Friday, March 09, 2018

Cowes Day 2

As many do, we nicknamed these rabbits Myxo and Calesi. Do some googling, but they are both imported diseases to attempt to control the rabbit population number in Australia. Mother was ready to go out by 11:00.


Mother's best friend forever died in her young forties. Her friend's parents owned this modest holiday house in Rose Avenue. It was about five minutes from the beach. Mother rented the house many times for holidays, some summer and some Easter. It looks worse that I remember. It is a very nice and quiet part of Cowes.


Many hours were spent on Rose Avenue Beach, a five minute walk from the house above.


A cycling school group. They had run out of road.



Mother said there was once an old farmhouse on this block. Solar panels were being added to the newish house.


A memorial seat for Chicko. I just tried to find out who he was to no avail. I did discover that where the children are assembled on bikes is the entrance to the prestigious Scotch College, School Camp.


I have been everywhere on Phillip Island, at least where there is a road but I could not remember Rhyll. It is mainly a fishing village, with only a small beach. You can see the long marked car parking spaces for vehicles and their boat trailers.


The water seemed exceptionally clear. We have nice views towards French Island, where Kylie Minogue once had a property and the mainland coastal place of Coronet Bay.


We drove up a very steep hill, attracted by this splendid looking house, well with splendid views at least. There were a number of quite grand newer houses.


Back to Cowes and the bakery on this intersection for lunch.


This avenue of cypress trees in the main street, Thompson Avenue, were planted in the early to mid 20 century. There was  a plan 1992 to cut them all down to make more car parking space, but local protests prevented that from happening. Golden cypress, I think.


We all walked very slowly down the steep hill to the beach. It had been made very friendly for the less fit, with ramps as well as steps.



I walked back up the hill to get the car and bring to the bottom to collect Mother and R. I had to stop for a photo stop or two.


"Oh, Oh Antonio. Where have you gone."


We stopped at a supermarket to get a couple of things and across the road was a church with some murals. Each panel references Phillip Island.




Feeding pelicans is alive and well at San Remo on the mainland side of the bridge to Phillip Island.


I would guess this is a bridge to Churchill Island from Phillip Island.


The Nobbies, Phillip Island. We visited the next day.



Mother once rented a gorgeous holiday house at Red Rock Beach on the far side of Cowes. R and I visited and stayed a night. It was on stilts. Mother's late friend who also visited said it was in Daffy Do Street. It was actually Daffyd Street. We checked out the house, which has been built in underneath, around the stilts. The beach was quite lovely.


The rocks did not look very red at all, but in certain light, they do.


Meanwhile back at the caravan park, the storm water drain empties into the sea.


It had been a cool and breezy day, about 20 degrees, but I was grateful for that.


We dined that evening at the Cowes RSL and had a terrific meal for a very reasonable price and R won $70 on the pokie machines. Mother and I had a Seniors roast lamb. R, a chicken parmigiana. Just a week night, but the venue was very busy. Mother said she could not possibly eat all of the food served to her and as we discussed doggy bags and take away containers for half her meal, she kept on eating on until there was nothing left to take home....and then had dessert.  

Home and to bed early enough. I knew R was undergoing Mother stress. It really manifested itself the next morning. Funny how Mother stresses R out so much but never her own children. More later.

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  1. Love the church murals. Not something I have ever seen.
    I think of Phillip Island in connection with the bike races - and am glad to get a different perspective.

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    1. EC, the motor cycling is a bit of an aberration on the island. I just wish they would move the damn car race that is about to happen here to Phillip Island.

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  2. We've done it again, from toes to art:)
    That's too funny about discussing doggy bags until your mom had cleaned her plate and ordered dessert:)
    FYI: I once asked a young waitress for a doggy bag. She was clueless as to what I was talking about;)

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    1. We did indeed Sandra. I think it must have been an urban myth here that cafes and restaurants were no longer allowed to give containers for leftovers. They still do. I think the doggy bag was subterfuge for when you really wanted the food for yourself.

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  3. If you think Cowes is a retreat from the real world, Rhyll is a retreat from Cowes. Fishing, sailing, koala reserves, hiking and lovely wine.

