Thursday, July 09, 2020

Barwon Heads Day 1

We lent Ex Sis in Law and her husband some money and we waived the repayment. The husband's mother recently died and her house was sold and he bought a caravan, which they have used a few times since the last lock down. In gratitude, they offered to pay for a night's accommodation in the Bellarine Peninsula town of Barwon Heads where they would be staying for a week. That didn't happen and the last accommodation in caravan park was what is known as a Boathouse. It was expensive but very nice.

A tv show years ago called Seachange made Barwon Head famous, including the dispute over the old and worn out bridge. I think the matter was resolved by building a new road bridge and converting the old bridge to a pedestrian and cycling bridge.

The star of Seachange, character Laura, lived in a house overlooking the beach and for Mother's 70th birthday, Sister paid for a week's accommodation in the house for Mother and late Step Father. We visited and were part of a huge family celebration with a barbeque. It is hard to believe it was 16 years ago. Mother and Step Father paid themselves for an extra couple of days as they loved it so much.

Our Boathouse cottage was next door to Laura's House. It is a one bedroom and fortunately with a king sized bed. In spite of there not being a vanity unit in the bathroom, it was really well set up. Even in the most expensive hotels we have stayed, there has never been a better set up for towel rails and door and wall hooks.

The heating was good and there were heat lamps in the bathroom and by golly we needed good heating. It was cold and often wet. It poured down rain as we drove for the one and a half hours to Barwon Heads on the Friday. Longer than that really as we stopped off for lunch and supplies.

Ex Sis in Law had one granddaughter stay with them in the caravan, and the day we arrived, Little M was going home with her mother and Little Em was going to stay. Also Hippie Niece was staying, sleeping on our lounge room floor with her twins in the caravan with their grandparents. What could possibly go wrong?  The three grand children ran riot but no big problems.

This mud lark, jay or mud jay was trying it on for a free feed at the caravan. Gosh it made loud chirps.


The view from our lounge room. Yes, that air con was really pumping the heat out.


Cute cottage, yes?


The two seater couch was very uncomfortable, but otherwise we could barely fault the cottage. Well, the tvs were a little small but that is par for the course in nearly all accommodation.


The bridge over Barwon River is visible.


The bedroom looking into the bathroom.




I am not sure what this restaurant is called. We called it The Boathouse, which is a little confusing as we stayed in a Boathouse. It also had a kiosk serving food and coffee.



A magpie with a broken wing came a begging. I don't normally feed wild birds but I felt sorry for him or her. His partner and his two young child maggies were close by. In spite of the broken wing, he still shared food with his nagging offspring.


Nice evening sunlight. Ex Sis in Law's husband made us a wonderful pasta dinner. We returned to our cottage with Hippie Niece, had a couple of drinks and were in bed early enough, only to be startling awoken at 1.30am, but that is the next day, so I will tell you about it in the next post.



40 comments:

  1. It looks and sounds wonderful.
    I am so glad you had this mini escape before the lockdown hit again.

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  2. What a glorious cottage. I'm glad you had such a lovely time and were well treated by all.

    XO
    WWW

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  3. That looks so beautiful and peaceful, Andrew. I am envious. That is the sort of holiday I would love.

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    1. Nice weather without family and it would have been perfect Strayer.

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  4. That looks like a nice area to stay...forever. Stuff the city! That would suit me just fine! :)

    I feed the birds here every afternoon...the maggies, kookas, butcher birds and currawongs....they get the meat scraps when I cut up the meat for my two furry rascal's dinner. I love having the birds around. They keep a watchful eye, not only on their wrist watches, but on my movements/habits. They know when their dinner is due. They reward me with their songs. There is always a family of wood ducks roaming around, too...I often throw out pieces of fruit for them.

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    1. Lee, I understand the feeding of critters. It is a joy as long as we remember to not make them dependant. Wood ducks.....I don't know about them.

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    2. I really am not stupid, Andrew....re the feeding of native birds, and animals.

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    3. Never ever would I think that Lee.

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  5. What a great place to stay. I am watching season 2 of Seachange during this lockdown, how fun to learn you can stay in Laura's house and in the boathouse.

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    1. Terra, I think much of it was filmed on location. It is a great spot.

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  6. Gorgeous views and a really lovely little cottage. I remember seeing a few episodes of Seachange, but don't remember anything about it.
    I wonder if that Maggie really did have a broken wing or if he just let it hang in order to score a feed. They have been known to do that and sometimes will limp as well or instead.

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    1. River, very interesting information about a broken wing Magpie, but I think in this case, no faking. Limping too! Amazing!

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  7. Nice little cottage. Personally I don't think I've had noticed that it didn't have a 'vanity unit'. That poor bird, I hope River is right otherwise it won't last long if it can't fly.

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    1. Cro, I think our Magpies can do well enough on the ground with spousal support. A vanity unit is required to lay out foundation, lipstick, rouge, powder, eyeliner and mascara. Just ask Lady Magnon.

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  8. A cliffhanger post! We will be waiting impatiently for the next one. Looks like a nice getaway. I like individual cabins to stay in - seems more private to me. It was kind of you to waive the loan repayment, and nice that the relatives found a way to thank you.

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    1. Jenny, I did think it was a good cliff hanger. They ended up not paying for any accommodation for us, plus R gave them $70 for additional costs that will become clearer down the track.

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  9. Oh goodness, what happened at 1.30am!
    Looks a nice place, pity if rained all the way down to it, the cottage is very cute and lovely of you x-sister in law and her husband to treat you to the stay, but then the other hand you helped them out - always good to know it was appreciated.

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    1. Post lock down Margaret, it is a nice place to stay when you next visit our state. Sites are about $40.

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  10. What a peaceful looking place for a break. Oh how I wish.....

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    1. Maire, we are now so pleased we did it not that we are locked down again.

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  11. What a lovely cottage Andrew, super view too. I really enjoyed Seachange, such a quirky Aussie show. I am glad you had that wee break before heading back into lockdown 💙

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    1. Grace, we are so pleased to have that getaway before Mark 2 Lockdown. Sad that one of the younger characters, actor Tom Long has died.

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  12. Nice views, pretty little place.

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    1. Travel, pretty little place describes it well.

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  13. It's lovely. I would even hang out there alone to read a book and get away from it all. I would just need to throw in a cheeseburger(lol) Hugs, RO

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    1. RO, half an hour drive to get a cheeseburger so make a sandwich and sit with your book.

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  14. That does look like a cozy cottage. It seems you had a very nice getaway.

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    1. Gigi, the cottage was good. It was a nice enough getaway.

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  15. What a great place, despite the chill! Looks like a nice getaway. Poor magpie!

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    1. Steve, I thing the magpie will be ok. They feed on the ground and can probably ward off a cat if threatened.

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  16. Wondrous. And good on you for taking care of the magpie and good on the magpie for taking care of the offspring.

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    1. Sandra, yes, that was good the magpie while injured was still caring for its young.

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  17. What a wonderful cottage! I can see myself there! Ah yes. The sea!

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    1. Maribeth, on the few occasions the sun managed to shine, it was just gorgeous.

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  18. A friend and I had a lovely holiday a while back, staying at Point Lonsdale (in a colleague's holiday house) and loved it. We also made a Seachange pilgrimmage!

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    1. James, Point Lonsdale is where my sister lives. It is very nice.

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    2. To this day I loathe Shaun Micallef because of his role in the show. It's stupid, I know...

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    3. I don't even remember that he was in the show.

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