Published: June 4th 2008June 2nd 2008
Lorenza, plus my Mum and Dad, took a short break on the north coast of New South Wales in Laurieton. The purpose of our little get away was to join in the celebrations of my Auntie Judy's 70th Birthday. The birthday bash was held at the Kendal RSL Club and it was in a great spot on the bank of the Camden-Haven River. It was great to catch up with various cousins, aunties, uncles and friends.
Lorenza and I also did some sight seeing and took a spin up to Comboyne, one of our favorite locations in that area. Lorenza was a little upset the forest road caused her lovely white car to be covered in red mud - such is life! Comboyne is just one of those magic little places surrounded by rolling hills, lovely forests and also has a great cafe called the "Udder Cow". The towns info centre is also worth a look and houses amongst other things the local library, internet cafe, government services, sales of local cheeses and a medical centre (how varied is that for a place that is staffed by volunteers).
Some nice quotes from some Comboyne locals we
caught in various conversations "nobody should ever be in a hurry, especially in Comboyne" that was the local honey maker, or from the Udder Cow owner "sorry the chicken is not cooked yet, I was talking too long with the honey maker, but the fish cakes are ready if you want them instead" and "Do you mind if I duck outside for a smoke, it's always good to get permission from my customers first I think". Those small snippets of conversation may give you an idea what kind of place Comboyne is!
Laurie-Town - home of the Lauries
While having a few drinks with my Auntie and Uncle I found out that Laurieton was originally called "Laurietown" and was named after the family that first settled the area, yes it's obvious - the Laurie family. Only worth a mention in dispatches because that family is related to me on my fathers side of my family (via his Grandmother). This adds to my family's claims to fame which include places named after us like - a street in Canberra Australia, a street in Colmar and now a town in northern NSW. Plus Laurie Street in the same town. AMazing
isn't it! Ha!
It was great to have a short break
I really enjoyed the weekend plus two extra days added on at the end when I did not have to worry about work. It was a relaxed few days talking to relatives and enjoying some good wine, some of my uncles home made beer and just chilling out. It was also a great few days from my point of view because I spent so much of my younger years growing up with various members of my extended family that it brought back some great memories for me and also reminded me of how important these people are in my life even if I do not see them very often!
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