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  • Day207

    In Victoria at Nagambie Lakes

    November 13, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 12 °C

    We have arrived in Victoria. Staying at Nagambie Lakes. It is beautiful. Here for one night and then on to Geelong for 3 nights and then onto Melbourne for a few days. The van is going in for her first service.Read more

    David Park

    those ducks must be following you




    From hot to cold, grow that hair Mark 😂 [Tony]

  • Day180


    March 15, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    I didn't sleep to much on the ferry. So when I arrived in Melbourne I parked my car and slept for a few hours.

    In the meantime I got to much groceries. I reckon for 3 weeks :-o. If I getting snowed in somewhere then I know I'm gonna survive :-P.

    Both evenings in Melbourne I went to a really small cosy bar called sister bella. It was all the way in the back of an alley so normally you wouldn't find it. The beer was really cheap. You could get a jug for 10 dollars! First evening I met some Swiss, French and ofcourse German people. The second evening I met some French and afterwards some people from Brazil. One of the guys was a professional bmxer, he was regional champion in Brazil, how awsome is that!

    On the trip to tasmania, Anna told me about hungry Jacks. They have an app and you can get a deal every day. Sometimes it's free sometimes is half the price. One evening I had luck. I had free fries, free cheeseburger and milkshake for only 2 dollars. (with 2 mobiles you can get 2 different things) so that was really good!

    Unfortunately the battery I had wasn't really good because after a few hours the battery was empty. So I went back to the guy to get another one and see how this one lasts. With the fridge it should last for at least 24 hours. See if I got it right this time.

    Just before I went to Nagambie I drove on the circuit where the formula 1 drivers gonna drive in 2 weeks.
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  • Day187

    Waiting for nice weather and people

    March 22, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Since Monday morning there are to less people for an load and the weather was bad until Thursday. So there was no jumping.

    I searched a bit for work for a few days. And the only thing I could find was mystery shopping. You get paid to go to a shop and pretend if you are shopping and afterwards you have to fill in a report. There was an motorbike dealership close to the dropzone where a mystery shopper was needed. It was only 75km one way. So I said that I wanted to do it but that I want more because of the fuel I spend. In stead of $55 I asked $90 and I got it. So that was good!

    While I still was in a bigger city I found some new shoes because the old once are a bit fucked. Hopefully the new ones will last just as long.

    Tuesday evening I went to the bathroom and almost stepped on a spider with a lot of tiny babies on her back. It is an wolf spider, it can live up to 11 years in ideally conditions. From the venom form a bite you can get a red swelling, milt pain or itching. They only bite if you provoke them a lot of times. So just leave it be. Here on the dropzone are thousands of tiny Spiders and a few big ones. One bit bigger one is an golden orb spider, it's Web is total 5 meters wide and 1 meter high, Amazing to see. The golden orb spider has similar venom to the black widow but only a lot less. So you could get sick form it. This spider mainly stays in his Web. I also saw some redbacks and maybe 10 other kinds of Spiders. But as with every animal, if you leave them be then they are not gonna attack you.

    Wensday I learned how to pack an rig (backpack that contains a Parachute) because I need to be able to pack an rig for my b-licence.

    Thursday I packed a rig again just to practice. Also I did an entanglement test. All the lines are trough another and I had to get everything out within 30 minutes. I also got a call this day form a project leader of McLean farms what's located near brisbane. Prinzen sold egghandling machines to McLean. Prinzen was the company I worked for in the Netherlands. So afterall I get an job in my own branch, how awsome!

    Friday I also packed a few rigs. Just practicing for Saturday and I'm jumping again!

    Saturday I had to wait the whole morning because there was a lot of clouds and I wasn't allowed to jump with only an a license. But in the end I got on a load and did my last B-rel. It took me a while to get to the group but at last I got the dock and that was the only goal to accomplish. My landing was perfect. So I'm finished with my courses! Yeah! Now skydiving isn't that expensive anymore.
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  • Day155


