Pottsville, Bongaree Bribie Island 

I have been slack again sorry, having a great time no time too keeping up with the blogging lol


Pottsville was a lovely campsite except for the tree we were parked under was full of roosting birds every night, which not only left a massive mess on the Sunliner, boy they were noisy and dropped a lot of seeds on the roof keeping us awake little buggers.

We did a lot of walking on the beach, really getting the steps in, we also managed to get in some bike riding, even a bit of dress shopping at a lovely little boutique I found !!!   Did a great deal getting them own to $50 as it was very dirty on the bottom but only needed a wash now as good as newThey also do some great Fish & Chips & Prawns just across the road from the campsite Yum !!!!

We had fantastic weather the four days we were there, a little busy as start of the school holidays but nothing that bothered us.

We were lucky enough to see whales & dolphins again but never get enough of them, especially why you see them from the beach just breaching in front of you and playing in the waves, I can’t wait to get down two the beach each day


Oh Our next stop was Bribie Island l just loved this place, we we parked across from the water, next to the RSL club, plenty of places to get a great seafood meal, or a salted caramel ice cream, I probably had two much of all of them.
We did do a lot of walking again and two very long bike rides, across the island so I think I deserved my ice cream.

We did get a couple of very windy days, one of theses day we hardly left the Sunliner as it was very dangerous with branches falling and stuff blowing around not pleasant 

I loved the sunsets on Bribie Island just beautiful, it was great to just walk across the road and you were on the beach, my kind of place.


I was a little disappointed that we weren’t able to go out on a boat from here when the weather calmed down, oh well you can’t have everything I suppose 

Loved the clear water and the sea life we saw as we walked in the water most mornings, the water was quite warm but still a little chilly for me two swim lol


This is one place I would really like to come back two, we even had a ride around on our bikes to look at the new places they are building, don’t know if it will get two big though, there’s a lot of properties been built, with not much space between them and on little blocks !!!! 

Well that’s all for now, I am still a little behind, will try to catch up in the next few days

Next stop Cambooya to see my brothers new place, stay safe everyone 

Dawn 

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Nundle, Glenn Innes, Tenterfield out in the bush

Sorry I have not been keeping up to date with my posts, I have been very slack so here we go.

 First stop was Nundle a lovely little place not far from Tamworth, Brian and I had stopped there on our previous trip to Tamworth but everything was just closing. Well worth a look we visited the only remaining working Wool Mill in Australia amazing place, we got a guided tour for free and watched how they turned the sheeps wool into the balls of wool for knitting, things have hardly changed in years and still work well today.    The camp site in Nundle is lovely as were the couple that ran it, we had a very enjoyable stay. They recommend the tour of the the wool mill. Thank You It fascinated me as I do a lot of knitting especially on a cold dark night in the Sunliner when there isn’t much else to doWe walked over to the Gold Mine museum but unfortunately it was closed so we had lunch in the pub instead lol.     lovely old pub with a nice bistro area out the back but didn’t rate the meals very much, never mind can’t win them all as they say.

We then traveled on to Glen Innes, it was freezing there but a lovely town full of history. We went up to the museum and had a very interesting couple of hours, it used to be the old hospital and every room had so much to look at, a bit scary when you look back at some of the equipment they used back in the old days for operating on people !!!!  This is a stretcher they used to useThe kitchen was massive full of old pots and pans Brian loved all the old engines and farming equipment. Really is a great place to visit very well kept and maintained  Just love the old buildings in Glen Innes as you walk down the main streets it is like the clock has been turned back hundred years, the old Convent was for sale if you have a spare million, would make a lovely hotel !!!We decided it was two cold inland so we headed back over to the coast, not before we stopped off in Tenterfield for breakfast and I got to have a cuddle with this little orphan, we did notice how dry the land is and it forces the kangaroos to come in close to town and unfortunately a lot get hit by trucks and carsIt is lovely driving through the countryside it reminds me of my childhood as I grew up in the county in England love the open space but boy it was cold we will be back this way when it warms up a bit lolCatch up very soon Dawn xx

Two weeks back at Leonay

Yet again we had to go back to Penrith for a couple of weeks, more doctors appointments more scans and MRI on my shoulder verdict operation on 26th of October to repair a tear in my left shoulder that should of been done a couple of years ago.

