On our way to Omeo on Saturday for a couple of nights away, Russ came to the conclusion that our trip that day was a holiday within a holiday (from our current “home” in Traralgon), within a holiday (from our current “home in Perth), within a holiday (from our caravan) from home (Warrnambool where it all started). I’d been having similar thoughts about where I have shoes and clothes (see above)! So we decided our life must be one big holiday!We’re currently spending just over 5 weeks in Traralgon to catch up with friends and family we haven’t seen for ages. It’s been a fantastic time as we’ve been able to have our grandsons to stay over a couple of times and see them most mornings as Kobie heads to school over the road. It was really special to us to be here to see the boys go off to their first days at school and kinder too.
On Thursday 13th of Feb, we took a road trip down to Port Fairy where we stayed two nights in a lovely motel close to son Ryan and daughter-in-law Kirstyn. It seems so long since we spent any time with them so it was really good. Kirstyn cooked us a lovely dinner on Thursday night, Friday we ate out at a local Italian restaurant, Saturday we attended our unit’s annual body corporate meeting, visited our home and tenants, then went on to stay with our good friends Janette and David and cook them dinner for their birthdays that day. On Sunday we went to Portland and stayed with more friends and did a couple of short drives out and about round town.
This weekend, my good friend Barb suggested they ride their bike down from Holbrook NSW and we drive up to Omeo for a Saturday night together. Omeo is pretty close to the mid point for both of us with each couple travelling around 260ks each to get there. Omeo is an old gold mining town in Victoria’s High Country not far from our ski fields. It’s a lovely old town and relatively quiet this time of year. We got a couple of motel rooms in the old Birnam Homestead which is part of the Snug as a Bug motel. The name would normally be enough to put me off (too cutsie for me) but our first choice-the lovely Golden was fully booked.
Snug as a Bug was true to it’s name-cosy and comfortable (without being cutsie) and just across the road from The Golden where we ate our dinner both nights. Barb and Bill could only stay a night but as we are pretty flexible with our time, we decided to stay an extra night.Considering Omeo has something of a captive audience being the only place for quite a way where you can expect decent food and accommodation, we felt both our motel and meals were excellent value. The motel was a great base to do some interesting loop drives through the smaller towns/districts of Cassilis, Swifts Creek, Benambra and Hinnomunjie . Barb and I enjoyed ourselves taking heaps of photos along the way. The only bad part of our weekend was a flat tyre while out on a drive around, and the loss of Bill’s reading glasses on the same outing. He put them on to of the car to help Russ change the tyre and we drove off with them still there. They’d gone by the time we arrived home 45ks later!
During dinner on the second night at The Golden Age, we remembered it was one of our “anniversaries”. We met 22 years ago that day at a Hash House Harriers run. What a lovely way to celebrate!
One of the other bonuses to our recent side trips to Western Victoria and The High Country has been the clean, clear air. The local open cut coal mine here caught fire around 15 days ago and is still alight. When the wind blows, the smoke is awful. It’s been great to get away from it for a while.
On our way home today, we stopped in Ensay and bought ourselves some gorgeous fresh raspberries from the grower, and later on some tomatoes from another. We’re going to make ourselves an Eton Mess tonight to use our berries, then have my most favourite tomatoes on toast for breakfast in the morning.
In Sale we stopped and took son Dan’s girlfriend Chelsea out to lunch at the Star Hotel. Chelsea is past the halfway mark with her broken leg and it’s cast, and seems much cheered up.