From Albury, the boys and I drove to Bright in the Victorian foothills. It's such a pretty town, and our campsite was right by the river ovens.
It was a challenge to get all the usual stuff done as well as the school work, without Emma there to help, but we managed to muddle our way through, even though we did get a little behind. It was great to have the Spence family with us, and there was a lot of scooting and riding of bikes done, with only minimal injuries!
The weather was really lovely and most days were in the late twenties or early thirties, so there were a good deal of requests for swimming down at the water hole just near the main town. On Saturday, we did the canyon walk, which is a one and a half hour trek along the bank of the river ovens, seeing the river and remains of the towns gold mining history. It was a warm day and the kids were really keen for a swim when we got home.
When we finally got in the water, we found it absolutely beautiful for the first 20cm depth, and below this, it was quite refreshing indeed. Still the kids had a whale of a time and were sliding down the water slide and jumping off the diving board for ages, with little spells of resting in the sun in between.
Emma flew back into Albury on the 5th of Feb, and we journeyed back down to Bright via Beechworth and the bakery, where we blew our calorie budget for the week! There were some pretty tasty morsels consumed that day.
It was great to have Emma in town, and we made the most of the last day or so, with a bit of swimming and school work before we headed out to Melbourne