Capricorn Dancers, Day 6 – Learning more about Tocumwal

Day 6 Tuesday 1/6/21 Tocumwal, cloudy cold A cold day sees the quarantining camp very quiet. As Woody says ‘it’s not as though we can go to the movies’ (Tocumwal is far too small for that). Though VeeWee is glued to Netflix. As the day improves we get out for walks around town and find a plaque in honour of a young Tocumwal boy who was killed in Gallipoli in World War One. It’s amazing what you find when you have the time to look around. There is much debate as to whether the Melbourne lockdown will be extended. We … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 6 – Learning more about Tocumwal

Capricorn Dancers, Day 5 – Award Winning Pasties

Day 5 Monday 31/5/21 Tocumwal, icy to warm again 0-16 A crispy frosty morning and we’re up early to drive the 20kms to Finley for Woody’s blood test* only to be told that blood tests are by appointment only. We console ourselves by buying pasties from the award-winning Finley Bakery which has just been awarded ‘Best pastie in Oz’. We quickly retreat to base camp and wait in the van for the morning to warm up before reheating and eating our pasties in the lunchtime sun. The afternoon is spent reading, sketching the house across the road and walks along … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 5 – Award Winning Pasties

Capricorn Dancers, Day 4 – The Blowhole

Day 4 Sunday 30/5/21 Tocumwal, icy then warm 0-16 After a pleasant morning sitting in the sun chatting and reading we take a short drive to the local tourist attraction. One that we’ve never heard of. The Blowhole is a strange funnel like 15 foot deep water filled hole in a flat granite outcrop. Sacred to the Ulupna and Bangaragn people it seems to be connected to the Murray River, several kilometres away, as its water level rises as that in the Murray lowers. We scratch our heads wondering at the mystery of it. Dinner is pork fillets in a … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 4 – The Blowhole

Capricorn Dancers, Day 2 – Settling in

Day 2 Friday 28/5/21 Tocumwal, sunny with a chill wind 6-15 A really, quiet night and it is so nice to snuggle back under the doona and listen to the birdsong. Midmorning after a lazy start we stroll the two blocks into town looking for a new step for VeeWee as she ran over hers with the motor home. Never a good move and it looks a little sick and bandaged. Town is busy and friendly the autumn leaves are still hanging on to wintry branches. Since we were last here there’s a new two storey building being built overlooking … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 2 – Settling in

Capricorn Dancers, Day 1 – Like they say in the Westerns “Don’t leave town”.

Day 1 Thursday 27/5/21 Home to Tocumwal, we’re so stressed we don’t notice the weather We were intending to leave home on Saturday the 29th of May for our winter sojourn and we’re happily ahead of schedule with our packing when a 4th Covid statewide lockdown becomes imminent. Woody has an eye test at Specsavers at 10:40 delaying our departure. Ever watchful, VeeWee has already whizzed up to Seymour a day ahead of us. At 11:00am the lockdown is announced, the state borders will be closed at midnight. We hitch up and leave as soon as Woody returns from his … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 1 – Like they say in the Westerns “Don’t leave town”.