Alstonville (http://www.alstonvillensw.com.au/) is a quiet spot with a showground camping area that is both dog friendly and electrically powered. Unfortunately we haven’t got our power in the ‘van going yet, but at least have been able to power computers and phones off the paid for power!
The airshow at Evans Head was a pleasant experience, camped on a paddock beside the aerodrome – not too dog friendly so Bella spent three days chained up to the caravan – we did take her to the beach though where she gambolled in the waves chasing the stick…
https://picasaweb.google.com/105183160149035139526/WalkingAboutOne?authkey=Gv1sRgCN2Ozo3Tgv78Tw – this link has a picture of a white poodle in a baby pram with pics of the stall and market in general – said I would look for highlights! Although it was a pretty slow market we did OK financially after all we were extra entertainment to the airshow which is what brought the punters in anyway. You can check out some of what we saw in the YouTube videos…
I don’t turn on much to old planes but this gave me a thrill, and the fact that my little camera did so well to capture this and then the software on the computer to edit out the mistakes… So hope you will enjoy them.
This other picasa link is of more domestic interest and shows a couple of images from our Christmas dinner and Al’s birthday. Time spent at Kirkcaldy is always restorative and this time also added huge value… Angela made the curtains for the caravan… was a bit of a saga in some ways as we managed to make a couple of minor errors that necessitated additional visits to the shops but we didn’t mind that much as Angie did the real work and saved us $1000 + – so big thanks Angie for taking those days out of your busy life.
We went to Lismore Car Boot Sales and Market on Sunday which was our last Lismore for a bit. We are sorry because it is a market that is always kind to us. I said I would pick highlights… well this one was the beautiful big wooden display box someone left behind our van. It is lined with purple velvet and we think we can put it to very good use on our stall. Thank you anonymous donor!
There were a couple of other things I wanted to draw your attention to in the picasa pics of Walkabout One. One was the pictures of our stall – they will give you an idea of the eclectic mix that is our stock and the other was pics taken at the Lismore Workers’ Club (the Workies). I still wonder why they have scenes of mediaeval aristocracy exploiting peasants on their wall??? amazing and then the wonderful painting of the races – so redolent of Aussie culture – all that gambling! Then the kid with the card castles… well I was so reminded of visiting my granny, my dad’s mother, and being given packs of cards to play with. The challenge of constructing those castles was huge and we looked forward to it. I can see us – the two little girls seated on the floor of her flat in Greenside Johannesburg, the building still stands, holding our breath as we balanced yet another layer… I want to give Maxine and Roxanne the option of enjoying the same thing. probably more of that in another blog another time. This one is getting too long so I will close and hug you all.
Sorry had to say a bit more…
We hit the op shops in Ballina on Monday and then took fish and chips to the river bank where Al and Bella had a bit of fun in the water. (Pics in Picasa Walkabout One) I spent yesterday cleaning, rejuvenating and pricing the stock and becoming increasingly more irritable as the day wore on… we got into a tangle with our power supply so things stopped working, ran out of battery and so on…… and Al was doing shopping away from here!! Anyway he came back and added a heap of stuff to my organised process as I was planning to get on the bed having done 3 hours solid I needed a stretch and it was too hot to walk it off. I was also wanting to get to my PhD work… no chance as it happened and it was 3 pm before I got on the bed… so that day was gone!
We are going to have to be more disciplined about how we use the time – it seems that it could become as pressured as being in full-time employment. We head for Toowoomba next week after Glen Innes to buy up from Al’s contact there, an unplanned diversion which will hopefully also enable a meeting with my supervisor… but so much for sitting under a tree and smelling the roses!!