Here to Caretake for a few months
Trip Start Apr 22, 2011
62Trip End Apr 01, 2016
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Ilfracombe Van Park
Well we had a different Christmas in the outback,Cathy,Jessie & all the kids made us feel at home,we still missed seeing the family and our friends over Christmas.We got to see the children from Ilfracombe walk the streets singing Christmas carols,they were awesome.The kids also did an amazing race around Ilfracombe very funny to watch and well down to Cathy for organizing it.Christmas day was full of fun the kids had a big wet slide to play on and everyone got to experience jelly wrestling.We jelly wrestled each other and Al won too strong for me,so we defiantly had a different Christmas day.We had friends visit after Christmas and spend the New Year with us thanks for a great time Bev,Claire and the Kershaw's it was great to all spend time together as well,Jarred has learnt toadding and I'm sure he will never forget this experience.Vince and Paul arrived a couple of days ago,they have been fishing this morning but didn't catch anything they have now gone exploring Winton.The dogs are enjoying themselves as usual,some days not liking the heat so they stay in the van with the air conditioner on,its a dogs life.Al has got himself a job working for the council,street sweeping,bob cat driving,undertaker(yes undertaker),he starts sometime next week after he has a medical.We are in for 42deg days over the next few days and are hoping for some rain
A couple of weeks ago the airconditioner in the van decided to stop working along with the fridge,bummer too hot to stay in the van so Cathy put us in a cabin.We are still waiting for someone to look at the van,they are in no hurry around here,we are hoping our insurance covers it as it was after we had a power serge.We moved into the house last weekend it is nice to have so much room it actually feels funny.The girls have settled again,they have become Friends with the other two dogs we are locking after,one is a little house dog called Gypsy and the other is the outside kelpie called Dixie they are both lovely natured dogs.The Hitson set off on their adventure last Saturday and so far everything is going well for them,the first night we were on our own we had a massive storm but we survived.Al is enjoying working for Longreach Council his only problem is he keeps getting told off for working to fast so has started to slow down.He has found out one of his jobs is removing road kill he hasn't had to do this yet and can also be called to be the undertaker.I'm sure by the end of our trip Al will defiantly be a jack of all trades,here he was worried that he wouldn't get work because he didn't have a trade.
He loves working 6am-3pm Monday to Friday,gets smoko breaks and gets paid for overtime,and he his not stressed
We have both been busy working , enjoying relaxing time and enjoying the lovely sunsets.The dogs are still enjoying life,they love eating rabbit poo and dried up kane toads,so disgusting.The nights are cooling down to about 20deg so it is comfortable and the days are around 35deg,we are still waiting for rain we haven't had any for about 6 weeks.We have finally got some help with fixing the air conditioner and fridge in our van,over 2 months later.We should have everything fixed by the end of the month(fingers crossed),they don't do things in a hurry out here.We are heading off to a station tomorrow to see some shearing of sheep,will be a different experience.Saturday we are off to the longreach races so we are looking forward to that,would be nice to back a winner.Al is trying to get tips from the guys from his work,we will see how good they are.We miss everyone so it is nice to hear from friends and family,will keep you updated bye for now.