Back in the November of 2008, we embarked on an adventure that would take us out of everything that we were so familiar with, a comfortable life in the UK, friends, family and the English countryside. Some call it brave, others thought that we would be back, but above all, most people helped us embrace the challenge that lay ahead of us.
Weary of corporate life, we emigrated to Australia, with the notion of buying a 4 wheel drive and camper trailer and a 12 month trip to explore our adopted country, Not an easy thing to do as we had to start from scratch, simple things like knife, fork, spoon etc.
A lot has happened since then, we achieved our initial goal and had the most amazing time on the open road, which can be read in our blogs, we have lived in Canberra for nearly 3 years, which is roughly 2 years and 9 months longer than anticipated, but work beckoned and even that was an adventure and afforded us more challenges in travelling around Australia.
Along our journey we have been to the most amazing places, and met the most amazing people (and the amazing people we have not met), but we feel have come to know so well because of the blog) who have given this journey its colour and we thank you for that.
The Journey has been unimaginable, and never in our wildest dreams did we ever think it would have developed the way it has. We built a new life and in in our adopted country, and in February of 2013 we achieved another goal to become Australian Citizens and to hold Australian Passports.
What next? You may well ask, despite having travelled a fair proportion of this huge country and discovering this new continent together, there is more to be done.
April 18th 2013
Day 1619 It was Friday 11 April and we had left Walla Walla enroute for Wagga Wagga via a coffee break in Culcairn, yes that’s what I said, Walla Walla to Wagga Wagga, both in New South Wales. Our final destination on this short trip/excursion was our favourite farm, Woodstock, Caroline and Helen, had done “face plant” and Helen had said “We are lamb marking on Friday so avoid the sheep yards”, which I took as they were indeed “marking lambs” which I thought would be giving them some form of “Woodstock” registration number so if they became lost or stolen then the police would know where they originated from. I also considered when Helen said avoid the sheep yards, was code for “have an easy day, go sit in the farm house, drink tea, eat ... read more
April 15th 2013
Our apologies but as this blog was so big we thought we would split it in to two we thought you may get bored, and loose interest in reading 12 pages. Then the inevitable happened and the keyboard on our laptop became faulty so we have had to wait until we could get it repaired. Anyway the blog continues- From Prairie Oysters (Lambs Balls) Helen and Robert must have looked at me squirming and thought I was just being a big sook, but this is all new to us, we have done our best to grab hold of our new surroundings as best as possible. We had a great dinner with Robert and Helen and they retired for bed as their days are so ridiculously busy and Caroline and I stayed up to watch a murder ... read more
April 10th 2013
Day 1610 10 April We had a long and busy day ahead of us, but we still managed a leisurely breakfast before packing up, which really does not take us long at all. We contemplated altering our plans and staying here (at Wilson’s Promontory) for the rest of the week, but we thought better of it, people to see and places to go, so we stuck to our plan. We slowly made our way out of Wilsons Prom, giving ourselves the promise we would come back. There is only one road out, though it is still fairly quiet, a few vehicles loaded with kayaks, surfing and camping gear were heading in. We keep an eye out for wildlife, not just because we want to see more wildlife but also because we don’t want to run anything ... read more
April 10th 2013
Day 1609 9 April Despite it being a warm night the morning was a little on the cool side, but it did not deter me from putting shorts on in the hope that the sun would come out. As I emerged from Gypsy, Ken’s voice said “Good Morning!” to which I replied “Good Morning”, however as I emerged my glasses steamed up as the cool air hit them and I could not see a thing, least of all where Ken was sitting. I noticed that the bucket of “grey” water that I left under the trailer last night had been tipped up, assuming that none of us was mischievous enough to do that, I think that we had a visitor in the night who was strong enough to bulldoze it’s way to knocking the bucket over ... read more
April 8th 2013
Day 1609 8th April We woke in a comfortable bed at the Truman’s house in Inverloch, Victoria, today we needed to go and get the tyre repaired if possible, or replaced if not. I heard Ken go to work this morning about twenty to seven, I was out soon after and sat at the computer seeing how many people are again reading the blog, I feel I have got my enthusiasm back for it and am happy to write. Caroline soon followed and we looked on the internet where we could go to get the tyre repaired. Jodie said that we would be able to get it done in Wonthaggi, a large seaside town only 12k’s from Inverloch. We had our tea and departed as we wanted to get a good start on the day, and ... read more
April 6th 2013
Day 1607 6 April 2013. Saturday morning brings a slightly warmer morning than some we have experienced recently although still a little on the cool side it was much easier to get out of bed to start the day. Oh yes, it’s my birthday today! I nearly forgot, but Andy was not going to forget, he was keen to take me out for a meal which meant of course we needed to be in civilisation to do so. We had options, do we stay in Omeo? Or do we move on to the next town today? It was a small conundrum, but there was another plan in the making that we were considering for our time constraints and that meant head south to Inverloch, why Inverloch? Well for our regular readers or perhaps I should say ... read more
April 5th 2013
Day 1604 3 April 2013. The long weekend with our fellow 4wd clubbers slipped slowly away, after our failed attempt at getting to Wheelers Hut, we had a couple of options open to us and that was to stay at Tom Groggin or drive into Wheelers Hut from the other direction. Most of us were in agreement that some relaxation was in order, some had been working long hours of late and the need was there to kick back and enjoy the free time. The camp fire was lit for most of the weekend, we all sat around it, played scrabble, rummikub etc. Talked to our hearts content, ate loads of chocolate, hot cross buns and anything else nice that we had all packed to bring away with us. Which meant that we felt the need ... read more
April 4th 2013
Wheelers Creek We woke early to a very cold morning nestled in the bush at Wheelers Creek, we hadn’t seen anyone since Wendy and Graham relinquished their camping spot to us, 24 hours before, not a single car, truck or nudist along the logging road, ah what bliss. Gypsy was snug inside last night, with the aid of our hot water bottles, we cosied up under the quilts and teddy rug and slept soundly, though we were hoping to have had the local possum tap dancing on the roof, but sadly he or she hadn’t made an appearance, we want possums, we were promised possums!! Last night was black, no moon, only the stars in the night sky to keep us company, our fire and the babbling of the creek some 50 feet away, I have ... read more
April 2nd 2013
Day 1603 It’s been a struggle this year with the blog, in our last entry we said that we had a lot to write about, but no motivation to write it and as much as we wanted to share it with the followers of Kangaroojack, we just struggled to put fingers on keys. We have always believed that we have opened our souls and let you look inside, (pretty, I don’t think so) and we have always shared our secrets, our hopes and dreams with you all and now is not that time to stop. I sit here, typing this on Easter Sunday 31March 2013, Caroline, Clem, Lesley, Scott and Marta have all gone off for a decent walk, and I have decided to stay back at camp and have a pottering sort of day, I ... read more
March 27th 2013
It was 4 pm on Thursday afternoon 7thMarch and I was on my way home from work, I had Friday off and it was a long week end ahead of us for what we call Canberra Day, this is a public holiday in ACT (Australian Capital Territory) and not the other states. Caroline had done the grocery shopping and Gyspy was ready to go, so I headed home to collect Caroline, then off to hook the trailer up and we were off. I possibly wasn’t in the house more than 4 minutes, got in, got out of my work clothes, got into my shorts and tee shirt, got in to the truck and we were off. We drove across to where we keep Gypsy, opened the roller shutter door, reversed in, hooked up, plugged the electrics ... read more