Several days till I fly out for my dream of a life time trip and I get the flu. It has been a few days and I feel a little better so maybe that’s a good sign. Would have been worse the day before. The last few days were spent lying around brain dead so lucky almost everything is complete. How do people who travel overseas regularly manage?
Great to catch up with Family, Maureen and John looking so well. Maureen goes off to curves in Perth now and walks little Freddie their chocolate poodle regularly and as for John , he is a testament to what Parkinson’s medication can achieve these days. No Shaking what so ever.I was expecting them to buzz me from street level to let them in but a light knock on the door revealed John sitting there on his Travel scooter that he had bought on the plane all the way from Perth.They are the niftiest little things. Apparently someone else in the building let them in. Okay it was safe in their case but we do have the security set up for a reason.
Maureens a hand bag person and there will be fertile bag hunting grounds over at Chermside shopping centre. I will show photos is Maureen captures any while here.
So John has gone off to his cousin’s for boy time and Maureen and I get girl time.
Jellybean is thoroughly enjoying Maureen being here. Must be all the practice she has had with her little girl poodle Freddie.
One thing I didn’t mention is that my lovely brother in law has Parkinson’s quite bad. It was eleven years ago when they attended my 50th that I was told there were tests going on for Parkinson’s then on that delightful visit at John and Maureen’s place at Picton John insisted on making me two cappuccino’s from his machine ,it was quite heart wrenching to see his efforts to keep line the cup up with the spout often enough to get liquid in it’. I do hope a cure is found soon.
Mind you John has still done amazing things and traveled overseas for his religion quite often. Life must be grabbed with both hands no matter what.
I am looking forward to a visit from my older sister and her husband although he will be here for a brief visit and then go see his cousin while my sister will sleep over. Should be fun. That shall be sometime tomorrow.
Maureen and John now live in Perth. I have no idea how they manage to drive that far.
It is maybe even 6 years since I have seen them. The last visit was a dreamy time in their lovely hill top home in Picton NSW. John took me for my one and only spectacular drive down the Great Ocean Road then we watched Roy Orbison DVD.A bush fire had been through recently so Maureen was a little perturbed that the garden wasn’t perfect. Memories are so precious.
Today I wait on Optus to hook up my naked DSL internet. I will be well covered for internet as my wireless contract also continues. This should leave many opportunities open once I get back from Ireland.
I picked up my new desk top HP computer yesterday from the Mega Buy Computer store 200 k’s away. They loaded all my data and set up my printer. Only thing that doesn’t work is the video cam, thank goodness actually as I was able to chat by Skype to my Irish cousins I will be staying with and not have to tidy up at 5.30 am this morning. They were just watching the end of a footy match.
This will mean I will be able to keep in touch when I arrive back from my trip and miss them all.
Lovely to have a computer that is working well once again.
Some photos from the Caboolture Urbane Festival.
Firstly a street performer on stilts at the Historical Village, then JB’s and me on the scooter watching the Saturday night excellent tribute show. Lastly there is my rearranged ladder set up as suggested by Terry who camped one away from me. It is safe tha the whole ladder stretching from the Tent pod to the ground. Evolution of my camping skills.
My second camping experience at The Cabooloture has come and gone.
It was a relaxing uplifting experience.
There is too much going on for me to experience it all so I had to prioritize those events I would attend and times I would rest.
We were lucky with sunshiney weather except for at the end of the bonfire concert but I needed to get Jellybean away before the fireworks started. As it was I was sitting beneath the tent pod chatting with Heather who I met for the second time when they began and for a heart wreching moment I thought a very frighteed Beans was going to lauch himself down seven feet to the ground, poor little furry dude. I had to hold him trembling through each loud banging.
I am greatful for what I did get to see but a little bit sad for some I missed but there will be other times.
When I arrived I just pulled into my spot and was delighted to be greated with a cherry “Hi Mary”, From Heather who was parked beside me with her camper door facing me and another delightful Lady from Charleville, Anne who imediately repaired a tensioner bolt inside my Bandutek Tent pop that had nearly stopped it from opening.
The facilities are awesome and kept clean at all times.
Well worth the trip and it’s only 38 ks away from me at Chermside.
That’s where I am off to tomorrow. Complete with my new camping set up.
I remember some young girls camping next to me last year froze in the morning after going to sleep cherily celebrating with a few ales and feeling snug and warm from them, I was well set up and even better so this year with my bright yellow lazy patch suit/ sleeping bag.
Saturday night there will be great artists then sunday night there is entertainment with the bon fire.