Slept very well and headed out after breakfast to do a day of photography for Caravan Park Photos.
My first stop was a rest area north of Singleton near the New England Highway. I then proceeded on to Jerrys Plains and photographed the Recreation Reserve. This was a nice area but the only downside was that there is a lot of traffic on the highway.
As I left Jerrys Plains heading for Warkworth I had to pull off the side of the road to allow a huge piece of mining equipment pass. It was one of the largest wide loads I’ve ever seen in my life.
I photographed the Jim Johnson Reserve at Warkworth which was again downgraded because of the traffic noise.
My next stop was to Bulga on the Putty Road where I photographed the camping area opposite the Tavern and also the Bulga Recreation Reserve which was the pick of all the sites I did today.
On my way back to Singleton I called in to Broke and photographed McNamara Park which is a large camping area with many spots and would probably be a very good place to stay.
I had a pie and hashbrowns for lunch when I returned to the caravan and a nap afterwards.
I went to Big W and purchased a set of flannelette sheets for $25 which was surprisingly good value. Later in the afternoon I called into Aldi and got 12 cartons of full cream milk.
At 4 PM I walked down to the Singleton Railway Station and stayed there until a large coal train went by. The trains pass by quite frequently and at high speed. It was a very nice enjoyable walk.
Watched an excellent documentary at night called Keeping Australia Alive which is about our marvellous health system. Did some work online and some reading before retiring at midnight.
Drove down to Moonee Beach shopping centre at 7:30 AM and did my laundry. Had a Chai Latte with Lorraine who dropped in after her work.
Drove into town and got some new passport photos taken atFletcher’s Photographics. The new shop is smaller than the one they had on the corner but they have made significant savings each month in terms of rental so that should assist their business enormously.
I went down to The Pump House to see what water pumps were available and placed an order for one which should arrive tomorrow. The cost was $259 which is a significant saving. The young couple at the pumphouse give very good service and have a positive attitude to life. I’ve dealt with The Pump House over a number of years and I think they are an excellent company.
On the way back home I dropped in to see Lorraine and had some crumpets and passionfruit jam which were delicious.
My final duty in town was to call into the Coffs Harbour Jetty Post Office and to finalise matters in relation to my new passport. They did this most efficiently and this is a post office who have worked like this for many years. They are no fuss people and they do their work very well.
There were some showers during the afternoon coming in from the north east.
Received an unexpected call from Melanie Greenaway who told me that she had a number of people interested in renting the property and it now looks like it’s really going to go ahead.
Red Peg in the Fog.
Drove into town at 8 AM and did a half hour walk through Park Beach Plaza and down to the Hoey Moey and back along the Oval. The walk took approximately 30 minutes. It was good to be walking again and I need to exercise regularly to get my knee back to good shape.
I purchased a new pool leaf basket from big W before leaving the Plaza. The price continues to drop and it is now only $20. It must be very cheap to manufacture.
On the way home I did some shopping at Moonee Beach shopping centre and purchased some frozen meals to try over the next week.
Spent the rest of the day basically in the cottage doing various bits and pieces and reading and relaxing. I was hoping to mow the lawn in the pool area but my guests didn’t go out today so I couldn’t use the mower.
There are very bad bushfires burning in Adelaide and Victoria at the moment and excessively hot weather down there.
It is always exciting to move into a new year and 2015 offers me many opportunities particularly in travel and a mobile lifestyle. The highlight of the New Year is the Yamba Twilight Market organised by the Rotary Club of Yamba.
Drove into Lorraine’s place at 9:30 AM and packed the car for our annual trip to the Yamba Twilight markets.
We stopped at Ulmarra where Lorraine checked out some antique shops and we also took some nice photos beside the river.
We got to Yamba at 3:30 PM and were able to park the car in our usual location. We did all the setting up commencing at 4:30 and were ready to trade by 5:30 PM. The market was not as busy as last year but Lorraine did well and was very happy about this.
Reay dropped down to see the market and it was good to catch up with him. I spoke to him about a few things and may have an opportunity to be involved in his business this year.
We had a good drive back to Coffs Harbour and stopped off at Halfway Creek for a break. I noticed a lot of caravans were staying there overnight.
I assisted Lorraine to unpack when we got back to Coffs Harbour hitting my leg on the towbar and getting a cut. I drove home arriving at about 12:30 AM.
The must have been a reasonable size storm go through while we were away as there was 15 mm in my rain gauge.
Optus have a number of very attractive mobile phone plans but they all fail to provide enough data for video streaming and other heavy bandwidth activity. I have an Optus plan of $60 a month with unlimited phone calls, unlimited text messages but only 5 GB of data.
I also have an Optus B593s-601 Huawei modem which gives me good connectivity and speed. I purchased the modem for $150 so it came to me unlocked.
In order to solve my data needs I purchased a Virgin bring your own modem data plan of $40 a month for 12 GB. This is a very attractive package when you consider that Virgin use the Optus network to deliver the service.
Follow these steps to correctly configure the Virgin Sim card in the unlocked Huawei modem.
1. Insert the Sim card into the modem using the slot on the right hand side.
2. Open a browser and typing the URL 192.168.1.1 which will give you access to the modem Control Panel.
3. Log into the dashboard and select the top menu item Internet then select APN Management.
4. Under APN Profile click the button Add and enter the following details for virginbroadband:
Profile Name: Virgin
UserName (leave blank)
Password (leave blank)
Once you have done this click the Submit button. The modem will restart.
5. On the left-hand menu select Internet Connection.
Under connection select the drop down box for Profile and select Virgin.
You should then be able to connect. The modem may restart again. If you have any issues ring virgin broadband or Optus support.