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  • Day57

    A Rather Grey Day on the Coast

    April 27, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    The last couple of days have seen us involved in a frenzy of home improvement projects. Well, perhaps frenzy might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but we did pick up our paint brushes and slap a lot of paint about the place. Some of it actually went where it was supposed to.

    Although the sun was far too shy to make an appearance, at least there was no rain. The painting was finished before lunchtime so we had the afternoon free to have some fun. But what could we do ?

    After a short time for thinking, we decided to go to Cape Paterson for a walk. The dog seemed pleased with our decision and decided to come alomg also.

    Although Cape Paterson is only a short drive from Inverloch, it is an entirely different type of town in that it has virtually no shops or other facilities. It is home to a huge new environmental housing development called "The Cape". That is where we chose to do our walk.

    I must admit that I was surprised by the size of the development and the unique styles of the homes that had been built there. These are all apparently designed to be highly environmentally sensitive and many claim to have energy ratings or 9 or even 10 stars.

    The dog discovered that it also had a large dog park, complete with off lead area and all sorts of canine activity stations. It was a doggy heaven and she obviously found the multitude of scents absolutely intoxicating. We enjoyed the place so much that we decided to come back tomorrow and explore the place some more on our bikes.
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  • Day58

    Sunshine Before the Storms

    April 28, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    We awoke to a sunny, but very cold, morning. The Weather Bureau has warned us that this will be the last time we will see the sun for the next week. That meant it would be our last chance to finish the painting we have been doing for the past few days. So that's how we spent the morning.

    By noon the painting was finished and we could stand back to admire our handiwork. It might not have been perfect, but I had to admit that it looked pretty good.

    "Now can we get on our bikes ?", I asked.

    My plan was to have a picnic by the ocean and then ride to Cape Paterson to explore the huge development we had discovered yesterday. We packed the bikes onto the car, filled the thermos, and then drove to the bakery to buy some pies and cakes. Since Maggie did not take a breath the entire time we were inside the bakery, I was a little concerned that she might suffocate herself.

    Once back in the car, she proceeded to cover herself with sanitizer. She even demanded that I sterilize my credit card, just in case a rogue virus might have jumped from the EFTPOS machine. Then we were finally on our way.

    A few minutes later we were enjoying our picnic. Well I enjoyed it. Maggie was worried about viruses floating in the window. Then we unloaded the bikes and rode the Bunurong Coast road to Cape Paterson.

    The bikes allowed us to explore a lot more of the huge environmental development we had discovered yesterday. The houses were certainly intriguing and came in a huge range of very individual styles. While some of them were quite lovely, I told Maggie that I thought that others were "butt ugly". She disagreed. She usually does that when I say something. I still thought that some were ugly.

    After riding around the development and exploring some surrounding roads, we rode back to the centre of Cape Paterson. Since the weather was still being kind, we decided to continue to ride back along the highway towards Wonthaggi. We made it about half way, before turning back and returning to Cape Paterson. Finally, we returned back along the Burnurong Coast back to our car. It had been a lovely ride, but it will probably be our last chance to get on the bikes for some time.

    Even though the weather is about to go to the dogs, at least we have an exciting thing happening tomorrow. Well two exciting things actually. Firstly we will have a visit from the garbage collector. That's exciting. Then we have a delivery from Woolworths on line. That's even more exciting. I don't think I will be able to sleep tonight.
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  • Day27

    Relaxen in der Sonne ☀️

    February 27, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Früh aufgestanden und zum Frühstück Müsli gegessen ging es gegen Mittag zum nächsten Stop, dem Beach im Ort Inverloch.

    Mit 27°C ließ sich der Nachmittag dort perfekt genießen.🏖

    Am Abend wurde mal ebend eine freistehende Strombox angezapft damit einige Sachen, wie Spigelreflex und Notebook, geladen werden konnten. 🙄Read more

  • Day176

    Wilson Prom Nationalpark

    March 23, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Nicht schon wieder ein Regentag, dachten wir, als es am Morgen immer noch regnete. Aber je länger der Tag dauerte, desto schöner wurde es. Und das kann man auch zum Erlebten des Tages sagen.

