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    Re: The last three weeks.

    Oh that bit's nothin ..I have more ......"I see, weird people" lol lol lol you all always have to remember, an adventure comes with 'adventures' will continue this later

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    So anyway the rest of the trip was pretty uneventful. I pulled over at a rest stop to make myself some french toast and have a coffee just short of Taree. Yes that's right, I always go prepared. Portable stove and fry pan and kettle ...truckie pulls up . He's sitting there obviously on a scheduled stop. After a few minutes he descends from his truck and swaddles over. "Hmmm you selling that stuff?" I laughed and asked if he'd like to share a bit of it. Huge grin on his face. He asked if I was travelling alone while he scoffed down his toast.
    ..Now, that was the first time I was asked that question on this trip, I was to be asked that question many many more times and got used to seeing the surprise on peoples faces. I asked him the question. "Would you ask that if I was driving one of those?" "nah mate", another big grin as I handed him his coffee. "So then, from one truck driver to another enjoy your coffee". We talked a bit further about the road works (they were never ending and I believe added at least two hours two the trip so far )and the conditions of the road and he went on his way. But, first he took down my rego and told me he'd keep an eye out for me........that was nice of him.

    Won't bore you with Newcastle ..it's a big city/town. Drove onto Kempsey and contacted Lesley....(apt name for what I'll tell you soon) "I'll be out at Willawarrin soon."
    "yep no worries call me when you get to the mountain. I'll guide you in"
    "guide me in?"
    " it's steep"
    " bloody hell"
    So I get to the base of the mountain at Mungay creek.
    She meets me there and I have to follow her up a cliff!!!!!!....I'm sure she said mountain. I don't have a 4x4 (clock up number one)
    Get to the house that I've already seen a pic of ....bloody good pic (clock up number two)
    I really need a shower ..oh there's no shower or toilet. .......okay ..righto.
    Seems I have to go to another persons house for that who I'll meet tomoz.
    So I have a loft to sleep in whilst I'm there working................uummm no i don't. I have a loft to sleep in once I've water proofed it and gotten all the **** out of it ......................OH this is getting good!!!! but I'm too tired and just want to sleep

    okay so no interior walls? okay i'll fix that . I put my swag on the floor and proceed to bed done ..........Why can I feel a breeze? OMG!!! there is also no exterior wall at the back of the "house". Apparently another job. Oh dear god!!!
    and to top the night off SHE DEVIL wants to chat until two in the morning. (please kill me now)

    Next day . Coffee? yep no worries I'll look around the place. I size up what has to be done. Something was bothering me about how clean the stove was compared to the rest of the disgrace SHE DEVIL called a house......it's so clean. This was to become clear later.
    Then I hear it .... 'Are you gunna effing feed these effing chooks or do they have to starve to death? Have you fed the effing dog?" ........Ahhh that must be the neighbour and co owner of the property . 'SHE DEVIL' number two.
    Then she makes her way up the stairs and I greet her by sticking my hand out and saying g'day. She';s taken aback a bit but shakes my hand anyway.
    "So your the new worker?"
    "looks like it" I grin, what does she mean by 'new'?

    So anyway have a bit of a chat, and I seem to the only one wanting to do anyhting . SHE DEVIL NUMBER ONE hasn't got off her bed since she got us both a coffee. I'ts now ten in hte morning and I want to get to work .."oh don't worry about it today you'll be tired" .........Did I mention I get payed by the hour? all day SHE DEVIL sat on her bed and I had to listen to all her whoes . Granted she had a couple of decent woes that I understood completely. Then she went on about her new love....the woman she's fallen for .then she wants to describe what she wants to do with her ...Ummm? Did I mention I'm not a lesbian? and I really don't want to know anything about it? Oh dear god, it went on and on . Horribly the next day was the same, and i'm beginning to get a bit toey. This is ridiculas!!!


