FRIENDS

SEPTEMBER LONG WEEKEND PART 2

24/09/2017 – Campsite and Evenings

The usual array of colours, shapes and sizes. My recently acquired 3 man beige dome tent is central, with nose of my car showing on left. By the way, there is no way 3 men would fit in that tent, I would be lucky to get one in there!  I have to sleep diagonally myself to avoid my pillow sucking in moisture from outside.

This is what we do when we are not kayaking, paddling, walking or cycling – we chat, drink coffee or wine and socialize with each other.

In the evenings, someone organizes a music quiz – easy if you follow his genre of music, otherwise impossible.

Or another someone has a go at charades.  Either way it is always an enjoyable time, even though quite cold as you can see by the clothing.

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UPDATE ON LINDA’S GARDEN

29/09/2017 – A work in progress

Like all gardens, there is always something that needs doing, something that looks wonderful and something that looks less than wonderful.

Here is the chief gardener at work, surveying the trees, gutters, ageing patio and flowering wisteria.

The wisteria, although stunningly beautiful, manages to flower about the patio, so that it’s main glory is barely visible from below.

This is the view from the back door.

Spring is coming, flowering almond tree.

Some plant life near and in the little pond.

Yeah, the mulberries are on their way.

Even the  bird’s nest fern survived the short winter.

Queen of the garden pointing the hose in all directions.  (Anything is better than housework!)

The big pond, showing two frogs, we think there are about seven in residence.

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HERE’S MY STORY, IT’S SAD BUT TRUE

5/9/2017 – About a girl called Linda

Now blogs are for stories about life, whether they are happy or sad, good news or bad news, we can’t leave out the unfortunate ones that tell a tale of woe.

Linda was a woman who was very partial to campervans.

This is Hermione, who saw Linda through a few faithful years of travelling and lots of fun.

Yes, Hermione was a great work horse, trusty and solid.  But Linda was looking for more….

And so, Hermione was sold and replaced with this gorgeous looking creature, wine red, shiny and polished.

So polished that she reflected right back at you.    Then one evening, not long after her purchase…. Linda came home late, tired and forgetful.  Parked up the steep drive and went in to bed.

The next morning, all was normal until Linda received a phone call from the police, “Is your van at your place of residence?”, Linda went out to check, OMG it’s been stolen.  But NO, it had gracefully rolled backwards down the drive, over the road, up the opposite kerb and down the embankment, to rest peacefully against an enormous tree.  Oh dear.

Two tow trucks were needed to pull the van out of the hole, back wheels locked up, side panel ruined, back doors ruined, floor buckled, back axle stuffed, oh dear.

It might not look much, but this van was a write off.  Lucky Linda had comprehensive insurance with RAC, who were very helpful and paid out in full within a week.

So endeth the first lesson in parking, always make sure that your hand brake is on and that your vehicle is also in gear (as a precautionary measure).  Anyone wanting to contribute to the wake will be gratefully received!!!!

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AOA ROTTNEST ISLAND WEEKEND – SEGWAY DAY

5/3/2017 – Learn to Ride a Segway

Another new experience.

Not as easy as you might think.  First you have to get onto it, work out how your balance goes. Figure out the controls.

Then you get a little practice around the premises, with orange spikes so you realize how incompetent you are.  Then you have to stop when you want to, or when some fool in front of you brakes!  And work out your balance when going downhill.

Then you go for a little trip up the road, feeling like part of a long caterpillar.  Don’t get off when you have to stop, because then you have to work out how to get back on again.  Not a bad experience, I would try this again, it was fun, only three of our members fell off!!!  Not me for a change, this is my non injury year, decreed on Jan 1.

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