Stats December 2019

Total km for the month 1,143 (18,018)
Most km in a day 230 (298)
Average Daily Km 36 (54)
Monthly Budget $2,000 $23,000
Monthly Spend $2,036 $25,265
Accommodation Nights 31 (332)
Family/Friends 7 (114)
Low/No cost 14 (140)
National Parks 0 (4)
Caravan Parks 0 (44)
Showgrounds 0 (16)
Station Stays 0 (2)
Pub Stays 4 (14)

Motels 1 (1)

House Sit 9 (9)

Books read this month 7 (47)

No Sugar by Jack Davies

I’m starting to read all sorts of different stuff now. This one is actually a play so it took a bit of getting used to the concept. Jack Davies was one of the stolen generation that was bought up on the Moore River Settlement north of Perth (WA) in the early 1930’s. He became an activist for his people and in 1985 he became a Member of the Order of Australia and was elected Citizen of the Year in Western Australia. He wrote a number of plays and No Sugar was co-winner of The Australian Writers Guild award for best stage play in 1986.

Anzac Girls by Peter Rees

The story of the Nurses of World War 1, much of it sourced from the diaries of the nurses involved. The magnitude of the death and suffering can never be imagined by those of us that have never experienced such atrocious events. Their dedication to service and their staunch and unwavering commitment to “their boys” can never be underestimated. Cannot be read without shedding a tear. Especially at the end.

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less by Jeffrey Archer

Another master stroke by Mr Archer. I love his books and can’t wait to get hold of more of his entertaining works. This one was a great read. Intrigue, drama and everything else he conjures up.

No Place for a Woman by Maysie Young (with Gabrielle Dalton)

Maysie was born in 1913, the daughter of an itinerant railway ganger and lived under canvas as a child. She went on to rear 7 children in the 1930’s and 40’s and ran the Pine Creek Hotel for many years as well as other hotels in Katherine and Darwin. She survived the WW2 bombing of Darwin and then Cyclone Tracey in 1974. Hers’ is a remarkable story of hardship and survival. Of being wiped out, yet having the country spirit of getting back up and rebuilding again. An inspiring read.

Sophie – The Dog Overboard by Emma Pearse

The true story of Sophie the Blue Heeler who was lost at sea off Mackay, Queensland and was found 5 months later on St Bees Island. A heart warming tale of love and devotion. If only dogs could talk.

Cold Hands Warm Heart by Jeff King

What a great read this was. Jeff King has lived his life in the cold stark climate that is Alaska. A trapper from a young age he got the musher “bug” early on and has been entering, and winning, dog sled races ever since. He is a four time champion of the coveted Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race and has notched up countless victories in short and medium distance races. With his wife Donna, he operates Husky Homestead Tours.

Daughter of The Territory by Jacqueline Hammar

The author’s father, Jack Sargeant was made a Northern Territory Mounted Constable after WW1 and Jacqueline grew up in the back blocks of the Northern territory, ultimately marrying a bushman, Ken, and raising 2 children in primitive conditions 200km from Borroloola.

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