Rambling On… 27 September 2019


Hubby and I had a wonderful time away camping. We spent four nights in Barmah National Park at the free campground with one day of rain and a few too chilly nights, so we decided to pack up and head further north.

We ended up about 5 kilometres just outside of Balranald in New South Wales with a slightly warmer clime. There was only one day here, in the whole week we spent there that we had rain. Would you believe it was the day of our 30th Wedding Anniversary? Murphy’s Law.

However, my amazing husband had a brilliant idea and out of the blue asked me if I wanted to go to the drive-in. I was shocked and confused since there was no drive-in close by. He just smiled, gave me a kiss and said leave everything to me.

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Since our portable solar panels blanket wasn’t working properly and not charging our battery which ran our car fridge, he turned the car on, then grabbed my tablet and set it up on the dashboard after hot spotting it with his phone to get internet. He signed into Netflix and used Bluetooth to access the car stereo, so we had surround sound to watch a movie.

Since we had to run the car to charge the battery for the fridge, the cab was nice and warm. We were dry and comfortable. I had a glass of wine; hubby had a glass of scotch and dry ginger and we had some munchies. It ended up being a wonderful day.

We saw lots of wildlife in both camp spots we stayed at. Kookaburras, an emu with her chick, lots of kangaroos, cockatoos and galahs. We also saw two pelicans who were paddling up and down the Murrumbidgee River each day looking for fish to eat.

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The cacophony of birds was so peaceful. We even identified a few using Google. We saw Golden Whistlers and Bell Miners as well as the Brown Falcon. We even had 3 Magpies visit us nearly every two hours every day. They were young and I suspect had been fed by humans before and hung around just in case we decided to throw them a tid-bit or two.
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The prettiest bird we saw has to be the Regent Parrot hands down. Their colours were so vibrant and eye catching. I never thought I’d be into bird watching, but when you’re out and about amongst the bush, you can’t help but watch and listen to the beautiful sounds some of the birds make.

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Occasionally we saw fish leaping from the river and we even saw a kangaroo swim across from one side of the river to the other.

One night when we were in Barmah, our first campsite, hubby needed to “water a tree” and got the shock of his life when he came face to face with a possum. The possum scampered up the tree so fast my man hardly had time to blink. When he came back and told me, I laughed so hard I almost cried. The next morning, he told me he’d dreamed the bloody possum was in bed with us cuddled up to his back.

I nearly wet my pants I laughed so hard. Isn’t it amazing what our brains do to us after we get a fright?

All in all, we had a wonderful time and though we were loath to come back home since we were both so relaxed, we came home last Saturday.

I must admit it was great to sleep in my own bed and have a shower I didn’t have to turn off.

We would heat water over a fire and put it in a bucket and then use a small 12volt handheld showerhead which is attached to a pump. Having to wet ourselves down then stop the flow of water while we soap up, then rinse off. It isn’t the nicest way to shower, but at least we’re clean.

It certainly makes me appreciate all the mod cons when we get back home.

I hope you are all well and now that I’m rested, it’s time to get back to work.

Stay healthy, happy and safe.

Love Becca. xxoo

What Have I Been Writing?

I’ve just started writing Slave Gold Dimensions 3.

I started yesterday after finishing off and edit and only have 2000words down but it’s a beginning. Hopefully, Monday I’ll be into the full swing of getting back to work.

Today Friday which is a public holiday here in Victoria, Australia because of the AFL Grand final tomorrow, I’ve spent doing another edit.

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What Have I Been Reading?


I read a few books while away on holiday with my man but the one that sticks in my mind is Susan Stoker’s Claiming Alexis (Ace Security Book 2).

I bought the 5th book in this series just before my vacation and hadn’t realized I hadn’t finished reading the rest of the series. I’m slowly working my way through them.

I have so many books on my TBR (to be read) pile and not enough time to get through them all.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all spend a full month doing what we most enjoy?

I will leave it there for now.
Enjoy your week ahead, until next week.


Becca Van XXOO

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