Hello dear friends

Thank you to all those who sent me kind messages of encouragement after our bad experience in the little town of Miles, Queensland. It was so nice that you were all thinking of us … and as one friend said “feeling your pain.” So nice. That’s the thing about travelling … you take the bad with the good!

Moving onwards to Roma was a totally different story however, and when we woke this morning the sun was shining brilliantly, the showers at the Showground were hot and the whole experience wonderful! Love was good once more.

We’ve had a lovely day today dear friends. We enjoyed looking around the township of Roma  (pop 6000) but I did notice it looking very run down since I was there for work in 2008. What a shame! Perhaps the GFC has had an effect on this nice little town.

So, without further ado we headed off to look at the history of oil in Roma at the Big Rig and whilst there I found a postcard which led us to Paul’s Anglican Church which was full of beautiful stained glass windows.

Here we met Allen, a retired gent who does guided tours of the church. What a champ! The thing I love about travelling is when you meet people who you engage with … it totally changes your perspective about a place. Well, Allen was one of those people.

As we chatted about the church and life in Roma, Allen told us how when he retired he thought he would do all the things he wanted to do for himself, but he hasn’t had time as he volunteers at the church, also at the Information Centre and he sings in a choir that goes to all different denominations. Life is full for him it seems.

When we were buying a few things in the town, we met an old man from Injune (further north) – a farmer – who was waiting for the bank to open so he told us he was wasting time in the shop. Geoff said to him “Well, what’s happening in Roma today?”

We then got the temperature this morning in Injune (there was ice on the windscreen at 9am) and a lot of other ‘useless information’ which we were only too happy to get! How nice it is meeting the locals …

We ended the day by taking a very short 89k journey to Mitchell (pop 1000) so that we could stay overnight and enjoy the artisan spas that they have here. The young fellow here at the Caravan Park is a budding author and was keen to find my blog so he got out his phone and googled it! 

Hello Adam … good luck with your writing. Keep going with it and don’t give up!

Around 4pm we headed off over the bridge on foot to the spa baths where we luxuriated in the warm waters for over an hour chatting to other older people like ourselves who have nothing better to do than travel and enjoy artisan spas! Oh I do wish we could stay here another night – just for those amazing spas!

Oh well, Geoff has got the hot water bottles ready so I must be off to bed. We’re up early tomorrow to walk the town of Mitchell as we do each day. It should take about ten minutes to see Mitchell methinks!

Until tomorrow when we’re on the road again …

PS I did have some photos of the church and the spas but the internet has had enough tonight it seems!

There was a lot of nice old pubs in town ... here is one of them.

There was a lot of nice old pubs in Roma … here is one of them.

The Big Rig - the history of oil - which had a shortage of staff so the cook putting on the chops had to come out to the gift shop and serve me! He told me, he had to do many jobs: gardening, security, cooking etc. I don't think he was too impressed either!

The Big Rig – the history of oil – which had a shortage of staff so the cook putting on the chops had to come out to the gift shop and serve me! He told me, he had to do many jobs: gardening, security, cooking etc. I don’t think he was too impressed either!

A slab hut from the mining days of Roma circa 1850s was very interesting inside. All set us as it would have been in those days.

A slab hut from the mining days of Roma circa 1850s was very interesting inside. All set us as it would have been in those days. Geoff chatting up an old dear he met there.

A scene right next to the toilets at the showgrounds where we stayed.

A scene right next to the toilets at the showgrounds where we stayed.

Geoff hooks up our van as we leave the Roma Showgrounds to head west to Mitchell.

Geoff hooks up our van as we leave the Roma Showgrounds to head west to Mitchell.

 

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