Saturday 24th April.

We had a trip to Bridport today, we had intended to do so for a long time and the weather today wasn’t any good for anything else. A worthwhile trip as we found out first hand the medical condition of Linda’s aunt Gwen. She is not too well at all and, without finding out her exact problem, we did find out that she is not expected to survive for long, so it was good to meet her, and Cobb, again. We must make it a regular thing from now on as we have been rather close to them over the years.


Friday 23rd April.

We, or I at least, have been rather busy over the past few weeks. Again my answer to the regular question, “What do you do with your time?” is the same: We don’t appear to achieve a great deal but we never have any spare time.

I have been busy for the past week building a sandwich board for Matthew for a church sign to place on the main road of a Sunday. This has consumed a fair bit of my time as there was a fair bit to it, it is not complete yet as the rest is basically Matt’s part in making the actual sign to affix to it. The whole project will want to be worth it as the cost is going to be substantial.

I have also had a very major service done on the car at 200,000k, and there was a fair drama occurred while doing so. All apparently went well, with the possible exception of the new brake pads and fluid, until I went to take the car for a drive to test the brakes and the machine failed to start. Not a thing wanted to happen when one turned the key to crank the engine. After much trying to find the problem the mechanic conceded that an auto-electrician should be called in the following day. After thinking and dreaming about it all night, as has always been my nature, I came up with a disturbance to the gas throttle prevention switch mounted under the dash by the accelerator, or this is where I thought it must have been. This is a switch that prevents the starter motor operating when one attempts to start with his foot on the accelerator. The following morning I promptly went to the mechanic and explained my thoughts, and we could not find anything, as we really had no idea where things were. When I returned later to see what was happening the auto-electrician was under the dashboard with the offending switch in hand rectifying the problem. It seems the switch was mounted a little too close to the footrest and the wiring had been kicked and came unplugged from the unit. Whether the mechanic listened to my dreams, or whether he already had an idea of what the problem was will, I guess, be never known, but it was a huge relief to find the problem was rectified quickly.

Finally we were mobile again and yes the brakes were not anywhere near as good as they were. It was decided that the pads might only need a bit of bedding in so the next couple of days would give us an idea. It has now been those couple of days and the brakes are improving. I suspect the rear discs have warped similar to what they had when I purchased the car, but not as bad, and now that I have done a few kms around town they are starting to bed in and improve. We have decided that another few days will tell. This being the case, I will have to consider disc replacement next time the pads are replaced.

Linda and I have again had a fair bit of discussion about when we will return to the mainland and it seems it will be as follows: As Linda wants to be here for the kids birthdays in July she will be staying until the end of July, but I will, hopefully, return several weeks earlier than her and find some place a little warmer to wait for when she returns to me. To be truthful I can’t wait for that day. Another reason for returning to the mainland, apart from the cold, is that once again we have proven that it is impossible to save money while in Tasmania, as there is always some small thing to spend on, so it will hopefully be economically viable to return to the big island.


Tuesday 13th April.

I keep thinking that there is no need to put words to paper, but then it appears that several things should be written. Now that I have decided to put things down it is apparent that several things will be forgotten.

Nelle and Matt have finally bought their new house and are happily busy doing some renovations to it. We are receiving the occasional photo from them of different aspects of the progress.

Electronic woes continue: After getting my mobile replaced with a new handset, a couple of months ago now, I am now having the same trouble with the new one. This time though I have decided that it is not necessarily a problem with my phone as the problem only exists in the Legana area and not anywhere else. I have had problems trying to relate this to people on the phone, and in the Telstra shop so I today visited an old workmate and explained the problem to him. Fortunately this sort of thing is exactly what he is paid for, so after travelling about a bit, making test calls in different locations, he is now as confused as me. It is quite apparent that nobody else has reported such a fault so it is the consensus that there must be something wrong with my unit, or its software, and possibly with the network as well, but my friend said he would make some enquiries and see if he can come up with some solution. Let’s hope he has some luck, but then it won’t bother me in a couple of months anyway when I return to the mainland, unless there are other areas with the same problem.

Yes, as I already mentioned Legana, we have moved back there. We found that Kelso was just too far from anywhere and we were just not seeing anybody. In the process of moving, I once again had the idea of claiming new start and even made an appointment. When we moved to Legana we found that the park gave us a reasonably substantial discount for a long-term stay, seeing it was passed the peak period, I again changed my mind about new start. I attended the interview I had arranged, and it turned out that there is a six week waiting period for the allowance anyway and as I am returning to the mainland in a couple of months it again proved not worth the effort.

Another problem we have experienced since moving to Legana is the high water pressure. The pressure in this area would have to be the highest we have experienced anywhere in Australia. The joints in my water hose could not handle the strain and kept popping apart, so some new ones were needed. The pressure limiter on the caravan water inlet also sprung a leak, but that was mainly due to the unit screws not being tightened enough, hopefully that fixed it. We learned a lesson from this, not to store paperwork or any perishables in cupboards with water connectors, as we did lose some of our paperwork to water damage, but not any essential paperwork.