Three new States: New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria
23.02.2015 28 °C
NAMES I KNOW YOU’LL LOVE!
This time we’ve actually been to :
Tooleybuc, Semaphore, Port Fairy, Echuca,
Mitta Mitta and Junee, near Wagga Wagga,
Hahndorf, Port Noarlunga and Gundagai
We got home this afternoon and happy to be here:
As we drove into our little parkland at the back of our house, we were glad to see that the kookaburras are still here and making their usual racket and so, too, are the wallabies, black cockatoos, water fowls, and rabbits – it’s just a pity they’ve chopped the tops off the pretty bush fences at the side of the house, but then we don’t do the gardenening and I guess there’s always going to be a compromise isn’t there! But please leave the bushes as they are meant to be …. Says I !!!
The places and place names we’ve stayed at and travelled through have amused us everywhere. To start with even Tea Gardens isn’t your usual cup of tea now is it! But we’ve loved every step of the way – it’s been another life on the road with our dog who has always been her usual very tolerant and fun dog but then Skippy isn’t your average dog anyway. She frightened the life out of us at 7.30 this morning, as we were leaving Junee and driving into the rising sun. We came across a wide road width with a very large mob of sheep, and just pulled up in time! In keeping with her breed – she’s a kelpie (as seen in the movie Red Dog) after all, and immediately barked at them all and ran across the back seat of the car where she always sits. She couldn’t take her eyes off them. It was just the right thing for her to do of course and even from inside the car they heard her quite clearly and scuttled across the road, clearing the way for us! Good dog Skippy.
We’ve travelled exactly 4601 kms in a month, from leaving home to returning home, sometimes retracing our steps from 50 years ago, and often meeting up with some family and friends and we have definitely and eaten and drunk far too much – but loved it all.
It was teeming with rain when we left and pretty cold in Sydney where we started our trip, with a top temperature of 21. By the time we had driven across the Hay Plains and into Adelaide it was in the high 30s, and for a couple of days in Adelaide it reached 41 degrees. This has continued in Sojuth Australia - our driest state and along with Perth, a city with extremely high summer temperatures. Yesterday in Wagga it was 36 degrees and now we are home again it's just 26. But so far no cyclones or storms which they have had in Queensland. Buderim has had very heavy rain for a week now.
Tomorrow it’s washing, and more washing, then washing the van to prepare it for storage - it's going to bed for a few months at least.
To keep that smile on your face, here are a few more of our local place names for you to laugh at:
Motto Farm, Bulahdelah (pronounce that one if you can!), Gulgong, Dungog, Wagga Wagga, Wee Waa, Woy Woy, Tallangatta, Khancoban, Curl Curl and Pretty Beach …
…. More next time folks!