During the week from 28 September to 5 October, I took part in a houseboat holiday along the Murray River, joined by a number of relatives.
My sister is currently living in the town of Waikerie, continuing her medical studies, and during this time I got to see where she lives for the first time. Also to taste some cakes by her friend Jess, who had won prizes in the local show.
Auntie Sue took a great many photographs, including the following lucky shot of a young kookaburra being fed.
I took a few photographs of my own, borrowing Sue’s camera in order to do so. Here are a couple of my pictures. The motorised canoe in the second photograph belongs to our party.
On the boat, we played table games some evenings, and Sue’s family introduced us to the board game Articulate. We also played card games (Oh Hell and Jo), and I introduced my own domino game Peaks and Pits to a few new people.
One of the most memorable moments of the trip was a puppet play that several of us performed on the boat for everyone else. I will elaborate on this in a separate post.
At the end of the holiday, we wrote limericks in the houseboat’s guestbook. Here are two examples of verses that I contributed.
The sights by the river were grand
Whether seen from the boat or from land.
Captured view after view
Of birds, water, trees, sun and sand.
The young ones at first were quite wary
For the journey seemed awfully scary.
But the pair, Kate and Leah,
Soon conquered that fear
Because houseboats are fun for a fairy.