Location: Brisbane, Australia
Well have been a bit busy lately enjoying Brisbane's lifestyle. Avis and I went into the city on the train and spent an enjoyable day looking around the city. I have to say we have better trains in the West and we don't have such a big stepdown to the platform . I have hurt my knee and everything seems harder including steps and stairs.
been to the casino here and have to say prefer Jupiters in the Gold Coast to Brisbane - - - - - they seem to have a mass of rooms everywhere.did okay though in the gambling stakes but not enough to change my life !!!
Weve been to the clubs and one day you put your hand up every time you win $2,50 and get a ticket. When it finishes all the tickets can participate in a grocerie buy up that was fun might go to that again next week !!!
The weather has been nothing but rain the last couple of days its lovely I just get to catch up with reading which I must say is good to get back to !!
Dale sems all rested up and quite contented - -thank goodness --- I know they say happy wife happy husband - - Is there a version the other way around ???????
All the clubs and all the casino's just don't seem the same without Jayne at my side - - missing you Jayne xx
The whole countryside is greening up before our eyes its amazing how real rain makes everything so healthy.
Well yesterday tried out the caravan oven with some good old ginger gems and they actually turned out just need a little fine tuning !!!
Ross,bill and Dale seemed to like them.
Went with Ross to Costco yesterday its so huge its hard to shop. Yesterday was tasting of cheeses they were from the UK very nice cheese.
Dale did some new wiring system to the car fridge so hes happy as its all worked out and it was a big job.
Its actually raining today slightly what a wonderful sight it is.
Its lovely being so settled for a while and take stock of ones sanity. We have the annexe up and its really a lovely annexe. We have the bbq going flat tak- - - - its great keeps the heat outside. Have been following Pattys cruise with interest. she's having a lovely time with John it seems.
Had a call from Carolyne thank goodness she's sounding better and is now planning our wedding trip for us in Bali-------- cant wait .!!!!! Jo and Gail are there now but hope they leave some alcohol for us when we get there !!!
Don't know if Im repeating myself but it was great to have an Eagles catch up with Janne I- - - think we've sorted the Eagles for next year.
Went around to Avis and ross last night and had an entrée of mozzarella garlic bread. lovely lamb roast followed by Avis's homemade icecream served with fresh strawberries and fresh mangos - 0 they excelled themselves it was yummy (they being Avis and Thelma )We enjoyed our evening and Bill and Dale yakked all night.
having another look around today and going to the club to watch the draws its end of month stuff.Those clubs hee are great
Whew they had huge storms down in the city last night Im so glad we are safe here in Strathpine.We saw huge rain some wind and now its raining slightly which is quite nice.
As an avid cricket follower feel so sad about Philip Hughes and even more sad for the young bowler Abbott what a terrible accident and what a memory to have to live with. My heart goes out to him.
Talked to mum this morning that was nice and great surprise last night a call from Janne - - miss her chats actually miss all my friends.
The trains have stopped this morning and apparently Brisbane looks like a war zone - - shame as was going on the train to the city but will wait now and just do my shopping over at north lakes a shopping centre that we haven't seen yet.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROSSI XXXX
Well we made it back after going through revolting heat disgusting roads and huge mountainous roads that seem to be full of semis and and the odd lunatic !!!!!!
We have settled for two weeks at least so have put up our annexe and have a slight permanent feeling !!!
At this moment don't want to drive another centimetre !!!
Loved seeing Denise and Jacko, Shirley and Jack and Barry, Carolyne and Paul
Enjoyed Heathers 60th and said farewell to Cheryl and John who are fair scooting home. travel safe xx
We are all going out tonight for Ross's birthday its good to be around family during celebrations. ross and Avis are looking so well and happy xx
Please can we have some rain
Hot weather and driving along rough roads and huge mountainous hills and relentless heat.Decided to stop early and rest with aircon.
We did have a bit of a drama with a fire broken out on a huge hill and the firemen were there lucky with our timing as 10 mis later I feel they would have been turned away or held up.
Lovely surprise carolyne rang and yesterday Jayne- -all good xxx
just wondered is anyone reading my ramblings or am I wasting my time ??????
Well we have just finished the 2nd big driving day in our quest to make it for Ross's birthday.Its been quite uneventful with everything holding up. We have driven over huge hills again with mainly big trucks on the road,We have pulled into the showgrounds here and have the air con on full blast.
My brother Ross has become a grandad again and Shane seems just as delighted as Ross was with Shane all those years ago. Robyn and Shane certainly produce beautiful babies and its good to see the Wilson name carry on with a son.
A lot of these outback towns really encourage you to stop with museums and plenty to see and do.Whaet bins over here are all filling up and the harvesting is being carried out by the wonderful farmers doing their bit to put bread on all our tables.
dale has now discovered the cricket is on TV so that takes care of our evening !!!!
It now seems ages since we saw Carolyn and Paul and now have said bye to Cheryl and John. It wont be long and we all be setting off to corene and Mades wedding in Bali.
