Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day Thirteen of the Selfie Road Trip

Thank goodness I needed to pee!

We were headed for Nowra to spend the night, but my bladder made the decision to take a turn towards Sussex Inlet in search of a public toilet!

We liked it so much, we found the perfect accommodation and here we are, feeling so lucky! It's been another amazing day.

I have intermittent reception for internet, so this will be very short and sweet!

We are in a very nice unit at Sussex Inlet tonight, but it seems the town suffers from poor internet coverage!

So I can't share photos.

We took the long way aka the scenic route along the coast today, to avoid the highway and traffic. We also took a lot of side roads that took us to about 6 different beaches, all of them breathtakingly beautiful. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from each and every one of them.

We shopped in Bodalla and found some amazing creations that we are going to attempt to recreate ourselves.

We also spent some quality time in Moruya.

We are exhausted and happy.

Life is good.

Nite all.






Monday, November 20, 2017

Day Twelve of the Selfie Road Trip

Today has been pretty fabulous!

We stayed in Eden last night and this morning decided to walk up the very steep hill to eat breakfast in the healthiest place in town called 'Sprout' where I partook of their green smoothie, coffee and bacon with fresh avocado. It was delicious and their free wifi obviously attracted a lot of people ... some paying customers and some not.

We left Eden at 10am and drove to Merimbula where we needed to find a Westpac bank. Siri gave us some poor directions, so we walked into Sanity and asked the girl who worked there (she was a local)  for directions. She claimed that there was no Westpac Bank!

Quite flustered, we quietly berated Siri and climbed back into the car to drive to the next town. We hadn't gone very far along the street, when we saw the Westpac Bank. It was even in plain view of the  Sanity shop!

So we quietly berated the Sanity girl and found somewhere to park the car while Primrose completed her business.

Meanwhile, I found a shop that had only been open for three months and spent a good 20 minutes chatting with the owner and exchanging information. I wished her the best of luck for the Christmas season as I departed. She was lovely, though right now I can't remember her name.

From Merimbula, we drove to Tathra where Primrose relived some childhood memories ...


Tathra was a lovely little spot with a glorious beach - just stunning in the off-peak season with not a tourist to be seen ... oh except for us of course!

Our next stop was Bermagui, where we stopped for coffee. The coffee was crap, but the view was nice!


We wanted to visit Tilba Tilba because Adoring Husband loves it there and we thought we could make him jealous. We didn't know what to expect and this was the drive there from Bermagui.





Primrose was freaking out about the road with water on either side, as well as the single lane bridge at the end of that road!

The road to Tilba Tilba was surrounded by lush green farmland, giant trees, lovely old houses, blue skies and forest mountains. It was breathtaking and we fell in love with it before we even arrived!







See that bracelet? I tried it on and would have bought it in a heartbeat, had it cost a bit less than the $795 price tag. It had turquoise, amethyst and three other stones. She allowed me to take the photo so that I could show Adoring Husband what I'd like for Christmas ... it costs quite a bit less than a new camera! *insert huge puppy dog eyes here*

TT was very similar to Montville with the main street lined with crafty shops. Woodworking, designer jewellery, clothing, giftware, art, food and so much more. I only got to visit 3 shops because I like to browse slowly, but Primrose must have gone to every shop.

I got myself a beautiful gaspiete pendant from Reva at Tilba which I love! This is what gaspiete looks like, but this is not my pendant ...


We reluctantly left Tilba Tilba because we knew we had to get to Narooma and find some accommodation.

A lady in TT recommended a motel to Primrose, with it's name spelling Narooma backwards - Amooran Motel. I looked online and found that it had a special price on a family room for tonight. Usually $265 for the night at the bargain price of $139!

This is the view from our front porch ...


That is the Golf Club that you can see in the distance and it's where we had dinner, which was divine! I had Potato Bacon & Leek soup and every mouthful was like an explosion of flavour! Primrose had their Thai Beef Salad and then we bought a lemon & lime cheesecake slice to bring home and enjoy with a cup of tea. GF of course.

Here is the view from their dining room...


Narooma is spectacular - especially from the top of the hill. I really love this area and it feels really welcoming and healthy - it makes me feel energised and vibrant! The colours of the area are also very vibrant -the greens of the grass and trees, the blues of the ocean and the sky. The air seems so clear and crisp.

