24th November 2016, Caboolture.
I have been a little slack again in not putting words down. I have been away on another short trip to Tamborine Mountain, inland from the Gold Coast. Linda went to Melbourne for two weeks to do some baby-sitting for Narrelle and left me on my own again. K&A had already gone down to Tamborine in their ‘Nipper’ so I decided to go down for a few days for the company. I only went down for five days, and apart from a little sight-seeing, I really did not do anything at all, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am back now, and so is Linda, and we don’t look like taking the van out now for quite some time, like next year. One good reason I didn’t place any reports while away is that the mobile coverage was very poor down there, in a valley on the hillside, so consequently internet access wasn’t very good either.
1st November 2016, Caboolture.
Yes, we are back in Caboolture, as usual lately it is often forgotten to put anything down, especially when back home. We actually got back on Tuesday, but not without minor dramas. When I parked out the front waiting for Linda to open the gates I tested the temperature of the brake drums and one of them was quite hot. After talking to the people that did the rego safety inspection, the van is at present with them to find out what is wrong. I figured that if they were doing a safety inspection, they should have checked everything was ok, but their discussion today was that this is not generally the case, so to avoid big arguments they are doing a service today as the problem must be fixed anyway, and it will more than likely be at my expense.
Sunday 23rd October 2016, Toogoolawah.
What a place to be to relax and catch up with some rest. We are parked in the local showground, there are no caravan parks, and apart from concrete slabs it has everything that a caravan park has to offer, clean amenities, large grassed areas, reasonably level, power and water on poles scattered all over the place so one can have free choice of where and what angle to park. It is also much cheaper than any caravan park, so what more can one ask. There is a road around the grounds that is about a little over a kilometre, and it make a good walking track, which we are using quite regularly. I did come here with the idea that TV reception was going to be touchy, but that idea has gone by the wind as there is a new transmitter on a hill close by and reception is of a level I have not seen better anywhere. I did have some practice with setting up the satellite anyway, and I also learned a little more as well, that the signal level that shows on the meter before the satellite is tuned in is very much dependant on the LNB skew. The township is about 1.3K from the park so it is also within walking distance.
We went for a drive yesterday around Lake Somerset, not far to the East, and had another look as we have been there before. I had the idea that last time the water level was very low, so the idea was to see how full it was this time. It turned out to be quite a bit higher, and it was interesting to see how they have upgraded the local day use area, and it especially shows by the number of people using it.
Well back to TV now and watch the Gold Coast 600 supercars, it is a bit cool outside anyway.
Thursday 20th October 2016, Toogoolawah.
We are off on another short getaway for a few days, having jumped in the van and gone about 90 Kilometres inland on the Esk road to Toogoolawah. We have heard a bit about this Showground park and decided to check it out, and so far it is living up to all expectations, more on that later.
It has been more than a month since my last report, again, but as explained there won’t be many reports while at Caboolture.
Friday 9th September 2016, Caboolture.
We are back home again with mixed feeling of our past two weeks in the caravan. The cold nights didn’t help a great deal, and the first day at Jondaryan was almost a trip killer, and the insects at Laidley were intolerable. We should have expected, and I think we did, that the nights were going to be a lot cooler but I don’t think we expected it to be as cold as it did get. Jondaryan, as we discussed later between us and K and A, was a first impressions disappointment, and it was later said that if anybody suggested not staying there on day one we would have packed up and moved out. It turned out not to be too bad but was a bit over priced for what they provided. No water was available to each site, with only two taps provided to fill water tanks. The sites were too close together, but turned out not to be a great bother to us as after parking in the position we did it was convenient for us being close together, and their van ended up providing shade to our site late in the afternoon. Things that were advertised to be operating, weren’t, the festival starting the week after we left may have been the reason with all hands busy, but we did hear from other visitors that that was also the case a lot earlier. I am not sure whether that might just have been a case of people expecting too much. The other thing I didn’t mention earlier was the almost constant wind we endured during the two weeks away, none of us like high winds. Laidley, now this was a place we did enjoy, apart from the insect invasion we had one night. They were there most of the time, but in a tolerable number, but this particular night they simply completely took over the place. The wind was also hard to take here as well, but I did put up walls to counteract it on occasions so it was a little more tolerable. Other than this though Laidley was a nice place, and caravan park on the side of a lake, and after being asked by Adrian as to whether we would return there at any time, my answer was “I would most certainly consider it again”.
So now it is settle back into home life again until we think about going out again, or Christmas, whichever comes first.