Timber Creek to WA.  Australia 

After another hot night we we wake to a hot morning and the first rain we have had in months.  Calling it rain is a bit of a stretch as it lasts about 30 seconds and what had fallen was immediately dried out in the sun.

Having scored a drive through site we didn’t even have to unhook the van.  We only have to lock up and start the car before we are back on the road heading west to WA.

Huge stealth looking bus in camp.

The drive of around 200km takes us to the WA border where we have to show our permits and go through the usual quarantine check before being allowed in.  20 minutes later we have crossed our fourth border in six months.

We will stay in WA for four or five months before we head over another border in to South Australia.

We drive on to the town of Kununurra where we head in to the local Coles for supplies then we have the usual frustration of the north and wes where we have to wait until 12pm before we can buy alcohol.  At least its not as bad as the NT which was 2pm.

Now fully replenished we are back on the road and decide we need a nice place for a treat.  One of the best we have been to before is Lake Argyle and we cover the 70 km from Kununurra.

It’s kinda strange being back here after four years.  It seems the place hasn’t changed a bit and has retained arguably the best infinity swimming pool view in the country.

We are having to abandon our free camping purely due to the heat which is 40+ almost every day right now.  The forecast doesn’t show it changing anytime soon.  Both Max and ourselves are just about surviving by drinking a ridiculous amount of water.  Luckily Lake Argyle has power and so we run our aircon on just about permanently.

Within the park there is a walk down to the lake where you can have a beautiful swim which we decide to do.  There are 30,000 croc’s in the lake but all freshies no no worries unless you make the mistake of standing on one. This turned out to be a bit of a stuff up as my thongs decided to break half way down.  Then poor Max was getting his paws roasted from the rocks and sand.  When he got to the bottom he just sank in to the water looking like he was never going back.

 I dived in and cooled off and Kaz did the same trying not to think of how we would one, get Max back up and two, get me back up without any foot coverings.  In the end Kaz had to just grab Max and get up ASAP then wait for myself running up the hot coals to the safety of a sprinkler on a large piece of grass which helped put my foot fire out and poor Max’s paws.

Later in the afternoon we grabbed some refreshments then headed down to the pool area where Steve Case was entertaining everyone with his guitar and funny stories.

It was great to be kicking back as the sun was setting providing an amazing backdrop on the rocks and lake behind him.

We then decided to get in the pool and cool off once again before returning to Max in his air conditioned luxury.

In the evening we walked down to the restaurant/bar where we enjoyed a meal we didn’t cook on dishes we didn’t have to wash.  With the sun already gone and a nice cool breeze happening it was a treat to be people watching whilst listening to Steve Case do his more adult set of songs.

Then having had a pretty long day we returned to the cool of the van walked Max the it was lights out on a great day.

Camooweal to Northern Territory

Having left the Corrella Dam site we drove on to the town of Camooweal where we pull up another free camp which runs along Lake Canellan and is quite similar to the site we just left.  This stop is a great location being so close to the Northern Territory border.  This will give us plenty of time to complete our entry declaration allowing us to enter the state.

Today we are pretty happy to get off the road again as it continues to be windy and in fact we end up staying here for a couple of nights due to the high wind gusts.

There aren’t many people here and there is plenty of room and privacy.

When we came through Mount Isa to do some shopping I took the chance to head in to the local ARB dealer because when we drove to the cape and back we lost several bolts from our bull-bar.  This made the bash plates loose and were getting pretty noisy.  The guy at the ARB store couldn’tj have been better.  He apologised that this had happened even in tough conditions then promptly supplied the missing bolts for free!!  I then went in to BCF as the first time using the compressor we purchased the bag ripped itself apart,  The store swapped the bag for a new one without question again apologising that this had occurred.

Now with a couple of days without driving I took the time to fit the new bolts then checked all round the car in case there maybe more but thankfully there were none.

Later we had a visitor from another van who came over to chew the fat about where we were heading, where he was heading and the good oil for both directions.  He then told me that he and his wife are gold prospectors.  They travel Australia in search of gold nuggets and in fact have had considerable success.  So much so that they now use a $10,000 dollar detector which has paid for itself in a relatively short time.  It seems there are more and more people doing this on the road and hey we might even have a go one day without the $10k machine.

Finally the wind has dropped allowing us to move on.  We drive in we drive in to  Camooweal where we fill our water tanks then queue up to get fuel.  

