Five special things

October 6, 2009 at 20:00 3 comments

Five things of importance happened today.

  1. Mr. Manx and I went horseriding! We’d booked a ride with Gunnamatta Trail Rides on the Mornington Peninsula – got there late, but the nice lady there, Louise, let us go ahead with the full thing nonetheless, because we were the only riders this morning. Mr. Manx was given a piebald named Bruiser (not a terribly reassuring name for us noobs) and I a brown horse named Jet, and we followed a lady named Donna for two hours through the bush and onto the beach. It was absolutely bewitching. Even though the weather forecast was ominous, we got a lovely two hours with no more than a minute’s sprinkle. And there were funny bits, like the horses producing massive amounts of first crap, then pee (yes, I am not above toilet humour). Only thing is, I’m pretty sure I’m gonna hurt like hell tomorrow.
  2. To reduce the impending hurt, we headed for a soak at the Peninsula Hot Springs. That’s a place that took a leaf out of the onsen book, tapping into underground mineral springs to produce hot pools for soaking. I was shivering in one corner at first, because all the pools, except one, were outdoors. On an eight-degree day. In the rain. I guess it says a lot about the pools and sauna that I was soon toasty enough to scuttle around sans towel. It is bliss being cooked on a cold day.
  3. Hail fell soon after. My first time seeing it. I’d sorta imagined egg-sized rocks braining anyone unlucky enough to be out, but it’s really more like falling ice chips. Imagination always surpasses reality.
  4. Incredible views of the sea lay generously along the coast lines. By the time we got there, the sun was beginning to set, making for some really beautiful colours. We even saw a stub of a nice fat rainbow.
  5. The last item has nothing to do with Melbourne. Monty and his family made it safely back home! Welcome back!

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  • 1. flaneurvric  |  October 6, 2009 at 22:38

    It sounds like you and Mr. Manx had an awesome day! I’ve been caught in some hailstorms like the ones you imagined. My dad and I got stuck in one when he picked me up from an airport in the American Midwest a few years ago. There were no bridges to park under, so Dad drove ~100 mph for a dangerous few minutes before we outran the storm (I think the fact that we were using a rental car may have had something to do with it).

    • 2. Katie  |  October 7, 2009 at 20:05

      Aie, that sounds like one scary experience! Who would’ve thought that ice could be so malevolent? I’m learning to be thankful for Singapore weather. Can now see why Aussies appreciate the sun so much.

  • 3. Monty  |  October 7, 2009 at 21:37

    Heh. Thanks!


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