Thursday 29th January 2009, Kilmore.
How time flies when you are enjoying yourself: It is hard to believe that we have been here for nearly seven weeks now. We are at present in the middle of a what looks like a week long heat wave with temperatures hitting the low 40’s for a couple of days and for a few more to come, it is now that we are very glad we fitted the air-con a couple of years ago. The heat is a rather dry heat and it is almost tolerable sitting in the shade of a tree with the breeze blowing, but not anywhere as good as sitting inside the van with the air on. Matt and I had planned on doing some work on their block during the late afternoon over the next couple of days but I now doubt if it will happen now due to the heat.
Thursday 22nd January 2009, Kilmore.
I have learned a lesson over the past week or so regarding servicing of ‘Tilly’ the truck. Let me put the reminder that this is basically the first new vehicle I have ever owned, with the exception that it was a demo vehicle before I bought it, and it is also the first diesel car I have ever owned. In the past twelve months of owning the vehicle I have been in areas when the services were due where there were no Ford dealers, so I used other mechanics for the services. When these were done my stipulation was that the services were to be book services thinking that if they weren’t fully familiar with the service requirements that they would look at my book, which was made available, but I have now learned that this was not the case as it has become apparent that several things have not been done in the previous services that were required. One very important thing was a check on valve clearance adjustments at 20K, and it was not done. I have since learned that this in particular is very important with diesel engines. I was also under the misbelief that dealers would probably be more expensive. After having several conversations with the local Ford dealers over the past couple of weeks here at Kilmore I have now decided that it is almost imperative that services be done at a dealer as they do have quality assurances to comply with when doing services so they will be done correctly and thoroughly, and it turns out they aren’t any more expensive than any other mechanic, with me also being happier that a proper job is done. So after having the car serviced at the local dealer today, from now on I will make a big effort to use dealers for servicing in the future, after all if I expect a long life from the vehicle the servicing has to be done properly.
Tuesday 20th January 2008, Kilmore.
Linda was put on the plane this morning and last I heard she has safely arrived in Tassie, I guess I will hear more when she settles in. I received an email from an old friend today who obviously reads the web site in depth, and had a query about a comment I made about giving up smoking while in WA and didn’t follow up on what happened, so here is the story. The tobacco I smoke is extremely hard to purchase once one travels away from major areas, and in the past I have arranged for a tobacconist to post me some upon request. Before the recent trip to WA I made a statement to Linda that “If I can’t buy tobacco I am not getting any sent on, I will have to give it up
Monday 19th January 2009, Kilmore.
We had a big family day yesterday with all the local family coming out for the day. There was a kids day out at an animal care farm called Edgar’s Mission and it was arranged for a family outing there, well for the women and kids anyway, as myself and the two Matt’s, son and son-in-law, went to Matt and Nelle’s block to do some work. Son Matt and family actually came out the night before and stayed over in a cabin so we got to see a bit more of them as we don’t get to their place that often being the other side of Melbourne. All had a good day, I think, and some prime time was spent all together before they all headed home. Linda is off to Tassie tomorrow for a week, so I am once again left to fend for myself. I would mention that with the things she has planned to do while there we apologise to those that she would have liked to visit but may not have the time.
Tuesday 13th January 2009, Kilmore.
Still not much to report on, I am sure you are not interested in every little detail of what we get up to, but we have spent time visiting family and spending time with the grand kids. I have also spent some time helping Nelle and Matt clearing their block ready for building and have enjoyed the exercise I have been getting, although at the time my body was telling me it wasn’t, and that will keep up as long as I have something to do there. We have also been looking around at different caravan parks we may wish to utilise next year when we return to Melbourne. Not that there is much wrong with the park at Kilmore but we may find somewhere else that is more suitable, having said that so far we have decided that Kilmore is the most suitable of what we have seen so far, but there is no harm in still looking.
Monday 5th January 2009, Kilmore.
I am at present re-learning all about physical work again with the wood cutting at Nelle and Matt’s block. I was surprised yesterday that Saturday’s effort didn’t stiffen me up as much as I expected, maybe there is merit in having a very hot shower straight away to relieve the stiffness. Matt left me with the chainsaw to maintain and organise a sharpening tool, after all he does work and it will give me something to do, and I did buy a file on a guide for touching up the chain. I am going to recommend to Matt what was suggested to me at the chainsaw shop, that the file will be sufficient to touch up the teeth, but an occasional sharpen by them will get it back into true shape. It was the surprise of the cost of the sharpen at only $13.80 that convinced me that it would be viable to go that way. After giving the chain a bit of a touch up and clean yesterday, and feeling free of stiffness, I decided to go back out there today and do some more, and now I really am feeling as though I have done something. Another hot shower and a days relaxation should see me fit enough to go back one day soon and finish off the little left to do, well little in the way of cutting, but there is then heaps of cleaning up and stacking the cut bits and rubbish etc. It is all fun though, bringing back the times when I used to cut our fire-wood, and I really do need the exercise, even though when I am finished it will probably be years before I do something similar again. We had a minor scare over the weekend when I tried to access my super account to check how it is going only to be told that the account number I was submitting did not exist. Naturally one does think of the worst scenario under the circumstances, but a phone call this morning revealed what I suspected was the problem, that my password needed resetting after a computer hiccup, so now is all back as it was much to our relief.
Saturday 3rd January 2008, Kilmore.
It’s been a while again but it is not as if we have been idly doing nothing, we have been spending time with family as we don’t get to see them often. Son Adrian is over from Tassie and has spent time with his sister Narrelle and with us, and he is at present at Geelong with other rellies until he returns back here for a few days before going back home on Saturday. Narrelle and son-in-law Matt have finally taken possession of their block of land and today I spent some time their helping rid the land of a few trees in readiness for building. I now reckon I am going to be stiff and sore tomorrow as I no doubt exercised a few muscles I haven’t used for a fair while. We have left some work there to do, so I can go back during next week and do some more, it’s all good exercise that I do really need.