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    Re: The last three weeks.

    this mountain top is actually a very tiny community of people who live here in the summer time and all go off together to live as a tiny community on the opal fields in the winter time.
    I meet all and sundry within the next few days because they have all heard the sawing and hammering from the house . I've made friends with 'SHE DEVIL number two' and it turns out she's not a She DEVIL at all but a rather long suffering 'carer' of the woman I'm now employed by. Turns out everyone from this little community has been all used up by this woman and now don't lift a finger for her . I wondered why she asked if I could cook. Turned out she bought all this food ......not for her to cook mind , but for me to cook . Oh yes I was supposed to be a right little slave. In the end, when she realised I don't do 'slave' she went off into the sunset to look for her new love . Thank god for that. And that's where the clean stove comes into it. She doesn't cook . AT ALL . She waits around for other's to bring her food. and that's where I come into it ...I knew **** about all of this and hence 'employed' to do everything that others will not do anymore. AND they can't stand her . She htinks she's adored and they can't wait to see the back of her .



    So in essence I made some really lovely friends ..and they were really good people. You know? the good people of the earth that would bend over backwards to help you and they did. The last day I was on this mountain SHE DEVIL brought her new friend back . Within, I reckon, 30 minutes one was already half naked and sitting on her bed. WOAH!!! Ummm ..... This has just got really weird......Did I mention the house had no interior walls? I've downed tools and decided to take a bit of a walk. First I go next door and once she see's me she asks "you look like you've seen a ghost" .I said " if a white fifty year old lesbian arse is like seeing a ghost? then yes I have"
    "oh god she's doing it again, I'll call such n such ."
    within the next few minutes I'm packing up all my tools and being transferred half way down the mountain to Brad and pams beautiful hand built home....(If anyone ever again in this world EVER puts down kooris again I'll personally knock their lights out ) These people told me to pack up, and get down to their house as soon as possible. So I pack up all my tools (I must have had an inkling before they arrived because my swag was already in the car. ) SHE DEVIL asks me what I'm doing and I just repond (without making eye contact) "oh I always pack my tools up a the end of the day, I'll head down the mountain so you two can have some time together" . I was very very polite. At this point she begins to look worried.

    So I get to the other house. Pams got a huge grin on her face, and pats me on the back and gives me a hug. "you had a lucky escape", then she starts pissing herself laughing. I said I've brought beer. she can't stop laughing now . Through almost her tears she says, "you didn't think we would let anyhting happen to you did you? Just because you're a lesbian doesn't mean you have to put up with that ****".

    WOAH !!!!!! HOLD UP!!!! I said "I'm a what?"
    "what?"
    "I'm not a Lesbian" Pam looks stunned at this moment then folds over laughing again. She calls her brother over "megans' not gay!!!" Suddenly he gets a big grin on his face and shakes his head. Pam says "you're in Brudda"

    later on that evening after many beers to calm my nerves and lots of dope on their part I found out what the joke was all about . They somehow knew something wasn't right. Turns out. They all thought I was her new lesbian lover but when SHE DEVIL went on about another woman they worked it out and that's why they would come up to help . When they'd seen the work I'd already done they were going to give me some work as well .....but get this.....SHE DEVIL told them I was a lesbian and i didn't work for men. I had five people all sitting around a fire pissing themselves laughing over this new hting that had come to their mountain under false pretences. Pam, again through her laughter said "Don't worry love we get it She tried it on me too" At that I began to laugh "you're kidding?"
    Nope, everyone want's a bit of chocolate eh? Aint' that right brudda?" Her brother looked rather embarrassed at that point. I wasn't going to ask.
    So I stayed the night in their beautiful bush home and left the next day. And trust me this house was a little oasis in the middle of a rainforest ...it was sooo beautiful. Made entirely by hand of rocks and logs collected from their area . My description of it would not do it justice. Brad even heated the big boiler so I could have a hot shower before I left. yeah I saw him watching me.

