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Wednesday, 7 May 2014

TRIP TO DAVISTOWN


P:-) and I are back from our short holiday to Davistown. We had a lovely relaxing time.

You may remember that I was sewing an awning from an old tent.


It worked really well.

The awning on a sunny day.

Under the awning

Where the awning joins the caravan.
We had a variety of weather including wind and rain. The awning did leak a little through one of the seams so we need to put some waterproofing on it which is not surprising.

On the strength of this success I will continue with new awnings for the two bed extensions. I still have some of the old tent left and we have ordered some more ripstop nylon from eBay so we can add to the main awning.

Our camp at night


This is taken from across the road from where we stayed, on  Brisbane Waters.
Brisbane waters at Davistown.
 
We stayed in the backyard of an old family holiday house belonging to Peter's family at Davistown, near Gosford. This was the view directly across the road.

View across the road at Davistown.
 
This is the old house we were camping behind.

The old house at Davistown,
 
The house has been in P:-)'s family for over 100 years, originally  built by P:-)'s grandmother who was a headmistress. It is in need of major repairs. P:-) did some gardening and hammered some boards on while we were there. P:-)'s immediate family owned it when he was growing up, and it holds many wonderful memories for him. But now it is owned by his cousins. They have been trying to sell it for the past few years without any luck. (Which is quite advantageous for us, as we have very limited finances these days and can camp there for free.)

P:-) bought me a beautiful chair as a lovely surprise. I have a bad back and sometimes cannot sit on the old camping chars at all. This one is very sturdy and gives a lot of support.

My beautiful new chair.
This is just like P:-). He is a lovely man.

I like to eat a healthy diet while we are away and I don't like to be out buying groceries. We have a big salad most nights.

Big salad
 It consists of iceberg lettuce, shallots, rocket, baby corn, champignions  topped with capsicum strips. It provides a good variety of colours (therefore vitamins) and fibre. I like to have mine with chia seeds and balsamic vinegar and oil, but P:-) prefers his plain.

Breakfast is rolled oats and peaches.

 
 We have a tiny little microwave that came with our caravan that allows us to cook our oats quickly, although when we are without electricity we cook them on our gas stove. I am trying to stick with a plant based diet as far as possible so I have mine with soybean milk, but P:-) prefers low fat milk.

P:-) and I didn't travel around much this time but took a few walks along the waterfront where the scenery is beautiful.

 
The old baths just along from the house.






Looking across Brisbane Waters to Empire Bay



Sunset looking from Davistown to Saratoga

Looking from Davistown to St Hubert's Island

Across to Empire Bay


There is plenty of birdlife. Ducks are everywhere.

Ducks

Pelicans.

Pelican



There were plenty of sulfur crested cockatoos, but we also saw these, which I think are corellas but I am not sure.

 
Corellas

There were plovers dotted around the place.

Plover

And being a fungiphile I can't help but leave you with these photos of toadstools that I spotted.

A cream one.

Cream toadstool
 
And a little brown one.

Brown toadstool
 

And finally here we are packed up to leave.


Our little caravan is like a tardis. So much seems to disappear inside it.

It was a lovely week.


Interesting Sites

1.


 Sweet Tiny House Video
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This is a sweet video about a young widow with two little children and their life in Tiny House. Click here to view it.
2.

Giethoorn: Village Without Roads

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If you ever want to get away from city life and find peace in a beautiful place, the perfect destination for you is Giethoorn in the Netherlands. it can only be reached by foot or boat. Click here  to see more.

3.
 Rituals followed by successful people.
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Most successful people were not born into success.  They simply did, and continue to do, things that help them realize their full potential.  In other words, they follow a set of prolific rituals. Click here  to find out what they are.

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