Wednesday 4th April, (Sydney).

The Blue Mountains, What a scenic area it is, awe inspiring, couldn’t believe our eyes, Tasmania has everything that the mainland has but not as big as this, how can I some up what we saw in easy terms. We are still struck with what we saw, to the extent that we could have just stayed there and admired the scenery. I took a heap of pictures, but I am not sure the immensity of the area will present itself as I would hope in the pics, such as the depth of the cliffs and such.

We went on a walk along several walking tracks and I personally was not very happy with the construction of the walking tracks as they were obviously not constructed for the average person of my age group, or older, with levels of low to minimum exercise. Most of the steps were much too high and spaced too far apart, which took large amount of effort to traverse, they were also in very poor state of repair, so I now feel as though I am going to have difficulty walking tomorrow or the next day, if not both.

On one of the walks we came across a snake, which I came very close to needing attention of a medical nature after nearly treading on it. I noticed it curled up on the track and my first impression was of it being a large lizard, and while attempting to tell Linda to look it made a lunge at me, missing me by centimetres, and it then became apparent that it was in fact a snake. When I backtracked several paces and turned to tell Linda to keep her distance, she couldn’t be seen for the dust she left in the rush to get away. The snake would have been about 1 meter long, or a little more, and you can see about half of him in the pic.

I could go on talking about this area for ages, but all I can suggest is that you have a look for yourself if and when you are in Sydney, it is a must see.

Sister Sue took us for a drive into the city this evening as a request after a friend had insisted that one must see Darling Harbour at night, and I can only sum up the sight in a similar manner as that of the Blue Mountains. The sight of the city was impressive to the degree that I was expecting something similar to that of Melbourne, but we were surprised to find it remarkably different, as it is. Linda summed it up by saying that Melbourne gives the impression of an old established city whereas Sydney appears to be rather newly constructed.


Tuesday 3rd April, (Sydney).

Same old story, we have now returned to the caravan and it’s raining. The weather for the last couple of days has given us a chance to follow up on some medical checks and such. Linda is still suffering headaches so it was decided to visit the local GP here and find what she has to suggest, and the result was the same as other doctors have suggested, we follow up with, if all else fails, a CT scan. This worried Linda greatly as what they would be looking for is what was the cause of her mother’s death, an aneurism, and they tell us they are hereditary, so the 24 hours till she was to have the scan were understandably some of the worst hours spent for a long time. The scan was done at 2.00pm today and after picking up the x-ray we returned to the doctor for results, and to Linda’s relief the scan showed nothing, ill effects that is; there were pictures of a brain on the x-ray. Now she is very much relieved and was heard saying that she could now put up with the headache without any complaints (we’ll see about that).

I needed another script for my pills for my shoulder problem so that was organised while we were there and I also had my annual Fluvax injection, which from past years results I would recommend it to everybody.

A water leak under the sink repaired, hopefully, and that was enough to fill in the last couple of days, so tomorrow with the weather supposedly improving we will start our sightseeing around Sydney with a trip round the Blue Mountains area.


Chapter 7

Return to Sydney

Sunday 1st April, (Sydney).

We have now returned to Sydney and back in the caravan. We stayed at Narrelle’s Friday night and at Gundagai Saturday night, we didn’t do any sightseeing on the way back because we were only interested in getting back. We are going to stay here for a few days and then continue our tour north.

Although we enjoyed our trip home tremendously, it is very good to be back as we are really getting used to this life of ease and travel and look very much forward to continuing.

I made contact with an old friend tonight via MSN Messenger, an “E-mail” connected utility that Matthew connected me to when home. I met up with this friend on the ferry across Bass Strait when we came over here in January, he was on his way to Sydney to live, as there was not enough work in Tassie, and prior to then I hadn’t met him for some years. This electronic system indicated to me that he was on line when I logged on to e-mail so I had a short on line chat and after getting his phone number I called him so we could make arrangements to meet while we are here. It turns out that he is working near Newcastle at the moment so I hope to meet up with him while we are in that area.