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  2. Welcome Cliff, hope you will have happy travels with your CP5 Compact. Tell us a bit more about yourself and where and when you intend to travel. Don't be afraid to ask any questions and someone will no doubt help you. Sandra
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  4. 1x 250grpack of Salada Biscuits 200grms Butter 185grm (1 cup) soft brown sugar 1 tsp vanilla essence Generous pinch of salt 200gr dark chocolate chopped Turn oven to 180 degrees. Line a baking tray (approx 300x250cm) with foil then baking paper. Lay out Saladas in a single layer to fit the tray. The Caramel - melt the butter and sugar together in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about five minutes until it is thick and "gloopy". Stir in vanilla and salt. Take the caramel off the heat and quickly our it over the Saladas. Smooth with spatula. Put tray in oven for 15 minutes until the caramel has darkened. Remove from oven and cool for a few minutes, then sprinkle the chopped chocolate over the toffee. As the chocolate melts spread it evenly over the base. (Some cut up pistachios sprinkled on top can be a festive addition). Allow your "Crack" to cool then snap into pieces - any odd shape will do and store in an airtight container in the frig. ENJOY!! Sorry, there is no photo, I made this recipe for the Christmas gathering at Ruberns Lagoon last week and it disappeared before I had a chance to take a photo.
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  7. Fortunately, Winegard's portable satellite dish can provide the quality of entertainment that I am looking for. Complete unit ready to hook up to the TV & watch satellite TV. Antenna, receiver, remote, 25' cable to receiver, and 2 types of cables to tv.
  8. This newsletter arrived in todays mail…….thinking it’s only valid till Monday 28th https://www.couplemate.com.au/promotions/cm750-cyber-monday-promotion/?mc_cid=55d0d1fa7b&mc_eid=52bc9a9221 cheers Tony H
  9. A heroine's selfless act? MONDAY Arrived on board TUESDAY Sat at the Captain’s table WEDNESDAY Captain has been very nice to me and has invited me to his cabin THURSDAY The Captain has made suggestions to me not fitting to a proper lady, and says he will sink the ship if I say no FRIDAY Do not know what to do, and there are 600 people on board SATURDAY I have saved 600 lives
  10. Hi Karen Please remove the Century batteries ad as thankfully they have been sold. Kind regards Barry
  11. Rod & Sue, you will have a great time…..any chance of extending the time will pass so quickly. Travel safe Tony
  12. We are leaving in January for 3 months with our van , as an idea of costs , trip across is costing us $1214.00 for 2 adults , 1 twin bed Porthole , 2 x passengers private cabin ( Night Trip Across ) for a total length of car and van of 13.3 m . Return trip is $952.00 with 2 Recliner Chairs booked ( Day return Trip ) . We are hoping that 3 months will be enough . Also purchased a National Parks Pass for 12 months at a cost of $ 36.55 with seniors Discount .
  13. A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently. Then finally the girl looked at the boy and said “A penny for your thoughts, Angus?” “Well, uh, I was thinkin’… perhaps it’s aboot time for a wee kiss?” The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek. Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. Minutes passed and the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus?” “Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s noo time aboot time for a wee cuddle?” The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds. Then he blushed. And the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch. After a while, she again said “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus?” “Well, uh, I was thinkin’ perhaps it’s aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg”. The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed. Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch before the girl spoke again. “Another penny for your thoughts, Angus?” The young man glanced down with a furrowed brow. “Well, noo” he said “my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time”. “Really?” said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation. “Aye” said the lad, nodding. The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request. Then he said “Dae ye nae think it’s aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?”
