Friday 24th June 2011, Darwin.
Our sympathies go out to Sue, wife of Fred, the couple we met on our way up here this year, and have befriended, with the passing of her mother yesterday. She has now gone back to Melbourne so I am sure Linda will be in contact with her to give her some comfort, and in the meantime I can keep Fred company until he also returns for the funeral.
Tuesday 21st June 2011, Darwin.
I am once again on my own, with Linda on her annual migration south for her grand-kid fix. She left in the early hours of the morning, via Brisbane, and arrived about 9:00 AM this morning, before the airport would possibly close due to the volcano ash floating around in the area.
I have now started to do those couple of jobs I have been holding off until Linda did go to Melbourne, but one being not such a big job has been done already, oh well I guess I will find something to keep me busy.
Tuesday 14th June 2011, Darwin.
We were surprised today to find out the condition of the water we are using here. One would assume, as we did, that with all the rain they get in this district during the wet season that the water supplied by the city would be of almost perfect quality. While watering the lawn this morning the sprinkler was hardly spraying any water at all, and when Linda wanted to use the tap inside she got no output at all, so I started to think that there was a major reduction in the actual water pressure as there is always a lot of watering going on in the park. I then had the thought that my pressure limiter, this being ten odd years old, may actually be the culprit, so I pulled a hose connecter apart to take it out and to check it, and was sent reeling backward with the water pressure at that point, seeing that this was after the pressure limiter the only other thing that could be reducing the pressure was my filters. I had only provided the new filters the day we arrived here, so they canâ€™t be to blame surely? I turned the water off and removed the filter cartridges and to my surprise they were completely full of dirt and one was completely blocked. This led me to question park management about whether they actually use bore water or not, I had noticed they do have a bore in the rear of the park, but they assure me that the bores are only used for irrigation and all water at sites is from the town supply. He also told me that the town water was actually made up of a mixture of dam and bore water anyway. This leaves my with a quandary of thought, I can not believe that a major populated area, let alone a capital city, would have such dirty water fed to its households, or was management being somewhat untruthful in what they told me? Either way I have never, in any part of Australia, experienced such dirty water, not even bore water in the outback.
The decision from this water dilemma is to go back to drinking water bought from shops, it is cheaper to do this than destroy a $50.00 water filter cartridge every three weeks or so, and not use the expensive filter in our water line, hence the tap water will only be used for all purposes other than drinking.
I did point out my experience with other close-by campers and they had a look at their respective filters only to be surprised to find their filters were in the same condition.
Monday 6th June 2011, Darwin.
Itâ€™s amazing how some troublesome things just all of a sudden come to a trouble free happy ending. I have been having trouble with my mobile internet USB unit for quite some time now, cutting out when getting warm, and after some testing in other USB ports and even other laptops, I concluded that it was the actual unit itself, so being under warrantee I rang Telstra. After they did some tests, didnâ€™t believe my results, they decided to replace the unit. At this stage all seemed to be going well, considering as usual one was talking to one of those oversees gentlemen with hardly understandable English, and considering I had to convince them to send the unit to where I am and not my home address. A full week later a package from Telstra turned up, yes a full week, and Express post and all, and it was the wrong unit. The one that turned up was a PC slot unit, similar to the one I had before and changed for that reason, not a USB unit that I now have. A phone call again, and some explanation to one of those oversees people again and all seemed would go OK. A full week later and no new unit, that was Friday last week, but after yet another lengthy phone call and explanation to an oversees person, whom was hard to understand, I was assured that the unit was despatched on Tuesday 31st May, only 4 days earlier. The only thing to do was to wait until today to see what eventuated, and would you believe there was a package for me from Telstra. Opening the package revealed that the unit was once again different than the one I had, even though a USB unit this time, and I had insisted that the unit must be the same as I am using an external aerial. A check on the unit with my patch cable revealed that the cable still fits, so I decided that they must have intentionally replaced with this unit so an installation test was done with it and all went smoothly according to the plan and is now working, so that is going to be the way it will remain. All I have to do now is wait a short while to see what turns up in the way of return postage bags so I can return both other units.
Sunday 5th June 2011, Darwin.
One may be wondering why I havenâ€™t made ant reports of our sightseeing trips yet, it is simply because we are not making many. It turns out that the past wet season was the wettest on record, so that and the cyclone they had during the wet season caused a fair bit of damage to most of the walking and 4 wheel drive tracks in the area, so they are at present closed. Most are expected to be open this month and I have found a web site http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/access.html that I keep an eye on so we will know when they do open and start visiting then. Kakadu is not on our immediate list anyway as we intend going that way on our departure from Darwin.