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.

Caboolture, in new house.

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.

Beachmere, but not for long.

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.

150602_New house 004B 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.

Beachmere, Thinking of settling.

Tuesday 19th May 2015, Beachmere.

We have arrived at Beachmere, we actually got here yesterday. Due to our lousy, weather-wise, trip up here this year, well I reckon that is what did it, we sat down one night at Grafton and discussed our situation, we have decided that we have had enough of permanent travel and need some comfort and space. We have decided while at Beachmere to start looking for something to rent, a house or a unit, and settle down. We will keep the van and still do some travelling, so we are looking forward to it. We have never been in the situation of looking for a rental before so it will be a new experience. Our conditions are:

1. Must be close to public transport.

2. Must be close to shops.

3. Would help if has more than 1 bedroom.

4. Would be nice to have room to store the caravan, or the price will have to be low enough for us to rent some storage space somewhere.

5. Must suit our budget, which isn’t much.

I have had a visit to my Podiatrist for a clip, and to the doctor to do something about the respiratory problem I have, and have some new meds to hopefully fix the problem, we will see.

I am off to the museum tomorrow to see if I am interested in continuing my work there, and I reckon I will or I wouldn’t be going tomorrow.

The car is obviously starting to show signs of age as the driver’s window winder switch failed to work today, for a while anyway, but it did start to work again after I fiddled with it. I am going to have it replaced anyway, but the problem is going to be getting used to not winding the window down in case it won’t wind up again.


Friday 15th May 2015, Ballina.

We have finally moved on from Grafton after having the car fixed yesterday. We ended up having funny feelings about Grafton, but it must have only been because we were forced to stay there instead of doing so voluntarily. We would recommend the town and caravan park to anybody, but we were glad to get out of there.

We are now at Ballina, our second last leg before getting to Beachmere, and the weather is forecast to be a bit warmer of an evening, so it should be a lot easier to tolerate.

Ronald Tew, All over the countryside