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October 31, 2013

Well, it is certainly a few weeks since I have done another trip blog.
After leaving the sleepy town of Boomi we headed south to our family at Bellata for a few days, arriving there on the first Saturday of the school holidays which was the 21.9.13.
Between Boomi & Bellata we passed yet another mob of cattle being taken south.

These couple of photos were of just a few of the horses used on the drove.
When we got to Moree we did the usual dump site stop as well as a few groceries. Arrived at daughters to an empty home as they were in Sydney with son at a swim meet. Before they arrived home on the Tuesday evening we had done a full van wash, inside & out as well as washing the poor Nissan. Bruce had the job of feeding the sheep daily which was not a problem.
Family arrived about 7pm & was sooooooooo good to see them after 7 mths.
Two nights later daughter & her family from Brisbane arrived about 12md but we did not see them until Emily & chloe, after seeing our van there, landed in the van very excited the next morning.
Peg & Bruce, Louise’s in-laws came over to see us all & tell us about their trip OS.
Sunday before we left to go to Bundaberg Drew got the sheep into the yards & gave the 2 city girls (Emily & Chloe) a lesson in what happens to little boy lambs.

We left there about 9am in the hope of getting as far as Kumbia for the night then Bundaberg.
Once again we met up with cattle- the ones we passed the week before south of Boomi.

Once again stopped at Moree for groceries & dump point then headed up towards Dalby. Not a lot of photos taken to-day. Lunch stop was at Moonee- very hot & no breeze. Country looking rather dry even though there was water lying in some spots. After leaving Dalby there had obviously been rain as paddocks were very green.
We set up at Kumbia for the night, where we had stopped at the beginning of trip after leaving Mt Perry.
We were going to Bundaberg to the home where son was with another 2 grandies, who were going to look after while he worked. So now we have seen all of our families- feels so good.
Turned out that we only had Trent & Sophie for the 2 days as they went home to Sippy Downs on Wednesday for the rest of the holidays.
We left them after big hugs & visited family before going down to Coral Cove to spend time with friends on the water front.

This fellow greeted us as soon as we arrived by making himself home under the van- another story later about this naughty fellow.
Well, there was going to be a photo of this guy beside me in the dining room in the house. We were sitting & heard this pitta patta on the floor. Looked behind me & went cold!. It had come from across the lounge carpet & was beside my chair. The poor thing was so confused! He got himself cornered in the office amongst the cords trying to get out of the window. Bruce & Mel finally got him out the front door! It must have come up the 5 steps from the garage into the lounge. I did have photos but cannot fine them- bugger.
Home owners were up from Mackay on a deep sea fishing trip so we were basically house sitting for them.

These are from their front garden. A couple of the photos with the brown streak close to the beach (rocks) is Coral spore. Last photo is looking around to Bargara.

When our friends arrived home Bruce went to farm & got back into cattle work.

Holding this “little bull” by the tail while he was made a steer.
This is when Bruce had 5 sutures in his leg & where it probably became infected even though it was well covered!

Yuk! Three weeks ago & still not totally healed. No more cattle work for him.

While we were in Bundaberg we did some touristy things even though it was our home town. We went up for a drive to the only hill in Bundaberg to take some photos but since the last time we were up here the palms have grown too high to even see some of the city.

Also got some farming shots.

These bees are necessary for the Zucchini crops.

Back packers at one of the small crop farms- looks as though someone has a sore back!

Ratooning cane beside the Hummock- the hill in Bundaberg.

The cattle wander under this to get rid of flies.

Barrel at the Ginger Beer factory.
While we were in Bundaberg the McLellan cousins had their annual “gossip day”. They came from Rockhampton, Brisbane & in between.

The following photos were taken by Heather while the men were dismantling the tent.

Many thanks to Doreen & Mervyn for the wonderful day.
We finally left Bundaberg on 17.10.13 after having to impose on them for 4 more days because of Drs orders. Did not even want Bruce to sit in passenger side & just go as far as Cordalba. Also thanks Merv for the crutches for hoppy.

Irrigation on way over to Cordalba where we spent the night with my cousin.

Macadamia nut trees between Cordalba & Childers. Years ago this was totally sugar cane production! Cane in the background.

We are now parked in friends yard – only 10 mins walk from home! We get back into home on 24th February.
I went & had one set of tennis yesterday- enough for the hip. Took it to the Dr this morning & going to get another cortisone injection which I am not looking forward to getting.
Before that we are going “dam hopping” next week for 14 days with Bundaberg friends. Going to Bjelke-Peterson, Boondooma, Waruma then Awonga to hopefully come back with many many many redclaw.
So sorry if I am making your mouths water already but will think about you & show you some photos- will that be enough ?
Has been so good to be back walking along the water front at Deception Bay with my friend, had drinkies then dinner with neighbours Friday evening as well as morning tea with Heather & Keith McLellan who have moved down from Bundy & live about 4 ks from us. Lots of card games/rummikub coming up when we are both home! That will not be too often.


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