Friday 18 December 2020

Laid Flat by wind & wave - 2020 Ep 10 – Knocked down when we least expected it

Sail with us on a 46 nautical mile passage amongst Australia’s Great Barrier Reef when the weather forecast said mild conditions but the sea decided otherwise. Sailing north from Great Keppel Island, we experience unexpected high wind gusts and big swells. Our bluewater, Whitby 42 ketch is laid flat before we decide to make for our bail out option anchorage to take shelter. No smooth seas under sunny skies in this episode.

All music by Epidemic Sound. You can find Karen's recipes and tips from Our Galley at We’re on Facebook at Follow our Instagram at If you would like to support our creative work checkout Patreon
ep in mind that we may receive commissions when you make purchases from our affiliate program. This is at no extra cost to you. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We only recommend products trialled and proven on board by us. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you. We will tell you if they are an Affiliate Link. Following are some of the services and products we recommend and have an affiliation with. Cheers Rob and Karen

DJI Mavic 2 Pro is our choice in Drones
DJI Action Cam is our choice for filming along with the Sony AX53 4K Handy-cam for sound quality we use Rhode VMPRRode VideoMic and the Rode Wireless Go - Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver
Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod Max. 70"/177 cm with 3-Way Swivel Pan 
Head and Carrying Bag for DSLR,DV Video Camcorder

Karen uses for her still photography the 200D Canon With a 18-55 Lens
We edit on a Microsoft Surface Laptop Sony Noise Cancelling Wireless Earphones

Karen wears Nude by Nature

Friday 4 December 2020

The Best and the Worst of Great Keppel Island

 We spend a week on Great Keppel Island enjoying glorious weather and some of the best beaches in the world. We catch monster mud crab and get to grips with a few boat jobs. In ‘Our Galley’ Karen shows how she makes awesome Fish Tacos for lunch and after a month of isolation afloat we finally socialise with other cruisers in our Covid-19 quarantine bubble before a major State Government announcement has everyone preparing to start sailing north into the tropics. Then the wind turns.

All music by Epidemic Sound. We’ve been blogging since 2011. Check it out at You can find Karen's recipes and tips from Our Galley at

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Monday 30 November 2020

Podcast: We were interviewed by Ipswich Today to reveal our past, present and future.

Podcast: You've heard of a tree change, or even a sea change. But what a about a sea change living on the sea? Nine years ago long-term Ipswich residents Rob and Karen Oberg sold the family home to take an 18,000 nautical mile blue water journey to the Mediterranean and UK. Their story is one of most amazing adventures you'll hear, including a hair-raising near miss closer to home that was inches from disaster. #IpswichQld #sailinglife #podcasts #podcastlife #

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Thursday 26 November 2020

Sailing in Paradise - Episode 8

With a gorgeous sunrise as the backdrop, we depart Lady Musgrave Island to make our way north to Masthead island before a change in the weather forecast sees us reconsidering our plans. Light winds hamper our sailing but the marine life around the reefs continues to impress.

Make sure to watch through to the end where in ‘Our Galley’ Karen shows you how simple it is to make beautiful sushi rolls on board. It’s so easy even Rob could do it.

You can watch our Latest YouTube here 👇 please let us know what you think of our new medium by commenting. We love your feedback 😁

Episode 8 - Sailing in Paradise All music by Epidemic Sound.

Affiliate Program Explained

In this blog we would like to explain our Affiliate Program and how it works. It is really just e-commerce, with us being the middle-man. The promotion team, the advertising team or many other titles that we could be given. But to put it bluntly if you click on one of our affiliate links and purchase that item we will receive a small commission. 

So are we just trying to sell you something! Well only if you want the product that we recommend. Many affiliate programs will have everything listed including the kitchen sink. In our case all the items that are listed we have onboard. Those that we recommend we have purchased ourselves with no freebies or discount was given other than what you yourself would of received by shopping around. The items that we recommend are the ones we know are perfect for our lifestyle onboard they may cross over to your life as well, like our insulated coffee/wine mugs. Now if you just clicked on that link and purchased we would receive 3.5% commission on your purchase. It is at no extra cost to yourself the purchaser. 

