Chasing the sun
2 March 12
When the rain shows no sign of relenting, David and I pack up camp and move on. It’s not so much fun to camp in the rain if we have no chance to get ourselves (and our stuff dry). Thankfully, the sun is only a short drive away, at Kurri Kurri, inland from Newcastle.
David’s father Hugh has moved south from Grafton and is renting a house with David’s brother Tim. So it’s a grand family reunion when we turn up. It’s been over a year since we last saw Tim, and we have very little contact with him in between our brief meetings. It was great to sit casually with him and hear about his life, job and hobbies.
Tim spent most of the summer holidays cycling from Sydney to Perth. Across the country! He described amazing places that he’s seen and inspired us to visit more of the country.
Hugh still has a bit of stuff in Grafton and is arranging removalists to bring everything down. We are pleased to see the car that we gave him is still working well. On rainy days, Hugh can use it to drive Tim to work so Tim doesn’t have to take his motorbike.
Just as the rain moved us to Kurri Kurri, it would have peaceably moved us on as well. However, before we had the opportunity to announce our departure, Tim asked us to leave. We spent one evening in his company and one day at his house while he was at work, and then that evening he asked us to leave the next day. We’re not sure why our presence was so offensive to him, but we look forward to the day when Tim wants to get to know our children (and us) properly.
After packing up, we enjoyed a leisurely afternoon exploring the op shops in Kurri Kurri and Cessnock. We didn’t want to drive too far as we had plans for a big Friday night out.
Heddon Greta, located outside Kurri Kurri, boasts one of the only remaining drive-in cinemas in NSW. The movie line-up looked good, so after a meal at the local golf club, we took our family to the cinema!
Tonight, — after the movie — we drove a short distance and parked close to a railway station. We’re due to pick up another friend from the train station and give her a lift north. We’re excited about the future, and so we look forward to seeing Tim another time when he no longer feels compelled to stay away from us.