  14. We have had our van there now three times, last ime we stayed for just over 3 months, next time thinking about 6 months. Yes it is costly on the ferry…..but the longer you can stay the more justification you can get on the charges. The costs are FAR OUTWAYED but the shear delights you will see & experience. Do consider staying more ‘than a few weeks’ Have a great time, travel safe , Tony
  15. We have just bought solar panels from a supplier who was wonderful to deal with. The panels arrived promptly and are of a high quality. They are Victron brand. We purchased from David Bellette (Trip-Tracks Inc) as we knew him from the Kedron Group, and he has impeccable credentials as a supplier and installer of all things solar and lithium especially. I think we had the panels within 5 days of ordering them. The usual disclaimer applies - I have no connection with the firm. Here are the details: David Bellette Trip-Tracks Pty Ltd Email : david@trip-tracks.com.au Web: http://trip-tracks.com.au Phone: 0411 288 463 Cheers Chris
  16. We loved touring Tassie with our van. I posted trip reports here, (in 2018) so you might do a search in case you find it interesting or helpful. chris Stage 4 June 2018 Tasmania.pdfStage 3 May 2018 Tasmania.pdfStage 2 April to 2018 Tasmania.pdfStage 1 March to April 2018 Tasmania.pdf
  17. We have done two tours of Tassie. First one for three months Feb to May - not long enough. Next from Nov to well June as it turns out (COVID). It is expensive to get van and car that size over approx $1,800 to $2,000 return. Not sure what the new prices would be from Geelong though. Secondary Roads are narrow and you have to be organised to do as Sandra suggested, drop van and venture out but worth the trouble. Not sure of the state of free camps and National Parks since COVID. Some were still closed when we left in June 2020. We had a great time, and only missed the West Coast due to stupid fridge (fixed in Penguin). Went for another try and got as far as Waratah but snowing in December so gave it a miss. Certainly not a trip you would regret, you just need to make sure you book far enough out and have your return trip booked. Doesn't mean you can't move it, but if it gets busy and you haven't booked your return trip you have no hope of getting home. We prefer going during day on way over and night on way back. That was when you docked in Melbourne, presume it will be easier at new Geelong facility.
  18. It is expensive to take the van and car over. They charge by the combined length. You don't spend a lot on fuel over there as everything is so close. However, it is worth it to have your own accommodation. I would suggest a minimum of six weeks. There is plenty of free/low cost/ pub camping. Yes, some of the secondary roads are narrow. We based ourselves in an area and explored with the car. Quite a few members of the group have been over, and I know a few that are intending to go next year. You won't regret it.
  19. Hi all, We are thinking of taking the van (Top Ender 21'6") over to Tassie for a few weeks next year in October. We were down there many years ago with only a hire car and remember some of the roads were quite narrow. Has anyone done this trip with the van? Are there many van parks and what about free camping? Have not looked into the cost to get the car and van over there yet, so this might be a decider not to take the van. Regards Rob
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    Vicki and I will have power if available and will do the dinner. Looking forward for the weekend
  21. Always laugh at this one as we have friends who travelled just like this. Thank goodness they have now sold their van, we are now a little safer.
  22. Latest update (28th Oct 22) on Swift 500 series cookers https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/casale-trim-co-pty-ltd-tas-swift-group-—-500-series-cookergrill-and-cooktops-for-caravans-and-motorhomes?fbclid=IwAR0EyniWdz5XPLCOMGi5kE1EKPsy9mH4m4EjWQNpryjageb_lszyvCrAtM4 Cheers Tony
  23. Hi all, I had the tyres rotated again back to where they were before we left home.....near new tyres now on the front and the 3/4 worn tyres back on the rear. Now all ok, no swaying in the front steering. I realise that you are suppose to have your best tyres on the front but I like to rotate the tyres to try and get even wear. Normally I don't have a problem with the tyres and all 4 get an even wear, but this time the rotation was not done a couple of times when the car was serviced, maybe my fault for not insisting on a rotation???? Not sure why the older tyres are causing this problem....my guess is that the side walls on the older tyres have become softer and hence are flexing more....any thoughts? Funny thing though, I didn't notice any tracking problem on the car when not towing!!!! Cheers Rob Back home in Mulwala
  24. Hi Rob With an empty rear tank there will be an imbalance, placing more weight on the rear of the tow vehicle and thereby lightening the load on the front wheels of the tow vehicle. That may be your answer. Barry
  25. It was late in the day when a fully loaded minivan pulled into the only remaining campsite. As soon as it stopped, the doors flew open and four children jumped out. They began to unload gear and worked feverishly to set up the tent. Next, the boys ran to gather firewood while the girls and their mother set up the camp kitchen area. The camper in the space next to them marveled to the children’s father, “I’ve never seen such teamwork nor a camp that was ready so quickly. I’m impressed.” The father turned to the neighbor and nodded sagely. “I have a system,” he said. “No one goes to the bathroom before the camp is set up.”
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