Queensland: Beautiful one day, Perfect the next.

Friday 24th August 2007, Sunshine.

Queensland: Beautiful one day, perfect the next?

I thought last week was an eventful one!

The last three or four days has seen non-stop rain and Gail force winds in this area. I heard on the radio this morning that we have had record rainfalls over the past day or two. At least it has filled the Sunshine Coast water reserves, but it seems Brisbane reserves didn’t get a great deal at all.

As one would expect there have been numerous trees blown down, houses and caravans damaged etc. I have been what I would relate as being fortunate being parked on the new site we are on. We seem to be protected somewhat by the permanent sites close by, and the weather has been coming from the south, which is better for us being parked in the direction we are, at least I can open the front doors of the annexe to get some air without the rain coming in, and at least I can sit out there where most others have had to pull down their awnings and sit inside all day.

One can’t even get out in the car for a break today as, according to the radio reports, we are almost isolated to the outside world with flooding. New reports of road closures are coming in regularly. Also there are the usual reports of rescues of people who attempt to drive through the flood waters.

For those that know the area: even though I haven’t been for a look yet, I hear that Pincushion Island, at the mouth of Maroochydore River, is once again an island. It has been, for the past fifteen years or so, joined by sand to the northern side of the river, but every so often with rough weather the sand is washed away and sometimes, with sand deposits, then joins to the other side of the river. This is what happened that fifteen years ago, prior to that it was joined to the south.

I feel sorry for the people who have to move on in this weather, and believe me there are quite a few packing up their vans to do so. This is the time of year that most Victorians start their journey back home after spending winter up here, and unfortunately some of them actually make bookings for their stays on the way and are committed to travelling whatever the weather. Not this ‘Little Black Duck’ our policy is that “If it is raining we stay where we are?.

The forecast is for the rain to clear up later today, and as I sit putting down these words it seems to be abating now. The next door neighbour tells me last night was the wildest of the past few nights, but I guess I slept through it and wasn’t aware.

an eventful week

Saturday 18th August 2007 Sunshine.

What an eventful week I have had. This is after all the excitement of Narrelle and her new baby, and Linda being in Melbourne leaving me on my own.

It all started last Sunday with that accident I was involved in, with me then being very busy organising repairs for the panel-van that needs to be done before we are ready to leave here for our venture back down south.

There have also been a few hiccups with the organisation of follow up procedures after the passing of Linda’s brother Kenny, but all is now done as to our satisfaction.

Now I have been informed that our shipping container, with our furniture and such stored in, needs to be moved from its present location. The main problem is that this has to be finalised before mid November or so, and we may have to go home very early and rearrange things. We are now actually considering getting rid of everything in the container, then selling the container, this will then relieve us of the worry of what we will do in future if this occurs again. It is a little early to decide right now as there are other points to consider such as: Matthew and Louisa have some furniture in the container as well, so they are going to have to remove that before we can start to empty our gear. The decision to get rid of all our stuff in the container is mainly because we will probably find it difficult in future to get back into the housing market so we are likely to be living in the van for a fair while, so most of the gear will not be needed. We will simply have to make a decision about everything we do wish to keep when we empty it, and find somewhere to store them.

The thing that could drastically effect our decision to go home early is the repairs to the car, if the repairers don’t do the job in the next coupe of weeks.

I had a visit from the couple riding the motor-bike involved in the accident on Sunday, and was surprised to see both, especially the wife being the pillion that was thrown into my car, were not suffering much injury. They were both suffering a little, but only expected I suppose. They decided that they wanted to visit to thank me for my support for the wife during the incident. I guess some of my first aid training at work has finally paid off.

Vehicle incident

Sunday 12th August 2007, Sunshine.

A day of incidents today: I was sitting in the annexe this morning thinking that I didn’t have a great deal to do, what was I to do with myself all day? Ah, I have heard of a 12volt shop near Caloundra that I want to check out, even though it is not open I might as well find out where it is, and then have a bit of a look around the area. I got about half way there and had to stop for some red lights. Just after stopping I heard a loud crash behind me, I looked in my rear view mirror to see a motor-cyclist flying over the top of a car behind me and crashed into the rear of my vehicle. The force of the impact between the motor cycle and the car behind forced the car forward into the rear of mine so the woman cyclist landed on his bonnet and against the rear of my car. She was conscious the whole time and I insisted she not move until the ambulance arrived, she had no intention of moving, so I stayed with her to comfort her as well as I could until help arrived. I must call the husband tonight, I believe he was the driver, and check on her condition.

It could be just as well we intend being here for a few more weeks so I can get it repaired before we head off.

it’s a girl

Thursday 9th August 2007, Sunshine

IT’S A GIRL!

Daughter Narrelle gave birth to a daughter this morning. I only missed it by two days. Details are as follows:

Alicia-Rae Joy was born at 0915 AM and was a length of 53cm (21 inches) and weighed 7lb 5oz.

Would you believe that at this moment (5:00 PM) she is on her way home, didn’t even get to stay over-night.

Have been to Melbourne.

Tuesday 7th August 2007, Sunshine.

I have just returned from my two day trip to Melbourne, and feel that I should have written something whilst down there but life was just too hectic. I have returned with nothing different to before I went down.

Narrelle was due to be induced with the birth of her new child on Saturday just gone, hence my going down when I did, but when she had her tests at the hospital they revealed that the baby was not in position, so she was sent home. She had another visit yesterday which revealed that she is now ready to give birth, so go home and wait. Yesterdays hospital visit was beneficial to me as I got to take her in, and while she was there, for three hours plus, I got to baby sit Jaedon and it was nice for him to get to know me somewhat. It must have worked because he was reasonably friendly with me this morning before I left.

So as I said, I have returned to the Sunshine Coast, Narrelle is still pregnant, and Linda is still with Narrelle anxiously waiting the new birth.

The trip was also worth the fact that I got to see Matt and Louisa and their kids, as these kids were waiting for me to make a visit.

So now it is back to the life of enjoying the warmth of this area and continue doing what I do best, not much at all.