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    fuzzy ... luved reading bout it...but do you have any images?
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    Re: The last three weeks.

    yeah I do but I Have to figure out how to upload them from my PC again ....hell of a lot of rigmarole, last time I gave up. and it's mostly vids too which I can't upload.

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    My pics are on FB if you're interested

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    So I say goodbye to Alec just up the road the next morning, and toot as I go pass Brad and pams. Fritz and his Mrs are already at the opal fields and left days earlier. So I'm on the road again. I go back to Kempsey and onto the main Hwy to Port Macquarie and turn off for Walchope. Couldn't go via Armidale because the road had had landslides and floods had washed the road away.
    So I've gone through Walchope and heading to Walcha.........(they have thing with "w" up there. lol)
    Okay this mountain range is getting quite steep...rainforests and gums but steep, very very pretty. Night falls. okay that didn't sound good, neither did that.........**** I've picked up a stick. Bugger!!! ..nope that sounds even worse now.
    AHHHH SHI"T!!!! Pull over but not too far across cause I'll go over the side.

    Now aint that just murphys law eh? if you're going to break down be it on the top of a mountain in the middle of the blue mountains in the middle of nowhere!!!! ..............you would think? Nope, that's the perfect place to break down. Only local traffic...what do locals do? bend over themselves to help a damsel in distress. I even set a clock to it . BINGO 15 mins!!! Two guys in a 4x4 pull up .actually they passed me first then doubled back . One gets out and asks if I'm okay . "Ummmm no not really, I don't think she's going anywhere".
    "Lets have a look"
    "I did that already. I was hoping it was a flat tyre but I've checked them, it's something else"
    "Lets see if you've got an animal stuck then ". Yeah that's plausible, wouldn't be the first time I've had a bird or rabbit stuck under the car. Big mistake when running over a snake (eastern browns are renound for it...they wrap themselves around your undercarriage and bite you when you exit the vehicle........always check the revision)

    Well this bloke checks the tyres .nothing , the engine , nothing ..."go foward for me, you need to get off the road more anyway"......I do as I'm told .
    "AHHH **** you've done a CV joint." The 'You beaut' torch comes out after that, and the second guy gets out of the car after hearing the noise. "that's not good" I turned in his direction .." Ya think?" I'm shown the damage. The rubber is twisted around hte CV it's in most common mans terms...'****ED!!!
    Okay so after the tow truck is ordered ..(BTW this had to be done by others passing by because there is no mobile coverage up there.... and also had to be done in the next town 70 km's away.) oh joy!!!
    So these guys are hanging around and introducing themselves and we're having a chat and all that ..about an hour goes by. During that hour quite a few people are pulling up and asking if I'm okay..ignoring the men with me. HHHHMMMMMMM !!! see what happens when people from the city come out to the 'woods'? They all believe the movies they see. Everyone gets murdered in their beds. .......Okay so why do they go to the country for holidays then????? Huh ? tell me that!!!

    I could see the distress on these guys faces everytime this happened. i honestly felt sorry for these honest chivarous men, who not only saw my problem but waited (when they had somewhere to be) with me to make sure I was okay. I love those guys!!! But in the end I told them that I was okay, and all was good, and thank you, and they should probs get on their way.
    You see the panic of others actually left ME vulnerable...I had my protection. Why should they leave?
    Anyway on my own, on a mountain and it's cold ... Gotta make lemonade out of lemons dontcha? So whilst the hazard lights are blinking I layed back on the bonnet and windscreen and thought I'd look at the stars..they were so beautiful !!! tops of trees and stars, dence clouds of stars. hmmm I like that. four hours later ......tow truck arrives.
    funny bloody bloke . "you okay?'
    "Course I am"
    " normally women are crying"
    Okay probs not the best thing to say to your tow truck driver.."I have a shovel in the boot I could make you cry"
    He laughed. he told me he stopped people on the way up to ask if they had passed me just to be sure I was where I was supposed to be . Everyone had seen me and taken note lol lol lol lol
    but but but I have to tell you of one of the people who stopped for me (and there were plenty....(see? what did I say about timing it?) She was adorable and a credit to her family .... she was in her early twenties I reckon, big 4x4 ..yep local. She took down my details and said she was doing a uturn back to her mums to check if the tow truck was really on it's way. "Either way you'll be here for awhile...I have some choccys and a bottle of wine in the car if you'd like" .............how bloody sweet!!! when someone pulls over and offers a stranded motorist choccys and wine ..you really have to love Australia ..seriously!!!

    anyway getting back to the tow.

