Return of the Sunliner, Re Start Our Trip

Yay at last we have picked up the Sunliner, all back to her sparkling self

We are packing up the Sunliner once again, cleaned her all inside, cleaned the fridge, repacked the cupboards etc

Beding and towels all washed and ready to go back in, went and did some shopping restocked the cupboards, heading to the farmers markets on Sunday to restock the fridge and then we will head out on Monday 


We are going to go to Dubbo and stop at the Zoo as we have always driven through but never stopped, we are planning to cycle round weather permitting give me a chance to try out my new bike again


It will be hard to leave my kids again, thank goodness for FaceTime, was lovely to catch up with Ayshea and Phil and Chris


I would like to say a big thank you to Chris for letting us stay out his place, it has been great, thanks for taking me out bushwalking and cycling you sure have had a lot of patience with me lol     love you heaps will miss you loads xxx

Ayshea and Phil and Isabel always good to catch up with your little family, got in a couple of extra visits and meals out which i never say no too lol.   Love you all to the moon and back will miss you beautiful girl xxxxx
We are going to dinner with our good friends tomorrow night Geoff and Bhajan always puts on a good meal, it feels like we have done this all before lol hope this time our trip lasts a bit longer, always good to catch up though xx
Thank you to our friends that have helped us out with cars and lifts we have been very lucky to have such good family and friends that have been there for us.

Well my next post we should be on our way feeling very excited but a little sad hate saying goodbye 


Stay tuned Dawn xxxx

TW3 – That Was The Week That Was

Still not a lot happening although I was speaking to the smash repairer and the Sunliner door is being painted – we hope to be reunited with her on the 20-21st with a bit of luck.

We’ve tried to make the best of our enforced dalliance in Sydney – I have brought all my documentation up to date so will be ready to file my tax returns as soon as the FY ends!!

Did I tell you that the Sunliner now sports NSW registration plates.

Still with our wings clipped in Sydney we headed off into the Blue Mountains (The Blue Mountains National Park starts just behind where we are staying so we didn’t have to go too far). We went up to Lawson and then walked the “Waterfall Circuit”, the first one we came to being Cataract Falls. It was at Cataract Gorge where the Sunliner was molested – but this was a different Cataract altogether… I had just bought a new camera and so it was an ideal location to try some of the more elaborate settings. We had our son Chris with us who is something of a photography guru and he showed me how to perfect one of the effects I have always wanted to achieve – but never knew how.

Here are some of my initial efforts with the new camera

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I always love it when Rainbow Lorikeets come into the garden. I used to have one as a pet…

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You would swear that the trees had been painted – but this is their natural winter look…

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Delicate Wild Flowers – even winter time has its beauty

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This is Cataract Falls

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You can see the effect I was trying to master – the milkiness of the water

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I am quite happy with my first attempt. All I have to do is remember the settings…

 

 

Clovelly to Bondi

On Monday the 12th it was a public holiday – Queen’s Birthday – and so we decided to go off to Clovelly and do the Coastal Walk to Bondi (and return).

It was a beautiful winter’s day, just touching 20 deg, and clear as any day could be. You never tire of the walk in the clean Pacific Air and the views are always spectacular. We were lucky enough to spot the plumes from 4 or 5 Humpback Whales about 2kms off shore as they migrated North – which is exactly what we should be doing in the next week or so once we get our Sunliner back again.

Stay tuned for another That Was The Week That Was…

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Dawn with the Beautiful view toward Bondi

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I Love it when the Ocean sparkles in the afternoon sun

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Where else but Bondi Beach

From The Mountains Too The Sea

June Long Weekend, well we thought we would be up in QLD for the Long Weekend but still waiting for the Sunliner to be fixed

We did make the most of the lovely weather though, Brian bought a new camera to replace the one that was stolen, so Chris took us up to Lawson in the Blue Mountains on Sunday to give it a go, there are quite a few different waterfalls on the track we walked along one of them been Cataract Falls. (These are the photos i took Brian will post his later)


The walk is about 2 hours normally but with all the stops for photography we doubled that lol but well worth it great day out.


