Archive for December, 2013

December 31, 2013

31 December 2013 Queenscliff to Melbourne

Well my wonderful four days away is over. Had a great time and did a lot of riding! It was good that Peter could come down for two days. Gave back my stylish red holiday bag to the op shop. Maybe it will be still there next year! Gave myself three hours to get to South Geelong station for the 12.26pm train. Made it with 15 minutes to spare. On the way back I went over a big bump and the attachment on my panniere broke so it dropped to the ground. My laptop was in it but it seems okay. Not happy Jan! With that and the flies, and head wind and phone calls I thought I’d never make it but I did. It was good to sit down and let someone else take me the rest of the way!

Now for planning the next adventure!

December 30, 2013

30 December 2013 Queenscliff to Portarlington

Breakfast at ?? They don’t have muesli so I had fruit toast. I left about 10am to go to Portarlington. Part of the way on the rail trail then Queenscliff-Portarlington Rd past Swan Bay where we had a caravan (sigh . . . ). It is a long way to the turn-off to St Leonards then a lot longer to get to St Leonards! It was a beautiful day and I rode the rest of the way along the Esplanade, past Indented Heads and into Portarlington. The water was sparkling, the sun was shining – just a perfect day for a ride. Had lunch in the main street then found where Cynthia and Robert live not far away. Cynthia and the kids were home so I popped in to say hi. Worked out that Robert’s kids are grand nephews and grand nieces to Peter and I. Had to leave by 2pm to get back for my 4pm massage appointment. That was great incentive to keep going and I really needed it by the time I got back! Went all the way along the foreshore back through St Leonards. There’s caravan parks most of the way now. By the time I got off Bluff Rd I was wishing I’d never started this venture! But I kept going and made it back in time for the massage by the skin of my teeth. It was really good and certainly well deserved! Now where to go to dinner?

December 29, 2013

29 December 2013 Queenscliff

Off to find another place for breakfast this morning. Not many places open yet. We settle on the Rolling Pin in Hesse St. Egg and bacon sandwich for Peter and raisin toast for me. Read the papers again (god we are boring) then off to the Queenscliff Market at Princess Park. It is already chokkers with people. I spy a cheap cat cage and take it back to the apartment while Peter looks around. By the time I get back he is finished looking! Plenty of jewellery stalls, too much competition here! Lots of pretty things though. Getting some ideas. Only buy some yummy muesli and peanut butter. Wander around a bit until I find Steph, Rod and Jen near the donut van. Jen likes her Christmas presents. I think her mum does too! Peter comes back to see them then they are on their way. I walk back to the apartment for lunch with Peter then he heads off home trying to beat the traffic.

Walking down to the shops to finish off where I left off when Peter came down! Still plenty of people around. It’s been a busy day with the market, Thomas the Tank day out on the Bellarine Railway, big swim in Pt Lonsdale. Glad I didn’t drive down today! Finished off checking out the shops. Nearly bought a pair of shoes but I stopped myself. Have to carry them home myself. Not a good idea! Where to go for dinner now?

The Couta Boat Restaurant on Hesse St! Had the salmon and flourless frangipane cake. Mmmm good. Caught up on a bit of reading my book. The waitress said she was jealous on me having ‘me’ time!  Think I’ll ride to Portarlington tomorrow to wear off dinner!

December 28, 2013

28 December 2013 Queenscliff to Barwon Heads

Up for breakfast in Hesse St again. Can’t find the name of the place! Should take more notice. (Beaches – I looked). Muesli, fruit and yoghurt for me (no surprise there) and Peter’s usual bacon, eggs, chorizo (or there). Read the papers slowly then off to the Barwon Heads market. It really warmed up while we were having breakfast. Many jewellery stalls at the market with widely varying prices. Also found some mozzie repellent. I will try anything! They love me too much. Also got a stylish red sunhat! Peter bought some watermelon. Browsed the shops and who should I see but Mary’s daughter Michelle, and her daughter Jessica trying stuff on in a pop-up shop in the main street. With their cousin who lives near us! Walked around the rest of the shops. It was too hot so we came back to The Loft to chill out and have lunch with produce from The Farm Store in Hesse St!

Think I’ll take a swim in the ocean now. Back soon!

So much for my swim. The wind had changed and it was heaps cooler. Went for a walk along the ocean beach at the end of the street that the bowling club is in. Everyone was heading away from the beach. The sand hit your skin like little needles the wind was so strong. Saw another container ship go out and turn sharp left. Caught some seagulls splashing in the shallows. I think they were after what the tide was bringing in – whatever that was.

Off to Kelp in Pt Lonsdale for dinner. Delicious food. For entree I had crab meat on a betel leaf. For main a steak that melted in my mouth. Peter had calamari and the snapper for a main. No room for dessert. Wasn’t anything I fancied anyway.

Well that’s Saturday over!

December 27, 2013

27 December 2013 Melbourne to Queenscliff

Up early (for me) to catch the 9.15am Vline train to South Geelong. Off for an extended weekend in Queenscliff. The conductor gave me a weird look when I showed him my paper pass! The two Japanese girls had trouble understanding the driver’s Scottish accent and nearly got out at South Geelong instead of Geelong for their connection to Apollo Bay. I got to the start of the Bellarine rail trail at 10.15am and rode and rode (with a few brief stops) to get to Queenscliff at about 1.15pm. The Loft in Hesse St is a fully self-contained apartment on the first floor. Vicki let me in early for a much-needed shower then off to the shopping centre (one block away) for lunch at a cafe on Hesse St newly opened but I can’t remember the name. Lingered a while over a chicken panini and piece of carrot cake then started browsing the shops. They are really upmarket and expensive although I did get a $2 red handbag in Vinnies! Most crowded shop there. 

Peter arrived around 4pm and met me in the shopping centre. We had a cup of tea then walked  back to The Loft. Peter relaxed and I looked at the photos and videos I made on the way here. By the time I got to Drysdale the train had come from Queenscliff. By the time I got to Queenscliff the train was coming in backwards so I got to see it twice.

Dinner was at the bowling club Ripview Cafe overlooking the ocean. The way ships go out to sea is weird. They seem to go sideways and then appear to come back to where they were. Hopefully the sea pilots know what they’re doing! Peter had paella and Christmas pudding (I thought he would have had enough!) and I had kofta lamb with bread and butter pudding. I certainly have had enough! 

The plan tomorrow is to have breakfast out then go to Barwon Heads market and maybe to the beach. It’s going to be 39 degrees! Aaahh!