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Message started by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 10:35am

Title: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 10:35am
Well the new year is well and truly with us with one month gone already.  We survived the lockdowns and the pandemic albeit the world is now a different place.

The border restrictions are relaxing and time to start looking ahead.

Already a couple of things planned:

1.  Leaving tomorrow a trip to Melbourne to catch up with family stuck down there and especially to see our Grandson who is still waiting for the heart/lung transplant.  Also attached to this trip is Maggie’s youngest sister getting married in Victoria.

2.  Then there is the COG at Alstonville in May.

3.  After that (hopefully) back to Victoria for the Australian Sheep and Wool Festival in Bendigo during July.  (Could maybe combine this with a possible COG somewhere along the Murray River)

No doubt that is just a start and there will be things in between.

That is current planning.  What are you all up to.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 24th, 2021 at 11:23am
Hi Derek
Your plans sound pretty good. The COG on the Murray sounds very good idea I always  wanted to do that wool show at Bendigo
Enjoy your trip.
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 12:13pm
There are two parts to the show Kev.  There are the arts and crafts and then the actual sheep show.

We have been twice now and it sure is worth it.  We buy a three day ticket and really enjoy the weekend.

The fashion shows are a highlight.

The caravan park we used to stay in has been sold for development so will have to look for a new one this time.

Cold down there in winter though.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 24th, 2021 at 1:59pm
I once had a old friend who was a sheep farmer west of Horsham in Victoria he would go to the show and judge sheep and also had something to do with the sheep dog trials.
By the way Derek you look like a gentleman from the highlands of  bonny old scotland  ;D ;D I can hear the bagpipes  playing as I type.
regards  Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 2:33pm

Kevvie wrote on Jan 24th, 2021 at 1:59pm:
By the way Derek you look like a gentleman from the highlands of  bonny old scotland  ;D ;D I can hear the bagpipes  playing as I type.


Would look more authentic with a kilt however I can honestly say that to the best of my knowledge there is not a drop of Scottish blood in these veins.   ;D

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 5:08pm
Have completed and had our border passes into Victoria approved.  Motorhome is nearly packed and all looking good.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 24th, 2021 at 8:37pm
Car on the trailer and motorhome just about packed.  Hitting the road early with the plan to get to around Moree the first night.  Hopefully stay at the Showgrounds.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 24th, 2021 at 9:37pm
Derek
Great setup you and Maggie have.
Safe trip
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 25th, 2021 at 5:03pm
Pulled into Moree Showgrounds for the night. $25 for power and water.  Heaps of room with big drive through sites
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 25th, 2021 at 6:22pm
Hi Derek
Thank you for the photo
It looks a pretty good place to stay and a very good price
  Have a good night  and enjoy your journey tomorrow.
regards  Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Jan 26th, 2021 at 11:24am
As Kevvie said a place to put on the list, safe journey mate cheers Bear

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 26th, 2021 at 7:27pm
Scooted down the Newell Highway as far as West Wyalong today.  Staying at the Showgrounds

Have had new border passes issued and will be crossing into Victoria tomorrow morning.

Happy with progress so far
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 26th, 2021 at 10:33pm
Hi Derek
You seem to  traveling pretty well. I have read some good report on the show grounds at West Wyalong.
Have you seen  many Caravan/ motor homes as you travel.
I hope you have a great time in Melbourne.
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 29th, 2021 at 10:28am
We made it yesterday.  At the Discovery Park in Braybrook.  Typical Melbourne wet weather today and I am wondering about leaving the awning up

Crossing the border was a simple process with the young copper just “glancing” at our passes and ID and making a joke about the car on the trailer tailgating us.  ;D

Kevvie, not a lot of RV’s on the road and everywhere we stopped only a few on site.  The park here would be less than half full.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 29th, 2021 at 12:15pm
Hi Derek
Thank you for the report. I was thinking there would be at least a few RVs travelling
Really good to see there are a few cops  still around  who like to share a joke. WE hope Clayton and the family down that way are all OK. Enjoy your time there.
regards Kevvie ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 29th, 2021 at 5:32pm
Forgot to mention, our last night before Melbourne we pulled into the Brown Brothers Winery free camp for the night.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 29th, 2021 at 6:02pm
Hi Derek
That looks like a very nice place to camp.
Also I  forgot to ask you How are the fur babies travelling.?
I reckon they would be OK.
regards Kev.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jan 29th, 2021 at 6:13pm
They seem pretty relaxed about it  ;D ;D ;D
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 29th, 2021 at 6:38pm
Yes Derek the photo said it all.
  the same with "Peggy"she enjoys a nap with "Pa"
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Jan 29th, 2021 at 8:56pm

Derek wrote on Jan 29th, 2021 at 6:13pm:
They seem pretty relaxed about it    


And they don't care how much room they take up.  ;D

Jeff

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jan 29th, 2021 at 9:37pm
The dog is the boss of the house. The humans just pay the bills. ;D
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Jan 29th, 2021 at 11:06pm

Kevvie wrote on Jan 29th, 2021 at 9:37pm:
The dog is the boss of the house. The humans just pay the bills.


