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Jul 24, 2016 - Cleaverville

Woke up to a breezy, dull and slightly wet morning. We decided to put up one of our shade room sides to add to the front one we already had up. The 'shade room' is like a cheap version of an annexe, but we deliberately bought it for its shade protection as we didn't think we really wanted a full annexe. It has 3 walls, each one can be used individually to provide shade for only one side if required. This is how we have used it so far this trip, but today thought we would add one of the side walls to the front (which we already had up), to...

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Jul 23, 2016 - Cleaverville

After taking the dogs for a quick run on the beach we drove out to Roebourne Information Centre to do a load of washing-yes, that's right, the Information Centre to do a load of washing! The Roebourne Information Centre is in the old gaol. There is a lot of history in these parts. It's also an interesting dynamic with 5 small towns in close proximity in what is still pretty remote country. Roebourne is one of the oldest towns which used to support the port (many years ago) of Cossack- mainly as part of the pearling industry. Cossack is now...

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Jul 22, 2016 - Cleaverville

Not a particularly exciting or good day today. Arrived at Nickol Bay Hospital in Karratha just after 10am and was not seen until about 1.30pm. (Unfortunately, ED at public hospital is the only place in town that does plaster-I did try and find an alternative to no avail). The doctor took off my plaster and sent me to xray-all of about 5 minutes. Wait at xray was pretty short, but then I had to go back and wait nearly another hour for doctor to tell me the results. I think Nickol Bay could do with a review of its ED! The doctor was lovely,...

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Jul 21, 2016 - Cleaverville

Very relaxing morning this morning. I pottered around the van whilst Ian went fishing. He came back at about 1pm very pleased with himself! He had caught 4 fish off the beach- 3× spanish mackerel and 1 x blue bone (according to a couple of other guys fishing on the beach near him). We had a bit of a debate about our plans for the rest of the day and finally decided to take the dogs for a walk on the beach about 4pm, then have an early tea before driving out to Cossack to see the Staircase to the Moon again. This all came together as...

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Jul 20, 2016 - Coorinjinna Pool to Cleaverville -about halfway between Roebourne and Karratha

We managed to tear ourselves away from Coorinjinna Pool at about 9.30 and headed about 70 k to Roebourne. We had picked Cleaverville as place to stay because it gave us a couple of options for viewing Staircase to the moon as it is halfway between Roebourne and Karratha -Karratha being a big enough town (I hope) to get my arm reviewed and hopefully plaster removed on Friday. The wrist is feeling better each day, but there is still some pain in the radial area if I over exert, as well as a distinct lack of strength in my right hand. Anyway,...

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Apr 14, 2016 - Thursday April the 14th

Arriving in Karratha the first thing is a caravan park, which we found for $35 a night it was in the industrial park which didn't really matter as the bus was going in to have a wheel alignment in the morning which was just around the corner, we only planned to stay for two nights. Parking the bus under a nice shady tree we unhitched the car and went for a drive into Karratha . We were very impressed it also has FIFO workers however the place seemed more modern than the rest we've seen, a lot of infrastructure, the buildings walls and roofs...

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Apr 13, 2016 - Wednesday 13th April

Another day of driving after filling up with water and petrol, we try and fill when ever we can as water isn't always available out here, what we have learnt is a lot of the big BP stations let you fill up with drinking water which is great. We decided to make it a short day and not travel as far because it was 42 degrees, we didn't want to push the bus to hard,we pulled over in a large free camp called Robe River, if there had of been water in it it would make for a pretty spot but it was as dry as a bone. Mal started the generator and...

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Apr 27, 2014 - Resource City

We have had a great day today starting off with Annabell picking us up for church. David was speaking and gave a great message on how God wants us to do our bit in our allotted lifespan. It was nice to meet the people in the church with an Aboriginal family from Carnarvon and others joining. Afterwards we went for lunch with Allan and Annabell and a few others, Heather and Tony, and Carol and Glen. Glen had the most amazing American cowboy boots on. Tonight we rode back to town to meet Don and Victoria at Vicky's Curry house. We got...

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Apr 25, 2014 - Leaving Cleaverville

The sea was so warm that during our beach walk we decided to go in for a swim. Eventually we left Cleaverville and headed back to Karratha dragging ourselves away from such a relaxing place. We said goodbye to Brett and Helen the camp hosts and also another couple a Canadian Aussie fisherman and his wife Robyn who were camped there. Robyn had been mercilessly bitten by sand flies. In the evening we went to have dinner with Brigitte and Charles who are friends of our friend Susan. Such lovely people and we were able to encourage them in...

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Apr 24, 2014 - Bath water

We're staying out at the beach at Cleaverville, a little bush camp on the coast. David got talking to Brett who is the camp host from 1st May, and he and his wife Helen came over for a cup of coffee and Brett showed David how to rig his fishing lines. Today was a relaxing day and the sea was like bath water, so warm. After a few hours in the water it makes for smooth pink healing skin. The tide turned and came in pretty fast, so eventually it was time to head back along the beach. In the season October to April turtles nest here, although...

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Apr 23, 2014 - The Premier drops in

We were supposed to go to Karijini National Park today but both of us felt it was too far for such a short time as David has been asked to speak at the church on Sunday. We came to this out of the way beach area called Cleaverville near Karratha and who should rock up but the Premier and his entourage and Aboriginal elders doing a deal. We watched in amazement as all these cars turned up at this quiet beach plus a bus full of Aboriginal elders. It turned out to be the WA premier Colin Barnett. After all the pictures and the signing the...

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Apr 22, 2014 - Last day and decisions

We woke up about 6 a.m. while it is cool and not quite light and went off for a bike ride to the town and back. Peter and Glenys packed up and left for the Karijini National Park this morning. David has to have his ultrasound today so we'll leave tomorrow. Up here it is always good weather for the washing and a swim. I biked along to the town and David was given the all clear from the hospital. Nothing to worry about. We came back from town with supplies and a new non stick frying pan and straight away went for a swim to cool off, then...

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