This song by Slim Dusty touches the nerves of my gypsy soul. It brings back memories of the past year and starts me thinking of the year ahead.
It was this time last year when we sold Matilda our faithful camper van that carried us around Australia for 4 years.
Matilda takes off with her new owners to new adventures. Goodbye Matilda.
Now it is pedal power.
I never thought I would be able to survive life, as I know it, without a vehicle. But we made the decision, in December 2013, to be carless for the time being, as during 2014 we would be travelling and having the use of other people’s vehicles.
Our 2014 adventures took a new direction.
During February and March 2014 we were in New Zealand.
Wairakie thermal power
Hot thermal lakes
Bubbling and boiling Rotorua
Lots of walking
April and May we house sat in Geraldton, Western Australia, and had the use of Hector a grunty, rusty, old, diesel, 4WD Toyota land cruiser that I bonded with and loved driving. Made me feel macho…
Windswept trees of the Greenhough Plains
The garden we looked after
The ocean meets the rocks in a turbulent burst of spray
St Francis Xavia Cathedral
Take care, we could hear the roaring as we approached.
Walks on the beach
Spring time sowing
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church
Jack tuning up
Have a glass of wine and watch the sun set
June is winter in Australia and we had 4 weeks before the next house sit, so we hired a camper van and toured the south of Western Australia. Visiting friends made during previous travels.
Our transport waiting for us as we had lunch and explored Mandurah
It takes the brave to challenge and ride these waves.
One last cuddle from Jack
Pippa in her winter jacket
It’s cold and raining outside but we are warm and cosy
They were once known as “Black boys” but that is now politically incorrect.
The wild Indian Ocean
Carroll and I have a girl’s day out
The long shadows of the golden hour create a magical scene
Canberra was the next house sit, July, August, September, October. It is winter and Canberra has a reputation for very cold weather. But the house was warm and Canberra is an interesting place. This time we had the use of an almost brand new Mazda 6, and we had the company of an adorable “Labradoodle” called Molly.
Misty morning Lake Burley Griffen
High Court of Australia
Inside Australia museum
Australia’s High Court Building.
Arboretum village square
The village centre
Just look at the selection, it made my mouth water…
Spring is coming
The tulips are the heroes
Some of the trees had pink and white blossom all on the same tree
2014 is flying by, we have been away from home almost 9 months but decide on one more 2 week house sit for the year. This time it is on the New South Wales coast. A delightful place called Valla Beach. We have the company of Rufus, an affectionate blue-heeler, and 3 rather haughty alpacas. This time we are driving a Honda Jazz, a very zippy little car.
The “boys” 3 very aloof and haughty alpacas
Part of the 20 acre farm
walking Rufus on Valla Beach
V-wall Nambucca Heads
Dorigo National Park
Bellingen Butter Factory
Trial Bay Gaol
South West Rocks
Finally we arrive home end of October.
So here I am back home for Christmas and taking time out to catch up with family and friends.
What is in store for us in 2015? Well I am already starting to plan our next adventure and it will be the slow way to New Zealand, something I have never done before and I’m wondering if cruising is going to be my style. Our friends tell us it is so relaxing. Am I ready for relaxing? In the past it has always been the road less travelled, roughing it and minimalist style travel, taking time to go where ever looked interesting.
I’d love to hear from my cyber friends if they have been on a cruise and what they thought of it…