That sums it up pretty well Kev.  ;D

Jeff

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 3rd, 2021 at 12:24pm
Grandson not doing too well so Maggie and I have decided to stay another week here in Melbourne.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Feb 3rd, 2021 at 1:00pm
Not good Derek; we hope and pray things improve again and the transplant will happen soon.

Jeff

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 3rd, 2021 at 5:01pm
Hi Derek
That is not good news about Clayton. I hope he improves quickly so he can enjoy having you and Maggie visiting him.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 3rd, 2021 at 7:08pm
Best of luck mate Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by tadpole on Feb 3rd, 2021 at 7:43pm
Sad to hear Derek. Hopefully things improve soon

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2021 at 9:35am
Well the bug has hit Melbourne again.  Only one case thus far.  It is not affecting us at this stage. 

Our biggest issue is if NSW and Qld decide to implement border control again.

Young Clayton, our Grandson is now experiencing mild kidney failure due to some of the medications he has to take and they are going to start a once a week kidney dialysis with him.

It is quite a difficult time for us all.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:39pm
Young fella is back into hospital this afternoon.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by shackles on Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:51pm

Derek wrote on Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:39pm:
Young fella is back into hospital this afternoon.

That doesn't sound good. Can you and Maggie still visit him?

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 4th, 2021 at 2:25pm
Not sure yet Brian. COVID restrictions are a changing phenomena.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 4th, 2021 at 10:06pm
Hi Derek
I hope every thing keeps going well for you both.
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 5th, 2021 at 10:58pm

shackles wrote on Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:51pm:

Derek wrote on Feb 4th, 2021 at 1:39pm:
Young fella is back into hospital this afternoon.

That doesn't sound good. Can you and Maggie still visit him?


Brian, today they determined that parents, siblings and grandparents only allowed to visit.

The process of getting into the hospital however is horrendous.  Unable to just scan a QR code.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 6th, 2021 at 1:18pm
Hi Derek
I am happy to read you have an opportunity to visit Clayton.
Take care
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chesapeake on Feb 6th, 2021 at 10:28pm
Derek, Sorry to hear your grandson is going through such a tough time. Hope all goes well for him. Life sure does throw some crap at us. Our thoughts going to you and yours.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 8th, 2021 at 10:57am
Well, looks like it has finally happened.  Surrounded by covid.  There was a new case in a hotel just near the airport in a hotel worker.  A few kilometres away

The initial release of hot spots shows the person visited a cake shop just 800 metres from the park here and Dan Murphys about a kilometre away.  Waiting to hear the latest news but we may need to hightail it out of here.

What a bugger.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 8th, 2021 at 11:29am
Hi Derek
That is not good news.
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 10th, 2021 at 10:28pm
Hitting the road back home in the morning.  Visiting friends around the Wagga Wagga area on the way.

There is currently talk of border closures due to the additional outbreak of Covid here in Melbourne but what the heck, we will simply take it in our stride.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 10th, 2021 at 10:44pm
Hi Derek
Enjoy your travels
regards Kevvie (Kev) ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 11th, 2021 at 8:05am
Safe travelling mate, stay out of Sydney as well. Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 12th, 2021 at 9:33am
Hi Derek hope you are out of Victoria as it is not looking good. Safe driving Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 12th, 2021 at 9:56am
Not far from the border Robert. 

My main concern is not being allowed back into Qld.  Yesterday they implemented border passes which would be no problem for us but with all these new cases in Victoria who knows what they will do.  Qld has always been quick to shut the gate.

