*warning, very picture heavy post! enter at own risk!
so yesterday, friday, we headed off late morning for our annual pilgrimage to kioloa beach where there is a flyball competition held at the caravan park there. its usually a great weekend away, (although something always goes wrong with the team but let us not speak of this), and i had intended to take a whole heap of pictures that would explain flyball somewhat. i know not everyone is into dogs, and thats cool, but trent and i share three (two from our previous marriage, plus ricco the rescue), and we still do dog sports together. we got into flyball many years ago because we had a tennis ball crazy dog called scout, who would break out of our house on abercrombie st and go and steal the balls off the sydney uni tennis courts, and i saw this flyball thing on tv and thought she would be good at it. she was, but she didnt live long enough to really succeed. but her owners were hooked, its just as much fun for the people as it is for the dogs, and of all the dog sports its the only one you do in a team with other people and their dogs. which can be great fun. it can also be really f*cking painful. but we are with a good team of easy going people at the moment, and all is well (touch wood).
but i digress. after you spend about a year training your dog, you travel all over australia (well the east coast mostly) to compete against other teams, in one or two day competitions. we often compete at the big rural shows, like the canberra royal, and the sydney easter show. this was meant to be just a small comp, where everyone travels down to kioloa (halfway been ulladulla and batemans bay) on the beautiful south coast, hires cabins in the caravan park, do flyball, have bbqs, and take the dogs for runs on the beach.
this year, however, it rained. it rained the whole way down, from the minute we left home. our first stop was berry
mostly because i had forgotten to bring my 2.5mm DPNs with me and thought i might grab some from ‘sew and tell’ the little shop you can see on the right hand side of the road. this is a great shop, with a terrific range of yarns, however, the shop attendant wanted to argue with me about whether or not 2.5mm needles even existed, because they didnt sell them and most people made socks on 2.25 or 2.75 so obviously i had no idea what i was talking about. sigh. after that, i needed sustenance from the famous berry donut van
mmm hot freshly cooked cinammon donuts
from here, we wound our way through dairy country
and past nowra into the coastal rainforests
and then turned off the highway into bawley point and head further south along the coast road to kioloa beach
where kangaroos roam freely.
they were out in force this weekend,
probably because its not tourist season yet. we had time to let the dogs have a run on the lovely kioloa beach
and then walked along the headland
and out to the point
it was a fantastic day, i love the ocean in winter, all that grey thundery melancholy! great for photos, great for dogs exploring:
or just looking.
i found the stick figure instructions for this new rescue device amusing:
and possum just loves jumping into the waves. in this photo, you cant see, but she is swimming along as trent walks along the breakwater.
we sat for a while and i did some knitting,
i only took this one sock with me (my plan was to do the cuff on 2.75 then switch to 2.5, alas, the whole leg gets done on 2.75 now, no thanks to sew and tell!), and i have nearly got the whole leg done. then we went to the caravan park to set up our gear, and finally drove back to milton to our friend and team mate rosie’s house (along this road somewhere):
where she had the fire going and a casserole in the oven, which was good because it was still raining. and really cold. we got up at 5am this morning, to head back down to kioloa, without coffee and muffins from the ulladulla mcdonalds (which was closed due to an overnight robbery. its all happening on the south coast today). it rained the whole way down there. it was pouring when we got there:
and this is as close as we got to doing flyball this weekend. poor puppies.
oh well. at least we had donuts!