27.11.13 26 °C
It's so long since I've written I can hardly remember what we've done. We've been in Adelaide staying with Marion, catching up with Joe's family, lots of family meals and fun. It's been so nice with Marion, she has made us so welcome. I love seeeing Joe with Marion and Trixie, his two sisters.
The big news is.....we have sold our caravan! So we are homeless for a few months, until we pick up our new van in mid March next year. We sold the van in Ceduna to some friends of friends who have been keen to buy a Crusader van, timing was perfect and Kerry and Margie picked the van up on Monday. We spent a fair bit of time packing it up into boxes and cleaning it inside and out till it sparkled. Our stuff is stored at Andrew and Ann's in their shed. The new van will have more outdoor storage for Joe and a slightly different layout inside. Amazing how ideas change after a year of living in the van. We are already missing the caravan life, but just looking forward to our next trip.
So we've been up to Mt Lofty in The Adelaide Hills for a few days, where we walked in the Botanic gardens, did our Christmas shopping, visited a few wineries and just enjoyed the area.....one of the nicest places we have been in this big country. The gardens are stunning, roses in full bloom, rhodos and camelias just finishing. The wineries are all looking their best, but it's just starting to dry out. The wheat harvest is nearly over, hay is baled and there's a nice prosperous feel about the place.
So we flew to Sydney on Monday to stay with Ollie and Amelia, Will, Ruby and little Poppy Jill. So good to get to know these kids again, spend time with them and for them to get to know us again. We are just spending time at home, playing, gardening, cooking and just relaxing. Ollie ordered 4 kgs of tomatoes instead of 4 tomatoes from Coles, so we are trying to be inventive with tomatoes! Delicious Tomato and Carrot sooup today, maybe stuffed tomatoes this evening, tomatoes on toast for breakfast, pasta sauce, roasted tomatoes and the list goes on!
From here we are back to Adelaide to pick up the car, drive to Melbourne where we will visit the Crusader factory and finalise the order for the new van, stay with Ingrid, hopefuly see Tim and Helen, and it will be time to drive onto The Spirit on December 12th. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Tas, house sitting for Jo and Stu, Christmas with family, catch up with Vicki and the staff at the salon, and seeing what's changed over the 14 months we've been away.