Amble Lea Lodge - our haven of peace
WAITING – AND WATCHING THE WALLABIES
Amble Lea Lodge, Barrington Tops Resort
Saturday 18 October to Thursday 30 October
Now is the long wait until we move into No. 42, our new home. It’s never an easy time before you move into a new place. We’ve done it a few times and have to say it’s no easier playing this waiting game now as it was when we left our first home in Kellyville to go to North Epping back in 1971.
It’s actually not going to be such a long wait though really – and most definitely worth it as the interior of our place is being totally refurbished. This is a first for us and we consider ourselves extremely fortunate – not only is there no stamp duty to pay this time, we don’t have to fork out any money at all to pay for everything new! We still can’t believe it – but it will make the waiting more bearable.
It’s entirely thanks to Chris and Mo’s generosity that we arrived here today. The sun is shining, it’s a bit cool for mid October, the grass is very green and in the adjoining paddocks over the fence-line the grass really needs slashing. Surprisingly, it took just an hour and a half to get here from Tea Gardens after we parked NFA – our caravan into its new storage area, just 5 minutes from our new home. How about that for good organisation – thanks to My Lad – he found it. But its not far away after all.
There are twenty three lovely homes in this 200-acre Resort and we are only ones here today. A few of you will no doubt remember clearly what a beautiful spot we are in. Amble Lea Lodge is the most distant house on the hill as you come through the Resort. Three of them are for sale and have been for a while it seems although no offers from what we can see – what an idyllic place to live or even have a weekend break away from Sydney which is about 3.5 hours south. Any offers …. ?
There are lots and lots of wallabies here and echidnas too – Skippy loves to chase them but will never ever catch one! They are much to smart and fast for her even catch up to one.
I noticed 5 horses up and down the hillsides and these are used for guests to ride if they wish. It does accentuate the rural touch although they do leave their droppings about!
The birds, too, are fascinating and I’ve seen at least 7 bright green and red king parrots which to me is the most attractive bird south of the tropics. They are quite tame too at times and will land on the verandah railings from time to time.
Even the wallabies come up to the steps by the back door, looking for something to eat. It’s likely that previous guests have fed them – after all this is where they live!
There are finches, minor birds, tiny wrens, lots of kookaburras, cockatoos, currawongs, magpies too of course – they’re always diving on to your head especially at this time of year when they are either building their nests of minding their young.
We’ll be here for a couple of weeks, before heading north in NFA once again next week, to join friends at Moonee Beach for a week. It is near Coffs Harbour, for a week of noise and laughter – and our all-important Boules Competition – and lots of fun in kayaks, and heaps of booze too!! It's great fun.
We could well return to this house after 9 November, and wait here again until we get the all-clear to move into no. 42. It won’t be hard to do – and we will be forever grateful to Chris and Mo for this opportunity to unwind – after a VERY BIG YEAR. – sold a house, bought a 4WD and a caravan, travelled over 11,500 km and had a super trip!
We won’t get bored, we brought lots of books with us – snaffled from The Laundry in various caravan parks we’ve stayed in!! Got some good ones sometimes; there are some lovely walks here, we have a full frig and Dave will almost certainly find some mowing or tidying up to do – and anything C & M would like attended to while we’re here. They might not be up for a while and we are happy to help.
Then there’s beautiful down-town Dungog village just 25 minutes from here where we’ll pick up any items we might need – perhaps just more wine!!
It’s James’ birthday today – and I phoned him to wish him all the best and he’s off to Randwick Races with friends – oooohhhaaaaaahhh! We wish him luck .. .. .. !!
Dave’s birthday is next Friday, and then Tim’s next month – end of the year has always been expensive for the Forster Family – then it’s Christmas and summer which we love.
I love the quietness of Amble Lea Lodge – especially after four months of caravan parks. And that hasn’t really been bad at all – in fact we’ve loved it – but you can’t beat peace and quiet can you –
" I think that waiting and watching the Other Wallabies game tonight on telly when they play
those All Blacks tonight at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane … that might not be quite so good but we wish 'em well anyway"