It is SUCH a long time since I blogged, I can hardly remember where we've been and what we've done! I actually wrote a long blog a few weeks ago,which took me 2 hours - but if the internet isn't strong enough it doesn't save and it gets lost! Somehow it's never the same when I have to rewrite it!
What I do know is that we didn't go to Uluru, Longreach or Winton - we went all the way back down the coast to Noosa. We met up with Ros and Paul who were on a road trip for 6 weeks, escaping the winter and getting some much needed R & R. We had lots to talk about, lots of eats and drinks, and lots of fun. Joe and Paul paddled each morning on the beautiful Noosa river. We all lunched at the amazing Thai Spirit House at Yandina, where we shared some of the most delicious Thai food we've ever had. Tucked away amongst the bamboo, the path takes you to another place.....the restaurant surrounding a water lily filled lake, it felt like we were in Thailand. A great experience, and one we will repeat.
We had a flying visit from Lou and Scotty, while on a business trip. They tried to surprise us, but Private Investigator Jill caught them out on Find Friends. It didn't spoil the surprise or the fun night we had with them.
Katie Jo brought Ella and Georga up for Georga's 21st so we had some fun with them, introducing them to our favourite spots. We spend so much time in and around Noosa we really should just buy a place!
We had to go to Tewantin Caravan Park as our usual spot on the river was all booked out. It's ok, but we have to get in the car to go anywhere, we can't see the water, and we probably won't go there again. When we left Noosa we headed to Dayboro to catch up with Chris. He brought his van up for a night on the start of his camping trip, and we had a great catch up. Dayboro's a country town about 50 kms northwest of Brisbane, great pub, the best sausage butcher and the showgrounds where we stay for $20 a night with power and water. The view from the show ground is towards the D'Aguilar Range and Mount Mee. The land is lush, with avocados and pineapples aplenty, and healthy, fat dairy cows with the grass growing up to their bellies. We were lucky to have lunch and a rendezvous with Mark and Max at Eaton's Hill - it's always good to see these two and catch up on their news. Max has written a book which I'm looking forward to buying when it's published.
On our way to Coffs Harbour to have our awning replaced we found a little place called Nana Glen - somehow we got onto the wrong road, and found ourselves on a very narrow gravel track, cows all over the place, nearly out of diesel and not a servo in sight, getting late and tempers frayed!! Sometimes that just happens when you get off the highway. Anyway, we got to Nana Glen, found some diesel and spent a night at the show ground, with the caretaker, John, for entertainment. Apparently Russell Crowe has 320 ha in Nana Glen, where his parents live.
So from there to Bellingen, a small town on Waterfall Way in the mid north coast of NSW. We found another show ground, where there were all sorts of horsey events to keep us amused. It's a quaint little town with an eclectic feel and a diverse population, gorgeous restaurants and shops, a great Sunday market and perfect weather.
Now to Sawtell to spend a few days with Oliver and his family.....we've never been camping with them before and we had lots of fun, watching the children, eating and drinking, chatting and just catching up. Everyone had a go on Joe's paddle board at a fantastic spot on the river. All too soon it was time to leave, and we headed to another of our favourite spots, Myall River Bush Camp. So it was school holidays and a long weekend and the camp ground was packed! We haven't experienced that before, where we had our neighbour parking his car virtually under our awning!! We could hear the neighbours talk, swear, drink and everything else that goes on while camping. The ground was wet and muddy, the toilets were stinky and they charged $30 a night with no power and limited water. We only stayed 2 nights and we will go there again, but NEVER in school holidays.
Headed for Sydney then to help with the children while Oliver had his back operation - more beautiful time with the children, Ollie's back all fixed and we were back on the road towards Melbourne. We had a few great free camps on the way, a top spot in Gundagai by the river, and B Crossing Reserve at Seymour, also by the river. Chilly, but a lovely camp fire always warms us up. And on to Epping to leave the van at Crusader for another few warranty jobs - unbelievable, but true. They had it for a week while we drove to Adelaide to stay with Marion. As usual we had a lovely visit with Marion and Trixie, and caught up with lots of Joe's family, and with Colin and Betty for lunch.
Back on the road to Melbourne to pick up the caravan, 8 1/2 hours of driving, knitting, and listening to our new audiobook, Outlander. We treated ourselves to a night at Daylesford in a cute cottage just to break the trip. Then on to Epping to check that all the jobs had been completed on the van before heading to Gary and Dave's farm at Talbot for a few relaxing days in this lovely gold mining area, surrounded by historical towns and houses. Dave treated us to delicious meals cooked in his outdoor oven, while we sipped the best wine on the planet.
And so to Tasmania, our Island Home. The newly refurbished Spirit of Tasmania didn't seem much different to us - only that they've taken away the nice restaurant and the comfortable chairs. Anyway, we had a calm crossing and landed on time in this beautiful place. Straight to Muddy Creek Road to camp in the driveway while mowing, trimming, weeding, clipping, painting and tarting our house up ready for the new tenants. Great to see all our neighbours while we were there, find out what they've all been up to. Now we're back at Westbury in Lou and Scotty's beautiful walnut orchard. Apart from a week of windy, cold weather when it actually snowed, we haven't been too upset by the weather. Joe's back to helping the girls in their gardens and I always find something to do about the house.
We're in Tassie until mid March, so hopefully, after Christmas, we might get about and see a bit of this beautiful Island Home