Pies, beach, birthdays and Dolphins

Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Aug 16, 2010

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Joan's Beach House

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Kiama is a small coastal town about one and a half hours south of Sydney and we were lucky enough to have had the possibility of using our friends mum's house there from Paris, Rohan and Julia. We got there and could not believe how great a location the house was in. On top of the cliff overlooking Jonas Beach we had a view to die for, and Joan, Rohan's mum was lovely in explaining how to use the kitchen, BBQ etc. before leaving us and Liz, Dave and Lexi to look forward to a wonderful week altogether. There were 102 steps that took you down to a lovely sandy beach that was to be our playground with boogie boarding, surfing, tennis, rounders etc. being the order of the day. There was also a good pie shop close by that provided us with lunch on more than one occasion.

Spurred on by the outdoor lifestyle in beautiful weather, I went mountain biking with Dave over the coastal path and soon discovered how steep the hills were. The walk of shame came out again as my legs decided to disown my body on a couple of the sheer cliff like ascents! The Liz’s also became regular users of the local tennis courts which led to some serious competition whilst the kids played ball boys and girls. We had BBQ’s and played cards till the early hours and generally chilled out in a lovely location.

Aidan celebrated his 11th Birthday and was thrilled to have received some cards and pressies from England. He planned his day out to include: breakfast, beach, boogie boarding, baseball, tennis, pies for lunch, real tennis with dad, steak on the BBQ and all that finished off with watching a Vietnam special of Top Gear on the TV. He has never been so happy, bless him!

We had a lovely time and thoroughly enjoyed our lazy days and shiraz filled evenings playing competitive cards with Liz and Dave. We even made it on to the golf course followed by a traditional Aussie night out. This consisted of a meal at the golf club which was filled with about a hundred pokies (slot machines) a bar and restaurant. We were there the day of a meat bingo session where we bought tickets to win platters of Australias finest butchers produce. The old age pensioners cleared up and we went home with nothing.

I also had a birthday that was memorable for the fact that as I was drinking my early morning coffee, I looked out to see and spotted a dozen or so dolphins jumping out of the water in the bay in front of us. A great way to forget how old you are!
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Sonrisa Medina on

Happy Birthday Aidan!! Sounds like it was a good one. Hopefully now that you're 11 years old you can break out of the embarassing dive crying phase.....wait....that was me! :) Pierre and I loved the post about learning to dive in Amed. It was truly our pleasure and we will always welcome the Cawley family back for more fun whenever you want :)

Cheers and love to everyone!

Adrian Gordon on

Happy birthday Aidan and Rick! What a great place to celebrate. Looks fab.

Claire on

Hi All

Would you believe it has taken me until now to sit down and read this properly! What a wonderful time you had in Sydney and surrounds. Am now feeling even more disapointed that the warmer weather just didn't happen for you down here - sorry about that :) Oh well, still had a great time with you all (does it already seem a long time ago??!) Thanks so much for visiting and we really hope you will come again another day. I am wondering if you are with Judy and Ian now - if you are send them my love. Will write again soon.

Claire, Paul Dave and Dom xxxx (and Connie)

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