Tuesday 9th Jan, (Legana).
We booked into and are staying at Legana Caravan Park for the night and discovered that we all take for granted what is so close to home. This park is fantastic, I’m sure that if we had known what it was like we would have stayed here at some other time even though it is so close to home. We found that this park compares with any that we had stayed at during our previous trip to the mainland. The whole park is so clean and, although we have not been here long, it seems to be insect free.
We had a fleeting visit to George Town to visit Joan and Glen before we leave. I had intended to spend a few nights but time got away from us as I made a mistake in the time I thought we would have before we went to Devonport.
Further to my idea on writing a report on parks I have decided to make up a file and jot down a few word on how we see the parks that we stay in, you never know it may be useful in future to some other tourists.
An early start in the morning to what will be a busy day running around Lonny doing the few things we must do before we depart so that’s it for now.
Monday 8th Jan, (Scamander).
Our trip to Scamander so far has been marred by bad weather; it has been windy and threatening to rain with a little drizzle occasionally. Matthew and Louisa have been with us although they have been staying at Edna and Bobby’s shack at night. Matt bought his work computer with him so he could catch up on some work for his new business and the weather has suited him as we haven’t had much of a chance to do anything else and it has given him a chance to work a lot.
The weather as it has been has probably not been such a bad thing as it has given Linda a good chance to just sit and relax, as she has needed to do so after all the house moving recently.
Our usual plan of packing up the awning and misc. equipment the day before we depart could be bought undone by the weather, so we may have to leave that aspect until tomorrow but we will have to see what eventuates.
I haven’t booked into anywhere in the Launceston area as yet but it looks like I may try Legana so we can do what we have to do in town and then pick up the van on our way to Beaconsfield.
I had an idea of drawing up a file on the different caravan parks we visit but what more can I add to what the magazines we have haven’t done so already, unless I consider it just a personal report on each one.
Friday 5th January, (Launceston).
It is now at a point of no return, we have vacated the house and the new tenants have moved in. We found that we had more work to do than originally thought because while we were at Beaconsfield Jason and Angie moved all the gear out of the lounge room, which we had prepared for Narrelle and Matt to sleep in on their visit, and then ripped up all the carpet. When we returned we had to rearrange things again to make the lounge room liveable. In addition to this we found that we were rearranging things several times because they had upset our plans of leaving the lounge and kitchen areas alone until we had moved out, so we have been a lot busier than we had originally estimated.
One thing that surprises us about them painting the house is their colour selection. I’m sure that I would not prefer to sleep in a bedroom painted a darkish blue and I’m sure that that colour would make the rooms rather dark.
Nelle and Matt turned up on Thursday the 28th and we started to enjoy a little relaxation in taking trips with them such as to Hobart on Saturday, but it didn’t last long as we found that their was still a lot of things to do so we could move out of the house.
The folks at the church that Linda and Matthew attend gave us a send off on New Years Eve, which was quite touching, as most of Linda’s close friends are people she had been associated with since she has been attending the church. This send off really made Linda realise that she was going to miss a lot of people after we head off on our trip to the big island, but her longing to return there easily overcomes any sorrow she may have.
Anyway all that is behind us now and Linda is just starting to realise how busy she has really been over the last few weeks as we have now moved out of the yard and are camped at Scamander and really relaxing for a change. We plan on staying here until Tuesday when we must return to Launceston for a doctor’s appointment for Linda on Wednesday. From there we will go to Beaconsfield on Wednesday evening so Freckles, brother in-law, can do some welding for me building a new bracket to hold the extra spare wheel to the rear bumper bar and then on to Devonport to spend a couple of days before we board the boat.