Albury

Tuesday 30th October, (Wagga Wagga/ Albury).

I have been very lax in writing anything down for the last week as we have mainly been relaxing due to the horrible weather we have been experiencing lately. I have also been building a large file about TV channels; hence whenever I pick up the laptop lately I get engrossed with continuing that rather than work on anything else, like this for example. We also decided that we want to produce and send our own Christmas cards this year so I have also been preoccupied playing with our new software to accomplish this. It seems I have been spending all my time working on the computer on all the miscellaneous things and no time on my regular things.

We have since moved on from Forbes, and after having a change of travel plans, we went on to Wagga Wagga for a week. Wagga was an eye-opener, as I was always led to believe it was just another small country town rather than a bustling city that it is. Again the lousy weather restricted us from doing a great deal such in the lines of tourist things, but have decided to one day return there and have a good look about.

The main reason for our change in travel plans was when Linda was looking at a map of our whereabouts and decided that as we were close to Albury we may as well go and visit Narrelle’s in-laws, and as Linda said, “It will be nice to meet some familiar faces after all this travel”. We are now in Albury and intend visiting tomorrow.

Our other plan changes include going straight to Melbourne from here and do the things we intended doing there, such as look at fitting solar panels on the van. Then we will know how much time we have to spare before boarding the boat for home so we can then plan some short trips in the vicinity of Melbourne to see some of that area.

Forbes

Friday 19th October, (Forbes).

We are now in Forbes, we bypassed Parkes, as we wanted to travel a greater distance than to Parkes. The decision turned out to be what could have been a good one as Forbes is a township that impressed us a great deal. It is very tidy, as the plaques for awards won for this demonstrate, that has kept its heritage as well as keeping up with modern times.

The town impressed me to the degree that I just had to take heaps of photos of it.

There seems to be plenty to do here, so we may have to consider staying longer than the 4 days planned, or plan on coming back later.

Forbes

Friday 19th October, (Forbes).

We are now in Forbes, we bypassed Parkes, as we wanted to travel a greater distance than to Parkes. The decision turned out to be what could have been a good one as Forbes is a township that impressed us a great deal. It is very tidy, as the plaques for awards won for this demonstrate, that has kept its heritage as well as keeping up with modern times.

The town impressed me to the degree that I just had to take heaps of photos of it.

There seems to be plenty to do here, so we may have to consider staying longer than the 4 days planned, or plan on coming back later.

Dubbo

Tuesday 16th October, (Dubbo).

Nothing much has happened over the last few days as the rain has persisted and restricted us from many activities; we have booked in for a few extra days so we can accomplish the thing we want to.

A visit to the doctor revealed that the irritation on Linda’s foot is an allergy to an insect bite, so our delay here will be worthwhile in getting treatment.

We did manage our second visit to the zoo today and the use of the pushbikes was definitely the better choice as it enabled us to travel where and when we wanted. We also went early and spent the whole day getting a whole lot more photos, 101 in fact.

We are in a quandary about moving out, as we have decided to stay till at least Thursday, the weather is forecast for more rain tonight and tomorrow and we must move on Thursday as a caravan club has the entire area we are in booked. In case it rains tomorrow we decided to pull down the awning tonight, then if it does rain it will be dry and packed, I’ll just have to find some other shelter to have a smoke in if it is raining.

A visit to an old local gaol is the order of the day tomorrow, as we have heard from several people that a visit to Dubbo is not fulfilled unless one does see the gaol.

Wednesday 17th October, (Dubbo).

They were right; the gaol is a worthwhile visit. The construction of this facility is typical of the day they were built, or maybe in my opinion even beyond those expectations. Everything I noticed was definitely built with purpose and would have obviously facilitated that purpose to the full. It surprises me that this facility would have been built in the very centre of the township, but probably that was the idea of the people of the day.

Though we have not yet travelled greatly around our land, one thing that I considered about these building is that there does not seem to be many of them in such a preserved state for display. Only further travels will reveal the extent of these type buildings still on offer for visits.

More consideration has now had to be given to the route of our immediate travels as my information reveals that Centerlink offices are few and far between in the area we had planned to travel. We do receive a small potion of remuneration from the government for being unemployed and it means a visit to an office fortnightly to submit a form. We have had no problem in the past as an office has been present everywhere we have stayed, or at least not far out of our way, but now we are about to detour from our planned route direct down to Shepparton and detour via Wagga-Wagga and Albury. This will at least give us a chance to once again visit Narrelle’s in-laws. A final decision will be made at our next stop, either Parkes or Forbes, to which we travel tomorrow.

Dubbo

Thursday 11th October, (Dubbo).

I have all the time I need today to do things like put these words down and a couple of small chores in the van as it is raining. It has been a long period since we have experienced rain during the day and after thoughts and discussions we recalled the last time was in Atherton, near Cairns, and it does make one think about different thing to do as the rain does restrict us doing what is usual.

Linda has taken the opportunity to make up some curtains for the front window, as the originals were pulled down because they didn’t fit extremely well and we considered they weren’t needed as the window was closed every night. We have now decided that on warm nights it would be an advantage to leave the window open for a draught so they were replaced.

I have taken the chance to fit a couple of reading lamps above the seating area. These lamps are 12volt so we can use them while camping without power. We do have 12volt lamps in the main light fixtures, but they are not very bright and the new ones I stumbled upon have quartz lamps fitted.

I also followed up on an idea I had about a modification to the awning so as to eliminate the rope protruding out the front and being a tripping hazard. I accomplished this by placing an extendable pole between the tops of the two end poles and moving the positioning of the end rope to the second pole from the end so the staking point of the rope is at the same extent as the corner pole, it worked a wonder. I quite often wonder why I was born so bright.

We visited the Western Plains Zoo yesterday, and it most certainly lived up to all expectations we had from what people have been telling us. We decided to go by car instead of the bikes as Linda is at present having problems with an itchy rash on her foot and it seemed the more appropriate transport method. It turned out that this was the wrong decision. The zoo is quite large and has a road through its compounds for the purpose of driving, walking or riding and the problem of using the car was that twice as much walking had to be done to return on each section to retrieve the car to move on to the next area.

The zoo staff are obviously aware of the situation of people attending and not being correctly prepared and cover the situation by making the ticket purchase a two day pass so patrons can return prepared on another day. We do intend returning, when the weather improves, with the pushbikes and earlier in the day, because we consider that we could easily spend all day there. We also want to get plenty of photos as Linda has an idea for a Christmas present for the grand children that I am sure I could build for her.

The other thing I have to do today to fill in time is to modify the photos I did take yesterday to extract the animals from the pics so we can use them without the background, so that’s it for now so I can start.