Here we are, about to tick over to midnight. I'm going to snuggle down in my queen sized bed and listen to the sound of waves crashing in the distance.

Nite all.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day Eleven of the Selfie Road Trip

So ... BGWLBH and I have changed our names to Primrose and April.

The ladies working at the Uniting Church Op shop inspired us to do so. Their names were Primrose and Gladys.

It's late and I'm tired, so this will be another shortish post.

We saw so much wildlife today, but missed some great photo opportunities because of our poor timing, the harsh midday light or highways without stopping areas.

We went for a drive off the highway to Nowa Nowa and found a beautiful little area with a boat ramp into the Snowy River. There were birds singing all over the place, including Fairy Wrens. The river was clean and clear and we could see good sized fish swimming in the water.

After a couple of short walks along paths designed for people like us, we started back to the car, when I noticed a white bellied sea eagle soaring above the river.

I rushed over with my camera, just in case it decided to dive into the river for a fish, but it disappeared across the river and behind the trees.

Just as we thought it was over, another one flew out of the trees and flew directly in front of me, but I wasn't quick enough it too disappeared behind trees, never to be seen again.

Further up the highway, we decided to turn down the road to Bemm River. It was on the way there that we discovered an Echidna waddling across the road ...


We saved him from a certain death because there were a lot of cars towing big boats driving along that road.

Bemm River was nothing spectacular and after a brief stop, we decided to back track and stop at some interesting places along the road where we noticed an old bridge and a short nature walk along the river.

Near the bridge, we could hear running water, like a waterfall, so Primrose decided to investigate by following a very rough, narrow track down to the water. There were exposed tree roots, long grasses, deep drops to step down etc, so I told her to go ahead and let me know if it was worth the effort.

After a while she called out that I should follow her.

I swore and cursed all the way, annoyed that my little old legs could not make the short trek easy, all the while calling out to Primrose that "it better be worth a broken frigging neck"

I finally made it, only to discover lots of rocks, running water over the rocks and a few shags sitting on those rocks.

I complained "Oh so worth it to photograph a couple of stinking shags on rocks!!" (Mostly tongue in cheek mind you!)

Suddenly, Primrose shushed me and asked how small an Azure Kingfisher was.

My mission this trip was to photograph an Azure Kingfisher.

She pointed, and there in a tree just across the water from me, was a beautiful Azure Kingfisher. It dived into the shallow waters for food and returned to same branch each time. This went on for about 5 minutes and then he decided to come even closer, perching on a branch just across from me. He preened himself for a while, then dived again into the pool under his branch.

If he caught anything, it must have been small because he didn't have anything in his beak each time he landed back on the branch.

I got in a lot of shots, but the bright midday light didn't help, nor did my slow focussing mechanism on the poor old camera, however I got a couple of acceptable shots.

So, YES! It was worth risking a broken neck to get my Azure Kingfisher shot! I got it and thank you Primrose for leading me to my prize!

Now I need to sleep, so here are a few photos of the last two days.

















Not such a short post after all!

Nite al.l


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Day Ten of the Selfie Road Trip

I have no free wifi tonight so I am doing a quickie post via my iPad.

BGWLBH wanted me to mention that our road trip so far has been magical and amazing and hilarious and fabulous.

The weather has been great. The sky a brilliant blue. The ocean, every shade of beautiful that you can imagine. The grass and trees, the most brilliant shades of green imaginable. The wildlife has been abundant, the cows have been frolicking in the paddocks and the bird life has put on a show.

Then there was Bairnsdale and Sale.

Meh.

Lake Wellington was underwhelming.

Paynesville was painful and the people there were horrible.

That pretty well covers the last 24 hours.

One lower than average day out of ten is pretty good I reckon.  Tomorrow will be better as we wind our way back up the coast towards home.

Tonight, we’ve had to make do with a very old retro style motel room on the waiting list to be renovated. A Saturday night in Lakes Entrance needs prior booking, so we got this little gem for $80.

I can’t share the photos because I’m doing this on my phone now. My iPad suddenly ran out of credit mid post and the Telstra 24x7 site is currently having difficulties so I can’t even top it up! Story of my day really!

