. That was a lovely idea of yours to take your Mum. No doubt she will drive you mad but nevertheless a lovely idea.

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    1. Marie, she did drive us mad, and R has not forgiven me.

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  3. I hope the dire things did not eventuate. And that if they did, you didn't hear about them.
    Hundreds of koalas? How I would love to see that.

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    1. EC, more will be said in the next post. It was a bad idea. Do koalas have a mating season? From what I have heard, you would not want to be there when that was underway.

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  4. That was a nice idea to take mum always good to get away for a few days when you are getting on a bit, the cabin looks pretty good I was a bit surprised about the price but I haven't stayed in a cabin in a caravan park for a long long time.
    Merle........

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    1. Merle, it was a prime location right on the beach, and so, it was expensive. I think Mother enjoyed her change of routine.

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  5. Nothing worse weather wise than a cold southerly but then all southerlies are somewhat freezing.
    Amazing how you for the same cabin again. Only ever stayed in a cabin once and never again if possible.

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    1. Margaret, a cold southerly can be a relief, but in this case, perhaps not. Why didn't you like a cabin to stay in? Better than a motel room.

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    2. The only cabin we ever stayed in was at Parks. We were tired and cold, heater was useless, room smelt musty, old bed covers, you get the idea, so we said never again. When we don’t take the caravan we Motel it and always find a decent one, but of course they do cost....a restaurant is also handy to have in same building.

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    3. Margaret, I can't say we have ever struck a bad one, but we have motel rooms. I guess it was air con heating and they do take forever to heat up a cabin. They are also slow heat up a campervan. If it is cold, we just put it on and leave it on.

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  6. Love the two photos of the sky, really beautiful.
    Wow, same cabin and same sofa just over 10 years later.
    Hope you had a great time despite the moaning of a certain lady.

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    1. Sami, it was quite amazing about the cabin. I am remembering how you described your Mother. Such a contrast to my own.

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  7. Love your humour. You are brave taking your old mum.

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    1. Diane, brave and at the end of the day, stupid.

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  8. The weather is going to get better and for your Mum - prunes!!!! :)

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    1. Lady J, yes, now we are home and I am back to work. She has done the prunes.

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  9. Note to self: bring sheets and towels if going to Cowes.

    Three days?? She needs a chocolate pudding made with laxettes.

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    1. River, with Mother's travelling cases, there was no room for our own sheets. She has done all those laxette things. It is her addiction to Codeine and the resulting effects that causes her constipation.

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  10. Ok, so you left us with your mother's dire warning. So what happened next morning? The walker doesn't fold? Most here do, I think. You are very good to your mother.

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    1. Strayer, it does fold but not small enough. Maybe some fold smaller. This one was given to her. I will get to the dire warning soon.

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  11. You areca lovely son Andrew and it goes without say that R is a treasure! Your mum is lucky to have a big caring family around her, my parents were too. Many elders aren't so lucky. Yes absolutely, way too many chips every time, and often I don't have the willpower to leave them 😀😀

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    1. Grace, I see it somewhat of an obligation. They look after you until your teens and assuming they did well, you repay that when they are older.......up to a point. Of course R has no such obligation. More on that later. It was the most chips in one serve I've ever seen.

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  12. Now I feel like a good feed of fish and chips; or a feed of good fish and good chips!

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    1. Lee, both were good but I normally don't have batter on my fish. It was nice for a change.

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