A Week away from Home in November 2018 and another Trip to Benalla coming up


This is what I wrote on the 15th of November 2018:

“We have just come back from a great few days away from home. I found our trip was very relaxing, and we did quite a few things that are worth remembering. It is always good to be able to go away for a little while. This creates memories.

Both Peter and I are in our eighties. That we still enjoy doing a bit of travelling, I find remarkable. Peter is battling to maintain some normality to his life while old age and sickness diminish his fitness. The one thing he is still pretty good at, is driving a car. He says driving a car on good roads for certain distances he finds relaxing. Our old Audi goes well on highways. In towns where there are a lot of traffic lights, Peter has to stop the car too often. This is when the car uses a lot of petrol pro km. However on freeways and highways the car uses much, much less petrol, and it makes Peter very happy and joyful to not have to stop all the time. However, Peter being 83 and having a few health issues that can make him feel perhaps too tired after a longer drive, he agreed not to drive the 650 km to Benalla in one day, but rather to stay overnight somewhere, that is  at about the halfway point. This time we came up with the idea to stop at Gundagai for our overnight stays. This worked  out very well. I wrote here that we stayed at the “Gundagai Motel”:



After our one night’s stay at Gundagai we stayed at our son’s place at Benalla for three nights. And on the way back we stayed again for one night at Gundagai. This means we left home on a Friday morning and arrived back home on a Wednesday afternoon. So this makes it close to one week! I reckon we did very well, considering our age and Peter’s health problems. And of course I too have sometimes a few minor health problems related to old age!

Peter is booked in for some more treatment in the hospital. We hope the result of these treatments is going to be as good as possible so that perhaps in future we are still going to be able to do similar beautiful trips!”

Today is the 25th of March 2019 and write here a little P.S.:

In less than two weeks we are going for another trip to Benalla. Peter’s treatment in the hospital has been delayed. We don’t know yet, whether he can get some treatment soon. This may be a good thing, for Peter has not symptoms that he is unduly concerned about. So we booked a few stays at the Gundagai Motel again. And Martin knows already that we want to be with him for his birthday on the 8th of April.

Lunch Break at Wodonga


“The Valentine’s artisan sourdough bakery and coffee shop operates out of three locations – Rutherglen, Albury and Wodonga.”

After having left Benalla, Peter and I had a lunch break at Wodonga. We went to the Valentine’s coffee shop in Wodonga. The bread was very much to our liking. There were a variety of fresh healthy options to go with the bread. And the coffee was very good too.

On our way back home to Dapto we were staying overnight in Gundagai.  Peter’s driving in our ancient Audi went very well. He loves driving the Audi long distances. The Hume Motorway is not a bad road to drive on.

This is a copy from this post:




Visiting the Tatong Art Show as well as the Mansfield Zoo

(Visiting Benalla in November 2018 continued)

Tatong Art Show

We went to this Art Show on Sunday the 11th of November. This Art Show a bit further away from Benalla was part of the Benalla Festival. There were some good pictures by local artists exhibited.

The following pictures were taken at the Mansfield Zoo where we went on Monday, the 12th of November. Peter took these pictures during our visit to Mansfield Zoo. Mansfield is not very far from Benalla.


This is our son Martin with a bucket full of feed for the animals.




When the grounds are wet you can take your pick of gum boots as you enter the Zoo.

On a hot day you can cool off in this very cool room:


A Settler’s Bar in town

How about a cool beer?


We stopped here on the way to Mansfield:


Driving to Benalla (continued)

The next day, on Saturday, the 10th of November, we continued driving to Benalla.

We thought this Mundoonan Rest Area was an excellent site for stopping so Peter could have a bit of a rest from driving.

We arrived in Benalla soon after 12 o’clock. Our son Martin was expecting us and happy to see us.

At 2pm we went with Martin to watch the Benalla Festival Street Parade.




In the evening of that day we very much enjoyed watching the Benalla Festival Fireworks.

This is more or less just a copy of some posts I published last November:



On the Way to Gundagai


We stayed at Gundagai overnight on our way to Benalla.

We left Dapto early in the morning on Friday, the 9th of November 2018. At Moss Vale we stopped for breakfast at our favourite cafe where we always like to stop for breakfast. This time we ventured to a table in a snug little room. We could make ourselves comfortable while waiting for the ordered cooked breakfast to arrive.

After breakfast it didn’t take us long to reach the Hume Highway where Peter could drive the Audi at a very good speed of nearly always a comfortable 110 km.

By 12 o’clock we were already in Gundagai where we had booked to stay overnight.

We went for lunch at this very old bakehouse:


We had tea and pies at an outside table.

The motel where we were staying is called GUNDAGAI MOTEL. (We stayed there again on Tuesday, the 13th, on our way back home!)




Six facts that tell a different immigration story than we hear from politicians


This is a fairly long article with very interesting data. I copy here only one small part, but to be more up to date with Australian migration programs please go to the above link! So this is what it says towards the end of the article:

We’ve seen more refugees — and the sky didn’t fall in

“One big change in recent Australian immigration policy — receiving little fanfare from the Prime Minister — was the increase in the annual humanitarian (refugee) intake from 13,750 to more than 18,000.

In addition, then PM Tony Abbott in 2015 announced an additional one-off intake of 12,000 refugees from the Syrian conflict. Most of these arrived in 2017 and were Christians from Syria and Iraq.

This meant an effective doubling of refugee intake in 2017. The sky didn’t fall in. While the service providers to newly arrived refugees were stretched, they coped well.”