Wednesday 10th December 2014, Heathcote Junction.
Been here for three weeks already, how time flies. I have now progressed to being in the age group of being officially ‘OLD’, reaching pensioner age. The past few years of my being on New start, because of a lack of finances, is now over and we are now no longer committed to being in places to meet the requirements of Centrelink, so we can once again feel free to travel wherever we please, after February at least. We have a couple of commitments while here and as soon as they are complete we are out of here. We have taken a house sitting position over Christmas for a friend of Narrelle’s for about 3 weeks, and Linda has to follow up and get treatment for an ailment she is suffering, then we can move on. The only other commitment is being in Brisbane in April.
I am doing my usual things while here in Melbourne such as filling in time doing garden work at Narrelle and Matt’s to cover our board, and I am still undertaking my couple of days a week voluntary work at the Telstra museum although I no longer have to do it.
Saturday 15th November 2014, Heathcote Junction.
We are back in the Melbourne area for another spell, but maybe only for three months or so this time. We are parked at daughter Narrelle’s front yard again and am somewhat looking forward to doing the work chores while here.
I actually reach pension age in a week or so, so I will no longer be committed to doing voluntary work anymore, but I do intend to continue to do it while in the area, either here or Brisbane. I have already informed them here in Melbourne that I will only be here for about three months this year, as we do intend doing some touring next year seeing I have my freedom back.
Thursday 13th November 2014, Albury.
Today was our second last leg before arriving at Melbourne, with the last leg being from here to Heathcote Junction and parking at Narrelle’s. We are now at Albury, a place we do like very much. We do have a favourite caravan park at Lavington, being a smallish park, but very tidy, and just across the road from a large shopping centre.
If we had our way we would not stop at Yass again, it has the strangest park layout we have ever seen, too close together, and at the moment lacks a lot of maintenance. It also has several other disadvantages that are not of any real consequence, but are not of a nature we are used to. We also picked up several type insects while there that one isn’t normally bothered with. I spent a fair bit of time taking care of the ants, but when packing up this morning, when we picked anything up off the ground we were inundated with earwigs and cockroaches, horrible pests that are hard to get rid of, so I hope they didn’t invade the van too much.
Tuesday 11th November 2014, Yass.
We are now at Yass, at the turn off to Canberra. I don’t know if I have said it before, but today on the way here from Camden (Sydney) I said to Linda that we must come back and spend time in the area, whether being small towns or not, as there is a lot of area between where we just stayed, and we have never done anything but drive through the region. I suggested to Linda that in future we are going to have to select a town, or area, that we want to visit on our way north and south each year, and this area would be a typical example.
We had a chance to catch up with sister Sue while at Camden, with her coming out for a day visit on Saturday. It was nice to catch up with her and just have a good chat.
Friday 7th November 2014, Camden.
We would have said that we spent a wonderful week at Swansea if it hadn’t been for the wind, it blew every day. We had a storm one night and at one stage I thought the van was going to be picked up and blown away. Several vans did suffer damage, with one fifth wheeler losing his roll out awning all together, it was actually ripped off the side of the rig.
We are now at Camden, just south of Sydney near Campbelltown, and intend using this caravan park as our place of stopover in Sydney whenever we are passing through this way. It is not far from Sydney, and close enough for visiting sister Sue, she is even closer. The park is a good one and is reasonably cheap, and the same price year round, so if they keep this up we will definitely be using it in future. We had originally intended spending a week here to do some sightseeing but because we stayed a full week at Swansea for tyre repairs we are now only staying four days instead, so we do not take too long getting to Melbourne, I am somewhat time restricted.