On the Coast – Over 55 Issue 26 I November/December 2018 - Page 18

Sapphire Coast is a real gem eating seafood? I’ll have the catch of the day, thanks.’ She scowls, takes my cash, and drops my change into the charity tin on the counter without asking me. I shrug. As I look around the club, serenaded by the sour melodies of the cavernous gambling rooms, I think, perhaps these clubs could donate a portion of poker machine revenue to the farmers, instead? I’m sure the chickens would agree. The following day we visit sister town, Pambula – a lazy 15 min drive away from Merimbula. Derived from the Yuin Aboriginal word meaning “Two Waters”, Pambula is a pretty village with a town clock and an interesting miscellany of quaint shops, with their bull-nose verandas and artisan aesthetic. For lunch, we enjoy a thrifty $10 Thai meal at historic Covingtons House. The building is gorgeous, the food generous, and we are stunned by the value. At the aforementioned Ford Park (over the road from Coast Resort), Merimbula Seaside Market is held on the third Sunday of the month from 8am-12.30pm. There are loads of stalls to explore and choose from, including local produce, plants, clothing, craft and food. Each January, Pambula hosts its annual country show with an oyster shucking competition, a dog high jump and chook washing along with a petting farm, wood chopping, children’s entertainment, exhibitions and equine and stock competitions in the arena. And on the second Sunday of each month, a long local market is held with everything from homemade treats, plants, collectables, second-hand goods, clothing even dog jackets. And being an all-weather outdoors market just off the beach, bring a jacket with you. The following day we drive to the nearby town of Bega (25 mins away from Merimbula). They are experiencing bushfires in the region so while not threatened directly, the entire town is blue with smoke. Indeed, we find it hard to breathe in town. I suddenly crave a Marlborough Light. That evening we drive to Tathra to dine at the historic Tathra Hotel. Originally dubbed the Ocean View Hotel, the first schooner was drained here in 1888. Rebranded the Tathra Hotel, this heritage- listed pub is a treasure. Nesting on the headland, it has sweeping views of the ocean and surrounding environs. Here we enjoy a plate of local oysters – de rigueur for any Sapphire Coast sojourn – and then dine on seared tuna, matched with local wines. They also have live jazz here from time to time so Google your way to the pub’s website for details. The following evening we decide to cook in our suite to save money. After three wines I turn to my wife and say, ‘forget cooking. Let’s go and eat in “Muroomboollia.”’ Our services include: Aged care financial Shop 4 Niagara Park Shops 16 Washington Avenue Niagara Park NSW 2250 P. 02 4320 4000 E. info@tbaagedcare.com.au tbaagedcare.com.au Aged Care Financial Planning • Support to assist you in accessing government benefits and entitlements advisers you can trust • Planning your financial strategy for a transition to home care, retirement villages or residential care • Estate and taxation planning TBA Financial Services Pty Ltd (ABN 46 002 163 886) t/as TBA Aged Care Financial Advisers is an authorised representative and credit representative of AMP Financial Planning Pty Limited, Australian Financial Services Licensee and Australian Credit Licensee. 18 S EN I O R S O N T H E C OA S T