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What an incredible weekend of activity we had over the long weekend, it feels like Tuesday to me today with people heading back from enjoying the coast on Cup Day. The surfing conditions were exceptional and car parks at our favourite beaches were full.

For local shoppers, all the big surf brands had clearance sales on in Torquay, making way for the new summer season. There are still some great bargains to pick up, so if you’re looking for a new wetsuit, bathers, beach wear, I can highly recommend the retail outlets at ghanda, quicksilver, rip curl in Baines Cresent. I bought a fantastic summer wetsuit for only $80 and retail at $199, of course I just went for the one that looks the best rather than most suitable for the conditions!

There were plenty of visitors at all the open for inspections over the weekend, all very positive signs for the upcoming summer. The only slight hitch I’m experiencing at the moment is with finance and the length of time the banks are taking to process and approve loans. I just had one that took 4 weeks to be approved and another loan that fell over on a property this week. So I can highly recommend for anyone that may have had pre- approval a while ago to perhaps go back to confirm nothing has changed or put yourself in a position to have all your documentation up to date. Whilst so many people are pointing the finger at the Royal Commission, I think conditions have slightly changed around finance generally.

This Sunday is Remembrance Day and along with all the amazing service men and women that sacrificed so much for our beautiful country, I’m also thinking about the war horses. I felt so sad that the horse I backed for the Melbourne Cup was injured and lost its life on the track. I had been talking about my favourite numbers and names, stars and angels and then that horse end up passing over to another pasture in the spirit world. It really put a negative vibe around the whole horse racing industry. Regardless of that, I understand that with any industry there are always negatives and we hope the positives shine through.

I’ll be lighting a candle at 11am on the 11th of eleventh & sending a blessing & gratitude for our coastline, our country and our health and happiness.  I love this Poem ‘in Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae.


In Flanders fields the poppies blow

Between the crosses, row on row,

That mark our place; and in the sky

The larks, still bravely singing, fly

Scarce heard amid the guns below.


We are the Dead. Short days ago

We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,

Loved and were loved, and now we lie,

In Flanders fields.


Take up our quarrel with the foe:

To you from failing hands we throw

The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die

We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

In Flanders fields.


Have a beautiful weekend. Look forward to seeing you at the open for inspections and private appointments

Kind Regards


Kellie Saddington

Branch Manager



Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th November 

98 Harvey Street Sat & Sun 1.30 – 2.00

59 Seventh Ave Sat & Sun 12.30 – 1.00

16 Charles Street  Sat & Sun 11.30 – 12.00

10 Charles Street Sat 11.00 – 11.30

8 Eagle Street Sat 12.30 – 1.00

9 Evans Street, Sat & Sun 10.00 – 10.30 


49 Grinders Ave  Sat 11.30 – 12.00 & Sun 2.30 – 3.00pm

Private Inspection

23 Holmwood Ave, Anglesea

46-48 Eighth Ave, Anglesea

9/137-141 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea


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