Friday, 31 December 2010

Settling in

Dinner is done and the kids have disappeared. Colin and I are in front of our computers, deleting junk emails, catching up on the news etc... Dusk has given way to darkness. I will be glad to fall into bed tonight, my calves are letting me know that they are not happy with all the walking up hill from the beach to the caravan park and my arms are not happy either with all the lifting and carting of surf boards not to mention attempts at paddling.

Colin, Johanna and I suited up and headed out early to catch some waves at our local beach. (the one at the bottom of the hill) Johanna and I have decided we don't like this beach - not great for beginners, pretty frustrating really, a lot of effort with nothing to show for it. We fared better this afternoon at Pambula Beach. That is one good thing about Merimbula, there are a number of beaches all facing different directions, so one of them is usually OK.

One of the things we have decided to do this time away is to instigate 'happy hour'. For Christmas we received cocktail shakers, recipe books and plastic cocktail glasses. Last night we made non alcoholic drinks for the kids (and ourselves) and tonight we took our gear around to Phil and Carol's holiday house (Colin's brother) and progressed to Pina Colada's. The next two weeks are looking very interesting in the cocktail department.

Johanna has been returned, Rachel, Jess and Tyla are off again. This is the evening ritual. The oldest and youngest will now head off to bed and the teenagers will 'hang out' for a while before falling into bed also. Fresh/clean air, exercise, fun, good food and drink - all make for happy, contented and tired bodies. Can't ask for much more than that on holidays.