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Day 26 Sat 19 Mar 11 Hervey Bay

Breakfast on the Beach & new togs for me!

overcast 27 °C

Up at 5.30am through no fault of my own!  Tank woke me with his sniffing around my face, a clear indication he is looking for signs of life so that his human can open the door and he can pee.  No rain last night but heavy dew, so a quiet pee and some wet paws later, we sat at the table for the first coffee of the day.
We set off for our walk and it was indeed 10 mins to the beach, about 4 blocks.  There are quite a few people out, walking, jogging, and they were either in their 60s & beyond or in their 30s.  Lots of active people in Hervey Bay but then again, I suppose true for any beachside suburb.
I saw Enzos cafe was setting up so I checked puppies could come with and they showed me the desinated tables for people with pooches.  I sms'd Jimmi proposing breakfast by the sea.  He was in the shower so I continued down the broadwalk till we came to the dog on leash beach section. Its not a wide beach and there are  large rocks as the retaining wall to stop erosion.  We walked along for a bit, getting our feet wet.  Since there were off lead dogs we didn't.  Equivalent to a couple of blocks later I stopped when Jimmi called to say come home for a coffe and shower then to breakfast in our comfy clothes.  Good idea so we headed back. We followed some "no through roads" leading to parks alongside creek overflows and then found a flood overflow park which was huge and tucked away from the traffic so we might take the boys for some off lead time away from other dogs.
Breakfast was just delicious.  We got to sit a couple of tables back from the beach with a view out to sea and of the peninsula.  Jimmi had smoked salmon eggs benedict and an affogatto (in case the coffee was crap) and I had poached eggs with spinach and mushrooms on gluten free toast (thinking of you Misch) with a cup of tea.  Not willing to risk the heartburn that results from bad coffee.
We took a drive just up to the Barbeques Galore looking for an alternative mattress for Jimmi since he's not happy with his and as the driver, you've got to make sure you get a good night sleep and don't wake up feeling sore.  A new tent peg mallot, external water bag and some cups but no self inflating mattress yet.
10am Back to the van park for laundry and a nap I think is the order of the day.
Jimmi, the champion that he is, did the laundry!! While I had a nap!
We decided that a stroll along the Esplanade shops to check out some casual dresses since Tank ate a hole in one I'd bought for this trip and only worn twice (lucky they weren't expensive) and the other I spilt something on it on my first or second wearing!
I found two swimsuits that I'm really feel good wearing.  The sales lady was probably 10 yrs younger and was really good.  We looked at styles and she knew her sizes in different styles.  She chose two I wouldn't have gone for and they were both great. I tried on two piece suits but I'm not confident about wearing them yet maybe a little later in the trip.  They weren't inexpensive but she was having a 30% off sale on Jets "Summer Soiree Collection" by Jessica Allen (www.jets.com.au) really modern classy inspired 60s styles. I feel really good about them, and then 1 dress and a top at a different shop, so all in all a good shopping day.  Normally I detest shopping - does my butt look big in this? type stuff, but with no pressure and Jimmi's patience, it went well.  He had to wait outside the shops with the boys. A good way to meet the locals although the older generation seem less friendly here.
We stopped at the local pub for a soft drink to recharge and hit the next lot of shops hoping to find Jimmi some shirts but no luck.  Those Byron Bay tank tops are getting a work out in the humid weather.
I showed Jimmi the purchases on our return once we'd done a quick stop at Woolworths.
We sat and read outside with the boys and there was a sprinkle at about 5pm.  I was chuckling at the severe thunderstorm warnings for last night and today but it did start to rain, not hard or deluge but consistent from about 7pm till about 9pm.
We'd moved inside by then for dinner and sorting laundry, making beds etc.
Looking forward to fresh sheets! Ahh its the simple things that make life a joy.
We checked out the map for our next stops and we'll have to get out the Top Tourist Park, NRMA and Travelling with Dogs books to make our next booking.
Maybe fishing tomorrow but definitely some checking out the coast.
We looked at Fraser Island a ferry trip away but we'll have to leave that for another trip without the boys coz its a UNESCO site and the dingos are protected, so no puppies! (insert sad face). It would be cool to beach 4WD and to camp there but not enough to find a kennel for the boys and leave them behind.

Posted by Jimandtina 04:23 Archived in Australia

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wow what a great way to start your day.I am sure you would look like a super model in whatever swimsuit you were to have on!

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