Tuesday 31st March 2009, Orange.
I have been in the habit of not writing reports lately hence I donâ€™t often think about it any more, so I have to give myself a reminder occasionally. The story of the broken chair has been finalised with B.C.F. in Bathurst getting back to me yesterday saying they would replace it, so another trip there for me yesterday now sees me with a new chair. I wonder how many people have the typical problem as I could foresee with similar warrantee claims :- The receipt I had kept for the chairs was printed on that light sensitive paper that inevitably fades after a while, and after the eight months since we bought the chairs our receipt had almost faded to the point of not being able to read it, I forgot to photo-copy it when new, but it was adequate for this instance. The warrantee on the chairs is for five years, so how many people would have a receipt that was legible after that time, considering those chairs seem to have a reputation for breaking the arms and the retailers want the original receipt for replacements. We are convinced that we have left it for the wrong time of year to visit Orange as earlier in summer would obviously be better. We went to the Botanic Gardens yesterday and were disappointed to the extent that we missed the gardens when they would be in full flower, and this would have made them much better, but they were still worth it. We also went up to Mt Canobolas today and it is also apparent up there that the tourist season is over with camp grounds closed. The weather has turned a little nasty today and looks as though it has set in for a while, so the scenery up the mountain was disrupted somewhat with the cloudy skies, and with Orange itself being 900 metres above see level it can get quite cool when the sun is not shining, hence it was quite cold up the mountain.
Saturday 28th March 2009, Orange.
I wonder if I have had a sign as to what this year holds as far as maintenance. After the trouble we had at Albury trying to get the fridge fixed we have now experienced a similar problem-: One of our recliner chairs suffered a broken arm rest, donâ€™t know how it happened, it came out of the car that way after going in ok, and being under warranty I yesterday rang B.C.F. in Bathurst, the nearest store, to question as to whether they would replace it considering we bought it in WA. The answer was yes, so a trip was made there today to replace it, but when we got there the response was, â€œWe will have to ring the manufacturer to get their approval for replacement, and canâ€™t do that until Mondayâ€?. I guess now I will have to wait to hear from them on Monday and assuming they will replace it I will have to make another trip back in there, and Bathurst is 70k or so away. It is a little upsetting when a business gives one the impression they will look after us and then when we arrive we get a different story all-together, very frustrating but this is what we travellers have to put up with dealing with unknown businesses. I did get to do another lap of Mount Panorama while in Bathurst though.
Thursday 26th March 2009, Orange.
We had a bit of a hectic day today, moving to Orange (see map) about 260K north east of Temora, near Bathurst. The plan was to get the fridge fixed when we arrived in Orange, and would you believe the repair shop was in the main street with no parking outside, they could have mentioned it would be difficult. After parking on a taxi rank for a while the repairers told me they had a lane-way behind the shop, so a trip around the block and reversing up the driveway put us in a position to get repairs done. The repairman was a little rough, I thought, but so long as it doesnâ€™t cost me anything and the fridge works, what else matters. Running the fridge on 240V for a couple of days will be the only way of telling if it does work, so it is now wait and see. Then there was the caravan park:- we rang up a few days ago to see if we could get in and the answer was â€œYeh plenty of room, no worriesâ€?. When we arrived there were no free sites until tomorrow, so we are on an overflow site and have to move about 100 yards tomorrow, donâ€™t you just hate that.
Tuesday 24th March 2009, Temora.
About 200K north of Albury sees us at Temora (see map) for a couple of days. We have been here before and liked the place so it seemed like an ideal choice as we had to have a stopover on our way to Orange. As I would have mentioned last time we were here, Temora has one of the best Aviation Museums we have seen. All their planes are flyable and they do have a flying day every now and then to show all the old planes in flight, it was one of these days we visited on last time we were here and were very impressed. This visit though is purely for a rest day, so we probably wonâ€™t do much, if any, sightseeing while here.
Monday 23rd March 2009, Albury.
Amazing: We have been here at Albury for a week already and it is time to move on again, where has the time gone. We did visit Mark and Kay, son-in-lawâ€™s parents, but that only filled in one day. Then another was taken up with spring cleaning the van after the dust from Kilmore, and I guess much of the rest of the time was taken up playing with our new mobile phones. What does it matter anyway, it went quickly so we must have enjoyed it. I did have the idea that since we are travelling again I may have submitted entries on the blog a lot more often, but I guess it will happen again when I get used to it again and more interesting things occur.