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    • Day 17

      Karwara Arboretum, SkyHigh, Olinda Falls

      October 6 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

      Sleeping on that much of a tilt had not been a good idea. We'd spent so long chatting to Wendy & Chris that it was dark by the time we went to bed and, frankly, we couldn't be bothered to try to level Bill. During the night I found myself slipping downhill and had to push on the side of the truck to get back to where my pillow was. Note to self, level Bill tomorrow.

      Approx 9:00 we went into the house to join W&C for coffee/tea and then spent most of the morning chatting.

      To get some fresh air and get some exercise we first drove to Karwara Arboretum. This is a small garden in a little town. We walked around it for 30 minutes so went back to Bill, put the kettle on and made a warm drink and sandwiches for lunch.

      We then set off to SkyHigh at Mount Dandenong. In clear weather, this has amazing views across Melbourne and far-off ranges. Today it was pretty murky and not much more than the tall buildings of Melbourne's central business area could be made out. The location is a small, multi-purpose events venue. I felt that it did the bare required and everything was very superficial. the fact they didn't have any decaffeinated tea or coffee didn't win them prizes with Bun.

      In search of a bit of exercise, we then went on to Olinda Falls. There was a fire pit burning near the car park and a couple of guys were standing around it having a drink. We set off along the track to the falls but, despite the large amount of rain, they were not impressive. In the UK I don't think that they would have been marked as falls on an OS map. Nonetheless, we had a bit of exercise going down and back from the falls so went back to Mount Evelyn to the supermarket and bought some food for dinner. Chris & Wendy were out that evening so we parked up, and used the chocks in an attempt to level Bill, but it was not sufficient. Boz had heard us so came to investigate. He sat outside the truck and barked for a while and then he walked up the hill until he was at a level where he could look into our window and watch us; this he did for ten minutes before going back to the house.

      Another night on a slope.
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    • Day 19

      The Dandenong Ranges

      June 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

      Today has been a trip to the Dandenong Ranges. The weather was macabre and even dangerous (due to the wind and rain so branches might fall on ya). We went to see some cockies (the bird) but there was this eagle up and about so the cockies flew off. That's why we had met up with Axel's mates for some lunch. I had a meat pie, it wasn't bad. Afterwards we went antiquing and saw some shops. Afterwards we went to check on the cockies and luckily they were there! One of them nicked my entire nutribar out if a hand, we were stupefied.

      We went to someone's house for a warm drink and a laugh. Then, we went to the youngies French dinner night where we had 3 immaculate meals! Brandon and his team: well done. It was fun to help out serving those hors d'oeuvres ;)

      Towards the end my cousin Jordan arrived all the way from Queensland to join us real quick. Tomorrow he'll venture to the mountain side to skii with his mates.

      It was a fun and busy day :)
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    • Day 37

      Mt Dandenong Skyhigh

      April 14 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

      Almost recovered from our Covid by the time we reached Melbourne. Was fantastic catching up with Bec for a few days and showing her around my original home town.
      Up to the famous Skyline restaurant and lookout.Read more

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