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Monday 8th January:
Stinking hot day in Canberra. Luckily a thunderstorm and cool change came through at 3:00pm and cooled things down. Although the aircon was able to keep us cool up till 3:00pm.
Tuesday 9th January & Wednesday 10th January:
Jo is baby sitting a friend’s kids for a few days (during the day only) so we have two five year olds, one one year old and one 4 month old in the house. Lets just say that the four kids kept the three adults on their toes all day.
We slept well at night.
Thursday 11th January – Sunday 14th January:
Hanging with the grandkids. Going for walks and generally get jumped on, dribbled on, crawled on, bashed with toys, vomited on, pooped on and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Monday 15th January:
Off to Sydney to see Jordan, get the car serviced and tidy up a few things before our next stint on the road (Vic, Tas & WA).
Nice easy run so made good time.
Arrived at our old apartment and not quite sure what we would find. You see Jordan has been living there by himself (his bachelor pad) since we left 7 months ago. All we can say was, it’s definitely a bachelor pad. After some cleaning, vacuuming and a couple of rubbish runs it was presentable once again. It looked worse than it actually was.
Tuesday 16th January
Did a bit of running round in the morning and cleaned up all the jobs I had to do.
Late afternoon we went across town to visit my sister Lyn (from WA) and her family (2 daughters, 1 grandbaby & son in-law) who live in Sydney. Got to see them all again.
Wednesday 17th January:
Took the mighty Mazda in for a service and check up for the pink slip (certificate required for rego). The service was fine but there were a few other things that need fixing before the pink slip can be issued.
So the parts are ordered and we will be back in Sydney on Tuesday 30th January to get them fitted and the pink slip issued. This is a NSW rego requirement so needs to be done in NSW before we leave for Victoria. Rego expires in March and we will be in Victoria by then.
The mighty Mazda had done 234,010 km so is due for a bit of tender loving care.
Thursday 18th January:
Had a leisurely morning with a walk to Dee Why beach and brunch. We both agree that Dee Why beach is one of the very few things we do miss about Sydney. It is a pretty awesome place.
4.5 hour drive (310km) to Canberra with little traffic. Got caught in the M5 tunnel with an accident that had traffic back to a crawl but once out all good.
Friday 19th January – Sunday 21st January:
Hung out with the kids. Didn’t get out much as it was just too hot. Stayed indoors under the aircon.
Monday 22nd January:
On the road again after three weeks with the kids. Left Canberra for a leisurely drive to Crookwell (100km, 1 hour). Staying 3 nights.
We were hoping to go and see the Wombeyan Caves but all the roads in the area are closed till further notice due to a large bushfire.
Tuesday 23rd January:
So a change in plans required. We headed north to the Abercrombie Caves instead (160km round trip) for a self-guided tour. These caves are extremely impressive for their size but sadly are showing some wear and tear from the last few hundred years of being used by escaping convicts, bushrangers, gold prospectors and tourist on self guided tours. Still worth a visit though.
Back to Crookwell and off to see Susan on her alpaca farm. She has 70 odd alpacas that are all individually named (from 2 weeks old babies through to 20 years old). She breeds them with other breeders and for their wool.
As we were the only two “tourists” there we were able to feed them. I do remember reading that they do spit and unlucky for Guy, she was spat on twice.
It was extremely interesting hearing all about the life and loves of alpacas.
Wednesday 24th January:
Road trip today (Crookwell – Goulburn – Collector – Gunning – Crookwell (180km)). It drizzled rain on and off for most of the day which was great as it cooled things down quite a bit after the last few hot days.
Lunch was in Goulburn at a very nice Thai restaurant with afternoon tea at Gunning (tea and a very nice cherry ripe slice).
We visited a few local attractions along the way so all in all a very pleasant day.
St Saviour’s Cathedral in Goulburn was a highlight. A magnificent example of decorated Gothic architecture with amazing light and shadows throughout the cathedral.
Life is good.
Trevor & Guy