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,