Adventures and some disappointments.....all in a days' work!
9.10.14 - 10.11.14 21 °C
Since my last blog, not much has really happened but we have travelled such a long way - from Tewantin all the way back to Yackandandah, one of our special little spots. So special, in fact, that we've booked in here for Christmas and New Year.
Noosa was wonderful, and we thought we’d go back there for a few months next year - so I went to the nursing home, got a job, started work - and after 2 days I resigned. For several reasons, it was not the place for me! Seemed like the perfect place, 300 m walk to work from the caravan park, just so easy. However, not so. That is the shortest time I have ever spent in a job, and believe me, it was the most stressful thing that's happened so far.
So we left the beautiful Sunshine Coast, and found a little gem just north of Brisbane called Dayboro. The Showgrounds welcome travellers, for $15 a night, to stay up to 3 weeks. Set amidst beautiful hills and breathtaking scenery, it is so much nicer than staying in Brisbane, and only a 60km drive to the city if you must. Chris came for dinner and stayed the night under the awning in his swag, which made us very happy.
Then down to the Goldie to see Bill and Annie - to check out their beautiful new house and have a delicious meal and a wonderful catch up with them. Tallebudgera Creek, as usual, offered Joe the opportunity to get his board out and hit the waves - Perfect!
Now a 9 hour drive to Myall River Camp, another favourite spot. The paddle board off the van again, water quite cool, but the river is great for paddling, with no crocs or sharks. We did have regular visits from a dingo, which Reece described as "all ribs and dick". He didn't pose a threat, just visiting us campers. Penny and Reece stayed with us for a few days, and we caught up with all their news, lots of laughs, and a few drinks etc etc. We have met some fun (and funny!!!) people in our travels, and it’s just great to see these friends again, share stories and talk about best camp spots.
It's just a few hours drive to Sydney, so we thought we'd surprise the Heskeths and just turn up at the door. Parked at beautiful Lane Cove Caravan Park, we very excitedly made our way to their house, just 10 minutes away. We were met at the door by Amelia, shocked and horrified as she was all packed and dressed and ready to leave for a weekend in NZ, and some very excited children. Ollie came home to find us drinking wine in the kitchen, Amelia left for the airport so we had dinner together and headed off for an early night. So good to see them all, and we will see them again in just a few days.
So then a long drive, all the way from Sydney to Yackandandah. We parked on the side of the little river, and we have two perfect trees picked out, between which we will hang the hammock. The grass is green, the weather is perfect, the nights are cool, and we will just be happy to stay here for a couple of weeks over Christmas. Trevor and Shirley, the owners, are planning a barbecue for when we are back.
Prior to that of course, we have a few things to attend to - now we are in Melbourne to have a few warranty jobs done on the van. Then on Thursday we put the horse and buggy into storage for a month to fly to Sydney for a weekend, then to Launceston for 3 weeks, then to Adelaide for a few days. It will be so good to see everyone, family and friends, and to see our house at Legana which is empty at the moment. Our tenants have moved out and we are desperately seeking some new ones. However, it will give us a chance to see what needs doing and to tidy up the garden etc.
And more news - on January 18th we have a day sailing on The Spirit from Melbourne to Devonport. We thought that, as everyone keeps telling us what a great place Tassie is to travel in a van, we had better check it out. So onto the boat at 9am on January 18th, landing at Lou’s at Westbury to park the van for the night. We are very excited about this, and will love being back in Tassie, where hopefully it will be quite warm. We really have become acclimatised to the warmer weather. I'll get some nursing work while we're home and Joe will busy himself with gardens, etc. And of course, on days off, we'll travel around Tasmania for a couple of months.