I stood in line for 25 mins to order our meal at the Central Hotel and then buy drinks. The food came out quickly and was divinely delicious! We overheard staff being abused, so we wrote a thank you note on a napkin telling them that we appreciated their hard work on a night when they were totally under the pump and thanked them for a pleasant evening.

Afterwards we got to view a pretty sunset over the water before walking back to our room.

Hopefully, tomorrow nights motel will have the obligatory free wifi and I can post some pics here.

Meanwhile ... having a wonderful time, wish you were here!

Nite all.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Day Nine of the Selfie Road Trip

The first selfie taken with the camera ...


Not very flattering!

This was at Lakes Entrance on our way out of town.

We found a lovely place for breakfast this morning. I had a lamb & rosemary pie with salad. I know. It's not really breakfast food, but it was gluten free and it sounded so delicious, I just had to have it!

Through a door to the right of the this cafe was a shop like The Happy Abode, but BIGGER and jam packed from floor to ceiling with leather handbags, a few clothes, jewellery, giftware, soaps, signs, tea towels, crockery, cutlery and more PLUS a florist.

Through a door to the left of this cafe was an antique store with lots of antiques (obviously) and retro and art deco and anything else you can think of! A treasure trove!

On the long walk back to the car, we stopped in a couple of Op Shops and found some bargains. We also stopped in a couple of gift stores and I photographed some brands and labels that I thought would sell well in our shop.

We left Lakes Entrance very late in the morning and headed south, taking a quick turn off to Metung - just to see what it looked like.


It was a little coastal village, but much more up market than Burrum Heads. Big homes overlooking the water, a mini marina for all the medium sized yachts and a very yuppy-like shopping area.

Not really our cup of tea.

Our next stop was Bairnsdale, where we sheltered from a massive storm by shopping in Target for 30 minutes.

From there, we drove on to Sale and that's where we are staying tonight.

The weather has been weird.

So have we.

Our motel tonight has Netflix! I have introduced BGWLBH to Grace and Frankie. I think we are going to fall asleep to it tonight.

That's it from me!

Nite all.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Day Eight of the Selfie Road Trip

We've been laughing and laughing and laughing and laughing over the most ridiculous things!

Things that nobody else would find even remotely funny.

I just tried to read that first line to BGWLBH but I couldn't because it made me laugh too hard.

So I gave this iPad to her so that she could read it herself and she laughed so hard she got tears!

Nope! No alcohol involved!

Anyway!

We absolutely loved Merimbula and Pambula Beach. Even though they were cold and windy, they are beautiful parts of the world that you could never tire of and the colour of the water was the most spectacular blue. Breathtaking!

Eden was another place that we loved. Gale force winds on the day, so bad that a cruise ship was supposed to dock so that the passengers could have a shopping day there, but the seas were too rough and they couldn't stop!

The local businesses were expecting 2000+ people through the town that day and all they got were us.

We drove to Mellacoota and Gipsy Point. Both stunningly beautiful. The drive through lush green forests and farmland to get there and finding little patches of paradise waiting for us. Gipsy Point in particular. Heaven.

I photographed the blue fairy wren at Gipsy Point and the koala at Mellacoota.

There was also lot of unexpected wildlife, like a Lyrebird walking in the middle of the road and a giant goanna!

Today I learned that horses and cows point their butts towards rain and storms!

We stayed in Orbost last night and slept surprisingly well.

When BGWLBH suggested that we have breakfast in Orbost, I scoffed and said "I doubt we'll find anything decent here", but the first cafe that we found had delicious food, friendly staff, great coffee and fabulous little stories of affirmation to read. A great start to the day.

We found a couple of little second hand stores to browse through and a gift store owned by a very chatty woman named Ros. I stopped at a deli/green grocer/butcher to grab some fresh fruit and the owner was up for a chat giving directions to some more hidden gems for us to visit.

Marlo and Cape Conran were first on our list for today and we were not disappointed. Really lovely out-of-the-way coastal villages, like Burrum Heads, sitting on both a river and an ocean. We didn't stay long at Cape Conran because there was a big storm bearing down on us, so we hightailed it out of there to outrun the storm.