Going to be interesting what Dan Andrews says today.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 12th, 2021 at 12:24pm
Yes they seem to make some stupid mistakes that effect all of us. Cheers

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by shackles on Feb 12th, 2021 at 1:13pm

Bear wrote on Feb 12th, 2021 at 12:24pm:
Yes they seem to make some stupid mistakes that effect all of us. Cheers

Yes they have. But they have made a lot of good ones to. Australia is in much better shape compared with a lot of other country's.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 12th, 2021 at 8:09pm
Agree Brian only because the Australian majority have a lot more sence than what we have seen overseas. Having said that I believe they are also getting pissed off by stupid mistakes and the pressure pot will soon reach its level.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 12th, 2021 at 9:05pm
Hi Derek
I understand the decision to leave Melbourne should have been hard to make, but you did it at the right time.
Take care
Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 12th, 2021 at 10:39pm
Bugger, bugger, bugger.

Today we crossed into NSW however are in lockdown conditions.

NSW Govt have determined anyone crossing the border since 29 January have to go into a five day lockdown the same as if they were still in Vic.

We are at a friends farm at Old Junee for the duration.

Also because we were in what they have now determined a red zone in Melbourne we cannot enter Queensland for 14 days.

All good though as we can survive forever in the motorhome.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by outback jack on Feb 12th, 2021 at 11:00pm
What a PITA

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 13th, 2021 at 8:52am
Seems one arm of Government is not talking to the other here in NSW. 

The post above was based on what the Premier herself said however when the Chief Medical Officer in NSW made the declaration it states that only those who arrived after midnight need to go into lockdown so we are free again.

Still cannot get back home into Queensland for 14 days after leaving Victoria though.  I did a dummy run for a permit to get in and the result is below.

All good still.  A lot of NSW we haven’t seen yet 😊
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 13th, 2021 at 10:04am
Good Day Derek
Well mate at least you are with friends, you  have your own   accommodation and the way the year is going the time you have to wait it will fly.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 17th, 2021 at 8:56pm
How is it going Derek any news about the boarder opening? Cheers Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 17th, 2021 at 9:28pm

Bear wrote on Feb 17th, 2021 at 8:56pm:
How is it going Derek any news about the boarder opening? Cheers Robert


Queensland have decided they will not make a decision for another ten days so you still need to go into quarantine.

Fortunately for us we only have to be out of the hotspot we were in for 14 days then we can cross the border without quarantine.

Planning on starting the treck north very casually from Saturday and then crossing into Queensland on Friday week.

Cheers

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 17th, 2021 at 10:26pm
Hi Derek
Enjoy your travelling. Hope the weather is OK for you both
and your little fury companions
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 17th, 2021 at 11:38pm
Ok safe travels and do not forget Nundle.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Rabbitz on Feb 20th, 2021 at 8:22am

Bear wrote on Feb 17th, 2021 at 11:38pm:
Ok safe travels and do not forget Nundle.


Yes the coffee from the café that is in a blue shipping container on the corner is probably the best in the Tamworth region, although that bar is set quite low...

:D ;D

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 20th, 2021 at 9:19am
We are still sitting in Old Junee at the farm.  I have a crook Maggie.  She has picked up some sort of tummy bug so not a good condition to be travelling.

See how she goes during the day and may hot the road tomorrow.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Feb 20th, 2021 at 9:47am
Best to Maggie and trust she is well soon. Safe travelling. Bear

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 20th, 2021 at 11:41am
Hope Maggie gets well soon. 
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 8:20pm
Yesterday we left the farm at Old Junee and travelled up the Newell Highway and last night stopped at the Recreation Reserve at Eumungerie north of Dubbo.  $10 for power and water.  No dump point and cold showers. (First photo)

Today we travelled on and are now at Nundle in the Peel Valley staying at the Fossickers Tourist Park.  Give this place 10 out of 10. (Second photo)

Staying here for two nights then heading further north.  Will be crossing into Qld legally on Thursday.

Maggie is pretty well back to her old self again.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:34pm
It looks beautiful and green there Derek; so different to up here where it is extremely dry.

Jeff

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 22nd, 2021 at 11:42pm
Hi Derek
I glad Maggie is better better. Thank you for the photos.
Nundle looks lovely and green. I have  read a lot about Eumungerie being good.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 24th, 2021 at 3:38pm
Tonight we are at the Glenn Inness Showgrounds.  Only $20 a night with my Campervan & Motorhome Club (CMCA) membership.

We will be home in Qld late tomorrow.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 24th, 2021 at 4:32pm
Hi Derek
Getting closer to home.
The show grounds looks like a great place to camp. The price is right.Looks like a few other people  also travelling.
When we have travelled south we would stop and make camp at Armidale show ground.
I  hope it has not been too hot travelling?.
Safe travelling tomorrow
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 25th, 2021 at 9:27pm
We made it home this afternoon.

