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Hi everyone, we are on our trip to Tassie and will try and keep you updated on our whereabouts and send you some photos too. Please feel free to send us your comments and messages.

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Location: Australia

11th April
Melbourne lived up to its name, it was cold, wet and windy when we landed and we just drove onto that Westgate Bridge and headed for Ballarat. We had had a text from a friend we had met on our travels in Tassie and Jo said she would love to catch up with us and she would be in Ararat on Sunday and was staying at this great free camp spot near a lake just out of Ararat. So here we are, we have been chatting nearly all arvo, she is a very nice lady and travels full time in a mobile home chasing the sunshine. Needless to say she is on her way up towards Queensland. The wind is bitterly cold here but we did go for a little walk around the lake which is teeming with birds of all types including the black swan. Tomorrow we will do about 500 kms to travel up to Berri to see our friends, Dave and Shirley and spend a couple of days with them before tackling the might Nullabor.
17th April
Had a nice time catching up with Dave and Shirley and stayed a few days longer than intended. We had travelled up through Pinnaroo where we came across plagues of locusts. Boy did they take some washing off. Didn’t have to do any sight seeing this time but did make a visit to the Berri factory where you can buy seconds of all Berri Angus Park and SPC products at really good discounts. Needless to say I bought lots of dried fruit, nuts, tinned peaches, tomatoes and tomato soup.
Dave helped Glen make a locust shield for the radiator out of shade cloth and also they fitted a gas fitting on the caravan and some support legs for the bed. Busy little bees they were.
Left Berri this morning after Dave loaded me up with 2 of his beautiful loaves of home made bread. We aim to do about 400kms a day and we had a very pleasant drive through Burra, Pt Pirie on our way to Pt Augusta. We found Baroota Rodeo Ground to camp at for $10 a night, which includes hot showers and portable toilets and a nice bush camp ground of mallee trees. Not too flash but it has a caretaker and is well off the road and railway line. Looks like it wants to rain but we will wait and see, also have internet reception so we camped up early and are listening to the footy. TV would probably work but we can’t be bothered putting up the aerial. Glen spotted a mouse under the bonnet at the Rodeo Ground in SA and we bought a mouse trap in Ceduna and have caught 2 mice since! They seem to be little marsupials but unfortunately they have to go! Will we catch 3 out of 3 tonight? No luck but let’s hope we have caught them all.

So my friends, that’s it for now, we are on our way home, see you soon. Xxxx

April 18th
It didn’t rain, but apart from the mozzies it was quite a good camp and I was able to have a shower in the morning, hot water supplied from the donkey HWS. We took off at 8.00am and headed up to Pt Augusta and then turned towards the West and home. We have found a very good camp spot 45kms from Ceduna and well back from the road amongst some nice trees. You can tell when you are in SA, the flies are really sticky and there are lots of them. We got here a little bit before 3.00 and will have a rest and listen to the footy. I think we will be able to hear the Docker’s match at 7.00pm tonight, have very good radio reception at the moment, no telephone or internet reception though.

April 21st
Well once again we have tackled the mighty Nullarbor and won. The Nullarbor was in great shape this year. The results of rain on the plain is clear for everyone to see. The trees have all regrown from their bases and the plains are thick with salt bush and in places you can see a sea of green grass. The countryside is particularly beautiful between Balladonia and Norseman. Have never seen so many new Gimlet trees and mallee bushes and the stems of the Gimlets seem twice as red as before, reflecting the bright red soil which has been highlighted by recent rains. Fuel prices are as dreadful as usual. $1.74 for diesel at Cocklebiddy was the worst we came across but I did swing us a free shower which should have cost $6. The fuel bill was $84, so I cheekily asked if that included a free shower. The guy replied that he didn’t mind just so long as no one saw us, so there is some justice in this world and the shower was hot and very welcome. I awoke at 4.00am to the sound of pit a pat on the caravan roof. Oh no, not when we are so close to home. We were 120km north of Southern Cross, parked in an overnight camping spot where we had found a secluded spot at the back of the camping area. We were aware that when this red dirt gets rain on it, it very quickly turns to mud and you become stuck. I could not bear to think of spending another couple of nights waiting for the red clay soil to dry out before we would be able to move, so I was not able to get back to sleep. At 5.30, my restlessness must have become too much for Glen and he was awakened too, to the sound of rain on the roof. We decided to have breaky and be ready to move out as soon as it was light. By 6.15 we were on the road again and before we knew it, we were back in civilisation again.
So ends our epic journey, 11,440 kms and thanks be to god, it was trouble free and incident free. Glen had driven all those miles and returned us safe and sound to our loved ones, without mishap. Well done Glen!!! Hope you have all enjoyed our notes on our trip to Tassie and back and we thank you all for your messages of love and support. Till next time, love to you all from Roz & Glen xxxxxx

