Friday, 26 June 2015

Over and Through the Mountains.

We've been up, down and all around.  These mountains are The Great Dividing Range.
This is Mt Bogong in the Alpine National Park of Victoria.  We drove from Albury and had hoped to see snow.  At Mt Beauty we were told there had been no snow on the ground (as apposed to on the mountain) since 2002.  It was cold though, 7C at the top of the drive up to see this specatcular view.  We saw frost.  Better than nothing at all,  and the scenery was spectacular.


From there to Young in NSW, apparently the cherry capital of Australia.  Who knew?  Of course we had to try a cherry pie or two.  Just between you and I, they were a little disappointing.  Not nearly enough cherries for my liking.  And yes, we carry icecream in the caravan at all times.  Even when the fridge isn't working properly.  Slightly runny, but very cold, icecream.

Next stop Cowra, NSW.

The delights of the Japanese Garden at Cowra were bountiful.  

Designed by Ken Nakajima, the garden is an enchantment of visual artistry.  Each new line of sight reveals something beautiful.  
From jonquils in massive clumps, to the watercourse that runs lazily down the slopes,
the mind is bathed in the glory of serenity with each different aspect of this amazing garden.

I hope I get to see this Garden again, perhaps in Summer when the trees are fully clothed.  But for now the time I spent here was wonderful.  

As for tomorrow, well...it's ever Onward we go.  

Monday, 15 June 2015

Are We There Yet?

Eight days today since we set off on our very exciting journey.  It's been...interesting.  Favourite place so far?  Fraser Range Station.  

 
Look at these two likely lads in the camp kitchen at Fraser Range!  This is the BEST camp kitchen with lounge chairs and a lovely slow combustion wood heater to warm the place up.  (Photo courtesy Lynne McPherson). Personally, I would have liked to stay for a week.  The theme, however, for this trip must be "Ever Onward" and so on we went across the Nullabor. 


At Ceduna we bought fresh oysters to have at wine o'clock.  That is really all I recall about Ceduna.

Ever Onward.

I managed to talk the crew into a lay over day at Burra in South Australia.  We got to see the sights and spent a morning not having to pack up and leave at sun up.  Read 9.30ish actually.  We can't hurry packing up and leaving. There's cappuccino to make for breakfast first.  Of course, the machine travels with us.  



The view behind our van this morning at the Burra Caravan Park.  Rather peaceful yes?  Yes.  

We've developed a small problem with the fridge in the caravan but no one is panicking - except ME!  
I'm not even going to mention the water leak in the en suite!  No one else seems at all concerned.  When you are on the road it's sometimes not possible to get a fix unless you actually break down and can go no further.  So we travel a little bit wounded but not stopped in our tracks.

Resting tonight at Renmark in the Big 4 Caravan Park - Lakeside.   You should see the loos here.  So posh - just like at the Crown Casino except colder.  It's an expensive park and I don't mind at all.

Tomorrow?  Ever Onward.  

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Testing. 😳

Gratuitous shot of me and Miss Pixie Possum  and the one hour basket I made yesterday.  Can you let me know if you receive this?  thank you so much - just fine tuning which basically means I am struggling with the technical stuff.   

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Here I Go Again.

Two weeks, give or take, until 8th June, 2015 when the new, big trip begins.  By caravan and 4WD from Perth to Brisbane and maybe even Cairns!  Plans are being made.  Stuff is being packed.  Excitement is building.  

Nullabor, here we come!!


This is how the (cartographer) Driver prepares.  Big maps.  Lots of them.