Stats April 2020

The one good thing – and probably only good thing – about Covid19 is that it means as I can’t go anywhere I am not spending money.

Total Days Travelled 30 (454)

Total km for the month 55 (21,510)
Most km in a day 55 (298)
Average Daily Km 2 (47)
Monthly Budget $2,000 ($31,000)
Monthly Spend $507 ($31,525)
Accommodation Nights 30 (454)
Family/Friends 30 (182)
Low/No cost 0 (161)
National Parks 0 (4)
Caravan Parks 0 (44)
Showgrounds 0 (26)
Station Stays 0 (1)
Pub Stays 0 (13)
Motel 0 (2)
House Sit 0 (21)

Books Read 5 (64)

Flight of The Eagle by Peter Watt

These books just keep getting better! This one set mostly in North Queensland well before the turn of the 19th Century. A fascinating story inspired by (some) true events, the author takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through 3 generations of the Duffy and Macintosh families. Talk about 6 degrees of separation, it is a back and forth tale that climaxes in the last few chapters and shows that white history does repeat itself and that we can learn from the past.

Ray, Stories of my life by Ray Martin

I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did. Ray Martin has been on our television screens forever. He had a very underprivileged childhood, moving from town to town on a regular basis as his father looked for work. Brushing with the rich and famous as well as some shady characters along the way, Ray Martin’s time in the media and in particular as a reporter on 60 Minutes, gives rise to some wonderful anecdotes of life travelling around the globe. Worth the read.

Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman

A thriller. Riveting. The book starts with the end which in turn sets the scene for the whole book, a constant build up to the finale. Worth getting your hands on this one. Brilliantly written in a very unique style.

The Perfect Wife by Katherine Scholes

I could tell by the title that this was going to be a work of fiction! It was an enjoyable book to read nonetheless, set in Africa in the early 1950’s. It tells the story of an Aussie girl from the bush, moving to London to become an artist. Along the way she marries into an “established family”, causes a family scandal and ends up in Africa at an ill fated farming outpost where she eventually finds her niche in life.

7 Miles Out by Carol Morley

Not sure what to make of this one. A very dark book about a troubled teenager in England who’s father committed suicide after dropping her off at school when she was 11. With so many unasked questions, let alone answers, she drifts along on the cusp of fantasy and reality. It is always good to read different types of books but after reading this one, nah. Don’t bother.

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