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Easter Holidays – Day 1

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Today was our first day of the Easter holidays after driving down the coast yesterday.  Although technically the holiday started on Monday, I’d just returned from Dallas, Texas on Sunday and needed the Monday to try to adjust for jet lag.  Tuesday was the first day I started feeling normal enough for the 2.2 hour drive south.  Once we arrived, I did the yard work and went shopping for supplies before we all turned in for an early night at only 7:30pm.

Today we got up at around 7am and had an early breakfast.  We mainly stayed at the house for a few hours before I whipped the boys into the car for our first trip out.  We went to the park nearby and spent some time there before driving back so I could snap the model number of our A/C (Toni, back in Canberra, is attempting to get it serviced when possible).  Afterwards, we went into town and the boys played on the park flying fox for a while while I had a look at the river.  It’s a nice 25 degrees and sunny, and very pleasant.

We later drove to Vulcan street and parked nearby to see if the erstwhile Moruya ice cream parlour was open, but alas it is not (and unclear when it will reopen).  So we drove north to Mogo, and had ice cream there as I had a look in some of the unusual stores for records (found some, but over priced and meh).  We then drove up to Bateman’s Bay to Target, only to find it is closing down and had little stock.  We got back in the car and drove to the plaza.  We dropped into Kmart and I bought the boys some Lego for the afternoon.  We also had a look in EB Games on the way out.  I was disappointed to see the second hand bookstore has gone out of business.

We drove back to Moruya and had a late lunch and assembled most of the Lego.  It was around 4pm that I suggested beach, so we ended up at Broulee beach for about a half hour as the sun started to wane.  We left around 5pm and I got dinner on when we reached home.  The sun has set, and I’m angling to get the kids to bed around 7pm.  It’s worth a shot.. R


New Years Eve – Broulee

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Well, new year’s eve is already upon us which means we’re close to bidding farewell to 2018 for good.

Not much to report this morning, still doing some odd jobs around the house.

2018-12-31: Broulee Beach Sand Sculpture Competition

After tidying up the shed and eating a lovely oysters Kilpatrick made by my darling wife, we threw caution to the wind (thunderstorm approaching) and scooped the kids into the car and drove north to Broulee.

Today was the Broulee sand sculpture competition, and we were obviously two hours late. 

We incorrectly went to the surf beach initially, before realising our error and going to the main beach.

At any rate, many creations survived and are photographed here for your viewing pleasure:





..and that’s about when the rain came.  It teamed down, soaking all of us as we made a mad dash for the car, parked inconveniently at north Broulee on the north side of the bridge.

Afterwards, on the return, we stopped for some extra food to tide us over the NY public holiday.

Adding the finishing touches

Upon returning, I put the finishing touches to a new name for our house:


This is chiselled from some structural timber I found on the floor of one of the sheds.  The name came from darling wife, a reflection of the serenity and peacefulness of being down the coast.

Thus, it represents something that was here before we bought the place, and my contribution (chiselling & varnishing) represents our contribution to fixing up the property.



A Day Trip to Bateman’s Bay

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Today, taking advantage of my week of annual leave, we took a day trip down to Bateman’s Bay for some great seafood and a chance for Jake to hit the beach.

Toni and Jake

The trip itself was excellent – little to no traffic, but we didn’t get underway until 10:15am so we arrived at the bay around 12:30pm.  We met up with Toni’s mother Joan, and then went to the Innes Boat Shed on the waterfront for lunch.

Damian at lunch / Jake at Batehaven Beach

After lunch, we bid farewell to Joan, ducked into the local Woolworths to pick up some milk for Jake and then drove south to Batehaven (about 5 mins drive) where Jake prowled the beach grabbing handfuls of sand and mud.

Batehaven Panorama

Then we spent some time at a nearby park which had excellent play equipment, before returning to the car for the return trip to Canberra, arriving at Melba around 5:30pm.

Dinner was hosted by my folks and we ended up back home around 8:30pm and pretty wrecked.