Another beautiful day at Port Denison. The temperature is set to be 33 degrees- it was 35 yesterday- and there is hardly a breeze. Another day for walks on the beach, swimming and just general relaxing.
I start off the day with a quick trip to the Dongora Op Shop. It looked pretty interesting when I passed by it the other day and you never know what you can find in places like that. In the end I got two lovely jackets for winter- not planning on using them at the moment- and three books- Jimmy Barnes Autobiography, David Attenborough’s autobiograhy and a book on bushcamping with dogs in Australia. Quite some good finds.
The last one has a list of camp sites and caravan parks all over australia that accept dogs and while there are some handy tips they really can’t prepare you for everything. Our dogs are fantastic to travel with. They are good in the car; although sometimes you have to stop a lot more regularly than with kids because they don’t always tell you they need to pee so it’s safe to stop every couple of hours or so. We found that out the hard way on our first trip. Coco had an accident. Took us ages to get the smell out of the car. Luckily we now have neoprene seat covers and a dog canvas that attaches at the top of the back seat, covers the back of the seat and the seat and reattaches at the top of the front seat protecting the back of the front seats as well.
Being in caravan parks can be tough too. In free camps you can often choose where you want to park for the night and give yourself plenty of space but in caravan parks you are kind of limited especially if they are busy. Not everyone will be pleased that you have dogs with you and sometimes we get funny looks with two big dogs but they usually are okay with it when they realise they are super friendly and well behaved.
The problem we have encountered in this park is that all around us there are caravaners with dogs. Our dogs love to socilaise with other dogs but not all dogs are like that. On one side of us we have a finnish Laphound, Shimmer. She likes to sit under their caravan and watch our dogs play. On the other side is Gizmo which I think is a shitzu. Gizmo doesn’t like other dogs, especially big dogs. Gizmo has been terrorised by his neighbours dogs for years with several emergency trips to the vet so it’s totally understandable that he doesn’t like other dogs. As a result we’ve had to shorten our dog’s lead so that they can’t get around our caravan and get too close to Gizmo or Shimmer. That’s okay though, and they all settled in after a few hours and it’s only when they walk past each other that they get a little bit excited.
This morning we took the dogs for a walk along the water front- following my steps from this morning when I went out early and took some lovely photographs of the harbour at sunrise. We hadn’t checked out the shops at Port Dension- turns out there is a bottlo, a fish and chip shop, a corner shop style grocery store and a bakery. Surprisingly Mark managed to get some gear for fishing as he needed some wire traces. He’s been out two nights in a row and lost all of his hooks – and caught no fish. 😦 He thinks it’s because he doesn’t have wire traces which helps prevent the line from snapping on sharp rocks. They didn’t have exactly what he wanted but they had the gear so he could make them.
My husband is quite handy with a lot of things and fishing tackle is another thing he’s good with. He worked out that the knots he had been using weren’t strong enough for the slippery baided line that he was using so he googled some knot tying videos and taught himself how to make a better stronger knot and then he made up his own wire tracers. He’s so pleased with himself that he’s decided he will no longer buy premaid tracers but will, from now on, make his own.
The proof will be in the pudding. He’s gone fishing again tonight and this time he reckons he will catch something. The tide is just right, he’s got all the gear and last night he spotted some large fish hanging around. He just couldn’t catch them because his line snapped and he lost all his gear. We will see.
Meanwhile the dogs have crashed after another afternoon run and swim on the beach and I am relaxing with a good book. Being on holidays is just great. Wish it could last forever.