Sunday, February 16, 2020

My Broulee Adventure - Day 5

Definitely a lazy Sunday today. 
First up, after a quick visit to the local little supermarket 
I thought I'd go and check out Captain Oldrey Park which is a local 
sporting park and sport region for Broulee kids.

It was sad seeing the netball nets hanging in a sad state.

The surrounds of the park were devastated on New Years Eve and
 it's mind blowing how in five weeks the ground cover of ferns 
has regenerated the area. 
Nature sure is amazing in what she can do.

Nature is amazing
My afternoon was spent watching an Avengers movie and then listened and watched the amazing Fire Fight Australia Concert. Wow so many fantastic artists. Some of my favourites would be Daryl Braithwaite, Jessica Mauboy, Guy Sebastian, Deltra Goodrem, Ronan Keating, Tina Arena, Hilltop Hoods and Alice Cooper. Both my grandsons O'Shea and Finn liked Alice Coopers band. While Alice Cooper was singing I asked O'Shea if he liked guitar or drums and his answer "I like the Old Guy". How amazing were Queen and k.d Lang singing hallelujah bought tears to my eyes. Then of course there was John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John. 
OMG OMG what an amazing finish to an amazing concert. 
Oh my what a magnificent concert.

Saturday, February 15, 2020

My Broulee Adventure - Day 4

Day 4 was a bit more eventful after my restful day yesterday. 
First up I woke up with a little car park in my bed with me.

A carpark in my bed - compliments of Louis

The morning was spent sitting outside, enjoying the sunshine.

Our how I love these kids
Then after lunch O'Shea, Finn and I took ourselves off to the movies to see "Sonic  The Hedgehog". 
It is totally a kids movie but was still fun to watch and so great to spend time 
with these two amazing boys. The popcorn and ice creams were fun too.

Then tonight it was out for a family night out. Dinner was at a great Indian restaurant called Kholis Indian Restaurant. The whole meal was super yummy, but I am SO full now.

Mmmm a great Indian meal
After dinner on the way home we went for a drive through the 
Mogo State Forest which was totally destroyed by the recent bushfires. 
So many houses burnt down, so many trees blackened, so many animals lost. 
Such a sad sad sight. 

Such a sad sight

Friday, February 14, 2020

My Broulee Adventure - Day 3

It's been a pretty quiet day today. Usually the day after I do the big drive 
whether it's coming up here or going home I'm pretty tired. 
With everyone of at work, school or childcare it was just me and 
Bosco to hang out at home.

Beautiful Frangipani 

Enjoying lunch on the new patio

I had a little bit of  new house stuff to do on my laptop, then after a healthy lunch out on the new patio in the nice sunshine I could feel my eyes telling me it was time for a Nana nap. My eyes were definitely not getting an argument from me. 

Seeing it's Valentines Day Shane and Stacey went out for dinner and this kids and I hung out together. Louis enjoyed playing with his cars and the two bigger boys O'Shea and Finn claimed my bed to watch Star Wars on the iPad. 

Louis loves his cars
Finn and O'Shea take over my bed to watch a bit of Star Wars

Thursday, February 13, 2020

My Broulee Adventure - Day 2

WooHoo I'm finally here. I headed off from Lakes Entrance around 7.30am and was welcomed by a very humid, very foggy morning, which lasted most of the trip. 
I was treated to a very humid foggy morning

An eerie morning in Lake Tyres State Forest
From the road everything looked fairly normal until I got to Orbost. The SES and the army are still stationed there making sure all the fires are totally out and clearing up the surrounding roads. All of a sudden you could smell the smoky smell. It was the smell of when a campfire has been put out with water and the lingering smoke smell fill the air. Also, the trees were starting to show where the flames had licked them and either been extinguished or changed direction. Then the devastating sight hit me. Both sides of the road and as far as I could see was black tree trunks, burnt leaves and ash on the ground. 
As far as I could see there were dead trees

This tiny fern bought a smile to my face

So Sad !
There was the occasional group of trees that were missed but this terribly depressing sight continued for at least 40 kilometres. After a bit I was back to the normal bushland I am used to and then I hit the Cobargo area and township. 

