Ker­mie’s en­joy­ing re­lax­ing holi­days

Big Rigs - - COLUMN - LIFE WITH KER­MIE GRA­HAM HARSANT con­trib­u­[email protected]­ — Take care of you, Ker­mie (weight un­known)

AS I RE­PORTED last time, we were off to The Mur­ray Val­ley Re­sort at Yar­ra­wonga for a bit of R and R, in be­tween the manda­tory de­mands of work.

Firstly it was back to Hooter­ville for my niece, Bron­wyn’s wed­ding to her beau, John.

Held in the pleas­ant sur­rounds of Su­gar­loaf Reser­voir, it was a lovely join­ing of hands, fol­lowed by din­ner and folk danc­ing at a lo­cal hall. Yep, that’s right, folk danc­ing.

A bit al­ter­na­tive are Bron and John. Per­haps not so sur­pris­ingly, ev­ery one of the 80 or so at­ten­dees had a ball, get­ting stuck into the var­i­ous dances with gusto.

Also quite al­ter­na­tive was that it was a dry wed­ding, which was also ac­cepted with grace by those present.

Me, be­ing not quite so al­ter­na­tive as the rest of my non-im­bib­ing fam­ily, remembered that, among the gear we had packed for Yar­ra­wonga was a bot­tle of Bal­lan­tine’s finest.

So the black sheep of the fam­ily con­tin­ued in his finest tra­di­tion and could be seen reg­u­larly traips­ing to the hatch of the Ter­ri­tory to par­take of a lit­tle in­testi­nal for­ti­tude. Yes, it was a very good night in­deed.

The fol­low­ing morn­ing I set off for Yarra Glen to cover the HCVC bash, of which you’ll read else­where in this is­sue [page 36&37]. The club guys out­did them­selves this year with a huge va­ri­ety of trucks, buses and cars, along with a va­ri­ety of folk sell­ing re­lated wares.

Af­ter wrap­ping up there we headed for hols, ar­riv­ing about 4.30pm. Plenty of time to un­pack, test the out­door pool, pour my­self a drink from the left­overs of the wed­ding and set­tle in.

With strict di­et­ing off the agenda, I de­cided to ex­er­cise more and have treated the place like boot camp.

My morn­ings start with a min­i­mum 100 laps in the in­door pool, fol­lowed by an hour-plus in the gym.

This usu­ally re­sults in the need for a nanny nap in the late morn­ing. Bloody old age. The ar­vos have been more re­laxed with splash­ing around in the out­door pool but most evenings I’ve knocked off a few more laps to atone for what I’ve con­sumed through­out the day.

When you can buy a steak sanga with the works for a measly five bucks at the cafe here, well, you just have to have it, don’t you?

Then there’s the all-you-can-eat pan­cake brekky on Tues­day morn­ings – again for only $5.

Thurs­day morn­ings of­fer an all-you-can-eat full break­fast for $10. I mean, I’m think­ing of stay­ing here per­ma­nently.

Af­ter all they have the fa­cil­i­ties to wear it all off.

Rita bought into Mur­ray Val­ley Re­sort 35 years ago when time-share was all the rage and wild prom­ises were prof­fered about re­turn on in­vest­ment.

She never looked at it that way, but rather as an in­vest­ment in an an­nual hol­i­day.

Me? I never paid a cent. I just mar­ried her in­stead.

Of course she would never get any­where near what she paid should she de­cide to sell, but that orig­i­nal in­vest­ment is well and truly amor­tised now and we love get­ting away each year.

To­day you can buy in for just $600 plus $540 per year main­te­nance fee which has been sta­ble for some years.

That $540 is great value for a unit that sleeps up to six peo­ple and is fully self-con­tained.

If you came in off the street and stayed here for a week you’d be up for $1200 so it’s good value. Be­ing only an hour from home th­ese days means we can also make use of the fa­cil­i­ties any time we like, or we could swap and spend our week any­where in Oz or over­seas for around an extra $150.

This sounds like an ad but it’s not meant to be. It’s just bloody good value. While I’ve worked out hard while we’ve been here, I’ve loved ev­ery minute of it.

Rita has loved watch­ing me sweat while she does bug­ger-all. It’s that sort of place. Google them and have gan­der.

I’m off to Can­berra to­mor­row for a Fuso drive and will re­port back on that in the fi­nal edi­tion of Big Rigs for the year. What­ever hap­pened to 2018?

❝ While I’ve worked out hard while we’ve been here, I’ve loved ev­ery minute of it. Rita has loved watch­ing me sweat while she does bug­ger-all. It’s that sort of place. — Ker­mie


MOVEM­BER STYLES: Ker­mie is half­way through Movem­ber. His mo looks great, don’t you think?

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