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Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Day Fourteen of the Selfie Road Trip

Here are a heap of photos from the last two days.

We left Sussex Inlet much earlier than our usual departure and were on the road by 9am (usually it's 10 or 11am).

Nowra was busy and bustling and stressful to get through, but we finally made it to the less busy road to take us to Kangaroo Valley.

We found a beautiful lookout near Cambewarra and drove up a very dodgy, windy narrow road to reach an amazing view, most of the photos from that are on my camera, so I'll share them at a later date. Meanwhile there is one selfie that I took with my phone that has the view behind me.

Kangaroo Valley was very disappointing. We love that area ... the mountains, the amazing trees and forest, the old buildings, the hikes, the waterfalls and the views ... but the shopping/tourist part was pretty underwhelming.

Admittedly, it was Wednesday, which is a day when most of the shops are closed, but there were only 3 shops to browse and two of them were closed, the remaining shops were cafes! Half of the cafes were closed too.

Our next stop was Bundanoon, which was lovely and I have fond memories of visiting there with Adoring Husband a few years ago. We even have a few knick knacks on our outside walls from there, but the shop where we purchased them, has since closed down.

We both enjoyed toasted turkey, cranberry and avocado sandwiches for lunch with a coffee and sat outside at the lovely tables on the sidewalk, beside planter boxes full of colourful blooms. It almost felt like Paris!

Because we liked the look of Oberon so much on the way south, we decided to find accommodation there for tonight. Probably a mistake. There were only three motels to choose from.

We chose the best one, but it has no wifi (I remembered tonight that I could use my phone hotspot to do my blog!) and you have to walk a long way from your car to your room, walking up a steep loose gravel driveway, then up a concrete ramp past the reception area to a walkway that takes you past every other room before you reach your own room.

It's also very cold in Oberon!

The RSL Club was nice, but the restaurant has a temporary menu with limited GF options and it took them 40 mins to make nachos and grilled chicken and salad. There were only two other tables of people there, so they couldn't use the 'busy' excuse. The food was very average.

We found a few Op shops and second hand stores today, which were interesting. In these next few photos, you can see some hanging beaded decorations in a shop ... we are going to make some. I have  containers full of beads from when I was making jewellery and today I bought a few inexpensive decorative silver bits and pieces to recreate what you see in the photos.

The crafty person used silver teapots, silver plates and jugs, old lamps and the heart to hang strings of old jewellery and beads. They looked fabulous!

The big teal circle was a 900mm disc of painted resin which was soooooo stunning - the photo just doesn't do it justice - and it cost $500. I took the artist's details so that I could contact her in the future to possibly buy it for the shop. It would look divine on the wall and is very similar to our logo!

Anyway, I'm very tired. Time to sleep.

Nite all.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Day Thirteen of the Selfie Road Trip

Thank goodness I needed to pee!

We were headed for Nowra to spend the night, but my bladder made the decision to take a turn towards Sussex Inlet in search of a public toilet!

We liked it so much, we found the perfect accommodation and here we are, feeling so lucky! It's been another amazing day.

I have intermittent reception for internet, so this will be very short and sweet!

We are in a very nice unit at Sussex Inlet tonight, but it seems the town suffers from poor internet coverage!

So I can't share photos.

We took the long way aka the scenic route along the coast today, to avoid the highway and traffic. We also took a lot of side roads that took us to about 6 different beaches, all of them breathtakingly beautiful. It was difficult to drag ourselves away from each and every one of them.

We shopped in Bodalla and found some amazing creations that we are going to attempt to recreate ourselves.

We also spent some quality time in Moruya.

We are exhausted and happy.

Life is good.

Nite all.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Day Twelve of the Selfie Road Trip

Today has been pretty fabulous!

We stayed in Eden last night and this morning decided to walk up the very steep hill to eat breakfast in the healthiest place in town called 'Sprout' where I partook of their green smoothie, coffee and bacon with fresh avocado. It was delicious and their free wifi obviously attracted a lot of people ... some paying customers and some not.

We left Eden at 10am and drove to Merimbula where we needed to find a Westpac bank. Siri gave us some poor directions, so we walked into Sanity and asked the girl who worked there (she was a local)  for directions. She claimed that there was no Westpac Bank!

Quite flustered, we quietly berated Siri and climbed back into the car to drive to the next town. We hadn't gone very far along the street, when we saw the Westpac Bank. It was even in plain view of the  Sanity shop!

So we quietly berated the Sanity girl and found somewhere to park the car while Primrose completed her business.

Meanwhile, I found a shop that had only been open for three months and spent a good 20 minutes chatting with the owner and exchanging information. I wished her the best of luck for the Christmas season as I departed. She was lovely, though right now I can't remember her name.

From Merimbula, we drove to Tathra where Primrose relived some childhood memories ...

Tathra was a lovely little spot with a glorious beach - just stunning in the off-peak season with not a tourist to be seen ... oh except for us of course!

Our next stop was Bermagui, where we stopped for coffee. The coffee was crap, but the view was nice!

