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    • Day 69


      September 3, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      There was a strange fog among the trees this morning in Bowman Park. However it cleared over us, and the sun shone through. We ate breakfast outside, basking in the growing heat of the morning. The sounds of the dawn chorus this morning was amazing...but it started before 6am!
      As soon as we started our journey home the fog returned. It was thick, and black in places. I saw on the news later that it covered the entire state, and was the worst fog in over 20years!
      So now this journey is over....but what a trip it has been.
      We travelled over 14000 kms in almost 10 weeks.
      Passed through 3 states, and saw and experienced so many incredable things.
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    • Day 20

      Bowman park Crystal Brook

      December 6, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      Our last stop, the beautiful serene Bowman Park. It has been two years since our last visit, and the volunteers who manage this park, have added a childrens play area. The peacocks still roam the grounds Barking there presence to all visitors and the community use the large green oval to practice Thai Chi on Monday evenings. Jeff and Louise had already arrived!!
      We first met Jeff and Louise at Sheringa Beach on the hottest day of our holiday. The wind was blowing a gale and we could only sit it out and await the predicted change. Jeff was a retired teacher, who had worked in Port Kenny in his early career. Know retired, his interest was in photography and talking!!! He especially liked taking photographs of sand dunes. His wife, Louise was a pilate instructor and with Jeff as her photographer, and produced several videos on the subject. We next met them as they pulled beside us in Elliston, then Venus Bay, Tumby and now Bowman Park (which Ian had inadvertently told them about).
      On setting up camp, our power from the batteries would not work so we were unable to pump water from the tanks for washing dishes, or flushing toilets. Ian was also very sore from his nerve pain in his neck/ shoulder.
      We had bought some lovely lamb chops from the butcher in town, which proved to salve some of the discomfort from having to share our lovely camp, and not having water
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    • Day 43

      Bowman Park Crystal Brook

      July 30, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Penultimate day prior to getting home. Ian is still feeling pretty ordinary with his cold. Frankie is wooing the ladies parked beside us at Spuds, and I am ready to get home and pack for Northern Ireland.
      Our destination today is Crystal Brook - or rather Bowman Park...a free camp about 5km outside of town.
      When we arrived, there were 3 other caravans, and dozens of cars. There was a 60th birthday in the the hall - hence the number of cars. This is just the loveliest of areas to stay. Over the years of coming here, the park has improved no end. There is a native walled garden, A childrens park made from carved wood...Castles, a moat, toy wooden kitchen, carved lizards, two headed serpants. All carved from local wood. I took Frankie for a wander to look for fire wood, and he fell through the wooden draw bridge!
      We all took the path through the woodland and walked around the park for the first time, and it is such a great place. We saw a walkers hut and realised that Bowman Park is on the Heysen Trail. Two peacocks are resident campers... but they wouldn't come near us because of Frankie. Tonight we had a great fire, and a good nights sleep.
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