Thursday 25th September 2008, Toodyay.
The same old thing with caravan parks has happened to me once again: I went to the office today to pay for another week, as I have decided to stay here until Linda returns from Melbourne, mainly due to the cheap rates they quoted me. Oh, they said, our peak period starts tomorrow and the rate has now increased by $50.00 per week. This happens too much, not telling people the rates are due to increase until it is time. I had originally thought of moving somewhere else but being about half the rate here as anywhere else I had thought of going to, I decided I may as well stay here. The higher rates here are still cheaper than elsewhere so I will still stay here, but no matter how much arguing on this matter the park owners always stringently defend themselves and their decision, they have got us right where they want us and there is nothing we can do about it. It annoys me that the reason for the peak period is ‘school holidays’, but I am not here because it is school holidays, I am here because I just chose to come here.
On a lighter note: I went for a drive yesterday to a small town I had heard a bit about called York, being a town that has preserved its old buildings. This is true as the old buildings are really in good condition, and as several other towns in this area they boast being the first settled inland town in WA. There is also a good motor museum in the town that is well worth a look at, it is not very large but they do have some very good displays.
The weather here has been a little erratic since I have been here with Monday and Tuesday nights being extremely cold, with Monday night being the coldest September night on record, then yesterday I even thought of turning on the air-conditioner it was that warm. Today it has turned to rain, and looks like lasting for a few days, so it looks like a rest period for me.