Saturday 29th December 2007, Melbourne.
The Western Australia trip: We have two couples that we have made friends with during our travels (Kay and Adrian, And Les and Jan) that are planning a WA trip very soon so we have decided that it would make the journey around WA a much more enjoyable one if we were to join them. They are at present at Wentworth, near Mildura, waiting for the holiday panic to end before they intend heading off. We are now hopeful of leaving Melbourne on the 23rd January, making a couple of stops on the way, and meeting up with them at Wentworth before they do head off. We would like to stop at Tatura, near Shepparton, to visit Stan and Beryl, an elderly couple we have made friends with at Maroochydore as they have also being staying there for winter. If we were to go to WA it would mean that we would not be going to the Sunshine Coast this year, and it would be nice to catch up with them at least one more time. These couples going to WA are living under the same conditions as us, in the van with no home, so their travel plans would be as relaxed as we would expect ours to be, so we would all intend to just take things as they come depending on weather conditions. The only commitments we would have would be to be in Perth in June for Linda to fly back to Melbourne for her usual visit, and then be somewhere, like Broome or Darwin, or back in Perth, by August so she can fly back again, otherwise it is anything goes. The other couples donâ€™t mind camping out either so this again should make it a more enjoyable trip having company so we can camp out with a little more security.
It is all sounding good, now all we have to do is hope it all eventuates.
Friday 21st December 2007, Melbourne.
Here it is two weeks since the last entry and I thought I would have heaps to report as we have been so busy, but I guess all we have been doing are the usual lead up to Christmas things and nothing out of the ordinary. So apart from letting all know we are still well I guess I could:
WISH EVERYONE A JOYFULL CHRISTMAS, AND A PLEASANT AND PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR.
Saturday 8th December 2007, Melbourne.
A rather eventful week was the past one: With me getting a cold and stuck in bed for a day, now Linda is a little off colour after baby sitting yesterday with one of the kids, Japheth, home with a sore throat. On top of all this we had a drama with the new car on Thursday. Driving back to Epping from Sydney road with Linda, Narrelle and her two kids, just coming into peak hour traffic and in 30 plus degrees temperatures Tilly had a sudden lack of power and she was blowing a cloud of black smoke from the rear. My first thought was that the turbo had had a major failure. All I could do at this stage was pull off to a side road and call for roadside assistance. Matt was also called to come and collect the family while I waited what could be an hour plus for assistance, it turned out we all had to wait for a fair while, with the kids in the sweltering heat. While we were waiting I decided to have a look under the bonnet, thinking what could I possibly do, and low and behold I found an air hose had come adrift. There is an air feed from the Turbo to a cooler in the front then to the intake on the other side of the engine, and it was the feed from the turbo to the front that had come adrift. This resulted in plenty of fuel and no air to the engine when power was required, hence the black unburned fuel smoke and no power. Matt then turned up and took home the family while I waited for the RACV, who came not much later. We then did a few checks and he followed me for a couple of Kâ€™s to make sure all was ok, and it was, and all has been ok since. I did then proceed to check all other hoses and did find most werenâ€™t over tight at all.
Hopefully things can only improve from here on in and we can start to enjoy the Xmas period as one would hope for.
Wednesday 5th December 2007, Melbourne.
That time of the year when the temperatures are warming up, actually had the air-con on the other day, and I have caught a cold. It must be only a 48 hour thing as I feel I have almost recovered, but it did keep me in bed all day yesterday. These things happen I guess, and we keep on keeping on.
Also the time of year for Linda to start making all those Xmas puddings and cake that she is famous for, I guess that will keep her busy for a while.