We had finally finished getting the boat ready to leave for the winter months and had our cases packed for an extended stay in Australia where we would spend time with family and friends.
Everything went smoothly on the trip back and although we could have done with a longer time there, we were glad to break the journey in Bali.
We literally only had one day there and we were so tired after all the preparations on board Sunday, not to mention the long flight via Kuala Lumpur to Bali, that we spent most of our time there doing nothing!
We arrived in Bali in the evening and by the time we had cleared customs and met our driver it was quite late so we went directly to our modest hotel in Sanur.
The place we had chosen was the same one we had stayed in when our children (now both in their thirties!) were very young. It hadn’t changed a bit!
The small villas looked exactly the same from the outside but had definitely been renovated both inside and out. The gardens were still a profusion of palms, flowering trees and tropical plants with pools and delightful stone carved figures dotted about the place.
After a great late breakfast we dived into the pool – again, it looked just the same as it did when our son lost his tiny Thunderbirds 4 in it all those years ago!
Later we took ourselves for a very pleasant stroll along the seafront, ending up at Little Bird restaurant that had been highly recommended by our good friends in Brisbane.
We were extremely happy to be back on this beautiful island again and among other things, very much enjoyed admiring the gorgeous carvings, the incense offerings, the painted doors and all those crafts the Balinese do absolutely brilliantly .
The flight to Brisbane the following day went smoothly and soon we were hugging our son and daughter-in-law in the arrivals hall. It was absolutely wonderful to see them!
We were amazed to see all the improvements they had made to their new property since moving there in early April.
Acres and acres of grassland reclaimed by days and days of slashing and mowing, the driveway and shared road regraded, painting inside and out organised, water tanks cleaned and refurbished with a water purifier installed, Wifi up and going with the installation of Starlink, solar panels and smart switches installed, new fans and fly screens put in throughout, and much more besides.
A new addition to the property since our last visit in February/March this year – before Ben and Sarah moved in – was a spectacular “tiny home” – a perfect little house on wheels with two sleeping areas, a tv lounge, fully equipped bathroom (including a washing machine) and a fabulous kitchen/dining area with a dishwasher, double sink, large fridge and loads of cupboard space. A perfect size for those of us who live on a boat!
The plan is to let out the tiny house to people seeking a peaceful haven in the bush. With their 100 acres and the massive Lake Manchester Reserve which abuts the d’Aguilar National Park right next door, it will be an absolute mecca for bush walkers and mountain bikers too.
On our first evening after our arrival we drove up in Ben’s 4WD to the highest point on their property to watch the sun go down and drink champagne. The perfect way to celebrate- and what an amazing view!
It is such a joy to be with Ben and Sarah and the grand dogs and grand ducks in their lovely new home!
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Beautiful photos. We are also in Oz. Michael in cold Melbourne and i am in lovely Perth
Thanks Cate! Hope you are having a marvellous time in Perth. Wishing you a very Happy Christmas xxxx
Ah! Bintang its a great beer, and loved the beautifully coloured “spider”outriggers. How wonderful for you both to see Ben and Sarah after such a long time and the progress they have made to their amazing property. Loved the “tiny house”.
I may have mentioned that I am going down to Thredbo with Brooke n Matt and boys for Christmas. Other friends will be there then my niece and her family are coming down Boxing Day. It is currently snowing down there so we will have to pack warmer cloths but it will be great.
Have a wonderful Christmas and hope to see you some time in the New Year.
Raylee xo ________________________________
Hi Raylee, lovely to hear from you! How exciting that you might have a white Christmas! You better take clothes for every eventuality as it could warm up again!! Sounds like you’re going to have a fabulous time. We are loving having time with both our two and their partners. Feeling very fortunate. Have a very happy Christmas – looking forward to seeing you in 2023!!