We made the most of our couple of weeks as we always do

I had a great night up at Blackheath with Chris on the Friday 25th August we stayed up in the Blue Mountains at Glenella Guest House ( amazing place if you are looking for a B&B)  We put on a presentation for his friends in the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Group, Chris and I did Just short of 300klm walk in 2014 on the El Camino Santiago . Chris did an interview with me when we returned, and we shared this with the lovely people in the supporters group, also a video of our first very tough day as we climbed over the Pyrenees from France into Spain. Some of the group have done the 800klm walk over the Pyrenees to Santiago, some are thinking about it, so this is a great way to share stories, meet people and get lots of tips, we had a great meal lots of red wine and the next day a few off us did a walk from Blackheath to Medlow Bath had morning tea then walked back        ( about 10 Klm) great couple of days with my son.

A few of us who did the walk the Saturday
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Once again it was great to catch up with the kids, we had Ayshea, Phil and Isabel come to see us at Chris’s the Sunday before last, we took Isabel to the Reggat Centre she rode her bike and played on her scooter with Chris I don’t know who had more fun lol,  We also flew a kite that I brought back from Red Rock for Isabel it was just windy enough to make it a whole lot of fun, love family days like this, we went back to Chris’s for a BBQ before they had to head off

.Unfortunately I did not take any photos that day maybe Chris will add the video he took !!!!!

I asked Chris to take me kayaking this Saturday just gone, this is something we do every Mother’s Day but have not been able to go for the last couple of years because of my shoulder, he was very hesitant as he didn’t want me to do any more damage, I insisted and we took it slow and gently, Chris gave me his new very light paddle and I really enjoyed the day, I did pay for it the next day but what the hell, !!!  Thank goodness for ant inflammatory and painkillers 


On Sunday the 4th of September Fathers Day we all went to Mooney Mooney Workers Club for lunch, unfortunately Chris didn’t make it as he has had a reaction to something the last couple of weeks and on Sunday came out in big red welts, he spent 3hrs in the doctors as they were so busy that he wasn’t able to make it in time.  It was great to catch up with Phil’s mum and dad again lovely people, Ayshea looked amazing, Isabel had a lovely time colouring in a great time was had by all.


Brian & I are heading off again in the Sunliner until I have to go and have my shoulder operation on October, so stay tuned first stop Nundle not far from Tamworth 

Brian & Dawn

Ballina & Lennox Heads

We can’t thank Warwick & Gloria enough for their generous hospitality, what a fantastic week in Ballina with some great people. We stayed in there lovely home and were made very welcome loved the whole experience. 

Warwick & Dawn
Gloria & Dawn

We have grown very fond of the area, can see why they love it here, we have had meals out, we have walked we have done a couple of markets, there is everything you need. 

I really enjoyed walking down to the spit each day to watch the whales and the dolphins and I was never disappointed saw them every single day.


We had a drive out to Brunswick Heads on the Sunday it was a spectacular day, we had a lovely walk then had lunch at the Brunswick Heads Pub a couple of pizzas and a ceasar salad yum!!

A couple of pictures from Brunswick Heads 

Brian & Warwick 


Warwick made a great fire at the bottom of the garden two nights in a row, it was so relaxing listening to the river, having yummy prawns and champagne, toasted marshmallows, great company could not ask for more.

Brian & Warwick

I took a lot of photos of the lovely sunset, also the friendly pelican that came in each day, it was amazing how the scenery changed as the tide went in and out


Gloria took me out for a drive to Lennox Heads it was a very windy blustery day and a lot cooler than we had been experiencing but we still had a nice walk. As you can see the sea was crashing in   Love the power of the sea

Well we are heading back to Sydney again to see the kids, it’s Our son Chris’s Birthday on the 31st August and Fathers Days on the 3rd September so looking forward to a couple of nice catch ups and family time.

