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Published: January 23rd 2010
Day 267 - Port Fairy
Quick, it’s stopped raining. Everybody out! It came down in torrents last night but this morning the sun is just managing to creep out again.
Actually, we didn’t rush to get going this morning, one of our slower starts to the day - at the moment it feels like we’re running out of steam but it’s probably the calm before the Tasmania ‘storm’ of activity!
We met up with the Adams, Daph and David in the grips of cute little shops which Port Fairy seems to have plenty of. Gone are the days where the streets were chocked up with whalers and sealers, all that seems left now are tourists and tourists, us of course included.
Anna was searching for a couple of fairy’s for the little girls of the family looking after their dogs, Henry and Daisy, but it was a long search that spanned plenty of shops - funny that! What we did find was the product range of ‘Charlotte Isabella’ by Helen White which was of course inspired by our very own Charlotte through the company initiated by Anna’s mother Mrs Helen White. The marketing line for the range
is 'Inspired by the simple delight of a little girl'! Beautiful! Ok, so I embarrassed Charlotte just a little bit by having her pose in front of the range but we were excited!
Our wander through the shops continued until we found the suitable cute fairy gifts and a little bakery offering mid morning snacks. Replenished we drove out to the harbour and went for a great walk around Griffiths Island. With a bit of help from the Button and Pirate song we managed to make it all the way round with the girls and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. We stopped off at the lighthouse with the stormy ocean in the background and then again at a beautiful beach. The girls were running out of energy until they spied the playground so the three of us dived on the see-saw for a bit of a giggle which seemed to re-charge their batteries!
We passed some time eating chips by the harbour, chatting to the fishermen who weren’t having much luck catching anything, seeking out a police house which Grant might want to rent in the future and then watching the waves crash over the surfers at the
ocean beach. The point of all of this was so we could go kite flying at 3pm which the girls (and some of the adults) were very excited about.
The Kite Shop in Port Fairy have run the free kite flying sessions for the last 30 days and on some afternoons have had as many as 40 kites flying in the sky, all lent out to families just for a bit of fun. With a couple of Octopuses soaring up in the sky with the girls at the controls we were all having a great time. Grant, Anna, David, the girls, me and Darryl were all in on the action, I even had my own kite to fly too which was most awesome. I know, there’s nothing as amusing as a big kid!
Things took a bit of a turn for the worst when Amy’s kite got tangled with mine and the string to Amy’s snapped sending it down to earth about 400 metres from where we’d been standing. Then just moments afterwards Charlotte accidentally let go of the handle to her kite and it set off in pursuit of Amy’s. We all stood amazed to watch Charlotte’s
soar over the roof of a house across the road from the park! Darryl was on the rescue mission for Charlotte’s and found it wrapped around the electric pylon in the garden and Uncle David was already sorting out Amy’s! Oops! Good on the chap running the session as he simply replaced the line and handles to both kites and the girls were soon up and running again! Grant & Anna had managed to bump into a family they know from home, Georgie Taylor, her Mum Claire and Georgie’s little girl Darcy, so they’d all joined us for the kite flying and then decided to head back to the BBQ at the Big 4 for a bit of supper.
We returned to our own caravan park for a while to try and get some more of the blogs written and uploaded, we’ve started to get behind again which is quite normal when we’re travelling with others as there’s generally lots going on and things happening that we don’t want to miss out on. In all honesty we had a few words between ourselves about the continuation of the blog in its current form, neither one of us wants to
stop writing it but we’re mindful that we need to keep it up to date and not let it slip too far behind. The main concern is that when we get to Tasmania our days will be so full that we’re not sure when we will find time to do it, I think I’ll have to learn to type in my sleep! We will just see how we go.
Back at the caravan park apartments in the Big 4 complex down the road we enjoyed a great BBQ’d supper with the Taylors and of course David, Daph and the Adams. The girls have an awesome time on the jumping pillows and playing with little Darcy. In the meantime Grant decides to challenge the local kids with a $10 bet if one of them can beat me at table-tennis which of course they manage to do! The shame! I puffed and panted my way round the table against a 14 year old who said that he doesn’t play very often!! As my Mum said ‘More practise required’!
Dar and Sar
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