Last week we made a quick dash to Victoria, to visit my husband’s home town and to attend an 80th birthday party!
We flew to Melbourne on Friday evening by Tiger Airlines, and landed safe and smooth at Tullamarine around 11.00pm. After collecting our bags, we made our way to the Holiday Inn. Since the hotel is in the airport area we just needed to walk about 10 minutes from our terminal to the hotel. I’m pretty sure we looked like bogans, dragging our bags on the street with two kids in tow in the middle of the night 🙂
When we checked in at the hotel, we were told that they were doing some works at their kitchen so there will be no room service for that night. Whaaaat…..with three hours time differences between Western Australia and Eastern States, my kids were hungry by that time, especially since we told them not to order junk food on the plane because we were going to order some food once we got to the hotel. The Holiday Inn staff was very apologetic for this matter and in the end, they actually made us sandwiches, fruit salad, and carrot cake for dessert. We couldn’t complain much, I guess. Thanks Holiday Inn, at least my boys went to sleep with full tummy that night!
The next day we collected our rental car and continued to drive to Edenhope. Edenhope is a very small country town about 4 hours drive from Melbourne. My husband was born and grew up there. Once we got there, we went straight to the yabbying location where all the other relatives were trying to catch yabbies. If you have never heard about yabbies before here it is: yabby or yabbie is a name given in Australia to fresh water crayfish/shrimp. They are found in dams, ponds, lakes and rivers in the Eastern states. They are very yummy I tell ya! I don’t like catching it but I love eating it!
We ended the 80th birthday party around 11.30pm at night and went back to our farm-stay. The next day the agenda were more yabby-ing and shooting. Yes, only on the farm you can learn to shoot. My kids have never been exposed to shooting guns before. I know some parents are very against guns and I do understand and respect their point of view. All we did was just for fun basically. We lined the clays up on the dam bank and everybody gave it a go. And I just realized that I am a very terrible terrible shooter! Maybe its good to learn safety and respect for firearms.
Here are some pictures if you are interested. I must say life in the country is pretty laid-back, peaceful and raw. To my surprise I actually do not mind, maybe because we were just there for holiday? 🙂