Wednesday, 31 December 2014
Astute blog readers may have noticed that we seem to have a new living space in our house. We do! We've rearranged a little in the open living/dining/kitchen space so that we now have what we like to call The Nook. Being on the northern side of the house it catches the afternoon sunl, and it's also nice and close to the kitchen so you can relax on our 2nd hand sofa, next to our plush rug which was an off-cut of our big rug we got years ago, and be part of the action in the kitchen. It's lovely and we're all very happy with it!
A few days ago we had a lunch appointment at Alonnah on Bruny Island with some of our relatives who had come out from the UK to stay at their holiday house. We had a lovely lunch in the sun and had absolutely no dramas with the ferry which was nice. But we were a bit late for lunch.
You see I thought the Fluted Cape loop took about an hour, so I convinced the rest of my family that we should scoot around that before heading over to the western side of the island. Of course if I'd looked at my own blog I would have seen that it took me, walking and jogging by myself, almost 2 hours the last time I did it. But I'm kind of glad I didn't look though, or we wouldn't have done it and it was really fun doing it together.
If you do it in an anti-clockwise direction (which is by far the best way), you have a long gradual climb until you suddenly pop out of the forest at the top of the very high cliffs.
Then you make your way steeply down the edge of them, until you are back at sea-level..
..right near the little island which sits off the point where there used to be a whaling camp.
Then the rest of the trip is easy, skirting the coast back to the car park, passing the little spot with all the rock towers..
The water was so lovely and green, and there were dolphins in Adventure Bay (which I didn't get any photos of)
and by the time we made it back to the car (a bit over two hours later) we were all very happy, but very hungry!
Just after lunch on the 27th of December this year Jon and I happened to be at the Fleming's and I suddenly thought that it would be nice if we had it at our house for a while, so on the spur of the moment we took it with us home and set it up in the living room. It had been living out on the deck at the Fleming's so it had suffered a fair bit of rust and general wear. Jon had already put a towel over the playing field in these photos but you can see how rusty the bars were..
So Jon couldn't resist getting some steel wool and having a go at bits of it and before ten minutes was gone we were all helping..
and while the players waited nervously in a casserole dish - no doubt wondering about their fate ..
and day turned into night, and night turned into later night we set about re-assembling everything..it's surprising how many ways you can get it wrong (men facing backwards, using the wrong rods, handles on wrong side of table etc etc). I think we made every possible mistake. But we got it almost right in the end.
then finally at about 10:30 pm, it was all back together..
so we got the children back out of bed so we could all have a well deserved game.
It was a great unplanned afternoon - not because rubbing at rust with steel wool is particularly fun, but it was super fun doing it all together. yay us.