July found us in Thailand escaping the cold winter weather we experienced in Wagstaffe. Really winter has been a non event in Australia this year with abnormally warm weather and virtually no rain.
However Thailand beckoned and off we went, had a chilled out 3 weeks, swimming, reading and eating. We took ourselves off to do a treetop adventure which was loads of fun, even though I’m not keen on heights.
Went to three different areas of Thailand to get a feel for different areas, as it was off season a lot of places were shut and we had our fair share of rain. But who cares it was lovely and warm!
It was a bit cold flying back into the Gold Coast to undertake our next pet/house sit.
We spent an unpleasant three weeks in a tiny flat with two unfriendly dogs, made the most of the area, and got lots of paddling on the creek in, caught up with family, although my sister was in England housesitting!
The exciting thing about being in the area was the early birth of our Grandson, woohoo, we got to see him twice before heading off south.
To get to our next sit in Budgewoi we took a stop at Moonee Beach near Coffs Harbour, using a Stayz home we had a most enjoyable two night stay.
Our hosts treated us like family, so much wine & cheese the first night it turned into our dinner! Spent a lovely day exploring behind Coffs, found two walks in the hills, both with stunning views, one looks north and the other south so its well worth doing both.
Moonee Beach itself has a wonderful headland which can be accessed via a walk bridge, great whale watching spot, it also boasts a useable river which we paddled up on our SUP’s, lovely clear water and plenty of birds. The open beaches were a bit rough and cool to swim in at that time.
Upon leaving we headed south through a lot of smoke to stop at Buleadelah for lunch, cute little town with a good cafe, as it’s only just off the freeway it’s an easy spot to stop at.
Arriving at our next sit mid afternoon we settled in with Mr Harry and his mum and dad.
Situated overlooking the lake with plenty of trees and loads of bird we anticipated having a very enjoyable five weeks.
It didn’t let us down, we’ve had a wonderful time with Harry, trips to the park and beach, walks around the Norah Lighthouse headland, sitting in the sand watching him dig holes with his tennis ball (he’s coming with us in our suitcase), he has just been a joy.
The lakes around this area are very wide and very shallow, however when the wind blew in the right direction we managed to get some SUP paddles in, by following the few marker buoys we managed to stay in slightly deep water. These lakes have an amazing amount of Swans and plenty of Pelicans, they are also surrounded by a bike path, unfortunately not all the way around. We undertook lots of bike rides, some out and back and one circumnavigating the entire lake. A bit of road a bit of footpath and the rest the bike way, it’s great to see these paths in constant use, by both bikes and walkers and dogs!
We went exploring to Fraser and Freeman’s beach, was told to go to Fraser but stopped at Freemans first, walked up to the headland, oops this is the nude beach, we were slightly over dresses, never mind it was very windy and not too warm, which I’m sure if we had been closer to the gentleman this would have been evident haha! Freemans is exposed in more ways than one.
Off we went to Fraser, this is a more protected cove shaped beach there were a few surfers out, you can walk around the rocks at the northern end along a small cove around the next rocks to a huge cave. This is a pretty area and only 20 minutes from home.
We made the trip down to Wagstaffe to catch up with Polly and Megsie from our sit down there, took Harry for a play.
Newcastle for a day trip is only 55minutes from Budgewoi so having a catch up with family there was great.
Whilst everyday bar today has been bright blue skies, the weather has been unusual, with a few days up in the 30’s and a few down in the low teens, thank goodness for a lovely spa and a good gas heater.
Last day today, Harry has been bathed and brushed, house is clean and shiny, so now we think about the next sit in Qld.