A client of Joy's home -- beautiful example of typical architecture and flowers
A client of Joy's home -- beautiful example of typical architecture and flowers

Pt. Lonsdale end of Bay and start of Southern Ocean
Pt. Lonsdale end of Bay and start of Southern Ocean

Typical small town commercial building
Typical small town commercial building

Another Target -- in a restored wool storage building in Geelong
Another Target -- in a restored wool storage building in Geelong

Kangaroo and Emu -- Australia's emblems
Kangaroo and Emu -- Australia's emblem



Friday 13 January 2006

Clifton Springs, Victoria, Australia I once again arose early only this time it was 5:30 am. I called Gwyneth on SKYPE. I uploaded the web pages with the username I got from Phil and answered mail until it was light enough to go for a walk. I walked inland a bit to a little store and then back to the water where I went down the steps and walked south on the beach until I couldn't get around the point.

After breakfast, I called Phil and then Barrie and I went off sightseeing and errand running. We first went south to Point Lonsdale Light where there were beautiful sandstone rock formations. Then we went into the resort community of Queenscliff where we went into a former Wesley chapel that had been dedicated by a David Ham but is now a flea market/gallery of sorts.

Next we headed into Geelong where we went to the wool museum to buy lanolin cream for Joy and I reluctantly went into the exhibits. Geelong had been the center of a large wool shipping industry. To my wonder, there was a Jacquard loom -- it wasn't working at the moment but it does work! The other exhibits were interesting as well. Then we bought meat pies for lunch and an adapter for my computer.

We retraced our steps back past the wool museum to the downtown Deakin buildings which were cleverly adapted from a wool storing building.

We headed east to Serendip, a bird sanctuary but got a little lost. However, we finally made it and were short on time so we rushed through, but saw kangaroos under the trees. When we went into the main building the man at the desk said kangaroos, wallabies and the tiny pademelon marsupials are like Texans -- they stay in the shade during the day and only come out at night. We also saw lots of birds including cormorants, cranes, ibises, coots, a blue wren and another owl-like tawny frog mouth.

Magpie geese at Serendip

Magpie geese at Serendip

Pademelon at Serendip -- smallest kangaroo-like marsupial

Pademelon at Serendip -- smallest kangaroo-like marsupial

Back into Geelong for cheese, fish and groceries and an ATM. Then to Drysdale (next to Clifton Springs for sparkling wine. All we missed was the Ford museum, since Fords are made in Geelong.

The dinner party was great fun. Joy had prepared many courses including her own gravalax, and the main course was kangaroo! Annemeike (whom I had met at a workshop at Mines) and her husband Peter, and Joy's colleague Val. After dinner we showed off our geek tools -- everyone was SKYPEing and I showed off the slingbox. It was after midnight when everyone went home.



VShip coming through Rip entrance to Phillip's Bay looking across to where Harold Holt drowned
Ship coming through Rip entrance to Phillip's Bay looking across to where Harold Holt drowned

Queenscliff resort town
Queenscliff resort town

Jacquard Loom at wool museum
Jacquard Loom at wool museum

One of the first kangaroos I saw at Serendip
One of the first kangaroos I saw at Serendip

Joy's table before party
Joy's table before party



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