    March 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 21 °C

    Die letzten Tage waren mehr oder weniger geprägt durch Nichtstun. Auch hier in Australien blieben wir von der Grippewelle nicht verschont und auch die verdammten Pfirsiche werden zur Zeit nicht reif genug um uns Arbeit zu bescheren. (Nein, wir haben uns also doch keinen anderen Job gesucht.. ;) ) Uns ist daher momentan einfach nur LANGWEILIG!
    Alex und ich beschlossen daher heute einmal etwas zu unternehmen. Im Internet las ich von einer Art Weinfest, welches wir ansteuerten.
    Auf dem Hof von "Longleat Wines" finden regelmäßig Veranstaltungen statt. Es wirkte alles sehr familiär, als wäre man auf einer Gartenparty bei Verwandten. Auf einer kleinen Bühne spielte eine Band Jazzmusic, es gab einen Stand an dem man Bratwurst kaufen konnte und natürlich einen Weinstand. Ein kleines Hofcafé servierte Kaffee und Kuchen den man draußen unter Weinranken genießen konnte. Alles in allem eine sehr vertraute Atmosphäre. Besonders beeindruckt waren wir von dem Kuchen!! Da wir von den australischen Backwaren bislang mehr als enttäuscht waren, lag unsere Erwartungshaltung nicht sehr hoch, doch schon beim Servieren wurden unsere Teller noch liebevoll mit Blaubeeren und Sahne dekoriert, was unsere Vorfreude steigerte. Mein Blaubeer-Käsekuchen schmeckte wie zu Hause! Ich glaube zwar nicht, daheim jemals einen Blaubeerkuchen gegessen zu haben, aber da Alex' Schokokuchen ihn ebenfalls an Zuhause erinnerte, musste das wohl stimmen! :) Endlich mal wieder ein Highlight! :D
    Um nicht allzu schnell wieder in unserer Unterkunft anzukommen, beschlossen wir, den Ort "Murchison" noch ein wenig weiter zu erkunden. Hier fühlte man sich wieder einmal als hätte man eine Zeitreise hinter sich. Die Gebäude wirkten alle so steinalt, dass es einfach unbegreiflich ist, warum diese in den letzten hundert Jahren nicht wenigstens mal einen frischen Anstrich gesehen haben. Es gab einen Lookout, der wohl je nach Wasserstand des 'Goulburn Rivers' mal mehr und mal weniger unter Wasser steht, wie eine Treppe, die im Wasser endete uns deutlich machte, zudem einige Gedenktafeln von Männern, die im ersten und zweiten Weltkrieg gefallen sind, eine kleine Kirche und einen 'Meteoritenpark', der zum Gedenken an einen Meteoritenschauer, zwei Kilometer südlich von Murchison, im Jahre 1969, errichtet wurde. Bei dem "Park" handelt es sich lediglich um eine Rasenfläche und zwei Schautafeln mit Zeitungsartikeln zu diesem Ereignis. Spannender fanden wir die Zeitkapsel, die von den Dorfbewohnern 2001 vergraben wurde und im Jahre 2026 wieder geöffnet werden soll. Wer weiß, ob sich in dieser Zeit in dem Ort einmal etwas weiter entwickeln wird... ;)

    Da ganz in der Nähe der Waranga-See ist, entschieden wir auch diesen noch anzusteuern. Hier spielte aber Googlemaps einmal mehr nicht mit, sodass wir anstatt die 30km Umweg zu dem 10km entfernten See zu fahren wieder zurück ins "geliebte" Shepparton fuhren. Juhuu.
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  • Day102


    February 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    On our way for a catch up with friends in Numurkah we came through some drought area’s. Rain needed real bad. Friends van out & packed for our week-end away together. Great to be away together again after 5 yrs. Today is going to be little warmer of 32 degrees .Read more

    Georgina Giles

    Have a lovely catch up xx

  • Day41

    Goulburn River, Murchison.

    February 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We were not certain why the steps here run right down into the water. Perhaps when the river is lower it connects a river walk?

    Certainly a nice walk down to take a look at the point where the river crossing punt was. This was a toll crossing. One shilling for a person to cross would have been expensive. 2 shillings for a horse and rider. There were even rates for herds of cattle, sheep and bullock teams.

    This point in the river was the easiest crossing for a long stretch so I suppose people wanting to get from one side to the other had the choice of swimming across or paying up.

    Those days the technique was to strip down to shorts and pack everything into an oilskin bag or saddle pack. This was secured to the horse and then off you went. Hoses are surprisingly good swimmers and in flood waters will easily swim across a fast flowing creek with a horseman hanging on to their tail.

    One might wonder in these days of risk driven workplaces, just how anyone survived day to day as recently as one hundred years ago.
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  • Day41


    February 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    On the trip from Melbourne to Mooroopna, you have the choice of returning through Shepparton or via the small town of Murchison.

    Part of the same council as both Shepparton and Mooroopna, this place is very well cared for. The parkland runs quite a way along the side of the river, with businesses along the other side of the road.

    The bakery here was very busy normally but while we wee here a bus load of tourists had arrived for lunch. We ate here and then had a short walk over to the river.

    One interesting thing we noticed on the way out of town was that there were three churches all side by side. One stop worship for all comers!
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    Dream Doers

    The journey continues enjoying your blog

  • Day41

    Who let the cows out? Moo-aha haha!

    February 15, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Last time we visited, Shepparton and Mooroopna, we saw these guys in the nature strip. Somehow some of them have escaped and grazed their way over to Murchison.

    The park over here is so nice I can't blame them for wanting a change if scenery. Just 3 here with the Shepparton park badly overstocked.Read more

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