Queensland ~ October 2013 

Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter
and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Seuss

Tuesday 1st October 2013

I spent the morning helping Sue again and then relaxed for the afternoon. Pete Mate did some more sorting and then later we went to happy hour for a while.

Wednesday 2nd October 2013

We had a trip into Rocky today to visit a friend in hospital. Afterwards we enjoyed a very pleasant lunch at a nearby pub and then stocked up on beer and wine at Dan Murphy’s. We then headed home for a rest before Happy Hour. A caravan club arrived today so there were a few more people at happy hour.

Thursday 3rd October 2013

I went off to the CWA to make some more Christmas cards and Pete Mate took Billy into the mechanics to have his shock absorbers done. In the afternoon I went over to Robyn’s and we made some cards. I am really enjoying this and would like to learn more. We went to happy hour and the caravan club were there again. We believe they leave on Saturday so after tomorrow I guess we will be back to our small group.

Friday 4th October 2013

I went to Tai Chi in the morning and then had a much needed haircut. Once home I did a few chores before having a quick lunch. We then headed off to the doctors for our final appointment prior to getting back on the road and heading south - or so we thought. The receptionist had given us the wrong appointments with the wrong doctor. The doctor was very nice but couldn’t do everything we asked for so we then had to make another appointment for next week. We were not impressed at all. Later we had a special happy hour because it was Al’s birthday. Then six of us went off to the Kinka Kippa for a very nice dinner. We ate and drank too much as usual.

Saturday 5th October 2013

We just pottered about around the caravan and read for a while. I went on Skype but it was rubbish so I closed down and went to happy hour.

Sunday 6th October 2013

I had a nice relaxing day doing a few things I wanted to do and then I watched a DVD in afternoon whilst knitting.

Monday 7th October 2013

I packed a few things away, did a mammoth wash and then wrote some Christmas cards. I am so organised this year.

Tuesday 8th October 2013

Our delightful friends, Marilyn and Greg, arrived for a couple of days. It was so good to see them and we worked out it has been four years since we saw them last. We sat and chatted awhile and then after lunch we took them for a drive and ended up at Rosslyn Marina for coffees.

Once back at the park it was time for happy hour and then up to the pub for dinner. Jim and Sue joined us which was lovely and I am pretty sure we all had a good evening.

Wednesday 9th October 2013

I had two early morning appointments today. The first was at the doctors for my skin check. Once that was done and dusted we drove into Yeppoon for my hearing aid check up. We then gave M & G a bit of a tour of the area and managed to fit in morning tea and lunch. We then came home for a rest before going to a very long happy hour.

Thursday 10th October 2013

I spent the morning making Christmas cards at the CWA hall. My friend Robyn didn’t come with me today as she has the flu but she arranged a goodbye cake to have at morning tea. It was a lovely gesture and all the lovely ladies wished me safe travelling.

Pete Mate started packing things away in my absence. I spent a little time once home also packing away things before going over to help Sue with the MYOB. We had a productive afternoon and are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. We enjoyed a very nice happy hour meeting some new people.

Friday 11th October 2013

I didn’t manage to get to Tai Chi this morning in time to take part but I did make it in time to say goodbye to the lovely people; I will miss them. I then spent the next two hours at the beauticians having a manicure and pedicure. Then it was home again to do so more packing away before heading out to Yeppoon for my last physio appointment. We also paid a visit to Centrelink and I was fortunate to encounter a very helpful lady that gave me the information I needed. Then we did a supermarket shop to see us through the next week or so.

We enjoyed a short happy hour before heading up to the Bowling Club for tea. We were joined by our friend Al and two other couples that we met at Happy Hour last night. A very pleasant evening was had by all.

Saturday 12th October 2013

I went for my last walk up to the Singing Ship, did my circuit then called in at the shops. Once again I bought raffle tickets from the lovely chaps of the Men’s Shed.

At home I did a few things before going over and helping Sue with MYOB. My brain was not working too well and I would be very surprised if I hadn’t left her in a confused state.

Jim and Sue took Pete Mate and I out for a very pleasant lunch. I still had a few things left to pack so I did that whilst Pete Mate had a nap. I walked over to Robyn and Ray to say goodbye and we had a little glass of the vino and then it was back to our normal happy hour which went on very late indeed. We said goodbye to some lovely people and then went home to bed.

Sunday 13th October 2013

It took me a while to get myself into gear this morning. Eventually we were ready to leave around 9.45am. We said our final goodbyes and then headed off. I do so dislike goodbyes and we know so many lovely people in Emu Park. We had a good trip through to Banana and arrived in time for lunch. We then had nanny naps and did some reading. We had tea over at the pub which was very nice and very pleasant. It will take a while to adjust to it being just the two of us again.

