19th December, (Melbourne).

We have returned to Melbourne for preparations for our trip to Tassie, and the weather hasn’t changed. We have parked the caravan at Frankston at friend Rick Cooper’s yard and will be leaving it here for the duration of our trip.

We are very much looking forward to our return in late January and continue our travels.


16th December, (Bendigo).

We have spent the last couple of days at Bendigo, and have decided this is a place that one must return to and spend a fair while, as there seems to be so much to see, especially in the way of old buildings. It was a culture shock to see the nature of some of the buildings, which just simply demonstrates how much money there was in this area in the hey days. They are colossal, with the amount of work put into them being a spectacle to be believed.


11th December, (Shepparton).

Anyway after becoming extremely fed up with the cold and rain we have decided to spend the last two weeks further north where the temperatures are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. We moved yesterday to Shepparton and are already very grateful that we did as it is much more comfortable here. The park is very close to the town centre and on the edge of a lake, which makes for this being a very nice place to relax and enjoy the warmth.

We intend staying here for a week or so and then cruise back down via Bendigo, Ballarat and Geelong and then leave the caravan with ex workmate Rick at Frankston while we are home.


Friday 7th December, (Melbourne).

Things over the past month have been far from normal; we have spent most of the time in Melbourne, with the exception of one week in Frankston, because the weather has been too bad to do anything useful. At least this gave me time to enquire and find some information about solar panels. I decided on a brand called UNI-SOLAR, one salesman referred to them as ‘light sensitive panels’ rather than solar panels because they are more efficient on dull days, and more efficient on very sunny days. The standard rating for each of the panels is approximately 4 amps, 64W @ 16V, two of them giving a total of 8 amps, on a dull day they will provide 5 amps and on a hot sunny day they have provided a whopping 12 amps, so I am rather impressed. I dare say I will give further reports when I have given them greater use.

I did, in hindsight, make the wrong choice of installer, but they did make me the best offer and they were convenient, as it became obvious that they had never fitted solar cells to a caravan before. The resultant installation was acceptable although would have been a little neater using a caravan-experienced installer.