Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Morning started with early to rise then we set off to Dubbo, arriving at Dubbo we were able to look around the town, fill with gas then headed off to Gilgandra.
At Gilgandra, we stopped at the information centre and looked at the coo wee exhibition about the soldiers who marched of parts of country New South Wales into Sydney to join the forces fighting in WW1.
From Gilgandra we travelled to Coonabarabran was interesting with the large amounts of water on the side of the road I believe that 75% of the water was absorbed into the ground, the roads, rivers and paddocks were surrounded with water.
We stopped for lunch at Coonabarabran for lunch in the van then it was off to Gunnedah.
I wanted to see the big tractor at Gunnedah but we were disappointed because we could not find it.
I needed a cup of tea before Tamworth so we decided that we stop at a small town called Sommerton, we parked the van at the town hall because there was no rest stop.
We could hear loud music playing from an old house there so we walked around the front of the town hall to see all of the names of those who from the town went to war and it was amazing how many of the same family went to serve in both wars from this little town.
The man who was playing the music asked us to stay with him and celebrate his birthday with him we politely declined then headed to Tamworth.
We made it to Tamworth in the late afternoon backed the van on the site because we were late arriving there we set up then went straight to the Golden Guitar.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
No - really it was that we arrived at 4.05 and the place closes at 4.15 so not much point to stopping and going further than the classy photo op.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Day one started with getting up sleeping in to replenish our selves from the Christmas celebrations.
Having prepared the van as much we could possibly could we had a little work to do but we had the van on the road outside the house within an hour all hooked up and ready to go.
The frugal caravaner has so much planning to do before a trip with with christmas being yesterday there we were sent off with a large piece of ham and some Christmas turkey so there was plenty of filling for sandwiches.
So that we can avoid having to pay for those expensive coffees and that small pot of tea from the coffee shops that you pay $3.00 for that I am sure that costs all of .70 cents we made sure we had lots of Lan Choo tea on board and Moccona coffee for Simon.
We stopped for lunch at Nagambie in a caravan parking space in the middle of the town , The only thing that I would say is that I would wish people would read the signs that say caravan and trailer parking as I am sure to people reading this blog would understand is that people that do not have caravans or trailers should not use them.
Having bypassed Shepparton because we had no need to go there and it would avoid the driving further and therefore saving some money that is important to both of us on our travels.
We then stopped at a delightful little place that is a Wughnu this is between Shepparton and Numurkah I like stopping there. There is a little place that you can stop off for a cup of tea and a piece of fruit cake which is Simon`s favourite.
The journey to Tocumwal was good with there being little traffic on the road,we then headed onto Finely then finaly onto Jerilderie.
Jerelderie is a nice town with a history of Ned Kelly being here.
Staying at the Jerilderie Motel and Caravan Park we have found a lovely little well presented Caravan Park with very clean facilities and lush green drive through sites.
[photo in the morning]
Saturday, December 19, 2009
As the proud owner of a 17ft 1987 Hallmark Caravan I enjoy traveling and seeing different areas and talking with different people.
I have been traveling in a caravan since about the age of 5 or 6 and has always enjoyed the idea of the freedom of being able to go where you want to.
My precious (the caravan) is pictured at Pambula Beach.But traveling does not have to cost a great deal, to me it is just a matter of thinking about what you spend before that hard earned money leaves your wallet, any yes some people accuse me well lets say tight or a miser that is not necessarily true , I just think sometimes there is a cheaper alternative that will achieve the same result.
Are you a caravanner that has any ideas of how to make traveling cheaper?
Feel free to post your comments on here.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Which way to go? – I find that the only way short of the expensive and messy (and error prone) way of buying maps - scrap paper, calculator and a fare deal of guess work is all resolved with everyone's friend 'Google' specifically Google maps.
This wonder of the modern world allows careful planning and detailed routes to be planned all from the comfort of the lounge room. We like to moderate our days travel to about 400-500 when in the outback or under 400 on the coast due to hills. Maps - allow searching for parks and the like in the area what's more 'street view' gives an impression of the park to see what is around and if it looks ok.
We like inland as it is quieter and you guessed it 'Cheaper' the average that we will be paying on the inland route to Mullimbimby will be $22~ the coast route would be costing at least double that per night...
Not only that the distance is shorter - roads mostly flatter so this all ads up to less spent on items that we don't need to waist on and maybe a little more on items we want to enjoy.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
1 a hard-working, frugal woman thrifty, economical, careful, cautious, prudent, provident, unwasteful, sparing, scrimping; abstemious, abstinent, austere, self-denying, ascetic, monkish, spartan; parsimonious, miserly, niggardly, cheeseparing, penny-pinching, close-fisted; informal tightfisted, tight, stingy. See note at economical . antonym extravagant.
2 their frugal breakfast meager, scanty, scant, paltry, skimpy; plain, simple, spartan, inexpensive, cheap, economical. antonym lavish.