This is an aerial shot of the resort where we stayed - Angourie Rainforest Resort (calling it a rainforest resort was a bit of a stretch but it was in a big wooded area). The rainbow was one we saw as we were crossing a brigde on our way just outside of Yamba. The
The bikes on the back of the car - ready to exercise over the weekend.
Our balcony overlooking the lagoon.
Our unit at Angourie Rainforest Resort
Woke up at about 6am (as you do when you are away and can sleep in !!!) - I thought A might go back to sleep but when I said I was going to go for a run he said he would cycle with me so off we went. Out the resort and turned left for 3kms and then 3kms back - the 'hills' were unpleasant - where I run on the Coast there are no hills - no inclines - nothing - it is absolutely flat !!! Anyway, made it back to the unit, showered and off to breakfast. I felt really good about being able to run while we were away - for me, the key is to keep the momentum and motivation going - I am always scared that if I stop I won't start again (having said that, this is the first time I have been away and actually exercised while we have been away !!!)
After that we jumped into the car and went exploring. Got to McLean (about 10km from Yamba !!!) and saw all the lamp posts were painted with Scottish surnames and in the relevant tartans. Found MacLaughlin and took a pic of it (that is our family name although spelled a little differently).
For some reason A wanted to look in all the second hand / antique stores so we were in and out the car numerous times !!!! This is not something he is normally interested in and eventually I had to ask why - he didn't know except that we could ! So I then said he have 4 more stops he could make - we laughed so much. Went to Grafton - really not much to see and while I would LOVE to live in Yamba, I wouldn't give you thank you to live in Grafton.
We caught the ferry across the Clarence River.
Got back to the unit and tried to find the Suns/Freemantle game on the TV but it wasn't being broadcast in NSW. K called with updates every now and again and were following them on Twitter - such an exciting game. Got changed quickly and tried to find the local tavern to see if we could catch the game there but couldn't find it so went to the Bowls Club - still couldn't see it there so stayed and had dinner - such good value for money and great food (if you are ever in the area try to make sure you go there at least once !).
Sunday morning we woke up and had breakfast before getting on our bikes and cycling down to the ferry across to Iluka. Arrived there and cycled about 30kms all up - went to Woody Point.
Some of the beaches at Iluka / Woody Point and sunsets at Yamba
More beaches and another sunset
Cycling around there was great although our butts really felt it as it has been ages since we have cycled - the weather was magnificent which helped as well. Actually I got quite a nice tan on my shoulders (and of course A's face got quite red as he didn't put block out on !!!)
Sunset at Yamba
We loved having the spa bath - a great way to finish each day. We went back to the Bowls Club for dinner it had been that good the night before.
On Monday morning we woke up, had breakfast and packed the car. Then we drove into McLean and had a wander up and down the main street. They had a shop called Pot Belly Pies and we couldn't resist getting pies from there. I am not a pie person - in fact I can't remember when last I ate a pie - I really don't like them - but these looked so good. We bought them for lunch. Left McLean and drove home as K was at home and we thought it would be good to spend the afternoon with her. We had the pies for lunch when we got home - thank goodness we didn't have them any earlier when we were there as I would have bought a whole heap of them and put them in the freezer for another time - they were the nicest pies I have ever had !!!! Again, if you are ever down that way, give them a try.
We looked at property down there (we were that taken with it) but then, on the way home, we spoke about it - K wouldn't move because she is at uni, my Dad starts his radiation treatment and would need to stay here and given that we have all moved half way around the world, we really want to be able to see each other and be there in need, so it doesn't make sense to move - for now. But, give me a couple of years, maybe we can turn this dream into a reality.
It was a great weekend away - just what we needed - time to be together and reconnect. It has been difficult with A working away so much. I am really glad that we went on that weekend because the following week they were called into the office to be told that the company had been bought out and the buyers didn't want their division. So A is working today on stuff that they need to take with them when they leave on Monday. He will be away for about a month but luckily will be home a couple of times in that month and I will go up one weekend when they are working so that we can at least have the evenings together.
Have a fantastic weekend - I am having a great time even though A and K are both working today !!!!