Save Our Saltmarsh

When we had to stay parked at David’s Work because we had broken down wanted a change of scenery,  Cameron, Kyle and I would go off exploring the Oak Flats {Wollongong New South Wales} surrounding area as much as possible, as well as exploring more of Sydney {that’s when we were staying with our oldest son}!….only because we couldn’t have Kyle playing outside in the industrial area because so many big trucks would come flying down the street!

On one of our walks we found a “Walk way”and a information board that explained what the area was all about. Guess you could say that I am homeschooling myself alone with our two boys!

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Manly New South Wales

A little while ago – can’t remember which weekend – we visited the Australia National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour and then we jumped onto a Ferry and went to Manly New South Wales.

We had a mission….one have not completed as yet. We want to find David’s Grandad’s Memorial Chair that is somewhere in Manly over looking the ocean. Sounds easy right? Wrong – you try looking for a Seat with a Memorial Plaque written on it when its a very beautiful day and everyone is out and about. Every single Chair was taken up by someone sitting there, over looking the ocean and enjoying the view.

So it means we will have to try and make another trip back as soon as we can to again search for the Memorial Seat.

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Went For A Walk And Got Lost

The sun was out today and I was keen to explore the area of where we are parked up! We went down a “No Through Road” and found a foot path, with a bridge and then kept walking and walking…..through long grasses, over creek beds, through mud, over dead trees, along path ways others have taken, along patches of grass that no one had stepped on before, trying to jump over water {yeah I slipped and got more muddy then if I had walked through it}

Basically we Went For A Walk And Got Lost!

Found Ponies…

Another Great Spot for Kyle to return to for fishing….

Stumbled upon a Teenagers Cubby Spot {Or teenagers Retreat} who let us know that we were heading in the right direction to get back to the Industrial Area.

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Australia National Maritime Museum

While Cameron, Kyle and I stayed in Sydney David joined us one Sunday – meeting us at Central Station where we then jumped onto the light rail to head to Darling Harbour, to the ANMM

We have a yearly pass to the Australia National Maritime Museum, which is such good value because we have been there many times, and plan to go a few more times before leaving New South Wales!

We have been before to see the Vikings Display – which Kyle remembers because he so wanted to buy a Viking Helmet!!!

We  make sure we go on Sundays by Train because its “Family Fun Day” – which means we can travel by Train, Buses or Fairy for $2.50….we usually do something in Sydney and then catch a train to Mainly.

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Red Point Furniture Restoration

While we were walking up and down Port Kembla main street {searching for a toilet, finding one at the back of the pub!} we stubble across this amazing Antique store called Red Point Furniture Restoration.

Kyle must have a part of me…..he was the one to talk me into going back to look inside. And boy am I glad we did….

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Port Kembla New South Wales

While David and our Oldest Son was talking to the Springs Guy in Port Kembla New South Wales Kyle and I went for a walk through town. Its only a one street place, with many shops closed down but we did have fun and we even found a toilet! Actually that is why we went walking…Kyle needed a toilet :)

Port Kembla New South Wales ::

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Happy Fathers Day David

Yesterday was Fathers Day here in Australia. With all of our Motorhome issues and STILL being on the side of the road I wanted to make the day the best ever for David.  Even though we are missing one of our sons {he is over in Perth}  I still wanted a Happy Fathers Day for David.

It started with lots of good things….I woke him up during the night to say “Happy Fathers Day David” – it was a moment where we could spend time together before the day started.

When we woke in the Morning I got Cameron to hand him his Gift….a Pair of Bonds Undies with the words “You might need these for your next gift”

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On The Side Of The Road

We are all back together! And it feels so good – guess you all were wondering where we have been? Well here is how we are now living On The Side Of The Road {And I am loving it}

Heading To The Springs Place ::

David organised through his Boss {through Keep Travelling Caravan Repairs} to have our springs looked out. We need all four of them replaced. And we have been wanting them done for a very long time. Because its through a friend of a friend we have had to wait for the perfect weekend. So a Saturday two weeks ago was the day.

So we drove to Port Kembla Springs ::

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Speed Kills Please Slow Down

We went for a walk a few weekends ago to a spot not far from our Motorhome, “Bass Point Reserve” – it holds a special place in our heart because of our navy sons and the navy ship that has a memorial set up there on the headland.

On the way home we stopped and I got out to pay our respects to a young girl who was taken far too soon. She was driving in Shellharbour when she lost control of her car and later died in hospital.

You see I don’t know her personally but I do know that she went to the same high school as my third son.

I don’t know her by name, but I do know that she was a daughter, very loved member of the high school and very much loved by her friends. She was a member of a family.

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Darkes Forest Riding Ranch

When I was growing up I loved Horses..was mad about them. Its all I ever talked about, dreamed about and wanted – there wasn’t a time when I wasn’t thinking about horses.

I remember one year that I wanted a “Pony” for Christmas, I think that I was about 10 or 11 at the time?.  We didn’t have any where that I could keep a Pony but that didn’t stop my dream. That year at Xmas I was given “My Little Pony” toys- it was the worst Xmas present ever.  At the time I was so very upset with my parents but looking back on life its all they could afford so I really should have been grateful…funny how “Grateful” I can now “See” I should have been, guess being a kid we take family for granted.

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