We awoke amidst the preparations for a teenage horseshow! – a bunch of girlie horse fanatics were plaiting and dressing their ponies in the stalls immediately surrounding our van – oops. We got up and set off for Palm Beach; the outdoor filming set for ‘Home and Away’. Ant was very excited – especially when we found Alf Stewarts Surf Club with its’ ‘Summer Bay’ signs above the door... so excited in fact that he bought a souvenir pencil case to take home with him – bless.
In the afternoon we drove back south to Narrabean and booked into a campsite where the beach and lake collide. A friend of mine from school back in Sussex, came over with her two small children for a swim in the lake – which was lovely and warm, but whiffed a bit and Gabby had said it could well have had ‘Pelican Itch’ in it, whatever that is. The only thing I saw was a puffer fish.
“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” –Mark Jenkins