Water where it shouldn’t be

This morning I woke up suddenly with the sun in my eyes. It was about 5:30, just after dawn. I got up, took some photos and went back to bed after closing the curtains. I slept until our alarm went off. That is two very good nights sleeps in a row.

We didn’t hurry, just enjoyed having washes and breakfast, listening to the radio on Stephen’s phone. The internet works well enough for that. We found some water leaking in the bathroom, but I just couldn’t work out where it was coming from. Everything seems dry again now we are home. Very puzzling.

We had a few little stops on the way, one for refuelling. Our lunch stop was at Pinjarra at the 24 hr camping. Stephen was phantasy good that we had a couple of weeks to wander around the area, coming back to Pinjarra from time to time. We can only stay for 24 hours at a time.

We arrived here at about 3:30 and I started making cups of tea whilst Stephen went to switch on the hot water system. I heard a noise and when I went to investigate saw that water was pouring out of a bathroom cupboard. The plumber, who arrived in about half an hour said he advises people to not switch off their hot water systems when they go away. If there is any weakness in the system the sudden pressure will make it burst.

Stephen quickly switched off the water at our mains tap and I was able to contain the water using pretty much all of our spare towels. I couldn’t help thinking of when this happened at my sister’s villa. Neither she nor her neighbour were able to turn off the mains water tap which had seized up. She had to sit there waiting for the plumber whilst the water went pretty much through put her house, causing thousands of dollars worth of water damage. It was covered by insurance, but still a bad experience. We felt lucky that we were at home when this happened and we able to so quickly stop the flow.

Energised by this, we have unpacked all of the vulnerable stuff from the Winnie as in food and electronics. There is still a lot to come in, but nothing urgent.

The new bed pad has really helped with our problem of the bottom sheet being difficult to tuck in and having to remake the bed every day or so when we are away. Pinning the sheet to the pad means we don’t have it coming off. The pad itself does slip down the bed a bit overnight, but is easy to put back into place each morning. We also find it very comfortable as we are used to a fairly soft mattress at home.

Stephen has WASO chorus rehearsal tonight, whereas I can relax and basically supervise the washing machine and dryer, getting all of the wet towels done. It will take three loads. Then I will start on our clothes washing. Well, maybe tomorrow.

Collie and Potters Gorge

Note: The walk to Wellington Dam from Potters Gorge takes about 25 minutes.

The temperature dropped overnight. We had everything open (windows and hatches) and it got quite cold in the van, very good for sleeping. We made a slow start in the morning and I actually used the heater for warming up the bathroom before having a shower. We asked for an extension of time until 11.00 a.m. We spent time with Marie and Geoff working out what to do for the day, and checking out their caravan in more detail.

At the dam.

I won’t attempt to upload more photos as the internet is so slow.

We drove down the Visitor Information Centre, having noted that there was parking for longer vehicles available. We spent time in the VIC where there were gifts and some posters with information about the history of Collie. Outside there are some steam locomotive engines. There were some interesting stories from those times. The others then went to the museum whilst I enjoyed the fresh air outside.

From there Stephen and I drove to Potters Gorge. A ranger and a man from the kiosk came by, but no one asked us to prove we had a booking. They must have access to the vehicle registration details from the online booking to confirm that we are legitimately camped.

Marie and Geoff came by later for afternoon tea. I made coffee and they brought Anzac biscuits. We sat outside at the picnic table which comes with our site.

Later Stephen and I walked through to Wellington Dam. I’m not sure of the distance, probably about 5 or 6 kms return. It is a fairly easy walk, uphill at first, which meant downhill coming home. We watched our feet very carefully on the gravel, especially coming downhill. The day has been fine and sunny after a cloudy start to the morning. The temperature is ideal, probably about 25.

We had a better phone signal at the dam than here, where we only have one bar of 4g. It was useful as we could see quite a lot of smoke from a fire on the other side of the dam. I was able to check and find that it was a prescribed burn. Seems odd to do it when we are having strong winds here near Collie.

This evening we were going to have another meal of leftovers, but as I took it out of the fridge (it had been in the freezer and I changed it to the fridge this morning) the bowl split. It is Pyrex and we have been using these bowls for freezing food for years. We didn’t like to eat the food with the risk of glass slivers. Instead we cooked up some frozen vegetables with bacon and eggs, with bread lightly toasted under the griller. Plus a little icecream and the last of our rhubarb.

We listened to a Desert Island Disk about an American lawyer working in Afghanistan. Very interesting though we didn’t care for her choice of music.

In an update I can post some photos from yesterday on our home internet.

Some photos from Collie Visitor Centre.

And some from Potters Gorge and our walk. I mentioned the smoke on the other side of the dam earlier.