This Adventurous Age

Adventures travelling and working around Australia.

1999 Travels September 25

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SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER   PAKENHAM TO HEALESVILLE   54kms

We were up, packed and away by 9.30. We really hadn’t had a chance to fully set up camp at Pakenham, which made it easier.

Our route to Healesville went via Cockatoo and Woori Yallock. This time, we did not have the towing dramas of the early days when we travelled part of this route!

Because it was school holidays and the Badger Creek Caravan Park was heavily booked – it is a family holiday venue – we were put on a site where a permanent van had just been removed. It was not a very big site, but it had the great benefit of being away from the hordes of rather horrible and badly behaved children that were running wild in the “tourist” section of the park. I think we preferred it amongst the regulars and the cabins!

We also had to pay the holiday rate of $20 per night, but the seventh night was free. When the holidays end, next weekend, it would revert to the normal $17 a night rate.

John did a very quick, basic, set up, then rushed off to bowls at Lilydale – a social game.

I read, knitted, walked around the extremely attractive grounds for a while, and had the football Grand Final on in the background. Carlton lost, which would disappoint John – however he came home happy that he’d bowled well, and that offset the disappointment over Carlton.

For tea, I made up a version of the Italian chicken that we’d had at H’s – John really wanted me to try to reproduce this. I rolled up ham and mozzarella inside flattened chicken breasts (I pounded these with the little rolling pin). Cooked the rolls by simmering in the electric frypan, in a tomato, onion, garlic type sauce, with mozzarella slices on top, garnished with capers and black olives. They were yummy!

I phoned K and left a message that we’d relocated again.

John played computer games until nearly dawn.

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