Return to Ravenswood then Back to Burdekin
Wednesday 22nd August
There wasn’t much of a view from camp. You had to walk to the lookout.
That is water pouring over the dam wall; we had never seen that before.
After dinner, Ron and I were sitting outside looking for satellites when we saw a strange little hopping animal.
Thursday 23rd August
We decided to stay an extra day and after I had done the washing we walked down to the dam again and on the way back, we saw more hopping animals. But at least we knew what these ones were!!!!!
The rest of the day, I sat and painted a water colour of some strawberries.
After breakfast we headed off back to Ravenswood. As we went to drive out, we spotted a little hitch hiker on the side of Indie.
When we arrived back, we had new neighbours all around us and while we were talking to next doors, Woody (Edward John Pigram) arrived selling Raffle Tickets for the Vietnam Vets. He is the nicest man. He proceeded to tell us his life story – literally – and it turns out he was in 1RAR and worked with the 157th Airborne (the Americans) and they were awarded U.S Meritorious Citation for the battle of Coral-Balmoral which entitles them to wear ‘the red swimming pool’ even on their civvies. Current members of 1RAR, like Ben, are only allowed to wear it while they are in the regiment; once they leave, that’s it.
Saturday 25th August
We headed off 99 km down the half dirt half bitumen road to Ayr. The countryside was gorgeous as per usual and when we got to Ayr, we gave Indie his first bath.
It is really well set up with toilets, hot showers and a covered seating area with sinks and power. The big drawback is that it is only the next street back from the highway and almost on top of the railway line and therefore
the noisiest place we have camped in so far!!
Sunday 26th August
We caught up on all their hot goss and looked at Ben’s photos – pretty amazing!!
Today is Ron’s birthday and I had asked Ben to buy him a jaffle iron and a headlamp which he dutifully did. Sadly, he neglected to buy wrapping paper but he and Anita did manage to find an old copy of Defence Force News. Ben made breakfast – and Ron opened his presents. Because he wasn’t sure whether it would be better to get a large single jaffle iron or a small double, he bought one of each!!!!!
Paul rang to wish Ron Happy Birthday. We had Thai for Dinner and Anita and Ben organised Black Forest Cake because it is Ron’s Favourite. It was a pretty good day all round.
Tuesday 28th August
We are busy organising the repair to Indie’s awning and a service for him. I went to the Motor Registry and the Rego still has not been transferred….unbelievable!!!!!!!!!!! I also bought a Dyson hand held vacuum cleaner (Anita has a real one). It is really effective. Ron bought some bits and pieces for Indie as well.
Wednesday 29th August
Just doing general bibs and bobs, washing, Ron and Ben are doing stuff to Ben’s house. Ben has leave but Anita is still at work. She had Monday off and will be home Thursday and Friday as well!