22 to 27 October 2015 Byron to Melbourne

22 Oct 2015 Farmers’ market-lunch at Mokha-Kirtan singing
This morning we all met at the Farmers’ Market in Byron Bay to have a look around and get coffee! It is heaps bigger than any of the farmers’ markets in Melbourne with a wide variety of fruit and veg, juices, muesli and more. Back to Evans St for yoga them off to Mokha Cafe for lunch and catch up on emails, pay bills. I was there a good couple of hours and they never kicked me out! Craig contacted the family to let us know Ben is not doing very well and he didn’t think he would last the weekend. It is very sad. He is staying at Peel St with Gilda to look after him. No one else is at home.

Back to Evans St for yoga again and dinner. Special performance of Kirtan singing with Jo and Mal. Joe plays an Indian instrument and a harmonian and sings/chants. Mal plays the flute beautifully. Together they are an unusual pair. We just sat or lay back to enjoy it. They also did a performance at the Lotus Palace that some of us went to on Sunday. A late night conference on Facebook with the family decided we would see how Ben is on Friday and ask the vet for advice. We are all very sad he has gone downhill so fast.

23 Oct 2015 Massage-Treehouse restaurant
Yoga at 9.30am after a relaxing breakfast. Quick check to see how Ben is and Craig says he has improved a bit and is moving around a bit better today. The vet says that is really good so we will wait and see how he progresses. Lunch at Twisted Sista today. Had to be quick to come back for a massage at 1.15pm at Evans St. It is such a luxury to have a masseur on-site! Waiting for yoga at 4.30pm then we walk to dinner at the Treehouse along the beach. Probably take an hour.

The walk along the beach to the Treehouse was great. We walked towards the sunset with surfers skimming the waves on our right and the changing foreshore on the left. The sand was squeaky as well as clean and it was hard going until we got to the wet bit close to the water. The Treehouse in Belongil was a cool place with lots of people eating in the open air. Too bad our meals took ages. My salmon was good but other meals were not so great. The singer was good. Formerly on a talent show. Walking back in the dark was a challenge but we made it by about 11pm – late for most of us.

24 Oct 2015 Leaving Evans St
Very sad to be leaving the yoga retreat. It has been a fabulous experience, one I want to repeat next year! I rode to Ruth’s place while my bags hitched a ride with the others in a car. Unfortunately they went all the way to the airport because I never thought to get them out! No harm done. I rode to the Roadhouse cafe along Bangalow Rd away from Byron Bay. It is a quirky place with heaps of atmosphere and massive prices! Back to take my stuff to Jade’s place. She was still cleaning up so I went for a ride to through Arakwal National Park. It was a trial to get to the start near the side streets around where Ruth’s place is but I made it. There are side trips to Tallow Beach where you can hear the pounding surf and Tallow Creek. The track lead to Byron High School on Bangalow Rd so I rode back to the Roadhouse where Heather, Mike and Chris were about to have lunch so I joined them for fish tacos – much nicer than at the Treehouse last night.

Back for a shower then yoga with Ruth and Chris at the Byron Yoga Centre taken by Davina who Ruth says is divine! She certainly was challenging and I am a bit stiff still. Ruth invited me to dinner for pasta with pesto made by Peter. It was delicious with potato salad and tomato salad shared with Chris, Heather and Mike. Christine starts her road trip home tomorrow. Prepared for my trip to Murwillumbah tomorrow then off to bed.

25 Oct 2015 Byron to Murwillumbah
Up early to catch the Premier bus to Murwillumbah at the Information Centre in Byron Bay. Quick coffee and the bus was early! Only took 3/4 hour. Phil picked me up at the bus station, which used to be the train station. On to see Barb who is in Murwillumbah hospital after having a stroke 2 weeks ago. Thankfully she is on the mend and should be out by this Friday. Phil took me to their place in Dungay after having coffee and carrot cake at the Red Rattlers Gallery, which is not far away. Bought some early Christmas presents. After a sandwich Phil took me to see Olive who was a bit wary of me again. Oh well, I tried! Time for the bus back to Byron Bay then.

Dinner was at Bombay to Byron, Indian of course. Chicken tikka masala was very tasty. Time to see a local production of Cats at the Byron Community Centre. Left at interval though. It was not really my cup of tea.

26 Oct 2015 Breakfast with Tory-Lighthouse walk
Breakfast with Tory at Dip cafe on Lawson St. It was great to catch up with her. She was astounded at what has happened at Legacy. At the moment Tory is working two jobs – cleaning houses during the day and graphic design at night – to go overseas at the end of the year. So glad we found some time. She hasn’t changed a bit.

Walked to the lighthouse again and took the guided tour again. Learnt a few more interesting facts such as Tallow Beach is named after the cargo of a shipwreck there. Walked down through the bush to where the track ended at Lees Rd near Captain Cook Lookout – only it is overgrown and the view is not very clear! Had gnocchi for lunch at Byron Beach Cafe overlooking the beach. Bit expensive but good spot.

Dropped off my bike to Ruth’s. She was busy cleaning up and getting ready to see Mike and Heather who have moved closer to the lighthouse. Had a very welcome shower and started to make a cup of tea when Ruth called to say Mike and Heather were having dinner at the Balcony and did I want to go. Yes I did! They picked me up and Heather forcefully got a spot on the balcony where we had tapas once again. It really is a beautiful spot to eat or just sit. They showed me their apartment, which is 2-bedroom on Lighthouse Rd called Julians. Great spot with all mod cons you might need.

27 Oct 2015
Cleaned up my stuff and went for walk after breakfast to the entrance of Arakwal National Park. Same place we started the silent meditation walk. Ruth came over to say goodbye. She goes home tomorrow. Jade came down to wait for the bus. She really is very sweet. I have had a great time and is so sad but good to be going home.

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