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Published: January 20th 2010
Driving Miss Daisy!!
We fell in love with Daisy the staffie, she's just gorgeous
Day 266 - Mount Gambier to Port Fairy
Time flies when you’re having fun and these last few days have sped by. Kate and John have just been fabulous. To invite a family of four plus two people they’d never met all into their home for a weekend is pretty awesome and we’re very grateful. We keep ribbing them about letting Camps 5 know of this fabulous previously unheard of free campsite in Mount Gambier!!
There’s Pavlova on offer for breakfast and of course there are a few takers even at this early hour! Grant soon follows it up with bacon and eggs plus there were plates of toast doing the rounds. If we do nothing else then rest assured we are eating well!
Kate & Anna rush off out for a walk while I get excited about borrowing the hoover to attack the carpet in the caravan! It’s been a while since it was given a good clean and this is too good an opportunity to pass up. The screams could be heard for miles around but the sparkle once it was done was well worth the pain!
Gradually we pack up and get ready for
the off. We wish Kate and John well with the next 5 months of their pregnancy; yes they’re expecting another bouncing beauty to expand their happy family further. We wave them a sad farewell and hope that in the future we’ll catch up with them again. If you ever travel to the UK then give us a shout … unless we’re already living in Australia and then we promise to come and walk the dogs!
The Adams sped off towards the Big 4 caravan park in Port Fairy while we meandered along the coast taking in the sights of beautiful Nelson. We’d visited Nelson on our honeymoon nearly ten years ago and really wanted to swing by again, if only for a whistle stop look. The feel of the place hasn’t changed at all, it’s still as gorgeous as we remember it to be, very laid back, very understated and simplistic. Just beautiful.
The scenery as you drive through the next 20 kms are breath taking but sadly there’s no point for us to take a snapshot. There’s a lookout but it’s not in a great position so you miss the effect of the forest lined coast but
it’s secure in the memory banks.
Port Fairy is described by many as a twee little place. From that I assume it’s going to be expensive as ‘twee’ places generally are. We phoned for a powered site at the Big 4 caravan park so we could be near Grant, Anna and the girls but got the shock of our life (very nearly) when I was told is was $59.50 per night per powered site! Hang on, I’ve dropped the phone! Now that is kicking the arse out of things I’m afraid especially when less than 4km down the road is the Gum Tree Caravan Park offering a powered site for $26 per night. You don’t have to be a genius to work out where we headed!
We were greeted at Gum Tree by the owner Ashley who spent time checking us in and pointing out which sites we could choose from. It’s a much smaller park than the Big 4 and doesn’t come with the mass of activities for the kids but for us it’s just perfect.
As soon as the caravan was settled we headed up the road to meet with the others. Uncle David and
Pulling out from the back garden
That's Daisy and Wilbur in the bottom of the pic
Aunty Daph have travelled from Melbourne to holiday with us all from today so it’s great to catch up with both of them. They’re in the apartment next door to Grant but we do give them all some stick saying they’re the only family we’ve ever met to have stayed in an apartment on a caravan park!! I didn’t even realise there were such things but there are!
Grant cooks up a storm on the BBQ and straight after dinner we take the girls out to the jumping pillows for a bit of a bounce. Ok, so Big 4 sites are good for something!
After dinner activities were Rummikub which is proving to be a bit of a hit with Charlotte and Grant then of course the Wii takes over! It couldn’t be too late a night though, it’s Grant & Anna’s 12th wedding anniversary so at 10.30pm we sent him back next door and headed off home ourselves.
The rain was setting in for the night and it’s thundering down by the time we get back with the wind really starting to howl around. Have we been transported back to the UK without us noticing?!
Dar and Sar
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