Our Brisbane stopover came to an end today and our journey into New South Wales and Victoria for the summer months has begun. As we said in our last update, our time in Brisbane was to allow Rod to return to New Zealand to comply with his ‘pension’ requirements and while there, visit family and friends. To be honest, we both started to get itchy feet – eight days in one place is just too long.
We left Brisbane this morning (Saturday) after a breakfast catch up with our ‘Bundy’ friends, Bruce and Lyn and their daughters, then continued south into the ‘unplanned’. Hopefully guys we will see you next year for our ‘trip up the middle’.
Rod’s four day visit to New Zealand went without a hitch. He managed to spend a quick couple of hours in Whangamata to check on the houses and thankfully all is well there. Many thanks to Jenny and our lawnmower man Ken for their assistance with this. All our New Zealand children and grandchildren were visited and we are excited about the possibility of them joining us on part of our journey early next year.
To our family and friends in New Zealand who ‘accommodated and fed’ Rod on his short visit – many thanks. He doesn’t take much looking after but ‘unsupervised’ he has a history of disappearing or getting lost!! He was returned to me with nothing lost and no visible injuries.
A quick thanks to Andy and the team at Traillite for helping us with the ‘bits and pieces’ for the motorhome. Knowing we can call on you to help us during our journey is invaluable. Many thanks.
I loved having daughter Tiffany and sister Nicky with me while Rod was at home. We had a great ‘girlie’ time visiting local markets and spending Saturday night at Noosa. I think Tiffany may have been a bit disappointed with the older team and their ‘early fade’ after a few glasses of wine but when you have ‘done it before’, you have ‘done it before’ – there is nothing to prove!
We have ended up tonight at Byron Bay in New South Wales and are staying at the local league club grounds. We arrived at about 3pm, unhitched the jeep and headed into town for a quick look around. You would not believe it but there is a surf festival here this weekend and as part of the festival a big market was underway on the beachfront. Did we luck in or what?
The whole market was arranged in native American teepee’s and each ‘stall holder’ had their display in a teepee. Very innovative and cool.
We are only here for one night and will continue our journey southward tomorrow morning. The plan is to stay at Evans Head on the New South Wales coast tomorrow night for no other reason than it looks quite interesting. If luck is really on our side we may get a fish in tomorrow night.