Was woken by the phone at 7:45am.
Went back to bed and tried to rest for a bit longer.
Must have slept a bit as I missed a call at 8:30am.
Spent morning trying to unpack, sort stuff out and repack.
Didn’t get far with the repacking.
Anson went off in his boat with Leeann, Henry and another fella – hunting and fishing day by the looks of it.
Azzan made wraps for breakfast.
He was taught well by Uncle Murray whilst in Australia 🙂
Mahalia went off walking for quite some time.
When she finally returned she folded up the washing.
Azzan cleaned up his room.
I mended his new jersey, the stitches had pulled from the pocket and as it is his favourite he was very appreciative.
Sandra called – nice to catch up with her.
Although sad topics as we have lost two local folk in this past week.
I spent time getting paperwork out of the way and organising some business matters.
I didn’t have much of a day.
Spent a lot of it in tears.
Did a fair bit of ranting.
Was feeling really angry.
Angry at Tim for leaving me to deal with everything.
It just feels so darned hard and too much.
Every decision takes so much emotional energy.
I just haven’t got much of that left right now so it is constantly exhausting me.
Azzan is very comforting.
He always has a hug and a massage available when he sees I am distressed.
We lit the fires as it came in really cold.
The rain came in this arvo.
It was very heavy.
Anson dropped off some fish for dinner.
He came back later for a chat.
It was good to run over a few things re the farm.
He was very happy with the latest stock sale results 🙂
Mahalia cooked the fish and with Henry’s help they produced mashed spuds, roast pumpkin cubes and salad.
Then later after dinner I was lying on the sofa talking to Val while Henry made some chocolate thing for dessert.
I let them demolish it all.
Am really not wanting much sweet stuff these days.
I have to go pack my bag for town now.
Thought I didn’t have to be there till 4pm but thankfully I got a reminder text telling me Mahalia has an orthodontist appointment at 11am.
I’d clean forgotten about it!
So we have to leave half a day earlier than planned.
And I am only half ready.
PS – came across this song today – beautiful sung with very appropriate words.
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It was a very wet and windy day.
Stayed in bed all morning working on laptop getting things caught up.
Azzan made breakfast wraps – no working stove here yet so he did them in the fry pan.
Was about to go shower when Seb & Phoebe arrived.
We sat and talked for a while.
Sapphie was so funny.
She has discovered her tongue and likes to poke it out 🙂
Azzan spent all morning unpacking and started sorting his room.
When Mahalia finally came down she started helping him to clean up his room.
They were so excited to see each other – absence and all that stuff!
I helped Phoebe back up her iPhone and save her photos etc.
The bay was white with willywhirls gusting all over the place all afternoon.
The wind was making anything lose on the house bang and crash.
The rain was heavy for a time.
In Nelson we were hearing reports of heavy flooding!
Ive been downloading as much of my online art course as I can today to use up my allocated internet before midnight.
None of it was used while I was away so can’t see all 10GB going to waste 😉
I put washing through but the filter is a bit blocked after all the rain while I have been away so it is taking forever to fill the machine.
Will have to try cleaning it sometime.
Kids were having fun cleaning and being together all arvo.
I made a smoothie for us all around dinner time and then Mahalia baked some parsnip & kumara pieces in the wee oven for dinner.
She did yams too but they took forever to cook so we gave up on them.
The kids made a salad to eat with the roasts and we ate at 9:30pm.
It’s 11:30pm and I think they might just be heading off to bed so I might follow suit very soon.
It’s been a pj day so I don’t have to waste time getting changed tonight, I can just fall into bed 😉
Sat and chatted with Sunni for a while in my pjs while Lily & Azzan slept this morning.
Then woke Azzan & zipped through the shower so we could go out during her awake window.
Got to the car and found Mat had gone off to work with the baby seat in his truck.
Blast. Darn and Oh bother said Pooh!
A phone call made to a busy man, who very obligingly returned it back to us within a very short time.
We loaded us all onboard the wee Swift and were soon at Little Bird for brunch.
They have opened up a 2nd shop in Ponsonby Road.
It is a great place to go and experience different foods to what pst of us are used to.
Louise came to join us there.
She lives just up the road so was a very convenient place to meet.
So cool to see her again after so many years.
I ordered the Nachos – they were delicious.
Also had a a very delicious smoothie with all sorts of yummy things in it – figs, dates, walnuts, oats, banana, cocoanut milk, etc
Azzan had a Mexican dish which he said was delicious.
We had a great time chatting and chatting up with Louise but finally had to leave and take Lily home for her nap.
She didn’t sleep too long so we took her and the dogs for a walk.
But as we were about to leave Sunni discovered their leads were missing – probably in Mat’s truck!
So she improvised with a scarf around her middle and some green string.
Worked a treat.
She might even start a new trend 😉
I pushed Lily in the pushchair and the others led the way to the Western Springs park.
It is very pretty there.
Lots of birds.
Swans, geese, pigeons, sparrows, gulls, and more pukeko than I have ever seen together.
Lily chewed on her apple and watched the birds.
Then shared her apple with Tank!
Such a gorgeous place and so close.
We came back home and I watched Lily for a while so Sunni & Azzan could take the dogs for a run at the dog park.
She was happy to play in the plastic fantastic for a while.
The sun was shining through her glorious hair – showing off her a fantastic mohawk.
I was feeling a bit down and tearful so it was good to just have some peace & quiet to spend time with Lily.
It is absolutely nothing anyone can fix.