Chris taking some shots of the waterfall, he does an amazing job so was good to have him come along and give Brian some tips

We saw lots of different fungi some stunning colours, and the colours in the leaves just glorious this time of year.


Chris also spotted this tiny birds nest in the tree


Monday Brian and I decided to do the Clovelly to Bondi Coastal walk its a great walk very popular especial when its a very pleasant 19 degs. We walked to Bondi had fish & chips then walked back a good 10km walk 


This is the start of the walk at Clovelly gorgeous little beach 

We are about halfway round in this shot, we spotted some whales but just the spray from their blow holes as they were quite far out, love whalesmakes my day i always look out for them hoping one will pop up and put on a show


I could smell our Fish & Chips by the time i got to here, Bondi is a very popular place for locals and visitors but we managed to get a table and devoured our late lunch, we hung around for an hour or so before heading back to Clovelly to the car.

Hopefully my next Blog will be good news and we will have the Sunliner back !!! Fingers Crossed hope you all had a lovely long weekend 

Day trip to Davistown

Well some GOOD NEWS, we have finally got the Sunliner into the repairer at Smithfield, near Parramatta they are working on it as we speak so hopefully not long now before we are back on the road and can continue with our Trip Around Australia.

We decided to pay our daughter Ayshea and her partner Phil and Isabel a visit on Sunday as it was a lovely sunny day, we got up early and Chris drove us to the station as we decided to travel by train for a change up to Gosford. I have not done this trip before by train and was pleasantly surprised how quickly the journey passed and how beautiful the countryside was.

Chris didn’t come with us as he was coming down with a cold and was not well at all.


Ayshea picked us up at the station, it is always lovely to see her, she drove us out to have a look at the block of land her and Phil have just purchased she is very excited about the future and they are looking forward to building their first home together.

We then went to her unit and met up with Phil and Isabel, we decided to take the ferry to Davistown and have lunch at the RSL Club

On the ferry across we saw heaps of the local Pelicans both in the water and out, Isabel and i had a competion who could spot the most, she is full on never stops love her to bits.


The ferry ride across is lovely you get to see a lot of lovely homes, both old and new. We then hoped on a bus to the RSL for lunch it was very busy so Brian and Isabel were running around in the park like crazy people and had lots of fun while waiting for our meal to be cooked. Isabel was on the slide and bouncy castle having heaps of fun.


Ayshea Foster with her dad Brian Foster on the ferry to Davistown 

We all enjoyed our meal and had a good catch up, it is great to see how happy Ayshea Phil and Isabel are such a lovely little family.  Brian and i are very happy for them, as parents we are very proud, it always lifts my spirits when we have a visit to see them or they come and see us it gives me my fix for a while lol Love both my kids very much 


The sky was beautiful on the ferry ride back what a lovely day we all had i think we all slept well on Sunday night i know i did.

That Was The Week That Was

Another week or so has past for Dawn and I still in the limbo caused by having the Sunliner broken into. However the good news is that our insurer CIL has pulled out all the stops and the Assessor has put me in contact with a repairer in the Sydney suburb of Smithfield. The CIL instruction to the repairer is to get the job done as a priority.

Happily, I have taken the Sunliner to the workshop today (Saturday) and the Proprietor will start work on it on Monday. We have been told by Sunliner/Dometic/Uncle Tom Cobley and All that there are no replacement doors to be had that will fit my model Sunliner and therefore I contacted Roam Safe who custom build RV Doors. Hopefully between the efforts of ourselves, the repairer and possibly Roam Safe Dawn and I should be able to get back on the road sooner rather than later. I sincerely hope so.

In the meantime of course we have renewed our acquaintance with Sydney and Surrounds, even though it is only 5 weeks since we lived here!! We have managed to have all our bank cards, club cards, transport and Medicare cards replaced as well as taking in a few trips to Darling Harbour and The City for the Vivid Festival.