We wanted to visit Tilba Tilba because Adoring Husband loves it there and we thought we could make him jealous. We didn't know what to expect and this was the drive there from Bermagui.

Primrose was freaking out about the road with water on either side, as well as the single lane bridge at the end of that road!

The road to Tilba Tilba was surrounded by lush green farmland, giant trees, lovely old houses, blue skies and forest mountains. It was breathtaking and we fell in love with it before we even arrived!

See that bracelet? I tried it on and would have bought it in a heartbeat, had it cost a bit less than the $795 price tag. It had turquoise, amethyst and three other stones. She allowed me to take the photo so that I could show Adoring Husband what I'd like for Christmas ... it costs quite a bit less than a new camera! *insert huge puppy dog eyes here*

TT was very similar to Montville with the main street lined with crafty shops. Woodworking, designer jewellery, clothing, giftware, art, food and so much more. I only got to visit 3 shops because I like to browse slowly, but Primrose must have gone to every shop.

I got myself a beautiful gaspiete pendant from Reva at Tilba which I love! This is what gaspiete looks like, but this is not my pendant ...

We reluctantly left Tilba Tilba because we knew we had to get to Narooma and find some accommodation.

A lady in TT recommended a motel to Primrose, with it's name spelling Narooma backwards - Amooran Motel. I looked online and found that it had a special price on a family room for tonight. Usually $265 for the night at the bargain price of $139!

This is the view from our front porch ...

That is the Golf Club that you can see in the distance and it's where we had dinner, which was divine! I had Potato Bacon & Leek soup and every mouthful was like an explosion of flavour! Primrose had their Thai Beef Salad and then we bought a lemon & lime cheesecake slice to bring home and enjoy with a cup of tea. GF of course.

Here is the view from their dining room...

Narooma is spectacular - especially from the top of the hill. I really love this area and it feels really welcoming and healthy - it makes me feel energised and vibrant! The colours of the area are also very vibrant -the greens of the grass and trees, the blues of the ocean and the sky. The air seems so clear and crisp.

Here we are, about to tick over to midnight. I'm going to snuggle down in my queen sized bed and listen to the sound of waves crashing in the distance.

Nite all.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Day Eleven of the Selfie Road Trip

So ... BGWLBH and I have changed our names to Primrose and April.

The ladies working at the Uniting Church Op shop inspired us to do so. Their names were Primrose and Gladys.

It's late and I'm tired, so this will be another shortish post.

We saw so much wildlife today, but missed some great photo opportunities because of our poor timing, the harsh midday light or highways without stopping areas.

We went for a drive off the highway to Nowa Nowa and found a beautiful little area with a boat ramp into the Snowy River. There were birds singing all over the place, including Fairy Wrens. The river was clean and clear and we could see good sized fish swimming in the water.

After a couple of short walks along paths designed for people like us, we started back to the car, when I noticed a white bellied sea eagle soaring above the river.

I rushed over with my camera, just in case it decided to dive into the river for a fish, but it disappeared across the river and behind the trees.

Just as we thought it was over, another one flew out of the trees and flew directly in front of me, but I wasn't quick enough it too disappeared behind trees, never to be seen again.

Further up the highway, we decided to turn down the road to Bemm River. It was on the way there that we discovered an Echidna waddling across the road ...

We saved him from a certain death because there were a lot of cars towing big boats driving along that road.

Bemm River was nothing spectacular and after a brief stop, we decided to back track and stop at some interesting places along the road where we noticed an old bridge and a short nature walk along the river.

Near the bridge, we could hear running water, like a waterfall, so Primrose decided to investigate by following a very rough, narrow track down to the water. There were exposed tree roots, long grasses, deep drops to step down etc, so I told her to go ahead and let me know if it was worth the effort.

After a while she called out that I should follow her.

I swore and cursed all the way, annoyed that my little old legs could not make the short trek easy, all the while calling out to Primrose that "it better be worth a broken frigging neck"

I finally made it, only to discover lots of rocks, running water over the rocks and a few shags sitting on those rocks.

I complained "Oh so worth it to photograph a couple of stinking shags on rocks!!" (Mostly tongue in cheek mind you!)

Suddenly, Primrose shushed me and asked how small an Azure Kingfisher was.

My mission this trip was to photograph an Azure Kingfisher.

She pointed, and there in a tree just across the water from me, was a beautiful Azure Kingfisher. It dived into the shallow waters for food and returned to same branch each time. This went on for about 5 minutes and then he decided to come even closer, perching on a branch just across from me. He preened himself for a while, then dived again into the pool under his branch.

If he caught anything, it must have been small because he didn't have anything in his beak each time he landed back on the branch.

I got in a lot of shots, but the bright midday light didn't help, nor did my slow focussing mechanism on the poor old camera, however I got a couple of acceptable shots.

So, YES! It was worth risking a broken neck to get my Azure Kingfisher shot! I got it and thank you Primrose for leading me to my prize!

Now I need to sleep, so here are a few photos of the last two days.

Not such a short post after all!

Nite al.l