Last weekend we went to Echuca it’s a 3 hour drive from
Melbourne just near the border of N.S.W. (New South Wales).
I wrote a bit in my journal it went like this…
Sitting next to the pool at the Motel on a blanket on the grass, sipping a red wine and writing- does it get any better?
The sun is shining, a simply glorious day 27 deg C. After an exhausting day at work (Friday 9th) and not feeling too well due to a sore throat bug thing we set off for the drive north to Echuca Moama. Within 30 minutes I was pushing out zzzz’s and woke an hour before we arrived.
The paddocks stretched far and wide either side of the highway as far as they eye could see..that in itself was relaxing.
I saw a herd of sheep to my right, on top of one of the sheep’s heads sat a bird. The sheep was holding his head up to try and see what it was…I’m sorry I laughed it was funny.
We arrived at the Motel, packed away our belongings (I pack for 2 weeks when we go for 2 days), we then went out to a Pub then back to the Motel for some more zzzz’s.
Didn’t sleep that well, perhaps strange bed, perhaps niggly throat thingy and awoke at 6.16am…yay holiday!
We then drove to the designated meeting spot (after a bacon and egg McMuffin for breakfast) well we WERE on holidays 🙂 to begin our kayaking adventure down the Murray River (see top pic), 12 kilometers and 2 hours later we arrived back at our starting spot, with sore arms and back from row row rowing that boat …sorry Kayak.
The Murray in Echuca is renowned for it’s old Paddle Steamers as a Tourist attraction. We didn’t hop on board me hearty’s as we were hungry so off we went to a Pub for lunch in the town sitting in the sunshine, eating a prawn caesar salad (which was utterly delightful) and sipping a Sauvignon Blanc (Mr S had a slice of home made egg, bacon & spinach pie and a beer) and watching the old coach and Clydesdale horse pull around the tourists and generally people watch.
It was only Friday night, Saturday and Sunday but it felt so much longer.
The different state of mind you are able to achieve when you are on holidays…how grand is it… many more weekends with my gorgeous Mr. S will be planned I am sure.
I felt like I just went a wee holiday! *thank you* The bacon and egg McMuffin tasted very nice! I think I liked it? *laughing*
I definitely liked the bourbon and coke I drank! …Okay okay I wasn’t there! *laughing* but if I had been I would definitely have gone on that horse and cart ride! *smiling* I love drysdale horses! Are you now well mumsy? …..Paulama xxxxxxxx
I thought I got you the sausage & egg McMuffin????
I had a bourbon or 2 myself but sssh don’t tell anyone 😉
yes all good now thank you – it was a very strange throat ‘thingy’ – thank you for asking though
I love your trip!
Glad you had a wonderful time getting away even if you were not at the top of your game throat wise
Even a 2 day break can be heavenly – glad you enjoyed the holiday with me 🙂
I did and thanks again for sharing
lovely pictures…..btw, the ex lives in NSW…lol…hopefully YOU didn’t run into him—small world isn’t it…….
LOL I don’t think I came across a man with a pitch-fork and horns 😉 but nooo Australia is one very big country, so no chance I don’t think…
Enticing enough pictures to visit OZ perhaps? 🙂 xx
Yes, enticing indeed. Australia is definitely on my list of places to visit. And hopefully 2013 will be a change for the better in terms of finances and ability to travel…….oh and the ex–no pitchfork and horns those are invisiblehe is very charming and in his youth quite the looker—that is the face I see the one of his youth—not the one he currently has—-he has not aged well at all….
do I detect a hint of sarcasm there? In that last line 🙂
Hopefully you can make it down under and come to Melbourne!
well he WAS a looker but he looks way older than his age–he is only 52 but looks like mid 60’s…Yes when I come to Australia..will definitley come to Melbourne—and the beaches—-no desire to go to the back woods—although would love to see the look of shock if I showed up on his front door–hysterical……..
Pfft why spoil your holiday!? 😉
he prides himself on being able to hide himself from the world—you know like the secret hide-out that nobody knows about–so yeah the look of shock would be so worth it—so sorry but I get into hysterical laughter just thinking about it…..that is my evil side coming out now…….the evil alter ego…..ok I have seen way too much tv dramas…..
You are forgiven 🙂 It’s ok to have a touch of spite when you have been hurt…he can certainly hide in Australia!!
Yes, he may be able to hide from the world but sadly he cannot hide from himself…we must pity the poor man, who lives a fake and phony life with no appreciation for real love or the ability to give it back….He is an American though not an Aussie….his wife is from Australia…..
My sweet you have to let go… please I say that kindly and only with thought and compassion. Live YOUR life now and don’t dwell on the past and how he is or what he does. You shall meet your soul mate …possibly/hopefully on the Cruise and he will be but a distant memory… xxx
I have let him go but we do have mutual friends that we have had for the past 30 years….so he is like a shadow that every now and then makes an appearance……so yes, I do not want him back in my life and I am looking forward to meeting someone new…I just didn’t want you to think I was talking ill about an Australian but rather a fellow American…….and I look forward to the day when I can make a visit and meet you in person and do something fun……
I am glad you are wanting to move on … I never thought for one minute you were talking ill about an Australian 🙂 Yes that would be grand. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a BLOG person event and meet all the people that we speak too from here…that would be truly and utterly amazing! I do hope you can get over here and yes we would do something fun…how awesome would that be!!? xxx 🙂
Oh, that looks like a perfect little getaway!! I love the story about the sheep…picturing it made me laugh!!
It was hilarious or as us Aussies would say “Bloody hilarious” 🙂 Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
That sounds like you had a lovely trip Mumsy *smiles* … and I am picturing the sheep and bird thing now. I would have been laughing too … but oh no, I likely would have been the driver and have gotten swerved into the ditch!
By the way … I LOVE kayaking *smiles* … both me and the daughter own one … though we have not been out in ages!
Yes he/she was what …where..what bird…where…I can’t see it.. I can feel something though…where did you say???
It’s a tad achy on the arms and the back..I have only done it twice …but Mr.S took up my slack so it wasn’t too bad apart from almost decapitating myself with the paddle as I tried to stop heading into sunken branches in thew river!!!
Get out then woman and Kayak again!!!
What a fabulous trip! I really hope there re many more like this 😀
I hope so too..just little weekends away are relaxing and make you feel body and mind enter another zone ;_)
Thanks Di …you have alot on your plate right now – so thanks for taking the time out to visit 🙂