Thursday 30th December, (Stanley).

Linda did go for a walk up the Nut this morning, before breakfast actually, and swears to do it every day. I am not sure how stiff and sore I am going to be tomorrow after the walk yesterday so tomorrow will see if I walk up with her this time, it won’t be before breakfast though.

We went for a drive to Burnie today to do some shopping and stopped at a few scenic places on the way, such as Table Cape, and one starts to realise that one has taken the scenery in Tasmania for granted. Now one is travelling as a tourist he is seeing things in a different light, and it does compare, if not better, than anything on the mainland.


Tuesday 28th December 2004, (Stanley).

A move today sees us now at Stanley on the north west coast. We moved here for a week to have some time to ourselves, and give us a chance to get some exercise by climbing up the ‘Nut’, a large mountainous feature right next to the township. There is a chairlift up the Nut as well but we do not intend using it.

I was quite surprised with our apparent fuel economy on the trip today especially seeing the hilly terrain is not conducive to providing a good economy at all. We must have the van loaded to a good configuration again, so hopefully this will help when we get back to the mainland. I have taken the bikes off the back and we have once again offloaded some non-used weighty things.

Wednesday 29th December, (Stanley).

I had forgotten how picturesque Stanley was, but then it is years since I have been here and it was for other than tourist reasons.

Yesterday was horrible as far as weather was concerned, so we didn’t do a great deal apart from set-up, but today was a much different story. The sky was clear and the sun shone, so it was an ideal day for a walk up the Nut. This is where the spectacular scenery stood out so much. The walk up the hill is quite steep and so is good for walking exercise; hence we have decided to do the walk several times while here. Linda made the statement today that she is going to do it every day, we will see.


Monday 27th December.

I can hardly believe it has been two weeks since putting pen to keys. All that has happened in the fortnight past has been just family things, grandkids that is, so I guess there has been no real need to write anything.

Christmas is now over so hopefully we can settle down to a somewhat normal visit, meaning we might get a chance to do some visiting other than immediate family.

Matthew has reinitialised my interest in satellite TV reception as he has fitted one at home. He actually sells and installs them, mainly from what I see to his church friends, and the cost of a dish and decoder is a lot cheaper than Abrolga’s quote a few years ago. I am trying to find a little more information about renting channels before I make a final decision. Maybe I will enquire of Abrolga again.

Now that we have seen out Xmas, and spent some time with the kids, we have decided to have some time to ourselves so we are off to Stanley tomorrow for a week and then intend to return to Launceston for a further couple of weeks.


Monday 13th December.

I had a very enlightening day today after visiting old boss Tim Arnold and some old workmates at the work depot. I visited Tim to give him my old printer that expired earlier this year, as he wanted to use it for experimenting as to how they work, and to just have one he can pull to bits and play with without having to worry about damaging it. While there we discussed, and worked out, a few questions and queries I had with my laptop and as usual I left there with some new ideas that could be of use in the future.

I also visited the old work centre and met some old mates. This was worthwhile as several of them indicated great enjoyment receiving my regular reports, so I now have no problems with sending them as I now know they are being read and taken notice of. It was very enlightening to know that one David Caunce was deliberately saving all my reports as he intends in the future to do some travelling and he indicated that the reports may give him an advance idea of what to expect in some of those travels.

It was a pity that I was so late getting to the work centre as Linda was in town waiting for me to pick her up so I had to cut my visit short, oh well I guess I will just have to go back one day for another visit.


Sunday 12th December.

We are settled in now, and the site we are on this time seems to be possibly the most comfortable we have had in this park. We have noticed the park prices have settled down a little this year, after the high prices of last year when there were a lot of tourists in the state.

There is new management in the park this year, as the previous took ill and had to give up, so we have lost the low price we were offered before, but the present cost of this park is reasonable again.

We have done some long-term maintenance while here, such as power cord and water hose replacement. We have been using them for the five years we have had the van so we considered they were due for replacement even if still in good condition. The water hoses were suspect though as one actually burst while in Melbourne, it may well have been damaged by others traversing the grounds though, as they did, but we now have new hoses that should last another five trouble free years.

I made a good purchase of a small fridge just before leaving Melbourne and should have a power cord for it tomorrow so I can put it to a full test. I visited Big-W at Broadmeadows on the way back from dropping Linda at the airport and spotted a small cooler/heater fridge that was a display model and actually had a minor amount of damage, I have since fixed. I asked them to get some details on the unit, such as price, and he returned saying that he could not find that model listed in the computer, so I offered them $60.00 as is, and they accepted. I have since found from the Internet that this model’s recommended retail price was $199.00 so if I have to spend another fifty or so on power cords and supplies I will have still gotten a good deal. I will have to do some extensive tests on the unit to find how it actually runs to determine how much power it will use so I can ascertain if it will be suitable for our purposes, especially when camping. If it turns out to be unsuitable I should be able to sell it and get a return on my investment.