Now for some cleaning and gardening.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 25th, 2021 at 11:05pm
Derek
Welcome home
That is the worst part about going away.
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Feb 26th, 2021 at 8:44am
Glad you are home safely.

Jeff

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 26th, 2021 at 8:48am

Kevvie wrote on Feb 25th, 2021 at 11:05pm:
Derek
Welcome home
That is the worst part about going away.
regards Kev


Not really Kev, we see it as preparation and anticipation for our next trip.   :D

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 26th, 2021 at 9:04am
That is true Derek.
When I was employed I will not mention the word (W ..K)
I would use my leave to the max.
I would always have my next trip planned well in advance.
It was worst when we were in a caravan club  we were away every month.
Enjoy your day
regards Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Feb 26th, 2021 at 9:16am
;D ;D Yes, I recall that when I was working, Kev.  Shift work and they made us apply a year in advance for our leave.  I regularly took the June school holidays as no-one else seemed to want leave in winter. 

We just about had a permanent booking at the Torquay Caravan Park in Hervey Bay, right on the water.  Around 20 steps through a little sand dune from the front of the tent and you were on the beach.  Cool to cold nights and beautiful warm days up there in that month.

Rarely were there any Queenslanders there, just the usual crowd of retirees from Victoria and South Australia.  I think they are called grey nomads now.  ;D

Son and daughter camped in the same spot last year and we went up to see them and there is now a fence and rocks across the front of the park with steps going down onto the beach.

I think about the only thing about Hervey Bay that has remained static from those days is the Fishermans’s Co-Op where you can still get the best fresh prawns.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Feb 26th, 2021 at 11:12am
I was good at planning leave as I  also had it well planed in advance. I was once in a caravan club when I was forced  ;D ;D to arrange a long weekend every month to attend a caravan weekend away  ::)
Over the years we even had the chance to do a 3 month house sit on Norfolk Island.
regards  Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 14th, 2021 at 6:59pm
Just about ready to hit the road next week.  Was leaving Tuesday but now Wednesday.

Overall we have travelled quite a few kilometres this year but not really travelled to many new places and actually camped out.

This time we are planning on ten weeks away.  Some of that will be in Melbourne visiting family but then will float around parts of Victoria, most likely the west. 

Also planning on going to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show.

I have even arranged for someone to maintain the lawns while we are away this time.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 14th, 2021 at 8:18pm
Hi Derek
You and Maggie enjoy your trip and have fun.
Looking forward to following your trip via the forum.
I reckon a few sheep could keep the lawns down while you are away ;D ;D
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by shackles on May 15th, 2021 at 7:06pm
Have a good and safe trip Derek and Maggie.
All that extra room you have where the bed was will fit the wool Maggie's buys just nicely. (Fill her up Maggie) ;D ;D

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by jclures on May 15th, 2021 at 8:36pm
Have a good trip. I hope you have packed your woollies, not just Moggie’s wool. Looks a little cold down there.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 19th, 2021 at 4:23pm
Finally got away around 11 this morning and managed just over 300 klm.

Now sitting down the back of the North Star Rest Area on the Newell Highway south of Bogabilla in NSW.

Been here a few times before when travelling this way.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 19th, 2021 at 4:39pm
Hi Derek
Thanks for the photo. It looks like a pretty nice and flat spot.
I see you said you stay down the back is that because trucks also stop there ?
Take care and enjoy your trip.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 19th, 2021 at 4:46pm
Yes, a big truck rest area just like a lot on the Newell.  Can get very busy during the grain harvest.

It also has a very clearly marked school bus stop incorporated into it.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 19th, 2021 at 5:02pm
Derek
Like I said it looks like a good spot. I know you would know you  have been there before so you have worked out where the best spot to camp.
It is great that there is no dirt
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Smokeydk on May 19th, 2021 at 6:48pm
Great Mate.....my van is in getting a new awning material after we get it back...and sorted out stuff to go back in ....theres heaps we took out....11 years of hidden gems  :D :D

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 21st, 2021 at 10:38pm
Last night we stayed at Terramungamine Reserve just north of Dubbo. A good free camp beside the Macquarie River. The river is looking good with plenty of water.

Tonight we are on a friends farm at Old Junee.

