Monday 29th July
As we’re going to be here for a while, we came to the conclusion that we needed something stimulating and productive to do; a jigsaw! A massive 1000 piece jigsaw! Today’s progress was sorting the pieces into edges and middle bits and beginning the outside.
We also had to do the usual washing, as we were beginning to run out of clothes!
Back home it was Aunty Julie’s birthday, so birthday wishes were sent! I have to work out what time it is in England to make sure I send them after midnight ahaha!
Tuesday 30th July
Today we decided to venture out and so off to Palmerston cinema we went! The film of choice was “Yesterday” – the new Beatles film featuring Lily James. It was a lovely cinema, very empty, and only $16 each to get in! “Yesterday” was a brilliant film and I couldn’t help but sing along!
Once we’d got our Beatles fill, we had some shopping to do. Our camp stove, which came with the van, has been trying to set us on fire, multiple times… We think it has a gas leak somewhere so it catches on fire underneath when trying to light it. We’ve finally had enough of almost becoming bbq and decided to treat ourselves to a new one! It works beautifully, and no danger of combusting – yay!
Each night, just after the sun sets, we hear a rustling in the bamboo above the van. Tonight I finally got a better look at the culprits! They’re small creatures, brown and fluffy, which jump through the trees; I think they might be possums, but I’m not 100% sure! Every evening we also get treated to the lorikeets flying home for the night, at sunset, and then at dusk all the bats come out to start their day. It’s lovely to just sit and look up at the sky, watching the stars twinkling and the animals doing their thing.
Wednesday 31st July
A productive day today; more work done on the jigsaw. It becomes very addictive, and annoying, as it takes us so long to work out what goes where! 1000 pieces are so many!
Thursday 1st August
Out and about today to grab some supplies from the shops and as a mini break from the jigsaw, which is now consuming us… We WILL complete it!
Jacket potato and chilli con carne for tea – making use of the oven in the camp kitchen for the luxury of a jacket!
Friday 2nd August
THE PART HAS ARRIVED!!
After some to-ing and fro-ing, we worked out the part had been collected from the post office, and so Tristan and Bri were able to grab it for us – seriously the best guys ever! We agreed we’d collect it that evening, so whilst we were out in the van we headed to the Palmerston Night Market first!
It was a day of celebrations as we successfully, finally, completed the jigsaw!! Lots of fellow campers around the site had come up to have a look at the progress and so could now come and see the completed masterpiece!
It was a cute little market, with lots of food stalls and nick nacks, so we grabbed a spiral spud to share and watched the sun disappear! On our way back to the van, we could hear an insane level of lorikeet noise, and on looking up, we found multiple trees absolutely swarming with birds! It was an incredible sight, watching them all settle down for the night, shouting at each other and flapping their colourful wings! Could this possibly be where we see our lorikeets fly to??
We hopped in the van and met Tristan and Bri for dinner at the local pub, before going back to theirs to grab the part. We had a catch up with Basil, and also saw the little bats, who are not quite so little anymore, and are learning to fly! Watching them learning is very entertaining; they’ve been upgraded to a clothes airer to hang off, whilst they madly flap their wings, hoping to gain some height! It was a lovely evening, and it helped Tristan and Bri stay awake a bit longer – they were heading off to join their colleagues on a night fish for new specimens for the park. It sounded very exciting but too far past my bedtime for me!
Saturday 3rd August
Today began the mending of the van, courtesy of our very own Tom! The mending then ground to a halt mid afternoon when, with the vans organs strewn across our camping spot, we found out we needed sealant and coolant. Time to call for back-up, as we were going nowhere! Once again, Tristan and Bri came to our rescue, dropping off supplies!
The evening came around too quickly, so we covered the gaping hole in the front of the van with the windscreen shade, and the seats, which were outside, with the tarpaulin. On climbing into the van to set the table up for dinner, we noticed we’d gained a friend; a very bouncy grasshopper! It was quite an ordeal trying to get it out without it landing on us, and with a brief stop on Toms shorts, we sent it on its way.
Sunday 4th August
Today is the day! We have a fixed and assembled van! Tom is a legend! We can drive again!
And then the interior lights went out…
Next week… Week 7
A Herd Of Cows