Whew its a hot day today. weve all been out to the shops Cheryl and I were looking for something to wear for the wedding in Bali and found a gorgeous shop.
The guys went to the Holden museum then we met up for lunch.
The area around this district is known as the Gourmet District and they have wineries everywhere and we actually visited the cheese factory and Brown Brothers then ran out of time.
Beechworth is a quaint little town full of Ned Kelly memorabilia and lots of delightful churches of all denominations.
Poor Carolyne and Paul had a huge holdup at the airport waiting for their plane (at least they had 24 krispy Crème doughnuts !!) They wouldn't have starved !!! I bet they are tired today.
I have packed the presents the girls sent for Christmas in the cupboard so I wont open them until Christmas !!!!
The scenery around this town situated on the Murray is just lovely and full of visitors and people milling around all over. The paddle steamers look so proud and majestic as they plough through the water taking ones mind back to the early days. I bet life was fun here in those days.
Dale and Cheryl stocked up their booze supplys so we are all set up again in the alcohol side of things. We leave to head off to Brisbane and they head off to Perth.
I think we are off to the club tonight not sure yet.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEATHER xx
Well we have had some lovely days catching up with Carolyne and Paul its been just lovely. had a great time.We are all catching up and we are getting organised for Corenes wedding in Bali next - - it will be great.
Its been so good to catch up and carolyne arrived with stacks of Christmas pressies from the girls. I opened pats - -loved it then decided to wait for Christmas with the rest.Thankyou so much Anth for the flowers beautiful and loved the card.
Corene and Mades wedding invites are just lovely and so much effort has been put into them - -thanks.
Off on travels again tomorrow x
LOVING IT HERE .
We are really enjoying seeing our old friends its great to catch up.
A nice lazy day today and a shopping outing with Denise it was lovely looking around more new shops.Jacko has been cutting up lambs and we are havering a beautiful roast for dinner I so love not cooking !!
an elated call from Craig he's so happy he has his skippers ticket ----Congrats to Captain Jarlov,Boucher and Suparta xx Well done boys.
dale talked to Paul today looking forward to us all meeting up again
Location: Somewhere between Sydney and C, Australia
Wah what a ride !!!! Trucks mountainous roads scary cliffs and all going one pace flat tac !! God those roads have long climbs and so high up above the tree tops !! so glad to pull over and chill out !!
Brought some cherries that they were selling yummo just love cherries.
Apart from being scared out of my wits the actual drive was pleasant and we crossed so many very long bridges over rivers the whole way.The countyside is so Australian all flowering gum trees and the paddocks are sp green.
Had a great chat with Carolyne last night and out of the blue Dot rang me and that was a great catch up.also chatted with Ross and Greg this am. They are settled in their new house.
might read my book and hit the bed early - - - its hard work breaking all day in the non drivers seat !!!!!!
Location: Coolangatta, Australia
Waw we left Brisbane overwhelmed with Avis and Ross's hospitality they are so kind. Had a lazy few days without cooking - - loved it.
As we headed off we approached that HUGE bridge over Brisbane and I nearly passed out but once on it wasn't so bad as it appears !! Wanted to take a photo but terrified to move - - - I just held on !! Yes I know that Im a woose but there you go it takes all sorts.
Melbourne Cup was an okay day I picked the winner but didn't take it !!!!
So glad to hear that Janne won the sweep great news.
Got a gorgeous text from Sandy - -thanks Sandy x
Phoned mum she fine and over the moon that she is the Mount Maunganui bridge champion - -again !!! Well done joybelles xx
We set off after doing some washing etc and looked around. Went to Jupiters for lunch and won a 7 out of 7 - -amazing have been trying to crack that for years at Burswood !!! I collected $800.00 so was very happy. We went for a long walk today up to Jupiters as our car is too high for the carpark with the roof rack.Jo will be pleased as walked back again and at full pace !! Went for a ride on the trams they are all blue and gold its a fun way to look around,
Visited Jack and Shirley and we really enjoyed seeing them I love their apartment its gorgeous and we were lucky enough to catch up with Brry after his hard days work.
Just made hot chcolates and off to bed xx
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Well it seems ages since I wrote anything have been doing the family thing and visiting the clubs (which I love ! ).
Avis and Ross have made us so welcome and we have just about eaten them out of house and home and they have taken us here and there its been great.The park that we are staying in has been so good as its so central to everything and is very reasonable as well.
Saturday night we went up to Bridie Island and surprise surprise Greg and Jo were there as well . We had a lovely night.
We also have been eating all the tropical fruits Paw paw off Avis's mothers tree,Mangoes that are just coming into season and pineapples are so cheap not sure why they bother growing them.
My no,s came out in lotto 4 straight on my systems that was nice.
Today is Sandy's birthday so Im guessing that Danny Darling spoilt her rotten !!!!
Nice to get the odd emails from Patty,messages from Jayne so Im not totally neglected.
The weather here has been strange just so hot and now cold which is lovely after all that heat as its kind of draining heat.
Avis took me to another lovely shopping centre which was great even saw Harris Scarfe again which is gone from Perth now.
