My cat Frank continues to surprise me. Before Easter I spent a couple of days with friends not far from where we lived about 18months ago. When I turned the van off the main highway, on the route I used to take when I lived in the region, Frank started speaking, as he does when he recognises where he is. Sadly for Frank, I stopped not at his old place, but somewhere completely different – and one which smelt of DOG! But when the dog was safely inside his house, Frank could do a little exploring. Pixel decided discretion was the best bet, and kept inside the van apart from short walks on her lead and harness. Fred was fine, and if I disappeared into the house, he would return himself to the van and keep watch there. He was also being very protective of “his cats” which was surprising but nice.
Then we travelled back to where we’ve all spent time in the past, but again, even though the cats hadn’t been there for over a year, they remembered it, and had a great time exploring old haunts. There have been a few minor arguments with the resident feline, but I told them the place was big enough for everyone, and it’s settled down for now. In a couple of days we’re returning to where we first stayed, for housesitting duties, although the van will be parked in a slightly different position. The following week perhaps we’ll go a little further afield….. 🙂
Got some photos to share… later…. 🙂 But selected this one from when we lived on the Limestone Coast farm property and could do lovely long morning walks…..
Just a quick update. I’ve now officially ‘left home’ or more correctly I suppose, transferred into a van as home.
That happened last Thursday afternoon, and the four of us (dog and two cats) drove a shortish distance to friends’ place where we set up camp. Then had housesitting duties over the weekend – very easy – and today we’re moving a short distance to another spot on the property where it will be more private for all. That will be our home base for the near future, while I take time to just be….. and do almost nothing 🙂 Well, there’s gardening for me to do in return, but there’s no worries on that.
Main thing is, the cats are doing well in adjusting to the changes, and accepting the van as their go-to place. Fred of course, is great with it all 🙂
I’m still getting my head around the changes I need to learn re technology, for my change in circumstances, so no photos at this point. But rest assured, they will come. 🙂
Well folks, in one week’s time, I should be closing the door to my little cottage for the last time. Needless to say, I’ve been busy preparing for the forthcoming changes – closing down my house, (which has entailed selling, donating, and finally putting some things into storage) and preparing the new home, the Toyota van. It’s been an interesting process, this downsizing, and I’m sure it will continue for a bit yet. But by putting some things into storage, I feel I’m not completely burning my bridges, if van life falls in a heap. Just one step at a time 🙂
Mixed in with the preparations, have been some enjoyable distractions. Music festivals, short travels, country fairs. All of them I’ve a photo record, and hope to eventually share them with you – when life is back to the slow pace I enjoy the most! 🙂
Just for now, are a few photos of my first campout, when I needed to evacuate from the property for a few days while spraying took place on the crops. The van is quite comfy, albeit small, and really, I am looking forward to the changes. And did I mention a slower pace of life???? 🙂
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The Productivity Commission’s draft report on the future direction of Telstra’s “Universal Service Obligation” has recommended scrapping Australians’ right to landline…
Source: Telstra’s obligation to provide landlines may be given the flick
Days then weeks go by, and still I haven’t posted any updates….. sorry. So here’s a very brief one. Things are progressing on all fronts. Slower than I’d have liked, but still, progressing. Going through all my personal things, deciding what to keep, what to dispose of, it all takes time to do it thoroughly and with care. But I’m getting there…. where-ever “there” is!
Changes happening to the van also. Some cannot take place until January, but at least they are in the pipeline now. Other small jobs done today and more on Sunday planned. Once some basic refits are done, I want to do short trips to trial it and then adjust as necessary.
I’m beginning to dream of getting back into taking my photos again – so I can once more share with you the magic of the natural world and all its bounty. 🙂