Saturday Dec 18th
They say the best laid plans will go astray if they can.................
My hopes to get away on Friday were dashed when we couldn’t pick up the “Beast” (Stuart’s Iveco) until after 2 pm from the repairer. We loaded up, hitched up, and towed onto the front lawn amidst a huge fight across the road with the neighbours. After about a half an hour of pushing and shoving I rang the police to be told that I was the third. Pretty soon there were 4 vehicles and about 7 officers sorting out the he saids she saids and then they quietened down for a while.
We slept in the van, up at 5am and after a quick cuppa were on the road with the neighbours still loud across the road and the speedo not working in the Beast . Stuart dropped me off at Nana’s (ex Mother In Law) for morning tea and he headed to get the dash problem fixed.
Tracy (my daughter) and I picked up lunch and by the time we got back Stuart and the beast had returned.
We had a very uneventful trip out to Biloela arriving about 3.15pm and as country people do a lady at the servo saw the caravan and asked us it we were in town for the market. No said I but we could be if you give us enough information about it we might be, so here we are at the White Cockatoo Caravan Park and going to do the market tomorrow morning.
Wednesday 22nd December
Driving from Biloela to Monto was an incredible sight. The surrounding countryside was so lush and green. It was then into Monto and Driver Reviver and lunch.
We stayed at our first free camp for the trip at the CLAUDE WARTON WEIR just 4 kms north of Gayndah. We arrived about 4pm, set up and got tea organised and sat in the shade on the trees on the side of the weir with our cheese and bickies and wine accompanied by some kookaburras and a million dragonflies and for Mias information none of them had pins stuck in them.
|Claude Warton Weir|
|Our Camp site at Claude Warton Weir|
We pulled into Goomeri for morning tea and picked up some cheese at the little cheese factory there and then on our way between Goomeri and Nanango there was water everywhere and at one spot it was across the road for about 100 mitres and there were small vehicles waiting to cross on both sides. We had no trouble crossing and then a few other vehicles crossed safely. As we followed the road around the Bjelke Petersen Dam we were amazed at the amount of water in the catchment. The spillway was open and water was gushing out with a huge spray and considering the fact that there was only 4% in the dam prior to this rain this is incredible.
We arrived at Brett and Katrina’s at about 3 on Tuesday afternoon to a welcoming committee of 2 (Mia and Eithen) looking very pleased to see us. The kids needed to have a look all around the inside of the van and at one stage were going to sleep in there too. We did the Santa thing and they loved the presents from Aunty Tracy and Uncle Bob and also from Stuart and I.
|Eithen with his present from Aunty Tracy and Uncle Bob|
|Mia with her present from Grandma and Stu Stu|
|Eithen wrapping his present for Grandma|
We got away from there about 10am as I had a doctors appointment to get the OK on my knee so after the Xray and the dr’s appointment we headed for the Gold Coast to pick up liquorice stock and get a few things tweaked in the van at Gold Coast Caravans. By the way the Doctor was very pleased with my knee and said I should be back on the dance floor soon.
As we couldn’t get anything done to the van this afternoon we are staying at the JACOB’S WELL TOURIST PARK at a cost of $35 for the night then it will be back to the van place and then into Brisbane for the 3 nights stay over Christmas
Friday 24th December
We booked into the NEWMARKET GARDENS CARAVAN PARK yesterday afternoon after getting the few things fixed on the Lotus and in the process we found out that after 3 different auto electricians had “fixed” the previous persons work we still had no power to the fridge through the battery and the brake lights kept coming on and we had no caravan brakes. Lester from Lotus fixed them up as best he could and we have his auto electrician going over it fully sometime between Christmas and New Year.
Andrew and Tom picked us up and we went to the Paddington Tavern for dinner. The meal was lovely and well priced as Andrew had 2-4-1 vouchers.
A nice surprise at around 4.30 pm when along came Santa through the park with about 10 helpers and handed each van owner a bottle of wine for Christmas.
|Stuart with his present from Santa|
Saturday 25th December
Tom picked us up at 11am and we were driven to their home for a very sumptous Christmas Lunch.
Much eating, drinking and merriment was had by all. Andrew was chef for the day and I would say a better meal couldn't be had at any restaurant. Absolutely incredible.
Andrew and Tom's friend Helen was also a guest for lunch along with a friend of hers Eric who was on his own for Christmas and lives on a yacht.
|Stuart, Lesley, Andrew and Tom|
|Tom, Helen and Andrew|
|Eric, Tom, Andrew, Me and Helen's hand finishing off dessert|
|Andrew, Eugene, Nick, Me, Eric, Helen and Tom|
|View from Helens balcony|
A taxi ride home at about 8.30 rounded off a great day.