Tomorrow is Melbourne Cup day and we hope to be down in the Gold Coast in time for the race as its later than we are used to in Perth.
We have also been for drives looking at caravans and houses but so far no where has really grabbed me enough to up sticks and live here !!!!!!
I think so far I like the Sunshine Coast but love the clubs in Strathpine area !!!!
Dales had a really good rest here so is ready to roll the highways again towards seeing Denise and Jacko and my sister of course !!! Well adopted sis.
Might go to bed as feeling like some beauty sleep.
Location: Brisbane, Australia
HAPPY IRTHDAY JAYNE xxxx
HAPPY BIRTHDAY LISA XXXXXXX
Well said goodbye to the Sunshine coast and hello to Brisbane. Found our way here so easily !! Arent those GPS's wonderful inventions !!!
Lovely people here in the park its amazing just how many people have sold their homes and are living in vans.
Have been to the clubs here already still love that Norths club its great. Went out for dinner with Ross and Avis at one club and Dale and I went to Norths to day.There are so many deals and things to do in them plus you can win as well !!!
We were treated to a huge sky spectacle today in the shape of lightening and thunder but I think the locals would have liked more rain.
Avis cooked a bbq for tea tonight it was a really lovely meal and in the fresh fruit salad was paw paw off their tree. It made me think of Carolyne she loves it as well.
Tomorrow Ross has plans for us so we shall see what tomorrow brings ???
Got a lovely big parcel from Amanda today it was full of cleanser,Face mask.rejuventing creams etc------ she said I have plenty of time now to use them !!!! Dale was lucky as well some chocolate and two new CD's for the car while we drive. Shes a thoughtful kind girl isn't she xx We miss her and Jem lots.
Im a bit tired seem to have the most persistant cough and feel quite drained not sure what the problem is but Im sick of feeling yuk.talking to people its going around and the cough hangs on - - Great !!!!!
well Im off to bed with my book x
Location: Cooroy still
lots of fixing up going on Dale and Greg are setting up foxtel so we can watch it in bed - - decadent eh !!!
dales also done a couple of inhouse jobs like fixing a chair etc. hard to keep a good man still !!!
Went to a lovely club last night dinner was two for one - - bargain,
Greg and Jo have joined it as its near their new hose on Woobye.
talked to ross last night sometimes get worried how safe he is in that job of his.
Talked to mum on Skype that was a long talk shes pretty happy at present so that's good.
Location: Cooroy Queensland
Spent two lovely res in Gympie rest up area a regular mini paradise with so much birdlife and parked 3 feet away from the water. It was a lovely rest then yesterday left to go to Gregs a very short trip in fact didn't realise how close that we were !!!
This is a lovely state just so friendly and welcoming . Last night had lots of rain. its rather nice lying in the van listening to the rain on the roof. Greg cooked spaghetti Bog for us all which we had with fresh tiger loaf and lots of wine (too much !!)
Dales fixing up stuff not sure what but you know him hes a perfectionist !!!
Talked to Jill yesterday that was nice makes you realise that you miss people. She sounded tired.
We are just off shopping so will close x
Well sadly we have left Bundaberg and we drove again through Cane growing fields and pineapples growing. All the gardens look so healthy and and make a lovely sight as one drives along. We stopped at Maryborough for lunch and Dale and John went to Bunnings .Trouble is as you get closer to civilisation the traffic increases !!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ROBYN xx
We chatted today as Cheryl decided to ring her.
Talked to Craig and Deb today they sound pretty chirpy.
On arrival at the overnight stay John did his stack as their power from the solar panel stopped working but Dale to the rescue and it is all fixed and working again !!
Talked as well to Ross and Greg. tried Geof but as usual he didn't answer his phone ! hope I never need him urgently !!!!!!!!!!!!
Ross has ordered a special ladder for himself and one for Dale - - - I don't know men and their toys !!!
Im sitting here aand most people seem to be asleep aand their is a gentle hum of generators and birds still chirping ------- in the dark ???
Might go and read some of my book x
Location: Bundaberg, Australia
Well we had a lovely day today going into the Brothers Club for a bargain 10.00 lunch and we had a bit of a play on the machines where Dale proved the luckiest player YES Dale !!! he who never usually gambles !!!
I guess this will help supplement his pension ha .
We also went to the Bundaberg factory that makes the famous ginger beer we all buy. It was a lovely factory with lovely girls working there so friendly.
Dales watching the All Blacks playing and they aren't going so well guess they have to let Aussie have a very rare win !!!!
Didn't have dinner tonight as too full after lunch just a coffee did us and an early night as we head off in the am again.
Weve really had a lovely time here in Bundaberg its a really lovely place with sugar cane growing all around the town.There are many caravans here and we met lovely people all travelling and doing their thing. I cant imagine being able to sit couped up at work ever again
.Jill you are right once you make the break its hard to imagine having time to work !!!!!
Dales not impressed with the footy !!! good night for now xx
Dale very impressed now the Kiwis won by a point Yeah