What have we been doing the last couple of months? Good question
15.1.15 - 4.3.15 12 °C
Well, to continue where I left off in the middle of January.....we had a horrid day sailing from Melbourne to Devonport, so rough that most passengers were sick. Luckily we were able to book into a cabin and believe me it was the best $100 we have ever spent.......to climb between the crisp white sheets and put our heads on those pathetic pillows was the best feeling, when all around us was mayhem. To top it all off we were made to tip our 20 litres of diesel out into a drum at Station Pier - not what should have happened and it left a nasty taste, however the staff at the pier are like the gestapo and not to be argued with. We arrived into Devonport about an hour late and after a magnificent drive through luscious countryside to Westbury, we were welcomed home with a fanfare, with children jumping off walls, flags flying and plenty of wet cheeks. SO NICE to be here, to feel the family around us, and to enjoy a delicious ambience and a home cooked meal at Lou and Scotty's.
We are parked in the walnut orchard at Lou and Scotty's, and have named it "Walnut Grove". It's one of the most special spots we've ever parked in, plugged into power and water, a lovely shady spot. We have the bonus of the kids popping in after school, and we often have happy hour (or 2!!) with the Scotts in the evening. Millsie and Angus come and go, friends in tow, sometimes home sometimes not. Will and Hannah have graduated to middle school at Scotch, and have plenty still to learn. I have settled into work at Masonic Homes, and have had loads of shifts. We've caught up with lots of friends and still have lots to see. Joe sees that his daughters' gardens are all tickety boo, their knives are sharpened, everyones' hair trimmed and we've been rewarded with lovely meals and company. When I work an evening shift, Joe is invited to Emma's house, she spoils him with her wonderful cooking and he catches up with Sunny and Tilly's news. Last weekend we were in Hobart with Katie Jo and Webby, Ella and Georga.......where has the time gone since they were little girls, they're now coming home from a night shift as a paramedic in the ambulance or heading off to a shift as RN on the medical ward.
We had a couple of days in Hobart to see friends and family, but apart from that we haven't moved. Next weekend we're off to Legana(!!)! to park the van at Jo and Stu's and enjoy a long overdue catch up with them. No driving, just drink, eat, talk, laugh. Joe will fix the garden at our place and we'll no doubt have a bottle or two with Paul and Patricia.
We've seen dentists, banks, optometrist, doctors, pathologists, hairdressers, mammograms, caravan repairers, car repairers etc, and I think it's just about all done, we're ready for another trip around the big island. We leave on April 12th, and will head to Noosa for a month, via Yackandandah of course. From there we'll find ourselves back at Ellis Beach in June, finding ourselves with our friends, Mark and Max, then after a week of babysitting the littlies in Sydney will be flying back to Tas for a wedding mid July. We're hoping to be heading towards WA towards the end of July, and will spend quite a few months seeing things we missed last time.
At the moment we can't see an end to this wonderful life! Long may it last.