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Published: January 17th 2010
Day 261 - Happy Valley
We wake up to rain and lots of it! The weather forecast has been spot on for this area, the rain started last night and came down in torrents early this morning. The road is streaming with it gushing down the kerbside.
Well that certainly put pay to any plans we had of visiting Victor Harbour together this morning as this is not the sort of weather for taking out a little man who is teething! Yesterday it was far too hot and now today it’s just far too wet. Nevermind, Brian & Maggie cooked up a terrific breakfast which should see us through for the rest of the day and instead of rushing off we decided to sit a while, play with Jackson, chat with Donna and see which way the weather was going to swing. Brian baked us a bread overnight and the smell is just delicious, there’s nothing better wafting through a house is there.
Our chatting took us through most of the morning and as the weather started to perk up we thought we were in with a good chance of an afternoon excursion somewhere and still have time
to move the van to a new camp area for tonight.
Maggie organised lunch and although we’d all said we weren’t ‘that’ hungry since scoffing the huge breakfast, none of us could resist the homemade soup with bread rolls for dunking. Delicious and now we definitely needed a walk of some sorts!
With everyone ready we headed out to the Warrawong wildlife sanctuary. What a well hidden little secret this place turned out to be. Set in beautiful grounds the wildlife roams quite freely to the point of the bandicoots even managing to sneak into the café … albeit for a second before they’re beautifully chased back out again! We find kangaroos, wallabies, koalas (which Darryl does not refer to as ‘Koala Bears’ so great progress has been made on this trip!) and a lot of feathered friends. It’s great that you can visit the grounds for free during the day, it’s only the night time tour which you have to pay for but of course you would get to see all manner of nocturnal creatures should you time your visit for that. They’ve even got platypus in the waters here, fabulous.
Time for us to go
home, pack up the caravan and head off … but wait, there’s a suggestion of take-away for dinner. Gosh, now that really would be a treat. We haven’t had a take-away since the search for the curry house in Mackay!! That’s months ago. How funny that something we used to almost take for granted has become a great treat these days. We rock up at Kwik Picks and whilst Maggie & Brian drive home we sit and decide what to order. Darryl is keeping Jackson very entertained in the back of the car and once the food is ready we find our way home and enjoy a fabulous dinner (thank you Donna!). Poor little Jackson seemed to take a bit of a nose dive after a chomp on a chip proved a bit too much for his cutting teeth. Donna was just fabulous with her calm approach to the ongoing tears despite being very concerned about his rising temperature. He was so unsettled bless him and it was grandpa’s arms he finally crashed out in but the little whimpers could be heard for most of the evening.
We sat playing Dingbats with Maggie & Brian which was just hilarious.
What a game, if you’ve never played then it’s where you have to guess the phrase or saying from what’s written on the card in front of you. Here's a couple of examples for you to test your wits against! You have to look at what you’re seeing and describe it to be in with a chance of getting it right. Any ideas? The dingbat on the left is a 'normal’ Dingbat but if you fell on the 'Diabolical Dingbat' square then you were really in trouble - unless you were Maggie who was quite brilliant at the game! The one on the right is a 'Diabolical Dingbat'! Think about it. The answers are at the bottom and back to front (couldn’t get them to display upside down!!).
The game kept us entertained for quite some time and made us laugh a lot and Donna managed to join in for most of it once Jackson was settled. Maggie was declared the winner and we all went to bed very happy, well apart from Jackson who is still suffering with his teeth and raging hot. Donna’s got her work cut out tonight bless her but there’s nothing we can do
so we wish her luck and hopped off out to the caravan.
The air is so much cooler tonight and sleep will not be far away.
Dar and Sar
Answer to normal dingbat is tfardrevo egral A
Answer to diabolical dingbat is xodarap A
(yes we know, awful aren’t they!!)
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