Monday 14th October 2013

We had a good nights sleep and left Banana by about 9.45am. There was a lot more traffic on the road and a few wide loads as well. The road works were in operation today so that meant more delays but we still made Possum Park in good time. We went to happy hour by the campfire which was attended by a couple who have been here a month, the chap seemed to be do some gardening, plus two permanent workers who were vying for seniority. Not a pleasant atmosphere to have a wine. This all went over Pete Mate’s head as he was only interested in the plane they have here and he enjoyed his happy hour apart from hundreds of tiny little beetles loving him.

Tuesday 15th October 2013

The overnight weather was wonderful and cool so we slept really well. Pete Mate went off to take photos of the plane here whilst I cleared and packed away the things we had used. We left Possum around 10ish and again encountered wide loads and road works along the way. We arrived at Goondiwindi mid afternoon and set up camp without any problems, not a black bikini in sight.

Wednesday 16th October 2013

We left Goondiwindi around 10.00am, the traffic wasn’t too heavy today but we did encounter a herd of cows on the road that were grazing in 'the long paddock'. We arrived at Bingara at lunchtime having lost an hour to daylight saving when we crossed the Queensland/NSW state border so it was a late lunch. We were setting up camp when the manager came over and told us we were on two sites and would have to move. Oops. We did that and as the sites are not drive through Pete Mate had to unhitch the car. The park is nice and green with lots of birds chirping away. A bird club are arriving over the next couple of days to do some serious bird watching. Some arrived this afternoon but they are not into social happy hours, just sitting in groups talking about birds. One chap in particular had a booming voice that could be heard in all directions.

Thursday 17th October 2013

We had a look around Bingara today including the lookout which gave us views over the town. We enjoyed a sandwich and a coffee in a really old café which was part of the Roxy theatre. Later we were treated to a very loud thunderstorm which gave us some rain but not an overly amount. The whole area needs a lot more rain as it is so dry everywhere.

Friday 18th October 2013

We had a good trip through to Tamworth. Traffic was light but we did encounter more cows in the long paddock. We set up camp and then had a rest before happy hour with Tarranne and Neil. We then walked up to the Oasis for dinner and met up with a few other friends. It was lovely to catch up with so many friends, it was just a shame the meals were very late and not that good.

Saturday 19th October 2013

We attended the first ever Tamworth air show. It wasn’t the best show we have ever been to but it was still good. The flying part only lasted two hours and the rest of the time we could have looked at the displays but we chose to leave and go and have lunch elsewhere and then go home for nanny naps.

In the evening we drove out of town to a newly refurbished pub called the Currabubula Hotel. Our friends, Two Gals, were performing and we met up with another friend, Marie Hodson, which was lovely. We were also joined by Anna and Ruth so it made for a good night with very pleasant company. The food was really good and the owner of the pub came to the table and asked us if we enjoyed our meal and was there anything they could have done to improve it; very impressive.

Two Gals used to be a trio called Those Gals and this year one of them left so Wendy and Carolyn became a duo and they were good really good; it was a fun night.

Sunday 20th October 2013

It was a very pleasant relaxed Sunday with glorious weather. I managed to do a lot of washing and get it dry. Tarranne paid us a visit with her two grand sons which was nice. In the evening we met up with friends Leonie and Alan for dinner. It was a very pleasant evening and so nice to be with these two lovely people once again.

Monday 21st October

Thanks to Colleen for the email telling us about the ‘deliberate’ mistake we had made with the dates. Well that’s our story. It's fixed now but we really do appreciate you pointing out mistakes.

We pottered about in the morning and then suddenly realised we had things to do and places to be. We arrived in town with enough time to do a couple of things before meeting friends for lunch. We timed it so that we would have arrived spot on time but . . . we got lost. I know it is hard to believe that we were lost in Tamworth but in the end we had to ask a local. We enjoyed a nice lunch with some lovely people but sadly all too soon they had to rush back to work. We continued on with our 'to do' list and once home sat and read instead of getting ready for our departure tomorrow. Tarranne and Neil joined us for happy hour. Over the last few days we have managed to catch up with most of our Tamworth friends and it has been really lovely and we thank them deeply for taking the time out from their busy lives to see us. They made us feel very special.

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

We were back on the road by 10.30am and heading south to Tooraweenah. The journey was uneventful, a few more trucks on the road, cattle in the long paddock, a dead koala on the road and terrible uneven surfaces to bounce us along.

