It was our expectation that Dubbo with its 41000 population would be able to provide us with the new tyres we needed for the van. They could eventually but it was lucky for us that we had to wait for delivery because we were able to go to Terramungamine. http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/aboriginalplaces/Terramungamine.htm. That is a link to some information, there are also pictures in https://picasaweb.google.com/105183160149035139526/Walkabout31DubboToQueanbeyan#. It was a beautiful spot and we felt the sense of it having been used and useful to many many generations of Indigenous people. We got the tyres and there is a bit of a story about that. The tyre dealer in Mackay sold us a 10 year old tyre that of course died dramatically! Anyway we have recovered from that financial blow as others have come over us since then.
We accepted an offer on the Thomas Street house in Ipswich and because, as far as we can understand the sequence of events, the agents were not sufficiently pro-active, they lost the sale. So back to the beginning. We are of course a bit upset but looking forward to hearing from the agents who are handling the house at Safety Beach. They have put up a lovely advertisement on the web – look for them Florent and Mundey and are taking 3 potential buyers through the place today. We await developments.
We did the swop meet at Bathurst, not much to say except it was OK, the town was fun though, lots of history and lovely old buildings everywhere, Dubbo was the same. Then on to Canberra and Dan and Gayle Comyn. Wonderful hosts and so kind to us. Was lovely to be in a house again and comfortable chairs in front of the TV. The Queanbeyan swop was one of the surprises… very ordinary on Saturday – comforting only in that we were able to buy a few good things… and by 11am on Sunday I suffered serious sense of humour loss! So went for a bit of a walk around the many stalls. Many many stalls and very few potential shoppers. The people came to see the wonderful old cars, play on the rides and eat the food, or so it seemed. After about an hour or so I ambled back to the stall feeling a bit better for the exercise and change of activity I suppose… to hear from Alan that he had sold a pile of old newspapers and old magazines that we have carried around for years, a garden spike roller that was heavy and awkward, and the Northern Territory 1924 handmade number plate that I had despaired of selling. All very good and sense of humour restored and smile back on face we chatted to the next customers who bought the wonderful red Czech vase, the last of the things Al brought back from Azerbaijan in 2007! And then the biggest surprise of many weeks the 1956 Olympics gear that Alan purchased at the last Collectorama, where we did quite poorly and I was not enchanted at what he paid for it all. We have displayed it constantly; 2 bath towels, a pink and a blue, a lovely silk scarf displaying all the countries that participated, a programme, a results book, two tickets to the opening ceremony and a collection of the little books that visitors were given to introduce them to Australia. I gave him a big kiss, because not only was the stuff sold but he had made decent money out of it… and I would never again have to look apologetic when telling a potential customer what price we wanted… So were it not for the houses relentlessly needing topping up and the insurance, rates and water bills needing paying we would have been feeling a little bit flush!!
But life on the road is still kind to us and generally we are in good health and thriving. Another surprise has been the dramatic change in climate down here, cold, windy and miserable and then beautiful, so we have had to pull out the winter woollies from under the bed again and still keep out cooler clothes…. such a nuisance.