Simply put, affiliate programs, also called associate programs, are arrangements in which an online merchant Website pays affiliate Websites a commission and are paid according to a particular agreement. 

Some arrangements pay according to the number of people who visit the page containing their merchant site's banner advertisement. Basically, if a link on an affiliate site brings the merchant site traffic or money, the merchant site pays the affiliate site according to their agreement.

In 1996, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, popularised this idea as an Internet marketing strategy. Amazon attracts affiliates to post links to individual books for sale on Amazon, or for Amazon in general, by promising them a percentage of the profits if someone clicks on the link and then purchases books or other items. The affiliate helps make the sale, but Amazon does everything else: They take the order, collect the money and ship the book to the customer. With over 500,000 affiliate Websites now participating, Amazon’s program is a resounding success.

Over the past few years, affiliate programs have grown enormously in popularity, taking many interesting forms. For many Websites that don't deal much in e-commerce (selling products or services online) themselves, functioning as an affiliate is a good way to participate in e-commerce.

For us it’s simple we get asked regularly what radios do we use, what cookware we use right down to what lipgloss Karen wears. 

Sometimes we will have discount coupons to offer you. Who doesn’t like to SAVE $$$$. If you click on the following link and wish to purchase from Nude by Nature. You can save 50%. How keep reading 👇

It's Beauty Friday - all week long! Selected cruelty-free beauty essentials are discounted 50% OFF! As an extra special treat receive a FREE LED Mirror compact with all orders over $100 (after discount is applied) Simply add your favourite products to your basket, and enter the code BEAUTYDAY at the checkout.  *Excludes Limited Edition Kits, Duos and Pre-Discounted items. Ends midnight 30/11/20. Free LED mirror is available while stocks last and is only available to orders over $100 (after discount is applied and minus value of free gift). 

There are three ways you will see us promoting products. On Instagram you will see us use hashtags and on our profile we have a link to our affiliate page. On Facebook we have a store on both Dreamtimesail and Our Galley. The blog you will see links and banners that take you to that merchants site or directly to the product. We hope to develop a page that you can easily checkout our recommendations. These are tagged links so they know which affiliate sent the traffic. Meaning that they know WE sent you there. 

DreamtimeSail's store is all about sailing gear

With our YouTube you will notice in the description a list of products seen in that episode tabled these links again will send you to our affiliates webpage/product. You can view all of these links at no cost. 

If we receive a product for free we will tell you up front “we have received this product from ........ and we are doing a review”. That review will be balanced, we will tell you truthfully what we think about it. 

So why do we do it. We had already decided when starting the blog that we would accept a level of advertising on the blog from Google Adsense. We have no control on what ads you see, that is entirely generated by your search engine. Now you would of seen these ads that run down the side of our blog. If you clicked on those ads and stayed for 4 seconds we will receive a payment. If you then purchased through those ads, we receive a very small %. We have had over 1/2 million reads on the blog and as today we haven’t had a payment as we need to reach $100 USD before they send us a check. 

Our Affiliate Program is more inline with what we are doing. Products and services we believe in. If we can pass these details onto you, and you decide to purchase on your own terms that’s great and then we in return will receive a percentage for that purchase. It is another form of passive income for us to top up the sailing kitty. So next time you are looking for a product slip on over into our e-commerce world and see if we have recommended a product. 

We hope that running an affiliate program doesn’t interfere with the information we provide you or the enjoyment of reading the blog. We just want to be transparent with our readers. Please let us know if it does interfere with your experience and we will change the way we deliver our associates message.

Cheers Rob and Karen

Affiliate Program Statement

Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you make purchases from our affiliate program. This is at no extra cost to you. However, this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you. We will tell you if they are an Affiliate Link. Following and above are some of the services and products we recommend and have an affiliation with. Cheers Rob and Karen

Technology and Camera gear onboard.