We arrived at Tooraweenah to a very warm welcome which included home-made scones, jam and cream delivered to our door. We enjoyed a very pleasant happy hour with a small group of people. It is a similar set up to Bell Park in that as soon as you arrive you are told there is happy hour five o’clock in the communal area. It works well and other parks should perhaps follow suit. The television reception was very good but phone and internet coverage was nil unless you went walkabout.

Wednesday 23rd October 2013

We left Tooraweenah around 10 a.m. The road surfaces in some parts were not as bad as yesterday however the traffic was heavy, especially with trucks. We decided to top Billy up with diesel in Dubbo which was unbelievably stressful. First we had to get into the place which was on the other side of the highway. This involved going around the roundabout twice because we didn’t know where we were going. We then had to manoeuvre the car and caravan around parked trucks, some filling up. Once we had filled up we had to get out. Again trucks were in the way plus a man unloading ice seemed to think it was okay to block two places, one with his truck and one with the pallet he was unloading. Eventually we left but not before scraping the tow ball or something on the driveway as we drove out. As I said, a stressful time all because I had an 8 cent/litre voucher for Coles Express.

We arrived at Peak Hill at lunchtime and quickly set up camp for an overnighter. When I paid the fee I was amazed at the kiosk shop, I have never seen one so well stocked - it was a mini supermarket. We found the camp a little bare and a bit scruffy but the amenities block was very nice, it even had heated shower floors!

I went for a walk into the town in the afternoon and found the place a little sad with many shops closed and looking the worse for wear. A few more people arrived in the park and at 5 p.m. Peter Mate went in search of an organised happy hour. He didn’t find one so we organised our own and met some lovely people called Robyn, Ian, Jill and Jim. We were having such a nice time that we didn’t realise how late it was. When we were packing up Pete Mate declared it was 7:45 p.m. - that was one long happy hour.

Thursday 24th October 2013

We left Peak Hill around 10 a.m. and had a good run through to Temora. There was a lot more traffic and the roads were pretty terrible. I do think the New South Wales Government needs to spend more money on fixing the roads. We arrived at Temora and soon set up camp in our reserved spot. The internet is not so good here, nor is TV reception but we still love the place.

Friday 25th October 2013

It was a shock to the system to have an overnight temperature of -2°C, I can tell you. It is freezing; I swear I saw a penguin when I went for my walk. We did a few things around the caravan and then I went to do some shopping. We are both coming down with colds but Pete Mate is worse than me. No really, he is. It didn’t stop him diving out of the caravan every time he heard a aircraft engine though. He always gets more exercise here at Temora.

Saturday 26th October 2013

It was another freezing night but at least the days are warm. We were busy around the caravan again today sorting out a few things. Then Pete Mate had a rest as his cold is worse and I read a book sitting in the sunshine.

Sunday 27th October 2013

We pottered about the place and then before we knew it our friends Bernie and June had arrived. We then spent pretty much the rest of the day catching up with their news. We did manage a short walk during the afternoon and Bernie and Pete Mate were kidnapped by a man called Jim who wanted to chat and chat and chat.

Monday 28th October 2013

We went into town to do a few things and have some lunch. Then we relaxed and enjoyed Temora airfield with our friends until it was happy hour once more.

Tuesday 29th October 2013

We pottered about for a while and then sat and read. Pete Mate fixed the heater back onto the wall. Happy hour was just us two but still enjoyable because we do enjoy each others company. Well most of the time!

Wednesday 30th October 2013

We had heard from two different sources that Ariah Park was worth a visit. June and Bernie had also been told it was a lovely little town so we four sallied forth to explore. What we found was a nice little town but it was closed! We couldn’t even get a cup of coffee. We wandered up and down the main street and then we sat for a while and ate ice cream before getting back in the car and hightailing it back to the town of Temora where everything was open.

I read for a while in the afternoon and then watched a Spitfire do what it does best in the air. I then went in search of the others on the airfield and found them and some chairs in the shade. We sat for another while and then I decided to go home as nothing was happening but the men stayed for ages. June and I were quite happy sitting drinking wine and chatting.

31st October 2013

We went into town for Pete Mate to organise a new passport and to do a few other things which included a visit to the coffee shop. Then it was rest time for me and plane watching for Pete Mate. Later quite a few people congregated on the runway apron to see two F/A-18s a Caribou, a Mustang and two Spitfires all flying together for a photo shoot. As it all happened high up it the sky and some distance away, we on the ground saw very little. We four then went out for dinner at the Bowling Club; it was a really nice meal and so was the wine and the company.