Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What We Did Over The Easter Long Weekend ...

Hi there, my friends. I hope you had a wonderful Easter ... we had a fabulous time ... let me tell you about it !!

We left bright and early Friday morning (Hubby was on night shift, so as soon as he came home ... 6.30am ... we packed the car, and were away by 7am). It was cloudy, and cool, and we could see the rain coming.

Seeing that it was so early, and a public holiday, the roads were blissfully empty ... we had a brilliant run all the way to Bonnie Doon. Those people that arrived later in the morning were cursing the traffic ... apparently it was really busy !

We unpacked, and relaxed for awhile, before all our friends either arrived or awoke (some had arrived the previous evening). The weather was yucky all day ... very cold, and very wet. All we really did, and could do, was chat, and then chat some more !!

Saturday arrived to more cooler weather, although the rain did clear later in the day, and the sun came out. We went into Mansfield (about 25 kms away) to go to the Bush Market ... I bought us all some new moccassin slippers, some lovely handmade soaps, and some other stuff ... great fun !

Here's a photo of our caravan / annexe setup ... the caravan is on the left, the annexe is on the right, and the huge timber decking is out the front (that's really all you can see !!) ... the caravan and annexe are all under a roof, so from the front it really no longer looks like a caravan and annexe !

Saturday night I helped run a Trivia night (thank you to all of you who contribued questions ... I actually used most of them !). It went well ... we went through 6 sets of 20 questions. Some were hard, some were easy ... everyone seemed to have fun. Afterwards, Hubby and I played Easter Bunny, and hid the chocky eggs around the caravan for Chicky to find in the morning.

Sunday morning ... Easter Sunday ... started off lovely. Chicky enjoyed hunting for her eggs, she ended up with quite a haul !! During the course of the weekend, there were all sorts of competitions happening in the park ... golf, tennis, table tennis, lawn bowls, Daytona, BMX, coloring competitions, and others. Chicky entered into a BMX bike riding competition ... she was the only girl in her age group ... what a champion !! Unfortunately, her times didn't earn her a place (she also didn't have a BMX, just a normal mountain bike), but she did well ... and I imagine it was pretty scary for her, being the only girl !!! She got a special mention that evening, at the presentations. In the afternoon we went with 3 other cars for a drive down into the lake bed, and up a few hills. Here are a few photos showing views around the lake bed ... the lake is currently only around 20% of capacity.

We climbed up a hill - by car - called Chinamans Hill ... unfortunately the photos don't do it justice ... it is really quite steep.

The views from the top were amazing ... this one is looking south, down the main arm towards Eildon ...

Some of the boys decided to drive down the steep side ... some of us went down the same way we came up ... personally, I don't like the steep side ... it is reaaaaaally, steep !! Once again, the photo doesn't do it justice !

We went and explored some more, after coming down from the hill. It is really beautiful around here ... at least we think so !!

It was a wonderful day ... we finished off with a few drinks on the deck of one of our friend's caravans, and had a not too late night (all this fresh air tires you out !!).

Monday started off really foggy, but cleared up into a beautiful day. We ladies all went for a walk to the water's edge ... mainly to take some more photos. It is fascinating seeing what appears when the water disappears ... the trees have an eerie look about them, and there are many creeks and ditches around the place.

So, all in all, we had a wonderful weekend. The traffic on the way home was absolutely disgusting ... what normally takes 2 hours, took almost 3 !! I think it would have been this way, no matter what time of day we left ... as it was, we left around 4pm, got home just after 7pm.

I hope everyone's weekend was as wonderful as mine, no matter how you spent it. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful Easter greetings.

I think I had better go now, off to the boarding cattery to pick up our kitty-cat from her holiday, then some washing, housework, write some postcards (which I didn't do over the weekend ... naughty me !), and a multitude of other stuff.

Have a great week, everyone, and take care.



Cathy said...

Thanks for sharing the details and especially the photos! Looks like it really was a wonderful weekend.
Have a great week.

Peter said...

Sounds like a fun break, you should mark some of those creeks and other spots to fish when/if the lake fills again.

