After the Great Ocean Road we caught the ferry from Queenscliff to Sorrento and spent a couple of days with Heather and Kerry. We were treated to a stay in the new accommodation units and lovely meals. We also checked out their new yacht and generally had a lovely time laying low from the heat wave in Melbourne.
“I’ve been riding horses all day and now my Dandenongs are giving me worry.” – Billy Connolly
On Sunday we headed up to Gembrook to meet more newly acquired siblings, through my birth mother; Tim and his wife Rachel, Pippa and her husband James, and Angela. There is also Chris who is currently overseas with his partner Anne-Marie. Although we were in the unusual position of meeting relatives for the first time, they are all wonderful people and it was a lovely afternoon.
That night we headed in for Melbourne and as the heat wave was still in full flight we took the first available air conditioned room. As luck would have it, we were just around the corner from our dear friend Richard who was visiting from Alice to take his boys, Banjo and Moses, to the Grand Prix car race. We took advantage of our good fortune and had a catch up with him and his mob.
We lined up a catch up with the mad mad Murphies on Saint Patrick’s Day (Gabrielle and Mike, Clem and his lovely fiancée Karen, Vic and Kerri). Turns out even the Murphy name couldn’t keep a spot in a pub reserved for us, so we had pizza and Guinness in the courtyard of Clem and Karen’s new place in Essendon; it was a much nicer way to have a catch up with your peeps.
Next stop on the ‘relly rally’ was my aunty, Di Barrett. We spent a relaxing and enjoyable couple of days and were able to also have lunch with cousin Debbie, and dinner with cousin Alison, her husband Tony and little Sophie.