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Hello everyone,

9th April
This was our last night in Scottsdale so we decided to have a BBQ for tea. I had been for a walk down to where Lee had spotted some mushrooms growing and picked a lovely feed of nice big, clean mushies which we would have on our steak tonight. Bev had bought a nice bottle of Yellow Tail Cab Sav which we had had with our dinner at the pub the previous night and we both just loved the soft berry flavour. We had a nice night, good food, lots of laughs with a touch of sadness that we were leaving the next day.
Sunday morning came and we packed up the caravan and after a final cuppa, we left Scottsdale feeling a little sad and headed for Lilydale and Exeter and Devonport. We were really taking the scenic route and it was beautiful except for the rain that seemed to have set in. Not far from the famous bakery at Exeter we received an SMS to say the boat was going to be delayed 2 hours, so we went in to the bakery and had a lovely pastie and an apricot danish and a lamington. Yum!! We took our time and drove down to Devonport where we parked up and Donny and Kaye arrived to have a coffee and say goodbye. We then set in for the long wait until we could board the ferry at 7.30pm. Everyone else seemed to be having a beer or wine whilst waiting in line, so we did too. There was a pizza shop just 50 mtrs away so at 6 oçlock I went over and ordered one and we ate that for tea as it would be too late to eat once we had boarded at 9 45 pm.
11th April
Melbourne lived up to its name, it was cold, wet and windy when we landed and we just drove onto that Westgate Bridge and headed for Ballarat. We had had a text from a friend we had met on our travels in Tassie and Jo said she would love to catch up with us and she would be in Ararat on Sunday and was staying at this great free camp spot near a lake just out of Ararat. So here we are, we have been chatting nearly all arvo, she is a very nice lady, aged 60 and travels full time in a mobile home chasing the sunshine. Needless to say she is on her way up towards Queensland. The wind is bitterly cold here but we did go for a little walk around the lake which is teeming with birds of all types including the black swan. Tomorrow we will do about 500 kms to travel up to Berri to see our friends, Dave and Shirley Moritz and spend a couple of days with them before tackling the might Nullabor.
9th April
This was our last night in Scottsdale so we decided to have a BBQ for tea. I had been for a walk down to where Lee had spotted some mushrooms growing and picked a lovely feed of nice big, clean mushies which we would have on our steak tonight. Bev had bought a nice bottle of Yellow Tail Cab Sav which we had had with our dinner at the pub the previous night and we both just loved the soft berry flavour. We had a nice night, good food, lots of laughs with a touch of sadness that we were leaving the next day.
Sunday morning came and we packed up the caravan and after a final cuppa, we left Scottsdale feeling a little sad and headed for Lilydale and Exeter and Devonport. We were really taking the scenic route and it was beautiful except for the rain that seemed to have set in. Not far from the famous bakery at Exeter we received an SMS to say the boat was going to be delayed 2 hours, so we went in to the bakery and had a lovely pastie and an apricot danish and a lamington. Yum!! We took our time and drove down to Devonport where we parked up and Donny and Kaye arrived to have a coffee and say goodbye. We then set in for the long wait until we could board the ferry at 7.30pm. Everyone else seemed to be having a beer or wine whilst waiting in line, so we did too. There was a pizza shop just 50 mtrs away so at 6 oçlock I went over and ordered one and we ate that for tea as it would be too late to eat once we had boarded at 9 45 pm.
11th April
Melbourne lived up to its name, it was cold, wet and windy when we landed and we just drove onto that Westgate Bridge and headed for Ballarat. We had had a text from a friend we had met on our travels in Tassie and Jo said she would love to catch up with us and she would be in Ararat on Sunday and was staying at this great free camp spot near a lake just out of Ararat. So here we are, we have been chatting nearly all arvo, she is a very nice lady, aged 60 and travels full time in a mobile home chasing the sunshine. Needless to say she is on her way up towards Queensland. The wind is bitterly cold here but we did go for a little walk around the lake which is teeming with birds of all types including the black swan. Tomorrow we will do about 500 kms to travel up to Berri to see our friends, Dave and Shirley Moritz and spend a couple of days with them before tackling the might Nullabor.
That's all for now, will talk to you later. Love, Roz & Glen xx

