Goulburn ~ February 2014

You believed you could ... so you did!

Saturday 1st February 2014

Pete Mate worked on the model train and I did a few chores followed by some reading. A very nice and relaxed day. When Pete Mate knocked off at five o'clock he was followed home by a bird!

Pete Mate chatting up his new friend.

Sunday 2nd February 2014

Today was pretty much the same as yesterday here in Goulburn.

Monday 3rd February 2014

Pete Mate once again worked with the trains whilst I had a hair cut and did some major shop browsing before he collected me.

Tuesday 4th February 2014

We awoke to the rain beating down on the caravan, a very pleasant sound indeed. Sadly it did not last long but the cooler weather remained. We shelved our sight-seeing plans and Pete Mate spent all day working on the trains and tracks. I amused myself and thoroughly enjoyed re-watching Downton Abbey whilst I wait for Season Four to be delivered.

Wednesday 5th February 2014

Today was cold and perfect weather for messing about with trains.

Thursday 6th February 2014

A cold start but the day warmed up as it progressed. Pete Mate was back with his trains whilst I started to go through cupboards for a major sort out.

Friday 7th February 2014

Today is the start of the Blues Festival so we went into town to listen to some music in the park. The programme I have is very different to what actually happens because we saw no sign of any music happening. We decide to abandon that plan and continued to do a few other things such as Bunning’s and Woolworths. On the way home we once again drove by the park and it looked like they were just setting up, too late for us though.

Saturday 8th February 2014

I had a cook-fest whilst Pete Mate played trains.

Sunday 9th February 2014

The day we had been waiting for, it is the steam day at the Water Museum. We knew it was going to reach 42°C but it didn’t occur to us that the day would be cancelled. I packed a picnic lunch and we sallied forth for a ‘blue’ day. As soon as we arrived we realised that all was not well because the place was very quiet. We found a guide who was showing a couple around and he told us the steam day has been cancelled because the 'firies' did a safety check and said it was too dangerous as there is long grass at the back of the museum. Obviously the idea of cutting the long grass did not occur to anyone. So we took our cameras and picnic back home to the air-conditioning.

Monday 10th February 2014

Reading, knitting, computers and trains were the activities of the day.

Tuesday 11th February 2014

We set off early to arrive in Canberra for a morning lake cruise. We were the only two passengers so we had Jim, the driver’s, sole attention. He was very informative about all the different landmarks we passed, plus he had a good sense of humour. The cruise was only an hour which gave us plenty of time to get to Parliament House, have lunch and steel ourselves for Question Time. We had to pass through two lots of security before we were allowed into the chamber. Pete Mate set one alarm off and I the other. We had to keep these men and women busy because to me it looked like they were all just standing around.

In the chamber we sat for a while listening to some woman MP drone on and on about the telecommunications act. We were then asked to leave as they had to do a bomb search before Question Time. I thought they said we were going to be searched so I asked the question, Where do you think I got a bomb from? Then Pete Mate told me what was happening and we made our way back out to the main hall. We then had to queue and once more go through security to get back into the chamber. Where in the world they thought we had concealed something dangerous because all cameras phones and handbags had to be handed in at the cloakroom.

We spent the next couple of hours watching the politicians perform, and perform they did. What a bunch of time wasters; Bill Shorten asked the same question over and over again, Tanya Plibersek got upset over something Chris Pyne said. We couldn’t fathom that one out at all. Whilst the questions and answers were happening lots of notes were being passed around and the movement of MPs was happening in the background. One has to think that maybe Question Time is just a front for the real stuff going on at the same time.

It was an interesting and varied day but we decided listening to Parliament once was quite enough.

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Pretty much the same as Monday.

Thursday 13th February 2014

We went into town to do some shopping and then it was home again to play trains, books and computers.

