Last week my man and I took a few days away...first holiday in 12 months !! .... after a beautiful 4 nights in Robe, SA, which truly is an absolute gem to visit...breathtaking scenery with a great coastal vibe in the town, we headed to Cape Bridgewater, just 10 minutes from Portland. What an amazing place to visit with its fabulous stretch of beach and absolute tranquility.
|The Doorway Rocks along the Robe coastline, part of the limestone coast...walked the coast trail...just spectacular.|
|The house we stayed in at Robe was fitted out in 1960's retro - ....50mts from Glass Beach..with ocean view !!|
|Cape Bridgewater - we stayed in this cute as a button historical stone cottage, with fab views of the beach.|
|Cape Bridgewater beach which runs for a few kilometres...surrounded by wind farms|
|The fluffy girls had a blast on the beach....no one around so they were off lead and into it.|
My ancestors come from Portland so we visited the grave of Samuel Proudfoot Hawkins..his historical home is listed by the National Trust as he was fairly prominent in the area and also the grandfather of Vida Goldstein who you can read about here ... she was a feminist, a suffragist (along with her mother) and the first woman to run for Federal parliament in Australia.
|Samuel Hawkins is the brother of my great, great grandfather.|
I have blogged previously about my love of old cemeteries...there is just something incredibly moving about reading old gravestones...so much history retold in the names and ages. I came across something you don't see everyday....while it is a bit hard to see in the photo a man called John Pitcher buried his beloved wife Mary Ann aged 32 years in 1867...then proceeded to bury his next beloved wife Charlotte Elizabeth aged 26 years in 1872 in the same grave!!! Maybe it's just me?
The garden went riotous while we were away and there are eggplants popping up everywhere...we are exhausted with all the tomatoes....passatta, relish and sauce even frozen some (apparently you can do that !) and given many away.. But it was so windy here yesterday that now the garden is in uproar and tomato plants are all over the place...so it may well be the end of the season for them :-(
|Not really an eggplant fan....need more recipes I think....but the sheen and colour is so beautiful|
My lovely neighbour looked after the garden and the feathered girls while we were away....but this is the first Isa Brown I have had who has gone broody....I didn't think they did that....I haven't been able to get her to stay off the nest for over three weeks...she sits even when there are no eggs under her and squawks like a mad thing when I move her off the nest....any suggestions gratefully accepted !!
|Broody girls wont get off the nest....Oh Dear !!|
|Some of the other girls who don't know what all the fuss is about.|