In these pages, I often mention funny place names and signposts that leave us wondering how on earth the name came about. One of those familiar with southern motorists is Turn Back Jimmy Creek near Jerilderie in New South Wales. Some months ago I was grateful to receive an email from Robert in Perth who solved one mystery for me. Robert’s grandfather was a pioneering farmer in Coleambally and to quote Robert “Jimmy was told to go into town to get supplies but when he got to the creek he changed his mind (about going into town). He returned empty-handed … Continue reading Turn Back Jimmy Creek
Our great friend and travel mate El Prado passed away suddenly last week. He was unwell at our Xmas caravan club muster at Maryborough, Vic on the weekend but on Sunday night a bunch of us shared dinner and he … Continue reading Vale El Prado
Day 107 Monday 19/9/2022 Woomargama to Home, cold We’re up before dawn and we have short showers because we’re low on water and don’t want to top up the tanks. There is enough water to wash last night’s dishes so … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 107 – Back in town
Day 106 Sunday 18/9/2022 Marulan to Woomargama, icy wind 8 – 14 We have a warm toasty night with two doonas on the bed. The van quickly warms when we fire up the diesel heater though the outside ambient temperature … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 106 – Fit for a King
Day 105 Saturday 17/9/2022 Maitland to Marulan, 23 @ Hawkesbury 13 @ Sthn Highlands It was a cool night and we woke to dew on the grass. Trotters are clop-clopping around the arena. The GPS (she who didn’t know Blomfield … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 105 – Did we fly in?
Day 104 Friday 16/9/2022 Nambucca Heads to Maitland, warm 24 It rained all night, but thankfully stopped at 6:00am and became warm and steamy. We trundle down the Pacific M1 freeway and arrive at the Maitland turnoff around noon. There … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 104 – Maitland
Sept 2022, Nambucca Heads, NSW There’s a wonderful spear fisherman statue in the garden by the V Wall that explains how the indigenous people of this area knew when the mullet were running. Hairy grubs, butterflies, and wattle blooming were … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Days 102 & 103 – Time to say goodbye again
Sept 2022, Nambucca Heads, NSW We take long walks and I find a rather nice helmet Cassidae shell on the beach. They’re fishing for bream on Shelly Beach. I have a walk along the V Wall, it always feels like half the townsfolk are out here having their morning exercise. Woody walks up to the highway and VeeWee and I pick him up on our way to lunch at the Macksville Hotel. We sit in the courtyard where there’s a mural dedicated to the late cricketing great Phillip Hughes who was a Macksville lad. My lamb fajitas are delicious. MV … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Days 100 & 101 – Love you mate
Sept 2022, Nambucca Heads, NSW The whip birds are whipping. On the beach, the air smells of spring flowers. It’s so nice to be back here again. The morning is glorious, and the light is brighter here, sunglasses bright. We … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Days 98 & 99 – Soaking it up
Day 97 Friday 9/9/2022 Murwillumbah to Nambucca Heads, wet sunny 22 We’re up early and get away by 6:30am. The light rain becomes heavy when we join the Pacific Motorway and stays with us for hours. It clears by Yamba … Continue reading Breakdown Blues – Day 97 – Is she sick again?