Friday 3rd May 2019, Caboolture.
For those who have missed this web site, We are back up and running again. The server I was running off was old and kept falling over, but that is another long story, but we now have transferred the site to another server, and all now seems OK.
Obviously, this is the reason I have not been posting anything lately, not that there will be much after settling down, but I do intend keeping the site running, if for no other reason than keeping the TV news up to date. I discovered in January that one document on the TV Reception page, C1 satellite bearings, was incorrect with the elevation readings of every entry being 3 degrees out, so now all has been rectified.
We have now come to the full realisation the van has gone for good, and although it has been a very big part of our lives, we are glad that somebody else is going to get good use of it. We actually visited John today to deliver a part for the van that was overlooked, and he showed us the modifications he has undertaken, and he has done very well. They will no doubt have some good times in it.
Tuesday29th January 2019, Caboolture.
The van has now gone. I do not know why it has taken me a whole week to let you know. Maybe it took all this time to fully sink in. I do not know if we will ever see the van again, but I did insist to the new owners that if there is anything they need explaining, with all my 12volt wiring for e.g., that I would be none too glad to go around and offer assistance. I think, though, that the new owner is quite a capable fellow and mat not even ask for assistance. It is getting hard to come to grips with how much different the yard looks without the van parked in it, but it will be good for the van ultimately as they will now look after it better than we have lately.
It has been bought to light that now we won’t be the wanderingtews any more, so what to do with the web site for e.g. I do intend keeping the site up to keep up with TV information if nothing else, and for those who do read it regularly, it will be something similar to “Facebook” I guess. Who knows I might even think about upgrading it sometime in the future???
Saturday 19th January 2019, Caboolture.
The sale of the van is now all but complete. The new owners have made payment in full, have filled out the transfer papers, which I am still holding, and intend coming to pick up the van first thing Monday. What more can I say?
Wednesday 16th January 2019, Caboolture.
The couple interested in purchasing the van did in fact come through on the agreement we made, and yesterday made the payment of a deposit on the van, and I think it has only just now hit us that this part of our lives that we will cherish forever is finally over. We will now obtain the legally obliged safety inspections, and when this is done the final payment for the van will be transferred to us, and they can then take the van away. We are going to miss it. We have had a chance now to reminisce about out time in the caravan and still come up with the idea that we would not have changed anything in the time we were travelling. We are now being very much reminded about a lot of stories we have to tell about our lives in that van, and we ourselves are at the moment getting a lot out of thinking about those stories. I must stop waffling and now put with the next few days in a normal fashion until the final transactions are complete.
Tuesday 8th January 2019, Caboolture.
We have just started a new year, and I certainly hope it will be better than the last part of last year, having suffered several losses of family members.
I have obviously been busy with the museum and the men’s shed as I have not been writing anything for a long time. Just as well, as I had some trouble with my web site server falling over a few days ago and I lost some input data that had to be re-uploaded. My TV information will now be that 12 months out of date, but not many changes happened, and it will also be updated again very shortly.
Anyway, this year could see a big step taken by us in changing a rather large and important part of our life. After getting comfortable in the house, and Linda even more not liking the idea of the actual travel bit in the caravan, we have decided to put a ‘for sale’ sign on the van and see what interest is attracted. As a reminder, we lived in the van for 16 years, and definitely consider that it would have to be one of the better things we did with our lives. We certainly do not have any regrets and enjoyed it thoroughly. We have had quite a few show some interest, but have not been back for a second look, BUT, we do now have a couple who have indicated that they would like to make the purchase. They have gone away for the weekend and when return will come and pay a deposit, and when that happens, I will undertake my obligation in getting safety inspections made before we finalise the deal. In the meantime, I have taken the for sale sign down because I do believe that they are rather sincere in making the offer.
Let me wish that everybody has as good a 2019 as I hope ours is.