Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A wonderful week away

We have just got back from our trip to Great Keppel Island. We had a few mishaps getting there and back (the ferry to the island didn't go out when we arrived because of a storm, and then we managed to miss the first one the next day - don't ask), but once we actually got there the weather cleared and we had a fabulous time.

Thomas was remarkably obliging, and was very happy to go for long bushwalks in the backpack. He really loved looking around, and laughed every time he managed to grasp passing leaves and flowers.

We took him to the beach, and Warren and I each took turns snorkling in the clear (but still a bit chilly) water while the other played with Thomas in the sand. He also loved hanging out in the spa, and it had the helpful effect of making him very sleepy too. I wish we had one at home.

On our last day we managed to get a babysitter for a couple of blissful hours while Thomas slept, and we went snorkling together at the coral reef at Shelving beach. The fish were quite incredible - such variety and colours, and there was some pretty coral out there. I even saw a huge turtle swimming right in front of me, but when I turned to show Warren it disappeared, and he keeps teasing me that I imagined it.

There were lots of starfish about. This one had just been washed ashore - I took it back out to the sea, and hope it might still be alive and well, doing whatever it is that starfish do.

Our room was pretty basic, but it was hard to beat the view from the porch, especially at sunset, with a glass of wine in hand, and Thomas napping peacefully inside.

I have to confess that I got no knitting done at all, because I discovered that I'd taken the wrong needles, but I wasn't too sad about that really - it was refreshing to have a complete break from the works in progress, and to soak up the natural beauty, and enjoy the family time.

My mum and dad picked us up from the airport, and Thomas basked in an evening of doting grandparents' attention and lots of cuddles and toys, and also finally got to meet my brother Steve who was staying over too.

All in all, a wonderful week indeed.


mames said...

your week looks like it was amazing. ahhh, the beaches down there, i will never forget them. beautiful. where is that island? i want to go.

Miss Dot said...

oh that looks like pure bliss!

Suzie Sews said...

Oh what lovely pics.
Love the beach babe and the star fish
Suzie Sews

Kate said...

Your week looks amazing and Thomas loks like her had a wonderful time. Hope you are all relaxed!

French Knots said...

It looks wonderful, the sort of place to restore your energy reserves and help you get through the rush of everyday life.

Kathryn said...

I'm so glad it all went so well, Gabby. The photos of Thomas are delightful. Warren must be relieved he has turned out to be an outdoorsy little boy. You look very relaxed and happy too, which is good to see. cheerio