After a rather late start from the Beardy Creek site we headed on into the lovely old town of Tenterfield and fuelled up before moving on to Glenn Innes.
This is a beautifully neat and tidy town full of huge old trees and rarely is there a property that isn’t beautiful maintained. Glen Innes people obviously take a lot of pride in their town and it shows.
The country side between Glen Innes and Guyra was spectacular with beautifully kept farms, rolling green hills and large leafy trees everywhere. We had climbed to about 1100 metres by the time we hit Guyra and the cool air produced a myriad of cool climate plants and trees, many similar to what we had just seen in New Zealand.
We would have loved to stop a while in this pretty town but we wanted to make the Dumaresq Dam just west of Armidale by early afternoon. The drive on to Armidale compensated by displaying some of the prettiest countryside we’d seen. We pulled in to Armidale and shopped for a few groceries before heading off to the outskirts of the town to fill up with water at the arbotrarium.
We drove the short distance to the Dumaresq Dam to find the most beautiful spot. The dam is set amongst rolling hills and natural bush and there is a lovely camping area there that is free and has no time limit. This is exactly what we look for.
The whole area is exceptionally well maintained and is picturesque and peaceful.
There are about 8 other vans and motor homes here and most are full timers. The first greeting we got from the locals was, “Welcome to Paradise”.
We immediately knew that this was the place we would stay for a while and get some work happening again. We set the full annexe up for the first time since taking delivery of the Aussie Wide so that we could have extra room and set the computers up with the double monitor. We were over the moon with both the ease of getting the annexe up and the extra space it provided us.
The sun was streaming in through the screened windows and doors and the whole deal just made us pinch ourselves again and thank God for his provision and blessing that’s allowed us to live like this. We are so grateful.