Travelling & Kerry – day 270 (J)

All good things must come to an end. But, before we hit the road we went for a walk, where I ended up having a stand-off with a protective ewe and frightening a herd of cows. The sun was out and the hills were bright green, streams shimmering silver down the slopes from all the mist and rain yesterday. The sky was a clear blue with a splattering of white clouds and the sea had calmed down to a gentle roll, with a few yachts visible on the horizon enjoying the good weather.  We headed over to Tralee, not via the Conor Pass, but through Annascaul and past the South Pole Inn and former home of legendary Antarctic explorer Tom Creen. The rolling countryside was alive and cars (probably all tourists) were pulling over to take photos and bike riders were stopping to turn on GoPro cameras. The months of travelling (so far) have been amazing, but nothing really compares to County Kerry. Breaking up the journey with a coffee at Gloria Jean’s we motored on back towards Cobh. We got caught in a bit of traffic coming through Killarney as it was the Munster Football final – Kerry vs. Tipperary. You wouldn’t have know who won the game looking at the faces of the crowd returning to cars – FYI, it was Kerry. I’m not a fan of the Gaelic football myself, but of hurling, the fastest ball game in the world, second fastest sport after ice hockey. Listening to the radio commentary on a hurling game is exhausting, with the names of players changing so quickly and the verbs all referring to speed. We got home and everyone was exhausted. We put on a pizza and baked potatoes for dinner and sat down to watch ‘UP’. I love this film and have watched it half a dozen times. But, I still shed a tear (or a few) in three sections: the start where Ellie passes away, the scene with the Adventure Book & “go have another adventure”, and when Carl presents ‘The Ellie Badge’. Of course emotions were already simmering at boiling point, being the night before I say goodbye to my parents and start jetting off again. An emotional wreck before bed!

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Shepparton – day 270 (K)

Got up late and had a lazy morning after our late night at the AFL game last night. Spent the morning drinking coffee, eating fruit toast and watching TV whilst chatting about nothing in particular. Tracey needed to finish her flower walls so we headed out to the garage. Ever since Kim Kardashian and Kayne West got married in front of a wall of white peonies, roses, and gardenias, flower walls have been ‘en-vogue’ in Australia. Apparently, the demand for flower walls have been massive as they can be used anywhere and any event. Tracey rents hers out for $200 per panel but they needed some repairs and gap filling.I sat in the back of the car wrapped up in a jumper, coat and scarf chatting away to Tracey, catching up on blogs and eating far too many TimTams… We came inside after a couple of hours, when feeling had left our finger tips and the smell of hot glue was getting to us, we went back inside and warmed up with a coffee and another TimTam or two!! Deciding that we probably needed to eat something more substantial than chocolate biscuits, we jumped into the car and drove to the noodle canteen to get some dinner with a quick stop off at McDonalds to get something for Ashleigh. Enjoyed noodles and prawn crackers whilst watching the grand final of ‘House Rules’ all the while being watched by Chilli who was ever hopeful that I might give her something to snack on… 2 days to go.Sunday 3rd July 2016