It was very sad to hear that another old friend of my mothers and my God Father, George Ball had succumbed to cancer, Geo was 98 I believe and an absolute Gentleman, I visited George last time we came to Victoria and I will cherish those memories.
A trip to Sue and Gregs always involves a visit to the Casino, not my thing but I go along and Greg and I usually have a few drinks and people watch whilst the wives have a bet. One night we caught up with Sues daughter ( our niece) Lee and husband Sam with baby daughter Charli along with Sues eldest daughter Dannielle and husband Shane and their two boys. It was Tysons birthday and we celebrated it in style at a nice Indian Restaurant in Carrum, Patterson Lakes.
With the week over it was time for us to start heading towards Adelaide, because Mt Eliza is not far from the Ferry that crosses from Sorrento to Queenscliff we chose to travel that way instead of battling with the Melbourne traffic. It cost us the early bird special price of around $130 which was worth it.
Getting off the ferry we followed the signs for the Great Ocean Road, we have driven along here many times and there is a lot more to see than taking the highways. We also had the invitation to stay the night at a BushTracker owners property at Timboon. We had not met John & Heather Reynard but had communicated about all this Bushtracking so it was a lovely opportunity to meet them. Retired dairy farmers they have a beautiful property which they often get Caravanning friends stay at. For us it was a one nighter and sampling some lovely Port and Sherry.
The next day it was onwards, our idea was to get to the Coorong and rest up for a few days before our grand parenting duties commenced.
We stayed at Port Lonsdale a night and then 42 Mile Crossing for a night, it was stinking hot and a drive to the ocean in the hope of a swim was dashed when we got there the waves were way to rough to attempt a swim, instead we sat on the beach and let the waves wash over us. Another Camper told us off another camp area, Parnka Point, unbeknown to us at the time that we had already visited it we decided to go there and stay a night or two. Once we arrived our memories came back to us but we choose to stay anyway and we had a lovely view of the water from site 6 at Pelican Camp Ground.
Another caravan arrived as did a BushTracker later in the day, we didn't get to speak with them and we left the next morning. We decided to visit Rapid Bay again, we hadn't realised it was Friday and the place gets very busy on weekends, we stayed one night and left, camping like sardines is not my idea of fun.
We are now camped in the front yard of our daughters in Adelaide, our grand sons Oakley nearly 3 and Tate 18 months know us well but it's been fireworks and mighty explosions when they decide to throw a tantrum and want their mummy. Luckily they both go to a day care two days a week and their father is at home at night, they are a handful but we love them and do what we need to do. Saying that three weeks cannot come quick enough and we can finally get back on the road to home, we only have two - three weeks and we're away again to Ningaloo and I have so much to do in that time.