Sunday 11 February 2024


 OK, I've so much catching up to do, but we'll start with what Hubby & I saw whilst away doing more signing of documents for little brother with the bonus of seeing DD & family in their new home in Sydney.  My little brother turned 70 on Feb. 1st & we had a nice luncheon at the Life after Work premises, cooked by the staff & a few of the participants who are intellectually disabled & this is where they come after finishing their working life in a Sheltered Workshop.

The adventure started with our usual drive with caravan up the Prince's Highway along the east coast of Victoria and New South Wales.  Along the way we see lots, but due to having the caravan in tow, we can't always stop or travel down little dirt tracks.

We stop at Orbost fur lunch usually on banks of the Snowy River & this time we saw this little fellow.

A water may have to right click to enlarge.
As we travel near Cobargo, we see the ruins of an old house through the trees, which is down one of the said side dirt tracks.  This time as we neared it, there were roadworks in progress where we had to stop for about 5-10 minutes and a few trees had been removed on the verge, so out came the camera & I captured a few photos, although not the best, so a couple are below.
I cropped this so you can see more of it.

As we usually view it through the trees.

The surrounding countryside of so much of our trip along the highway.

We finally reached our destination of Shoalhaven Heads where we stay for the main part of our trips up north. and what did we have for company for our stay..............more water dragons.πŸ˜‰
Not the best photo as I couldn't get too near as they run off before I capture them.

We also had a free day so took advantage of  it having a drive on the Nerriga road south west of Nowra.
It proved very interesting, although I have been on it before, but not for many years.
First stop was down a dirt track to a spectacular lookout.
The views were great, although there was a very misty haze across the ranges.

Down between the rocks that the lookout is set on, there was an old rusty car body.
Such a strange place to see something like this.

The rocky plateau the lookout is set on.
Further along the road another lookout, this time with a beautiful waterfall and a far reaching valley.
The waterfall

The valley with so many trees.  It is all very breathtaking around this area.
Next stop was Nerriga where there is a small township and a lovely old pub.
The town name sign across from the pub.

Said Pub.

K having a rest on a rustic kegs topped by scaffold boards.

The plasma-cut commemoration silhouette beside the pub for the 2019/20 bushfires which ravaged the area.

The signage which is hard to read as the sun was shining on it.
We had a lovely cup of tea inside the Pub, then started our journey back to Nowra & along the way I'd spotted more ruins.  Not sure whether they were due to these particular fires or just age that had got to them.

The amazing rock formations on the ascent from the Endrick River.

A lone chimney sitting in a paddock with any ruins.

Further along a beautiful tree with another chimney peeking out from behind.

This is another view with more of the paddock & ruins.

Next day was the start of our trip home and I knew there were more photos to happen if I could remember exactly where we needed to stop as the caravan was with us again.  Again they are ruins with 4 chimneys.
4 lonely chimneys amongst the ruins which we can't see in this photo.

There are also some very pretty trees in flower on the property, but I wan't close enough to make out what they were.

Finally we arrived home on the Sunday, travelling in 38°C heat, which is close to what is today again.
Too hot.
I'm trying to catch up with some gardening & sewing after our mammoth washing marathon the first few days after we get back.
A sneak peek at what I'm trying to do.
First................I shared a layer cake pack with friend Janice (Janimary blog) to do our 2 Charm Pack challenge quilts.
Mine so far.........................
I'm being wayward again.  Watch this space.
This something I'm doing from Meadow Mist blog.
I'm also trying (the operative word) to join in with the Chookshed Challenge.
And of course I missed the first one which was No. 6, but will try and do No. 2 which is for February.

Best go and post this as it is nearly teatime here in Oz (6pm) and I am so HOT.
Take care all & hugs from Susan.