Catch up soon

Ballina & Brunswick Heads

I have fallen in love with Ballina, we spent a couple of nights at the Discovery Park very nice and very full, it was like a revolving day one van out another in, but then we went to our friends place and are staying with them for a week. Warwick & Gloria live on the river, lovely house great company ideal setting just love the place.

Brian and I walked out to the end of Ballina spit and straight away saw Dolphins & Whales we are great at spotting them now, the whales were really close in and the dolphins just surfing the waves a magnificent sight I can watch them for hours, Brian has to drag me away lol

On Saturday Brian and Warwick went off for a boys day and I had the day to my self, I did a walk up to the lighthouse, down along the beach then to the end of the spit, only saw one Whale, but nice and close in.

We had a lovely meal out with our friends at an Italian Restaurant that night very enjoyable.

We drove our Sunliner over to Warwick & Glorias house and parked her up as we are staying in their house!!!! Luxury not having to walk out side to the loo or shower oh the little things we miss.

Warwick drove us over th Brunswick Heads, we had a look round the Sunday markets, bought my self a little sun dress as the weather is amazing supposed to be 29deg this Wednesday & Thursday looking forward to a beach day to work on the tan.

We might even get the kayaks out and do a bit of fishing in the next coupl of days, see how we go.
The last two night we have sat around the fire pit, drinking wine eating fresh prawns, toasting marshmallows oh what a life, love this thing called retirement, go to bed when you want get up when you want, have a nanny nap on the beach hard life lol

It has been great to have friends to talk with and catch up, it sure breaks things up a bit, in a nice way, a chance to enjoy the company of friends is always good.

Brian has been helping Warwick around the yard a bit today, even got to go to his favourite shop Bunnings, it’s been a while lol

I have done my daily walks to the end of the spit, I am loving Ballina, I just love the nature on the door step, today we saw a sea eagle with a fish in his claws, flew over us then landed just behind us and eat his fish, magnificent sight


Also saw lots of lizards and various birds, you just don’t know who you are going to bump into



We have a couple more days here sure am going to miss this place

Red Rock & Evans Head

Today we left Red Rock ( Blood Rock ). after a three day stay, it was a very special place, there was a massacre there where aboriginal people, Gumbaingirr People were driven off the headland into the sea over conflict about land, it was a place that made me feel very peaceful I went to the top of the cliff each day and watched whales and dolphins pass by, I lost track of time and just loved the place. ( I sat at the top of the cliff looking down on Red Rock)We had a couple of nice walks on the beach, we also took the bikes out but not a good place really to bike ride as no real tracks, we walked down on the other side where there was a big sandbank which on low tide was a great place to see pelicans, and fisherman but we didn’t see either of them catch much fish lol

There are heaps of these wild turkeys in most of the camps we have stayed out, very cheeky they come looking for a feed, watch out I have a packet of stuffing in the Sunliner!!!!!!! It is great to visit these amazing places, but to be honest I am struggling with the big changes, it would be great to hear from other people that are doing similar trips, 

It is different spending 24/7 with Each other and I’m sure Brian feels the same as it is not something either of us is used too !!! 

It’s dark at 5.30pm there is not a lot goes on in the camps at this time of year (wintertime) and it gets cold as soon as the sun goes down, we usually take a walk till it gets dark, and  I am sure it will be different as the nights get lighter and warm. We do get to say hello to a few people through the day but not much else. This is the hard bit for me as when I was at work I was surrounded by people all day long, it is a massive change and that’s the bit I am struggling with.

We are looking forward to catching up with our friends on Friday in Ballina Warwick and Gloria spend a couple of days catching up I am sure there will be lots of car talk lol.  Also lots of wine to be drunk 

We arrived at Evans Head today, another beautiful warm day, we had a walk along the river to the beach just in time to see another glorious sunsetThis Is a lovely place, lots of nice shops (bought a couple of tops) done a bit of walking had some lovely seafood working on the tan as the weather has been amazing, perfect !!!!

Next stop will be Ballina but on the way out of Evans Head Brian wanted to check out some planes made him happy !!