Whilst filling up we notice a group of young people sitting in the shade with their bags and at the same time see a truck with a couple of vehicle’s on the back.  A girl from the group approached us asking if they could get a lift to Mount Isa but we have to say no as we are heading west.  She then explained that the vehicles on the truck were theirs and they were now stranded.  If we were headed that way we certainly would have helped them out but we left hoping someone picks them up.

At last we make our way to the border where we get stopped and have to show our completed border declaration then driving licenses before happily we can drive through in to the Northern Territory.

We drive on for a bit then stopped off for the night at a roadside rest area called Wonarah Bore where we could drive a good distance from the road which avoids some of the road train noise through the night.  We were the only ones here but later there were about eight vans.

Here there is no service for phones or tv but our bus mates had given us a box set of DVD’s from the series Love/Hate, it’s pretty gritty and came out in 2010.  This will keep us entertained at night as it is a five series box.

After a great night sleep we are back on the road now heading a bit further west before arriving at three ways roadhouse where we again fill up with fuel had lunch then headed north for a change on to the Stuart Highway.

We then repeated our stop like the previous night.  This time at the Old Cattle yard which looks exactly like its name suggests but again it’s a free stop with no problems and another great stop.  Max is slowly turning in to red dog due to the amount of red bull dust he is picking up.  

Friday the 24/09/21 we are the the last to leave but get back on the road north.  Today we will make it to the famous Daly Waters pub which has a campsite next to it.  We have been here before as it’s a good stop before Katherine.  On the way we  stop at the town of Elliot. We only stop as we have phone service but take the chance to have an early lunch before getting back on the road and later arrive at  Daly Waters Pub.

It feels funny being back here after our last visit four years ago and thankfully it hasn’t changed a bit with all the usual quirky stuff around.

We head straight to the bar but just to book a spot in the free camping section which puts us in with a variety of campers and back packer type vans which we prefer as they are a varied and chatty bunch just having fun.  

Having chosen a spot we get set up, awning out for some shade against the hot sun then went for a wander around the place.  Last time here we booked in for the famous beef n Barra food night complete with entertainment provided by an Elvis impersonator.  This time we don’t other now that we are full time travellers and need to tighten the spending.

We intended staying here for one night (Friday) but Saturday is the Australian Rules Football final.  We ask if the game will be shown on the big tv in the bar which is confirmed and we decide to book in for another night to make sure we see the game.

Later we head for the bar as happy hour is on from 4pm till 6pm.  Food is also not served until 6pm.  A couple of drinks later we order some food, Burger for Kaz and fish n chips for me.  The waitress asked me if I want the seperate salad which comes with the fish, I say yes please but i am yet to see it.

Later we take in a bit of the Elvis guy and the owner turns up with his horse who thinks it’s a dog as it follows him wherever he goes. The same can be said of the goat which wanders around as it pleases. Funny thing is there are no dogs allowed in some bits of the place but the horse and goat access all areas. The goat reared up at one stage in head butt mode on a poor dog that didn’t appreciate it. Thankfully it didn’t come near Max probably due to him showing his teeth to it earlier.

We then retire to the van and watch another episode of our Love/Hate DVD.

The Savannah Way West, Queensland

In the evening whilst at Pinnarendi Station, as nightfall descended we decided to light the fire pit in front of the van.  It had been stocked with enough wood for the evening by the owners.  When we arrived there was no one around in this area of at least two acres.

Then a couple who seemed decent looking but also looked like they were sleeping in their car and parked pretty close to us on the other side of the fire pit asked if I was aware that you can’t light fires on the ground.  I replied yes I was but the non powered side of the camp had three camp fires already designated as fire pits complete with wood, ours being one of them.  That is why we set up next to one.  He then tells me that if any smoke comes his way that I would have to extinguish the fire.  I replied, sure, 😂.  NOT.

The fire was lit and the troublemakers were in their car and lights out by 7:30 smoke free.

Thankfully the next day we woke to find them gone.  No doubt on their way to annoy someone else’s peace.  How un-Australian.

This morning we take the 3km walk around the property which is a massive cattle farm with at least three dams and it’s own airstrip!!  In fact the owner takes off in his plane to go pick up his two kids who are at school in Charter Towers.

We continue our walk getting to the Garden dam first then on to dam no2 where Max was allowed to take a dip in which he does whilst inhaling copious amount of the dam

as he runs around splashing about.

Shortly after we get to the big dam which as the name suggests is huge and was made by the property owners who want to have all sorts of  birds taking it over.