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Dawn loves her lobster lunch

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I always feel proud when the flag flies above Darling Harbour

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Projection onto one of the Martin Place Buildings – this was very clever…

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Never get tired of this view – photographed from The Cahill Expressway above Circular Quay

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Guess Who…

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Vivid really is spectacular and well worth a visit

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The Harbour Bridge and Opera House always play a starring role

I managed to get the Sunliner off the West Australian plates and she is now registered in her new “Home State” of New South Wales. The brown slip (pre-registration) exercise was reasonably painless but I could have done without the hefty Stamp Duty tax. It amazes me that I have to pay duty on the GST component of the purchase price as well which seems a bit like double-dipping but at least I don’t have to think about that again until May 2018.

So my friends not a lot has happened since my last posting but I hope to be able to tell a good success story of how well the repairer has done in the next TWTWTW….

Vivid Light Show Sydney NSW 28th May 2017

It is great when something good comes out of some thing not so good, we are still in Sydney waiting to get a new door made for the Sunliner but that gave us the opertunity to go into the City too see Vivid, the City just comes alive with the Opera House, Harbour Bridge, the boats on the Harbour and Lots of the buildings been lite up creating a wonderful display of amazing colour and lights. We walked around on a very mild night taking in all the sounds and sights, we had a great time.

I hope you like some of the photos i took

I got treated to a lovely meal at my favourite seafood restaurant “Nicks” just love that place, Lobster & my favourite white wine 

Thanks Brian for making Sunday very special, it is great spending this time with you and re finding our selves, I think i can get used to this retirement thing lol  

I know we are both itching to get back on the road in the Sunliner and continue our Trip Around Australia hopefully not long now !!!!!!


Brian Foster & Dawn Foster Darling Harbour 

Still in Limbo 

It has been a week now since we arrived back in Sydney, it is a very frustrating time trying to sort out stuff, we have still had no luck finding a new door for the Sunliner Brian says they are as rare has rocking horse shit !!!

It has been a good week for all our personal cards arriving also bought a new purse and handbag to replace the stolen ones

We are still at Chris’s house so have been earning our keep, as you can see i put Brian to work on cleaning the pool, he did a great job I might add,  I got my self busy in the garden as the weather all week has been just great.


We have also done a few walks along the Nepean River it is so full of amazing colours this time of year, and listening to the Bellbirds echoing through the trees, such a distinctive sound.


Doing the walk is an easy way to get in the 10,000 steps that i set my self each day, and see the beauty of what is on your doorstep, something we all take for granted some times.


It will be great to get back to our trip but at this stage it is not clear when, it makes me so mad to think that it has all come to a grinding halt because of some low life wanting an easy fix,  We are very pleased to have the base here with Chris and also catch up with a few friends again but just want to continue with what we only just started,

Our Road Trip Around Australia in Our Sunliner.

Stay Tuned Dawn & Brian

Back in Sydney

We arrived in Melbourne around 5.30am on Thursday morning 18th May we managed to have quite a good nights sleep, could have been something to do with the wine we drank, we were about the 4th off the Spitit of Tasmania and managed to find our way out of Melbourne very easily with our 50cent map worth every penny.

We watched the sun come up as we headed towards SydneyIt was a long drive we stopped a couple of times to stretch our legs and have a bite to eat, we even climbed into the back of the Sunliner and had 90 mins shut eye, that’s the great thing about th motor home you just stop and rest up when you need to recharge the batteries.

We arrived at Chris’s house around 6pm it was great to see him and give him a big hug, he had dinner waiting for us which was great, we sat down and had a glass of win an caught up on what had happened over the last 3 weeks.

Brian and i had an early night after a very long drive we were exhausted

Friday we spent doing all kinds off stuff, I started at the doctor, i had to get new prescriptions for the medication that went missing when my bag was stolen, next stop was the RTA to get a new drivers licence then Specsavers to order new glasses, we spent the whole day trying to replace all the stolen items, the low life scum have no idea how inconvenient they have made thinks for us but you just do what you have to do.

Saturday it was great to see Ayshea our daughter, we had a lovely family day together and just reassured each other that we were ok just a bit of a set back with the van but hope to be soon back on our journey. We sat outside and shelled a bag of almonds that I brought back from Tassie, i think more were eaten than but bin the container!!!!!