Just have times when I feel really sad and even though everything around me is happy and busy and I can enjoy that, inside I am heartsick
It happens quite often and without warning.
A memory, a word, a thought….
After a while we went indoors and played with her blocks until the others came home.
Echo was right in on the block game!
When Mat came home Lily got most excited.
They had some fun time together.
After she went off to bed we had dinner.
Stir fried veges and steak.
Our last night here 😦
Made some plans for tomorrow and headed off to bed.
This is what greeted me when I woke this morning.
I know I should’ve heeded the warning and woke the other two right then, but I let them sleep another hour.
So at 7am we were up and packing quickly.
Out the door by 8am.
Farewell to our lovely motel.
Driving south through the forest clad roads – so pretty.
Just after Northcliffe, on the road towards Windy Harbour Jesika spotted a paddock full of emus.
So she pulled over so we could walk in to see them better.
They were pretty skittish and all started dancing around the paddock as soon as they sensed us nearby.
We followed on into Windy Harbour, a small seaside community of 219 huts – oops! According to locals they are not allowed to refer to them as huts anymore – they are cottages!
The road was getting narrower, more rutted and rough & the signs less detailed, so when we passed a couple of elderly locals out walking their dog we stopped to talk with them.
They were most informative and chatty.
We went on a bit further to Cathedral Rocks and had a wee wander.
Such a beautiful spot.
Be great to come back one day and walk the Coastal Survivors track along the cliff tops.
We drove up to Point D’Entrecasteaux and looked back over to Windy Harbour.
Then as we could see the rain storm was approaching we walked quickly around the Pupulong Walk to the lookout at the point.
The rain came in quickly so we made a run for the car.
Jesika was sure it would blow over in 10mins and we should just wait it out.
However optimistic that was, it just wasn’t going to happen
It got progressively worse and heavier.
So we drove down to the next two lookouts.
I ducked out of the car to grab a photo of Salmon Beach.
We drove down there and Jesika braved the elements to get some really good photos of the beach
Azzan & I opted to stay in the car.
He took photos of the pretty raindrops falling on his window – from the inside!
One very wet driver!
It looked a delightful beach from her photos but I will wait for another day, a slightly dryer day to enjoy and explore it 😉
We drove back up the hill and she convinced us that we only live once and it was only rain and we would dry out so we ran to each of the lookouts and got crazy wet and had a very exhilarating time checking out the stunning scenery in the pouring rain!
Salmon Beach Lookout
Tookulup Lookout – 3 deranged & very wet Kiwis!
I was very glad that I had bought some towels.
We quickly stripped off our jackets & shoes and hung them over the headrests and dried ourselves.
Poor Azzan was stuck in the back with all the wet gear.
But we turned on the heater and set off northwards and everything dried as we travelled.
We took the route that led us through Manjimup, Bridgetown, Balingup, Mullalyup, Donnybrook, Boyanup and finally to Bunbury.
We only stopped briefly in Balingup to look for food but found nothing that suited us so carried on.
We snacked on tomatoes, chips, brie and capsicum to keep the worms happy.
I drove from Balingup.
There were heaps of large logging trucks spraying water everywhere, pretty freaky driving as the rain was torrential.
Jesika checked out trip advisor to find a good cafe in Bunbury and we made our way directly to The Happy Wife.
Figured it had good reviews and with a name lie that it must be good 🙂
The rain was absolutely mental so I was very happy to see a park right outside the door of the cafe.
I parked up and both Jesika & Azzan went to get out and exclaimed that there was a river between them and the curb!
They jumped it and ran inside.
We found a table in the back corner looking out over the inlet and ordered some lunch.
We were so hungry as it was mid arvo by now.
It was delicious.
Once we were rested and replenished we drove around to find Bunnings and The Good Guys as Jesika needed to do some shopping and it was easier here than Mandurah as it would be Friday night rush hour when we went through there.
Jesika drove the rest of the way.
We navigated up to Lake Clifton as she wanted to show us the thrombolites.
The rain eased slightly so we went for a quick walk out to see them.
Then up the Old Coast Road to a Wannanup canal development to see how the other half lives.
Azzan wanted to know why they had yachts/boats tied up outside their houses.
I replied ‘just because they can!’
He was not at all impressed by the displays of opulence & grandeur.
We drove over to the western side and sat on the beach front and watched the sunset and the waves pounding in.
It was a dramatically beautiful setting for our last night in WA.
We headed up the road to Rockingham, just had time to unload our gear and go meet up with Sam & Jamie at The Last Drop Tavern for dinner.
They had to battle traffic and a very wet night to get down so were later than us arriving.
Azzan was so hungry that we ordered his meal and an entree for us while we waited.
They arrived just as Azzan got his ribs, so Sam & Jesika helped him out with some of his chips 🙂
We enjoyed a lovely dinner together and then Azzan & Sam decided they had to have dessert so they shared a Banoffie Pie.
He had never had it before.
I don’t think Sam got a lot of it and she just caught a glimpse of the ice cream as he devoured it!!
We were back at Murray & Hazel’s by around 8pm.
Sam & Jamie called in to have a catch up and picked up the car seat we had borrowed for Saphhie.
I sent Azzan off to pack up and get off to bed while I sat and chatted with Murray.
Evan arrived home from work so went and had some bro-in-law time with Azzan.
Then it was lights out as Jesika had to get up at 3am to take Evan back to work!!
Crazy but hopefully once the refurbishment is over his hours will be less demented.