We have decided to commence our travels on the 3rd February and head to Brunswick Heads, a minor diversion into Swift Caravans on the way down for a little tinkering so we hope to be down there by say 3pm, its really not that far. We will be staying at Ferry Reserve where we have stayed before, looking forward to the fishing, kayaking and now Margs arm is healed getting into the water.
This rather abrupt stall in our early travels has however given us the opportunity to re evaluate exactly what we are carrying, the only major item getting either sold or put into our storage locker are the recliner camp chairs, they are to big and cannot be put up easily to a table. We play Scrabble most nights and they simply do not work, despite having only recently purchased it was an easy decision. We are now also only going to travel with the laptop, we had bought the desktop with us, mainly for Marg, but it is only used for social media, and surfing the net so the sony tablet will suffice, and laptop if one gets desperate.
For my part starting to learn to live without the need to go on line as soon as I wake up, its quite a good feeling, strange I know, currently not even carrying my phone around anymore.
Bout time I started to add some photos to these posts, so my next mission.
Well its the 7th January 2015 and we have “sort” of been on the road for a month yet nothing entered into the diary yet. All things considered it is hardly surprising as 4 hours after arriving at Scarborough Holiday Park on the 6th December Marg trips on a golf ball and does a fantastic job of smashing her elbow to pieces. When I say smashing job I mean it they had to order in a contraption called an EFD or external fixation device to use during the surgery the next day . The surgery that was supposed to last 2-3 hours lasted nearly 7 in the end.
This sort of meant a radical re think of our travel plans and some concern for the future as initially there was some discussion about how much use Marg would be left with in her elbow. Nearly a month later there is still some concern but the use of the EFD and Margs attention to detail in doing her exercises will minimize any loss of function, the physio was amazed at just how well Marg was doing only 14 days post surgery.
OK so I became chief cook and bottle washer and we spent the first 18 days at Scarborough and then as planed moved the van outside of Margs Sister in Law for Xmas Eve and Xmas Day, it was stinking hot and the lack of power to use the a/c prompted us to move on for 4 more days until we could return to Scarborough. So we ended up at Esk Caravan Park. The caravan park is nice enough but Esk itself is a no whersville , quaint enough but really nothing here with allot of businesses for sale notably the newsgency and the motel which seemed like a bargain at $499000 which included 8 1 bedroom units plus a 3 bedroom 2 bath house. Perhaps an indication of what is not happening in Esk.
Situated halfway between Wivenhoe and Somerset Dams the country side went from brown to green during our brief stay thanks to the rain that started the day we arrived. Sadly dogs are not allowed anywhere the foreshore of either dam and there were even rangers at Somerset checking people in and out.
Enough grizzling we are now back at Scarborough doing our time waiting for Margs next appointment with the surgeon on the 14th, wherein I hope he says brilliant lets get that damn thing off. In the meantime had our kayak in the water, bit concerned how it would go as it is a tandem but handled just the same. Probably requires more effort as its 5m long whereas most singles are 3.5-4, still look out fish,
There is a real irony in this little meme, we have recently spent a fortune on our JEEP !
Mmm well here we are , waiting waiting, truck comes in 3 days time , in the meantime its just a case of sitting around. Found this little ditty on someones FBpage, rather cute.
Love this picture of Marg, taken on Fraser Island November last year, no idea what she is so excited about. Maybe she was happy to see me.
Busy packing, house is almost empty now , caravan gets its first service tomorrow and we will leave it with the tech until next Thursday / Friday and from there we will have to spend a night “somewhere” as we cannot get into Scarborough Tourist Park until the Saturday.