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Kangaroo Island Getaway

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Hello dear Spark friends,

It was lovely to have a change of scenery and spend some time away on Kangaroo Island with my friend Chris.

We left on Friday 1st Feb after managing to arrange everything in her car, including my memory foam mattress which fitted with one of the back seats down, and the 2 doggies sharing the other back seat, along with our clothes and other bits and pieces. I was glad to have my cushions for the car and to sit around in the house. Luckily there wasn't much traffic so we had a fairly clear run and long stretches of continuous driving, which I find much easier to tolerate than the continual stop/start of city driving.

The ferry crossing was okay, a bit of see-sawing in the first 15-20 minutes, then it was smooth sailing for the remaining half hour. The first day we took it easy, unpacking and settling in.

The holiday house is at Island Beach. This is the view:

On Saturday we had another easy day, relaxing with the Saturday paper, and later Chris pottered around with a couple of little jobs. She is quite good at small maintenance jobs and a bit of painting here and there, this time mostly on her garage and a hut behind the house. Later on we went for a walk along the beach.

Here is a photo of the beach, and another of Chris and the dogs, Maggie and Honey:

Some locals having an afternoon paddle...

On Sunday and Monday we spent part of the day at the house, with short trips thrown in. Sunday saw us slowly meandering around Island Beach so I could see a few changes since my last visit 3 years ago, followed by a drive around Browns Beach and then on to the gallery at Baudin Beach. Photos are generally not allowed, but we enjoyed our look around at the various items of art, craft and photography. We drove a bit further east to Penneshaw and visited the gallery there, which is like stepping back in time. There is a heavier emphasis on cottage type crafts here, with local produce as well as various knitted and embroidered items for sale.

This photo is of Browns Beach:

On Monday we ventured north to Kingscote, the main town on the island. Chris needed more supplies from the hardware store, and we interspersed our gallery and gift shop browsing with a relaxing stop at the local cafe on the main street. We came home via American River, to cap off another pleasant day and our last full one for this trip.

Some photos of American River...

...and one of the locals after which the island is named:

The following afternoon we were due to catch the ferry back to the mainland, so while Chris finished off her small jobs in the morning, I decided to head back to Island Beach once more for a final stroll. I was lucky enough to have the beach all to myself!

This is how it looked in the mid-morning sunlight:

All too soon we had to pack up the car again and make our way to Penneshaw to catch the ferry.

Looking back at Penneshaw as the ferry departed - it was smooth sailing all the way back:

It was a lovely escape for a few days. I still had to deal with pain issues every day and needed maximum doses of pain medication, as well as a daily lie down to stretch out. I also found myself waking a lot during the night despite having the memory foam mattress - but I don't think I would have been able to get to sleep without it. It did take a day or so to get used to not waking up to a sea view once I was back home though!

I also found that after my return it all 'caught up with me' and I seemed to be battling exhaustion for a good week. The fibromyalgia pain ramped up as well so I feel I'm back to 'reality' with a bit of a jolt. With all that, I have taken a while to post this blog, not just in terms of starting it but in getting photos to load. I don't know if anyone else has had this problem doing blogs with photos... I hope it has turned out okay!

Love, hugs and blessings to you all, dear Spark friends,



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    Next time may I go along? emoticon Looks like a lovely place to get away. Glad you had a good time.
    1784 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Great photos!!
    1793 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you are feeling better soon, nothing worse that daily pain to make life a little difficult!
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    1793 days ago
    This is such a beautiful blog! I loved all the views you shared, it looked like Paradise! And having the beach all to yourself to walk on, on the morning, what a treat...
    I am sorry you suffered so much both there and when you came back though. emoticon
    1793 days ago
    Very much appreciate the effort it took to organize and load the photos, as well as typing out the blog for us! So happy you got to go! What a fabulous place! Your friend is one lucky person! Would she like one more friend?! emoticon
    Thanks so much for sharing your getaway with us! Now I am looking even more forward to visiting Australia now! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1797 days ago
    Aren't vacations great! I love the photos especially of the pelicans. They are really more beautiful than people realize. I volunteered once at a marine aquarium and helped with Alex, a disabled pelican and his colors were just beautiful which are hard to appreciate from a distance. Thanks for sharing. emoticon Chelsea
    1797 days ago
    The trip looked wonderful. I would have loved it. I'm so glad you got to go and hope you are back to 100% soon.
    1799 days ago
    1800 days ago
    What a great place to get away.
    1800 days ago
    What a beautiful place! I'm glad you enjoyed your escape despite the pain.
    I can understand the exhaustion, when you have to deal with chronic pain, even getting out for something fun can cause a great deal of fatigue. emoticon
    1800 days ago
    the photos are fabulous (and yes sometimes it seems to take forever to upload here), I know so many ladies with fibromyalgia pain, I wish there were a product for you all
    1800 days ago
    Thanks for sharing, what a lovely trip you took.
    1800 days ago
    What a beautiful place I am so happy that you decided to tough it out and give it a go. You willl have many memories to hold on too of a beautiful place, and a great time spent with a really special friend . now maybe you will venture out again on more adventures now that you know that it is doable and you have pain weather you stay or explore. I am sorry you are in more pain now and I hope it passes quickly. thanks for the gorgious pictures. I so love the beach
    1800 days ago
    Hi Nattacia ..
    Glad you had such a lovely time ..
    Colin and I actually spent 2 months managing one of the caravan parks on Kangaroo Island back in the 90s.. I guess it had changed a lot since then.
    Really beautiful photos, and all looks so peaceful and untouched still.
    We really loved our time there, and always wanted to go back again one day ...

    I hope you are feeling much better really soon..
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    1800 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/17/2013 6:12:48 AM
    What a gorgeous place!!!!
    1800 days ago
    I'm so happy you were able to get away and have a mini
    break Nattacia. The scenery looks amazing and I now know
    that I haven't seen much of our beautiful country. Thanks
    for sharing the beautiful photos and you did an amazing job
    with the blog and photos.

    I hope you can get some relief from the pain soon. emoticon
    1800 days ago
    lovely photos Nattacia. It is such a long time ago that I went there about 30 years. I bet it has cahnged.
    1800 days ago
  • YMWONG22
    Beautiful place. Sounds like you had a lovely getaway.
    Sorry to hear of your condition though. Hope you are feeling much better.
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    1800 days ago
    emoticon blog, Nattacia. emoticon

    I thought I was looking at places in Tasmania! Gosh, it 'is' similar.
    Lovely place.

    1801 days ago
    That looks absolutely GORGEOUS! Glad you had such a great trip!
    1801 days ago
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