DJI Mavic 2 Pro is our choice in Drones

DJI Action Cam is our choice for on the go filming along with the Sony AX53 4K Handy-cam 

for sound quality we use Rhode VMPRRode VideoMic  and the Rode Wireless Go - Compact Wireless Microphone System, Transmitter and Receiver

Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod Max. 70"/177 cm with 3-Way Swivel Pan Head and Carrying Bag for DSLR,DV Video Camcorder 

Karen uses for her still photography the 200D Canon With a 18-55 Lens 

We edit on a Microsoft Surface Laptop using Sony Noise Cancelling Wireless Earphones 

Neewer 58-In-1 Action Camera Accessory Kit 

For more great stuff checkout FaceBook Store 

Books we love

The Pacific in the wake of Captain Cook. A rich, complex and engaging account of 

Cook's voyages across the Pacific.

World Cruising Routes: 1000 Sailing Routes in All Oceans of the World. Long established as the bible for long-distance cruisers and a bestseller for more than 25 years.

Cruising the Coral Coast. The essential guide to cruising the Queensland coastal regions.

This Is It - 2 hemispheres, 2 people, and 1 boat. They knew this moment would shape the rest of their cruising lives.

Of Foreign Build: From Corporate Girl to Sea-Gypsy Woman. After suffering an emotionally-brutal bereavement and against her counsellor’s advice, Jackie ran away.

From Our Galley 

Backcountry Beef Mince. Dehydrated mice perfect for onboard protein a

Ways available in the pantry. Great for pasta dishes, nachos, tacos etc .... 

Wasabi Powder, excellent to have onboard when fresh Wasabi is unavailable. A traditional Japanese condiment served with sushi, sashimi and soba.

This is a link to a MyShop that we have set up it will take you to a range of goods that we recommend the store can only hold 100 items at a time so we will be changing the products on offer regularly. As an offer to anyone purchasing through this store we have a COUPON for $10 off any purchase of $100 or greater , of course this excludes shipping. Use DREAMTIMESAIL10 in the checkout to receive discount. 

Here is a link to all of our social media platforms, each of them are different showing different areas of our sailing life. Let us know in comment below what you think of our blogs, and ask any questions 

Cheers Rob and Karen 

Saturday 21 November 2020

EP 24 - INTERVIEW: Cooking, Provisioning & Rubbish Management at Sea

This week we are very lucky to be joined by Karen Oberg from the Yacht and YouTube channel, Dreamtime Sail, joining us live from Cairns. If you want to see some amazing cooking onboard a boat then watch a few of their videos and you will find your mouth watering. So today Karen is going to talk to us about firstly provisioning up your yacht, some cooking tips onboard and also how to manage rubbish afterwards.

Thursday 12 November 2020

Our 2020 Christmas Gift Suggestions - All Tried & Tested Afloat

Christmas gifts can be hard to choose. Finding the perfect present takes time and careful consideration – but sometimes you just need a little inspiration. And that's where we can help. If you're looking for Christmas gift ideas for family, friends or colleagues then read on, because this page is your definitive Christmas gift guide for 2020.

Living in the confined space of our boat, there's no room for anything that doesn't deserve the space it takes up. We do extensive research before buying any product or equipment then work it hard. The products we have tried and tested on a boat that never stays still in harsh, salt air. .Everything we have listed below has passed the life afloat test and we're very confident in recommending each of them. 

From what we use we have collated our top Christmas gift ideas and gift guides on this page. Here on Our Dreamtime, we're all about discovering beautiful things that make life easier, or more productive, or more fun. Whoever you're buying a Christmas gift for this year, we've got a wealth of ideas for every budget. 

Read on, but be warned – you're just as likely to end up buying things for yourself!

For the Galley God or Goddess

For those who love to be in the galley surrounded by great produce here are a few ideas for them.

There is nothing better than having grown your own produce. Now on a boat it gets a little difficult to have a garden however we can certainly have freshly grown sprouts on a daily basis with this hydroponic sprout tower onboard. Available at Bunnings for $19.95 it will have any foodie oohing and arhing over these Christmas box.

Fresh, tasty sprouts all year round 

Quick and easy to use 

Family friendly 

Perfect for the kitchen 

High quality reusable unit

This high quality multi-tiered seed sprouter has been designed to create perfect growing conditions and provide a continuous supply of fresh and tasty sprouts. Perfect in the kitchen, it takes up minimal space and its clever design gives fingertip convenience all year round. Sprout seeds sold separately. Find it here

For those cooks that love to be creative in the galley you really can not go wrong with buying them anything from the Mad Millie Range. From Kombucha, Yoghurt, Cheese and Preservatives they have everything to get you started. 