On the way to Lakes Entrance, we stopped to photograph a raptor hunting in the trees and some black cockies flying overhead. I'll share those photos here when we stay somewhere with Internet!

Before we reached Lakes Entrance, a storm hit us and we had some hairy travel for a little while, but survived the ordeal.

Our time here in LE has been grey and dreary and wet and stormy so far. Big thunder and lightning this afternoon.

Tomorrow, we plan on going as far as Sale and then we will turn around and start heading north again via a different route.

Our plans for The Great Ocean Road have been slightly diverted and we've left it on our bucket list for future road trips.

So far, this has probably been our best road trip yet. Lots of new places and interesting people and we've really focussed on second hand shops, op shops and antique stores - all easy to find in small country towns. Crazy laughter, loud singalongs and ridiculousness that can't be explained.

It's after midnight and I need some sleep.

Nite all.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Day Seven of the Selfie Road Trip

I am SOOOOO exhausted!

It's been a fabulous day and I have so much to tell you, but I'm just too tired.

So here are a heap of photos and I'll catch up the story telling tomorrow night.











We are in a fairly dodgy motel tonight with an air conditioner that sounds like a jet engine and it's soooo hot and uncomfortable. I'm not sure how much sleep we'll get. There are also a billion bugs flying around - but the room comes with a giant can of bug spray - so comforting!

Nite all.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Day Six of 2017 Road Trip

Even though we didn't take a selfie today, I'm thinking of renaming this road trip "The Selfie Road Trip" because we've taken a lot of selfies so far!

Our motel room in Goulburn had a pretty good view of the Big Merino's butt ...


We didn't bother with breakfast this morning, instead stopping at the Bakery on the way out of town and grabbing a coffee to go. The Bakery was full of uniformed Rescue Police which got BGWLBH all hot under the collar. She has a 'thing' for men in uniform!

We stopped to look at where Lake George once was ...


When we lived in Canberra back in the early 80s, this lake was full and came right to the edge of the road. Now you can barely see a small body of water way off in the distance. Very sad.


We did a quick detour through Bungendore. Unfortunately, most of the shops were closed. The town caters to tourists, so weekends are busy and their weekend becomes Tuesday/Wednesday. A couple of the big stores were open, like the Woodworking Gallery, Bungendore Antiques (amazing) and Leather and Trading.

I must check to see if I won lotto tonight so that we can stop on the return trip and spend up big!

Here are a few of the amazing things in the Antique store ... I'm not even a big antique fan, but this store was something else ... stepping back in time.




The woodworking gallery ... oh if I was wealthy. The prices on everything were obscene. $16,000 for a framed piece of art to hang on the wall. $300 for a pepper mill. I didn't even look at the price for this piece! I texted Adoring Husband to ask if he could make one for me, but he claims that he's not good enough. pfft.


As we drove around the outskirts of Canberra/Queanbeyan to find the road to Cooma, there were some lavish mansions up on the hills. I'm willing to bet that they have some $16000+ pieces of art on their walls!

As is our tradition during our road trips, we always lean forward and wave up to the speed cameras ...


... we like to think that the staff who work on the other end of these computer/cameras are saying to each other "Hey! The girls are on another road trip!" Ha ha.

We spent a little time in the lush green park in Cooma while we checked out our map and figured out which direction we were going to take next.


The gentleman in the shop where we bought our lunch, told us that the road between Cooma and the coast was known for it's abundant wildlife and that there was only one road more abundant, and it was in WA.

Needless to say, the road was littered with dead wildlife, which was kind of sad and somewhat gruesome.

BGWLBH was an excellent driver up, over and down the mountain roads which were incredibly windy and steep. There were no overtaking lanes for the entire 120km journey!

Tonight we are in Bega, staying in the cheapest motel so far, but probably the biggest room we've had, with three beds and a very large bathroom. Very comfortable and for the small price of $110, an absolute bargain!

We walked 700m down the hill to Club Bega, where we had a stone grill meal, which was cheaper and way nicer than the bangers and mash that we had in Goulburn the previous night, and then power walked back UP the 700m hill to return to our room.

It was colder walking TO the club, than it was coming home!  The weather is surprisingly warm down this neck of the woods.

Time for me to sleep.

Nite all.