Please forgive my absence from the gallery and forum. In my part of the state we are living in the Stone Age, literally! The telephone exchange burnt down last Thursday so from Thursday onwards we have had no phone, no internet connection, no ATMS or eftpos (it's cash everything, too bad if you haven't got cash, no credit cards being used). It's affected 60,000 homes. We have mobile coverage (cell phone) and the landlines will go back on Friday from all accounts with internet a lot later. Eeeek. Mike bought a wireless dongle (the last one sold in this town) and is using it sparingly for business purposes, and it seems to be sketchy at best, working sometimes, then dropping out. So I'm just sneaking in some uploads while he's not looking Wink

Oh and a lot of journalling in this page, but it's a story I want to remember forever, such a fun fun crazy day.

(shall link up the products when I am able)

Katie Pertiet:
Cherished Artistry No. 2
Mixed Stamped Alpha Brushes-n-Stamps
Vintage photo frames No.2 (curled and flat)
Colorful Journalers
Banner Safety Tags No. 1
Painted Edgers No.4
Watery Corners & Edges No.2
Watery Photo Masks No.2
Journal Strips No.1
Splatters Brushes & Stamps No.3
watery Spots Brushes & Stamps No. 5
Bead Scatterings No. 4

Lynn Grieveson:
Petit Jacques Kit (mesh)

Pattie Knox:
Fasten Its 2

Font: Bebete and Junction

Armed with new exercise friends and a plan to see four waterfalls in a day, I met up with Casey and Debbie at 8am and we set off on our mission. Left to my own devices I probably wouldn't bother, but with like minded new friends by my side, it’s just amazing to me the things I have been achieving. End result of the day we covered about 20 KILOMETRES walking! Firming up friendships, I laughed like I have never laughed before, pushed my body to its limits and then pushed some more, seen some magical sights and had a wonderfully exhilarating day, which ended with me walking back in the door at home at about 10.15pm. Wow! What a day. We saw MELBA FALLS, walking through huge tree ferns with the air so clear. We decided to take a ‘selfie’ at each falls showing our progress. LITTLE AIRE FALLS, a lot more traipsing to get to these falls, with a muddy trail that Casey soon found out about when she went slipping! The day was warming up and we were still eager. Onward to TRIPLET FALLS ... this was a neat loop of another 2.5 kilometres, and as the name implies there's three parts to these falls, just stunning. I was feeling pretty great at this stage, holy heck, I was walking kilometres! Looking a little bit hot and flustered, but I was keeping up with the girls as fast as these old knees would let me. After a picnic lunch, which I might say tasted better than anything, we headed on to HOPETOUN FALLS, I thought this was one of the prettiest falls we’d seen. And again the ‘selfie’, although I'm wondering now looking at it, were our smiles just kind of only half there at this stage? Our smiles are not quite reaching our eyes if you know what I
mean. I was feeling quite stonkered but willing to keep up with the girls. So we’d done it, that was four waterfalls in a day. But surely we could fit something else in. We decided on popping into MAITS REST, which was a beautiful walk amongst the lush green rainforest type conditions. It was a great relaxing walk after our hard climbs. Talk about replenishing the souls, this place was serene. So that was it, we'd done it! But the niggling feeling that we could go one more kept at us. After popping into Cape Otway Lighthouse and finding out the exhorbitant price just to go and check out the lighthouse, we spotted a sign ... RAINBOW FALLS ... 5.5 km. It was just after 4pm, should we round off the day with a final 5.5 km walk? It did sound exotic, we imagined a huge waterfall with the sun hitting it just so that a rainbow would be formed. The itch had to be scratched. Rainbow falls to finish up ... so we set off walking ... and walking ... and still walking.

This was a different type of walk, it was beachy, it was sandy, there were scrubby wind blown plants. The path took us up along the cliff face with a magnificent view,but where were the falls??? We had been walking for about an hour and a half, and ended up down the dunes onto the beach below. Still walking, we had come this far, by hook or by crook we were going to find these jolly falls. Until we came to a trickle of water oh about a foot high. A complete WTF moment! Were these Rainbow Falls? Are you kidding us? By this stage we were delirious, we were hot, we were bothered, and to be honest crazed laughter was taking place. Also in the back of our minds we were thinking about the traipse back, and the sand dune we were going to have to scale back up. It was then we realised the 5.5 km to the "supposed" (cough cough) falls was not a round trip number. We had walked 5.5 km there and now we had to talk 5.5 km back!!! I swear on the way back, our legs were going by autopilot. We weren't talking, we were just concentrating on putting one foot in front of the other. The disappointment of our last so called waterfall was huge. I was actually numb from walking by now.
Heading home we were driving back down the Cape Otway Lighthouse Road and came across the most magical sight. We saw koalas EVERYWHERE. We looked up into the trees and they were like fruit perched the branches, climbing and wandering everywhere. We stopped and got out and were amazed and quite thrilled. After the disappointment of Rainbow Falls, this was magic. This was the PERFECT end to the day. It was only when the bad assed angry koala came stomping down the road toward us, with the most impressive grunt and growl, did we realise we still had enough energy in our legs to run when it rounded us up we flew around the other side of the car and got out of its way!!

It soon got dark and we stopped in at Lavers Hill Pub wondering if we could get a coffee. I think the publican who was sitting outside relaxing took pity on us and told us to come next door, he turned the lights on and unlocked the general store and got the coffee machine going for us. Ahhhh, a latte never tasted so good!

And dare I say, only after we turned to our friend Mr. Google the next day, we realised they weren't Rainbow Falls after all !! Hysterical. We had to walk perhaps another 500 metres up the beach, and to add insult to injury it was actually in the background of one of my beach shots. One day we’ll see them, maybe next year!