More Trip Trivia

I’m not sure I like the meaning of the word ‘trivia’ – matters or things that are very unimportant, inconsequential, or nonessential.  But that isn’t going to stop me from sharing.

The last time I did was a year ago (see Miscellaneous Trivia) making this not-so-trivial update long overdue and therefore . . . here’s another list of . . .

Miscellaneous Trip Trivia – Enjoy 🙂

So far we have towed our mini home just over 15,000 kilometres through four states – New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, and South Australia.  We briefly drove through the Northern Territory to visit Uluru and look forward to seeing more of the NT in the new year.

We are currently enjoying our fifth state – Western Australia.

We still laugh every day, still miss our daughters and friends, but not for one minute do we miss work.

I still miss Toastmasters, my club and my Toastmaster friends, and it’s been well over a year now since I’ve written a speech.  I’m guessing I’ll be very rusty when we get home.

We have just over 8,300 kilometres to got before we’ll arrive home in Brisbane, but this may increase by an additional 2,000 if we decide to also stop by Alice Springs and the Daintree Rainforest on the way.

I no longer panic when our mini home is attached to the back of the car, though I used to.  I was well and truly cured of the unusual feeling it creates when we were in Tasmania.  The roads there were so narrow my focus shifted to the oncoming traffic.

I’ve become very confident (and competent) at towing our mini home.  I’ve also become adept at reversing it onto a site with one ‘happy camper’ telling me “There’s no need to be a show off!”

The hot water system in our mini home holds just enough water for two showers before it runs out – therefore I ALWAYS get into the shower first each morning.

When ‘free camping’, the battery in our mini home lasts for three days once the sun disappears due to cloud cover and subsequent rain.

In the wind, or someties a (very) slight breeze, our roll out awning creaks so much so that we roll it away just to get a good nights sleep.

Little annoyances aside, our mini home is doing a fantastic job of following us around.  We hardly know it’s attached to the back of the car, and when we get to where we’re going, it just sits where we put it, providing us a snug place to sleep, and patiently waits for us to be ready to move on again.

We use our Weber Baby Q for cooking so much that I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve used the (gas) oven in our mini home AND I have fingers left over.  Before you ask – Yes I have the normal number of appendages on each hand.

After registering as house sitters, we have spent a lot of time minding homes while their owners are away on holidays.  We’re about to start our next job (and possibly our last) that sees us off the road for the entire school holiday period.  That’s not a bad thing.

I have posted 212 thoughts now regarding our trip and I’m sure I’ll have at least another hundred or so before we arrive back in Brisbane in July next year.  (Or thereabouts.)

Dean still takes the mickey our of me at every possible opportunity as the featured image attests.  Thankfully most of these ‘rabbit-ear-selfies’ are slightly out of focus.

Although I constantly vow to ‘get him back’, that never seems to happen.

Initially this blog was about my thoughts regarding our decision to go on this trip and short (sharp) updates on the places we’ve found ourselves.

Over the last few months though I’ve felt a shift, a change in direction and the information I choose to share as we visit places of interest and awe-inspiring natural beauty.  I know photography has become an integral part of my thoughts and I feel my ability to simply ‘point and click’ is improving somewhat.

There are days when I just want to share everything and I constantly think “Oh, what can I say about this?”.  I can’t help it.  I want you to see the things I see, feel the things I feel, and have you connect with this incredible continent through the words and images I choose to share.

I hope that’s coming across and you continue to enjoy reading my blog as we continue to travel around Australia – loving living, and laughing all the way.

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

22 thoughts

    1. Wow Hilary,

      This world gets smaller and smaller every time we chat. How fantastic that you are one speech away from your Competent Communicator award, I hope you do find the time to rejoin and continue. As for me, I have been heavily involved with Toastmasters since I joined back in 2011 – hence the sense of loss – and when I get home, I have one task left to achieve Distinguished Toastmaster and a personal goal to win the International Speech contest at the District level at least. We can all dream can’t we?


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      1. Neat! And that dream is certainly achievable. I was a test speaker at a (regional?) event a while back and it was really incredible how different the speakers were, how focused they were and how hard they had worked to get there. Inspiration, indeed! And TM reallly is almost a lifestyle. Did your group meet weekly?


      2. Yes and no. I was in two clubs so got to attend a meeting each week. Being a test speaker is an incredible experience – being a contestant even more so.


      3. I can only imagine. I wasn’t up for being a contestant. I like the every two weeks type of club. I’ve also seen a once a month advanced speakers club. A weekly club was a little too much for us at the time but it was good for keeping our skills up! Are there quite a few clubs in Bris and area?


  1. For both of you – time has moved so fast, with an adventure every day and loads of fun – you may not realise that for those you left behind – its been a “long time” and we miss you. Soon it will be Xmas and the count down for me has begun. See you soon!!


  2. Hi guys…I love reading about your wonderful adventures…Where ever you may be at Christmas time have a good one…..Keep safe and happy and best wishes for the New Year …Sheila 🎅


  3. Miss you too Clare but not the writing of the District strategic plan . Enjoy reading your blogs and seeing your amazing photos. Pleased that you are both still enjoying your travels and your desire to share your thoughts with your readers.


    1. Thanx Coral,

      Just like you, I do not miss writing the District Strategic Plan and I’m so grateful to have worked with you and Jan on that particular task. Glad you are still enjoying reading my blog and I look forward to catching up soon, well in seven months or so anyway.



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