What glorious weather we have been blessed with for this trip. Not too cold and not too hot with plenty of sunshine for us to enjoy. We have met some lovely and friendly folk along the way and heard lots of great stories of their journeys and lives. Nobody seems grumpy or distracted just relaxed and refreshed.
Today, Saturday 27th September, on the road for the last leg of our journey. We had a good night’s rest and are fresh for the day ahead. As we head towards Dubbo the glow of yellow canola fields begin to appear on the landscape, plotted among the lush green paddocks that surround them. It all looks like a patchwork quilt laid out before us with precision. The Newell Highway takes us through some amazing countryside and lovely towns such as Narrabri, Coonabarabran and Gilgandra, busy but with plenty of character. Passing through Dubbo we head to Wellington where we have lunch in the Beautiful park in the centre of town.
Not all plans are set in concrete and sometimes decisions made on the run can turn out to be good ones. Many of our choices on this trip have been last minute and changed at the drop of a hanky. Blayney has always been our place of choice to stay because the caravan park is so clean, pretty and familiar. After looking through Camps 7 and Wikicamps our destination for tonight’s stopover changes and Molong is chosen. Why? Well, when we drove through once before the Caravan park looked very pretty and not too busy. A change is as good as a holiday, after all. Booked in and spot chosen, we quickly set up, checked out the amenities which were spacious but clean and then it was time for a walk.
Situated on the Molong River this is an historic town which doesn’t take long to cover by foot. Famous for its delicious gelato, Molong also has many other industries, mostly agricultural, which help to keep this little metropolis afloat. Adorning both sides of the main street are glorious old buildings holding many memories for this town. One of these buildings is the Cobb and Co coach house which houses a large tapestry made by the community telling the story of Molong and it’s people. The ” Yarn Market” is a small shop at the end of the street which sells local wares made by the locals, well worth a wander around in. After devouring one of the best gelatos and walking it off along the riverbank we head back for a shower and happy hour.
Sunday morning it’s off to Orange to take mum out for the day. I love walking into her home and surprising her. Her little face lights up when she sees us and her cuddles are the best. Today we are taking her to lunch at the Mountain Teahouse, Miss Daisy’s, where it is as busy as ever when we arrive. Set out at the foot of Mt Canobolas with the colours of Spring surrounding it, we step into its cosiness and enjoy a well prepared and tasty lunch.
Back into town and time to pay Aunty Helen a visit. She recently had a knee replacement and amazes me with her resilience and stamina to always bounce back from every challenge she is set in her life. The afternoon is full of laughter and stories as my cousins Suzanne and Alan are there also along with Al’s son Bill. It was a lovely catch up. Mum is worn out by the time we get her back to Ascott Gardens but she is still smiling.
We hit the road to camp at Trunkey Creek for the night but as we drive there Murray chooses to drive the four hour trip back to Albion Park giving us a full day at home tomorrow.
This little adventure turned out to be a holiday we needed to refresh the brains and catch up with each other. Just by changing our usual routine of staying in the one place and trying somewhere different was excellent. I recommend that we all do this regularly for a good wind down. Holidays don’t have to be expensive just relaxing and something away from the everyday. Try camping you might just enjoy it.
Did anyone go anywhere interesting these holidays without spending a fortune?
Till next time. Cheers xo