Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Wednesday 19th September

Today's been fairly active because I invite Sue and Shaun to dinner on Wednesdays when I'm home and I like to cook something a bit different. Today's menu was a steak and bacon pie with a carrot and swede mash plus leeks and cauliflower cooked in cream with cheese It kept me occupied this afternoon.

It turned out OK and I've done the washing up. There's a bit of pie left for my lunch tomorrow.

I walked around Cato Lake this morning on the way back from shopping but when I checked my steps at dinner time I was quite a bit short of my target so I went for a another walk after dinner. It did the trick so I've done 3,425 steps for the day. My average for the week is 3,424 (it's a coincidence that today's total was one step different than the weekly average) and for the month it's 2,933 because it was so cold, wet and windy one day that  I didn't venture out!

The sun set while I was walking - here's the picture.

I'll ring Eric tomorrow - hopefully he'll have good news for me.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Tuesday 18th September

Not a lot has been happening since my last post. I haven't heard from Eric so far this week and I don't like to hassle him by ringing too often - if I haven't heard tomorrow I'll ring him. Times getting short for my departure for Denmark - I'll leave a fortnight from today if all goes well.

Despite the cold wind I've managed 3,654 steps today and took this picture of 'Nanny' Goat while walking along our boundary fence.

She belongs to us but has been living next door for a couple of years with the rest of their animals.

She comes to the fence for a head rub - she either rubs on the fence or I give her a rub.

Nearly at the end of the walk I thought you might like to see my house from the paddock. The grass is pretty green these days. It looks better when the sun's out.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

16th September

Yesterday was NOT a day for walking! Biting cold boisterous winds kept me indoors most of the day but today's been quite a lot better with some drizzle at times but I was still able to go out to Lake Fyans and do some walking - in fact I've done 4,000+steps so far today.

The walk continues after the boat launching inlet - and then it comes to the canal where the water flows into the lake. There's a bridge over the channel and then you can walk on the raised bank of the lake for a very long way.

Here's a video of the view from a fair way along the bank. Click on it and wait till it loads and then click at the bottom right to put it on Full Screen.


I'm hoping to have some news about Yemmy during the week. Other Australian Caravan Club members have arrived in WA and are posting pictures and information on Facebook which is making me very envious as that is where I planned on being by this time.  

I couldn't resist a pic of the night sky just before dark two nights ago.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Day 1 of reactivated blog!

 Well at last I can update the blog with Yemmy's progress and a few things around home.

 During the gap in posting I've been getting queries about how I am and where I am plus questions about Yemmy. It gives me a lot of pleasure to get your mails and they encourage me to keep posting - thanks.

My Sprinter Guru mate Eric has been a very busy boy. He decided to repair my old diff in case the other one has to go back in exchange for my money. That entailed getting the diff casing machined where the seized bearing case had been rotating and worn the housing. He found a crown wheel and pinion with the correct ratio and then he's sourced a pinion bearing that fits the machined casing plus an oversized seal as that housing was also machined. He's fitted and 'blued' the crown wheel and pinion so all that remains is to swap brakes etc from the diff that's currently in Yemmy and then change axles. I'm hoping to hear that it's complete sometime next week.

I've heard nothing from the bank since lodging a dispute but they did say the process can take 45 days. Patience Lionel!

If it works out I still hope to head for the ACC National Muster in Denmark WA - leaving here after we have a family reunion on Grand Final weekend.

My eldest daughter and her partner are down in Vic for three weeks - it only took them three days to get to my place from Alice Springs! They left my place today for more visits but will be back here next Monday or Tuesday week. My son and daughter-in-law are coming over from Adelaide for the Grand Final weekend so all my children will be here  that weekend - great.

Although it's great having my eldest daughter and partner down here visiting, the reason they are here is sad - her partner Dennis has a son who has terminal cancer and is not expected to see Christmas. They will be seeing him next week. 

I can't remember if I showed you Sue and Shaun's new 'Farm Dog" Jeff so here he is again. He's a great dog and runs like the wind despite only having three legs. 

... and of course they had to adopt a cat as well!

Puss, who goes by the name of 'Shadup Cat',  and Jeff dog get on fairly well although he's a bit too boisterous at times and she tells him off.

This has been a long post but I think that brings us up to date.

Friday, 24 August 2018

August 25th

Well I've got news!

Yemmy arrived at Eric's place yesterday and Eric is now doing some research to see the best way to fix Yemmy.

All the info is with the bank but I'll have to learn something I don't have too much of - patience! The bank info it that it could take 45 days for the whole process to be complete.

Meanwhile while walking I took a pic and then looking out my window I saw I had visitors.

I hope to have more good news soon.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Day 84 or 85

Sorry but no more posts until I have some news about Yemmy.  Hopefully I'll hear something before long.

Steps are OK.

Saturday, 18 August 2018

Day 83

The day started early with my iphone alarm waking me at 6am as I was going to Ballarat with John and Russell from the band and they were leaving at 7am. I had my wake up coffee and pills but skipped breakfast as I knew we were getting brekky in Ballarat.

Breakfast at the Unicorn was OK - a slice of sourdough toast with fetta cheese and mushrooms plus coffee of course.

Then John got meat at a whosesale butcher he likes before we went to look at the extensions to the Wendouree shopping complex. It's huge and I managed to get some steps in away from the bitter cold wind.

After that it was a visit to Aldi in Ararat and a fried rice and chicken sweet and sour for lunch. Bang goes the diet! Dinner with Sue and Shaun had a few sliced low carb potatoes so wasn't too bad diet-wise and lovely taste-wise. The film was a true story of a pilot who saved the lives of his passengers and crew by landing a stricken Airbus in the Hudson River.

I couldn't resist taking a picture of Jeff Dog stretched out on his mattress near the fire.

I nearly managed my steps target today and my average for the week was 3,144!