Wednesday 31st March, (Legana).

We have finally made a move from Kelso back to Legana. This move came two weeks before we were due to move, but we have had enough of travelling to Launceston several times each week, and getting up early to do so when Linda baby-sits the grand kids. Having only made the move today we are already feeling a lot more comfortable with the surroundings and the closeness to everything. This is especially due to the fact that when we checked in here we found that they are only going to charge us $15,30 per day when we were quoted $22.50, and paid that amount last time we were here. I will have to query the price next time we make a payment, as perhaps there may have been a mistake as the park manager was running the office rather than his wife when we did check in.

I received some news today about the death of the father of friend Tony Cruse. A phone call to him revealed that he and Brenda are on their way to Tassie, as his father was from here. I will no doubt catch up with them when they arrive, and will attend the funeral.

A subject that I have not been writing anything about is Narrelle and Matt buying a house, in England. Linda had been SMS communicating a fair bit with them, as usual, and has learned that they have now finalised their contract for purchase and mortgage. One thing troubling them is the fact that the company that Matt works for has gone bust. Matt was retained on the job where everyone else was laid off, a couple of weeks ago, but has now been given 30 days notice. They have no doubt considered this in making the purchase, and have now doubt that Matt will have no difficulty finding more work. Narrelle is still working so that is one consolation.


Saturday 13th March.

Moving Adrian: This is an experience I do not wish to undertake again. The main problem was that when he moved there was no preparation in packing his things and everything was packed loose. This made it a lot harder for stacking in the trailer and car, apart from the fact that most of his gear will probably be thrown out once Linda sorts it all out. Most of it is now moved in to the new flat and we have, hopefully only, one more load tomorrow, then it will be Linda’s job in her few days stay-over to sort it all out.

Linda will be staying at Adrian’s for a few days next week so this will give me an opportunity to paint the roof of the container.

I have recently been giving some thought to whether I would prefer to be back on the mainland, travelling, but I guess it is only situations like this weekend moving Adrian, and such, that really gives me the notions. I guess I have really become accustomed to the lifestyle of not having any worries and look forward to it again. Apart from the cold here in Tassie I am thinking I am enjoying our time back here, especially when there are no hassles. I should really consider staying for the term that Linda would prefer, and the cold may not be a real problem when we are at Legana with free power, but we’ll see how we feel in a couple of months.

Monday 15th March.

A satisfying day was had today with settling Adrian into his new flat. We managed to get him a phone connected, In-contact facilities, which are incoming calls only, and it is free. There are conditions to obtaining such a connection, with the applicant must either be on a full pension or have a large bill with Telstra and must not have another phone, like a mobile. Adrian met these requirements.

His rent has been taken care of with the credit union making automatic payment transfers each fortnight after his pension is paid into his account. Rent assistance, and power bill will be taken care of tomorrow.

Wednesday 17th March.

Linda is in Launceston for a few days helping Adrian settle in to his new unit, so I am on my own again for a few days.

We had a very enlightening day yesterday when we had our appointment with the superannuation financial adviser. I had drafted a heap of questions that I had thought of over the past few months that I consider needed answers before we start using our super later this year. It was a very interesting interview, with all our questions answered, so we can now head off into the realm of retirement knowing that if all is managed properly, our money should adequately look after us for a fair while.

I had a day of painting today, putting a thick coat on the roof of our container at Paul’s place. The roof was in a reasonable state of rust so after brushing the rust off last week it was time to coat it. I could only buy the required paint in a four litre tin, at least twice as much as needed, so the roof will get a couple of thick coats.


Thursday 11th March.

After the week at Matt and Lou’s I have come to the conclusion that, although I love the grandkids and all, having kids around all the time is not my scene any more, so the least we have to do that the happier I will be.

Linda has still not been happy with the idea that I keep putting to her about me returning to the mainland if it gets too cold for me in winter. We had a talk about this subject the other night and maybe we have resolved the situation. It seems that if we make the decision that we will only travel to the mainland in winter from now on she may be happy with the idea of me returning as long as we return for next summer. As we have seen most of the east coast now we could from now on select a destination somewhere and make that our travel stop and maybe stay there for a lengthy duration for winter and then make a different selection for the following winter. At some stage we do intend going to Darwin and Perth, but we will more than likely not make the trip down the west coast, as that is the one trip neither of us is looking forward to.

We have decided that our staying at Kelso was basically a waste of time: Even though the idea was to save money we are defeating the purpose of coming home for a lengthy stay as we are not getting to visit anybody because it is too far to travel to Launceston more than the twice a week that we do have to. It turns out that it has also been very cold at Kelso, especially of an evening, and I am sure it is even colder than Launceston. As a result we have decided to return to Legana caravan park when our tenure is completed here. If we claim rent assistance from Centerlink this will reduce our accommodation bill to something we could handle, and if we save on fuel costs it will not end up costing us much more than at Kelso, and we will have all the free power we want for heating.

We are at this stage travelling to Launceston nearly every day anyway, as we have found a new flat for Adrian and we have to spend a fair bit of time in town making arrangements and moving him in, and such, so we would have been better off staying in Lonny all the time. At least after we have finally moved Adrian in we might end up with a couple of weeks here at Kelso of peace and solitude before we make our move back to town.

I do have some more work to do on the container while down this way, I have cleaned most of the rust off the roof and now have a tin of paint and intend, when we do have some free time at Kelso, to paint the roof. I had to buy a four-litre tin of paint, as it does not come in small tins, so I intend to put a few coats on, being the roof.

I am at home on my own at this stage as Linda is spending the night at Matt’s tonight for an early start to babysitting tomorrow, and will also be spending a couple of nights with Adrian next week to get him settled into his new unit, but I guess I can handle it.