Hi there – well it’s been soooo long since I’ve been able to do anything on my site Blog-wise I do apologise (if there is anyone out there actually reading this!). We have been travelling non stop through Western Australia since June this year and have had very little 3G in most places we’ve been (our choice).
We have been up the Goldfields to Marble Bar and over to Port Hedland then down the coast, then inland at Geraldton to enjoy the Wildflowers, then through the Wheatbelt and down to the Cape to Cape region of the South West. That’s it in a nutshell!
We are now caretaking a farm in the South West for a few months so I should be able to catch up on photos and blogs in that time. Have been trying to find a local Market that will accept a ‘Traveller’ but there seems to be too many rules & regulations over here for stall holders, which is a shame as I haven’t found that in any other state to this extent. Hopefully someone will accept me soon. 🙂
Below is a map of our travels this year – it’s a wonderful land Australia – and the outback of WA is the BEST!
We arrived back in Clare early November and it felt like we’d never left. Jeda remembered the Kelpie Boys and the Lab and they were like old friends. It was straight into harvest – ‘B’ drove the ‘Chaser’ – collecting the grain from the Harvester as they go then depositing in silos in the paddocks. I did Domestic Diva type stuff as before, but the majority of the cooking was left up to the ‘Farmerette’ thank goodness. Whilst we were there friends visited who enjoy metal detecting as they travel so I had a go around the farm. Quite addictive once you find something! The thrill of finding an old relic, coin or piece of history is a bit of fun. I know a good number of Grey Nomads do gold detecting – that gold coin can help pay for your trip!
We house sat whilst the farm owners had Christmas with their family. We had a quiet festive day but didn’t forget to indulge in the prawns! We progressed to checking stock and water troughs so had fun on the quad bikes! Whilst there I was lavished with South Australian hospitality when I turned 50. Very spoilt with a flash dinner in the good dining room! NYE was a bust as ‘B’ came down with a man cold…need I say more!?
Next market I’ll be doing is in Auburn in the Clare Valley South Australia.
The Clare Valley Carnival of Music is held 21st & 22nd of November. www.hatsincsa.com
So if anyone is in the area come along and say G’day!! 🙂
Now we have settled for the Cane Season in Ayr till the end of the year, I have re-commenced my market stall at the local park – Plantation Park – the 1st & 3rd Sunday of each month, and starting from the end of this month a new market will be commencing at the local Masonic Hall in MacMillan Street on the 2nd & 4th Sunday of each month, which will have the whole month covered!
Our van park in Ayr, the Burdekin Cascades Caravan Park has also commenced a market in the park on one Friday night a month for the park residents and visitors only which has been a huge success (especially since you can incorporate your Happy Hour into sampling the goodies on sale).
So if you are heading north or south along the Queensland coast drop into Ayr and enjoy what this small town has to offer. Last weekend Ayr put on the SunWater Grand Parade & Mardi Gras in the main street with floats and food stalls and rides for the kids.
Hey there! Since arriving back in Brisbane after our Western Qld short jaunt we have put our travels on hold for a month or so as we get a new canopy built for our F-truck.
The old canopy was great but cumbersome getting access to things inside, as we had an outboard motor, tyres & a car fridge to navigate over to reach chairs and storage items towards the front. Anyone who owns a canopy like ours might understand what we mean. So we bit the bullet and organised the building of a 5-door aluminium canopy for the old truck. Our ‘Tinnie Tosser’ boat loader & tinnie will still go up top and the same items will now have a new, more accessible home in the canopy.
I’m hoping ‘B’ will not forget my photos and display boards too! Somehow all the ‘mens stuff’ gets first preference in trucks – has anyone else noticed that?! 🙂
After that we are back to Ayr in North Queensland for the Cane Season. So if you are passing through Ayr on either the first or third Sunday of the month when the Plantation Park Markets are on, drop in and see me, mention my blog and I might be able to find you a photo memento too hard to resist!
If you are travelling north this winter don’t skip Ayr. It’s a lovely small town with some great cane fires for photo ops – the Burdekin region is one of the last remaining areas to burn their cane so stop for a night or more and check out what Ayr has to offer – it’s only 85klms from Townsville.
I don’t know if you have heard of Kilkivan but it’s a small country town north west of Gympie. We were lucky enough to be passing through when they were holding the Great Horse Ride (see photos under ‘Outback’). It was quite an impressive display with over 500 riders. Whilst there we camped in the old rail yards with permission and put our stall up the next day. Unfortunately most of the riders were not advised of the market so not many people showed, but we met some lovely people and Kilkivan is a lovely town to stop in if you are ever out that way.