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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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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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First lesson in the Magical Marker Mystery Tour

Cover of the marker tour booklet

Joined Joanne Z Sharpe’s marker class.

Here’s my first lesson — the cover of a reference booklet that we will have made by the end of lesson 20.

Cover of the marker tour booklet
Cover of the marker tour booklet

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Finally we are on the road

Winnebago Eyre 2012

We have moved into the Winnebago, full-time. It’s amazing how much stuff we still needed to pack into it, even though we reckoned that we had a bare minimum.

We bought a small covered-in trailer which has all the excess ‘stuff’ in it, making room for tubs with lids to act as pantry and other household needs in the rear storage compartment.

Winnebago Eyre 2012
Our new mobile home — a Winnebago Eyre (See the doggie’s home at the door?)

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Started a new course in drawing

pooch

I have always loved to draw.

My Biology practical book was kept by the teacher when I finished matriculation as inspiration for future classes, because of my drawing skill. But that sort of drawing is not what I need for my travel journalling sketching, so I decided to learn about shading, form, and other interesting stuff.

I am reading all I can on my iPad when I can’t sleep, and watching video lessons while the removalists pack the bulk of our possessions for storage.

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My new journalling storage solution

journal pens storage

I packed all my supplies, except the hair dryer, into this rolling trolley full of drawers. I have had it beside my sewing machine with threads, needles, and all things quilty. As I packed the contents, it occurred to me that it was the better solution to journal supplies storage.

It turned out to be very successful.

Here it is closed:

My journal supplies trolley

The trolley closed

And open:

Journaling supplies trolley open

The big yellow and white book is to be my travel journal (an altered book).

Here’s the best bit

This drawer has plastic cups to store pens and pencils. I have looked at so many journaling websites, I can’t remember whose site this idea came from. Perhaps by chance you may know so I can credit her. Thank you to her anyway.

journal pens storage
A clever idea for storing pens and markers

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Changed my journalling storage plan

We went to visit our new Winnebago last Friday (it’s so lovely!) and decided that the large tub wasn’t the way to go.

I decided to utilise a rolling set of drawers that I always keep by my sewing machine. So I have emptied it and am in the process of filling it with my supplies.

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How will I fit all my supplies for my travel journal?

Toiletries bag makes a good hold all for pens.

In the back of the Winnebago, under the bedroom, is a huge storage area with access three ways.

I have put all my supplies into a large wheeled tub.

Here they are all out:

All spread out, ready to pack
My journalling supplies ready to pack

And here they are all in:

All packed into the tub
My travel journal equipment all inside the tub.

The brightly coloured zippered cosmetic bags were a gift for our travels, but they are much too nice to keep for the bathroom.

The toiletries bag shown open, with pens, markers, coloured pencils, water colour pens…

Toiletries bag makes a good hold all for pens.
A man’s toiletries bag with lots of zippered compartments which open flat.

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Not with Dad anymore, but not at home either

Wow! Life changes in an instant!

We had sold our lovely iLoad because it was too difficult for Dad to climb in and out of. We swapped it for a beautiful red Ford XR6. He has no idea that it isn’t new, or that we did it for him.

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