THURSDAY MAY 20 GOL GOL
I got up at 8.30am.
M had already gone from her site. She was off to Swan Hill, further along the Murray, today. Friends were doing a house sit there and she would spend a few days with them. I felt a bit lonely!
Today was to be a lay day for us, to give John a rest from two long days of driving. Even though I took a turn at the wheel when he needed a nap, he still did the bulk of the driving – his choice.
The impatient man from yesterday was equally impatient this morning, hitching up to move on. He would not be a delight to travel with, for sure.
After John got going, we drove back across the river, into Mildura.
At the Information Centre, I collected a number of up-to-date booklets about Victorian regions. It looked, now, that our travels would be confined closer to home, for at least the short term, so I needed such material.
Needed a quick supermarket visit to get food for tonight.
It was then John’s choice to visit Woodsies Gem Shop, where we spent some time browsing. The very comprehensive displays were interesting. I managed to buy a pair of turquoise earrings – my birth stone. I will be able to remember this trip by the assorted earring purchases!
We had a Subway lunch. I was used to the bacon in my usual order being microwaved before being put in the sub. Here, it went in raw – and was still raw after the roll had been toasted. Not nice at all.
Back across the river but turned left, towards Wentworth and thus to Orange World. This is quite a slick citrus marketing outlet, much more so than the more common roadside stalls in these parts. I bought a bag of oranges for each of my offspring plus one for ourselves, a bag of mandarins ditto, and some grapefruit for us. John’s impulse buy was a citrus peeler – rather a clever gadget.
For most of the rest of the afternoon relaxed back at camp, though we did summon up enough energy to go walking along the road that parallels the river, again, for a little exercise.
Chicken schnitzels for tea, with some salad.