Today Sunday we went up to Springwood in the Blue Mountains had a wonder around the book shops, it was a glorious Autum day, Brian and i then did the river walk which is about 7kms so got our 10,000 steps in easily today. It was lovely to see all the autum colour, the river was busy on such a fabulous sunny day we saw one of Chris friends kayaking with her friend so took a shot of them
When we arrived back at Chris’s place he was flat out doing errr nothing lolII love the native cockatoo that come and sit in Chris’s tree, they are Very noisey but a great bird to just sit and watch, nice way to finish the day

TW3 – That Was The Week That Was #2

The week started with Mother’s Day and Dawn and I went to the small fishing town of Dover, one of the Southern-most parts of Tasmania. We went first of all to Roaring Beach – which is just a bit of an exaggeration as the waves were tiny, but the white sand stretched away. It was almost deserted but for the 2 of us and a couple of stragglers…

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The view across the D’Entrecasteaux Channel toward Garden Island Creek and South Bruny Island


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Across the Huon River Mouth


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Dawn’s Grand Entrance to Roaring Beach


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Happy Mother’s Day Love

We had lunch at the Dover RSL Club which was very nice. The staff were so attentive and friendly and the meal was delicious…

Our time in Tasmania was rapidly drawing to a close as we were due to set sail on The Spirit of Tasmania on the evening of Wednesday May 17. We were still in the Southern Region of Tasmania and so decided to head up the East Coast before going across to Devonport, where The Spirit will depart from. We drove through Hobart and out to Coles Bay, which is close to the World Heritage Wineglass Bay. Wineglass Bay is a Tasmanian icon destination and we were determined to see it for ourselves (Dawn had been before but more than 20 years ago…). We booked into the Big4 Iluka Caravan Park and then drove to the Walking Trek car park as close to Wineglass Bay as you can get in a motor vehicle – then it’s “Shank’s Pony” to the Wineglass Bay lookout. The Parks and Wildlife service have spent a lot of time making the pathways a little more manageable but it is still quite a trek – but oh so enjoyable…

 

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On the drive up we stopped at The Devil’s Corner Winery. Nice Views, Great Wines

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The Sunliner has her Daily Selfie – nestled safely at The Wineglass Bay Walking Track Park

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Dawn on the Lookout – half way up a mountain

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This is Wineglass Bay. The camera never captures the true Natural Beauty of a place…

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The Wineglass Bay Lookout

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Hmmm, I know these 2

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That’s a much better “selfie”

The next day we continued motoring up The East Coast, towards St Helens but decided that we should head directly to Launceston and then on to Devonport for our “date” with the Spirit of Tasmania. There was time to stop on one more wind-swept beach to stretch our legs…

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Dawn loves her “Blanket” on a cooler day

The crossing on The Spirit of Tasmania was like a mill pond and we arrived ahead of time in Melbourne. We were lucky to be just the 4th vehicle off the ferry and so we were well into our 860km drive to Sydney by the time the rest of the passengers were off-loaded. The drive up The Hume Highway is one of the necessary journeys that you have to do to traverse this huge country of ours and we arrived at Chris’s house 10 or so hours later…

Now it’s down to the hard work of finding a repairer for our damaged Sunliner. I went to the Sydney RV Centre Service Department who will take on the work. It won’t be easy to locate the parts we need but we are hoping that very soon we will be “Back on the Road Again”…

Goodbye Tasmania 

Well today was our last day in Tasmania 17th May it has been an eventful couple of weeks that’s for sure.

We are now onboard the Sprit of Tasmania heading to Melbourne, Brian and I had a nice dinner then headed back to our cabin for dessert nice bottle of wine, chocolate covered raspberries for me, fresh raspberries for Brian


We stopped off a couple of times on the drive up to Launceston to break up the journey, we saw these two fishing on the beach didn’t look like they were having much luck but hay what a beautiful place too be on a Wednesday morning 

It was a nice breezy morning on the beach, we walked for a while before heading off again blew the cobwebs away