Oh Dear, change of plans….

We have had a couple of “challenging” days. It started with word from Hamish, our tenant, that due to unforseen circumstances they will be giving us notice to end the tenancy. We gave it a lot of thought and discussion before deciding that we would go back to the Goldcoast and sort out new tenants. We had only gone as far as Bowen, approx 1200kms. So decision made we turned around and retraced our steps.

They say troubles come in threes, next thing to happen was when a traffic cop waved us over in Proserpine. “Madam did you know you were doing 70kms in a 60km zone, did you have any reason to be going so fast?” The only reason was I had not seen the 60 km sign… So a $133 fine to to be paid in 28 days. We were very careful to watch for speed zone signs and follow them to the letter after that shake up.

We covered 319 kms and stopped at an unspoilt hamlet called Clairview. It was a row of approx 100 beach style houses, of the sort that makes you think of the 1950’s. Right on the beach front with the railway running past on the other side of the road between them and the Bruce Highway. We spotted that someone had cleared the railway land on the opposite side of the road to their house and created a beautiful bush garden. We had to stop and admire it and talk to the very passionate gardeners that had created it. They were so happy to show us round. It was the beach house of Lyn and Warren and they spent half the time in Rockhampton and the other half here. Lyn took us round the back of the house were they had created garden right down to the beach, but Lyn said it was not as good as a month ago because the cyclone had created huge king tides, the largest ever known in the area and washed away a large part of the back garden. She gave us a bag full of orange cherry tomatoes to take away with us and in true garden spirit gave me some cuttings.

There was a caravan park at the end of the road and they would supply a meal if you ordered by 5-30. Tonight it was chicken breast in italian herbs with vegetables for $12, and they had a licenced bar. So of course we ordered it, dinner would be served at 6-30.

Then the third disaster struck, as we backed into the parking spot the back tyre just went down like a deflating balloon…

Of course it would’ve been much worse we thought of all the other places the tyre could burst, none of the scenarios were good ones. So Jack changed the tyre, we went for a walk along the beach as the sun set then wandered over to the bar for dinner, and that is when we realized what a unique little community we had landed in. A number of the locals had gathered in the bar for happy hour all chatting and swapping jokes. It was like going back in time and they accepted us into their community for the evening. Up in the rafters under the corrugated roof three pink noses poked out. It was the resident family of possums come over for their feed.

The meal was delicious washed down with a glass of wine…

So the day has had its ups and downs, but we will go with the flow and see what happens next week…

Admiring Lyn and Warren's garden

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4 thoughts on “Oh Dear, change of plans….

  1. … nice bench and you don’t look a day older 🙂

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  2. Hi Sandra, We have had an enjoyable trip home via another route, due back tomorrow. We look on it as an adventure and sure things will turn out OK. All travel in what ever direction is travel….

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  3. Sandra Carroll

    Hello both, So sorry to hear of the mishaps, especially the tenant situation; I hope that you will find another suitable tenant quickly so that you will be able to resume your journey. I’ll miss my daily visit to Oz, I’ve been really enjoying it! Good luck, Sandra

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