Wow it’s been way too long and so much has happened!
I am currently on my first round of school holidays and have some time to sit down at my computer and share some of the adventures I have been on. Way too many for one post so I will post a few times this week to space them out!
Rewind in time to over a month ago and that’s where I’ll begin. It was Labour Day weekend here in Australia and I had a long weekend ahead so Simon and I planned a little road trip to a place I wanted to get to the first time around but never got there: Philip Island.
We packed up and hit the road after work on Friday (March 7th) and drove down to the Island. We pulled into the little town of Cowes around 10pm and headed to his family’s holiday house where we would be staying the weekend. It had been a long day so we made it an early night to bed and planned for our exploration to take place the next morning.
I was up just before the sun and headed down to the beach for a little solitary explore and as soon as I stepped outside it felt like I was back home…that it was the middle of July and I was walking down to the beach at Sauble to chill out. It was eerily familiar…I don’t think I have ever felt so much at home in an unknown town during all of my travels….that feeling will never leave me.
Saturday: woke up, went for a walk, explored the island, went out to The Nobbies, got tickets to see the little Penguins later that night, ticket entrance to Churchill Island Farm, explored around there for sometime, also picked up tickets to a koala conservation and saw some sleepy Koalas…headed back to town, changed, went to a very cool art/food festival and had something to eat then headed back out to watch the Penguin Parade. At the Penguin Parade you are not allowed to take any photographs and I was such a good girl so I sadly have no personal record (except in my brain) of what I saw, but let me tell you this…it was freakin’ super cute! These little foot high penguins come out of the ocean, on to the beach in little groups and wait for a few more, then a few more, until they feel confident enough to walk up from the shore to their little nesting grounds in the hills of the conservation area…was I silently running a commentary of their little conversations to each other while getting out of the water, getting washed back in to the water and during their climb?? uh…YA (also it may not have been so silent…) Since I couldn’t take any pictures here is a little video about the Parade: Penguin Parade
Sunday: up early again, walk, trip into town for some shopping, trip to the beach close to us…saw some (100’s) of crabs come up from under the sand, had lunch, went to a surfing beach…tried to bodysurf in a bathing suit not made for body surfing…while catching a wave I got caught up in it and it grabbed (yes, the wave had hands and grabbed me) my feet and proceeded to pull them up backwards, over my back, then head, forcing me into an underwater backwards somersault manoeuvre …a boob may have popped out…I was finished with body-surfing. Back to the house, dinner out and back to chill.
Monday: early wake up, walk, packed, clean the house, visited with family, headed off with one last stop to see Pelicans being fed. Pretty cool and got to see a sting ray in the water afterwards as well!
It was a wonderful weekend away and the perfect start to what turned out to be one incredibly busy month ahead!!!
Next stop: A special birthday dinner and a week with eighteen 14 year olds!
~ Hugs and Love ~