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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Six month clean and polish.

Today was a perfect day to get the van clean. It’s been sitting idle for a couple of months and I like to polish it up to protect it from the sun before summer.

Matilda, my wife and I spent about 5 hours cleaning and polishing the whole van.  Grace had the best luck and spent the day in Geelong with her friend at the Adventure Park.

Matilda made the observation that “it’s hard to do Daddy’s jobs”.  I couldn’t agree more on a task such as this but at the end of the day the van looked like new.

We have two trips planned in the next three weeks.  We are heading up to the Ballarat Beer Festival and for the Australia Day weekend we’ll be heading to Warnambool.  I remember family holidays at Warnambool when I was a kid.

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Even the roof was scrubbed.  It doesn’t get seen often and was quite dirty.

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Matilda taking a break to have some fairy bread.  Apparently it makes you work better.

Taking a lunch break.
Taking a lunch break.

01 Jan 2013.

I’ve been thinking about this one for awhile.  I’ve had a good hard crack at a couple of blogs but after awhile they run out of steam.  Not because I loose interest but I either feel like i’m rehashing the same thing over and over (aquaponics blog) our life gets in the way and I don’t have the time (thermomix blog).

A friend has a blog about his caravan travels and we are already making travel books for our daughters to look back on when they are older and one thing I do have when we are on a holiday is time to take some amazing images and write about our adventures.  So here we go.

I dedicate this to Grace and Matilda.  I hope in times to come that you look back over this and it brings back some amazing memories of the places we visited as you grew up.

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