Monday 15th JulyClive thought he would go to the 9am Mass this morning but it was a no show, so maybe at the last minute it got cancelled, so he decided to go for a walk around town and also along Leister Street where the Information Hut is and where there is some stone and metal street art. During his walk he found a menswear shop that had western shirts that were lined, so he bought himself one to keep out the wind. He loves it. Then a few shops down he came across a 2nd hand book shop. This shop is run by community volunteers and all the money raised is donated to community charities. For example $1000.00 was given to the rescue helicopter, a new bed for the disabled was purchased and decking was done on the hospital verandah. Books are only a few dollars each, so he ended up with 2 for me, 2 for him and 3 for mum. Every time he came across an author mum would read, he would phone her and see if she had that book. Worked out well for her. When he came home he insisted I should have a jacket too. So I tried his one on and it is certainly warm. So off to town we go to get me a jacket and I found a Monto hand towel, so well worth the trip. He drove me around town and showed me various places and buildings. Monto has a 72 hour rest area at the end of the main street where you can stay for $5.00 per night per vehicle. If it wasn't so cold we might have looked at this. There was a lot of vans in there. In the afternoon Clive went for a walk to the local Historical Society Village which is just next door. He came back 10 minutes later, as the battery on my camera had gone flat. We'll have to get a spare on EBAY delivered to the Gold Coast for when we are back. So he took his SLR and as you can see on our web pages by the number of pictures he took, he had some fun. 8.9 degrees at 8pm so another cold night coming on. It doesn't feel as cold as yesterday but we'll see. Watching the news we see that the Gold Coast is cool too. Fish and chips for tea - delicious and we are off to Eidsvold tomorrow for three days.
Sunday 14th JulyCold again last night. Was only 10 degrees at 9am but it did manage to get to 17, so a cold day overall. Probably the coldest day so far. Clive got out my thick cardigan which I wore for the first time this winter and Clive has layers on and a beanie as well. We arrive at Monto about 11ish and had an easy park. Pete and his wife run the park so he guided us back in. This park isn't really big but it's well maintained with plenty of space between each van and it's quiet. TV reception is good and we are back on the Wide Bay Network Area, so we recorded some more TV programs for a rainy day. 7pm and it's 7.4 degrees. Certainly looking at another cold night ahead. 10pm and it's 2.2. We agree that Cania Gorge is the prettiest so far that we have seen and been to, despite poor mobile reception and no direct TV reception, despite that we had noisy neighbours the whole time we were there. Clive went off to a 6.00pm Mass at St. Therese's Church in Monto.