    Wir fuhren in den Wilson Promontory Nationalpark, der südlichste Zipfel Australiens.
    Als Erstes machten wir einen kleinen Spaziergang zum Pillar Point, eine kleine Landzunge auf der Westseite. Begleitet wurden wir von wunderschönen Sittichen.
    Als Zweites erklommen wir den Mount Oberon um eine 360-Grad Aussicht über die gesamte Halbinsel zu erhalten. Begleitet wurden wir von einem betörenden Eukalyptusduft.
    Als Drittes besuchten wir den Squeaky Beach, was so viel heisst wie quietschender Strand - und es quietscht wirklich. Der Sand ist so weiss und fein, dass wenn man darüber geht sich die Sandkörner aneinander reiben und das quietscht. Begleitet wurden wir von einer aufdringlichen Möwe, welche unbedingt etwas von unserem Lunch haben wollte.
    Und als Viertes spazierten wir auf dem Wildlife Track, welcher seinem Namen alle Ehre machte. Wir entdeckten einen Emu, viele Känguruhs und als Highlight des Tages einen Wombat. Und dieser flauschige Fellknäuel liess sich nicht stören, nein es interessierte ihn gar nicht, dass wir da waren. Er frass und frass und wir kamen immer näher. Am Ende konnten wir ihn aus etwa 4m Entfernung wunderbar beobachten. Als er fertig war, spazierte er so nah an uns vorbei, wir hätten ihn streicheln können.
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  • Day45

    Oh No, Not The Tour

    April 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 21 °C

    I woke up this morning to the news that the 2020 Tour de France is the latest casualty of the Covid19 virus. Although it was almost inevitable that it would join the likes of AFL football, the Melbourne Grand Prix, Wimbledon, The Olympic Games and so many others, it still seemed a little hard to accept that we will not be glued to our TV sets in July watching those glorious views of France.

    So many things have been taken away from us this year. If 2020 was a computer program, I am sure that we have hit the Ctrl-Alt-Del keys to reboot and start again. Unfortunately it's not that simple. It is looking like it will be a long, long winter for most people.

    Since we can only live one day at a time, we decided to make maximum use of the fine and sunny weather to get back out on our bikes. This time I left the gears well alone and we were able to get underway without yesterday's delay.

    Our first destination was the RACV Country Club at Inverloch. Of course we knew that the lovely restaurant would be closed, but we thought that it would be fun to at least ride around the bike paths.

    As we entered the main gate a group of maintenance staff gave us a friendly wave. We waved right back and continued up the hill. It was only when we riding past the main building that we heard a shout somewhere behind us.

    "Did you know this centre is closed ?", it shouted.

    Well actually we didn't. There was no sign at the entrance and the maintenance staff obviously didn't know it was closed either. I could have debated the situation, but it was much easier to play the "confused old person" card instead. We Uturned our bikes, waved to the grumpy guy and headed back down the hill. There were plenty of other places to explore.

    A short time later we were at the other end of the town and looking out over the beautiful waters of Anderson Inlet. If we are going to be locked up for the next few weeks, this is not such a bad place to be.

    Later in the day we returned to the beach with our dog. Over the past few years the beach has been steadily retreating away from the Esplanade. There is now a wide expanse of sand at least 500 metres wide where the sea used to be. This makes for a lovely quiet walking location - absolutely perfect in times where we have to practise social distancing.

    I guess the only people who are probably not excited about the retreat of the sea are the people who own the mansions along the waterfront. These places used to be able to boast that they were within a few metres of the water, now the water is a 10 minute walk away.

    The Weather Burea is predicting that the fine weather might be over for a few days. That probably means that we will not be able to get out on the bikes for a little while. It's just as well we have plenty of books to read.
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  • Day46

    Almost Like Christmas

    April 16, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Life in lockdown does tend to become a little monotonous. In our previous lives we had lots of things to look forward to. Visits to the grandchildren, bike rides with our friends, coffees by the lake, lunches at our favourite cafes. The weeks tended to pass quickly because there was always something to do or a place to go.

