At last!

Today the sun is shining – in various ways!

Finally I can sit at my own laptop, using WiFi at the council library – in this instance it is at Portland Vic library.  It has taken many deviations to get here, and I’m still not convinced it will be without glitches, but fingers crossed it all goes well.  🙂

For the past ten days I’ve been at Portland, housesitting for friends, who are now on their way back from a family gathering in N.Z.  Before that the Mob and I spent a week doing proper life-on-the-road stuff.  It was full of moments ranging from THIS IS WHY I’M DOING THIS, to OH DEAR NOW WHAT!  Overall though it felt good, despite some freezing cold mornings where waiting for the kettle to boil felt like forever!

The cats and I have developed a routine that is working reasonably well at present.  At first light I let them out of the van, and they can scamper about and explore and attend to toileting  while the rest of the world is still asleep.  Then they are content mostly to spent time in the van, either in their travelling boxes if we’re on the move, or sitting on the bed or their cushion by the window.  At end of day, it’s similar, although not quite as good as the mornings.  I always try to find the quietest campsite, whether that be in a free campspot or in a formal caravan park.  It evolves…..     This week I upgraded their litter tray….. Pixel is inclined to send litter over more than her tray…. and this new one has a lid and a cat flap.  Hmmm…… still getting them used to going thru the flap…. but we’ll get there 🙂  Of course, adjustments have to be made to fit into the small space of the camper, this added piece of equipment………  and constantly I’m doing reshuffling trying to find the most economical use of space.

Next week an overhead shelf will be installed, along with a central roof vent.  That will change things again and I’ll spent a few days making further adjustments.  I’ll be staying in the Port Fairy region while that takes place, and am making hazy plans for heading to a warmer clime now that winter is about to break.  We’ll see……

I’ve been spending far too much time in the past fortnight dealing with tedious issues that took most of my patience and brain power, and celebrated with the conclusion of all that (which I’ll discuss later) by taking off to Fred’s and mine favourite beach in this area on Friday.  Weather was perfect and we had a great time.  Haven’t downloaded images yet but will show them in due course.

Here’s the view from our first morning on the road.


It was teeming with bird life especially ducks and swans.  Lots of fish too apparently.


The area we were exploring is volcanic and has many craters full of water and I found it utterly fascinating.  Definitely an area I’ll spend more time in along the way.  Today I won’t go into details, just some images……..

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So far I’ve hardly had time to look at the photos myself, so this is just a quick edit while I’m online.  However, as I say, hopefully all the tedious must-do’s have been done, and now we can all get on with enjoying our new way of life! 🙂


7 thoughts on “At last!

  1. Hi, I am surprised the cats have adapted so well to their new lifestyle on the move. This makes things easier as you don’t need to leash them whenever they venture outside.
    Given the cold weather predicted for this week, a move to warmer climes looks like a good idea.

    • While I don’t have to leash the cats, I keep telling myself I need to persevere in their leash training, as it may be required at some venues. So far, we’re doing fine. As for warmer climes, I’m going against my previous thoughts and taking on the challenge of cold – more on that shortly!

  2. Oh me, oh my. I seem to have had this tab open in my browser for a week or more. I need to pay more attention: yes, I do.

    It’s a wonderful post you’ve given us. The photos are so nice. I love the combination of water and fog — and of course the birds. I’m glad to hear the animals are doing well, too. It is the details that consume us though, isn’t it? Trying to fit everything into that small space surely must be a challenge — but the rewards of having the animals with you must be worth it.

    It sounds as though your new environment has been congenial. I hope you’re feeling snug and secure. The good news is that you have time and flexibility. If you find a place that feels especially good, you can stay — yes? it will be fun to see more photos, and hear more about your adventures!

    • Thanks Linda. It’s been an interesting time lately 🙂 Yes, I found a place that feels good and am planning on a return shortly. The van has had further fitouts and the process of finding best arrangements continues.

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