Thursday, 18 November 2010

Woodend

We've been home for about a week and I suppose the time has come to start filling you in on the last few days of our trip and the subsequent transition back to reality.

From Wedderburn we made our way to Woodend stopping for lunch and a look around Kyneton.  We were both surprised at how green Victoria was looking, and it felt odd to come across towns so close together after travelling through remote areas for so long.  It was also strange (in a nice way) having almost continual phone and internet access on my iPhone.

We chatted with a few people in Kyneton who noticed our camper (and our tans) and asked what we'd been up to. Their universal reaction was a lot of interest followed by a sigh and a wistful "Someday.. I'd like to travel around and see a bit of Australia too".

Having arrived at  Matt and Jill's earlier than anticipated we used the time before Jill was due home to set up our camper and make ourselves comfy.   Just as we finished and were relaxing with a cup of coffee, we spotted Jill making her way up the driveway with Tiana.


Even though we were expecting a big change in Tiana over the past five months, we were still amazed at how much she'd grown!


We had a wonderful afternoon and evening catching up followed by a bittersweet last night spent in our camper.

The following afternoon we emptied out the camper, and Matt suggested that we give it a clean at his house where there is plenty of space.   It was a great idea that saved us a lot of time when we got home.  If you're familiar with our house, you know that we're set on a hill with very limited level area to open up the camper.  

Goodbye red dust!  Matt even hopped up on top and gave the roof a good scrub.



It was while we were cleaning the camper that we finally saw our first (and only) locust.  It was sitting atop our camper canvas looking quite comfortable.  So much for the plague we were expecting!


That night we spent the first night sleeping indoors since we left home, and after a delicious breakfast and a lovely morning it was time to head off to West Footscray.


Thursday, 4 November 2010

Farewell Mildura, We're Melbourne Bound

The park threw a party for Melbourne Cup, and we decided to go along.  Since I'm about 20 years younger than the majority of the party attendees I was a bit hesitant.  I needn't have been concerned though, as we soon met up with a fun group and spent the afternoon talking, laughing and indulging in some good red that we had bought at the winery earlier in the week.

Two of the couples had motorhomes that they live in full-time.  One had been on the road for the past 11 years, and the other for 13.  Neither had any regrets, other than wishing they had started earlier, and it was interesting talking to them about life on the road.


We were invited back to one couple's site that evening where we all enjoyed their fire and Mike provided some musical entertainment. 


Weary from the day, and feeling a bit worse for wear, we returned to our camper to be greeted by our hungry possum friends.  This time there were five of them and they came right up to us at the camper swirling around our legs.  One of them even mistook my toe for a bit of bread and gave me a nip!

All was forgiven in the end
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In spite of feeling quite seedy the next morning we managed to make a trip to Wirraway, a local motorhome manufacturer.  They had come up in conversation the night before and we thought we'd have a look while we were in the area.  We hadn't rang in advance, but were hoping to have a chance to have a peek into one just to see what they were like.

We were pleasantly surprised when they gave us a tour of the facility and several motorhomes that were being built as well as some completed units.  We were impressed that they spent so much time with us, and we were given literature to mull over once we get home.

This afternoon we arrived in Wedderburn, a small Victorian goldrush town.  Upon arrival we met a lovely couple who are here gold prospecting, and spent the afternoon chatting with them.  They even showed us some of the gold they had found in the area.

Our holiday is drawing to a close, and we'll be home in just a few days!  It's nice though that we're not going straight home, and instead plan to spend some time with loved ones along the way.

Tomorrow we are off  to spend a couple of nights at Matt and Jill's house in Woodend.  We're excited about seeing them, especially little Tiana, whose birth at the end of May dictated our holiday departure date.  She's over five months old now, and would have changed so much since we saw her as a newborn!

From there we are off to Laura and Phil's place in Melbourne.  It seems like forever since we've seen them, and we can't wait to catch up.  We also have lots of lost cuddle time to make up for with Lyla (4) and Amelie who turned one year old in September, while we were away. 

I don't know if I'll have a chance to update during our visits.  I will if I can, but otherwise will check in again once we have settled in at home.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Mildura

We've had a few patches of sun today, but it's basically been the kind of weather that only ducks would enjoy.


An advantage of the lousy weather is that we're not out exploring as much so I have more time to keep up with the blog.  Of course the down side is that since we're not out exploring there's not a whole lot to update!

It took all my might to pry myself away from our camper this morning with it's cheapie Aldi heater which has been a lifesaver these past couple of days.  We thought about going to "Orange World" but the thought of  touring fruit orchards in the cold and rain didn't appeal, even with the lure of the giant orange. :) 

There are a few wineries around, but after yesterday's extended visit that was a no-go too.  We wound up doing lots of nothing and going to the movies to see "The Social Network" which we both enjoyed.

Last night was entertaining.  The rain had finally taken a pause so we ventured outside where we spotted a possum high up in a tree.  I made silly sounds and did whatever else I could think of to try and coax it closer, but no luck.  Then along came Dr. Dolittle, and as you can see below he proved once again to be true to his name.


Once the adult was comfortable with Mike a baby came closer too, and we fed them some bread.  We played with them for about an hour, and eventually another adult possum joined in and got a feed as well.


By this time it was after 11pm and we were about to head off to bed when some neighboring campers came out and joined in as well.  They wanted to know how we got them to come so close to us, and guessed that it must have taken us a very long time.  They obviously don't realize the powers of Dr. D.  I didn't share with them the fact that Mike had one of them crawling up his arm. 

Pretty amazing to see them hanging onto a branch by their tails!


The park actually encourages feeding of the local animals and if they're back tonight, I'll be ready with the bread, or perhaps a veggie or two.  They were sure quick to train me, but how can you resist that face?