Day one's highlight on Bruny was getting to see the much anticipated Bruny Island Cheese Factory and taste Nick Haddow's cheese. Despite a small amount of disappointment on behalf of the kids about not seeing Nick himself, we had a great time. The front of house guy, John I think, was so warm, generous and accomodating. We tasted some cheeses, then ordered a cheese platter and some milkshakes. We took some cheese from our platter home and bought some more. We figured we would be disappointed if we didn't manage a weight gain of a kilo a day each, for our 3 days on Bruny! We all enjoyed seeing the woodfired oven cooking up the day's loaves and gazing in the window to the factory and aging cheese. As we were leaving John, clearly recognising our innate foodieness, gave us a swagful of yesterday's sourdough loaves for free. Yum.
After school battles were over and the caravan set up at Adventure Bay, the boys had a quick play with the Spence kids. Isaac chose to stay and play ping-pong with Elijah, while Sasch, Dom, Paul and I went to the beach. The water was spectacular and clear (except for the dead penguin and the plate sized jelly fish) and Paul and I had one of our "Aaaah! It is all worth it!" moments. I even did my first knitting of the trip!
Isaac and Elijah each caught their first fish! Isaac actually caught four and they are in our freezer still (a month later), as bait for hopefully the big one!! The next day Paul caught this little baby whom we promptly let go. He was quite chuffed as it was the last cast of the day, he was just hoping to get the fish to nibble off the bait so he wouldn't have to touch it and got his first real bite of the day.
We also enjoyed a lovely picnic dinner by the river with the Spences that night, enjoying plenty of good provender from Bruny and Salamanca.