It's beautiful to see some of the tree sprouting greenery already

There was a lot of damage on the roads due to trees falling

That's when I saw the devastation of houses and buildings laying on the ground in a crumpled mess. It was about at this point I just needed to stop the car and let the tears fall. How could this possibly happen? How can we as a nation make sure nothing like this ever happens again?  
Two things along my journey today did bring a smile to my face. Seeing the greenery sprouting from some of the trees and the small ferns emerging out of the blackness. Also. luckily I was driving slowly as out of the blackness on one side of the road a small kangaroo hopped out onto the road. I stopped and we looked at each other and off he hopped to the other side of the road disappearing into more blackness. 
I'm now in Broulee and totally loving spending time with these three little guys. No there were no tears just lots of big hugs. 
It certainly was hard to negotiate Louis, O'Shea and Finn into three smiling faces. 
But oh how I love these faces. 

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

My Broulee Roadtrip - Day 1

Today is the first day of my much awaited Broulee road trip. After the devastating bushfires hit Australia and my son and his young family being caught up in it I have hanging to get up to Broulee to spend some time with them. Up until a few days ago the roads have been closed and it wasn't going to happen. But the main road is now open so this morning I headed off from home around 8.00am knowing I would get a fair bit of peak hour traffic, which I did. But seeing I expected it all was ok. After a couple of hours my first stop was in Traralgon to see my cousin Sue and drop off a couple of things to her. Next was onto Bairnsdale for a bit of lunch and then back on the road for the last leg of today's journey to the coastal town of Lakes Entrance. All up, my drive took me around five hours. Even though the township of Lakes Entrance had no damage from the fires it was terribly affected with thousands of holiday makers being evacuated. It was a huge blow for all the businesses as that was their busiest time. I booked into the RSL Glenara Motel which is clean, comfy and great value. After settling in I went for a wander down the street and noticed a lot of businesses closed, which I presume is a result of the downturn in business due to our devastating Summer. Talking to one of the locals she was saying how lucky the town was that the forest behind the town didn't catch fire. If it had the town could have been gone. She was also saying just much damage the fires and resulting evacuation did to local businesses. The motels faired ok as all the emergency personal that were in the area needed some where to lay their heads but lots of small businesses just had to shut up shop in the first few weeks of 2020. One of my aims on this road trip was to buy anything I need in the local shops, because if we all do this while visiting these towns they have more of a chance of surviving. Driving up and going for a walk today there was constant drizzly rain which was an inconvenience while walking but is great to saturate the ground so all vegetation can regrow. All of a sudden at around 3.30pm in rolled a heavy fog the ocean. It was a very eerie feel. 

I didn't have to travel far for dinner as the motel has a good restaurant that has pretty good Chinese meals. 

So it was a yummy meal before back into my room for a quiet night in front of the TV before having an early night for another day of driving tomorrow. I expect tomorrow's drive to take a bit longer than normal as I will be heading through areas that were devastated but the bushfires and there will still be lots of roadworks happening. 

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Mini Mega Model Museum - Melbourne Museum

On this week’s Adventure Day my two eldest granddaughters joined me on my adventure. After our train trip into the city, first up was a short visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. 
We love the water wall at the entrance of the National Gallery

This was Mikayla’s first visit and she loved the water wall at the entrance. 
The Great Wall with it's amazing stained-glass ceiling
She was also very impressed with the Great Hall with its spectacular stained-glass ceiling. I agreed with Clare and Mikayla that this beautiful hall has a very calming feel. Next it was down to Southbank for our lunch then it was off to Walkers donuts, which is a regular place we visit seeing their surname is Walker. 
Clare and Mikayla are partial to a Walkers Donut
Next was onto a tram to Melbourne Museum to visit the “Mini Mega Model Museum”. This is a temporary exhibition that features a world of over 300 astounding models and miniatures from the museums own collection. The amazing pieces of work ranged from a giant mosquito, a Colosseum made out of cork, a very detailed miniature carousel and the most amazing dollhouse I could ever imagine seeing. 

It was unanimous that the dollhouse was all of our favourite. 
One very impressive doll house

Incredible detail

The carousel not only had incredible detail but was made with lots of recycled items. 
The dollhouse is named Pendle Hall, a Georgian Mansion: 1940’s - 1980’s. It was made by Felicity Clemens from Tasmania. 

“Felicity felt her daughters little dollhouse was to plain. 
So, she improved it. Hugely. For 40 years.”

Then it was time to head home on the train. Unfortunately, it was almost peak time and there were no seats available. But the girls loved that idea and spent the trip home giggling every time the train jerked and they wobbled around on their unstable feet. 

It was such a great Adventure Day.