As the heat rises we head back to the the van for a large drink of water ourselves.

We then thought a treat was due so off we went to the cafe where we had great coffee, scone with Jam and cream and a piece of strawberry cheesecake all of which were delicious.

Later on there seems to have been a mass arrival, we have vans, motor homes and a tent parked around us but we are excited as the pizzas we ordered arrive and we both scoff in to them.  These are made on the property by Nadine then delivered to everyone’s sites by her two young sons.  These are magnificent with sourdough base with veg, herbs and everything else from the property then cooked in their wood oven, YUM.  There was no way we could finish them so they will be tomorrow’s dinner again.

Next day we are off and back on the Savanna Way westbound.  

We passed through the town of Mount Surprise.  The surprise to us was how small it was and we motored on.

Our intention was to stop at Georgetown but on arrival we didn’t feel any vibe about the place so once more we carried on straight through.  We would have liked to visit the Undara Volcanic National Park and the lava tubes but with dogs not allowed we had to drive past.

We took a stop off the road to visit the Cumberland Chimney and Mine for a couple of pic’s and a wee break. There is also a huge lake/dam with an abundance of birdlife.

With it getting in to late afternoon and the sun beating down at 38 degrees we arrived at the town of Croydon.  This little town is a fantastic place really trying to be bigger than it is with lot’s of things to see and do.  The people we met were just easy to talk to and pumped up about Croydon.  We headed for the tourist information where a lovely lady with a real funny quirky sense of humour talked us through the things not to miss.

We headed for the Heritage Precinct where as you would guess time has frozen the place but the original buildings etc have been restored.  Including the police station, jail and courthouse.  You can have a seat in the courtroom and listen to a trial played out on speakers.  This included the actual testimony and a few words had to be bleeped out from the defendant who was a woman  charged with being drunk and disorderly.  She was eventually sentenced to two months in jail.  There is also a museum documenting the towns mining heritage.  We then popped in to the local hotel which is the last bar standing where there were thirty eight in one street.  It was good to stay out of the heat and a the beer was so cold and refreshing.

Later we headed for the campsite a small bit out of town.  It’s nothing much with toilets, a shower and a few trees around for shade but on mostly level ground which is good.  It only costs $5.00 for two nights, good on Croydon for providing a place to stop bringing in some travellers dollars to the town.

We set up our awning then scoffed the pizza from the previous camp which were again delicious.  We were then joined by a couple of other folks travelling and we had a chat for a while before heading to bed this time with our fan blowing to help cool us off a bit.

In the morning we take a drive to the fantastic Belmore Lake two kilometres out of town.  Again a beautiful part of this place and if you are ever there do not miss it.

Later we take some pictures of the town from the viewpoint near the lake then head in to town to spend some dollars.

We grab breakfast with coffee at the little cafe in town and were served by a lovely French girl.  We then fuelled up before getting back on the Savannah Way this time we are heading to the town of Normanton where we will reunite with friends Karen and Helge we last seen in Kenilworth.

As we travel we are seeing some huge eagles flying above or feeding on the roadkill of pig’s and Kangaroos amongst others, there are plenty to choose from.  

Beach Drive on Sandy Point, Queensland.

A few pic’s of another beautiful beach drive at Byfield National Parks, Sandy Point. Dropped tyre pressures to about 20 psi. With new powerful spotlights fitted. We need to get moving further north to make Cape York before heading south again then west. Follow us at our Facebook Group – our wee journey, just send a request to join as the group is private.

Leaving Kenilworth Northbound

Finally the day arrived where we forced ourselves to leave Kenilworth.  We have had such a great relaxing time here where we met some really open minded funny people and enjoyed some laughs around the fire.  We know if we don’t leave now it would limit our time as we travel in relation to the heat followed by the wet season in the north of the country.

Before leaving we met up with Karen & Helge for breakfast.  We had a lot in common with them and our conversations always flowed easily.  We will definitely keep in touch as we continue our travels.

Todays road trip will sees us head to the coast for a change with Rainbow Beach the destination.