The Mad Millie Kombucha Kit includes the basic equipment and organic SCOBY that make it easier to brew kombucha at home. Its instruction manual comes with a clear step-by-step procedure on making your first batch of fermented drink. This kit even gives room for creativity, allowing you to flavour your kombucha to your liking or use it for making more fermented drinks. Free of any artificial flavours and additives, the Mad Millie Kombucha Kit is ideal for crafting fresh, delicious, and healthy drinks. 

At $42.49 this is a medium priced gift. Find it here

If the cook in your household loves to entertain think of a unique gift that has so many culinary options open to them like homemade labna using the Mad Millie Greek Yoghurt Kit. With milk on hand and some herbs for flavouring, this kit will let them serve balls of healthy yet delicious yoghurt cheese to go with their tray of crackers and veggies. Or simply make the best tasting Greek yoghurt for their breakfast daily.

At $33.74 it will fit most shoppers budget. Find it here

Now this is for the ultimate foodie. They will love the idea of making sandwiches, pastas, and appetisers with the Cheese they have made with the Mad Millie Artisan Cheese Kit. With all the necessary tools they need to make feta, mozzarella, or ricotta from scratch, use this kit as a creative weekend activity and try all the cheese recipes included. Their next cheese board party is sure to be a blast with their creations served with crackers and wine. It is so much fun to make your own cheese maybe you will be tempted too.

At $149.93 I agree this gift is for someone special, but think of all the future cheese you will be gifted 😉Find it here

For the seriously health conscious foodie this is the gift for them. The piquant flavours of homemade sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented vegetables can make a meal sing. This method preserves vegetables, locking in all their healthy enzymes and probiotics and you can store the finished product for up to 3 months in the fridge. With a 3 litre ceramic crock which can hold up to 2 medium sized cabbages and traditional clay weights to carry on the tradition of food artisans, make up to two 1 litre jars full of this amazing food. 

At $99.95 you will have your health foodie jumping for joy. Find it here

The gift receiver will make Beautiful Artisan Bread With Eco-Friendly Baking Tools Take their bread-baking game to new heights with an eco-friendly kit that’s perfect for both new bakers and seasoned pros. Perfectly proof wet dough in the all-natural rattan proofing basket. They have zero idea where to begin bread-making journey? Don’t sweat it! Our how-to guide teaches everything needed to know about bread proofing and even includes a savory sourdough recipe that’ll make it seem like their a seasoned pro! Looking to spread the loaf love? Gift our kit to an avid bread lover with a beautifully designed gift box that doesn’t even need wrapping!

At $41.39 this is an amazing gift for those already making bread or just starting. Find it here

Ok so maybe this one doesn’t fit in the so called healthy option, but you gotta party sometime. On Our Dreamtime sundowners is part of our routine. With this little beauty we have endless supplies. Yep that’s right a Gin making kit. Create your very own blend of homemade gin with the Mad Millie Handcrafted Gin Kit. Botanical infused gin, with its beautiful golden hue, has been a classic beverage by many. This kit contains everything you need to transform ordinary vodka into your own blend of London Dry style gin, using a combination of juniper berries, coriander, liquorice root and citrus peels. There are endless recipes, but be warned it is only for the serious connoisseur. 

At $59.95 everyone can have a bit of fun with this gift over the holiday break Find it here

The Big Boy Toy’s or Girl’s if so inclined 

For the one who has everything.... well maybe not everything especially a drone. Yep we know drones have been around for awhile but this drone takes flying and imagery to another level. Mavic 2 Pro with Hasselblad Camera Made in Sweden, Hasselblad cameras are renowned for their iconic ergonomic design, uncompromising image quality, and Swedish craftsmanship. Since 1941, Hasselblad cameras have captured some of the world's most iconic images – including the first moon landing. Co-engineered in partnership with Hasselblad after two years of tireless research, the Mavic 2 Pro comes equipped with the all-new Hasselblad L1D-20c camera. The L1D-20c possesses Hasselblad's unique Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology, 5 helping users to capture gorgeous 20-megapixel aerial shots in stunning color detail. If we can fly this and not have it end up in the water imagine what a great pilot could do. 

