Well, it’s well and truly winter time in the Clare Valley!! No frost just yet but plenty of cold icy winds and some rain. The newborn lambs are bleating around the district which is a lovely sight. The paddocks are all green, the weeds/grasses profuse and the workload still constant!
B has been busy weekdays with some casual work so weekends are all go getting things done around Da Block. We are heading off to the Big Red Bash near Birdsville in a weeks time so the countdown is on! Looking forward to this outback concert – another Bucket List item nearly ticked!
We have put in another rainwater tank to take advantage of the winter rainfall. We’ve had a few bonfires, watched things in the garden flower, mulched the rock garden and watched grass grow madly through it!! 😦 And given our caravan diesel heater a work out on these cold nights (and some days!)
This will be my last post for a while whilst we are ‘on the road’ – heading to Western & Central Queensland then might get the tinny wet on the east coast?! Till next time…..
B welding grid supports
One stressed out pooch!
Foggy start to a cold day
Lovely lawn on our irrigation site?!
1st rains – the drains filling up
Delivery of the tank
Delivery of new/old water tank
Moving tanks into position
Pumpkin plant flowering
Our first pumpkin
Newly mulched rock garden
Busy work day
Jeda chatting to Asha the Alpaca
When you hear the words “experiencing the coldest start to winter since 1889” you tend to feel torn. ‘Wow, aren’t we lucky!?’ And, ‘no wonder I’ve got no feeling in my fingers & toes!’. Yep it’s been frosty for a week or so now. -3 degrees has been the worst so far….it was after 10am before the frost & fog lifted that day.
Our poor old Ford sits out in the frost each day wondering what hit it. Our tinnie is iced up (at least it might kill the mice). Living in a caravan in cold weather isn’t the greatest. Condensation is the main enemy. We have a diesel heater running mostly as well as the roof air heater. Our cattle dog Jeda loves it, she gets to sleep inside at the doorway, way better than outside.
We are staying on a friend’s farm near Clare. B is working nearby as well as helping out when needed here. I am the Domestic Goddess of Dog Whispering (at the moment), chook feeder & weeder/leaf sweeper! Those autumn leaves don’t pick themselves up!!
So a few more photos to show how our area of Southern Australia is enjoying? this winter….
In the paddock….
More frosty webs
Jeda gives stink eye cause she’s in the back of a ute!
Frost on the paddock weeds
Ice in the dog water bowl
John Horrocks Cottage circa 1839 first stone building north of Gawler
Succulents in the garden
Farm work in the paddock
Sunset on afternoon dog walk
Poor tinnie frosted up
Vineyard at Reilly’s @ Mintaro
Yes, as you may imagine it is starting to get cold in the southern states! We have been ‘freedom’ camping most of the way down, finding some lovely places to camp and check out what these small towns have to offer.
We spent Easter at Roma Qld and they put on a wonderful country ‘do’ for visitors, unfortunately on Rodeo day it rained but quite a few people still attended. We headed further west to Mitchell to camp on the weir for a while, then south to the NSW border, via Nindigully Pub – we have been there before – a good free camp site but the pub is run down and the staff didn’t seem interested in ‘the tourists’ so our stay was short & sweet.
Crossing the Qld/NSW border we passed through Moree (beautiful old buildings) to camp by more rivers and check out the little towns. We found a little town worth mentioning called Bingara. It has heaps of camping on the Gwydir River, both sides of the bridges. We found that the local council had purchased a lot of the buildings in town and are gradually doing them up. We loved the coffee at The Roxy Cafe next to the Roxy Theatre, which we toured – it had been closed up for 40-odd years before council started to use it again and bring people to visit. The town is very friendly and offers everything travellers need, except watch out getting fuel at the servo – big rigs beware.
We spent a week in Bingara then reluctantly decided we better keep moving on. We are currently in Tamworth which wasn’t on our route, but vehicle hic-ups have forced us to wait out some repairs till done (these things happen as you will know). If anyone is heading south for the winter like us and freedom camp a lot, make sure you have a heater of some sort! We installed a diesel heater in 2012 but hadn’t used it till now (as we were north last year) and it has been a blessing on these cold frosty nights.
Till next time……