Victoria ~ February 2013  

Things turn out best for people who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Friday 1st February 2013

The car part we have been waiting for did not arrive. The young chap at the tyre place did, however, fix the wheel arch problem temporarily. We will have to repeat the whole exercise again when we get to Dandenong next week.

We then went into town for some lunch and to do some shopping. I collected the mail that had been waiting at the Post Office since January 22nd but I was told on the 29th it was not there. Thank you Australia Post.

It is so cold again, once home we put the heater on and relaxed, me with a book and Pete Mate - well, Pete Mate has decided to redo the web site. Personally I think he is his biggest critic and I think what he has achieved so far is brilliant but to him it is not good enough.

Saturday 2nd February 2013

We packed everything away ready for the move tomorrow. I also made some preparations for the transition between caravan and cabin.

Sunday 3rd February 2013

We left Bairnsdale around 9.30am and had a nice relaxed run through to Dandenong. We had a few stops along the way so arrived late afternoon. We then had to transfer our worldly goods from the caravan to cabin. It was difficult to know what we were going to need in the next two weeks so we probably took things we will not use. Mary, here at the caravan park, is lovely. She is so obliging, trying to find us a place to leave the ‘van overnight and upgrading us to a bigger cabin for the same price.

We had a wonderful surprise waiting for us here, our friends Eileen and Peter had arrived in the park this very day. We knew they were in the area but not actually here. We enjoyed a wonderful Happy Hour and it was so lovely spending time with them.

Monday 4th February 2013

We took the caravan into Jayco. What a trial that was! We were there ages and I didn’t have one crossword with me. Once we left Jayco we went to the local shopping centre for some refreshments and supplies, then home again. Pete Mate had a nap before spending more time with Eileen and Peter. Cups of tea turned into glasses of wine and then it was dinner time. Dinner was provided and cooked to perfection by Peter complemented by a lovely salad made by Eileen. We felt very special and truly spoilt. A perfick day.

Tuesday 5th February 2013

It was sad saying goodbye to Peter and Eileen this morning but who knows, our paths may cross again soon. I certainly hope so. We then left for a couple of medical appointments which took up most of the morning even though our appointments were for 9.00am. The doctor we saw seemed very good, so good in fact that we thought we would see her again on Friday.

Once out of the doctor's we went in search of: Eventually we did all of those things, and I found a bag for my iPad for which I have been searching for a while. We then made our way home as Pete Mate was in need of a nanny nap. When we arrived home it was me that went for one and left him on the computer.

Wednesday 6th February 2013

We had a drive out to Frankston to see some sand sculptures that Eileen and Peter had recommended. They were fabulous and completed in such amazing detail, we were so impressed. It was well worth the visit and the entrance fee. The pictures show just two of about fifteen sculptures.

Sand Castle
How about that for a sand castle? This sculpture is called Seaport Village.
It was carved by Jino vanBruinessen and Peter Redmond.
Sand Fishes
Entitled The Sign of the Seahorse Café, this sculpture depicts characters from Graeme Base's 1992 book of the same name. That's Corporal Bert the Soldier Crab at the top. The sculptor was American Brad Goll of Melbourne.
We then went for a very nice but very large lunch ... and that was just the entrée size. No need to cook tonight, now. Later in the afternoon we received a phone call to say the ‘van is ready because they had had some cancellations they were able to do ours in two days instead of ten. We arranged with the caravan park office for us to bring the ‘van back, reverse the unloading procedure then move on to a powered site for a week or so. I, for one, will be glad when it is all done and we are back to normal.

Thursday 7th February 2013

We collected the caravan and then had to transfer all our things back. It seemed to take longer than the other way round and by the time we had done it, moved the caravan on to site, set up camp and sorted everything out we were exhausted. It is so nice to be back in our home with our own things.

Friday 8th February 2013

Back to the doctors we went. Pete Mate had a hearing test and as it came back all good he has no excuse for not listening. We visited the huge Plaza shopping mall and bought a few things, yes, including wine. Ho-hum. We then collected some body parts for Billy before heading home.

Saturday 9th February 2013

The sun was shining brightly and the washing machine was humming away. I cleaned and sorted out a few things before sitting outside with a cup of tea and a book. Pete spent some time on the computer then joined me. It was Skype night tonight and then before I knew it it was dinner time. Where did that day go!

Sunday 10th February 2013

I was just about to make a drink and was looking out of the window when I spied two people that looked familiar. Moments later it was confirmed, friends Monika and Eckhart had called in to see us. It was so lovely to see them and we spent a good while catching up on all their news. We made arrangements to see them later in the week and then said our goodbyes.

Monday 11th February 2013

Pete Mate had a medical appointment this morning, which was basically filling in reams of paperwork. Okay, slight exaggeration. It just felt like reams. We then visited a new shopping centre where we enjoyed afternoon tea as we were way too late for lunch. Then we had a drive around a couple of car fixing places to see if they would fix Billy up. Pete Mate found one that was about $500 cheaper and he seemed to know more about what he was doing than the other guy. Billy is now booked in.

Tuesday 12th February 2013

Lay day.

