Expander Pegs Review.

“I’m excited” was the catch cry of Big Kev and I’m going to echo his cry with this product.

I like to change and improve things often but I always do a great deal of research into the things I purchase. I like to simplify my life where possible and make things comfortable.

Last year I stumbled across this product. The simplicity of the design and the HUGE improvement to the original had me wondering why hadn’t this been thought of before.

[Expander Pegs.](http://expanderpegs.com/)

They have two legs that you put your rope between and squeeze together. Then you drive them into the ground like a (sub)standard peg.

The great part is they can’t spin out. They grab the ground and don’t pull out. They just do the job a peg is supposed to do.

I have replaced every peg we own with these and the best part is they are not expensive.

If you want to never worry about a peg coming out again and you want to hold that awning down in big winds then do yourself a favour. Get your hands on these. You’ll never regret it.

They come in three different sizes, 25mm, 30mm, 35mm.

Check out the expander pegs website for places you can buy them.

Get yourself well grounded and relax on your next trip not needing to hammer pegs in all weekend.

Australia Day 2013 – Warrnambool.

We headed off to Warrnambool for the Australia Day weekend with two families of close friends. It was the first outing for one of them with their new Jayco Expanda.

We stayed at the Surfside Caravan Park in Warrnambool. The park is very close to the beach and Lake Pertobe.

When I was very young my family stayed there a couple of years in a row and I have fond memories of Warrnambool.

Matilda

It was a trip down memory lane and I enjoyed taking my family to a place I love visiting.

Grace

The Surfside park was quite busy being the end of the school holidays, a long weekend and the local speedway was being run. Even so it was a very pleasant stay and full of family’s enjoying the park. Our site was literally fifty meters from the beach and we spent a couple of hours enjoying the very clean beaches.

Australia Day

The girls were very excited about Australia Day so we put up some flags and had an Aussie BBQ for dinner.

Darryn and Thomas

Warrnambool has a very well set out park called Lake Pertobe. The park is a year-round family attraction. It’s an adventure playground and a paradise for kids. There are giant slides, flying foxes, a maze and boat rides. There are walking tracks around the lakes, and the park features picnic areas and sheltered BBQ facilities.

The kids had a great time. I also caught up with an old friend at the lake whom I haven’t seen in years and she has a hobby farm not too far out of town. It would be a fantastic place to live.

Thomas and Dad, Anthony - Grace and Matilda

The boats on the lake are the same ones I remember riding in when I was a kid probably 30 years ago. They are still great fun and are well worth trying out.

Lake Pertobe Boats

One of the nights the blokes played a round of Bocce. It’s a fun game that can be played anywhere and we always carry it in the van.

Bocce

Those who haven’t been to Warrnambool before went on a small tour visiting places such as the breakwater, Thunder Point and Tower Hill.

Thunder Point

We all had a relaxing weekend and the drive to Warrnambool from Melbourne is not as long as I imagined. It’s better than traveling the thin winding roads to Apollo Bay and Lorne. It’s a place we will all return to soon.

Me and the girls

Mike, Betty and Darryn

Rose, Janette and Thomas

Ballarat Beer Festival.

This was the second year we have attended the Ballarat Beer Festival and it never fails to live up to expectations.

beerfest-03It’s a cracker of a day and the weather was just perfect, for a mix of great beer, cider, food and live bands.

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The organisers changed the layout of the festival, using up the whole of the City Oval and it was a great improvement on last year.

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The favourite beer for the day was Kooinda Brewery “Hop Transfusion IPA”.  The better half loved the Pineapple and Mango cider.

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The crowd was very well behaved and the event is family friendly.  Ample room for everyone.

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A kids zone with face painting, mini zoo, jumping castle, train rides etc. keeps the little ones happy.

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A big plus to this years festival was the biggest marquee I’ve ever seen, smack bang in the middle which offered a great place to sit and relax out of the sun.

I caught up with four good friends that I haven’t seen in years and we were able to enjoy some great conversation about what we’ve all been up to.  Might have to plan a 25 year high school reunion next year.

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So will we be back next year???  Absolutely.  Click the beer glass below to go straight to the Beer Festival Website.

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We stayed with some very good friends who offered us their backyard for a location to park our van.  Look at that for a view to wake up to.  I’m very jealous of those towering gums.  Thanks guys.  Again we had an amazing time catching up with you all.

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