At $2315.00 you also want flying rights. But it is the ultimate present. Find it here

The DJI Action Cam is our choice for filming most of the footage for our YouTube channel. We found it so good we bought a second one. Whether you want to record your world from behind a lens or be the star of the show, Osmo Action's dual screens allow you to capture it all with the touch of a button. A vivid front screen lets you frame yourself effortlessly in any setting, while the back screen delivers a crystal-clear, hyper-responsive display. This durable, versatile action camera is jam-packed with advanced technology that lets you spend less time worrying about equipment and more time living the action. RockSteady combines EIS with complex algorithms, delivering stable, shake-free footage no matter how heavy the action gets. Modern and durable design.

At $359.00 it’s a gift that will capture their world in colour and allow them to be creative in the YouTube world. Find it here

Karen is new to photography and this is what she uses for her still photography the 200D Canon. Anyone who has been watching her progress over this season on our Facebook or Instagram pages will agree it hasn't taken long for her to get a handle of this brilliant, easy to use camera and produce great shots. If you're unfamiliar with camera vocabulary, Guided Display will help you learn as you shoot; making photography as easy as 1,2,3. In addition to Full HD (60p or 30p – selectable) and HD (30p), you can create stunning 4K (@25p) movies and time lapses with the EOS 200D Mark II. With the Canon Camera Connect App, you can instantly get social and share all your adventures from your camera via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth as it allows for a constant connection with your smart phone, what all social media junkies need 😉 You can checkout the full Canon Range at Camera House 

There are a number of options when purchasing this camera to find out more details find it here Karen use the 209d with a 18-55 Lens

If you love music but you don’t like hers or his .... here’s an option to keep you sane on a floating 40 ft box. Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones WH1000XM3: Wireless Bluetooth Over the Ear Headphones with Mic and Alexa voice control - Industry Leading Active Noise Cancellation. Headband style High-Resolution Audio headphones with industry-leading noise cancellation and Ambient Sound control.

At $323.00 it’s worth every penny for the sanity break. Did I tell you she likes Kiss ...........Find them at

Nautica gear look smart if you are stepping out for a coffee or down to the yacht club. We love Nautica so much we chose their brand for our crew shirts. These polos are available in a number of colours and styles. Casual styling and a stretch pique fabrication for the most comfortable fit. Polo collar with a sporty buttoned placket. Short sleeves.

Prices start at $38.24 they are certainly a gift aimed at the stylish guys. Find them here But don’t forget the ladies as Nautica also have a great range for the stylish gals. Move with ease in a breathable pique knit that fits and flatters the button-placket polo, a timeless sportswear piece. You can find the women’s range here

Helly Hansen is our favourite sailing gear, from hats, sailing pants to jackets they have our vote for comfort, style and functionality. Washed finish, Back adjustment and HH logo on front One size fits all. Protect yourself from the sun.

At $29.99 it’s a great gift for any sailing fanatic. Find it here

And if a hat isn’t enough this jacket is truely stylish for not only keeping you dry onboard but looks great to enjoy sundowners at the yacht club. Helly Hansen Men's Crew Midlayer Jacket.  Helly Hansen Waterproof Crew Men's Outdoor Midlayer Jacket available in Navy Helly Tech Protection. Fully seam sealed. Helly Tech Protection - Waterproof, windproof and breathable. 

Priced from $153.00 very stylish for the price. Find it here

G Shock Men's Gprb1000-1D Gps Rangeman Watch Black. Features: Style: Men's GPS Watch Colour: Black Movement: Digital GPS navigation function (Log memory backtrack function waypoint memory) Mud resist (dust-resistant mud-resistant structure) Wireless linking via Bluetooth (G-SHOCK Connected phone app) Solar & wireless charging LED backlight auto light switch selectable illumination duration afterglow Low temperature resistant Point memory digital compass bearing memory altimeter barometer & thermometer functions Stopwatch countdown timer & alarm functions Size Guide: Case Size: 60.3mm x 57.7mm x 20.2mm Band Width: 142g More Information: From the MASTER OF G Series designed and engineered for men who face severe natural environments comes a new Triple Sensor RANGEMAN model for those encountering harsh condition on land. This is the first G-SHOCK capable of GPS Navigation combined with digital compass to guide you to your destinations. The watch is able to track your routes and store waypoint information in memory making this the perfect tool for survival activities. A dual charging system supports both wireless charging and solar charging. A completely new type of G-SHOCK that is designed for advanced function and built for the ultimate in toughness.

