Gippsland Trips 2023

Had some reasonable weather when we went down. We managed to get to the beach (in the morning to avoid the wind which was a good move) as well as Stratty bridge and McKinnons.

Seaspray – Maggie loved it but complained about how cold the water was. Eddie was uncertain at first but slowly warmed to it. Flo was there and liked to dig – and eat – the sand.

Stratty Bridge – We actually went twice as it was the kids favourite spot. There was a strong current in some shallow water which let Maggie ride her board down it. Eddie was in seventh heaven with all the rocks and sand and water to play with. He did not want to leave at all. Maggie “rescued” a girl which involved her getting freaked out in the thigh-deep water because of the current and Maggie took her hand and brought her to the shore. She loved it and everyone heard the story as soon as she saw them.

McKinnons – It was interesting as there were loads of cars and tents on the rocks. It wasn’t as kid-friendly as it had been in the past with lots of alcohol going and music pumping. We found a quiet-ish spot. Ed didn’t quite like it as much, I think because of the difficulty he had with moving around on the rocks. Was still a nice day though.

Phillip Island one last time

We went with the Lewis’s to Phillip Island for Maggie’s birthday (usually we end up going for Islas but the dates didnt work). We had to get a new house, great but a lot more expensive. We had the best weather that we have had, and the girls got to go to the penguins on Saturday evening.

Otherwise it was a lovely time – always too short!

A lovely swim in our favourite walk

Echuca at Discovery Caravan Park

We went away for 3 nights to a cabin in the Discovery Caravan Park. Gaga & Pa decided to come up with us in their caravan. We weren’t camping because of the difficulty with Eddie being 10 months.

The first morning we went to my old camping spot – or at least we tried to find it. It was some fun bush bashing but eventually I gave up – however the spot we found was fantastic. Had a great picnic on the side of the river with a lovely little campfire. Maggie decided she wanted to host her own kids show called “Maggie’s Amazing Picnics”.

Otherwise most of the time was spent in the actual Caravan Park itself. Such is the fun of Kids.

Maggie’s Amazing Picnics!

Easter 2021

Ed was only 8 months for this Easter so Claire decided to take him up each day. We arrived on Friday and left on Monday. The weather was wonderful, around 25-29 each day. The kids spent most of the time in the water and it was freezing – they all shivered but claimed not to notice.

It was an amazing holiday, the kids all played really well together. They invented a game called “Touch Mouse” which one would shine a touch on the ground and the others would pounce on it. They went on a “dunny run” in the ute and as Lindi drove them away they all chanted “dunny run, dunny run” and Claire pointed out they probably didn’t know what it was. When they arrived back Maggie said to Claire “We went to the toilet!!”

Maggie loved handing out the chocolate brownies and birds nest she had made with Claire so much that when the Easter Bunny came and left her a humpty dumpty she decided to give out the smarties to everyone.

Another funny comment was because Maggie was having difficulty telling “Tony” and “Uncle Brian” apart and she said to me on the last day she kept “getting confused because they have the same head”.

As always, these trips tend to be the hardest to write up as they are just made up of many little moments. I doubt we will get weather this good again for a while – but hopefully we can all camp as a family next year!

Maggie outlasting everyone in the water, chanting “Canooooe”
Ed very happy eating mud