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    Okay so the car is put onto the truck .
    And the towy wanted to take me back to Port Macquarie but I was adamant that that was too far back the other way and only just wanted to be dropped at Walchope. He was cool with that .
    So we talked and talked and weirdly (he was in the fire services too ) we spoke about all the motor accidents we'd been to ..............as you do when you first meet someone lol lol lol. I think in a way we were trying to out do each other with who could come up with the most gruesome. lol
    So anyway we get to Walchope and he rings the only pub in town with rooms and drops me off there and takes my car to the NRMA depot. He didn't need to do that ...was nice of him. By this time it was almost one in the morning and I was soooo tired. I go into the pub and spoke the the 'main dude' and he gives me keys and I go upstairs and all's good ...problem....... it's saturday night in the pub and they seem to believe in loud music. Okay that puts me in a foul mood and i end up going down stairs again to face 'the music'. What the heck, I'll have a couple of beers and wind down from the saga of it all.
    I sat at the back of the pub and i don't know if it was tiredness or just plain 'pissedoffness' but I sat there watchhing hte lives of these sorry people all trying to be young again ...I understood the young ones but not hte people my age trying to act like them. I watched two women trying to crack onto the same bloke ..why were they trying so hard? he's revolting..maybe it's hard to get a root in this town . (over the next few days I found out it wasn't ...but I digress)
    okay so it's Sunday nothing is going to happen today so i may as well look around town ........well that didn't take very long lol lol lol
    Monday morning I end up at the NRMA I get the car moved to the mechanics down the road. The car is at the mechanics and is ready by lunch time ......WTF? Really? that quick?
    I'm buying that woman a bunch of flowers!!!! " replaced the driveshaft as well love, you don't want old parts connected to new ones and it's cheaper" .WOW!!! I love this woman!!! She said she'd never recieved flowers before for a job ..well there's always a first time . She dosen't know how much I wanted to get on the road again ...Okay so I spend another night a the pub because it's too late in the day to start out again.
    Before bed I thought I may as well go to the bar and have a beer. three blokes are sitting there ......the obligatory conversation begins. where ya from? why you here? where you going? Then I turn it around and ask them questions . one of them is a radio DJ.....I stop talking ........really? "yep, why? have you heard about me ? .........Brain is racing . "hold that thought!!!!" I've never moved of a barstool so quickly in my life ...I got out of the pub and ran to the car ..grabbed Galballys cd and raced back in again. Out of breath, I asked if he wouldn't mind listening to this and gave him the CD. Recieved a text message on the wednesday. "played 'Joyride' tuesday morning and introduced all the guys in the band ..good feed back ..going to mp3 format to be distributed to others"............YES!!!!! I love it when a plan comes together!!!
    So anyway after meeting lots more people in this town I moved on . Walcha, Tamworth....you know? they may be able to sing in that town but they can't drive for nuts!!! Three times I swerved out of the way of other peoples bull**** . I'm like ...get me out of here!!!
    Gunnaden, Narribri. oh and btw if you're ever headed out that way Burren Junction has a petrol station but doen'st have any petrol ..i kid you not ...they can't afford it. Well we're getting into the outback now aren't we? Finally Walgett!!!

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    Re: The last three weeks.