At $1285.00 is for the man you don’t want to lose. Find it here

Say it with a message

YNALIY Skip A Straw Save A Turtle T-Shirt Women Turtle Graphic Tops Short Sleeve Tee. Cotton Blend , Its Soft And Stretchy Fabrication Allows For The Utmost Comfort And Styling!  Featuring:Crew Neckline,Graphic,Letter Print,Short Sleeves,Solid Color, Casual. Various colours available. 

Priced from $25.00 a great way to get your point across. Find it here

Say no to plastic 

Reusable Organic Cotton Produce Bags. Eco-friendly, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.Biodegradable, reusable, washing cotton mesh grocery bags. 100% Certified organic cotton mesh bags for shopping fresh produce and storing oats, dry beans and peanuts. Multi-purpose - these reusable produce bag are not only for grocery shopping, but also perfect for storing the vegetable and greens in the fridge to keep them fresh much longer. Make the Eco-conscious choice. Take pride in saving our mother earth.

For $18.99 you will be doing your bit to rid the earth of plastic. Find them here

Reusable Silicone Food Preservation Bag Food Storage Bag for Milk,Meat,Vegetable and Fruit Frozen, Fresh, Heated(4 pcs) Pack your food into AIRTIGHT SILICONE FOOD STORAGE BAGS directly at the grocery store, refrigerate or freeze, marinade before cooking, microwave or boil, reheat, even eat out of & finally save your leftovers for lunch at work.

For $15.99 it will save you heaps in the long run, no more ziplock bags. Find them here

CHILLOUT LIFE 12 oz Stainless Steel Tumbler with Lid & Gift Box Wine Tumbler Double Wall Vacuum Insulated Travel Tumbler Cup for Coffee, Wine or Cocktails. They can be used for just about anything. Great to have on the boat. Unbreakable, great for sundowners on the beach, keeps liquid hot or cold, excellent for night watches. 24 colours to choose from.

At $23.92 you’ll have to buy one for him and one for her. Find them here

Something for the mind, body and soul

In the crazy year that has been 2020 we have not been able to partake in nurturing our mind body and soul. Educational activities for mature students has been put on a hold. Karen has developed a couple of watercolour classes. So if you have been ..... Feeling isolated? Want to learn a new skill? Brush up on some techniques? You can .... Learn how to paint online. Easy to follow downloadable videos. You can rent them for $10.00 or own them for $15.00

Always wanted to explore watercolour but don't know where to start? This is the course for you. A course in watercolour with detailed instructions and information regarding the materials needed before you start, through to creating a finished painting. This course is for those who have always wanted to learn to paint in Watercolours but have never had the time or the courage to try. Step by step instruction that you can review by stopping the video to review at anytime. This you can do in the comfort of your own home taking your time to complete your watercolour at a pace you feel comfortable with.

Breaking Wave is a vibrant painting of a wave crashing onto the beach, realism that you can feel the salt spray.

Find learning to paint watercolours - Breaking Wave

With practical painting demonstrations, encouraging you to use different techniques to create beautiful watercolours. Learn how to paint water in motion, as SV Whoosh sails away on her journey of a life time. I hope you enjoy it. If you like the class give it a thumbs up and leave a comment below.

Or learn to paint watercolours - paint SV Whoosh

Affiliate Program Statement

Keep in mind that we may receive commissions when you make purchases from our affiliate program. This is at no extra cost to you. And this does not impact our reviews and comparisons. We try our best to keep things fair and balanced, in order to help you make the best choice for you. We will tell you if they are an Affiliate Link. Above are services and products we recommend and have an affiliation with. All of them we have used onboard and are happy to recommend them. Prices were correct at time of printing, we can not guarantee price change or availability of these items. Cheers Rob and Karen