Thursday, July 17, 2014

Holiday 2014 Bits and Pieces

I lost my camera charger-grrrrr
So photo taking became sporadic.
Hugo saved the day with his iPhone.
So, some mixed piccies!
On Sunday morning, we met up with one of my fab online friends at this amazing swimming centre.
It has incredible heated pools and a marvellous children's play area.
It was perfect. Mel, Andrew, Jed and I could sit in the water and chat whilst the children played.
I cannot tell you how good it felt to be weightless for an hour.
We had planned to go for a steam engine trip in the afternoon but we were all pretty mellow and didn't really feel like it.
So we went shopping in a fab direct-to-the-public warehouse we visited last time we were over this way.
As well as great asian and antique furniture there a range of Japanese ride on machines.
All set up to run for free!
Tildy had a ball!
They stock the most amazing stuff, from light fittings to scarves.
Rolls of voiles and Obi off cuts.
Stone garden ornaments, drawers knobs and jewellery.
And funky funky toys!
Lidia found this wonderful dress, $45!
And Tilly got one too, $25!
How could we leave them?

We were home in time for a fish and chip supper!

xx N

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Holiday 2014 Day Five

This time I wasn't left out!
Next stop Erskine Falls
Magnificent trees that reach for the sky.
And then just keep going.
A extremely well designed National Park nestled in the hill side.
With stairs leading down......
To this.
Erskine Falls.
''It has inspired thousands of of bush lovers over the decades. Even the poet and novelist Rudyard Kipling wrote of buying a frond of fern “gathered where the Erskine leaps down the road to Lorne''

Absolutely breathtaking.

The romantic mist caressed and cooled you as you continued down.

There were plenty of seats to stop and catch the changing views, and your breath.

The deafening roar and the incredible force of the water is spectacular.

But then you have to get back up.....

I made it, just.

Next stop, Point Lonsdale and our next home.

xx N

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Holiday 2014 Day Four

So jealous!
Jed took the Fab Five to Otways.
I was unable to participate due to my pregnancy.
On arrival they were measured and fitted for harnesses.
Tildy only just made the 105 cm cut off.  (3 foot 5 inches)
But she had to tandom jump with daddy.
This was followed by a 20 minute training and observation lecture.
Heading off.
Getting strapped in with Daddy.
The first pole was ten metres above ground. The actual length of the fly was thirty six metres.
Liddy coming into land at the 'cloud'.
The platforms are built around  Silver Ash trees.
Jed's landings were a bit ugly as he Tildy on his front and couldn't see his feet.

Zara coming into the 'cloud'
They reached speeds of 35 km/h (22 m/h) on the shorter fly's.
A view from the 'cloud', approximately 19 metres above the ground.
Blackwood trees.
Silver Ash trees, 40 years+ old.
This forest was cleared and burnt in the 1970's. 
The burning of the remaining land caused the seed pods to burst and spread the seed for rejuvenation.
Looking down.

Zara doing a 'cannonball'  to reach the other end of the 120 m (131 yards) long fly. 
On this fly you could achieve speeds of up to 45km (28 m/h)

All up there were six fly's and two bridge walks.
Magnificent ferns which could grow as high as 12 metres (13 yards) over a thousand years.
The walking bridge.
They were still harnessed in for this but you had to walk it.
Tildy didn't quite reach.
This was about 8 metres from the ground.

With a little help from her dad!
All done!

The whole experience took about a hour and a half.
Matilda and Lidia coped with it perfectly fine.
As recommended, I purchased light, shower proof jackets for everyone (I got them second hand off eBay). I also packed dry socks and track pants and everyone had a change of shoes to put on when they got back to the car.
This may not be needed in drier weather but made travelling back to Lorne far more comfortable. 

The Fab Five (and Jed) had a light lunch at the cafe, on site, which cost $45.
They then did the Tree Top walk which was a bonus with the zip line fly.
They did the walk pretty quickly in an hour.