A mate of the O’Neills on the bus offered them an empty block to park at which our bus mates also offered to us which we grabbed.  We arrived at said block which was large enough to take both the bus, Landcruiser & caravan.  For once we arrived first due to the bus leaving a bit later.  The block was 3 streets from the beach and kind of level but was definitely a very sandy surface.  The neighbourhood looked pretty posh with some large houses with the usual boats and utes to tow them.  The immediate neighbour came out for a chat and offered us a power and water hook up from his house, amazing.  Across the road another one asked if we needed anything and where we were from.   We settled on a part of the block which we figured would leave enough room for the bus complete with trailer to reverse on to then went for a walk through the little town.  Feeling thirsty we headed in to the Deck a bar on a corner which had three levels.  The top level offered great views but as we had Max we could only use the ground level.  Still it was great, I had an alcoholic ginger beer and Kaz an Asahi. 

Deciding on some lunch we went to the local cafe chip shop where a lot of people were buying from.  One fish and chips was enough for us, we headed to the beach found a large rock to sit on then split our bounty between us.  Honestly both the fish and the chips were huge.  The fish was bright white, breaded and was lovely and thick but tender.  The view was pretty amazing with low tide and heaps of 4×4’s driving up and down.

By this time we reckoned our bus mates should be arriving soon so we headed back to the block.  Not long after the bus pulled in and surveyed the block.  Richo decided the best spot and decided to reverse on and up.  With lengths of wood placed to help lift it over the kerbs up it went reversing complete with trailer which had their Prado on board and that’s when it happened.

The heavy weight of bus and trailer combined to sink in to the deep soft sand where it remained bogged.  Poor Richo then had to dig around the rear driving wheels then tried to pull out with no luck as the wheel just spun without traction.  Luckily we have a pair of Max Tracks and take two involved stuffing them under the tyres where hopefully the would help to provide some grip but once again the wheel just spun.  Next idea was to try pulling it with our Landcruiser.  A snatch strap was added after out tow ball was removed and replaced by a heavier duty version.  With revs built up, the slack taken up, I floored it but the bus didn’t move an inch.  Rich then said “put it in 4 wheel drive” this done I selected the elec pwr option then floored it again.  This time the Landcruiser roared, gripped then dragged the bus on to the Max tacks with wheels spinning pulling it forward and out of its bogged position.  The bus was then removed from the block, parked back on the bitumen of the street to the amazement of the neighbours who had assured us that that car will not pull that bus out.  This then left the trailer with Prado on board to be removed which was completed easily.  Of course by this time we now had nowhere to stay tonight but Rachael had shown smarts and called the Big4, we grabbed two large sites then had to ask them to wait until we arrived as closing time was in 10 minutes.  Then with everything hooked back up including our van we all raced for the Big4.  The girl at reception had stayed past her finishing time to book us in, what an absolute legend.  To say a beer was needed would be an understatement.  This kind of drama we don’t want to repeat but at least we know we can get ourselves out of it if it does reappear. With darkness descending we get our sites set up and for a change have a welcome early night.

After a great and peaceful night where we slept like logs we take Max for a walk down to the boat ramp which is adjacent to the site.  On a beautiful sunny calm morning there are heaps of boats being dropped in to the water as each heads out hoping to land that dreamed of catch.  

We however have our minds on our own catch which is a bacon and egg roll complimented by a cup of hot coffee for me and tea for Kaz.  Max will enjoy his usual feed before waiting on the scraps from us.

Having only booked in for one night it’s up to the office to stay another night which is no problem and a bonus that we don’t need to change site.

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XTend Outdoor Annex, Kenilworth Cheese

Having tried to fit our new annex to the van when we arrived at Kenilworth which was getting close to a divorce situation we have Colin from XTend Outdoors coming to ensure everything is fit for purpose.  Colin will also fit the all new walls which are now the correct size.  He ensures us that when he leaves the awning will be fitted correctly with no missing pieces.  True to his word he steps us through the entire operation with every piece gliding together easily due to being the correct size this time.  We set up our new space which gives us double the space of the van with chairs, table and matting to keep us off the grass.  

we also had a go at putting out our roof top tent and amazingly it all went well.

Hopefully this is the last item to be fixed although we have ordered an Armax Snorkel for river crossings which we will have fitted in Cairns North Queensland.  Richo our bus mate has also ordered diff breathers for our Landcruiser and his Prado.  Having celebrated my birthday a few days ago Kaz picks up an item at the post office which turns out to be a cracking set of spotlights for the Landcruiser.  These lights are huge and will turn night in to day with their projected light being up to a claimed 1.7M.

