Double break: Katanning at last

Jayes Bridge camping area definitely looked much nicer when the sun was out, and it did come out fairly briefly at times. We walked around the edge looking at the information plaques, most were about the wildlife but one gave a history of the area, with the original white settlers being the Lee Steere family. There is farmland all around and it’s interesting that an area has been left for camping. There is even a drop toilet, but we gave it a miss and used our own. We took a short walk in the morning before driving to Kojonup. We had thought of staying there overnight, but after walking to a cafe for lunch and noticing that most of the shops, etc. were closed, we decided to push on for Katanning. We arrived in the late afternoon and had a cup of coffee and hot cross buns, our nod to the Easter holidays.

There was one other RV at the Katanning free camping area overnight. We were parked a bit close to a house with noisy occupants, so plan to stay further over if we have a choice when we go back there tonight. We were quite late getting away this morning, driving 500 metres to the laundromat. I was worried about carrying our heavy washing which is why we drove such a short distance. We are parked within sight of the laundromat, sitting in the van whilst we wait for the load to finish. We will then need to wait for the drying to finish before we can move off, however we are also near cafes so if we are hungry before leaving we can get takeaway.

We had a lovely time chatting with Matt last night. He was left alone in the office to be with us as staff were busy having their evening meal and getting residents ready for bed. Matt yells out to the them when we have finished, but as he got no response we had our meal with him watching us. He didn’t seem to mind. When the support worker came back he told us what Matt had eaten for tea, no wonder he was content as he’d had a huge roast and then cheesecake brought in by some parents. He has been through another exposure to COVID with someone working all week, then testing positive. So far he has tested negative. Staff have to wear masks and so far this has provided sufficient protection for everyone, including them, of course. Matt is definitely taking it in his stride now. They don’t have to isolate and staff were wearing normal masks, not full PPE.

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