I grew up in the country in a little mining town about two and a half hours from the nearest skyscraper. A place that spent its Summers basking in sunshine so startlingly hot that frying an egg on the pavement seemed like a perfectly reasonable thing to undertake, and developing a love of cricket was a necessary evil as it meant whole days could be spent inside watching the television, thus completely avoiding contact with the blistering world that waited outside our front door. Given my experience of inland Australian Summers, even I was surprised that I agreed to an inland holiday in the hottest part of the year.
As the children are getting older, I do wonder how many more family holidays we will have and so I treasure the time we spend together, even if there are squabbles about who has the best iPod playlist, mumblings regarding the apparent inaccuracies of distances quoted on walking track signage and general disagreements about who will be sleeping in what bed - I'm sure I'll miss these things when the children decide they have moved beyond the need to holiday with us, but for now we packed the car and drove the three hours to the Grampians, some of us more excited than others!
The Grampians are a delight. A stunning mountain range rising from the flat dusty earth of inland Victoria and scattered with interesting towns and attractions. Even though this was technically a family holiday, I did still manage a couple of crafty outings amidst the sightseeing and relaxing.
We had a fabulous time at the Pomonol Village Market Day. The market is held on the last Sunday of every month in and around the Pomonol Public Hall. There was a wonderful array of second hand stalls coupled with the food and craft endeavours of local producers. While I managed to resist the temptation of the gorgeous wool on display, various jams and even a smallgoods stand selling all sorts of German bratwurts, I wasn't quite so iron-willed when it came to a stall selling homemade confectionery! The marshmallow was delicous...
Blue Moon Alpacas and we called in to be greeted at the end of the long bend of their driveway by owners Stephen and Glenda. Glenda took us down to the paddock, called the alpacas and proceeded to let us know the ins and outs of keeping these friendly (and very, very cute) animals. Miss 11 has decided that if we ever buy an acre or two of land, an alpaca or three will be on her wish list. We then made our way to the farm shop and came away with a couple of balls of Alpaca yarn which have been put away for Andie who has decided that a poncho would be the perfect project.
It really was a wonderful holiday, incredibly relaxing and a delight to spend some family time away from technology and I'm pleased to say, even the weather was very, very kind to us.
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