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Published: December 20th 2014
This will be my last blog for 2014 and I can’t believe how fast the year has gone and how much Pete and I have packed into it. What with living in Perth and then leaving to cross the Nullabor and then up the centre to Darwin and now living and working in Darwin, with Pete being offered full time work at the gas plant, it has been all go but we wouldn’t have it any other way, (apart from maybe if we had won Lotto and then we would definitely not be working)!
Anyway Darwin is now truly into the build up time of the year with the humidity high and with everyone looking forward to more rain falling to cool things down. I love working in the air conditioning at the shopping centre and yet Pete doesn’t find it too hard working outside as usually they will build a shade area over where they are working if in one spot for a while.
We ventured down to the waterfront last weekend for a dip in the fantastic lagoon area there but the seawater water was disappointingly very warm and far from refreshing. It definitely is a long
time since we have complained of being cold for sure!
The thunder and lightning storms so far have been very loud and very spectacular and hard to get to sleep sometimes being only in a motorhome. The shelter above us is excellent so there is little chance of us getting wet or springing a leak somewhere. A couple of nights ago Darwin equaled the 2009 record of having the highest minimum temperature for the middle of the night when it dropped on to 29.7 degrees. We have two fans going all night and have not needed the air conditioning on so far. The amazing cloud formations and build ups really are incredible with one minute all huge black clouds and the next swirling masses of white and grey followed by clear blue sky again. The weathermen are forecasting the monsoon weather will arrive in a couple of weeks and then perhaps we will finally see the rain that we have been warned about. One thing we do like about the rain is that the camp ground pool water gets a degree or two cooler and much more pleasant to relax in.
We encountered a rather long skinny snake
on our road in the caravan park whilst driving home recently so they are definitely around but seldom seen but I still check for them if visiting the outdoor ensuite in the middle of the night!
Tonight I am working 4.00pm until midnight to cater for the Christmas shoppers everywhere so am enjoying the day relaxing before heading off very soon.
Pete has finished work for 2 weeks now but I have only 4 days off. How sad. Not really as Christmas will be spent with our daughters who are flying in from Perth. Wish our son could join us too.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and to all our friend and family in NZ we hope to see you all in March when the cyclone season will hopefully be at an end and our van and home will be safe.
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