Coff’s Harbour

Saturday 5th May, (Coff’s Harbour).

A trip to the Botanic Gardens in Coff’s today was an enjoyable outing as this particular Botanical Garden was in fact what the name suggests, a garden of natural plants, but they did have areas which contain plants of other areas and countries. A leisurely stroll for a couple of hours taking heaps of photos, in fact I found it wasn’t long before I had filled the data cartridge in the camera which holds about 75 pics, and before we knew it we decided we should have made a full day of it as we were getting hungry and had to go get something to eat. We will return there before we leave and have a look at what we missed out on.

After lunch we had a look around the jetty area, this is an area bustling with activity with fish markets, and I suppose it was busier today as the Endeavour (the old restored tall ship) had paid a visit to Coff’s and was open for inspection. One of the many break-walls in the jetty area was connected to one of the islands just off shore so we took the opportunity to walk out to the island, which is a breeding ground for mutton-birds, and has a boardwalk across it so as to enable people to traverse the island without causing any damage.

We have been in Coff’s for 4 days now, which would be about our normal stay duration but I can see that we will be here for more than the week we booked in for.

Coff’s Harbour

Still haven’t had a chance to look around Coff’s Harbour yet as I have been working on maintenance. After chasing up getting a seat fitted to the car, the result was that, in NSW at least, it is not legal to fit a third seat in the panel van as the structure in the flooring does not permit, so we will just have to endure what we have so far. I needed to do something about the level riders on the caravan hitch as I experienced a problem in Nambucca that I would not like to recur. Level riders are an attachment that fit between the tow ball section of the car and the towing frame on the front of the caravan and are connected to the van by chains that slot into a metal bracket that sits on the van frame. The connecting pieces are metal rods designed to act as a spring device so when the chains connected to the bars are tensioned up onto the brackets we effectively spread some of the caravan weight on the tow ball off the rear wheels of the car onto the front wheels and the caravan wheels resulting in raising the rear end of the car so the car and caravan ride at the correct level. The chains that connect the rods to the brackets connect to the bars by an eye hook, which is designed to slip along the bar as the vehicle turns a sharp corner, which created the problem by binding on the bar and instead of sliding, grabbed, and pulled the bracket off the draw bar causing the parts to separate and fall to the ground. I looked around some caravan sails yards for a solution, if not a replacement set that would be more reliable, but found some second-hand brackets that bolt to the draw bar, so they can’t fall off, changed the eye bolts on the end of the chains, purchased some spray on silicon lubricant and cleaned up the bars, so now all I have to do is spray some lubricant on the bars when I hook up and see what eventuates. Logic dictates that the new system has got to be better.

An incident occurred today that makes one wonder why some manufacturers make things in the insufficient manner that they do. I needed to try to adjust the rear door of the panel van and to do so I needed a Torx driver with a size 40 bit, or just a bit and use my socket set to drive it, but do you think one can just buy a bit on its own? I was convinced that the only way I would obtain one of these bits was to buy a set, so I did, at a cost of $20 plus and thought that, well I would at least now have a set. When I fitted it to my socket set and attempted to undo the first screw the bit shattered into several pieces. I promptly returned the set to the place of purchase and then found that they did in fact have a bit on its own, it was permanently attached to a ½ inch socket drive, and certainly looked as if it would not shatter like the other, and the price certainly indicated that it should last, as it was as expensive on its own as the set previously purchased. It did the job effectively and now I at least have the bit in case of any future use.

We had a visit from Linda’s friend that lives at Coff’s (Harbour) and they had quite a chin wag, which would be expected, and made arrangements to meet at church on Sunday, as she has not been attending while we have been away because she does not like attending a church of strangers on her own.

Coff’s Harbour

Friday 4th May, (Coff’s Harbour).

Still haven’t had a chance to look around Coff’s Harbour yet as I have been working on maintenance. After chasing up getting a seat fitted to the car, the result was that, in NSW at least, it is not legal to fit a third seat in the panel van as the structure in the flooring does not permit, so we will just have to endure what we have so far. I needed to do something about the level riders on the caravan hitch as I experienced a problem in Nambucca that I would not like to recur. Level riders are an attachment that fit between the tow ball section of the car and the towing frame on the front of the caravan and are connected to the van by chains that slot into a metal bracket that sits on the van frame. The connecting pieces are metal rods designed to act as a spring device so when the chains connected to the bars are tensioned up onto the brackets we effectively spread some of the caravan weight on the tow ball off the rear wheels of the car onto the front wheels and the caravan wheels resulting in raising the rear end of the car so the car and caravan ride at the correct level. The chains that connect the rods to the brackets connect to the bars by an eye hook, which is designed to slip along the bar as the vehicle turns a sharp corner, which created the problem by binding on the bar and instead of sliding, grabbed, and pulled the bracket off the draw bar causing the parts to separate and fall to the ground. I looked around some caravan sails yards for a solution, if not a replacement set that would be more reliable, but found some second-hand brackets that bolt to the draw bar, so they can’t fall off, changed the eye bolts on the end of the chains, purchased some spray on silicon lubricant and cleaned up the bars, so now all I have to do is spray some lubricant on the bars when I hook up and see what eventuates. Logic dictates that the new system has got to be better.

An incident occurred today that makes one wonder why some manufacturers make things in the insufficient manner that they do. I needed to try to adjust the rear door of the panel van and to do so I needed a Torx driver with a size 40 bit, or just a bit and use my socket set to drive it, but do you think one can just buy a bit on its own? I was convinced that the only way I would obtain one of these bits was to buy a set, so I did, at a cost of $20 plus and thought that, well I would at least now have a set. When I fitted it to my socket set and attempted to undo the first screw the bit shattered into several pieces. I promptly returned the set to the place of purchase and then found that they did in fact have a bit on its own, it was permanently attached to a ½ inch socket drive, and certainly looked as if it would not shatter like the other, and the price certainly indicated that it should last, as it was as expensive on its own as the set previously purchased. It did the job effectively and now I at least have the bit in case of any future use.

We had a visit from Linda’s friend that lives at Coff’s (Harbour) and they had quite a chin wag, which would be expected, and made arrangements to meet at church on Sunday, as she has not been attending while we have been away because she does not like attending a church of strangers on her own.

Coff’s Harbour

Wednesday 2nd May, (Coff’s Harbour).

We have now moved on to Coff’s Harbour. We somewhat regretted leaving Nambucca, as we were enjoying the atmosphere the area had to offer. The past few days were filled in by taking walks around the township and soaking in the scenery, this was when the weather permitted as it has been raining lightly on and off for quite a while. We found that it was also quite enjoyable just sitting out in the grassed area near the van and admiring the immediate surrounding scenery.

So today we packed up, and it started raining during packing up, and moved on. We can always return there next time we return, Linda was actually heard to say on departure “we must come back here on our next visit”.

Coff’s Harbour, we have several things to do while we are here and have decided to stay until we achieve our needs. The car needs some attention, such as a cover to keep the salt spray off as well as the sap from the trees we park under. I experienced bad staining from trees in one of our previous stays that would not wash off so I had to actually polish the car to get rid of the stains and I don’t want to go through that again. I will have to chase up the possibility of purchasing a seat that can be fitted between the bucket seats in the Panel van so a third person can be seated. It is especially needed to seat Elly, Granddaughter, as we will no doubt some time in the future will have to look after her, eg when Matt and Lou come to Brisbane in October for their conference. A couple of medical situations need to be followed up, and apart from all this there seams to be heaps to do in the area so I don’t think it will be very difficult to fill in plenty of time.