Friday 14th February 2014

We took Billy to the mechanic’s to have a seal of some sort replaced. We decided we would use the time to wander around town. We soon got bored with browsing the shops so decided to find an ornate building that Karen, the park manager here, told us about. We found it but did not have our cameras with us so will have to return as it is quite magnificent.

We enjoyed a cuppa in Gloria Jeans and then did some more wandering. We came across a Centrelink office and as I have a question for them we decided to rest our feet and wait in a queue to hopefully get an answer. We gave up in the end but the chairs were comfortable. Some more wandering and browsing was done before we found a bench and watched the world go by. Just by sheer coincidence the bench was on the opposite side of the road from the florist. We watched as large and small bunches of flowers left the premises to give someone somewhere a special Valentines Day. Actually whilst we were in Centrelink a dozen red roses were delivered for a member of staff. Anyway none of this rubbed off onto Pete Mate so we moved on further up the street. We found a lovely little café for lunch which was very yummy and very filling. We then received the awaited phone call that Billy was ready; we walked back to the garage picked up Billy and returned home.

Saturday 15th February 2014

The rain is with us and boy did it rain, plus it has suddenly become cold again.

Sunday 16th February 2014

The rain eased enough for us to visit the markets. These markets were held in the grounds of a historic house. Alice was very unhelpful finding it so we had to do it the old fashioned way and read the sign posts. It was quite a small market with a variety of stalls but not any fresh produce. I was talking to the man on the honey stall and Pete Mate disappeared. I was still talking when he returned saying he has been around every stall and was going back to the car. He so loves markets. I continued and looked at everything and chatted to a few lovely people. I made a few purchases but nothing grand before I returned to the car.

By the time we got home the weather was closing in again and it poured down in buckets for hours. We just hope the farmers are getting some of it.

Monday 17th – Friday 21st February 2014

Our days this week have been pretty much the same apart form the odd trip into town. The weather has been hot, cold, wet and windy. We cannot say we don’t get variety here in Goulburn. Pete Mate continues to work on the railway garden. He spent quite a lot of time restoring the gondolas for the sky rail. Friday evening we enjoyed a nice happy hour with our neighbours.

Saturday 22nd February 2014 & Sunday 23rd February 2014

Our weekend was pretty much the same as the week. We had a quick trip into town for things train related and I finished my book.

Monday 24th February 2014

We enjoyed a day out visiting the Fitzroy Falls. The drive out there mainly covered the same route we had previously taken though this time we saw a big difference. After the recent rain the countryside had 'greened up' beautifully and it was very pretty.

The N.S.W. National Parks and Wildlife Service has done an excellent job in laying out and designing the walks in the vicinity of the Fitzroy Falls. To access the waterfall you have to pass through the gift shop and then the café, a very clever marketing strategy.

The path to the first lookout is on board walk but thereafter it consists of an easy walking path and lots of steps. Oh, how those steps . . .

. . . played havoc with my knees.
We covered four lookouts and then decided to return to base for our picnic lunch. The falls and the surrounding areas were very picturesque and it was well worth the visit.

A typical view from the lookouts.
Pete Mate then wanted to visit a model train shop which wasn’t far away from the falls so we asked Alice to take us there. She did a marvellous job of taking us down some beautiful country lanes to the destination. It was one of the nicest drives we have done in a while, so much greenery. The trees were in abundance with different shapes and colours. We were fascinated with how some people had planted trees very close together and then trimmed them to form a hedge.

After the visit to the shop we headed home on the Hume Highway which was easier for the driver but boring for the passenger.

Tuesday 25th February 2014

According to the weather forecast today is the last day of sunshine for over a week. I washed everything in sight and Pete Mate worked on the Garden Railway.

Wednesday 26th February to Friday 28th February 2014

The weatherman was right; it rained every day, sometimes heavily. The temperature was a lot cooler, so much so that we needed the heater on a lot of the time. Apart from a trip into town for some groceries we stayed pretty much inside reading or playing computers.

And so to March ...

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