Wednesday, 07 April 2010

Location: Australia

Hi everyone! Well we have only had about 5 days where it has drizzled for a couple of hours but this morning it fairly bucketed down. Bev and I had decided to go to town for some grocery shopping and the roads were just like raging rivers. We had to sit in the car for quite some time until the rain eased off and then we had to straddle the overflowing drain to land on the footpath, most unladylike I must tell you.
Yesterday I was a mechanical TA for Lee. The tractor had run out of fuel on the side of the hill, overlooking the dam, with a big round roll of hay on the forks at the back. Lee asked if I would drive the motor bike back after we had started the tractor. We loaded two jerrys of diesel in the little trailer behind the quad bike and Lee gave me a brief lesson in how to drive it and off we went only to discover when we got there that the 2 jerry cans had fallen off on the trip down the hill and over the rough patches of road we had to negotiate. Lee went back up and retrieved the diesel and returned to bleed the old devil. While I was waiting I looked around and spotted a patch of nice mushrooms, which I picked and also had a munch on some blackberries. My job was to watch for escaping air bubbles whilst Lee climbed up on to the top of the tractor and started blowing into the fuel tank. Poor thing I thought she was going to pass out, the air bubbles just didn’t seem to stop. Try as we may, we could not get the old girl going and finally Lee had to call the mechanic to come and help.
Glen finished making the step into the shed, safe and secure and did a couple of . on the caravan in readiness for our big trip home. The coffee table has had its final coat of wax and looks beautiful. Glen thinks it could be more shiny though, so we will wrap it up and store it under the bed till be get home. At this stage it looks like we will go to Berri and see our friends for a couple of days, seeing as we will be so close.
Time is fast running out and just as well, as the coldness is starting to creep in pretty quickly. The paddocks are lovely and green and the gardens grow like crazy without and extra watering needed. The apples are all ripening, one variety after the other and it is so nice to go out to the garden and pick a bag of apples off the tree. We cook a pot full every other day and eat the stewed apples on our cereal every morning, very healthy! Sad part is I won’t be able to take more than half a dozen with me because of the fruit fly restrictions in Victoria, we would end up having to hand them over. If I buy fruit and veg in SA, I have to be careful not to buy too much as we have to hand fruit and veg over again at the quarantine stop near Eucla. So there will be no munching fruit on the Nullabor, will have to resort to eating lollies instead.
I’m looking forward to getting home and seeing all of my family and friends again, so see you soon. Love, Roz & Glen


