...but it is a great improvement for us. We have re-surfaced our whole driveway, and for those of you who have visited - it is a long driveway! It is much easier and smoother to both walk and drive on now, and will withstand the South Gippsland winter just fine! It looks good as well, as we are enjoying the early autumn with summer temperatures and cooler nights, perfect if you ask me!
We have been rather busy...... building a new cottage! As of today Tindoona has not two - but three cottages, the two older ones being larger and more secluded, the new one lovely and bright and a bit funky! We still have bits and pieces we need to do, like adding handrails around the decking, and planting some new trees (as we had to cut a few down), but we are open for business as of... today! We are very excited!!
This massive event "landed" in Foster yesterday. 3000+ participants jumped on their bikes at Tidal River in Wilsons Prom National Park and rode the 60 kms into Foster town in the morning, and the town welcomed them with open arms!
We closed off Main Street for traffic - there was food and market stalls, music and entertainment all through the day. The riders stayed in town overnight and left this morning to move on to Yarram, another 60+ kms!
The event runs over 9 days, and if you ride the whole route you finish up in Trafalgar, having gone inland from Bairnsdale! It is certainly impressive, and our guests here at Tindoona were inspired. They had brought their bikes and jumped on the Great Southern Railtrail just up the road from here and biked to Welshpool and back the first day, and to Fish Creek and back yesterday!
And I started today as every other day, with letting the chooks out and hunting for eggs..... The difference this morning is that I finally found them!! I thought the silkies (Sandra and Sonya...) had gone off the lay, maybe they were getting too old I thought.... but then I saw one of them UNDER the chook house, and I decided to investigate. Well..... the stash was found, and we had the mother of all omelettes for breakfast!!!
We have been planning this for a long while, but just today I think we realised it is actually happening. Tindoona is growing, we are putting up a third cottage! The windows arrived today, and the flooring last week. All safely stored in our carport, the cars have been evicted!!
It is all pre-assembled off site so not to disturb our guests, and if it all goes according to plan...... we will have a third cottage to welcome guests in to by the end of the year. (- The build itself doesn't take long at all, but then Chris and I will have to get to work on the inside, and that'll take a bit longer.... installing a bathroom, building a kitchen, painting.... it will be fun!!!) Wish us luck, I will post updates here as we go from a pile of wood and windows to something that resembles a home...!
Spring in this area is always windy, and today was no exception! I still decided that our dog both needed and deserved a good run, so I took him to Waratah Bay, a short 20 minute drive from here on pleasant country roads.
Harry always enjoys this beach, so I let him off the lead and off he went, chasing seagulls and sniffing to his heart's content. I was trying to walk against the wind down the beach, it was hard work and I kept my head down! After about ten minutes I looked up to see if I could spot Harry.... I did, and he had hardly moved from where I saw him last.... so I walked up to him, laughed, and took a photo of what I saw.... I guess it was too windy and sandy for the precious pup, he didn't want sand in his eyes!! Easily fixed - we walked the opposite direction, and up on the dunes and into the bush on the way back to the car, he was much happier.