Later we finally take the chance to head to the Kenilworth dairy where they have a little cafe called Poppa’s serving cheese tasting box, snacks, ice cream and a huge selection of gourmet cheeses.  The milk is also the best we have tasted with a rich cream flavour reminding us of our school milk from 50 years ago. We go for the cheese tasting box with a ham, cheese and tomato toasted sandwich. The only cheese we didn’t like was the garlic we also added crackers at $2.00.

Having scoffed that lot we then grabbed some delicious ice cream, Lime and Coconut for me and English Toffee for Kaz both large double servings.

Afterwards we headed over to the Charity shop as our last sales item, the double blow up bed with two pumps didn’t sell so we donated it to them in the hope the sales goes to someone needy.

A while back we chatted to a couple Karen & Helge who were here then left then came back again.  That evening we walked over to their site, had a couple of drinks, a chat and all sat round a great fire.  Karen is Scottish, Helge is German and we actually know Karen’s family from way back in Scotland, talk about a small world.  We had a great night but it seemed to be over in a flash and off to bed we trotted.  

During the night we heard the rain begin and by 3.00am it got really heavy.  We were glad to be tucked up in the van and not in a tent as some people would be.

When morning arrived as usual there was sunshine after a storm but the rain had poured under our just fitted annex and the water had got through our floor matting.  This turned the place in to a pond which we attempted to drain without wearing shoes.  Admitting defeat we had no choice but to drag everything outside then remove the annex to let the sun dry the entire area.  At least this time we could pack all the pieces away correctly marking their positions for reassembly.

With everywhere wet we decided to head out and take a drive to the coast.  We headed for the town of Mooloolaba which we have visited several times over the years.  It’s a lovely small holiday area with the usual waterfront high rises and apartment blocks sitting on the esplanade which itself has lines of bars and restaurants.  One of my favourites is the Lifesaving club which as you would expect sits high just of the beach with fantastic views and people watching position.  As we have Max with us this time we have a good walk along the beach, the esplanade then back to the car.  On the way back we decide to head to Bunnings again as the video we watched showing how to fit a clothes line to the awning was not not suitable for ours.  We kept most of the parts but added a couple of bits which are more suited to our application.  We will have a go at this in the coming days.

On WikiCamps our travelling bible we were alerted to a review written about the Showgrounds we are at.  On opening it the author was having a moan about tents not being allowed on site.  This might be a valid point but as he proceeded to have a go at people who have large vans and four wheel drives that he couldn’t afford.  It seemed to me he had just lost any sympathy I had.  He then went further to call our bus mates rednecks.  We found this funny but again nothing to do with his original point.

We moved site to the river end of the camp to enable the Queensland Caravan Club to take over the entire centre section of the camp.  One by one they started to arrive and it seemed there would be even more to arrive but apparently they had around 36 cancellations this was either due to COVID or they had seen the weather forecast.  

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Birthday, Roof Top Tent, Late Night

In a few weeks time our plan is to be ready to drive up to Cape York.  With this in mind we had a rethink about our ground tent and decided we would rather be off the ground.  With this in mind we got on to the 4WD Superstore to check out some rooftop tents.  Deciding on a 4 person one complete with awning we got the card out and confirmed that we would collect at our nearest store on the Sunshine Coast.

This entailed a drive of about 50 minutes which was really easy.  The guys at the store helped us get it out of the packaging as we could fit it there and then.  This sounded great to us but when it was unwrapped then thrown on to our roof rack the two guys left us on our own to fit it.  This was never going to happen.  We just put our ratchet straps on and headed back to Kenilworth.

Richo our bus mate has one of these tents on his Prado.  He knows his way around them and was a blessing when he fitted ours with a tiny bit of assistance from me.

Richo and Rachael not only printed some stickers for the Land cruiser and caravan promoting our online sites but also fitted then as well.  

The ground tent we advertised and sold very quickly on Marketplace to a great buyer who turned up on time and without drama.  Next to go was the fire pit we purchased as we are sticking to our somethings in equals something out plan and once again bought by a top bloke.

We also had to move as the site we are on was booked out by the Queensland caravan club who are also taking over the middle of the entire camp area we are in.

On the 5th of July we celebrated my birthday.  I have to say I have never had so many people come and wish me happy birthday as I have at this camp.  From kids to adults all took time to celebrate it.  I also received many birthday wishes from home in Scotland and from Facebook friends.  Also a jazzy birthday collaboration from Brian, Rhonda and Keelen back in Geelong which was funny to watch.  Our bus mates surprised me with a 1kg donut cake complete with candles and gifted me an amazing personal stubby holder.  

