Same Same, But Different

Trip Start Oct 31, 2013
Trip End May 01, 2014

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Friday, November 22, 2013

We left Perth after a fortnight and drove east to Yorkshire – yes really! Actually it's 'The Shire of York’ and there we found York, Beverley and Toodyay (2jay) which was at one time called Newcastle (after Lord Newcastle).  But there was more than one Newcastle so they went back to the original Aboriginal name, Duidgee (place of plenty), and anglicised it a bit more. 

We stayed at York – the campsite was run by an expat from Barnsley and also staying there was a couple on holiday from Settle (where Pam was born)!  Weird……  York was a well preserved historical town with some great C19 buildings – Town Hall, Court House, shops, railway station, flour mill etc., a lot of it built by convicts.  Not all as rosy as it appeared though as the lady in the Tourist Info was telling us about the problems of keeping the buildings going. Despite the fact they are ‘listed’ they can be sold and the interiors altered so only the façade is kept – this has happened with the station – so the community has to work hard money raising to keep the historical integrity.  The old Town Hall is the TI and has a large community theatre, the goal/courthouse is a museum.  Reminded me of Minehead!

We went on to Toodyay and stayed for 3 nights.  It was a nice little town- National Trust again, and good community-  and a lovely camp/caravan park just outside in the bush.  Our focal point was probably the Cola Café and Museum which not only had good coffee and daily papers but was a museum of Coca Cola with displays of everything under the sun connected to Coca Cola. 

I should add that York and Toodyay are on the banks of the river Avon (A as in apple, not apricot). Geographical muddle!

While we were camped there we thought we would try out our ‘back tent’ which we inherited with the van.  Theoretically it looks very useful and extends the space we have significantly, but……. It was a bit of a b***** to put up and had so many mozzie entrances we aren’t sure whether it will ever go up again!!  It lives on the front of the van attached to the Roo bars (bull bars).  Is it legal?  Who knows, but people carry stuff in the most bizarre places on their vehicles!  We had a tow hitch attached to the roo bars too but thought that seemed lethal and a ‘grey nomad’ we camped next to one day took it off for us and kept it for his son.

The van is working well – it’s similar to Lottie (last year’s van) but has a large 3 way fridge – it runs on mains when we are plugged in, battery when we are moving and gas when we park in the free camps – brilliant.  There’s more space - it helps that we have only the essentials rather than all the stuff we inherited and never used.  We bought table and chairs that fit into allocated spaces. We soon got into the routine again – the layout of the vans is pretty near identical.  We had an awning fitted – really useful – winds out and has legs attached.  The diesel seems to be economical and the lack of power steering only a problem when manoeuvring in tight spaces. So far, so good.

We called into the Avon National Park – really beautiful, almost wilderness, but there were no waymarked walks and the loos were poor so we stopped for lunch and headed for the coast.  The Indian Ocean Drive – oh yeah…………………….
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Sue Bruce on

Roll on retirement - life's one long holiday! Glad to see you are coping with the pressures, although it seems on the surface to be like home from home. Happy camping!

Jeanette on

Love the blog; wishing you a very Happy Christmas

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