    I have to mention something that happend before Walgett. I was driving through an area that to me looked like a stop off/loading/unloading for coal and grain ...Huge siloes and lots of coal rail trucks along the tracks ...then out of the corner of my eye I see an oasis ....A PUB and I need a coke really really quickly. (only cafiene I'll be getting for awhile) So anyway, I pull in and sit a the bar and the Bar woman is ignoring me at first ........I can understand because she was ingrossed in conversations with five rather black stained men in flouroes sitting a the bar. "yeah love"
    "just a coke please"
    "Hmmm you're not from around here"
    "nope" took my coke and went to sit outside"
    A Ute pulls up, 'Something Something Excavators' written on the side. Hmmmm maybe this bloke will know where there is work? it turns out the other men were from construction sites from the mining industry building new camps for miners for more mining. Afte a short conversation where I displayed my interest a short sort of interview I guess...the bloke(turned out to be hte manage of said company offers me a job and he's happy to train me........if i'm coming back that way ....which I wasn't...which I'm now crying in my coke and kicking myself. I simply didn't have the funds to just up and leave home at that moment. Oh well he'll remember me .
    I'd also like to comment that at this point I havent seen one animal ...nothing, nada, I'm heading across two states and not one ...not even road kill. Until of course I get half way to Lightning Ridge.
    "What the bloody hell is a herd of cattle doing on the road without signs or a farmer nearby ?" they are strewn entirely up the highway, and not a fence to be seen anywhere along the sides of the road.
    "Oh **** he doesn't look happy to see my car" he's a Brahma cross and a big barstard...slowly Megsy slowly does it.

    I finally get to my destination LIGHTNING RIDGE yay ...Okay, not so yay. next group of animals...bloody sheep!!! and it's on dusk and I can hardly see them (almost roast lamb for dinner)
    I was told by others when they discovered i was coming out this way that there are rules in this town . One, don't ask questions....just don't do it. Two, be very polite and don't act like a tourist. Three, dont' ask any questions. Four, go to the club have a beer and they will size you up and if they like you they'll look after you .
    So it's now dark, i'm sitting outside where the bowls green is . I'm looked at, and looked at again .
    A man from another table loudly asks if I'm a 'blow-in'. I respond with a huge smile, and a 'yes'. Two of them move over to my table. For a town that doesn't like questions they sure did ask me a lot of them. The obligatory questions, questions about rainfall down south, questions about why, when, how, what, and whoever......all tumble out of this group sitting near the bowls green. Within half an hour I had my new nickname 'The mexican' . Because apparently they don't get too many Mexicans up there anymore. I feigned ignorance and asked what a mexican was "anyone south of hte border that's what we call them"
    I responded with "Really? we call you guys the 'rednecks' . The word was repeated and laughter followed. I was then introduced to 'the ridge' and all that it had to offer. They were suddenly sounding like real estate agents. lol lol lol I admitted it all sounded very interesting but I had to find a caravan park to bed down for the night .
    "nah don't be silly such'n'such can help you out there, he's got a spare bed. It's too late to do much else." Bloody hell !!! Alec was right, they do look after you here. So I was graciously offered a bed for the night at a camp . Just after it was settled a huge man came out of the gaming room (I assumed he was the gaming boss or something) I was introduced to him and shook his hand . He smiled at me and went back inside again......okay that shouldn't make me feel weird but it did. But I was to discover later who he was and why he was checking me out.

    I have this philosophy in life . If you don't look at another human being, or talk to another human being then you seperate yourself from the human race and therefore become an observer of it. I prefer to be a participant. And that's why I talk to people waiting at train stations and bus stops . I've met so many interesting and some important people over my life time because of a need to participate.
    i'm good with that.

    Tomorrow, Lorne Station and my time in town.

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    honestly putting pics here is like pulling teeth my PC is just not fast enough to load to FG.

    but anyway this is a flower from a cactus I found one morning. I wouldn't touch it because I thought all that furry stuff would implant itself into my skin and I'd be forever trying to pull out the tiny spines.
    turned out it's just a fury flower and sooo soft ...rather beautiful.

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