Well our life has been really busy and not always for the happiest 😦
So what has been happening???? Well quite a bit.
4th November We spent three nights in Cecil Plains whilst making our way up to Caboolture to get the van serviced and on the 7th November we moved on to Kumbia ( a little village south East of Kingaroy) and spent two nights there in a low cost camp at the Apex Park. Toilets and showers ($2 for 3 minutes hot water) and if you get in quick enough (which we weren’t 😀) you could hook up for power at $1 per hour. The first night her we met some lovely people from Toowoomba who were making their way to Bjelke-Petersen Dam for a Combined Caravan Clubs of Queensland Christmas meet. A lovely couple named Brian and Wendy Wisley and his friends Allan and Faye McCalman. Brian does lovely Australian scene paintings and it turns out that Allan is a cousin by marriage of my Aunty Pat Pendrick. Allan’s Uncle Heuy married Aunty Pat’s Mum and Allan lived with them for a few years in his early teenage. Such a very small world that we live in. Darryl and I hope to catch up with them all again later next year.
9th November we moved on to Kilcoy for the night. The council have re-done the camp spot at Anzac park and there are now no powered sites available and the huge tree in the back corner, near the creek, has been chopped down. This helped with no bats at night but made for a hot time in the camp ground as not much shade available now.
10th November we headed down to Caboolture and handed the van over to Daniel and Mick and went to visit our friend Marj who was camped up at a free camp 20kms away. It was so good to see her and her dog ‘Daisy’ and catch up again. We have met in some out of the way places but it is always a pleasure.
We did not get the van back until after three as they found that one of our solar panels had a large crack in a top corner and most of that panel was out of action. Because leaving Caboolture at that time would have put us into the peak-hour traffic heading out of Browns Plains – we decided to camp the night at Caboolture showgrounds. It was a fairly warm day so when we arrived – the Air conditioner was cranked up and we had a lovely cool evening. 😀
11th November we headed out to Jimboomba and arrived about lunch time. Was great to be there when the grandchildren arrived home from school. A busy time with the family over the weekend.
15th and 16th November we had doctors appointments and then on the evening of the 16th November we went to Beaudesert State High School to witness the presentation of the Year 12 Certificates to the graduating co-hort – all 270 of them!!!!!
17th November was the Year 12 Formal and Bradley wore a lovely white suit with Black pants and black trim on the jacket. He was accompanied to the ‘red carpet’ at the Golf Club by his girlfriend – Ashley – and she was dressed in a lovely white dress with black polka dots.
Because Ashley graduated last year – she was not permitted to go with him to the celebrations at Movie World on the Gold Coast. All those graduands attending were bused to the coast and back again – arriving back in Beaudesert just after midnight before they headed off to their ‘after parties’. Brad went to one not far from home where all who attended had to have an I.D. on and paid a small fee to cover the jumping castle (yep – I know 😀) and the security team and all were back at their own homes by 7am.
19th Beckie, Darryl and I whipper-snipped, mowed and trimmed the yard. It took us all day and we all got just a tad sunburnt – but got it all done.
22nd – We started out the day remembering my Mum – who got her Angel wings on this date in 2013. I attended a meeting of the Jajari Jimbaljin women’s group and we all had a great day weaving. Was so good to be back with my fellow weavers. That night we went to the ‘Summer Concert’ at Jimboomba State School and listened to Gemma play the Flute and the Violin and Max played the Cello. It was a very pleasant evening.
24th Darryl and I travelled to Park Ridge and had a lovely dinner with our friends Karyn and Peter. The night always seems to go so fast but we will have to do it again sooner rather than later.
Gemma had her swimming carnival today and came third in couple of the novelty events – but wasn’t happy that she didn’t place in the ‘official’ events. We told her to keep trying.
25th Max had his swimming carnival and came home with two massive blisters on his feet. One on the sole of his left foot up on the pad and one on his right little toe. Both kept growing for a week before the burst of their own accord and began to heal. He has no knowledge of HOW he got them and all we know is he went to school without them and came home with them. A mystery. No wonder the poor boy couldn’t walk on flat feet.
