A couple of days prior to the Easter Bunny arriving a tidal wave of cars towing caravans, boats and trailers laden with bicycles, kayaks and surfboards wove it’s way down the Princes Highway to the South Coast. In what is the longest of our long weekends other than Christmas, people flocked to the coast and the countryside in a mass exodus from the city. There are mixed feelings from the locals as they know that tourism is important for the area however it’s frustrating when it takes you 10 minutes to turn out of your road, there are queues at all your favourite coffee shops and a fight for a parking space when you can usually just pull up in the main street and park anywhere!!
We were overjoyed to be told this week that we passed the scrutiny of the heritage consultant and our DA has been approved!! The new building plans were a good fit to the original house and we can go ahead as soon as the builders can fit us in. In addition to that news our bed-in-the-cupboard saga has finally ended and we have a fully functioning and HIDDEN bed! Yay!!!
(Nice to get everything finished before we start messing things up again….!!!)
One of the biggest ‘happenings’ down here on the South Coast over Easter is the Blessing of The Fleet in Ulladulla. What started out in 1956 as a simple recognition of the local fishing fleet has grown into a vibrant local festival with thousands turning out to enjoy the occasion. A local Princess is chosen and a huge street fair is fun for young and old. St Peter is the patron saint of the festival due to his humble beginnings as a fisherman and the Italian families who started the initial proceedings are now represented by their great grandchildren as it becomes part of our history in The Shoalhaven.
We were invited down to beautiful Claydon Park to enjoy a pizza evening testing out their new wood fired pizza oven. Lots of fun was had in the kitchen rolling and folding the dough before they sizzled and bubbled for just a few minutes in the oven coming out with crisp bases and and delicious oozy toppings all washed down with bottles of red wine and lots of laughs. Their new wedding/event business is up and running, working out of the old church at Milton and it’s looking beautiful with it’s newly landscaped gardens all ready for a wedding or a christening or just a wonderful party. (Check it out at http://www.theoldchurchmilton.com.au ) Autumn is really beginning to show down here as the seasons start to change, a beautiful palette of yellows and orange amongst the green paddocks…..
We have had a procession of visitors over the Easter break with more to come so it has been a whirlwind of washing sheets and baking cakes but we are about to have a week off and head north to see my lovely Father-In-Law who is 90 this year and our dear friends Wayne and Kathy where WE will be the guests! Bailey is coming too and I know she will be in heaven being so close to the beach where a twice daily swim is definitely on the cards. The Retired One is easing into a more relaxed lifestyle although he seems a little lost without his daily emails and phone calls, I’m still not sure he is ready to put his feet up full time!
Come on Guys – what’s not to love about Easter??