The Drive to Melbourne Part 1

Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Road

Day 1

We left home – John, Andrew & Me –  on Friday morning and drove to Adelaide, stopping at Port Wakefield for fuel and food. I had  expected we would share the driving so I assumed there would be a changover at Wakefield, but no, Andrew decided to stay as driver. From Wakefield we drove through Adelaide then on to our next stop at Tailem Bend – then Keith, through Naracootre, Penola and finally to our overnight

Commodore Motel Mt. Gambier
Commodore Motel Mt. Gambier

stop at the  Commodore Hotel in Mount Gambier, arriving there at 6pm. After  getting the rooms sorted out, we decided to go for a walk through town and get something to eat. We could have eaten at the hotel  but we needed a walk to compensate for the driving and sitting. As it turned out we found a nice Pizza Place that seemed to be quite busy. That’s usually an indication that the food is good, we  went in there. It was good so we stayed a while to

A very old Post Box.
A very old Post Box.

wind-down and have a few drinks. I did come across something interesting in Mount Gambier –  at least 50+. A very old Post Box. Have not seen one of them since childhood.

Day 2

The primary object of the trip was, of course, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne, but the secondary object was to travel the length of the Great Ocean Road. That being the case we drove from Mount Gambier, crossing into Victoria and then down to Port Fairy. Most of this area is forest country so really not a lot to see, although I still maintain that like the Road to Mount Gambier, I would not be surprised to see Gandalf, or at least a Hobbit. We had a stop for cool drinks in Port Fairy. Back inland again to Warrnambool and our first real drive along beside the Ocean started   again at Peterborough – to the Bay of Martyrs – Bay of Islands These were interesting and provide a great indication of just how fragile the coast is in this area. I think the rock faces are mainly

Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands

Limestone – soft and washed away over a short space of time. I understand that the road had to be

realigned a couple of times because the coast had collapsed. From the Bay of Islands we drove to Port Campbell where we stayed for lunch and a walk around the town. Our next stop was The Twelve Apostles National Park. This really floored me. I have never seen so many Chinese/ Asian people in the one place – there were hundreds of them and buses of them arriving every few minutes. There were so many people that it was difficult to get near the edge to take photographs. The top of the walkway as you can see is just people.   Personally I think this is a bit on the dangerous side in that if someone fell, they are dead – no discussion of that because by the time help arrived the person will have either drowned of been battered to death against the rock face. – always assuming they survived the fall in the first place.  There were two helicopters operating and they were going non-stop. As one landed one took off and the queue was something else.

This walkway out to the end was just wall-to wall people.
This walkway out to the end was just wall-to wall people.

 

 

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The Big Adventure.

Ok, that’s the second run to Adelaide over now we just have the  five day trip to Melbourne and back. I am so looking forward to the Tattoo. In nearly 65 years the Edinburgh Military Tattoo has only moved out of Edinburgh four times and three of these time have been to Australia. I have never been to the Australian event – this will be a first time. We are, as I said earlier, going via the

Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Castle

Great Ocean road. Our first run on Friday will be from here to Mount Gambier. The boys will do in one run what I generally take two to do – overall about  1000klms. But then as Herself suggests, there is nearly 30 years of a difference   :o)

At the moment Windows 10 is still causing me heartache. I  spent some time with a Microsoft Guru who was very helpful and  finally got  Word, Outlook, Excel, Power Point and Publisher all working – fantastic.  Still have problems in that the start/menu button is still not working on windows 10 and I cannot access the apps – which means that although these programs are working I can’t quite get to them because I can’t get into the applications folder – grrrr… Not only that, my computer refuses to recognise my printer – they wont talk to each other.  I am not altogether sure why but I seem to spend a lot of time these days  humming Trini Lopez   (If I had a hammer, I’d hammer in the morning) It is definitely  a true saying “To err is human – but to really stuff up you need a computer”

Benji got a severe talking to the other day as I tried very nicely to impress on him that wakening up and pouncing on a sleeping form at 04:20 does not a happy daddy make.  :o) Must have worked

Hello!!
Hello!!

because the last two mornings I have slept until 6am –  thank you BJ.  This five days away to Melbourne is going to be fun. The poor dog went gaga when I came home from Adelaide and that was only overnight — how is he going to be after five days? This will be the longest time I have been away from him since he was rescued and brought home. The longest I have been away from him was two days and Herself tells me he just sulked in his bed only coming out to go out and to eat. Yes, of course I will miss him.

I am looking forward to the Tattoo and some shopping afterwards. We set back to home on Monday – overnight in Adelaide and home sometime on Tuesday morning.  Herself has also been having problems with her computer but rather than upgrade ( it is an old computer) so when we get to Adelaide we are going to have a look around and see what we can find.

Anyway we leave in two hours so I had better start getting showered and things ready. I am taking the camera (of course) and the laptop with me and we’ll see how we go.

If you hate Windows 10, clap your hands!!

Two things this morning 1st is that Benji and I went back to our original walking route and covered the necessary steps and the 2nd thing is that the landscape people came this morning and cleared the  whole of the front and graded the area. Now that all the bark and the weeds with it, as well as the  horrible plants (which I had nothing to do with) are gone, the place looks much  cleaner. However, now that it’s back to bare earth, I’ll have to go out and throw a spray of water about the place to keep the dust down. When I get back from Adelaide on Monday I’ll get weed matting cover the area in that and put down 20mm river stone across the area. I may very well get two half  barrels – one at each end and use them to plant flowers. If I get the boys to help me move some  very heavy stone for the bottom and between that and the potting mix it should be too heavy for anyone to move.

John and I did go down to Adelaide and we both got things we wanted. Since we came back, however, the weather has taken a turn for the worse and we have had lots of rain and high wind. Even as I am writing this- it’s chucking it down outside. We just got back in from our morning walk and down it came. We were lucky.

Much of the work I had completed in the back garden is ruined because I had been relying on ” normal”  summer weather and made no  attempt to fully protect the floor boards I had laid down for the flooring.  My next thing was to install the overhead roofing but  only after the boarding had been completed and I had a stable platform for the ladder to rest on. This weather is not generally expected at this time of year. Yes I did cover the work in tarpaulin but the high wind saw to that and the rain did the rest. I took Benji out walking last night and I really don’t know who was the crazier – him for wanting to go out in the rain or me for grabbing a brolly and taking him.

Serious flooding all around us – Port Lincoln has had serious flooding and roads in the far north of the state have been cut off; Adelaide has had serious flooding  and the roof of a supermarket collapsed with the weight of the water. Welcome to summer…

At the moment the internet is the only thing that is working on my computer – everything else has crashed. The new Office 2016 has major problems and has been crashing , which is good because it joins the crashing of the bug infested Windows 10. Printers are no longer working and can’t be reinstalled because they are now not compatible with Windows 10. At the moment I am using an Apple Laptop but the files that I need are on the PC and I can’t get at them, so I telephoned the Clerk and asked him if he woud be good enough to have all the papers printed for me for the meeting on Saturday.  Not a problem.   I don’t know what to do at the moment, whether I should wait things out until Microsoft get their act together and get these problems sorted out  or abandon the PC altogether and go over to the dark side – Apple-iMac.