    Now that most of those things are no longer possible, the days do tend to drag by rather slowly. There is only a limited amount of time you can spend reading books (or picking locks) before you start yearning for something else to do. Today was a Thursday, not that it really makes much difference any more. Every day is the same. Rather than calling them by the days of the week, I have started to classify them by their weather type - lovely day, windy day, wet day, etc.

    On a normal Thursday we would have had the regular Thursday ride to look forward to. We might have been riding the Warby Trail and having lunch at the Carriage Cafe, or maybe we would be riding to Waterways and having lunch at the Nest, or maybe exploring a brand new trail. Thursdays were always active, and the time spent with our friends was precious.

    But what about today ? The sunshine had retreated for a while and it had been replaced with a canopy of grey clouds. It was not perfect riding weather, but I had another idea. We had previously noticed that the big bakery in Inverloch was apparently still open, I suggested to Maggie that we could buy a couple of take away pies for lunch. She did not seem convinced, but reluctantly agreed to come along, provided she could marinate herself with antiseptic every few minutes.

    AT least we did not have to touch the door handle, as the doors opened by themselves. Inside the huge bakery all the tables and chairs had been stacked against the rear wall. The place was deserted and it looked so sad. This place is usually one of the busiest places in the town. It just looked wrong for it to be completely empty The display cases were still fully stocked with pies and a wide range of cakes, but there were no customers to buy them.

    The young assistant seemed happy to have something to do. I commented on how sad it was to see the place empty and she replied that it was like that every day now. I could not help but wonder how much longer the business will be able to survive under such circumstances. We bought a couple of cakes as well, just to help the bakery (and also because they looked delicious).

    The other highlight of the day was the food delivery from Woolworths on line. We have been ordering our groceries once a week from the Woolwoths in Wonthaggi. Although the process is rather tedious, it does avoid the need to attend the store and I have to admit that it is sort of exciting to have a driver bring all the parcels to our door.

    When you are of great age, you do quickly forget what you might have ordered. That means that opening each bag is a bit like opening a lucky dip parcel. You find all sorts of stuff that you cannot remember ordering. To add even further to the excitement, we find that Woolworths will randomly replace out of stock items with other items that they seem to think you might be interested in. We had ordered blueberries, but got raspberries instead ! Just as well we both like raspberries.

    It was almost like Christmas Day.
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  • Day49

    It Could be Sunday

    April 19, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Today might have been Sunday. Or it could have equally been Wednesday or Monday. The days of the week have lost their significance to us. Without the normal routine, punctuated by bike rides, table tennis matches, visits to the kids and the like, every day is just about the same as every other day. This seems especially true when the weather is grey. Even the sky seems to lose its clarity.

    So how did we spend the last 24 hours ? It's already becoming a little foggy in my memory, but I think we started with breakfast. Maggie then set off with her sister for an early morning walk with their two dogs. I read a couple of gripping short stories and then went back to fiddling with my locks. It was at that point when a type of disaster took place.

    One of my locks is called a "cruciform lock" because its key way actually consists of 4 separate channels, each alligned at 90 degrees to each other. Although this type of lock is common in Europe, they are relatively rare here. The main advantage of such a lock is that they are quite difficult to pick. The challenge lies in picking all four channels at the same time.

    A few days ago I achieved a personal milestone when I managed to pick the cruciform lock, not once, but twice. I was quite chuffed. Unfortunately when I returned to have another go at the lock today, I discovered that one of the pins was stuck. It resisted everything I could to do get it freed up. I decided to disassemble the lock. Stupid move.

    As soon as I removed the retaining circlip from the rear of the barrel, the barrel slid out of the body and miniature pins, springs and ball bearings went flying to the four corners of the earth. I spent the next 30 minutes on my knees, trying to collect as many bits as I could. Of course it was a waste of time. That lock is now definitely an "ex lock". The sad collection of remnants now resides in a small pill jar. Maybe I learnt something from the exercise.

