OUR FIRST WEEK
We left Norfolk Island on Friday, 7 January on the Melbourne flight with Thomas on his return to Australia. Tom went on to a flight straight to Canberra and for us three it was the beginning of a 3 week holiday back home.
We hired a car (luxury standard compared to our Island bomb) and headed off to Melton on the highway between Melbourne and Ballarat where Rob's sisters live.
Our first night which was Friday night we went out for dinner at a local Thai restaurant and it was Jo and Graeme's first Thai meal and they said that they enjoyed it and will return there.
|Here we are at the Thai restaurant in Melton|
The next night was Saturday night and the whole family turned out for a barbeque at Jo and Graeme's place and it was the first time that we had the opportunity to meet our newest niece, the gorgeous Marianne, who in April last year married Jo and Graeme's eldest child Damian - it was so lovely to catch up. It had been many years since we had all be together so many photos were taken.
|The cousins and partners|
|Rob and his sisters, Jo and Ellen|
|Who's taller??? - must be David (on his tippy toes)|
|Rob and Michael|
On the Sunday after a bacon and egg brekkie, we started our long drive to Mount Beauty which is in the Victorian alps. Our dear friends Brian and Vivienne had recently moved there from Canberra and we had yet to see their new home.
|Mt Beauty from the lookout|
It took us 5 hours to get there, but we absolutely loved seeing them and having a look at Mount Beauty. Mt Beauty is a beautiful little village at the base of Victoria's highest peak Mount Bogong. The village is in the middle of the snow fields with such skiing meccas such as Mt Hotham and Mt Buller within an hour's drive.
|Brian and Vivienne in their lovely new home in Mount Beauty|
|Us beside a beautiful stream outside Mount Beauty|
Our first night there we had a beautiful barbeque on their new deck and Brian made Vivienne and me cocktails which were extremely yummy.
|Me in the lolly shop at Beechworth|
|Having a break in Yackandandah|
|At the Mt Beauty Visitor's Centre with 3D alpine map|
|Mt Beauty shops|
|Beechworth water park|
|Us at the water park|