Trip Start May 08, 2008
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Canberra Motor Village

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

CANBERRA - April 26th - 30th, 2009

Left Cootamunda on Sunday morning and it was very cold. Dropped down to 5 degrees as we were driving through the Yass area. Starting to worry about how cold it will be in the van in Canberra.

It was freezing cold and blowing a gale when we arrived. Decided, because it also looked like rain, that we should set up the whole annex to keep us dry and warm. Well it was a good idea, but the wind certainly made it very difficult. Kev battled on though and wouldn't be beaten! We started with the roof section and it was blowing and flapping around everywhere and as fast as the poles went in they blew out again! Belinda kept ringing us as she was worried about the cold weather and the forecast rain.

However, the intrepid travellers were eventually fine, just got the annex up and down came the pouring rain! Told Belinda we were not moving outside the van tonight - we were putting the heater on and eating Lorraine's delicious lasange which she sent with us for our dinner. We really did appreciate it.

Monday night Belinda and her friend Gary,came over to have happy hour with us, but ended up staying for a barbie and we finished off all the food in the fridge and freezer. It was a little squashy around the dinner table with four of us, but it was good fun.

Tuesday night it was take-away Thai at Belinda's place in Yarralumla so I could catch up with "All Saints". (I am a bit hooked on this show - pathetic I know)!  Once again a lovely night - and we had a chance to meet the other new person in her life - "Neisha" - her new cat. Unfortunately, Mokey (her very much loved, faithful cat) had to be put down due to kidney failure. Belinda was really very upset and missed having an animal around her, particularly one that is very partial to lots of cuddles and Neisha fits the bill purrfectly for her.

Wednesday night off to the Pizza place down the road with Belinda and Gary for dinner - another fun night, great pizzas, good company and some very nice wine - then home on Thursday.

Booked the van into the Kiama Caravan Park just up the road from us so we could unpack it - where all the stuff was I don't know but we made 3 trips back home just to unload the car and van! Washed and polished it, had a new power point fitted and had visitors also. Annette and Charlotte came for a lovely visit in the morning, and Helen and Eddy Kuit and their grandson Isaac came to share a bottle of champers with us to christen the van. Isaac didn't have any, of course, we wouldn't share it with him - but he loved the dried apricots and cheese and bikkies. Helen spilt champagne everywhere and she was so upset. Not that she had messed up the clean floor, but that she had spilt a half a glass of champagne! I think she may also have blamed Isaac for this mishap.

We travelled approx 5,500kms altogether and once again had a wonderful trip and meet some really interesting people.

Looking forward to our next trip.
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