Sheltering from the rain with astonishing views

Trip Start Dec 29, 2010
Trip End Dec 05, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Sunday, March 20, 2011

We left Jervis Bay with our tales between our legs and headed for the shelter of David Boardman's beach house, before my sense of humour began to fail. David is an old friend of Nick's (the guy who is helping us arrange and co-ordinate the whole trip) in fact they own an island together in the Solomon Islands which looks spectacular, which compensates for some of the practical issues involved.

David owns a place in Rosedale just south of Bateman's Bay situated right on a peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on both sides, quite some sight. We have seen it in both fair weather and foul and its equally impressive in both. In fact the coast of Australia south of Sydney is often ignored but we have found it to be beautiful, unspoilt and very close to Sydney (given the usual distances involved in Australia).

We arrived late on Sunday after a later afternoon surf with Jamie and Zach in a very big sea and driving rain we were treated to a great steak BBQ at David's main house with some of his five kids and his wife Lyla. Our two older boys behaved exemplary but Benji was wild. Monday proised more rain so we thought we would take the kids to the local zoo to get them out and about. Mogo zoo was small but great with the big cats being the speciality and the white lions (there are non left in the wild) really something to see. There were also 3 Sumatran tiger cubs playing in the rain which was well worth the soaking to see. We only lasted 90 minutes at the zoo as the volume of water arriving from the sky was something to behold and kept most of the animals inside and flooded many of the zoo's walk ways.

Katherine looked after Ben in the afternoon while Jamie, Zach and I braved the weather and went canoeing with David on the creek down to the beach. The boys loved it, especially as Jamie has been asking for close to 8 weeks to go canoeing. We walked on the beach and CAREFULLY poked and prodded the Blue Bottle jelly fish that were washing up in the on going storm. The boys had a great go at canoeing. A lot better than Dad who while manoeuvring around a tree managed to capsize Jamie and me into the rather less than wonderfully smelling creek.

We had so much stuff to dry form the rain before heading back in the camper van, we even lite the wood burning stove. Somewhat over kill given that the temperature was still 21 Celsius. All in all, fortunate shelter from the intense rain at the house. We vowed to hide from the ongoing rain next day and head up through the mountains to Canberra. Sods law would have it that Tuesday morning was beautiful, but it did mean that we got to see Rosedale in all it's glory.
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Brad/ Katherine - Hiya - well i am reading this with amazement - I knew the weather had been bad but this bad? What a shame - It will get better!! Cheers Nick

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