It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me; I’ve had visitors and trips away and life was busy for a time.
I met my parents in Adelaide, who were there to catch up with their grandchildren. We spent a few days at Deep Creek Conservation Park on the Fleurieu Peninsula which lies a couple of hours south of Adelaide. The park is the largest remaining block of wildlife habitat on the Fleurieu Peninsula and is home to an array of native wildlife. Immerse yourself in nature says the guide. We certainly did; our accommodation was set in four acres of peaceful natural bushland. Kangaroos came up to the house, feeding out of the birdseed dish every afternoon. Honeyeaters, blackbirds and galas splashed about in the birdbath and the little Fairywren busily darted from one plant to another – it was bliss!
Seven of us had made the trip to Deep Creek as well as Ziggy and Polly, two Kelpie/border collies – they had great fun trying to outrun the kangaroos (they stood no chance) and playing with Freyer, the whippet on the next door property. From the property we hiked down the cliff path to Blowhole Beach. The view across Backstairs Passage to Kangaroo Island was stunning with blue shimmering sea and azure blue skies; one of those ‘life is good’ moments.
Once the youngsters and dogs had departed for civilisation and the internet, the three ‘grown ups’ were left to soak up the peace and the away-from-it-all vibes; life’s stresses washed away and it really was a moment to recharge the batteries. One of our walks was through Stringybark Forest. The trees were magnificent. Because we were relatively late in the day doing the walk, the majority of birds had flown off for the day – we just had to look a little harder for the wildlife.
I brought Mum and Dad back to Brisbane with me to spend some time with us before their flight back to the UK. In the meantime, Chief and I attended our son’s engagement party in Adelaide. We had a super weekend and the weather gods were shining on the outdoor party while at the same time, Mum and Dad were experiencing torrential rain back in Brisbane. As you can see, we’ve been here, there and everywhere.
And now life has made a cruel twist – Dad was taken ill on their flight from Brisbane to Dubai last Wednesday and has been in a Dubai hospital undergoing extensive tests ever since. A ‘problem’ heartbeat has been detected and he may have to be fitted with a pacemaker before being given the all clear to carry on with their journey home. The Dubai health care is second to none thankfully, and we hope it won’t be too much longer before he is granted permission to travel home.
So as you can see, it’s all been a hectic time and this week Chief is preparing for a three-week work trip, leaving Thursday morning. I’ll be in touch soon – until then!
8 replies on “Wombat’s Vacation”
The joy of family and time together, a warm and heartfelt post
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Hi Lucy, it looks like you had a wonderful holiday. It bought back lovely memories of the time Dean and I spent on the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island during our trip. Thinking of you and your mum, but especially your dad and wishing him a speedy recovery.
Yes it really is a wonderful part of SA. I hope to make it to Kangaroo Island one day. Thanks for your well wishes; I believe Dad was having an angiogram yesterday although I’ve not heard how it went. Hopefully he’ll have the all clear to fly soon.
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My fingers are crossed for the best outcome. Loved our time on Kangaroo Island, though it was really hot when we were there. I did get some amazing photos to help remember our visit 🙂
Great images as usual.They bring your narrative to life and I’m sure all of your WP friends would love to experience that wonderful conservation park. Hope your Dad recovers well and can return home to the UK soon.
Thank you creakingbones. Dad had a stent inserted yesterday and another one due to be fitted tomorrow – what a worry! Hopefully that will be it and the hospital will give him the all clear to fly.
Beautiful photos of the Fleurieu. Glad you got to catch up with your parents and kids together. And glad dad had great care in Dubai. What stress!