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    It has been a while since we have posted to our blog so we are WAY overdue and a lot has happened since our last post. Getting older putting up and packing up tents and tarps was getting to be more like hard work than we remembered it being. On the spur of the moment, we decide to just have a casual look at what was in vans now. FATAL MISTAKE. Deb saw a new van that she really liked, a 23ft Franklin with shower, loo, front loading washing machine, air conditioning/heating, separate upright fridge and freezer, full stove with oven, island queen bed and other creature comforts, roll out awning with full canvas annex and set up with solar panels and a pair of deep cycle batteries for free camping. We looked about and compared it to other similar vans but kept coming back to that one. The short story is that it now lives at our place among the boats. We love getting away in it but have not done a big trip in it yet but can not wait to. We have though had some fantastic extended weekends away both down the South Coast and up North around Forster and Tuncurry. Just after we had decided to overhaul WSS going in a slightly different direction and taking it offline which you can read about in the SITE BLOG, we took the van down to River Island forma few days. I (Michael) ended with very severe burns to both feet from the timber decking around the pool followed by many many visits to the State Burns unit at Concord and there were a few other problems resulting in Hospital stays all of which put WSS on the back burner for a time. We also bought 2 boats so now our place looks a little like a boat sale yard. We have 3 boats, a caravan, 2 trailers, 3 cars + our son's car and a mates car all parked here. We have not put it up yet but we are selling the yellow and white boat Y-Not that some of you would be familiar with. We are replacing it with a Quintrex BowRider and a larger boat that is not at home. We purchased a 33ft Sea Ray Sundancer 6 berth twin shaft drive cruiser that is all set up with a genset and shore power and solar panels for weekends or longer stays on the boat. We purchased the boat down at Port Jacking in The Shire with our son and myself (Michael) bringing it up the coast to the Central Coast where we have it moored. We have had some great weekends or 4 -5 days on it sometimes with friends. Sometimes we will go up on a Saturday just to check on things and stay overnight on the boat without leaving the mooring. Depending on who is with us we love being naked on the boat anchored for a weekend in a quiet secluded bay and there is nothing better than relaxing on the rear lounge, music going, cold drink in hand with the smell of roast pork from the Webber while watching the day end. The name on the boat is Good Times Ahead. We have already had some good times on it and planning many more. We have posted a few photos in our Gallery We are always on the lookout for crew LoL At the moment it is Deb’s turn to be off her feet following knee surgery. She is going great but it will be another 4 – 5 weeks before she is completely back on her feet so for now she is the patient instead of the nurse. That pretty much brings us up to date. So until next time Cheers from us both for now.
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    Firstly our sincere apologies for the site being offline for the time it was. Very shortly after deciding to change the focus of the site I (Michael) suffered some severe burns and other related problems being in an out of the hospital for a while. Anyway Back to Business; The site is back up again and you will have noticed the changes to the home page which are self-explanatory. We started as a closed site in 2006 just for the couples we had met and knew which worked great for years. Later we decided that as everything was already there we would create a number of member groups and open the site up to anyone who wanted to use it. It was not too long before we quickly grew to a membership of 10,000+ being very top heavy with males just like all the large commercial sites. As a result, we found ourselves spending more and more time refereeing complaints, squabbles and other problems than we were enjoying the site as a member. Not only that but the more we did and the more we provided with the cost for everything coming out of our pocket not to mention the hours we put in, the more some complained and expected to be provided to them completely free of any cost. As a result of this, we decided after talking with some of the couples who have been on here for some time that it was time to take the site back to what it was about in the early days. We started by deleting all member accounts apart from Gold Members who had not been active in any way for a period of time. We then addressed the problem of the high percentage of males to couples deleting, not all, but many of the male members so that we are no longer a site overrun by males like most of the large commercial sites taking our focus back to being couples and ladies as reflected by our new home page. We still have some accounts to look at deciding which will go and which will stay with us going from a little over 10,000 to a few hundred members. This should get us back to what we were, being a group who more or less all know each other and enjoy keeping in touch and getting together where possible for some fun without the hassles so often encountered on larger commercial sites. We have kept a few of the male accounts who we feel we have a reasonable idea of but the majority are gone. We will also from this point on be strictly limiting the number of male members in relation to the number of couples on the site. New Members; We now have the site set up much as it used to be with just the one Member Group for everyone. When someone registers they must first validate their registration and email address which is our first step in weeding out fakes. Once we have checked the profile if it all looks good we will approve it. Their profile will then be placed into a pending list without being activated. That person or couple will need to contact us and arrange to meet us face to face. It only need to be a very brief meeting so that we can verify that they are who they claim on their profile. We will then activate their profile. This should make it impossible for fakes, spammers and trouble makers to make their way onto the site with multiple profiles making WSS a more secure and enjoyable place for all. It will also give every member peace of mind knowing that if they message or contact someone or they are contacted, that the member has been verified and is genuine and who their profile says they are. We do appreciate that not everyone is able to arrange to meet to get verified due to distance or other reason. In that case, there are other ways we can verify a prospective New Member which we can discuss when they contact us. NEW MALE MEMBERS; New Male members registering, if all looks good when we check your profile and approve it AND you have been VERIFIED depending on our ratio of males to couples your account may be placed onto a waiting list. Once the ratio of males to couples changes your account will be activated, all of which we can discuss when you contact us to arrange to be verified. With removing the number of profiles that we have we have deleted ALL photos posted in the Gallery. We did this so that there could be no problems of photos on the site of members who are no longer with us. PLEASE, re-post your photos as we would like nothing more than to enjoy your photos as we are sure all our members will. With having just the one member group we have also streamlined the forums reducing the number of Topics to make browsing much simpler and easier. We have done away with the old Chat Room and using new software added a good simple to use reliable text only chat room with multiple rooms. We are looking forward to chatting with you all. We hope you all enjoy THE NEW WSS and we look forward to catching up. We would like to apologise to you all again for the site being down for as long as it was but sometimes things that are not planned happen. We are also considering a possible name change. We have had the domain for some time now, we just have to weigh up whether the hassles of migrating the site are worth it but more about that another time.
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