Overall, an awesome experience. We booked online which was a little cheaper but for the whole crew it was a cost of $490. (+ lunch)

That is a bit pricey for us but everyone agreed  it was well worth it. 

Jed- ''I felt like a teenager again ''
Hugo- ''Amazing fun''
Zara- ''Incredible''
Elsa- '' Thrilling and it was great to met new people there''
Lidia- ''Awesome, lots of fun and really cool''
Matilda- ''Amazeballs, I wish I could do it again''

As I said, sooooo jealous!

xx N

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Holiday 2014 Day Two

Before we planned our holiday.
We asked everyone what they would like to do.

Hugo- fishing
Zara and Elsa- Op Shops and the movies.
Liddy- bush walks and a cake every day
Tildy- playgrounds and ice cream

A pretty achievable list.

We have done a bush walk.

Today, it was the Twins turn.
I had purchased this book before we left and Zara is adding any new ones we find to it.

We spent the night at Hamilton so that was first on our list.
 The Lifeline store, 45 Brown Street, Hamilton.
A tiny little shop with that 'Op Shop' smell.
Pretty standard 'old' stuff, a mix of clothing, books, toys and ornaments.
Hugo picked up some brand new work gear. Two pairs of overalls, work trousers and shorts.
And a new scarf, and a few books. $3o
Jed found a mohair scarf. $2
Tildy bought a china reindeer, for Nan, for 50c
Liddy ferreted out some china treasures, and a painted wooden box, for Nan. $2
And a ceramic turtle 50c
I bought this beautiful jug, for me, $2
Zara bought a dress, $6
Elsa, a sweet little sterling silver pendant, $1.50
Next up, the Salvo's, Gray Street.
This was pretty pricey and not that friendly.
Although Hugo picked up a cashmere scarf for $1.50!
Seriously, real cashmere.
And Liddy found a Emu egg. $2
I just hope it makes it home.
Zara hit the dress rack, $15
and another, $15
And something to pop over her swimmers, $4

Next up, across the road, The Argyle 
Not such a good clothes selection, but great books.
Our personal favourite was next, St Vinnies.
Nice and clean and very spacious.
I bought a pretty little sweet bowl. 50c 
Hugo found a few more books, I grabbed a classic Kwik Sew pattern. 50c a pop!
I also found a vintage wrap dress pattern, Tildy a wonderful, water filled bouncy ball.
Lidia found an amazing science activity book, brand new!
All 50c each!
And the buy of the trip (so far) Elsa found a beautiful suede and lambskin vintage shearing coat. Leather toggle buttons, suede button holes.
It fit her like it had been made for her. $80
The friendliest Op Shop in Hamilton was the WDHS.
I picked up some sweet little pieces of china. 50c a piece.
The prettiest shade of blue.
And I bought a beanie for the baby, new and hand kitted, pure wool,$2 

After Hamilton, we headed for Lorne.
Via Camperdown.
So green.
So beautiful 
Liddy is seriously getting into this!
I found a brand new hand knitted woollen baby sweater, $2!
And Elsa a new, hand knitted alpaca beanie, $2
Finally, the last shop of the day.
We snuck in with five minutes to spare.
Power shopping.
Vintage pattern bundle, $1 for the lot!

Elsa found a little black satin number, but popped it back, at the last minute.
She has good control.

It was getting late by then and the Op Shops at Colac would have been closed.

So we headed for Lorne.

I must mention, Hugo has done all the driving, including hair pin turns, narrow roads, skippy's and drizzle. He is doing an awesome job.

Today, Day 3, we stayed in our gorgeous apartment in Lorne, I slept and slept, Jed and the Littles hit the playgrounds, The Twins hit the boutiques and coffee shops, and Hugo studied (it has to be done).

Tomorrow, Jed and the Fab Five do the Otways experience but I am struggling a little with all the walking so I shall stay home and rest.

(But we have 6 months to do the walking tour)

xx N