Nicole said...

Every time I hear "Bonnie Doon" I think of the movie lol Sounds like you had a fabulous time. We never get time to go camping.. if we did it would have to be just like you described. I am so pleased you had a lovely time xox

Chloe said...

amazing pictures! it looks like a Lord of the Rings kind of place, very mythical.

Granny said...

Nice - glad you had a good time.

LZ Blogger said...

Some awesome pictures here! I especially love the first one. Looks like the start of Easter! ~ jb///

Meow said...

Cathy ... thank you, it was a wonderful weekend.

Peter ... that's a great idea ... we'll do that next time. Thanks.

Nicole ... we actually go past the house they used in The Castle, and have a laugh every time we pass it. I hope you get a chance to go camping some time.

Chloe ... thank you, and i guess it does look kind of mystical.

Granny .. thank you.

LZ Blogger ... thank you. I was lucky with the first one ... it was taken through the car window !!

I hope you all have a great week. Take care, Meow

LoraLoo said...

What absolutely beautiful pictures. It sounds like you all had a fantastic holiday!

Meow said...

Lora ... thank you, it is so nice to be able to share it all, too.
Take care, Meow

Dick said...

Good photos and I'm glad that you had a fun time. I still can't get used to the idea that you are waiting for winter while we are moving into..... well it should be spring with summer not far behind but it was cold this weekend & felt more like February following March than mid-April. I guess the holiday went well.

green eyed girl on planet earth said...

yahhhhh1111 Meow is home again , yipehhh!
you were missed , I love the pics they always make the post , Good for Chicky , all boys besides her , brave little one isnt she . Tell her one up for the girls , she should be proud !
Your post was like you were writing me a letter ,just me ,ha ha ha ha ok I'll share you , LOL,it was a lovely post and looks like a wonderful place and your deck and caravan looks wonderful , I know where I am staying LOL , beautiful shots , is that you standing with the camera or are you making the shadow taking the shot???????
Well friend I am glad you had a great time , I wish you many more
Your friend

Kylee said...

Thank you for sharing. I am glad it was a wonderful weekend!!

jay are said...

wow, that was great. So fun to see your pictures. Looks like a great place....Glad you had a good time. Welcome back!

Michelle said...

Great photos, lovely and clear :o)

Diane said...

Glad you had a great time, and glad to see you're back. Thanks for the photos, too. They always make the story better, when you have something to look at to get a feel for a place in your mind. :)

Cool and rainy there, huh? We have been having some freakishly hot and dry weather here. Yesterday (Monday), it hit 90 degrees F. and we are in a drought here, too. Some of the fields have been planted, but we are wondering if the seed will even sprout because of no moisture in the soil. The average high for this time of year is about 70 degrees, and this is usually one of the wettest times of the year. Weird!

Meow said...

Dick ... it can be confusing, can't it !! Our weather these past 3 days has been very Spring-like, for Autumn !!

Greeneyes ... thank you, you are too sweet !! Yep, Chicky was one gutsy little girl ... go girls !! Oh, that's me making the shadow, and a friend holding her camera waiting for her hubby to drive down the hill !! It was a great weekend.

Catch you all soon, take care, Meow

Meow said...

Ooops, I signed off before I was finished ... sorry !!

Kylee ... thank you.

Michelle ... thank you, too.

Diane ... thank you. Isn't it strange how our seasons are out of whack at the moment ... Global Warming, I guess !! Hope you get some rain, soon. Hope we get more, also, to fill that huge lake again ... it hasn't been full since around 1995/6.

Thanks guys, take care, Meow

Alice said...

Loved seeing your photos of around Lake Eildon, although it's a pity it's still so low. I must show my husband these photos. He used to teach at Delatite and lived in a caravan at Goughs Bay, then taught at Merrijig and boarded with a local family. The lady he boarded with was named Bonnie as she was born in Bonnie Doon. You could look out from their house straight up Mt Buller. Magnificent when covered in snow. He says one of the most amazing sights was seeing Mt Buller one Christmas Day with snow down one side and a bushfire raging up the other side.

