August Interlude…

Day Six:

My August Interlude for 2017 has come to an end and I return home to Ballarat -it’s purpose of personal rest, relaxation and reflection has been fulfilled.

During my daily wanderings, from my base in Torquay, along the surf coast from Lorne to Barwon Heads I have been inspired by my observations. Listening has been a constant companion -listening to the voice of the God of creation, the one true God, the Rock of my salvation.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth. The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul. The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. By them your servant is warned; in keeping them there is great reward. But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord , my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:1‭-‬14 NIV

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August Interlude…

Day Four:

I had hoped to walk from Point Impossible back to Torquay on the Surf Coast track this morning. See http://www.surfcoastwalk.com.au/

However, there was water over the road into the Point. Instead, not to be denied, I drove to Brimlea and walked along the coastline to the Point.

On my way…

Far…

Near…

And…

On to Barwon Heads for lunch…

From Barwon Bluff…

The bridge at Barwon Heads…

I’ve placed this post under additional categories. They all apply personally for I am seeking God during my August Interlude of rest, relaxation and reflection.

Til tomorrow…

August Interlude…

Day Three:

First let me correct a mistake in yesterday’s post, Day Two of my August Interlude. The photograph of Point Addis was in fact Point Roadknight.

Here’s Point Addis…

…also taken during my travels on Day Two.

Now for day three.. morning has broken at Torquay…

I revisited Point Roadknight on my way to Lorne.

On the track…

A different perspective…

The lighthouse at Split Point, Aireys Inlet…

Looking to Lorne for lunch…

Looking back…from the track to the pier.

Traveling the Great Ocean Road once again brought back many fond memories of family times, and with the memories tears of joy.

The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road – May 2009

The official Great Ocean Road website, http://www.greatoceanrd.org.au/ invites you to…

Leave Your Cares Behind

It’s time to discover or rediscover the breath-taking coastline of south-west Victoria, Australia. Travel one of the world’s most scenic roads through an extended area that includes the world-famous Twelve Apostles, the Otways rainforest, Bells Beach, on the Surf Coast, and the Great Ocean Road itself. Experience resort towns like Torquay, Lorne and Apollo Bay, the coastal cities of Geelong and Warrnambool, and the historic villages of Queenscliff, Port Campbell, Port Fairy and Portland.

My wife and I decided to do just that during May 2009. While we had travelled most of the Great Ocean Road the section from Port Campbell to Warrnambool remained.

Over a two week period we travelled from Ballarat to Geelong, Geelong to Apollo Bay, Apollo Bay to Port Campbell, Port Campbell to Warrnambool, Warrnambool to Port Fairy and then to Portland.

We extended the trip from Portland travelling the Portland Nelson Road to Mt Gambier. On the return trip we took the Princess Highway from Mount Gambier turning off to Digby for the Hamilton leg finally returning to Ballarat via Hamilton.

Both of these drives take you through the extensive pine and eucalypt plantations of Timbercorp and Great Southern Plantations. Both companies are in serious financial trouble as a consequence of recent changes to taxation rulings regarding managed investment funds and the global financial crisis.

One of the questions that come to mind when travelling is, “Will we meet someone we know?” This question was answered in the affirmative twice. The first occasion occurred on our arrival in Warrnambool. We entered a McDonalds store for lunch and bumped into Tim & Lesley from Hamilton, who were visiting Warrnambool for the day. They are a couple we had known in Ballarat and hadn’t seen for a number of years. The second occasion occurred on a day trip from Mount Gambier to Port MacDonnell, the southern most point in South Australia. Returning to the car park after exploring a coastline feature Max and Verna long time friends from Donald were just getting out of their car at the same site. They were starting out on a holiday in South Australia and had travelled from Portland after staying overnight.

Foreshore Geelong

Great Ocean Road


Lochard Gorge near Port Campbell


Lighthouse, Griffiths Island, Portland


Blue Lake, Mount Gambier