Apparently I have angered the gods in some way. The flow of our bad luck has not ceased. As I mentioned, the van appears to have suffered some malfunction with the alternator… causing the battery to not be charged as the car is driven. I have been charging the car from a power point in our house, to ensure that it is able to be driven to the mechanic when I can afford to do that. We are now using the smaller town car to get around. On Saturday, we rose early in order to drive down to look at a couple of new properties. Kitty decided she would drive, so she started the car and it sounded off. I asked her to pop the bonnet and I had a look underneath. I could see that the ignition cables had been chewed on, probably by rats. We were not going anywhere for a while. I called a couple of car part businesses, they could get the part, yet did not have it at the moment. One quoted 2 weeks and $140 for some ignition cables, the other had 2-3 days and $80 (plus $25 for express delivery). I went with the faster one, as they could deliver to my house.
Anyway, hopefully that is all of the bad news I will have for a while. Good news? I received my renewed firearms license. The firearms Tas staff were so helpful I could not fault them on their service. They were very proactive in contacting me and providing me with all the information I required. I have heard a lot of people complain about Firearms Tas at my local pistol club, yet my interactions with them have always been positive and helpful. Now that I have my license I can go and pick up my guns, which have been waiting at the New Norfolk gun shop. Once I have them back (should be soon after I get my cars fixed) I will be able to complete my 13 skill in Hunting, as I want to get some Wallaby meet to make some Biltong.