Friday 30th March, (On the boat).
We are back on the boat again returning to the mainland, enough time was spent in Tassie and we are both looking forward to returning to our touring around.
I have my camera with me this trip on the boat so I should be able to give an idea of the size of the motors on this thing, or at least the jet propulsion units, it is unbelievable the amount of water they force out the back of this boat.
As we have now had a small break from our travels I guess that I will return in the next chapter when we return to our travels.
Tuesday 27th March, (Tassie).
We arrived safely in Tassie yesterday and successfully managed to surprise my sister Joan at George Town, but daughter in law, I think guessed we may have been coming by little slips Matthew gave over the few days. Louisa, his wife, can tell when he is not completely telling the truth. Anyway all were glad to see us and Linda was certainly glad to see Elly, granddaughter, as was I, I must admit.
I have also taken the opportunity to talk to Matt about how his business is progressing and I think we have come to some arrangement where I am to make a financial investment in the company to give it some cash flow and a chance to pick up sooner. He is to work out the details and come up with a contract, if we deem necessary, giving me a portion of the business. If this all works out successfully then I will go ahead with the investment. I find it surprising that we had a severe misunderstanding early in his setting up of the business where I understood, mistakenly, that he didn’t want assistance, when all along he wasn’t game enough to ask me if I would give assistance with an investment.
Wouldn’t you believe that it apparently has not rained in Launceston for a long while and there has been the occasional rain ever since we arrived in Tassie?
Sunday 25th March, (Melbourne).
We are now at Melbourne, in a cabin at a caravan park, waiting to catch the Cat at 7.00am tomorrow. The management at the caravan park in Sydney were kind enough to allow us to leave the van there, although this is something they don’t usually do, at a very minimal cost and when we return our paid stay we had already arranged will continue unchanged. We stayed at Matthew’s, son in law, parents at Albury/Wodonga for the night last night as the distance to travel to Melbourne was too great to do in one day. This worked out well, as we had been hopeful of seeing them soon as we had only met them just before the wedding, and of coarse at the wedding. Narrelle and Matt were visiting Matt’s parents this weekend so it was our chance to surprise them for a change so they weren’t told that we were arriving. They were actually out when we arrived so I hid the car and waited for their response when they came in and saw us sitting in the lounge, and it was worth it. Nobody at home have been told we are coming either, except for Matthew, our son Matthew this time, as I had to stop him forwarding on our mail, so we intend to surprise them all one at a time by visiting each individually.
I was quite surprised that I handled the long drive yesterday as I did. From Melbourne to Wodonga took about 6 hours and this would have to be the longest single stint of driving I have undertaken in my life and everybody expected me to ‘crash’, physically, when we arrived, but to everybody’s astonishment, including mine, I didn’t appear to show any signs of fatigue at all. Now that I have done the Melbourne 3 1/2 hour leg I am now feeling it so I am looking forward to a good night sleep tonight before we board the boat.
Friday 23rd March, (Sydney).
Well we have finally reached Sydney, and it wasn’t all that hard finding my way after all. We are camped at a park at Parklea, which is a little north east of Parramatta where sister Sue lives. The main reason for picking this park is because of the closeness to Sue as we will no doubt spent quite an amount of time with her, I’m sure if she had her way she would want us to even go to work with her. This park also seemed to be the closest and most central to everything we would wish to see and do.
Yesterday was spent in the usual manner of setting up camp, finding the closest shopping centre and spending the rest of the day settling in.
Today was to be a day of finding out where transport to the city is, such as ferries that run from Parramatta, for use when we intend to travel to the city. Sue has made plans for us for the weekend sightseeing to the Blue Mountains and into the city area, but we have had to advise her that we have had to change our plans because after a discussion with Linda about her temperament lately it was concluded that her problem is homesickness and we have decided to return home for a week or two. At this moment we are waiting for the Park managers to finish a meeting so we can discuss and make arrangements for leaving the caravan on site while we are gone because it would not be worth taking it to Melbourne and back. We will then make arrangements to drive to Melbourne and catch the Cat to Tassie, so we are now waiting for them to visit us.
Wednesday 21st March, (Kiama).
Rain again, so we have decided to stay another night at Kiama. This will give us a chance to catch up on a little computer work like make up Elly’s photo book and add a few words to this document.
Yesterday we had a trip to Minnamurra falls, about 20 kilometres west of Kiama. This is a very interesting National park and presented very well with very well constructed walkways through the park made from steel framework and flat timber surface, no steps. There is a loop walk around the rain forest area and another walk to the falls made from brick pavers, very steep in parts and again flat, no steps. The whole walk took up about 2-2 1/2 hours so it filled in the day nicely, and believe me I needed the exercise. On the way we chose to go via Saddleback Mountain to have a look at the lookout as advertised on our travel brochure only to find out that it would be a terrific place to have a lookout. The views would have a 360-degree panorama if only one could see above the trees. A local told us that there was a lookout on the south side if we could find the track, but the only track we found was unused and grown over, hence we could only imagine in our heads what the view would look like.