We have a mate who will do anything for a north facing site so that she can pick up satellite reception for Foxtel. During the footy season this becomes a serious issue. Sometimes we agonise over the best way to park the van to get protection from the wind other times it’s all about getting a cool shady spot for a quiet read. Advertisements Continue reading When a view isn’t everything
“Cleaned sheep dung out of the shower”. Would be my reply. Back in 2016 we had a couple of wonderful days at Jondaryan Woolshed up on the Darling Downs out the back of Toowoomba, but it was cold and wet. The trusty gumboots came out from under the bed and were put to good use, but as we left I just tossed them in a big garbage bag and thought “I’ll deal with you later”. When we hurriedly set up camp down on the Gold Coast I tossed the bag in the shower. Come Sunday morning and in my birthday … Continue reading What’d you do on Sunday?
A friend gave me this cute little bag a while back and I thought wow I could put a bottle of water in that and my phone and keys and it would be really, really handy. Then recently we were … Continue reading The Helping Hand Bag
We both have a manageable coffee addiction, probably fuelled by the fact that Woody worked in the coffee industry for many years. Because of this we travel with a small espresso machine that makes a pretty good coffee. However, being on 12 volt battery power when free camping means that we must resort to our Italian stove top pot. This makes quite a good cup and keeps the ‘beasties’ at bay until we are back on real power again. Nevertheless I’m extremely envious of those new vans with lithium batteries that will power an espresso machine. Continue reading Oh Lord won’t you buy me a generator?
Jan 2014 Daylesford, Vic As we pack up our camp after our first night in our new van we realise that the car has a puncture. It looks like a rock has pierced the tyre wall. It’s a case of unhitching the van, jacking up the car, changing the tyre, then hitching the van up again. Once the spare wheel is on we nick into Daylesford and do a quick U turn into the tyre repairers. There is a heck of a metallic noise and we discover that we have popped one of our load levellers onto the roadway. Five … Continue reading Getting To Know a New Caravan
We rarely leave the bitumen so supplies aren’t such an issue. All around Australia most towns these days have good supermarkets and I’m sure that even if our fridge/freezer broke down we’d still have enough food on board to keep us going for quite some time. Pasta, rice noodles, canned soup (there’s nothing better than soup on those cold wet nights when you are too tired to cook), rice (short grain and Arborio of course because Woody loves his risotto), small cans of tuna for lunches, sandwiches and salads. Tubs of tomato paste and bottles of passata. We always carry … Continue reading Staples to Keep On Board
I do feel sorry for caravan manufacturers and their design teams. It seems that the public requests and they build, grand luxurious vans with full gleaming bathrooms and kitchens that have all the features that one would expect at home. Yet so many of the vanners that I talk to refuse to use their showers, favouring the park shower blocks and turning their shower cubicle into a hanging wardrobe space. The same folk also loudly declare “Oh we’ll never cook inside!” and rain hail or shine they cook outside on their Weber Baby Q’s. Perhaps a large box containing just … Continue reading It’s a fickle market
March 2015 There’s so much discussion about van weights and towing capacities these days. I feel that we are somewhat overloaded as we set out for Perth but what with the Jeep’s 3½ tonne towing capacity it isn’t a problem except of course for the cost of fuel. Woody has packed more shoes than Imelda Marcos. Now I know that the reason for this trip is Jordy and Megsy’s wedding in Margaret River and Woody doesn’t want to arrive looking like ‘trailer trash’, but I’m sure Megsy will be the centre of attention, not Woody’s shoes. Continue reading Weights and Measures
The New South Wales, Queensland state border is an unusual delineation. At Wallangarra the state border crosses through the railway station platform. At bustling Tweed Heads, NSW in the Summer Time you will find that you can put half of your body in a different time zone as its twin town of Coolangatta is in Queensland and doesn’t partake in Australian Eastern Summer Time, thus it remains an hour behind the rest of the eastern states for nearly half the year. Alcohol isn’t sold in supermarkets in Qld but it is in NSW, so for convenience sake you can duck … Continue reading Bordering on Madness
We often hear seniors talking about having travelled 500 kilometres in a day, falling into bed then doing it all again the next day and the day after. Not only do you miss out on seeing the sights but you miss the good spots at free camps and you run the risk of hitting wildlife that feeds at dusk and dawn. We call this roo time. Why not sleep in, have a lazy breakfast then enjoy your journey. When you’re retired, every day is a Saturday, right? What’s the rush? Continue reading There’s No Need to Rush