This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels February 12

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I went for a walk to the shops, while John slept in. Put a roll of film in for processing. Found out that the shop takes passport photos and that the Post Office does passport processing. All solved!

After breakfast I went back to the shops and had the photos done.

We drove to Coffs Harbour – to shop, and so John could – yet again – check out bowls. It was raining, but a pleasant drive.

On the way, we detoured to go look at Moonee Beach – John really loves the outlook from there – we have spent some school holidays camping there. We might come here for a week, after Woolgoolga.

In Coffs, bought groceries. We didn’t linger, because of the bowls this afternoon.

It was teeming rain as we drove back to camp. Ho hum! John phoned the bowls club – the game was cancelled. So too, we heard on the radio, was the second cricket final in Melbourne!

After lunch, I took all the passport stuff to the Post Office and got it all done. One less thing to worry about. I also checked our bank account levels at the bank branch here; our account is beginning to climb back into some health, but another month of restraint is needed.

We managed a walk on the beach, for an hour, but got a bit damp, though, from rain showers. There were great heaps of large, strappy seaweed on the beach.

Tea was barley soup, flake cutlets, potato slices, salad, mango.

The Carlton pre-season game was on TV, late, and John watched that, then was on the computer until well after midnight.

News has filtered in today, that a cyclone – Rona – crossed the coast last night, in the Mossman/Cow Bay area. It seems to have been rather unexpected – one of those systems that is out to sea then suddenly changes course – it rapidly became a Category 3 apparently. So there was little warning. There is much flooding in Cairns, with the Lake Placid and Caravonica areas evacuated, due to the Barron River flooding. The rainforest around Cow Bay has been badly affected. I guess Wonga Beach would have suffered too. There was about a one metre storm surge in those parts – T’s great fear! A lot of sugar cane has been destroyed. The system continued on to the Tablelands, dumping a lot of rain. I wonder whether the sisters J and L are still happy about their decision to see out the summer at Atherton?

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