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From Loraine & Kevin
See you soon. Safe travelling. Love from Loraine and Kevin
Response: Yes we leave Scottsdale tomorrow and catch the ferry tomorrow night (Sat) It will be sad to go but it is time to go home, I miss everyone. LOL Roz
From Loraine and Kevin
Hi Glen and Roz,
Sounds like you are very comfortable with Tassie Time. We are looking forward to your arrival back. Loved your account of your trip to the Pub in the Paddock. If Glen needs projects to keep him busy, I have one in mind for him - toy garage/service station. Am interested to know who the Gingin people you met were. Mum is here for a couple of days (Sat/Sun). She is looking forward to getting away from the confines of Parklands for a break, even though she is out quite often. Hope you are enjoying the Easter break and gearing up for the trip home. Love from Loraine and Kevin xx
Response: Silly me didn't ask their names, they had a property for many years and recently sold it and moved to Chittering I think. Hope you have a Happy Easter, tried to ring Mum I see she was with you, will try tonight. LOL Roz
From Loraine and Kevin
Dear Glen & Roz,
Well done little sister. You do a very good little blurb and it keeps your big sister very happy. It would be so easy to just slip into Tassie time and dream of real fresh fish, real berries, real cheese and cream. Haven't heard much about the good "reds" though. Mum is fine. I've been playing too many bowls this week - one day to go - and then thankfully it is the weekend. You are on countdown here for your imminent arrival back in the West. Happy travelling, Love from Loraine and Kevin
Response: Dear Sister and Kev, good to hear from you. Have had the odd red or too but the Tassie ones are a bit expensive. Missing you all, see you soon xxx
From wendy
Absolutely loving the trip along with you. You do do a god job of it Roz. We look forward to the updates. Catcha both,Love Wendy
Response: Hi Wendy & Fred
Good to hear from you and know someone is reading my homework! Hope you are both fine and getting some quality time together. xxxx
From Loraine and Kevin
Talk about a gourmet's travelogue. We expect you to try some of the recipes out on us when you get home. We can imagine what a sobering reminder Beaconsfield is of the disaster that happened. I think you're becoming very comfortable in Tassie. Love from Loraine & Kevin
Response: I will be going on a water diet for 12 months when I get home! If you believe that you believe anything! We are having a great time, off to Launceston today and another special lunch place, no doubt. Love from us
From Nasser & Busaban
Hi our Mates, Good health and enjoying life seems to be your order of the year as you slum it around Tasmania, we hope that you continue to have your fish caught, cleaned & cooked for you so that you can enjoy the wine that washes it down, life can be a bitch some time, best wishes & good luck with the remainder of your safe vacation around the ABC state, Regards Nasser & Busaban
Response: Hi there, glad you found the page OK. It seems we are eating our way around Tassie, the food is so fresh and good. Hope Busaban is having a great holiday. Love, Roz & Glen
From hayden and Janet
Hi Roz and Glen
Just found your blog I guess. I'm not sure how it works, but I can see its a great way to share, photos and all. Glad you're both having such a good time. love HJ
Response: Hi Jan and Hayden, glad you found the blog. Saves me a lot of time and expense on the internet. Hope you are well and enjoying the grandies! Love, Roz & Glen
From Nasser & Busaban
Very nice to know that you are obviously enjoying the good life which you thoroughly deserve along with good health and the joy of having your fish caught and cleaned for you, we hope that the remainder of this vacation is as enjoyable as what you have enjoyed thus far, Best wishes, good luck & safe travelling, Regards, Nasser & Busaban
Response: Hi to you both, best wishes for a happy holiday
From Loraine & Kevin
The Eastern coast looks like magnificent. The colours are extraordinary. Loving the description of all the fresh seafood. How much chocolate from Cadbury's is left? Saw Mum yesterday and she is very good. Keep well. Love from Loraine and Kevin
Response: Only got 7 blocks of caramello left and luckily Lee likes it so she can have most of it. Love to you both from Roz & Glen
From Ashlee & Danny
Hi there....if you went from Hobart up to Coles Bay you were heading up the East Coast not the West Coast! Maybe "Tom" was trying to get you lost!! Hope you are still enjoying yourselves. Lots of love, xxx
Response: Sorry, got my coasts mixed up
From Heather & Bevan Curl
Hi guys Bevan said Glen rang and now we are all up to date with the news. Have showed Bevan how to get onto this webpage so expect some chat.

