Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Week That Was 24-09-2011

I feel a little guilty about not posting a weekly update last Saturday, but we hadn't really done anything special except attending the YP Anniversary Concert on the Saturday night and I'm sure you don't want to hear the same boring story every week.

This week, however, we have done something different. We went out to the Henty Machinery Field Days which are held this time every year about an hour north of where we currently live. This was the first time we've ever been but I don't think it will be our last. We didn't see many of the exhibits as we were there to help out on the Salvation Army table that was set up as part of NERRCS (North Eastern Riverina Rural Counselling Services). We spent the day handing out bags of goodies to any kids that came in and generally chatting with people as they came in to check us out. The Temora Historical Society kindly put us up in their shed, which seemed a much better idea than being under a tent in the blustery wet conditions.

When we got back home we discovered a nasty surprise. A gas company had sent someone out to plug our supply because we didn't have an account with them and they owned the metre. It seems that they conveniently lost the paper work requesting that the supply be transferred to our preferred supplier and were now demanding that we open an account with them. We had a chilly night without heating or cooking facilities so weren't particularly happy about this.

The gas was reconnected the following day and we had a gas heater service man come in to look at our heater. This was something that had been arranged before we moved in. It turns out that the heater that was installed in our unit was one of a particular model that was supposed to have been modified about 13 years ago as it had been discovered that it was a cause of house fires so it was disconnected. We weren't keen on spending another chilly night without heating so Sue made a phone call to our CO to see if he knew of anyone that had a spare heater that we could borrow. Lucky for us, one had been donated last Christmas and was still at the church, so we used that for a couple of nights.

Yesterday, the landlord arrived with a new heater and a couple of tradesmen to install it, so we're all cosy and warm again.

Last night was our Sally Gap Fillers night out and we went bowling.  There were about 13 of us there and most bowled 2 games but Sue and I only bowled one each. Sue bowled a respectable 136 (respectable for her) and I bowled 145 (a bit poor for me, but I couldn't let Sue beat me). One of the girls there left a split and her father offered her a ride on the elephant if she could spare it and somehow (using 2 balls) she managed to do just that. It was a fun night.

We were supposed to go down to Benalla this morning but, due to a lack of petrol and money we had to cancel. We could have probably gone down and taken a chance on sell enough to pay for petrol for the return trip but decided not to risk it. We haven't failed to cover our costs any time we've gone down there but there's always a first time. We really need to find another market close to home as the 240km round trip to Benalla can be quite expensive.

Well, it's been quite a busy week for us, and I even managed a bit of crochet time (check out my WIP Wednesday and FO Friday post to see what I've been working on). Now it's time to say goodnight for this week.


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