Jessie came with us travelling on the back of the ute in her dog crate. She loves travelling and having her in the crate is much better than having her in the back seat puffing down my collar. Her crate measures approx 1.8m x 75 cm has a corrugated metal roof and steel mesh sides. She has plenty of room to move around and it allows us to stop and go and do things leaving her in the shade for an hour or so if needed. We do not leave her that often but a small bone keeps her very happy while we do other things.
|Jessies crate allows her to look through the back window or up the side around the cab.|
In the end we covered over 700 km that first day ending up on the first day to a lakeside camp ground just south of Tamworth at Chaffy Dam. It was a lovely spot with hot showers, flushing toilets, heaps of room, plenty of room for all water sports and at $5 per night per car very affordable.
We had lovely weather and look at the view I woke up to from my bed.
|Good morning Jessie|
From out spot by the dam we took a day trip to Nundle to visit the Odgers & McClelland Exchange Store. Oh what a treasure trove in such an amazing historic store that began trading in the 1890's
I picked up some enamel pie dishes, a bottle brush, some tea and a fancy new garden spade that will remain unused until we get to New Zealand. There were lots of other goodies I could have purchased but as we had limited space I decided that the heavy bulky spade was a priority over items more easily posted as they have online shopping.
|Check out the receipt from 1936|
Whenever we travel I am always interested in the native animals that we encounter. Australia is so blessed with exciting and unusual wild life and amazing birds in all range of colours. As we were driving we saw road signs advising of the potential animal sightings you know the ones. We passed one for wombats and I got a little excited telling Hubby how we might see one. He laughed and told me they mainly come out at night and if I saw one it would probably be roadkill. Sadly he was right, we passed a number of dead ones on the road. Then a minute late he asks me if I saw the one on the side of the road. I hadn't and he told me he thought someone had tied a wombat toy to a road side marker. But I made him turn around just in case as I had never seen a wild wombat before.
And there he/she was, a real wombat on the side of the road. Sadly it looked like he had a case of wombat mange but it was still very exciting to see one in the wild.
Our third stop was a lovely forest campground in the Chitchester State forest just north of a really interesting town called Dungog. We had the entire campground to ourselves so Jessie was free to roam as she wished not that she ever goes far as she likes to be involved in what ever we are doing.
By this time we were feeling well and truly relaxed, lots of reading was getting done, there was crochet around the campfire, games of cards and majong were being played and things were going smoothly. But we were about to hit a little speed bump in our trip, nothing we could have planned for or easily avoided. But more about that tomorrow.