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Our car is back from its 45thousand mini service, and I can begin to make plans for the Queensland leg of our tour, I spent today wandering around Ballina, filling in time while the work was being done.
We crossed the Richmond River in the ferry at $4. A one-way crossing, this saved a long round trip, and it was an interesting crossing. The river is tidal, the boat ramps were mostly pontoons, and these were bobbing up and down in the waves making a noise.
I found a small shopping complex in West Ballina; there were cheap butcher shop chickens for $5. Each a better price that the $25. each I paid further south and the avocados here are 10 for $7, I had been paying up the $4. each for these. Great to finally, be able to shop at good prices again.
Reg and I wandered into what we thought was a nursery and discovered it was more like the tip shop; garden recycle store only there were no salespeople and no prices on anything??? Just plants in all conditions, from huge clumps to small pots, and oddments of garden ornaments and signs that they had recently been watered by someone. Certainly different, I have not seen a garden recycling place like this before. The sign said to come in, wander around, look and sit and relax, though there was nowhere to sit, maybe the seats had found new homes.
We had a dream drive from Hervey Bay to Marlborough, Queensland, Australia today.
Here I am adding to the graffiti mural at the invitation of the Marlborough Hotel tonight. I'm adding my name to the internal walls of this country pub which has become my office for the evening.
Travellers can camp overnight in the hotel carpark for a modest cost.
I travel extensively to draw inspiration for my paintings and writing from life experience.
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