As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful.
Today is my last post about the trip P:-) and I took to Melbourne.
We took 2 days coming home, stopping overnight at Albury. It was pouring with rain and we had to set up our little pop-up and pop-out caravan - in the dark. It was a real test, but we managed a warm and dry night's sleep. The next day dawned with a cloudless blue sky.
|Our van and caravan|
We had a small hitch. One of the clips that held the top of the caravan down, broke. But P:-) who is very good with ropes and knots, managed to secure it and it remained that way all the way home.
|A few good knots|
On our second day we stopped at Holbrook, a small town just inside the New South Wales border, with a large submarine sunken into the ground of the town park. Very odd as it is a long way from the sea. P:-) was interested on the way down but we didn't have time to stop so we pulled in on the way home.
|HMAS Otway in Holbrook Park|
We visited the small museum nearby. There was a lot of submarine paraphernalia which was quite interesting but I was quite taken with this sailor's sewing kit.
|Sailor's sewing kit|
A show was presented in a small theatre, where the clever hologram of a little lady (the wife of a Lieutenant Holbrook) came onto a static display and told the story of the town's name. It had been known as Germantown and then changed during WW1 to Holbrook, named after a brave English lieutenant of a submarine who was awarded for his heroics in the Dardanelles.
|Hologram of Mrs Holbrook|
To honor Lieutenant Holbrook the town's namesake, the Holbrook council acquired a portion of the hull of HMAS Otway, an Oberon class submarine when it was decommissioned by the Royal Australian Navy in 1995. Lieutenant Holbrook's widew donated $100,000 to the cause. The submarine was set into the town park.
So it all seemed to make sense.
This was the insignia of HMAS Otway.
|Insignia of HMAS Otway|
Vincent amor patriae means service for the love of my country.
HMAS Otway and the museum are definitely worth a look if you are travelling through Holbrook.
And so we arrived home about 7 pm on Sunday night.
It had been a lovely holiday, catching up on family, and making a few day trips. And I always love staying in our caravan.
Now it is back to working on the house to get it ready for sale.
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