Caboolture.

Sunday 22nd January 2017, Caboolture.

Building things at both the museum and the Men’s shed has kept me busy this week, but the heat wave we had made it a little unbearable, for us at least. I have been giving a small amount of thought into the possibility of Air-con just for periods like this, but if we can persist I don’t know that I can justify the cost, and then if we did have one we would find we would be using it a lot more often in periods that would probably not really warrant.

An interesting incident occurred over the past couple of days that has severely embarrassed our mate Adrian. A woman at the caravan park where Adrian lives rang me on Friday asking if I could look at her TV. After enquiries, the symptoms indicate a TV fault and she should prepare herself for buying a new one. She said it was working, she turned it off to go out and when she came home it would not turn on again. Adrian then went up and had a look to check if power was getting to the set and could not detect a fault, so I said I would drop in when we had our usual visit on Saturday, yesterday. When I got there my intention was to only inform the woman that when she made a new purchase I would be prepared to come and install it for her, as it is mounted in a swivel wall mount bracket, but decided to go have a quick look anyway. Adrian assured me there was power at the point, the power cable looked in good nick and permanently connected to the set, and the remote control had been tested ok. I then noticed all the buttons on the set were on the top of the set, and decided to just check the power switch, and would you believe it, it had been turned off. I assume that when she turned the set off, by the remote as normal, to go out she also pushed the set back into the wall, accidently pushing the power button in doing so. I turned the power on, this put it in standby only, then switched it on with the remote and the set worked as if nothing had happened. The embarrassing thing for Adrian was that he didn’t think to look for a power switch, especially just after I was having a joke with him, referring to an add on TV, about turning the power on. He says he will never live it down, perhaps I will never let him.

Caboolture in the heat.

Sunday 15th January 2017, Caboolture.

Sunday again, and what has happened in the last week? The museum and the Men’s shed have reopened, so that keeps me occupied on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and some Tuesdays from now on. The Men’s shed, as I may have recently mentioned, has just finished construction of its first shed, so I have been volunteering my services, or time, assisting the “Sparky” member in wiring in power points and lights etc. This is the thing I have been looking forward to in joining the men’s shed, assisting with construction of whatever to improve the shed. Most of the other members spend the meeting sitting and chatting, but after-all that is what the shed is all about.

I finally made changes to make things easier in putting the caravan in the southern end of the yard. I placed some large paving concrete stones in place where the wheels and jockey wheel are to be situated, and this makes it much easier to get the van into the best parking position. The problem before was that there was nothing to line the van up with to get it into position as there is nothing at that end of the yard square with anything else, so it meant readjustments in movements to get it right. Now I can see the stones I placed on the ground, so now all is required is to line the van up centrally after driving it up the ramps to the foot-path, and reversing it up onto the stones. I placed the van there on Friday and from what I learned I am now wishing I had done it months ago, Explanation: It has been extremely hot here recently, with high humidity as well, and Linda and I are finding it hard to get used to, we have been in Melbourne this time of year normally. Most of the breezes, winds, we get here this time of year come from the north to north-east, so when the van and car were removed from the drive-way the breeze was then unbroken by them and builds up in the corner of the house and garages and funnels it straight into the front door of the house. Because we don’t have air-con we rely heavily on air flow through the house to give us that cool feeling and this situation has resulted in a much greater flow than we had previously. Hopefully this heat wave will be over soon and we start getting a little cooler stuff.

Caboolture 2017.

CHAPTER 73

The year of 2017.

Sunday 8th January 2017, Caboolture.

On Monday, being our wedding anniversary, Linda decided that it would be an idea to go to Maroochydore, our old winter stomping ground, and have a look around and a walk on the beach, as it would have to be one of our favourite beach areas. We had fish and chips for lunch and enjoyed them thoroughly, and from then on all went down-hill.

· We had never walked on this beach in the middle of summer and both got quite burned, especially Linda.

· The 4-5-kilometre beach walk, what we used to do, was a bit much in the heat, so we both returned to the car a little exhausted.

· We didn’t consider the traffic on the way home being the end of a long weekend and everyone was returning home from holidays.

· It seems the lunch we had didn’t agree with Linda, she now thinks she can’t handle calamari, and she spent the next few days in bed.

Even with all this we did enjoy the day out, filling in the day, it was what followed that Linda didn’t enjoy.

The Christmas and new year are nearly over and it is back to the usual routine from now on, with Museum on Wednesday, and Men’s shed on Thursday, plus Tuesdays from then on. With the rain we have had lately, it looks like I am going to be busy tomorrow mowing the grass, if it is dry enough, as I have the day to fill in having the car booked in for a service.

We have also been busy preparing to move the caravan from the drive-way to the other end of the yard on a permanent type basis. This has meant placing some bricks on the lawn for the wheels and jack-stand to park on, and clearing out the garage with more storage so I can once again park the car in the garage. It is a waste of time having a garage if one cannot park the car in it.

Caboolture for Xmas,

Friday 30th December 2016, Caboolture.

We have stayed at home in Caboolture this Christmas so we could have a quiet Christmas on our own, well with K & A is nearly alone, and so the kids could have a quiet one without us hanging around. It has been too many years to recall that we have not had any family with us for Christmas.

With the museum closing for two weeks over Xmas, and the men’s shed doing the same, we find ourselves with plenty of free time until they reopen, so we have decided to do the touristy thing and see some things we would not do and see now that we are not travelling in the caravan. The old story is: one never sees any sights in his immediate local area, and we were starting to realise that this was becoming the case with us. On Wednesday, we went to the Botanic Gardens at Redcliffe. We had known of them for quite a while but never, up till now, gone to see them. These gardens were a little different to others, as when I first saw them my first comment was that they look a little run-down, but they are designed to be that way with a lot of plants being grown and actually looking like a forest situation. The result was good and fully suited the situation they were trying to achieve. The only negative, if it is one, is that flying foxes have taken over the tree tops.

Today we went for a drive to Petrie area, half way from here to Brisbane, with the intention of looking at the Old Petrie Town, and Lake Samsonvale, which is our main water supply catchment. The Old Petrie Town was a bit of a disappointment as most of the old buildings are obviously only open when they are having market days, so very few were open today. I guess we were expecting something like the Caboolture historic village that have many old buildings open for inspection at all open times, so I think Old Petrie would have the same disappointment for quite a few tourists. Lake Samsonvale was well laid out with very good picnic areas at the dam, with excellent lookout facilities. There are several good picnic areas around the lake that obviously provide some good fishing opportunities as was evident by the number of people dangling lines in the water.

All in all, these touristy days have been good with us seeing new things, and they aptly fill in the days as well.

I am hopeful that I will continue reports such as this even though we are not travelling full time any more.

Caboolture.

24th November 2016, Caboolture.

I have been a little slack again in not putting words down. I have been away on another short trip to Tamborine Mountain, inland from the Gold Coast. Linda went to Melbourne for two weeks to do some baby-sitting for Narrelle and left me on my own again. K&A had already gone down to Tamborine in their ‘Nipper’ so I decided to go down for a few days for the company. I only went down for five days, and apart from a little sight-seeing, I really did not do anything at all, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I am back now, and so is Linda, and we don’t look like taking the van out now for quite some time, like next year. One good reason I didn’t place any reports while away is that the mobile coverage was very poor down there, in a valley on the hillside, so consequently internet access wasn’t very good either.

Ronald & Linda Tew, All over the countryside