Time to get showers and ready to hit the town.  Take care Dawn & Brian

Mylestom & Coffs Harbour 

Hi there how are you all, Brian and I have been a little sick since my last Blog, Brian had the man flu, he was quite sick for a few days, dosed him up with hot lemon and antibiotics as it went to his chest, and plenty of Panadol, and I had a pain running all the way down the back of my left leg, could not sit or stand comfortably sciatica  I thing very painfully. I went to get a pedicure as I could not bend down to do my nails and she put the vibrating chair on my back while she did my feet and that helped immensely thank goodness.

We spent three days in Mylestom, not much to do there at all, nice beaches you can walk for miles if you feel like it, we saw a Whale breaching in the distance watched him for about an hour never get tired of seeing the whales. I think we both had a nanny naps on the beach as we had a few restless nights, but that’s ok !!!

We had some lovely sunsets, and the Sunliner looked great with the firery sky behind her, it was quite chilly in the evenings when the sun went down but lovely through the day. We had a kookaburra that sat in the tree next too our van beautiful bird although quite loud when he got wound up also lots or lorikeets and bush turkeys
I did not take many picture at Mylestom as didn’t feel great and really not much to see, we walked down to the river a couple of times, only about 10mins away and had a feed at the one and only shop/take a way. 
We moved to Coffs Harbour on Wednesday and Went straight to the shops to stock up on food as we had used most of our fresh fruit and veggies, we pulled in to the campsite in Coffs Harbour it was very big and very nice, great facility and it was in walking distance of every thing which is always a bonus. There are heaps of rabbits running around they are everywhere you have to watch out for them as they go under the van, not a smart move !!!
We have been out on our bikes for the last couple of days, there are a couple of good bike tracks that take you down to the Jetty, the weather is great although we did get a nice bit of rain last night, it is great to be in shorts and T shirts in the middle of winter no complaints from us even got a bit if a tan happening.

Brian and i walked up to the movies on Tuesday night and watched the new Planet of the Apes movie it was great, even Brian enjoyed it not his type of movie but we got a couple of laughs out of him all the same.
We also visited the place where they make the clogs it’s years since I have been there still the same hasn’t changed at allWe are moving tomorrow to Red Rock so speak soon 

Bonny Hills Wauchope

Love this campsite at Bonny Hills (North Coast Park) very clean lovely room to cook up your food with every thing you need, great washing machines and a big area to hang out the washing, they even have a dog wash, not that we have a dog but i found it quite amusing. We are overlooking the ocean, fantastic view from our Sunliner watching the whales go past.We even have a friendly koala though he does look a bit blue today !!!!

Brian is sat enjoying the view before we go off for our morning walk. What will we see today ???

We had a great encounter with octopus on Monday fantastic to watch They are so quick 

We went back down to the rock pool yesterday and they were still there so took video of them, didn’t get very far on our walk lol we also saw a little wobbegong he was struggling in the very shallow water so Brian encouraged him back into deeper water.
The weather is just fantastic 24degs today so better head off to the beach, it’s calling my name or maybe Brian’s. !!!

Today we saw so many dolphins surfing the waves with the surfers, and just playing in the surf having a ball so good to watchIt will be very hard to leave this place but leave we must, next stop Nambucca Heads but before I go time for a couple more photos lol.    think I want to be a photographer when I grow up !!!!    Don’t know when that will good night from Bonny Hills

Murrurundi then Tamworth to catch up with my good friend Heather

We arrived in Murrurundi mid afternoon after stopping off at a country pub for lunch, we had the biggest chicken schnitzel i have ever seen with veggies chips gravy and a free coffee, all for $9 each, we also picked up a few bits and pieces from the local store then headed to the camp site. It was bloody cold and windy, not a bad little place but would not want to stay more than a night. They had a nice little kitchen area and a fire out side but too cold for me to be out there. We to set up for the night but i was not feeling well i had bad headache,my shoulder was hurting i felt sore all over, i crawled into bed around 8.30pm had a good cry and then stayed awake most off the night, the big coal trains were going past, and the trucks so not much sleep. We got up and had breakfast down at the outdoor area, the wind had dropped but still very chilly. We packed up and headed for Tamworth

