What every grand parent should do to keep them young!
1.7.14 - 28.7.14 24 °C
It is such a long time since I have blogged, I am finding it difficult to remember where we've been and what we've done. We had a fabulous time back in Noosa with Steve and Wendy, lots of laughs of course, and they have promised to come and see us next year in Noosa. Their accommodation was just around the corner from us, and Joe passed their balcony each morning on his board. Sad to see them go home.
We caught up again with our French friends, Anabel and Ben and they shared a meal with us at the van. Ben made the most delicious crepes for dessert, and has promised me the recipe.....just hope he writes it in English. I did enjoy practising a bit of French with them, but of course haven't done it since. We may see them somewhere again in their travels.
Such a social time we had in Noosa, with Chris and Paul coming from Kawana Waters for breakfast one Sunday.....loads more laughs and stories shared. They were keen to see the van, with a view to perhaps buying a motorhome one day.
From Noosa we headed to Cooloola Cove, to camp on Irene's block, where we were welcomed by Gordon and Bev next door.....once again Gordon plugged us into his power and water, and he had even mowed the grass for our van to sit on! We had happy hour every night with them, sitting on their verandah, and caught up on the news from the past 12 months.
Just a short drive to Childers for lunch with our dear friends, Jan and Graham, who are living in a gorgeous unit overlooking lush sugar cane and fields of vegetables. Such a change from their Kedron and Cruiser, but it was good to see them both happy and looking so well.
So we need to go to Hervey Bay to catch our flight to Sydney......I think we chose the worst caravan park in Hervey Bay, Absolute Beachfront, but we were alongside the busy road, jammed in between other vans with not enough room to put our awning out, and the car parked almost on the step of the van!! Not to be recommended, and we weren't all that impressed with Hervey Bay. The bay is lovely, but that's about all.
We found the caravan storage place, just a 30 minute drive away, and were pleased to find an undercover spot for the van. Just $80 for the 2 weeks isn't bad, and it was nice and safe. So off to the airport and boarded our flight to Sydney. Ollie picked us up,with a very excited Will and Ruby, who, along with their little sister, Poppy, were to be left in our charge for the next 2 weeks while Ollie and Amelia went to a wedding in Sweden and then to swan around in the South of France. What a privilege to be asked to look after them, to be in charge of them for 2 whole weeks. They gave us masses of laughs, 14 sleepless nights, plenty of gooey sticky fingers, instructions on how to do everything, practice at Lego building, and perpetually aching backs.....we left after 2 weeks exhausted, but knowing those little mites so well, and satisfied that we could still do it! To our delight, Paul and Ros came and helped us for the first few days.....I tell you, it is a 4 person job......they had us all running in circles. We have more respect than ever for busy mums and dads, it really is a huge job. The 4 of us would wait for the children to go to bed, and by 8.30pm we were all snoring our heads of!! Once again, a great time with the Hogans, and we can't thank them enough. And, most importantly, Ollie and Meals had a wonderful holiday, and came home rested and more in love than ever xx
Back to Hervey Bay to collect our car and van......all safe, just in need of a bit of a wash. Joe and I were both coughing, sneezing and sniffing, so we opted for a small village on the ocean called Poona. There is a caravan park and not much else.....but it was just what we wanted to recover from our sniffles. Most travellers are there crabbing and fishing, but we just sat and rested. Rocket and Ally put on a show every night, playing and singing (!!!) and entertaining the tenants - they've been doing the same thing for 12 weeks a year for the last 12 years! Telling the same jokes, crooning the same old songs!! There was bad internet access at Poona, so it was hard to play words, email and google......I felt as though my best friend had gone
We're now back at Rocky Creek Scout Camp, near Landsborough. As luck would have it some of our Tasmanian friends, Dee and Barry and Ron and Shaz are housesitting very close by.....so we all had lunch yesterday, right here at our camp, on the lawn under the paper bark trees. So lucky to be here and to have friends to join us - we had a ball! Sue and Stew came and spent a night at the camp on the way home from their travels up north......we shared stories, had camp oven dinner, washed it down with a couple of reds, and sat out under the awning while it poured with rain and watched The Hawks beat Sydney. Too soon they had to head off to Brisbane to see more friends.
This will be our home for the next couple of weeks.....until we fly to Launceston to look after Will and Hannah for a couple of weeks while Lou and Scotty take a much needed, hard earned rest. NO we are not taking bookings for babysitting. we'll need to get some winter woolies from somewhere - we said we wouldn't have any more winters! We're looking forward to seeing family and friends while we are home, and of course to taking care of Will and Hannah, although I think they're probably big enough to take care of us!!
We are nicely set up here, our neighbours are strawberry picking, and Joe's going to find out if he can get a job for a few days......maybe they don't want short term pickers, but worth a try. And we'll have more chance to check out this stunning part of Queensland.
Hope everyones well and happy, and we'll see you all soon