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    1. Hels, it was certainly a peaceful place.

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  4. I love that house getting the solar panels put on. :)

    R is quite lucky, is he always lucky on the pokies? We've had two people in our family who just always are lucky that way. :)

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    1. Snoskred, while he might gamble $20 when I only gamble $5, he does seem to be more lucky than I am. I wouldn't say he was ahead, but not far from breaking even.

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  5. That little holiday house would suit me down to the ground and to the beach as a permanent house. It would do me.

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    1. Lee, it could be made quite presentable without much money spent. You would have to put up with the noise of mating koalas at times, and I can tell you, it is not melodious.

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    2. Andrew, when I operated the small resort on Newry Island the koalas were my next door neighbours. They sure can be noisy!

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    3. Lee, somehow I knew you would have known about koala noises, and I was right.

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  6. Funny when food good you can always eat it all, when it bad a tiny amount is hard to swallow.
    Rented houses on the beach reminds so much of holidays of my childhood.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merle, yes, that is quite true. I suppose our memories are selective, but they seemed such happy times.

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  7. Lovely photos of your mini holiday. I had to laugh at your Mom eating everything despite saying it was too much. Love the various murals, you could have posted them on Monday murals Andrew :)

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    1. Sami, I do have some mural photos up my sleeve, maybe this Monday.

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  8. Having a bit of a giggle here about Mother and her meal.
    I like that little holiday house, a cabin on the beach I'd call it and would live in it quite happily. With maybe a little renovation or two, depending on what the kitchen and bathroom are like. I'm getting out my big Atlas now, to see where Philip island is.

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    1. River, my memory is a bit hazy, but I think it was three bedroom and pretty basic kitchen and bathroom, but adequate for quite a number of people. You've found the island?

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    2. In the big Atlas is was just a dot and no mention of Cowes at all, but on the fold out UBD map it was easier to spot with Cowes right next to it.

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  9. I would like that little holiday house, but without any neighbours. My daughter spends a lot of time on a small island off Qld. Keppel Island looks quite similar.

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    1. Cro, there was a vacant block of land next door, on the house title and then a golf course, with resident koalas, but the block was subdivided and there are certainly neighbours in all directions now. The islands may look similar, but have very different weather.

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  10. Amazing that regarding your mum and R...
    What is a Senior Roast Andrew?
    The Island does look interesting, the Church with murals, different.

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    1. Margaret, roasted seniors.....tasty but a bit tough. Maybe you should have an autumn or spring holiday trip in southern Victoria? My fees as a guide are very reasonable.

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    2. Ha Ha.
      Margaret, a senior roast is a smaller serve at a slightly cheaper price.

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  11. I think the house looks nice anyway the whole place looks nice ! R probably has mother in law symptoms, lol !

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    1. Gattina, you are wise. R very much did have mother in law problems. The next day he snapped, not at her, but at me.

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  12. I've been many places over the years, but have never seen a church mural, and they are quite amazing and unique. To have lived just 5 minutes from the beach would have been wonderful and so peaceful. Thanks for sharing such wonderful pictures of your trip, and the stories to go along with it. Hugs...RO

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    1. What a lovely comment RO. Most Australians don't take religion too seriously and it is good to see churches used for something artistic. Oddly, we rather like our old churches, but more as historical buildings.

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  13. Better Mum has a healthy apetite than a finicky one Andrew 😀 what a lovely trip excellent series of images. You discovered some fab street art too. Hope R is recovered from mum stress, it can be quite difficult at times I'm sure .

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    1. Grace, well she is finicky about what she eats as she has self diagnosed that she is allergic to so many things, but not roast lamb and what goes with it, it seems. R is ok now.

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  14. How fun to visit memory lane in such a peaceful place. The church murals are beautiful, love the blue.

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    1. Terra, it was very much memory lane. Thanks.

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  15. I liove cyprus trees

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    1. Gosia, they were terrific to climb when I was young, but a bit scratchy at times.

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  16. The church murals are quiet beautifully done and not what I would have expected a church to do.

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    1. CM, it would have a pretty ugly blank wall before they painted.

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