Monday, 15 October 2018

Day Five Adventure Update!

Hello to all you lovely blogging buddies! It's been a bit of a long day for the Meandering Meares' today, but very enjoyable. I thought I'd pop in with a few photos & an update for those of you traveling vicariously with us before I head to bed. There are quite a few pics, so you might like to make yourself a cuppa & get comfy before we begin. :0)

We farewelled my brother  & his family at Ballarat this morning & hit the road heading south. We had a bit of a giggle at ourselves at one point when we frustratingly got stuck following a rather slow moving vehicle with out of state plates. You see, we were muttering unflattering things about tourists ... Then realised that WE are currently tourists! :0P After leaving the tourists to the main roads, we took a scenic rural road to a pretty place that the Fabulous Fiona is familiar with ... Colac.


Where we enjoyed a cuppa ...


... A look at the lake ... Not a nice lake day, really ...


... And a walk around the botanical gardens. These cinerarrias (not sure I've spelled that right) were such vivid colours that they seemed to glow. Then it was back in the car heading south until ...


... We fell off the bottom of Australia! :0) Well ... We stopped before that, but enjoyed the view. This was the start of our trip along the Great Ocean Road that follows the curve of the Australian Bite. So, we turned west ...


... And had to stop at Bells Beach ... Synonymous with surfing, though there were no surfers there today. We did, however, find a sign that gave us a chuckle ...

It may be famous, but Bells Beach didn't seem overly welcoming! :0) Back on the road, we spotted a sign that pointed to a chocolatiery & ice creamery ... YUMMO! So of course we stopped ... One of the advantages of a road trip holiday is being able to stop, start & detour when you see something interesting. ;0)


There was seriously just about every chocolate treat you could think of in there! However ... We bypassed the chocolate in favour of ...


... ICE CREAM!! :0) We both had a scoop of banoffi flavoured & a scoop of salted caramel flavoured ice cream. If we'd realised how HUGE the scoops were, we'd have ordered one each & shared. :0) GB had to help me finish mine ... & we waddled back to the car to keep driving. :0)


The weather started to get drearier as the day went on & we commented on how the colour of the ocean changed, too. This was taken at a roadside lookout.


You can see the darkening sky behind the lighthouse here ...


... & in the colour of the ocean here. We found ourselves caught up in some roadworks & had multiple delays where sections of the road were down to one lane. It was a bit frustrating, but with views like this straight over the safety rail, we ended up just winding down the window & listening to the rhythm of the ocean. We're on holiday, after all. :0)

As a result of the roadworks/slow tourist drivers delays & weather closing in, we found ourselves short of daylight (despite being on daylight savings time!!) & so didn't stop off to see some of the main attractions of the Great Ocean Road ... But we'll adjust tomorrow's itinerary to accomodate some backtracking ... Did I mention there were some definite advantages to road trips?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

And after a slightly late dinner (who cares?! We're on holiday!) I'm going to finish my cuppa & head for bed so I'm ready for tomorrow's adventures. :0) Stay tuned! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS














Sunday, 14 October 2018

Day Four - Sovereign Hill

Here we are, enjoying our road trip adventure, though today didn't involve any driving. My brother & his family drove out from Melbourne to meet us at Ballarat & today we checked out Sovereign Hill. For non-Aussies (& those Aussies who snoozed through Australian history lessons at school!) Ballarat was once one of the busiest gold mining centres in Australia & Sovereign Hill is a theme park built around this history.

Here is the central 'mine'. We did a few mini tours that looked at various aspects of the gold rush, including a couple of underground tours. It gets jolly dark down there, we decided! :0)

And historic Ballarat has been recreated. The shops all have lovely historic displays, showcase skills & professions of a past era ... & have some lovely things to buy. :0)

There are also some fabulous old buildings that have been beautifully restored, including this house that had a gorgeous cottage garden. That's my brother in the garden. I'd say he's more vintage rather than historic! :0)

And there just HAD to be some prospecting to do, right?! :0) I think GB & my brother had as much fun as the nephews panning for gold! They also got to dip candles & ride in a horse drawn wagon. We had a fantastic day and walked MILES, so I suspect we'll all sleep well tonight ... The grown ups even more than the kids! Tee! Hee! Hee!

Tomorrow it's back on the road & heading further south to start our trek along the Great Ocean Road, so stay tuned for the next instalment. :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS.










Saturday, 13 October 2018

Day Three - Glenrowan!

Day three of our adventure dawned cool but sunny. After a coffee & an egg & bacon roll special from the local Jerilderie bakery (YUMMO!) we were on the road again ... Off to see where Ned Kelly grew up ... Glenrowan. We're using a Tomtom to get lost as little as possible on our holiday (we still manage from time to time when we're too busy gawking to see the turn we're supposed to take!) & the navigation aid has obviously worked out we're up for a bit of adventure, as it often sends us off on odd back roads, side roads, dirt roads & in one case we suspect it was a goat track. :0P But boy are we seeing some pretty & interesting views! It pays to take the road less traveled. :0)

So ... After some scenic toodling, we found ourselves in Glenrowan where, as you'd expect, Ned Kelly is very big ...

