16.04.2017 11 °C
Time for a progress report. We have ordered a camper trailer - a Black's Patron which is now, we are told, being assembled in Sydney and should be ready in plenty of time for our trip. Our very helpful friend, Tony, has put us in touch with a chap in Perth who is selling his 21 year-old Landcruiser 80 and so far this looks as if it could be just what we wanted. It has plenty of kms on the clock but these beasts go on and on, so what's another 30K odd?!
We have invested in a Garmin 770 and have downloaded the Australian maps. I still prefer my old legacy Tom Tom Go which seems to me to be more flexible in terms of what you can see on its smaller screen than the huge Garmin gadget. We'll give it a go and see how we get on. I am sure it will be invaluable on our trip but thus far it has no personality. With the old Tom Tom we could download an Aussie voice and 'Bruce' has been a constant companion over the years. I'm not sure that Serena or James are going to match Bruce's charm!
We have also been checking out grocery prices in Perth and it looks as if our first shop is going to be a doozy! Most of it will be stock items and when we compared what we would eat/use there compared with here, the price difference is not as huge as we had thought at one stage.
The weather here on Easter Sunday is really making us want to get cracking - grey, cold wind, some showers but not enough to really help the garden.
Lots more time at Sutton Hoo in the coming weeks while Judith slaves away at the Nuffield, bringing in the shekels. Gosh, it's hard being retired!
Next time we may even have a vehicle organised - things are happening quite quickly - by this time next year, it will all be a memory - tempus fugit!