Sunliner parked at Murrurundi

We headed off to Paradise Park in Tamworth we did not have far to go to the campsite, it was very nice, we got set up then went into Tamworth to see my friend Heather, we have been friends for over 20 years so always good to catch up, she works in her sons shop in the Atrium , ” Sportspower Tamworth”  i snuck up behind her and scared her half to death lol      lovely shop i even bought a pair of trainers, very comfortable i might add.
Heather & Dawn

We caught up that night and went to the Diggers Club in Tamworth and had a lovely meal and catch up, soooo good to see her, i slept so much better that night she always makes me laugh i felt so much better.

Heather picked us up the next morning, we went and watch the little ones play soccer, Brian loved it love to see the kids out playing sport, we then went to watch the men play with the oval ball !!! Then off to the pub across the road were they auctioned off all the shirts for charity, they made over $10,000 not a bad effort great country spirit.
On Sunday morning Brian and i went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, 

it was next to our campsite, very interesting we spent well over an hour in there we had a bit of lunch before Heather picked us up and took us out for a drive to Nundle lovely little place it has the only functioning woolmill left in Australia unfortunately it was just closing as we arrived so will have to call in on our way back down. We had to stop a couple of times to let the locals cross the road, cows, kangaroos etc

We stopped at Chaffey Dam on the way home, it was very full which is always good to see lots of water for lots of cups of tea Heather said lol she likes her cuppa 
It was just on dusk as we headed back to Tamworth so lots of opportunities to take photos
We had a quick bite to eat then headed off to the Entertainment Centre to see the tribute to Queen Concert it was great we were very impressed with the seats we only booked the night before and got seats 10 rows back not that we sat down much we were up dancing and clapping most of the night, we all had a great night, even got to meet the cast after the show
Well sadly we had to say goodbye to Heather on Monday morning but boy we packed in some more good times which will become great memories. Love you Wifey see you again soon xxx
Next stop Bonny Hills Wauchope were the weather should be a little warmer see you there

Family & And Friends catch up

Another fun week back at Leonay to stay with our son Chris, had a couple of doctors appointments one for my foot that I had operated on in December last year, and an injection in my neck for my shoulder injury. With those appointments out of the way time to do a bit of catch up again, my friend Cathie organised a dinner at our favourite Thai Restaurant in Penrith which was amazing as usual. Thanks Cathie you are an amazing friend. I also managed a catch up with Annie at the Coffee Club, see you again soon Annie !!!We had a great day out last Sunday with Chris, Ayshea & Phil and of course Isabel. Also Phil’s mum & dad Malcom & Laura, our new family, what a great day to catch up have fun and make some new memories at Taronga Zoo we all had a fabulous day. We will definitely be having more of these catch ups it’s great – love it
I then had a night in Sydney with my daughter Ayshea, she booked us in to the Langham Hotel on Kent Street     WOW was I impressed, sure is good to have some one who gets perks with her job lol   Champagne on ice on arrival    yes please !! We went out to a Turkish Restaurant at Barangaroo had a lovely dinner and cocktail and a great catch up, thanks darling love you.

Ayshea and I had a lovely breakfast then she had to go off to work.

I have wanted to go see the show Kinky Boots in Sydney for ages so I decided I would go on my own while I was in Sydney, I went in the afternoon to the 1pm session I got a great seat very pleased I went thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a very nice lunch with my son Chris before I went into the show as he works opposite the theatre, we then met after the show and traveled home together. It’s great to see my kids love them to the moon and back


Till I see you both again in a month take care stay safe xxxxxx

Chris & Ayshea

Brian and I set off again this morning (Thursday the 20th) in the Sunliner, we arrived at Murrurundi around 3pm and are traveling to Tamworth tomorrow to catch up with my friend Heather we will be saying till Monday morning as we have a lot of catching up to do lol
We will then make our way up to Byron Bay over the next couple of weeks, will keep you posted of our stops on the way, hopefully the weather will be kind to us, very chilly and windy here at Murrurundi Brrrrr

Speak soon

Dawn & Brian