What makes a rain magnet?

We have left The Burrow in storage at Camden and headed down to Batemans Bay for a few days with Dawn’s friend Moira. BB3Rained all the way here and has barely stopped for more than an hour or two. So far since leaving The Sunny coast we can count the fine days on one hand.
Must end soon with all the global warming we hear about!!BB5

Heading back to Sydney at the weekend and  some repairs to both The Burrow and The Chariot. Nothing too major. Just keeping on top of any potential issues.

At this point we plan to be in Sydney for another week or so before The Burrow rolls southwards.

So what about about Wollombi ?

Getting to Wollombi via the Cessnock Shire roads is definitely an experience to be remembered and avoided in the future. Even the locals claim that they have the worst roads in Australia.
The Burrow at The Tavern


We arrived and nestled in behind the Tavern to be greeted with a thunderstorm just after a chance for a quick drink at the bar.





After a wet night we awoke to a foggy morning which cleared to a fine few hours which gave us a chance for a walk around the village and a stroll to a local winery, where we sampled their wares.

Main StMain St 2

General StoreWollombi Village Winery

OurSculptures in the vineyard second afternoon caved in to another thunderstorm and any chance of a Neil Diamond Tribute concert took a dive.







A helicopter flew in took a look and nicked off. Campers around us were drenched and we were very happy to be in the dry. A brief respite enabled another trip to the bar and then into bed for an early departure for Sydney.

Well here we are in Sydney after dodging 312 bikies on the back roads to the highway. The Burrow has travelled well from Wollombi but we noticed a wheel alignment issue with it on pulling in to The Poplars here at Camden, so will need to get that checked, hopefully tomorrow.

More to follow on The Journeys of The Burrow.

Almost left the cake out in the rain!!

After a windy day yesterday it calmed down and rained lightly for most of the night and that has continued into today.
Despite the forecast the wind has not risen so far and the river looks placid with light drops of rain. A few little fish were biting this morning but not much action.

Storm brewing
Ignore that….just as we started cooking a date and nut cake on the Weber dark clouds started building and before the cake was done it started to blow and rain. Almost left the cake out in the rain…reminiscent of a song I heard once.




WAiting for the cake

First cake

Our gas hot water has just gone AWOL so will need that looked at. Meanwhile boil the kettle.

All shut in now and ready for a drop and nibbles a la Burrow

From one month to the next

Fri 30/10/15/ Well Thursday saw us say goodbye to Yamba and hello to Nambucca Heads.

Our Camp
Most of the run down the Pacific H’way was reminiscent of a trip on a neglected corrugated and pot holed goat track with the occasional bit of bliss on new road. When the new road eventually gets finished the old track will be almost impassable through lack of maintenance.
Settled in to our new site for the next few days and enjoyed a glass or two with a BBQ’d pate and bacon filled steak and retired for the night with the sand flies and midgies winning the day.
A vistorFriday morning’s walk along the beach was rewarded with several sitings of breaching humpbacks offshore and a pod of dolphin close in. Walking back through the bush we caught glimpses of two pairs of blue wrens and a resident wallaby. After an overcast and misty day yesterday it is great to see and feel the sun again.
Drove over to Macksville for an explore and filled up with gas.
Friday evening a flock of black cockatoos flew over the camp.
V wall 2 I am dryingNambucca Bar 1 Shelly Bch

SAT 31/10
A lovely morning and after brekkie we went down to the v wall on the river mouth and fished for an hour or so with no luck. Bream were being caught when we arrived but went off the bite on full tide.
Home for lunch and then back down for a fish on low tide. Only small fish being caught and too many snags. Losing gear with every cast, so headed back to camp for a drink and dinner of tacos on the Weber. The wind dropped and we had a mild night.
Heading for The Pub With No Beer tomorrow.


Pub with no beer 3


SUN 1/11/15
A new month started already and we drove out to Taylor’s Arm and The Pub With No Beer. Contrary to the sign there was beer on tap and after one for the road we picnic lunched in a local park and headed back to camp via Macksville picking of some Nambucca River oysters on the way.
Oysters naturelle followed by BBQ’d pork chops and a wine or two had us ready for bed and an early start next morning.

Monday 2/11 and we were packed up and on the road before 10 am headed for Croki ( pronounced “Crow Kye” Riverside Caravan Park. Here we are right alongside the Manning River in a beautiful little park with friendly people. After a quick trip into Taree we are stocked up and here until Friday morning.

This evening on dusk a large pod of dolphin came up the river herding fish ahead of them which was quite a sight. A chorus of frogs and flashes of lightening in the distance set the scene for saying goodnight folks.