We have a fabulous new tradition in our family – the “June long weekend getaway”. My amazing Dad decided for his 60th last year, that he would prefer a quiet few days away with his family rather than a big party. Apparently, we all grow out of the party stage at some point….maybe. I posted about last year’s amazing weekend here. We all enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to come back this year, and voila; a tradition is born.
The holiday location in mention is Encounter Bay, just a few minutes north of Victor Harbor, where our holidays have seemed to be frequent in the last few months. For us it’s the best and easiest location, only 1 hour 30 from our house, but you still feel like you’ve ventured far enough to be on a “getaway”. Dad found the most wonderful house last year, perfectly equipped for a big family like us, and so we hired it again (much to my brother-in-laws dismay, who says it’s too far from his surfing spots!). But really, for us, it’s all we need. The weather in June isn’t perfect, and Victor is always a little colder, but sitting in the lounge looking out to the ocean can be just as beautiful as being in the ocean itself! We hit up the local farmers market on the Saturday morning and stocked up on goodies for the weekend, Simon cooked his famous roast pork for dinner one night, another night we played board games, and on the last night (after the kids all went to bed) we all watched a scary movie together. And of course we fit in at least one walk to The Bluff for some whale sighting (this time of year is great for Humpback Whale sightings at Victor) although we didn’t see any (or were more focused on the two boys who were wanting to climb every cliff and rock in sight!).
It’s funny how traditions can start their own story of memories, one year is compared to the next and then the next. For me, last year I pretty much had a glass of red in my hand the whole time, this year I was 30 weeks pregnant and replaced the wine with chocolate custard! We also couldn’t help but mention how next year we’ll have a 9 month old crawling around the place, and we would need gates for the stairs! This house will soon become a storybook of our lives every June long weekend, and that’s exciting…!