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Stormy Wet Day

Friday, 28 September 2012

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Well it looks like today's plans have gone out the window. Woke this morning to the rumble of thunder to our West and a threat of rain. Weather reports on the TV predict storms and rain for later today. We had planned to visit Floriade today but can't see much point in getting wet, so we'll spend the day with the caravan to try and guard against possible damage.

The rain set in about 0800 and has continued all day. It has been impossible to do anything other than sit around and read or watch a little TV. It is amazing that with 15 or more channels, there is almost nothing worthwhile to watch during the day.

The only positive for today is that the damaging winds and storms predicted on the weather channel did not eventuate. It has been a long time since we've experienced such a miserable day.

So from a wet and cold Canberra, see you tomorrow.

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Recharge Day

Thursday, 27 September 2012

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A very restful night and a reasonably comfortable morning. I was blessed with a colourful display in the clouds over Mt Majura and walked a circuit of the showgrounds before preparing breakfast.

First order of business was to visit Aldis to restock some perishables to carry us over the next five or six days. Back at the campground I wandered about and photographed the extensive rain-water capture system installed here. They have three main storage tanks each with a capacity of 1.6 million litres. The water is used to irrigate the extensive grassed areas.

After lunch we drove out to Spence, a NorthWestern suburb of Canberra, to visit our old mate who has organised this weekend's commemorative gathering at the War Memorial. Spent a pleasant hour or two catching up on recent events.

On our return to the EPIC campground we found two other members of our Veteran group. A very pleasant chat before the temperature dropped in time with the setting sun. Time to retire to the van and a light dinner and another early night.

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Off To Canberra

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

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Another brisk morning and we took our time to get up and going. A surprise visit from Jenny's niece to wish us goodbye.

We've decided to drive to Canberra via Harden and Murrumburrah and along the way we called in at the rest-stop near Wallendbeen. We'd been told that the Snack Shack caravan sold "the BEST Hamburgers". We'd been on the road all of 30 minutes and had finished breakfast less than an hour ago. What the hell !! We'll skip lunch !! Jenny ordered a plain one and I had one with the lot.

The Snack Shack is open from 7 AM to 10 PM and is operated by a local lady who's menu includes pies, sausage rolls, chips and a variety of hot and cold drinks. An amazing number of people called in for coffee in the short time we were there.

We arrived in Canberra just after 11 AM and were surprised at the huge number of caravans, mobile homes, tents and converted buses parked almost wherever there was a power-outlet. Fortunately, because we had prepaid, we were assigned a site in the primary campground. It is a campground and there are only a few rules so it was quite a task finding a suitable site but we were all set up by noon. No lunch of course, we'd had that hamburger after all 8-)

We spent the afternoon getting completely settled in, assessed the various rigs and watched the coming and going of other campers. The only meaningful thing I achieved was to bake a damper.

Nothing planned for this evening so we'll kick back, watch some TV and hit the sack early.

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Frosty Morning

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

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Very, very cold morning to wake up to. For the first time in months I missed my meeting with the sunrise. I got up a bit later and tried to capture some early morning shots but there are not a lot of photo opportunities close to the caravan park. Breakfast out of the way and at 0900 Jen's brother called around to take us for a drive in the country.

Drove down to join the Hume Freeway at Coolac and travelled South to Gundagai where we visited a historical photo exhibition upstairs in the local hardware store. The photos were all taken by a local doctor between 1890 and 1903. The images are all beautifully printed and displayed with captions. Some have been enlarged and show great clarity from negatives taken over 100 years ago.

We left Gundagai and travelled further down the freeway turning off to head for Adalong, a beautiful village in the foothills of the Showy Mountains. Along the way we stopped to admire the remains of a gold-mining operation that closed down in 1940. The local community has recently removed the weeds and brambles which had hidden the site from view.

From Adalong we drove to Tumut where we had a very nice pub-lunch in one of the many hotels in the town. Back to Gundagai along the Wee Jasper road which winds its way through many spectacular valleys. From Gundagai back to the caravan park in Cootamundra where we chatted over a cup of coffee. By about 1530 we'd said our goodbyes and they returned home.

The sun is out and the bitter wind has dropped and we're preparing the rig for the tow to Canberra in the morning. The Cootamundra visit has been fantastic and we may need to come back another time - perhaps a little later in the year to avoid the cold.

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Discovering Cootamundra

Monday, 24 September 2012

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Started with a very cold early morning walk down to the railway station. A beautifully restored structure and unlike many in Australia - still functioning. Tried to capture a sunrise but I was unable to find a suitable vantage point.

After breakfast we both strolled down the main street and were impressed with the range of shops and goods available. We checked out some of the Real Estate listings and were surprised at how relatively inexpensive housing is. The whole atmosphere is of a friendly and very livable town. The fact that the town is not really on a major route between any of the bigger centres has pretty much left it alone.

A cheeky tee shirt asks the question "Where's Cootamundra?" the response is "Half way between Wallendbeen and Bethungra !!".

We had lunch with Jenny's brother and sister-in-law at their daughter's house. Most enjoyable despite the fact that he and I were picked on mercilessly by the three women. A great afternoon.

Drove out of town to capture some of the colour of the canola fields that cover the countryside like a green and gold patchwork. Topped up with fuel and retired to the caravan. The temperature dropped dramatically and after a light dinner we retired to the comfort of a warm bed.

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