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So glad you have found us. We are a nomadic family of 9 travelling Australia with our six daughters, and our one son and forever missing our precious daughter Serenity who went to be with Jesus at 13 hours old on 12 March 2011. Her short life has changed our lives forever! As we travel we perform at shows, festivals and fundraisers with our dogs, help out on farms and also sell handmade woodcraft, dog collars, leads and capes. We are also doTERRA wellness advocates. Follow our joys and trials here.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Removing The Heater Boxes

Four years ago we bought our bus off Busways in Wyong, NSW. We asked if they could remove some seats and the heater boxes.  When we arrived to pick it up, they’d removed the wrong seats and neither of the heater boxes!

A year or so ago we attempted to remove them only to have coolant all over the floor! We quickly put them back together and cleaned up the mess and put it in the too hard basket!

After spending some time thinking about the project, following the fluid lines from the radiator we tried again with success this time.

We turned off the stop cock conveniently located at the start of the radiator outlet, cut the hose with a bit to spare, turned it over and secured it with a zip tie.


Inside we undid the bolts, one heater box came undone easily (the one we’d previously attempted to remove) and the other requiring a lot more sweat!  This time there were only a few dribbles of radiator coolant on the floor!


The coolant was still dripping after the stop cock had been turned off and the hose turned over so we went to the local hardware store and for $1.40 bought two bungs for the end of the hose – problem solved!


The man who did all the work – and cleaned up his mess!!





  <--- Daddy’s helper!

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Worst fire danger day in NSW


IMG_0478Tuesday 8 January 2013 was an extreme to catastrophic fire danger throughout most of NSW, the town of Ariah Park was classified as extreme.
We woke to temps already exceeding 30 deg C and by 11 am our air conditioner was reading “H” (i.e. any temp over 35 deg C).  The wind picked up and was hot! The humidity was around 15!  When we were outside we would not even sweat!  When we went back inside then the sweat would just pour off us!
We kept up with the happenings around NSW via facebook pages like ACREM, NSW rural fire service, etc.  It was a bit of a stressful day not knowing if a fire was going to spring up close to us. 
We took the kids over to the pool for a swim, but the wind made it unpleasant and they didn’t want to stay long.
Coming back to the camp we noticed the camp kitchen was filled with tumbleweeds!  They were all gathered in one corner!  Now that they were cooler and the weather had cooled a little the younger guys enjoyed playing in them!


It even cooled off enough for Gabrielle to get her bike out and enjoy a ride round the campground.
We were very thankful that the following day was a cooler day.