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Patience is a virtue

Dawn of a new day

I had planned to leave and head north on Sunday July 1st. We had enjoyed a round of farewell lunches and dinners with friends. Matilda was serviced, packed and ready to go. House cleaned and garden mulched,pruned and tidied up.

Then the bombshell struck….

Oh dear, a nasty letter from the tax man arrived on Friday. Had to make an appointment, fortunately they could fit us in on Monday to sort it out. The letter had no name on it, and we could not work it out. All we knew was that we couldn’t possibly owe that much tax. Well what a relief, when she checked the ABN number it was not our form and had been sent to us by mistake. Whew….

Then on Monday the next problem. I had a filling drop out and a cracked tooth. More “oh dears…” Could not get an appointment till tomorrow, Wednesday. So it looks like we leave Thursday.

The days on the Coast are brilliant, our perfect winter weather, clear and crisp. But last night put another blanket on the bed. definitely time to go and join the “Grey Nomad” treck north…

A life on the ocean wave

Where am I going? I don’t quite know.

What does it matter where people go?

Down to the woods where the blue-bells grow–

Anywhere,anywhere. I don’t know

A.A. Milne, “Spring Morning”

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Biking in Kumbia

Biking in Kumbia, originally uploaded by gypsy woman1. 

Kumbia was only a short way from the drive down the mountain and so we stopped there for the night. It was a real gem of a find it was in the centre of the small town and had power and hot showers and payment was by donation into an honesty box.

Arriving at Kumbia camp ground

When we pulled in we found that Molly had also arrived that same day, so it was hugs all round.
We walked along the main street and called into the pub for a calming beer and a talk to the locals. There was a notice on the wall announcing a film evening the next night so decided to stay an extra night.
We slept very well that night

Biking around Kumbia

Next day we were all refreshed and decided to explore Kumbia on the bikes. 

It is a very attractive small town many of the houses had beautiful gardens, the soil around here is very rich and fertile, and also have had some steady rain recently
It was still drizzling on and off so we went back to the van. Jack went over on his bike to a roadside watermelon stand with an honesty box and came back with a huge watermelon that he shared with the other campers. It was appreciated by every one.

Yummy, click on picture to enlarge.

The picture show was to start at 7-30, so I cooked some pasta for dinner before we walked across the road to the memorial hall for the show.
It was advertised as Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant in “Charade” but the big bonus was the showing of a historical film that had been saved on DVD from some old archive film footage from the 1950’s of a big parade celebrating when electricity came to town. Jack was so impressed that he asked if it was possible to get a copy. That led to him being introduced to Peter who invited us to his place tomorrow and he would let us have a copy. The whole show was so enjoyable and at half time they served a delicious country supper, lots of home-baked goodies.
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Toowoomba, the big smoke

We loved Nobby a very friendly and vibrant little town. We now need to visit a town as we have found we need a few essential things ie. a longer power lead as you cannot always get close to the power source. So we now head for Toowoomba. On the way we come across a memorial to Steele Rudd, it is a collection of slab huts with the original fence posts.All free and open to the public to just wander around. We had a cuppa and Jack did a sketch of the slab hut.

We found our way around Toowoomba with Jack navigating and me panicking,a bit. We found a huge Bunnings and did all our shopping, then visited “Grand Central” and found a Telstra shop to buy a prepaid Dongle before going back to a free rest area just 13 km south of Toowoomba, called Federation Park, clean toilets, BBQ’s, no showers or power and next to the road, but we were tired after our exciting day in town and slept like logs….

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What a great find this place is, only 11 kms from Clifton. The campground is opposite the Rudd Pub and what an interesting pub it is. Nobby is the home of Steele Rudd who wrote the Dad and Dave series and the pub is full of old time memorabilia and stories of Steele Rudd. It also does a huge, tasty seafood platter, one was enough to feed us both…

The campground is free but you pay $2 per night to plug into a power outlet, there is only 2 outlets but Molly had arrived before us and saved one of the points for us. As it was the weekend we stayed three nights and there was plenty to do. Pepperina Gallery is a charming art gallery near to the pub,and was having an opening wine and cheese evening of a showing of art work from the Durack family. Fifteen members had a display of paintings and sculpture. It was a very friendly gathering of Durack family members, local people and visitors from many of the towns around including Toowoomba. We felt quite welcome and mixed and mingled with a glass of wine and nibbling the cheese and crackers. The evening wound up with a beautiful Mozart duet for violin and piano. Jack sketched the scene while he listened and caught the atmosphere in the drawing.We were told by Peter, the gallery owner, that they rehearsed on Sunday mornings and we were welcome to come over for a coffee and to listen to them, which we did.

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Free camping…

After leaving the rain behind in Stanthorpe we moved on to Allora, the sunflower capital of Queensland. We searched for sunflowers but it is the wrong season, but we did find a bunch flowering in a garden in town. You can’t win them all..

When in town having a look around, we were told about camping for free down at Dalrymple creek. Wow what a find, beautiful sheltered sites and being first there for the day we had the pick of the best position. Soon 2 other vans arrived and we struck up a friendship with them, which resulted in Frank bringing over his early edition, hand built  Maton guitar after dinner, and as the sun went down, he sang a medley of country songs, some of which he had composed. Wal and Kate with little dog Sam joined us and we all swapped stories. It was a magical evening.  They told us of good free, or cheap, camp sites. What a fantastic start to our years adventure, this is the essence of travel, meeting people and hearing their stories and sharing hints and tips to make camping and travelling easier.

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Out of our comfort zone…

Here we go....

Well this is it,no going back now, hope we have every thing we want..

Loaded up and ready to roll...

We have our trusty bikes as plan B if we have any problems…

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