See?! VERY BIG! :0) We had to limit our time as we still had a four hour trip in front of us to meet up with my brother, so decided to check out the Ned Kelly Museum where there is a replica of the Kelly family home.

Isn't the wisteria gorgeous? There was another yellow-flowered vine that you can just see but I don't know what it was.

The explanation. And inside ...


... Rooms set up as they would have been in Ned Kelly's time. Kitchen ...


... The main bedroom ... Which was super dark & photography was a bit tricky through the mesh across the doorways, but you get a bit of an idea. The displays were very interesting ... & included a lot of things I collect. :0)


The second bedroom. I loved the simple patchwork quilt ... A reminder, when we're fussing about colours & fabrics, that the original patchwork quilts were made from necessity from all available fabrics. :0)


And some gorgeous antique dresses & petticoats were displayed in the second bedroom too. Exquisite lace on clothes never designed to be seen. :0) We then had a look at a few more local shops, chatted to a friendly lady in the local craft collective shop then decided we needed ...


Sustenance! :0) They were literally hot out of the oven & the whipped cream was real, not out of an aerated can. YUMMO! That was lunch. What?!?! We're on holiday! Tee! Hee! Hee!

From there it was back in the car for another four hours to reach Ballarat. Traveling the distances we are at the moment, we've commented often how amazingly diverse the landscape is ... From hills to flat, from dry dusty outback to lush rolling green hills, scrubby plains to forested mountains, paddocks of dusty sheep to fields of canola so brightly yellow that it hurts your eyes. Did I mention we're having a blast?! :0)

Right now, though, I think it's time for a cuppa ... You didn't really think that would change just cos I'm away from home, did you?! :0) Stay tuned for the next instalment of the Mad Meares' Road Trip! :0) Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS











Friday, 12 October 2018

Day 2 Of The Adventure!

Hello to all of you out there in blogland! Just popping in to continue the road trip story. As I said last post, we stayed the night with Chookyblue & Mr Chooky ...



Yep ... We made it, Chooky! :0) Now any of you who follow Chookyblue will know they live on a property & are in the midst of a severe drought. I don't think this is something that can be fully understood unless you see it for yourself & see the flow on results ... Like having to feed stock twice a day ...

Which can include bottle feeding some who for one reason or another can't feed from their mothers. 


I helped! :0) Not sure feeding one was a lot of help, but the calf seemed to appreciate it. :0) After saying goodbye to Chookyblue & promising to come back for a longer visit, we were back on the road heading south. And after another full day of driving we arrived at Jerilderie ... Ned Kelly country ...


For non-Aussie visitors, Ned Kelly was a bushranger in the late 1800's who became a bit of a folk hero & is known for making & wearing body armour to protect him from police shooting at him. This is the post office he & his gang held up in Jerilderie. We came across it while having a little walking reconnoiter before dinner at a local pub ...



... Where GB renewed his inner man with a juicy T-bone steak & veges. :0) After a couple of 8 hour driving days, he deserved it.

We're heading further south tomorrow to Ballarat where we'll meet up with my brother who is driving from Melbourne to meet us ... Looking forward to it. These first two days were our biggest driving days to scoot down in time to meet my brother. From tomorrow our distances covered will be a bit shorter, giving us more time to explore. So far, we're enjoying the adventure. :0) Stay tuned for the next instalment ... Til then ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS!
KRIS






Thursday, 11 October 2018

The Adventure Begins!

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you'd know that my Beloved Geek Boy & I have had a bit of a topsy turvy year, with changes to our grown up jobs that meant we had to postpone our holiday that we had planned for May, as well as heavier workload & more responsibility. Well ... Both jobs have settled down a bit giving us the chance to catch our breath.The ducks were finally herded into a row & today was the day we set off on our long-awaited holiday ... WOO! HOO!

The house sitters have been left with instructions, the bags were packed (& repacked, rearranged & juggled to fit! :0) ) ...

... Big Blue (GB's dual cab 4WD ute) was packed to the rafters ... Almost! :0) 


... And we were, to quote Willie Nelson ... On the road again! :0) We've been planning this road trip adventure for a while & are pretty excited. We're heading south ... A LOOOOONG way south! We've made it to Coonamble in western New South Wales today & we're enjoying the hospitality of Chookyblue & Mr Chooky. Our trip will take us to the bottom of Australia ... We'll explore the Great Ocean Road that follows the southern coast of Victoria & South Australia, spend some time in Adelaide, then head home via Broken Hill, Bourke & Lightning Ridge. We've got just over three weeks to fit everything in ... We're gonna be busy! :0) I won't always have the chance to, but I'll pop in as often as I can to share our adventures. Anyone in the south have quilting shop recommendations?! Tee! Hee! Hee!

But now I'm think I'm going to read for a while before I recharge the batteries ready for day two of our grand adventure ... Coming into NSW means we're now on daylight savings time & my body clock is confused. :0) Take care & stay tuned! Til next time ...

BEAR HUGS!

CHEERS! 
KRIS


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