Wednesday 13th February 2013

We went supermarket shopping in the morning and then in the afternoon we went to have afternoon tea with Monika and Eckhart. On the way we called at a florist to buy some flowers and I found myself on the end of a queue! Queuing in a florist? Then it dawned on me it was Valentine’s Day tomorrow. We enjoyed a lovely afternoon with M and E and then we four went out to dinner at one of their local clubs. It was a football club and it just happened to be training night so M and I were not short of ‘things’ to look at. We enjoyed a lovely time with two really nice people.

Thursday 14th February 2013

Another medical appointment for Pete Mate and then we went on a quest to find a newsagents so I could buy my English Woman’s Weekly. Apparently many newsagents are closing because they are no longer able to make a profit. Woolworth’s and Cole’s sell newspapers and magazines and Office Works has taken away their stationery business; another instance of the demise of small businesses due to undercutting by the big conglomerates.

Friday 15th February 2013

We enjoyed a lovely day out in the ‘high’ country of Dandenong. First stop was the picturesque village of Sassafras which has a tearoom called Miss Marples. This came highly recommended by friend Pat and as she has good taste we decided we couldn’t miss it. It was indeed a delightful place to enjoy lunch and very busy. Pete Mate wanted to take some photos of the interior but his camera battery was flat. Luckily I had the small camera and we used that to take some photos outside.

Miss Marples
Miss Marples café in Sassafras. It's as quaint inside as out.
I had a walk up and down the main street, which is about all there is of Sassafras. I browsed in a couple of shops before heading back to the car to continue our journey. We passed through some more lovely little villages before reaching Sky High Mount Dandenong. The gardens were lovely to wander about in but the views were disappointing due to a haze. There were some really good sculptures which I took photos of and I even managed a couple photos with Pete Mate in them.

Note to self: Make sure his camera battery is flat more often.
We enjoyed a refreshing drink in the café before going in search of the World Globe Fountain which looked interesting in the leaflet. Interesting it is not because we had walked past it three times before we realised it was the object of our search. It was now time to head home for happy hour. It was indeed a splendid day.

Saturday 16th February 2013

It is a beautiful sunny day here in Dandenong. I had a wander around the caravan park and chatted with a few people. I think I might have found a lady willing to play Mahjong with me. Fingers crossed.

Sunday 17th February 2013

Lay day. The day came, it went and I am sure we did something.

Monday 18th February 2013

Pete Mate had a hospital appointment today for the camera down the throat job. Again he had reams of paperwork to complete and then we waited and we waited and we waited. You get the picture. Eventually they called him in and I went in search of a drink and a walk as my bottom was well and truly numb. We were there for just over four hours and then we got the all clear to go home. Pete Mate has covered the findings on his page and as I have no idea how to spell any of it I will leave it to him.

Now came the fun part. I had to drive him home and as it is months since I drove anywhere it was quite ironic I had to choose busy Dandenong to get some practice. We arrived home safe and sound with Pete Mate feeling on top of the world. That is what he said, or was it the anaesthetic talking? Who knows.

Tuesday 19th February 2013

Today’s excursion was to see the regular doctor for test results and his ears syringed. After putting the drops in for a few days he is now completely deaf in that ear. His brain and neck scan came back all clear so that is two less worries. The wax in the ear was a different matter, it would not budge. He has to have more days of drops and go again on Friday. We were so long in the surgery it was time for lunch so we found a nice little coffee shop before returning home to the air-conditioning.

Wednesday 20th February 2013

Today’s medical appointment was to test PM’s circulation and it was an event in itself as we were NOT kept waiting. The good news is his circulation is fine. Another box ticked.

Thursday 21st February 2013

PM had to attend yet another medical place, this time to test his heart. I opted out of sitting in the waiting room and had my hair cut. The results of the heart ultrasound will not be known for over a week. My hair cut was not the best I've ever had but then again, not the worse.

Friday 22nd February 2013

An early morning medical appointment for Pete Mate, but we made it with a few minutes to spare. He wasn’t kept waiting long and this time the ear cleaning procedure was a success. No excuse for not listening now. The doctor burnt ten skin tags so I would imagine PM will look a little odd in a few days and according to the doctor he will be grumpy. I wonder if he can take a pill for that as well! Once we escaped the surgery we made for home, we have had enough of doctors and their waiting rooms.

Saturday 23rd February 2013

Apart from some washing and cleaning, not a lot happened here today.

Sunday 24th February 2013

We enjoyed a nice drive out to Healesville to meet up with friend Wendy for lunch. Wendy’s husband, John was playing bowls so it was just us three. We enjoyed a nice and relaxing lunch and as we two women hogged the conversation I think Pete Mate felt a little left out. We both agreed it was lovely to see Wendy again and always feel privileged to have met so many lovely people during our travels.

Monday 25th February 2013

Pete Mate took Billy to the repair shop first thing. I spent some time catching up with emails and my journal, then I read and knitted for a while.

Tuesday 26th February 2013

It poured down with rain for most of the day. There is something comforting curling up with a book when the rain is lashing down outside. The only thing missing was the chocolate.

Wednesday 27th February 2013

No news of Billy yet, hopefully tomorrow we will get a call. It rained on and off all day but I did manage to get some washing dry. I did some knitting and reading; maybe I should have stuck with the reading because the knitting had to be undone.

Thursday 28th February 2013

Pete Mate phoned the car place and Billy is ready. We were impressed with the work done and are glad we did it.