    The day was too drizzly for an enjoyable ride, but we did pack our thermos and drive to the ocean for a nice picnic overlooking Bass Straight. It might have been Sunday, but it certainly wasn't a sunny day.
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  • Day85

    An Unfortunate Change of Plans

    May 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 11 °C

    When we saw the weather forecast for today we immediately decided that it would be an ideal chance to get on the bikes again. After considering several different options, we eventually decided that it would be fun to ride to Cowes. We pictured ourselves enjoying our coffees and lunches sitting in the sunshine and watching the waves gently lappinb the shore.

    It never turned out that way.

    At 5 am in the morning Maggie woke up with severe stomach cramps. A few minutes later she was retching violently. It was not the day we had planned. For the next hour she alternated between feeling hot and cold. There was no way she was going to be able to get on a bike. I began to fear that we would be going to Wonthaggi Hospital instead of Cowes.

    I did my best to make her comfortable on the sofa, then covered her with a doona. The dog also sensed that all was not well and insisted on making her bed as close as possible to Maggie. I could not help but recall the unfortunate events that took place here about 2 years ago. On that occasion she ended up having emergency abdominal surgery in the middle of the night. It was an extremely stressful time that we never wished to go through again.

    On a couple of occasions Maggie started to become a little delirious. This led me to suspect that she might have food poisoning, although we had both eaten the very same food and I felt fine.

    Eventually she fell asleep. When she awoke, she felt quite a bit better, although she was still very weak. After a cup of tea and some snacks the lights started to come back on again. We never did get to get on the bikes, but I did take her for a drive along the coastline.

    We still don't know what caused the episode, but I am pleased that she is now almost back to normal.
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  • Day42

    Coffee by the Inlet

    April 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    While most people agree that everyone needs to play their part in reducing the spread of the virus, some of the restrictions do seem confusing and counter productive. According to some of the interpretations I have seen, it is illegal for a husband and wife to have a picnic in their car as that would represent "unnecessary travel". While I can see that it is important to cut down the amount of travel for trivial purposes, I see that a quiet coffee in the sanctity of their own vehicle constitutes absolutely no danger to the couple in question, or to anyone else. It may also be an essential for maintaining mental health.

    Whether it was illegal or not, this morning we decided that we needed to get out for a short time. We filled the thermos, packed a couple of biscuits and drove the short distance to the waterfront. It felt great to be able to watch the water in the inlet while we enjoyed our coffees. Fortunately no law officers tapped on the window while we were there.

    Later in the day we enjoyed some more video chats with other Ghostriders. We are learning to embrace this technology, as are our friends. It is becoming very clear that it was a wise move to get the NBN connected as we would have exhausted the data allowance that was included in our mobile phone plans.

    It has been interesting to see how everyone else has adapted to their many housebound hours. Gardening and home maintenance seem to be the two most popular pastimes. I have already said that I have taken up a new hobby that I have been finding quite interesting. Tomorrow I might even reveal what that hobby is.

    I just glanced up at the clock and saw that the time is almost 8pm. No wonder I am starting to feel like bedtime.
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  • Day72

    A Grey Day by the Coast

    May 12, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Some days don't stand out for any particular reason. The weather was neither especially good, or especially bad. We weren't belted by gale force winds, there were no earthquakes and Inverloch was not attacked by a raging Godzilla emerging from the inlet. It was just another day in isolation.

    The main topic of popular discussion seemed to be what effects the slight easing of the restictions would have on our everyday lives. There are still so many "grey areas" that do not seem to be specifically covered by the Premier's announcement. We still don't know how far we can legally travel from home in our cars or whether the local tip is open again. The common consensus seems to be to just act reasonably and hope that the police would not fine anyone who was trying to do the right thing. That's our theory anyway and so far it has worked.

    The day ended with a delicious crock pot stew and another relatively early night. At least it was another day closer to seeing our grandchildren again.
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