We're just back from a wonderful holiday in a houseboat on the mighty Murray River.
I'm not really a boat person, but the thought of an enforced rest, on the water, in a well equipped houseboat was too good to resist.
And it was all that we imagined.
The house boat had every mod con ... including a spa on the top deck.
We moored in a picturesque spot and easily slipped into the gentle pace of life on the river.
Cooking, reading, chatting, swimming ... with an afternoon snooze most days.
I even had time for some embroidery.
And the weather was amazing ... while elsewhere in Australia was suffering with floods and torrential rain, we were blessed with blue skies and hot sunny days.
We holidayed with James' brother, his wife and their two boys - who are very much into boats.
They waterskiied every day and Eliza got into the swing of things very quickly.
And the Murray itself was beautiful.
I never tired of looking at the view and the changing moods of the river.
A relaxing and memorable holiday. We loved it.
But .... it's back to reality now with work tomorrow and the piles of holiday washing!