I have survived my 1st Christmas with Connor and Annie!
Connor did warn me as Christmas approached that Annie does go a bit odd at this time of year…..he was not wrong.
‘ hey, you up there, we got 1 of your reindeer here, he must have fallen out of his harness…’
‘ Connor, how long does this go on for…?’
Hats, baby bibs, photos in the night in peoples front gardens, sometimes peoples we don’t even know…..I think Connor was being kind….
Just before all this madness that peoples call the silly season (for good reason) we packed up all our belongings and de-camped to Inverleigh to spend quality time with my adopted family, Beau, Phoebe and Shari, we were Whippet sitting with them all over Christmas and New Years, it was wonderfull! We boys all slept on the ginourmous bed with Annie, we all get on so well, I love my Uncle Beau!
There was a big nasty bush fire down the coast a bit and we did have some horrible very hot days but overall, it was wonderfull!
Then we wandered down to a place called Hamilton so as Annie could go and convince that silly Government Department to give her a job, she said it went well, but that was a week ago and she has not heard anything yet…..we quite liked Hamilton but not many people kennels we could afford, there were however a few nice cottages in Penshurst and another in Coleraine…as the job is only part time Annie thought that would be do-able to drive in twice a week……but still no word, mind you we are camped at a lovely place with no internet connection ….as we are so often are.
Once all that was over we headed for Tamworth for the Country Music Festival, Connor has been before but I had not so it was all new to me…1st stop was a little place called Girgarre where there were a whole lot of people having the Moosic Muster….’Moosic’ because this area is very much Dairy cow country! We met some other solo travellers and their dogs there and camped with them for 3 nights before heading north, it was getting very hot now and we only got as far as a quaint little old town where we camped at the showgrounds, it was very quiet and we had the whole showgrounds to run on in the morning, all to ourselves!
Next day off to Wagga Wagga for 2 nights at Wilks Park, then towards Cowra…it was very hot and we stopped a couple of times on the way in order for us all to cool down under sprinklers in the parks in towns along the way, it worked well and we managed not to cook.
Our overnight in Cowra was a noisy one so we de-camped to Gooloogong, another olde worlde country town where there is a lovely little camp right in the town, a pub, a small shop and nothing much else…we stayed for 2 nights then headed up for 1 night at Gulgong Showgrounds, from there to Premer with a storm brewing and horrible humidity, spent 3 nights in Premer then we drove on to Tamworth really early so as to not have to wait in a big long line for our camp.
Connor and me at one of the nightly free concerts at the big park, we sit well back as lots of people take their kids and just let them run riot, the first night a rude kid trod on Connor’s paw and made him yelp, he did not even stop to see if Connor was ok….nasty kid.
look what we found, we thought maybe we could buy this truck as the number plates were just right, but Nathan, who owns it, thought they were just right too – he is a whip maker and ‘cracker’ and has a show…
…and then it rained and rained and rained, it was a bit chilly too…naturally we were out for a walk when this happened and we got drownded.
At Tamworth we got a horse and dog sit for 10 days at a place called Dundee, further north, we had a couple of nights in Armidale, then on to Glen Innes and then to our farm sit. After that we went to Tenterfield to see if we could find a Saddler, no luck he was not there but we saw his shop….closed all but 2 days a week due to a lack of volunteers….we loved Tenterfield and if we had won Tatts that week I think we would have bought one of several houses for sale at the ‘low end’ of the market straight away…!
On the way South again we spent 4 nights at Deepwater Inn, another place we really liked a lot, so friendly, the old Inn is great, the camping out back is fun especially when the horses come to visit…
This is our friend Duchess, she is 4 months old and loved to visit us, one morning she even poked her head in the motorhome door and if Annie had not been there we think she may have tried to get in….she liked our ‘horse box’ as she referred to our House on Wheels.
In future most of our blog entries will be on Annie’s Facebook page, however we Whippets will try and keep short updates going here once a month or so….we think we should have a Facebook page of our own, we actually don’t know if our new computer will let us do our blog, Annie may have forgotten the user/passwords….
woof for now, Ciaran and Connor