15th June 2016
We have been having a great time here in Condobolin.
We have committed to travel to Tasmania on the Spirit of Tasmania on the 28th January and will return in late May or Early June. So we have had days where we have been planning our route and things to see and do.
On 26th May Darryl and I went into Condobolin RSL Club for the launch of a documentary called “Little Towns, Big Voices” which is all about domestic violence in the rural and small town community BUT can be related to all places. This documentary was made locally (and our niece Holly is in it at the beginning) and Peter Garrett MA is one of the main speakers. This documentary is going to be reproduced and distributed to all schools with a workbook for the students. Was a very thought provoking half hour documentary and those local people who tell their stories – are very brave people. Meeting Peter Garrett was a pleasure and he is very proactive against Domestic Violence.
After the launch I was invited to join the local “Weaving Together” women the next day, and they said that they would help me complete my FISH with fins and eyes.
I was shown a lot of their work and have been invited back next week. :D We then travelled to Wagga Wagga for the weekend – arriving at 6.30pm. We had a great weekend meeting up with family and a great BBQ on Sunday. Unfortunately I was having a wobbly day on Sunday and ended up in bed for 4 hours that afternoon with a terrible brain fog afterwards.
We travelled back to Condobolin on Monday and on Tuesday we found Ian’s lamb ‘Blondie’ not well in the paddock. We got help from the research station and they gave ‘Blondie’ some calcium (as it seemed that he had an upset belly) and they came and gave him another dose before they went home. Unfortunately he did not make it through the night L We were in contact with Ian and Wendy and on his suggestion we asked the staff to move the other lamb ‘Two’ in with the other ewes and lambs so that she had company. They did this on the Thursday.
I had had another Meniere’s episode on Tuesday afternoon which continued to a full day on the Wednesday which was a complete wipe-out and ‘Rosey’ the dog kept me company and my balance didn’t get anywhere near normal until early Thursday. I managed to get into Weaving and have been invited back to help the group weave sections for the ‘Gertie Gugaa (Goanna)’ that the ladies are making on Monday.
Saturday was a rainy day and I did some sewing and then did some more planning for the trip to Tasmania. Sunday was a dry day but we then had misty rain on Monday and Tuesday
Monday I helped the ladies sew sections onto the frame of Gertie and then bought some panels home to weave for them.
Thursday was Miss Gemma’s Birthday. She turned 10 years old. And Nanna did a silly thing :D We had got her birthday present in May and THOUGHT that we had left it in Beckie’s wardrobe – well Beckie couldn’t find it. Low-and-behold it turned out to be in the caravan L So Nanna had to put it into an Express Bag and post it off. [Luckily she received it on Monday]
Our dear friends Jenny and Doug Peisley came to camp for the long weekend – arriving at 9pm (after Doug finished work at 5pm). We had had small rain squalls on Friday so were hoping it would clear up a bit so that we could have a campfire on Saturday night. Saturday dawned cloudy, windy and cool. It was also our grandson BRADLEY’s 17th birthday, but he was working until midday at his apprenticeship. So we rang him later that afternoon. Darryl and Doug went fishing down at the creek and Jenny and I drove to Lake Cargelligo to attend the ‘Blue Waters’ Art and Craft Exhibition. This was an hours drive and we enjoyed wandering looking at all the beautiful quilts and the art work.
We then had a bit of trouble finding somewhere to have a nice cup of coffee – but finally found it in the ‘Fisho’s Bakery’. We then drove back to Condobolin. The men returned (as the wind was too cold) and they had caught two good size fish BUT one was a protected species and had to be returned to the water and the other was a carp.
We had a lovely campfire that night with Roast pork and veggies cooked in the camp oven and then Gluten Free Bread and Butter pudding. Both great meals and being able to sit around the campfire with good friends.
Sunday we had a lazy day where we drove out to ‘Utes in the Paddock’ at Ootha where there are 20 Holden utes that have been painted and altered making them sculptures, with explanation signs for them. Some of them are below
We then drove to Gumbend Lake at Condobolin which is a man-made lake and a free (donation welcome) camping area. There is a walking track around the lake and also a path into the town if you wish to exercise.
Monday morning it was clear and sunny and Jenny and Doug left for home at about 12md. We then did the housework and then I did some more weaving on a basket using a stitch from North America and using some of the techniques that I have learnt whilst here.
Tuesday was Darryl’s birthday and he had a lazy day just pottering around and then we went into town for dinner. We wanted to have Thai – but it was closed on Tuesdays – so we then went to the Royal Hotel and he had a nice Mixed Grill for his birthday dinner.
We then returned to the house and had cake and ice-cream for dessert.
Also on this day ----- Master Bradley was successful in getting his P Plates
Wednesday – Yesterday – I did not had a good day. Woke up ok but then when I went to get out of bed the world began to spin…….. Darryl gave me a bucket, my Meniere’s medications and I hung on to the cupboard to prevent being thrown out --- that is what it felt like at the time…..