Mitchell to Charleville

Good morning everyone – I’m posting this entry from Augathella this morning where we have stopped for a quick look and toilet stop!
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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
Today’s Photos

Brrrr - frost!

Brrrr – frost!

Down to 1degree at our campsite outside Mitchell - freezing cold!!!

Down to 1degree at our campsite outside Mitchell – freezing cold!!!

Jess, Celeste and Carter

Jess, Celeste and Carter

Chasing the geese at the park in Charleville

Chasing the geese at the park in Charleville

Rainmaking Vortex Guns - Charleville

Rainmaking Vortex Guns – Charleville

Lovely park in Charleville

Lovely park in Charleville

Our bush camp off the highway in the middle of nowhere!  Nice and quiet but a little scary - I will have to get used to that!

Our bush camp off the highway in the middle of nowhere! Nice and quiet but a little scary – I will have to get used to that!

Afternoon walk to check out our surroundings on the bank of the Warrego River

Afternoon walk to check out our surroundings on the banks of the Warrego River

Cooking dinner - kids relaxing

Cooking dinner – kids relaxing – still some sorting out to do but we are getting more organised each day!

Jerry all snuggled up!

Jerry all snuggled up!

Lexi - look comfy much!  We all love the snuggle rug thank you Grammy!!

Lexi – look comfy much! We all love the snuggle rug thank you Grammy!!

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8 thoughts on “Mitchell to Charleville

  1. Lee

    Loving the updates, keep them coming. Especially the kids comments on their highlights for the day… they’re priceless.
    I love Lexi’s ‘having a chocolate biscuit (Tim Tam) at the park’. LOL That’s golden… little wonder when she has Cruskits for her birthday 😉
    Both of which I fully condone BTW.
    Lee

  2. Ngaree Cunningham

    Great pics! Camps on your own are the absolute best!

  3. Sandra

    I am loving reading your posts guys;) I feel like I’m watching a new reality show and this is much more exciting than watching people cook or lose weight!
    You are living the dream and Im so excited for u;)
    Keep up the good work
    Ps who’s having the 4x? Lol

    • hehehe – good to have you following along Sandra! Eeek – yes we are scarily like a reality TV show – aaargh be prepared for far too much information about our family!! The 4x was Matt’s of course!

  4. Beth Campbell

    Wow good to see Celeste and bub! And I’m laughing cause the boys were looking at Vortex Canons on You Tube the other night so I even knew what you were talking about….hmmm not sure about the theory behind making rain, lol! Am loving the blog updates and will have to get an Australia map for the kids to follow along with you on your journey.

  5. Sharyn McGrath

    Looks Brrrr all right! I can imagine the getting scared bit! so glad I have Chris as I would probably just sleep through any burglary attempts!

  6. Awesome – love it 🙂

  7. Agree re new reality show! Great job jess, and so glad you sold the yaris x

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