Heading into Victoria tomorrow.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 22nd, 2021 at 4:39am
Looks a good camp Derek you are not wasting time take care Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 22nd, 2021 at 6:40am
Hi Derek
The camp site looks good, not many people travelling. Have been to old Junee and young Junee.
All the best to you both.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 25th, 2021 at 10:04am
Finally made it to Melbourne after spending a couple of very stressful days and nights at the Brown Brothers Winery.

We arrived and the two puppies jumped out of the motorhome on their leads with Maggie while I was setting up.

Daisy took a few steps and gave a yelp. Thinking she had stepped on a prickle Maggie picked her up and checked her foot and found no prickles but she yelped again when one of her back feet was touched.

This was on short mown grass.

Put her down and a short time later she collapsed on the ground. Took her inside and she started vomiting and diarrhoea. Wasn’t moving at all so straight on the Internet to find the closest veterinary hospital.  Found a 24/7 one in Wangaratta 15 minutes away. Off we went.  Saturday just on dark.

After tests including blood tests they concluded she had been bitten by a snake and most likely a red belly black one. Treatment included antivenin and a drip for fluids.

To cut a long story short she spent two nights there and pulled through although we need to watch her carefully for the next six weeks.

Now to the snake. Have no idea where it was. It is freezing cold down here and they would normally be in hibernation now.

Just grateful she is ok. 

First photo from the vet on her first night. She has a drip. Second from the vet taken yesterday morning after a bath ready to come home and then her and Penny back together. She has a plaster where the drip was.

On a positive note the caravan park here gave us a deal where we only payed for five days and stay for seven so for the two weeks got four days free.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 25th, 2021 at 10:32am
HI Derek
Yes that would be stressful. Lucky Maggie didn't get bitten.
Good to hear  she is on the mend.
Lesley just yelled out Melbourne is going into Mask mode.
All our very best to you both and the dogs.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 25th, 2021 at 11:11am
It has gone crazy down here as of yesterday.  Funny thing I had a feeling this may happen so bought a box of disposable masks before we left.

Sadly for us they have put a restriction of a maximum five people together in homes so restricts us a bit on getting together.  Waiting to get the full details on that to see if it includes kids.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 25th, 2021 at 11:48am
SA new border restrictions https://www.police.sa.gov.au/sa-police-news-assets/front-page-news/updated-cross-border-travelassociated-direction-24-may#.YKxW-y3-G-p

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 25th, 2021 at 3:58pm
Getting worse now.  Nine cases have been found.  We have a contingency to debunk as soon as they announce something.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 25th, 2021 at 6:52pm
Ok take care mate you can always visit SA and go back throught Broken Hill.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 25th, 2021 at 6:54pm
At the moment it may be harder to get into SA ;D

We were actually thinking of a quick trip over there. Everything up in the air now though. P

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 26th, 2021 at 8:06am
Day by day is about all you can do.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 26th, 2021 at 10:19am
Hi Derek
How is Daisy going mate.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 26th, 2021 at 10:32am
All good so far. She is just a little more lethargic than normal but they told us to expect that.

Pretty cold down here.  According to Bom 7 degrees outside.

The restrictions are making it hard for us at the moment.  Not even game to go to a shopping centre in case they declare it a covid zone.

I am cooking dinner for the family tonight.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 26th, 2021 at 10:39am
Hi Derek
Thanks for the up date. I understand where you are coming from re going to the shops
I hope you and the family enjoy dinner.
enjoy your day.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 26th, 2021 at 11:23am
Off to the local shop for some milk.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 26th, 2021 at 9:48pm
Well we are all organised to bolt in the morning if they announce a five day lockdown which everyone is currently speculating about.

Think I would rather be sitting on the side of a lake or river rather than in this caravan park.

Just waiting now.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 27th, 2021 at 12:48pm
I don’t think anyone really expected it to get this severe down here.

Whole of the State locked down for seven days so we made an executive decision to stay put.

Would be difficult to get in another caravan park somewhere and here we have all the facilities we need.  Not only that when the announcement was made we were given a key to one of the site ensuites which is about 30 metres away so have our own ensuite.  The main amenities block is now locked.

Next door is the shopping centre with Woolies, a bottle shop, baker, chemist and a couple of takeaways.

People running the park are very obliging.