We had a busy weekend with the children.
29th I was off to another meeting of the Jajari Jimbaljin Women’s Group. It was a great day again and we were preparing for the Christmas party next week.
This weekend the children were going to their Fathers. So Beckie and Darryl and I did a lot of cleaning and packing and getting them ready for their house move on Wednesday. The reason for this move is known to most of the family and more will be able to be divulged later next year. BUT at the moment all I can really say is that they were moving. 😞
On the 5th December we started the day remembering Darryl’s Mum who got her Angel Wings on this date in 2010.
6th Darryl and I left early to go to Wellington Point to attend the Christmas party and lunch for the Jajari Jimbaljin Women’s Group.
A lovely day with great women and then we headed back to Beckie and the Children. When we arrived we had to move and re-position the caravan so that the removal truck could come in next morning.
7th The removal truck arrived at 8am with three men and it took them 2 ¼ hours to put everything into the truck. Bradley and I left the house and headed to Toowoomba to collect keys to the rented home so that we could be there and open up ready for the truck to arrive. We got there at 11.30 and the truck arrived at 12.30. Everything was in the house by 2pm and Brad and I ensured it was all secure before heading out to get some lunch and then head back to Jimboomba. We all stayed at the house this night (Beckie and the children sleeping on the remaining bedding) and us in the van. We found it easier to have take-away for dinner and then were ready to do the final ‘bond’ clean of the house the next morning.
Beckie had had to go to the School from 9 – 11am as the school presentations were on. Max was presented with a Science award and Gemma was given a Senior Leaders Badge for 2017. Unfortunately with her moving schools she would now not be given this badge.
8th the Bond cleaner arrived late (10am instead of 8am) but was all finished by 4pm. The children were at school as they were having secret Santa’s and rewards day. When they arrived home, Gemma came with us in the van with Bob the dog and Hulk, Misty and MC Norman (the cats) [MC Norman stands for Midnight Cocoa Norman. He is a black kitten that has very strong chocolate undertones.
Beckie and the children were babysitting him until an owner could be found but unfortunately that didn’t happen – so he moved with Beckie and the Children]. and we travelled up to the house in Toowoomba. Misty was supposed to stay at the home with the very old and frail cat – Sparky – but Beckie was told that Misty was NOT to stay and she had to take her. So she mewed ALL the way to Toowoomba and ALL night in the house. She sounded VERY hoarse the next morning.
Gemma slept with us in the van and we started sorting out furniture, putting beds together, and putting boxes in their correct rooms the next day. Max went to school on Friday (being the last day) and Luke spent time at their friends playing with young grandchildren. On Saturday the boys were dropped to their father and Beckie came up to the house. We all worked together sorting things over the weekend before Beckie headed back to Jimboomba to collect the boys and bring them up to their new home. The children all get great joy out of hearing the trains tooting and going past. The tracks are about 3 streets away.
The children are finding it a little difficult to think of neighbours being so close (they were used to 1 ¼ acres and now are in a suburban block). The two younger cats have settled in nicely and Misty is settling slowly and Bob the Dog is settling also. We went to the ‘Mister Minit’ and got name tags for all the animals – just in case they get out. We have met some of the neighbours and the children love the fact that the three homes opposite are all lit up for Christmas.
16th We all went shopping – each adult with a specific child so that they could buy gifts for the others. We even had to hide/camouflage the shopping so the others couldn’t see. 😀
That night Beckie and I took the children to see “Toowoomba’s Christmas Wonderland” in Queens Park. Lots of lovely Christmas lights all supported by different businesses in town and also the Lion’s club. Such a great display.
17th Beckie and the children headed back to Jimboomba for 2 Christmas Parties and Darryl and I headed for Taree. We have made it to just north of Glen Innes for tonight and will head out again in the morning.
We will spend a couple of nights in Taree before heading for Condobolin for Christmas and then back up to Toowoomba in the New Year to get things serviced and our bodies checked out and pills dispensed before we head to Melbourne to travel to Tasmania for 4 months.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2017 be VERY good to all of us.
Lots of love
Barb and Darryl