Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Portland, Victoria...

We took off for a three day weekend - we wanted to escape work and try and shake off our colds/allergies if possible!
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We are going to Portland, a seaside town in Victoria. I said it was small but the population is over 9,000...
 

Being a windy area, they have harnessed that energy with wind turbines...
 
The coast is very rugged with volcanic lava floes from thousands of years ago...
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This was the Blow Hole ...
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We had lunch at the little hamlet of Cape Bridgewater to verlooking Bridgewater Bay...
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This is a Bridgey Burger! We ordered this and a serve of simple fish and chips. My burger came out then it took a further 30 minutes (!!!!!)  before the fish came out.  I was furious! 
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We then went on to Portland and our accomodation for the next 2 nights - Victoria House - a restored original 1853 bluestone guesthouse.  
If you like 'ye olde worlde' lodgings, this place is for you. It is full of old memorabilia and antiques sourced from local antique shops and auctions.  Unfortunately, there was also a fair bit of dust!
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Our room was at the top of the narrow winding staircase (yay! I hate stairs!).  A small room but comfortable...
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Downstairs again, there was a bright, sunny breakfast room...
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A view out of the sitting room window to the lush garden...
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The sun room, perfect for enjoying a good book...
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The sitting room. We lit the fire each night...
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There is complimentary port, sherry and fruit cake...
We decided on Lemongrass Thai for our first night dinner - mixed entree...
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Thai massaman red curry beef...
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Sticky black rice and icecream for dessert...
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Back to the sitting room for a nightcap by the fire...
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Sunday morning, we took a walk around town, window shopping and generally enjoying the sun on our backs!
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We had a coffee and shared a slice of orange, almond cake (so good!)...
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We caught up with friends who took us out to the Cape Nelson lighthouse for lunch at Isabella's Cafe...
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I enjoyed my fish and chips!
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Back at Victoria House, I took a wander through the back garden...
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We strolled down to Seaview Indian restaurant for dinner on Sunday night ...
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Kadhai chicken, garlic naan, Kashmiri Pulao rice and raita...
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On Monday, we checked out then headed for the shops.  We are on the hunt for a new leather lounge suite - ours will turn 25 years old in November!  We found one but it was in black and we want brown so we took the details of it.  Then we made our way back to Mount Gambier. 
My brother-in-law owns a furniture business so we went there and lucky us - he can get the exact same lounge for us (and at a much nicer price - thank you!).  In his store, he also had great priced queen bed ensembles which we want to put in both our girls rooms, replacing their teenage beds.  This way, the rooms are great for any visitors we have and the girls both have nice beds when they come home too! I will get them to help me with doona cover choices etc.  We also need bedside tables and a dresser for each room.  We'll get there eventually!
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We came home refreshed but still coughing and sniffing...buggerit!

Cheers - Joolz xx
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

2 comments:

  1. It looks like a lovely weekend away. I hope the sniffles leave you soon.
    Anne xx

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  2. Dear me, Joolz it is taking a while to get rid of the sniffles. I hope you feel better soon.

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