We can do this.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 27th, 2021 at 2:02pm
Hi Derek
Glad to hear from you.
Yes I think you have taken best option. At least you are close to supplies. It sounds like a great caravan park.
Take care
regards Kev. ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Smokeydk on May 28th, 2021 at 7:08pm
couple Vic girls snuck in to SA

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 28th, 2021 at 7:35pm
Thousands apparently snuck into NSW. The. Roads and rest areas north of the Vic border were chockers according to the news.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 29th, 2021 at 8:17am
O well it will now spread further in all eastern states. We were lucky with those stupid girls from Vic and their SA girl friend.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 29th, 2021 at 12:34pm
Fortunately Robert the spread doesn't seem to be with RV travellers.

It always seems to be associated with and start with those flying around the country.

I don’t think there has been a recorded case so far of someone travelling the way we do.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on May 30th, 2021 at 8:29am
Hope it stays that way Derek stay safe Robert

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 30th, 2021 at 5:36pm
Hi Derek
How is Daisy ?. I hope is has improved.
I know you will find things to do whilst staying in the park.
take care
Regards Kev ;)
PS the people in the villa beside me came home a couple of days ago with a Sunliner Switch motor home fiat front end  :o
Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on May 31st, 2021 at 4:11pm
Kev, nice little motorhome.

Daisy is doing well. Nearly back to her old self again. Here she is playing hidey under the end of the bed.


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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on May 31st, 2021 at 4:44pm
Hi Derek
Great news about Daisy. Lesley has been asking how she is going. I have just feed "Peggy the Pug"and it now her walk and play time.  :o Enjoy your evening.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jun 2nd, 2021 at 1:06pm
Well, they have announced this afternoon another “at least” seven day lockdown for Melbourne so we aren’t going anywhere.  :'(

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jun 2nd, 2021 at 2:00pm
Derek
That is no good for you and the people of Melbourne
regards  Kev

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jun 7th, 2021 at 3:47pm
Well and truly into our second week of lockdown today.

Forecast is for heavy rain from tonight and then developing strong winds to 50 knots plus and to last several days so have pulled in the awning and nothing outside.

Hopefully we will see some easing of the restrictions from Thursday and we can get out and see the family again.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Bear on Jun 7th, 2021 at 10:42pm
Had bad storm through this afternoon and high winds all day certainly heading your way tomorrow mate. We are in for rain and wind all tomorrow. Take care Robert


Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jun 7th, 2021 at 11:03pm
Here comes the first wave.  Wind already picked up and I have put down the rear stabilisers for only the second time since we bought the motorhome.
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Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 11:11am
Not sure I mentioned it but we are staying at the Discovery Caravan Park at Braybrook.  It is 7.5 kilometres from the Melbourne Childrens Hospital.

I can highly recommend this place to everyone who needs a park close to Melbourne CBD.

When the Covid lockdown started (we had only been here three days) they came and told us that basically the park was closing for the duration however we were welcome to stay.  The office was shut but they were available by telephone if needed.

All of the amenities blocks were locked however they gave us a key to an ensuite site that was only around 30 metres from where our motorhome is so we have had our own private bathroom for the duration.

The laundry was left unlocked.

When I initially booked for the two weeks they were running a special whereby you pay for five nights but can stay for seven.  We are now in our fifth week here and they have honoured that right the way through.

The lockdown has eased quite significantly and people are now starting to move and the park has a lot more people but we still have the ensuite.

Overall cannot say enough about the place.

We are scheduled to move out next Tuesday and hope to drift around some of regional Victoria before going to the Bendigo Sheep & Wool Festival in mid July.  Maggie has for the first time entered some items of crochet in the competition.

After the Bendigo Festival will be a quick trip back here and then home.

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 1:51pm
Hi Derek and Maggie.
The park looks great (thanks Doc google) close and handy to everything. And from what you say operated by nice people.
Enjoy the festival. Maggie good luck in the comp.
Have fun with your travels.
regards Kev ;)




Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Derek on Jun 27th, 2021 at 11:10am
IT IS TIME!!!!!

Decision made.  Our time in Melbourne is at an end and with Covid once again taking over around the country we have decided to make a run back home to Queensland before we are locked out.

Not a good time for anyone to be away from home at present as there seems to be people, including flight attendants on planes, travelling all over the country with Covid.

One stint of lockdown this trip was enough so home we go.

Unfortunately going to miss the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo but there will be other times in the future.

Now to try and pack down all the extras we have accumulated while sitting down here. 🙄

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Kevvie on Jun 27th, 2021 at 12:23pm
Hi  Derek
All the very best to you both.
And have a safe trip home.
regards Kev ;)

Title: Re: Out & About In 2021 - Maggie & Derek
Post by Chally on Jun 27th, 2021 at 9:53pm
Safe travels home.

Jeff

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