Friday 27th November 2015, Beachmere.
Yes it is now late November without a report for a couple of months. Several things have happened since last report, re-registered the car and transferred my license, had a couple of short trips in the caravan, set ourselves in with a new GP surgery, making plans to go back to Melbourne for Xmas, etc. etc. We changed our GP for several reasons: 1, the new super clinic in Caboolture is a lot closer, 2, we found out that the doctor we were seeing at Beachmere actually owned the clinic and this was obviously the reason she kept us coming back without real reason when it wasn’t necessary, and 3, we, or especially Linda, weren’t real happy with her anyway.
We have had a couple of trips with the caravan, one to Nanango with K & A and their new van to visit another pair of friends while there. We hadn’t intended going far because it was basically a test run for us as well. We are actually now at Beachmere on another trip, as short as it is, to visit the park managers as they finish up here at the end of the month. We were invited to the usual monthly Sunday breakfast, being their last, so we decided to come over for a couple of days anyway.
We are going back to Melbourne for Xmas, but will only be a short trip this time. We will not be taking the van, just driving down, because we intend bringing back the stuff we have stored in Narrelle’s garage and we will need all the room in the car. We are fairly busy from now for a while, but we are hopeful of getting away about 16th Dec, and arriving in Melbourne on 19th or 20th.
Friday 9th October 2015, Caboolture.
Well nothing unusual, it has been another month, and I am surprised I haven’t made a report since getting back from Bundaberg. We had a good trip to Bundy and the fuel economy was in fact much better, as would stand to reason. We caught up with Tony and Brenda, old friends from Tassie, while we were there as it has been a long time, and we did have a lot to talk about. I was very happy with the way the van performed with the less weight we are now carrying so it was a lot more stress free with the less worry about tyres and such.
Our mates K & A have bought themselves a small ‘A’ van, as they were finding the putting up a tent was a bit hard for them considering their ages. It turned up today and we dropped in for a visit just after he turned up at home with it. They are now looking very much forward to making trips now they have got it, and I no doubt think we will be joining them on occasions. We were also thinking that this type of van would actually suit us from now on as we only intend making short trip from now on, so if an offer without too much expense of swapping, for e.g. arose we would actually consider it I think.
Friday 11th September 2015, Bundaberg.
We have finally set off on our first trip since settling at Caboolture by going to Bundaberg. Filling the fuel tank will ultimately tell, but it is looking like we got a much better fuel economy on our trip today. The car wanted to go a lot better, pulling the caravan up steeper hills before having to go back a gear, and cruising a lot better. As a result we ended up travelling at a bit faster speed than usual, which wouldn’t help our economy, and we did have a bit of a tail wind. The trip back on Monday will be the tell though as we are forecast to have head winds, so it will be interesting to see both fuel economies.
What a trip with a difference: the actual trip was a lot easier with the van and car being a lot lighter, except for the rain almost the entire trip. We have had nothing but sunshine since settling in the house, now that we set off it rains. When we arrived at Bundy the wind was blowing hard, and apparently has been for a while and will be for a while, something we have just not noticed since we stopped travelling, and we have always absolutely hated wind. Another thing has got me reeling as well, and that is TV reception, sometimes I think digital TV was the worst thing they could have done. The other thing they could have done was get rid of VHF transmission because all trouble I have had is with this band. We are staying at a park we have not stopped at before and did note that the park has cabled all sites with TV, but no, I intended using my beaut new aerial that will work everywhere, and would you believe it will not pick up all available channels. This area has always been noted to be among the worst area in Australia for TV reception. In the process of trying to find out why, all test devices I wanted to use for fault finding had flat batteries, and you guessed it all spares are at home, and other pieces I wanted are at home. I did intend leaving all those at home because I did not intend doing any repair works at all while away this trip. Oh well, our main reason for making this trip was to visit Tony and Brenda, and we will do that tomorrow.
Wednesday 2nd September 2015, Caboolture.
Another month has passed as we are still settling in at the new house here. We have now settled in as much as we are going to, including Linda starting to plant her garden. Otherwise we have just been doing the usual things, except that I have had a procedure done on one of my big toes to partially remove a toe nail, something I should have had done many many years ago. It has almost healed now, after I overdid it last week and caused a little infection, so hopefully from now on I won’t have any trouble with that toe, then there is another one to think about somewhere in the near future.
The caravan is now rearranged for short trip travelling instead of living in, and the breaks have been repaired, so we are now ready for a trip of a different kind, short and temporary, which will happen in the next week or so. I am at present helping Adrian of K&A do some building work creating a cover for his caravan and annexe, so when this is complete we can head off. We are only planning a short trip for a couple of days as a test trip only, to test the different conditions the van and car will be in with the shedding of a lot of weight from each. This will then dictate when we will head off for something longer. I am planning on going to Bundaberg sometime in the near future to visit some old friend we haven’t seen for some time, and this will also give the new van arrangement another test.
Tuesday 28th July 2015, Caboolture.
Linda is back from Melbourne, much to her delight, too cold in Melbourne. We, or I, have had the heater going on occasions here for about two weeks in the middle of July and there so far has been no hint that we will need it on again. We are now very settled in and enjoying the space and comfort tremendously, well not quite so much with Linda with her month’s absence but it won’t be long. I have finally got the front yard sorted out and it only took me one day to complete all I now intend to do.
We have nearly fully furnished the house, without some things we are trying to convince ourselves whether we really need or not. So it is now get used to the different life style and find things to occupy our time that was automatically taken care of when caravanning with there being others always around. I will soon have to re-place the caravan in the driveway to do some maintenance, fix the brakes, before we decide to go touring again. It will need to be in the driveway on the concrete so I can climb underneath with a lot more comfort and safety.