THURSDAY 31 DECEMBER TOOWOOMBA
Woke to a dull day, with a light misty rain that had begun falling during the night.
After breakfast, drove to the West Toowoomba Bowls Club, so John could check out what was on. Went on to Dents and picked up the repaired video machine. John later discovered that it still had no colour, unless he removed the booster lead. Maybe that was the problem all along? We have had a free head clean and re-solder of a couple of joins, for our trouble.
On to Woolworths for a few grocery needs, to chemist for a new blood pressure script for me.
Next was to Drayton’s Bowls Club, where John put his name down for tomorrow. He is loving this place with its several clubs and lots of games. I guess it is appropriate for him to see in the new Year with bowls. Not so me!
After lunch we did a long walk, up to beyond the Uni of South Qld. There were a lot of model planes having workouts on an open area there. Apparently, the National Championships for these things are here, this coming weekend. We walked back via the Japanese Gardens – don’t get tired of those.
John wore running shoes, without socks, and came back with sore heels.
We’d had his very good fried ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch, so had a lighter salad tea, followed by some cheeses.
We filled in the evening with John on the computer and me doing embroidery. Watched some TV.
We phoned R and left a New Year message, P and K ditto. Phoned V and spoke to B as she was not finishing at the Casino until 8pm; they were then going out to a pub.
We had a supper of macadamia shortbread, with champagne and strawberries, at midnight, which of course was an hour later than in Vic or NSW. We celebrated at the “proper” hour! The Sydney fireworks show looked great on TV.
John and I discussed our previous New Year’s Eves together, and where we were for each one. Most memorable was the first one after we married – in a hike tent, in the cold and rain, at a place called Lake Windermere, on the Overland Track in Tasmania. No champagne then, and I think we were asleep well before 9pm!
A year ago, we were gearing up for this trip, and were busy packing.
The Wet has begun properly in the Gulf country, with two days of solid rain.
And so ends 1998. It has been a wonderful year.
SOME STATISTICS FOR 1998
Kms travelled for 1998: 29848kms
Kms towed van for year: 8220kms
Cost of diesel: $2532.21
Average fuel consumption: 8.3kms per litre 12 litres per 100kmh
Dearest diesel: 93cpl at Seisia Cheapest diesel 63cpl at Charters Towers
Accommodation costs: $4845.10
Dearest accommodation: $76 – cabin at Seisia $19 camp site Woodlands CP Atherton and Garden City CP at Toowoomba (both were en-suite sites)
Cheapest paid accommodation: $7 unpowered in Qld National Parks; $10 powered Rubyvale CP
Average cost of fuel and accommodation per week for 1998: $141.87 – budget allowed for $200.
Number of different places we stayed at: 46
Longest stay in one place: Atherton – 5 weeks
Number of times we moved camp: 53
Budget allowed for diesel: $5200 – we only used half of this.
Budget allowed for accommodation: $5200 – we were just under this amount.