Later we went to the local pub and enjoyed some food with great company.  Drinks were enjoyed including a wicked cocktail which was too easy to drink.  Later we returned to the big bus which has a wicked gazebo.  A fire was lit, we had some great tunes, a singalong and were joined by another couple of travellers and had some great laughs.  Amazingly and stupidly we eventually headed for bed at 2:30am!!  

Not the best pic but you get the idea.

Me Richo and Joe were the last men standing in fact we were the last ones period as all the smart people went to bed hours earlier.  It was however a great day and night which we all enjoyed.

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Bunnings, Brisket Pies and COVID

Having survived another night of constant rain which still continues this morning, we have to venture outside on to the saturated grounds to give Max a walk.

Then having watched a video by trip in a van on YouTube showing a simple way to add a washing line to an awning we head to Bunnings in Gympie.

Having collected all the bits required we head back via the town of Imbil once more.  

There is a Deli in town who produce fantastic gourmet brisket pies which we are dying to try.  We did try before and the place was closed but this time we are in luck as we catch it just before it closes.  Our luck is in again as there are only two of the pies left.  

Instead of going straight back to Kenilworth we sit in a little covered wooden gazebo in the town and tuck in to the pies.  I can confirm that they didn’t disappoint and taste amazing with fluffy pastry, a crispy crust and stuffed with chunks of melt in the mouth brisket covered in a tasty gravy.  Definitely recommend these, they are delicious.

Amazingly on the way back the rain stops which is very much welcomed.  It will at least help the grounds lose some of the water but will take several days to dry out.

We then get news that a person with COVID has visited Kenilworth.  We are yet to find out exactly where in the town but rumour has it that it might have been the pub.  The advice is to monitor yourself and if any symptoms at all, then get tested immediately.   We will have to keep watch in case the advice changes and tests are ordered which would result in a 14 day quarantine for us.

tonight our bus mates informed us they were having a quiet one tonight just as we were about to tell them the same thing. Tomorrow we will be up early and head to the coast to collect an item we have purchased.

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Queensland, The Rain Coast

We woke to the news that the lockdown in our area will end tonight Friday the second of July at six pm.   Can’t say if affected us much as we are staying here for another nine days anyway but it is fantastic for the businesses around the tiny town.  

Last night as usual we headed over to the O’Neills on the bus, where Richo and Rachael had invited us to grab a plate then tuck in to an amazing lump of beef cooked on their Webber bbq.  This was accompanied by honey glazed carrots, garlic hassle back potatoes and a beautiful gravy.  All devoured in front of a flaming fire out in the open air.  (well under the massive gazebo).

As the night went on we were joined by another couple who we hadn’t met before.  They are from Victoria and like us travelling Australia but in their case only for one year.  It seems that we will are all pretty much heading in the same direction including Cape York at the very top of Queensland.  As usual the night went on a bit and we ended up calling it a night about eleven thirty.

Next Day

As the heading suggests, the Sunshine Coast is certainly not living up to it’s name as there has been a large amount of rain falling and the ground is getting pretty soft in a lot of areas.  The forecast states that the rain although not that heavy but constant will last until Monday at least.  Works for me as that is my Birthday and we should be able to get out and about.  Amazingly for us, there is a pub in town and we have yet to step inside.  It might be a day to fix that.

Max our Border Collie remains a bit on edge and not his usual self.  There are a few children around which Max tends to bark at and given the chance might even have a chew at.  This is becoming a bit of an issue for us as the last thing we want is for him to bite someone but it’s almost impossible to guard him for every second as people, particularly kids are drawn to his puppy cute looks.

Tonight Kaz has made a tasty chicken and mushroom risotto which is devoured by everyone.

Tonight is another footy night round the fire at the big bus.  The Geelong Cats (our team) win against Essendon.  Which gets the Cats get back to winning ways.  The game is being in part overshadowed by the persistent rain.  Joining us under the O’Neills gazebo where we are sheltered from the rain and heated by a fantastic fire are Greg and Sherrie the people who are travelling Australia for a year with kids in tow.  It’s great fun swapping stories, destinations and having a good laugh.

We then watched as a new van arrived after the 6pm lockdown had just passed.  The poor people were setting up a little pop top van in the dark and were doing well till another burst of rain arrived sending them running for shelter as the rain extinguished their fire.  Tomorrow the rain is forecasted to be the heaviest with the risk of a storm !!

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