Love Us
Response: Better explain to him again, haven't got a message yet! Love ya!
From Loraine & Kevin
Hi Roz & Glen,
Loving all the diary entries. You are refreshing a lot of memories for us. Tassie is such a great place, something different around every corner. I'm putting on weight just reading about the visit to the Cadbury factory. I'll run off a copy of your diary for Mum to read. She is coming for lunch with Jan and Hayden. Keep on motoring, love from Loraine and Kevin
Response: Thanks for your comments, good to hear from you. Love to you both and Nanna xx
From Kim N Matt
Hi guys, wow it sounds like you are having a ball. I am so jealous I love Tassie and alot of the places you have been Kath and I ventured to on our expedition to Tassie 3 yrs ago - just breathtaking. Sounds like you will come home 5kg heavier :) We are all well here, always something going on though. Greg and Dawn flew into town last week and Greg is already working - he is back with Mitchells driving trucks so it wont be long and they will be on their feet again. My house is on the market again so lets see what happens there, we all have big plans will fill you in when you get back. The boys are off to Thailand in April with Murray WOW they wont know what hit them. Anyway love you heaps and miss you lots. Take care and drive carefully around those hilly bendy roads. xxxx
Response: Can't wait to hear about the big plan! We are taking care and rely pretty heavily on our friend TomTom. Our new one arrived via Lee and is working great. Gee the boys will have a great trip I am sure. Love you all from us both
From Fred and Wendy
Hi fron Kuna-f#2*ing-nurra
the top of Western Australia to the bottom of Australia. I was in Perth the last week called at the "Beach Shack" but as usual you weren't home (your never bloody home). But it was good to talk to you today we were worried you may have fallen off the perch or backed up the wrong driveway and couldn't get down (clutch burnt out or something) From the look of your diary I think we'll have to do that trip soon with "The Old Couple Tour Guide Inc" if you'll be up to it again. Well I can't think of anything else good to say so I'll sign off now and work on the next note
Best Wishes Fred and Wendy
Hi Fred & Wendy, good t hear from you. We keep telling you to hurry up and retire and take off. We will be a full bottle on it by the then. Keep working towards that day. Love, Roz & Glen
From Rennie
Hi Pop n Roz
Wow what a great way for us to keep in touch n see your travels. It looks like you are seeing and doing some great things. We are all well. Is the car going well? Take care talk you you later. luvya x
Response: Hi Ren, we can't always get coverage but when we do we will send a message. We are meeting your mum & lee tomorrow when they pick Ash up and we will collect our mail from them. We are off down south then and will come back later when our friends leave and spend more time with Lee. Love to you all xxx Pop & Roz
From Loraine & Kevin
Hi Roz & Glen,
Good to get the updates, plus happy snaps. Read your last epistle over the phone to Mum. She loved it. Keep well, and happy travelling. Love, Loraine & Kevin
Response: Hi there, we are now heading down south after we meet Lee & her mum for lunch tomorrow. We will come back later and spend more time with them. We have had lovely fresh fish, raspberries and cherries and icrecream and cheese of course. xx
From Loraine & Kevin
Roz, My last message hasn't been posted yet. You can also "upload" your photos via "Picassa" as well, as I have done with our NZ trip. Picassa then "invites" your nominees to access the site to see all your dozens of snaps. Glad to read all the news. Waiting for the next instalment. Love Loraine and Kevin
Response: Good to hear from you. Photos will be a bit slow because it still seems to eat up the downloads. Will try and downsize them and see if it makes a difference. We are just outside of Burnie on the beach. Hope to catch some penguins tonight. Have visited the cheese factory and bought bundles of cheese to have with our wine whilst watching the sunset over the water. Hope you are all OK, love from us xxx
From Ash & Danny
Good to hear from you! Not many photos up yet. Looking forward to seeing some more. I will be at Mums from 8th to 13th. xxxx
Response: Photos will be a bit slow because it still seems to eat up the downloads. Will try and downsize them and see if it makes a difference. We are just outside of Burnie on the beach. Hope to catch some penguins tonight. Have visited the cheese factory and bought bundles of cheese to have with our wine whilst watching the sunset over the water. Hope you are all OK, love from us xxx
From Kim N Matt
Hi guys,

It looks and sounds like you are having a ball, I just loved Tassie when I was there it is just so gorgeous. Have fun keep safe and love you.

xxx
Response: Photos will be a bit slow because it still seems to eat up the downloads. Will try and downsize them and see if it makes a difference. We are just outside of Burnie on the beach. Hope to catch some penguins tonight. Have visited the cheese factory and bought bundles of cheese to have with our wine whilst watching the sunset over the water. Hope you are all OK, love from us xxx
From Ashlee & Danny
Still waiting on the next instalment!! xxx
Response: OK have been a bit busy, here it is xxxx
From Lee
Hi Pop and Roz, a parcel arrived today from Fred and Wendy. Don't know what it is? Hope you don't feel too sick from all the cherries?
Response: Hi we will pop over one day to get it, perhaps we could meet you in Launceston but after the letter arrives. Cherries are huge and beautiful!!!
From Ash & Danny
Finally!! This was a bloody good idea!! looking forward to some more photos and some dialogue about your travels.
Take care, xxx
Response: Having trouble with the camera batteries, when we sort it out there will be lots more photos.
From Lee
What a fabulous idea.....much better than e-mail!
Looking forward to catching up.....I think you had better go the "long" way around and give me a bit more time to get the shed tidy:)
Response: Make sure it is, we will be there sooner than you think!
From Heather and Bevan
Hi guys, what a cool way to keep us up to date with your travels - you have seemed to have left the hot weather and run into some more hot weather - no fires this past week when I was on roster - amazing. Everyone is fit and well and hot
Response: Good news, we are still taking the mild weather with us. Have arrived in Sheffield and are catching up with Don and Kaye tonight. We stayed with them last time we were here in Sheffield. Love to all xxxx