On Tuesday the 13th November, we left the Gold coast and headed south toward Eltham. As we drove along, we crossed back into NSW. This was the first time that we had been back in our home state for more than a year!
|Heading back into NSW!|
|Our van parked at Rich & Naomi's house|
|Natalie and Grace|
|Hannah with Uncle Mike|
|Playtime with the cousins|
|Sam hadn't seen so many toys in a long time!|
The next morning Mike mowed the back lawn while Josh and Natalie did school. Sam was feeling better by Thursday, so after morning tea, we headed out to visit Byron Bay. We have been to the Most Northerly (Tip of Cape York), Most Southerly (Wilsons Promontory) and Most Westerly (Denham) points of Australia; so we wanted to go to the Most Easterly - Cape Byron. It was a beautiful day, but was blowing a gale at the Byron lighthouse. After we’d had a look at the most easterly point, we went to look at the Museum inside the lighthouse. When we were there, one of the volunteers gave us a tour and explained some of the artifacts in the lighthouse, which was quite interesting.
|Liz and the kids at Cape Byron Lighthouse|
|This completes the North, East, South and West of Mainland Australia|
|Mike and Rich|
|Ready for a paddle on the river|
We had some lunch down at the river and then Sam started to feel unwell, so we had to head back to the house where Sam could have some panadol and lie down. At 4pm on Friday (and with Sam dosed up on Panadol) we headed over to Mike’s Unlce Paul’s place. Uncle Paul lives on a Macadamia Nut farm. We had organised to have a cup of tea with Paul and we were also keen to have a look around the property. The kids and Mike rode around the property on the back of Uncle Pauls’ ute with Lizzie the big, friendly German Shepherd.
Rich and Naomi had kindly offered to host a BBQ at their house on Sat 17th November, so we invited Mike’s Uncle Paul, Mike’s Cousin Steve and his 2 kids, Chris and Alison and their 2 kids over to have a BBQ lunch. There were 10 kids and 8 adults and it was lots of fun to catchup with everyone. Our kids had not seen Chris and Alison’s kids (Chloe and Jay) for a while and were thrilled to play with them. They also enjoyed seeing Steve’s kids (Zaliah and Toby). We really enjoyed having everyone together. Unfortunately, Natalie got a fever and started feeling sick (just like Sam) on Saturday and needed to lie down in the van for a while, and then the panadol kept her going.
|BBQ in Eltham|
|The kids table (Toby is the only one missing)|
We had a great week in Eltham with Mike’s relatives and our time there went way too quickly. Thanks to Rich & Naomi, and Chris & Al for having us at your places – it was great to see you all.