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Published: February 9th 2010
Day 284 - Peterborough
There was a slight change in the weather today and it meant that nobody would have to go fishing or swimming to get really, really wet! The heavens opened and the rain just poured.
We said goodbye to Janet and Al who left early this morning. Despite the rain we were still keen to stay another night; we’ve become very fond of Peterborough and extremely fond of Julie & Kalvin who are great company.
To keep ourselves occupied Darryl caught up on current affairs by reading the paper, I continued with the blog updates while Julie went visiting her Mum and Kalvin relaxed with a crossword.
When a significant break appeared in the weather mid-morning Darryl & Kalvin decided to give the fishing another go down on the beach. They were probably gone a good hour and although they returned empty handed they did at least return dry-ish this time!
Darryl cooked everyone some jacket potatoes for lunch and then despite the again pouring rain we escaped the confines of the caravan / beach house for the confines of Julie’s car. A bit more exploring was in order.
Julie drove us
out to the spot where the “Antares” was wrecked in 1914. Sadly all the lives were lost when this iron ship was run aground on the rocks. A local fisherman had raised the alarm but mistakenly thought it was the Germans coming as he’d guns and shells going off. It wasn’t until a month after that somebody spotted the hull of the ship at the base of the rocks. The ship had sailed for 207 days from Marseilles heading for Melbourne. Today the sky was heavy with mist and drizzling rain; it was an eerie place to be and completely freaked Julie out so we didn’t hang around to do the walk. Instead we drove back along the coast to Boat Bay, another beautiful little spot which today was of course pretty much deserted save for a boat trailer in the car park. You could argue that once you’ve seen a set of coastal cliffs you’ve seen them all but we’re spotting different elements to each one we go to. The steepness of the boat ramp was impressive enough in itself!
It was a real shame the weather had turned on us and it did stop our exploration for
the rest of the day but we won’t be idle, we are expecting dinner guests this evening so we returned to the beach house to get ready.
We’d run out of cheese for a platter tonight so instead Julie made up some veggie dippers. Chopped up cucumber, capsicum, fennel, mint, coriander, lettuce and spring onion all then wrapped in rice paper ready to be dunked in a sweet chilli sauce. Fabulous, we’ll be making them again on our trip! That was the appetizer done so she cracked on with some homemade Pumpkin soup - delicious, our favourite. Darryl was on main course duty - Spanish Noodle Surprise!
The dinner guests arrived, Julie’s lovely Mum Mary and nephew Jack. We were delighted to see them and had a really great time chatting through the evening. The dinner guests arrived, Julie’s lovely Mum Mary and nephew Jack. We were delighted to see them and had a really great time chatting through the evening. Mary darted back home at one point to pick up a photo of Julie's sister Ann running from a huge wave crashing into the Grotto which is where I went for an impromptu swim yesterday. The photo
was over 30 years old but the wave looked a similar proportion!!
Spanish Noodle Surprise seemed to go down well, it took a while for anyone to ask what the ‘surprise’ was and Darryl responded chuckling that it was actually ‘German Sausage’ and had no Spanish ingredients at all. Plus of course he’d got away with using the tin of Four Beans given to us as a joke at Christmas by the Reeves in appreciation of Mark’s horror that we can put them in to any meal versus our apparent need to prove that we can!
And there ended another glorious day, in terms of company not in terms of weather!
We’ve been invited to join Kalvin on his fishing trip in the morning, it means a very early start but that doesn’t scare us too much ….. “See you at 5.15” he said as he trotted off to bed just before 10pm! Gosh, there are two 5.15’s in a day then, we’d nearly forgotten that!
Dar and Sar
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