Sunshine Coast uodate

Saturday 30th June 2007, Sunshine.

Not much extra to report at this time, we are having a reasonably quiet time, and enjoying it. Linda, still coughing, is improving a bit and hopefully will be over it soon.

The weather seems to be on the improve up this way, we haven’t had the woes of NSW and VIC, but it has been rather wet, windy and cold. It is forecast for sunny and 20 odd degrees for the next week or so, and it will be welcome.

I have been bumping into quite a few Tasmanians recently, some from George Town, my old stomping ground, and quite a few ex work colleagues. It seems that more and more are taking up this type lifestyle, although they aren’t selling up, they just come for the warmer weather.

guilt feelings

Sunday 24th June 2007, Sunshine.

Since writing my previous entry on 22nd I have been left with a few guilt feelings. The first was when son Matthew replied to my comment about our lifestyle being our best decision. Matt basically said that surely things like getting married, and having kids would have to rate. I guess in the elation of the moment I showed one of my typical traits of putting down the words I feel at the time without giving a great deal of thoughts of what happened over the past 30 odd years. Not that I take back anything I did say, but I would have to agree they do certainly rate, apologies to family members.

The most important though, was the fact that I dwelt on the fact that my health is at a better level now than it has for a long time, when poor old Linda is still badly suffering from Whooping Cough that she picked up while in Melbourne, I really am feeling guilty about that point. This ailment is one of those things that will last a while, but I am sure when she does get over it she will consider that she also fits that category.

Travel Ponderings

Friday 22nd June 2007, Sunshine Coast.

Linda and I have now been living in our caravan travelling around this country of ours for going on seven years now and I have recently been pondering whether it was a correct decision to make. Considering that when I left work with that idea in mind there were a few work colleagues, and others, dumb foundered that we could even consider doing so: Well read on and learn.

We have now seen a great deal of Australia, something we never would have done if we vegetated at home, and have now learned that there is much more to be seen, we haven’t been to the west yet. One thing we both now enjoy is watching those travel shows on tellie and being able to say “We have been there

Sunshine Coast

Monday 18th June 2007, Sunshine.

Time to sound ‘Soppy’. It is very nice to once again have Linda back home. This is not just because I can now get fed properly, with decently cooked meals, a nice roast lamb tonight, but I do find her company helps pass the time a lot more easily. I do admit things were becoming a little boring while she was away. Her company is probably not the absolute best at the moment with the bug she bought back with her, but I really don’t mind whatever little inconveniences that come along with it.

I am once again showing a little frustration with businesses on the Sunshine coast. On past dealings in the area I have noticed how businesses here don’t seem to give a great deal of importance to ringing clients to keep them informed of the status of deals. The same was noted of the refrigeration people fixing my Waeco fridge, on numerous occasions I had to call them, and call back again, to find out what was happening. More today when after I had noticed that they had not replaced the screws in the cover after repairing the fridge. I rang them early this morning to complain and their response was “I will get the tech give you a ring and arrange a remedy

Sunshine Coast

Friday 15th June 2007, Sunshine Coast.

As I previously said it will be a while between reports while here as life goes on day by day with not a great deal being different.

Linda has returned from Melbourne and in a couple of days things should be back to something of normality. She is still coughing with the bug she picked up while down there, but hopefully that will clear up in time to come.

I finally have my Waeco fridge back, and finally repaired. I did pick it up on Wednesday supposedly fixed with a fan motor replaced, but Thursday morning I couldn’t get any milk from the carton as everything was frozen solid, it was working too well. I returned the fridge once again and they replaced the thermistor and all now seems ok, but monitoring over the next fays will tell. At least it must have been covered by warrantee as it didn’t cost me anything, a big bonus I guess.

Most of the people we have come to know while here over the past couple of years are here again having migrated north once again, so it will be, and has been, nice to catch up with them all again.


Thursday 7th June 2007, Sunshine.

In the area we are camped at the moment most of the other campers are Victorians who migrate north for the winter. The majority of these are elderly retired couples and some are in the higher of the age group, like Stan and Beryl who are camped opposite us, Stan is about 87 years old or so. Last night while watching TV I heard some moaning noises that I didn’t think were coming from the telly, so I turned the mute on and sure enough the moaning noises continued. This is when it occurred to me that it must be Stan and a look outside revealed Stan in a crumpled heap on the ground outside his van. In his unsteady and fragile nature he had tripped on a guy rope and toppled to the ground. The fall had knocked the wind out of him so after letting him get his breath I, and another camper John, helped him inside his annexe and tended to his wounds. He has some skin off his arm and looked like he had damaged his rib cage. After cleaning his wounds and sitting with him for a while he insisted he was ok so he then went inside to bed. All this time his wife was inside in bed and he instructed at this stage not to disturb her, she had her hearing aid removed and wouldn’t hear anyway.

This morning I informed his friends in the park and they have organised a visit to the doctor. He was a little sore this morning and did have trouble getting out of bed, so we will now see what the doctor says.

Midday: Stan has returned from the doctor after having xrays and such, and it turns out that he may have only bruised his ribs and not cracked any. Good news for him as his recovery time should be less, although he is in a bit of pain at the moment.

Comments on this ‘BLOG’

I feel the need for a ‘Post’ with a difference, nothing to do with our travels, but just about this ‘BLOG’ and my computer ability.

Son Matthew has taken upon himself to give me some assistance, or ideas, to help make it a little easier for me to create these Posts, and I greatly appreciate any assistance I receive. My computer abilities are reasonably limited as I am basically self taught, with the exception of great tuition over the years from my ex-boss Tim, and my ability for design creation is obviously somewhat limited. When Matt created this ‘BLOG’ for me I considered that the design was reasonable and I was happy to leave it as is, but I think Matt expected me to change it. Then I am one of those elderly ‘Grey Nomads’ that get rather set in their ways, so when a new trick is learned it is difficult to accept that one should learn an easier method in doing the same thing, so the site will more than likely stay roughly as it is.

I have accepted Matts recent ‘Lesson’ in finding Windows Live Writer making it easier to create these Posts, hence the variations in text colour experimentation. I received comments, through other means than via this Blog, that my text colour selection, of what I thought was brown in the recent posts, was not very good and hard to read, so here is another variation that I at least think matches the rest of the BLOG layout.

‘GO GREEN’, seeing green has also been our main selection with our logo and such.

As I don’t get many comments on this site I have no idea of how many people are actually reading it, so it probably doesn’t matter what it looks like anyway, but it would be appreciated if there were a few comments on its appearance, or anything else. This would also give me a bit of practice on replying to comments as well.

Another aspect of this BLOG is that it gives me the opportunity to share my information of Television Reception details, as listed on another page on this site, for fellow travellers, full time or not. I probably wouldn’t expect anyone would read all the previous posts about our travels, but it would be nice to have an idea that some people are gaining something from the TV page at least.

I guess that I could certainly expect a comment on this post from Matt at least.