Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Reporting in from Leongatha North

After mosying around Greensborough for a couple of hours and sending an Express Post pack crammed full of stuff home to the family (football/Geelong related mostly but also a 1kg back of choc honeycomb!) I set off for Gippsland in the campervan. Somewhere around Springvale Rd the coolant light came on on the dashboard giving me a few minutes of nervous alarm. When I stopped to check it the fluid level was about an inch below the top of the radiator, hardly a cause for panic! I poured about 300ml in, replaced the cap, and sure enough, the light stayed off! I'd hate to see what it did if there was a leak or burst hose!
I stopped at Warragul and had my favourite meal for tea, Seafood Mee Goreng noodles, mmmm! Noodles!
I also discovered that I was slightly off course so reset my compass and headed for Leongatha via Korumbura, a town where Uncle Neil and Auntie Joan and the McQinns resided for a couple of years, many years ago. My strongest memory of that time is going looking for mushrooms on the green hills surrounding the town and the old blue VW stationwagon they used to drive.

I found my way to Auntie Ev and Uncle Ken's place in the dark and was surprised to find noone home. I knew Ev and Ken were going to be out but was expecting my cousin Pene to be home. The key was in the door so I let myself in and stoked up the fire and awaited their arrival. Pene got home from work, in Melbourne, about an hour later. It's the first time I've seen her in nearly 20 years I reckon! so we had a bit to catch up on. Ev and Ken got home another hour after that, it's the first time I've seen them since Nan died, about 6 years ago, so again, it was great to see them and exchange news. They went on a wonderful trip to Italy a couple of months ago and were full of stories and excitement about their first overseas adventure. They celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary later this year so it was a significant event.

I'm grateful for the chance to blog but am rediscovering the "joys" of dial-up internet access and it's "speed"!

1 comment:

jordan said...

dial up, heh heh heh heh heh