Tuesday 28th July 2015, Caboolture.
Linda is back from Melbourne, much to her delight, too cold in Melbourne. We, or I, have had the heater going on occasions here for about two weeks in the middle of July and there so far has been no hint that we will need it on again. We are now very settled in and enjoying the space and comfort tremendously, well not quite so much with Linda with her month’s absence but it won’t be long. I have finally got the front yard sorted out and it only took me one day to complete all I now intend to do.
We have nearly fully furnished the house, without some things we are trying to convince ourselves whether we really need or not. So it is now get used to the different life style and find things to occupy our time that was automatically taken care of when caravanning with there being others always around. I will soon have to re-place the caravan in the driveway to do some maintenance, fix the brakes, before we decide to go touring again. It will need to be in the driveway on the concrete so I can climb underneath with a lot more comfort and safety.
Monday 6th July 2015, Caboolture.
Caravan moved, space in the garage for the car, most everything else is sorted out and stored now with plenty of room in the garage area.
I have purchased a lawn mower and whipper snipper and have settled in for a routine of yard maintenance. Monday and Tuesday are allocated for leaf raking and lawn tidying, so that the scraps can go in the rubbish bin for disposal on Wednesday mornings. The job has been a lot bigger so far than what it will eventually be as the lawn edges are all messy and need trimming and tidying. Most of that is done so from here on in the snipper should keep them well under control. The lawns don’t need mowing very often at this time of year, and I dare say it will be a regular job later in the year.
Sunday 28th June 2015, Caboolture.
I suppose it could be expected that now we have settled in our house that there won’t be much in the way of reports forthcoming, but I do intend keeping the site up and running anyway. I expect the main reason there hasn’t been many reports so far is that we have been flat out moving in and settling, and I just haven’t had time to put anything down.
Linda has gone back to Melbourne for her grand-kid fix, and medical visits, and left me here batching. She has actually gone down a week earlier than planned as daughter Narrelle has gone to England for a wedding photo shoot, yes I said ‘England’, and she asked if Linda could come down and baby-sit, that’s what grand mothers are for isn’t it. It has been a baby-sitting job with a difference this time though as just before she went down grandson Callen, the 2 year old, broke his leg on the trampoline and finding something to occupy his time while incapacitated is the fun part, she is coping pretty well though, as reports go, and Narrelle will be back on Monday.
I have gotten permission, and moved the caravan from the driveway to the other end of the yard and made room for the car to be placed in the garage, which is another story. I originally parked the caravan on the northern side of the drive so I could use the garage closest to the front door for the car, but would you believe that when the car was driven in it turned out to be about 15mm too long to fit in. It turned out that the car was fronted up against a brick wall pillar, and if I were to use the other garage it would fit between two of them, so the caravan had to be moved, to the other end of the yard, to make room for the car to get into the other garage, and it did fit, so now the driveway is clear making friend Adrian happy as he will have somewhere to park his car when they come to visit today.
Wednesday 10th June 2015, Caboolture.
We have now moved into our new house, well we actually moved in on Saturday, or officially Friday, so we have settled in rather well so far. We have parked the caravan in the driveway and have moved the bed mattress from the van into the house to sleep on the floor until our new bed arrives on Friday. Most other things have also been moved from the van into the house, and somebody is now saying “How did all that fit into the van”. All other appliances have been purchased and installed, well the essentials anyway, and what is now needed can wait until we can afford them. All is good at the moment and it is enjoyable having the comfort of a home again. It is taking us a bit of time to get used to the surroundings so far, such as road noise, different bird sounds, light coming in the blinds early in the morning etc. but we did get a little more sleep this morning, and I am sure things will improve with our new bed arriving on Friday. I have abandoned the moving in today and have gone to my usual day at the museum just for a break as I have been rather exhausted the past few days, old age does ‘SUCK’, and Linda said she would prefer a day without me under foot as well. It will be interesting in a couple of weeks though, as Linda is going back to Melbourne for her usual grand-kid fix and medical checks and will be leaving me on my own for nearly a whole month. I guess I will have to adapt, or pack up the van and go somewhere for company.
Tuesday 2nd June 2014, Beachmere.
Today is the day we signed for our new rental house, and I can’t remember the last time I saw such a big smile on Linda’s face. We move in on Saturday and then start to furnish the place. It may be a little uncomfortable for a short while, but we will have the caravan on site if all else fails.
A picture of the house.
This will not be the end of our travels, or the web site, as we are keeping the caravan for future short travels, so I will update this site on occasions that are required, but might not be often.