Meow said...

Alice ... thanks (I have made a comment on your blog, too). That sounds like an interesting story, about your husband and Lake Eildon ... he sure has some history there. He should have a look through my blog, and my photo blog, to see the many pictures I have posted from around the area.
Take care, Meow

DayByDay4-2Day said...

luxiary camping at it's best.

Love the photos. They are so vivid and really capture the momnet.

Glad your easter was good.


Those were beautiful pictures. It was nice of you to share it with us.

Reverberate58 said...

Beautiful pictures. What a wonderful time you had! Thanks for sharing with the rest of us that had to stay home!

Merle said...

Hi Meow ~~ Thanks for your comment.
So glad you had a great Easter at Bonnie Doon. Sorry you had all that traffic to contend with. I was very
interested when you mentioned Yarra Glen and 'specially Dixons Creek.
My brother Peter (who has commented here) and I went to school at Dixons Creek. I had to start at four and a half to keep school open, then 2 years later Peter had to start. We loved Dixie. Our half brother is buried at Yarra Glen. Isn't the hotel there a lovely building?
Cheers, Merle.

Meow said...

DaybyDay ... yep, you can't even call this camping anymore ... we have all the luxuries of home, and then some !!! All we need to take from home each time is perishable food and clothes !!

Fridays Child ... thank you. I enjoy sharing my world with my friends.

Reverberate ... thank you, and welcome to my world !!

Merle ... what a small world. I love Dixons Creek, it is a beautiful little community. It must have been wonderful to go to school there ... it is still open, too !! Yarra Glen is gorgeous, a real tourist place now, with lots of gift shops, antiques shops and the like. Just beautiful.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful week. Take care, Meow

Devil Mood said...

Ohhhhh...what a lovely bunch of photos...so blue, so bright...I love them :)
I'm glad you had a wonderful time. Your life seems like a constant enjoyment..perhaps that's down to your attitude towards it :)

Kish said...

Wow, looks amazing! What beautiful land. it is mind boggeling to think that beauty exists in our cruel world...!

Tab said...

wow!Thanks for sharing all the details and pictures!!!
Soudns like an adventure..did you happen to see the Easter Bunny?lol

Nerdine said...

wow - I LOVED your photos! VERY different from where I spent my Easter (there's a photo on my blog). I especially liked the first photo. spectacular!

Meow said...

Devil Mood ... thank you. We are blessed with beautiful blue skies, here in Australia, that is when it isn't cloudy and raining !!! And, yep ... I try to keep an upbeat attitude to life ... after all, we are only here once, might as well enjoy it !!

Kish ... thank you, it is beautiful here !! But, our world is not cruel ... it is the sad few evil people who make it cruel. Fortunately, all the people we get to know in blog-land are not like that ... they are all wonderful !

Tab ... yep, we saw the Easter Bunny, and lots of his little furry friends (rabbits are in plague proportions in parts of Australia, unfortunately.)

Nerdine ... thank you, I will come over and see where you went.

Take care, my friends ... Meow

Saur♥Kraut said...

Wow, what an interesting place! It looks bleak and dry, but I'm sure it was different in person. And whatever else, it was different - and a place to get away from it all! We took off only the weekend, but also had the urge to get away (I'm glad we did).

Meow said...

Saurkraut ... it is very different there, and it was great just to get away. Where you went looks really interesting, too.
Take care, Meow

Heidi said...

Beautiful photos..Welcome Back and thanx for sharing.

Meow said...

Heidi ... thank you, and you are welcome !!!
Take care, Meow

Justine said...

How wonderful!
And those photos are great. I love places like that.

Tink said...

What a beautiful pictures! I have put the first one on my desktop.

Meow said...

Justine ... thank you. It is a fascinating place when the water is down ... kinda creepy.

Tink ... thank you. Oooh, I'm glad you liked it that much, I guess it looks pretty cool on the desktop !! Thanks for visiting, too ... I will be by your blog soon.

Take care, Meow