Jules drove back to Albury on the 30th December, post the abysmal Ashes Test Match in Melbourne. I wasn’t ready to go back to the chaos and stresses of city living.
The past 9 days have seriously been a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and the ever-present pressures of work.
Here I can just relax, lounging by the infinity pool, watching the Roos and Cockatoos, the amazing sunsets, the night sky in all its star-speckled, awe-inspiring glory.
I lived in shorts and t-shirts, I wore no makeup, I did not blow dry my hair once, I lost track of time, had no schedule or endless ‘to do list’. I felt free.
And I made a best bud named Scooter.
We had a very subdued New Years Eve. We headed down to Porepunkah to hire some stand up paddle boards. The drive was beautiful. We travel through lofty mountain ranges, down plunging valleys, into lush forests, and past rolling vineyards along the way to the sparkling waterways of Porepunkah.
In contrast to the kayaking experience, we had to paddle board upstream. I think we got about 500m away from the hire place before giving up. Albeit the 500m upstream paddle took about 35mins. The current was quite strong in places, we had to actually come off the paddle boards and wade them through. I was certainly put through my paces – the rocks super slippery. At times I think I went one step forward and three steps backwards. The journey back was very leisurely, as we just drifted along with the boards. Jules did take a tumble. Nothing unusual there.
We enjoyed some post paddle board beers and a quick bite to eat before heading back to Albury via a vineyard to try some Shiraz. Kerri’s first winery experience.
That evening was spent outside on the veranda, under the beautiful starry night sky, drinking red wine and eating cheese.
What better way to see in the New Year?