Good morning everyone – I’m posting this entry from Augathella this morning where we have stopped for a quick look and toilet stop!
We had a very short day of travelling today. Mostly because we took a long time to get packed up this morning as it was a) very,very cold, b) it was such a lovely spot, c) we had to spend the time finalising all of our insurance for our home now it is a rental, as well as the car and camper insurance – phew – very glad to have it all sorted now but it did take a good 2 hours on the phone to get it all done and was something we just hadn’t had the time to do before we left home.
Oh – most exciting news today is that we sold our little Toyota Yaris – wahooooooo! Big thank you to James for hanging around in Brisbane to make the sale happen for us!
Tonight we are camped by the side of the highway in a grassy, paddocky type area on the banks of the Warrego River about 40km’s outside Charleville (hoping not to get woken up in the night and told to move along!) – a little scary camping on our own in the middle of nowhere!. We met up with an old Butcher’s Creek school friend of mine today in Charleville and she recommended the spot to us! Great tip Celeste and lovely to catch up all the way out here!! We have no facilities tonight, so second night without a shower – looking forward to a hot shower tomorrow night that’s for sure – yes we are all getting a little stinky!!!
We stopped in Charleville for lunch today and met Celeste and her bub Carter at a lovely park. The kids had a great time chasing the geese and playing in the playground. We even got to check out a funny sculpture in the park which were the Steiger Rainmaking Vortex guns – a contraption built to try to break the drought in Charleville in 1902 by exploding 180grams of gunpowder at the bottom of the vortex gun creating a high pressure vortex up to 6metres above the gun – supposedly forcing the clouds to drop their rain – it didn’t work, but interesting to think the council/town was that desperate for rain they funded such a crazy experiment!
Too cold and too tired tonight to write much more – we have no internet reception here so I will have to post this blog when we get reception on the road in the morning.
Must mention that for the last two days we have discovered prickles everywhere! We are constantly pulling them out of the bottom of our thongs and crocs (which they go right through) and out of our feet – ouch! Definitely need to keep our shoes on out here as they are big prickles with barbs on them to boot!!
Favourite Parts of Today
Lexi – having a chocolate biscuit (Tim Tam) at the park
Toby – seeing the very broken bridge (washed out by floods) here where we are camping tonight
Jack – playing at the playground in Charleville, chasing the geese
Jess- sitting at a picnic table on the banks of the river sorting out our insurance
Matt – sitting in the car at Charleville sorting out our insurance – life feeling far removed from home