Saturday 26th September 2009 Dalby.
Another move sees us now at Dalby (see map) inland from Toowoomba. Again we have been here before, but we have enjoyed our couple of previous visits, and there are some good walks in the Bunya Mountains Nation Park we would like to do or do again. We are at present experiencing another dust storm coming from inland, it is not as bad as the one last week but it is still lung choking. I did manage to almost completely setup the annexe, and all, and watch most of the AFL Grand final, although I am not really into AFL, our son follows St Kilda so it was almost a must watch. Now it’s time to publish this post and see if internet speeds are any better here.
Thursday 24th September 2009, Esk.
As most would know from news reports we experienced a very bad dust storm here yesterday, well it wasn’t just here it was all up the east coast from Sydney area to most of the Queensland coast. Supposed to be the worst since 1970 or so it didn’t seem to be as bad here as reported to be in Sydney and on the Gold Coast, but it was bad enough to reduce visibility quite substantially. We planned to meet up with friends Kay and Adrian, and Les and Jan while we were all in the area, and arranged to meet at the Wivenhoe dam picnic area for a get-together picnic and the visibility was that close that we couldn’t see the water in the lake from the picnic area which is on the edge of the lake. Everyone in the area is busy this morning cleaning up the dust as it settled absolutely everywhere, we made the mistake of leaving all the windows open while we were away so there is no need to explain how much cleaning we had to do when we returned. It was nice catching up with the others again as this will be the last time we get to see them for a while, especially Les and Jan as they have now permanently settled in Nanango near Kingaroy because they realise their travel days have just about come to an end. Kay and Adrian are planning a trip to Victoria this summer so we might just catch up with them while there. After filling in the week so far quite well we now have a couple of days to relax before we make our next move to Dalby, we look like having to leave reasonably early on Saturday as Linda has indicated that she would like to watch the AFL grand final so we will have to be set up before it starts.
Monday 21st September 2009, Esk.
We are now settled in at Esk, as much as we want to be anyway, meaning we haven’t bothered putting up the full annexe, only the roof to just enjoy the openness for a change. We wonder when the spending money bit may ease up, as the second fridge, the Waeco, has started playing up, it is starting to show similar symptoms as it did when it failed a couple of years ago. We have had the Waeco for 6 ½ years and it has been continuously in use, although I would have thought it would have lasted a bit longer than that I guess that this is not such a bad life. We were faced with a coupe of options:- 1/ find someone to repair it, and the last time it was in for repairs it took a couple of months and we don’t have that sort of time to spare as we are on the move. 2/ buy a new one, which seems like the better option, seeing the old one has cost us an average of about $120.00 per year, these fridges are not cheap, and I figured if it is going to play up every couple of years and cost us about that amount for repairs, we may as well buy a new one and hopefully get enough years at that cost trouble free. The second option was the preference and we went for a drive today to Toowoomba and purchased one. It is a 35 litre instead of the 50 we had and a little smaller in height only of the amount that wasn’t getting used anyway, and I got a good deal as it was a demo model with no packaging, so it is now in the back of the car and keeping our drinks cold again. The old one is still working, in a fashion, so we have decided to put up with it taking up extra space until we get to Melbourne, Linda will use it to keep her vegetables in, and we will decide what to do with it then.
Saturday 19th September 2009, Esk.
We are on the move again, now at Esk (See Map) and will be here for a week, the time limit we intend staying at all destinations as we have 10 weeks to get to Melbourne, Geelong. We have been here before for a few days and have been looking forward to returning, but Linda was heard to say after getting here, “What are we going to do here for a week?
Tuesday 15th September 2009.
I am happy with the job done on ‘Tilly’, even though it wasn’t completed until Friday. They obviously sand blasted the effected area, treated and repainted it, and it now looks as though there was never a problem. It will be interesting to see whether the problems return in coming years, and by the way the local Ford dealer indicated that this was a problem in all of this model vehicle. We are now getting ready for our departure on Saturday for our journey back down south for Christmas. It is amazing how much extra work there seems to be getting ready for this move compared to any other that we have made. We have added a bike rack, again, to carry the new bikes we purchased, and this seems to be the main catalyst increasing the extra work. The satellite dish now won’t mount in its old position, and a garden hose that used to wrap around the spare wheels is now going to be a problem. Talking about the satellite dish conjures up another story: I have been pondering for the past few days a new method for mounting the dish because the bike rack took its old position, and after coming up with what seemed like an appropriate method I went off to Bunnings to purchase the required material so I would be able to undertake the task during our next few weeks of travel. When arriving home with the bits I reverted to an old habit of mine, if I have a job to do I need to do it NOW!, so I dismantled the dish and took it to the rear of the van, where I had intended to mount it, to see if it would fit and while there it fell against the bike rack and became obviously apparent that it would simply bolt to the rack. I could have kicked myself, if I could have reached my backside, for not having a good look to see if it would fit before I raced out and spent money on bits now not needed, and would you believe I opened the packs so they are now not returnable. Well this exercise, and washing the car for what could be the last time for a while, filled the day in well, now over the next couple of days we will just be doing the normal packing, but slowly as it has been a while.
Wednesday 9th September 2009.
A story on repairs to ‘Tilly the Truck’. Earlier this year while in Kilmore Vic. I had noticed some rust on a couple of panels under the bonnet and while at the Ford dealers I enquired about getting repairs under warranty only to get the response, “It is only surface rust, and seeing the vehicle has been on the boat to Tassie we are not interested in considering it to be a warranty job
Thursday 3rd September 2009.
Still enjoying the warmth, well at least I am at the moment because Linda has decided to go back to Melbourne for a few days for one of the grandkids school play. We have made tentative plans on where to go when we leave here on our journey back to Melbourne for Christmas. We have decided to go back via Lightning Ridge, outback NSW near Bourke, as we haven’t been there yet and we have always had our eye on there and intended to go one day, so now is the time. This will take us partly on a route we haven’t been before and that is our intention from now on to visit somewhere we haven’t been before on our way up here each year and returning. By the time we leave here, 19th September because of school holidays and increased site fees, we will have something like 10 weeks to get to Geelong for a planned family reunion in late November, so we will have to opportunity to not make any long distance trips and stay at each place we choose for at least a week to relax and enjoy. Some of the places we intend stopping we have been to before but are looking forward to returning and having another look around.