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Dead kangaroos jump out at you, too!

Winnebago Eyre 2012

Our Winnebago is off the road.

We came around a bend on the Castlereagh Highway at 90 km p.h. and there was a large dead roo in front of us. Nowhere to go but hit it, and bang.

Pitch black dark, not sure what is busted…

Almost home, so we kept going. No warning lights, no funny noises, no extra rattles.

In the daylight we found we had a ruptured fuel line, because the diesel is dripping out fast. Not sure what else is damaged, but the insurance company will see about that.

We are in an isolated location, so getting it towed somewhere is proving to be difficult, and because it is under warranty, we don’t want just anyone to tinker with it.

Oh dear!

 

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I’m having fun with Life Book 2013

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I’ve started an ambitious course, Life Book 2013 with Tamara LaPorte online. 52 weekly lessons in art journalling which will be bound into a book at the end of this year. Great fun so far, and challenging me to learn new art techniques each week.

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First lesson in the Life Book 2013 course

 

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Rabbit hunting?

Bob's nearly broken foot

Bob fell down a rabbit hole just outside the door of the Winnebago this morning and has a nearly broken ankle.
The doctor said he may yet have to have it plastered. We are waiting for a few days to see if the current treatment works.
Poor Bob!

Bob's nearly broken foot
Bob’s nearly broken foot

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We found a little bit of paradise

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Our new home at beautiful Cudgegong Waters

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1. Looking up at the side verandah

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2. View from the side verandah across to Lake Windemere

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3. Looking down on the house from the road

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We haven’t left Rylstone behind

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012

We keep returning to Rylstone (the last place we lived) so we can go to our doctor.

In a recent visit, I painted a small picture in acrylics on gessoed acrylic paper of the view overlooking the golf course beside the caravan park.

Golf course view - Rylstone 2012
Golf course view – Rylstone 2012

 

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Spread from my journal

Journal spread Gresford

We have decided to add Gresford campground to our list of favourites, because we like the peaceful surroundings there.

This is the spread in the journal showing some of the scenery as we travelled there and some pictures of the campground at Gresford.

Journal spread Gresford
Journal spread Gresford

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It’s so good to be cuddled

Dad's girls having a morning cuddle

In the morning, the girls come up for a cuddle.

Dad's girls having a morning cuddle
Dad’s girls having a morning cuddle

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Solution for the sticky pages

Journal page of the Murray River region

All I needed to do was insert some baking paper between the pages until they are absolutely dry.

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Riverina area and greater Murray region

Journal page of the Murray River region

Travelling in the Winnebago around the Riverina saw us wondering at the size of the grain paddocks. Miles and miles of golden grain fields, set against a backdrop of dark green treeline, and the biggest azure blue sky.

We came across three wedge tailed eagles enjoying the fruits of their kill a baby lamb — in a paddock full of ewes and lambs. Natural selection, I suppose.

The pretty town of Barellan (home of Evonne Goolagong, our famous tennis player) was a delight, as was Condoblin.

Here’s a collage page in my journal of some of our latest days:

Journal page of the Murray River region

I used a stencil I had of an eagle to add the story about the three eagles, and I’m going to add detail with feathers and markings once I get an image to go by.

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The Murray area of NSW

My journal page for today

We are staying at Wymah Valley Holiday Park north of Albury.

A very pretty spot on the shores of Lake Hume.

My journal page for today

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After a few hiccups we are now travelling

Our truck blew an AC hose — warranty claim, but we have been having a ball since Thursday. Bob had his first free camping experience, and we were not attacked. Fancy that!

Here are some of my first travel journal pages.