…without Bella. She has been left with her ‘minder’ while we are away in South Africa. It is so strange not to have her perky presence somewhere near us. And her tail waving its white tip as she comes in from the dark garden… Ah well we will be back here before we know it and she will be annoying us as she barks at kangaroos and whatever it is that moves in the dark and the bushes. I am reminded of why I didn’t want a dog – they get under your skin and into your heart space!! Pardon the mixed metaphors!
We leave for another round of our odyssey tomorrow when we board the train for Sydney and then fly to Johannesburg. Much of moment has occurred to us in the last weeks and I will provide a brief synopsis here; we spent some quality restorative time with our friends in Buderim – they live in a quiet cul de sac and the neighbours are hardly evident, Bella loved playing with their dog who also seemed to enjoy her company.. We have been in and out of Heritage Park with Angela and Kevin, always a haven and refuge for us. We sold one of our houses in Ipswich at great cost, does that sound like an irony? Well we had to dig into my super and then find more to pay up the bits and pieces to enable settlement and then would you believe it there was a burst pipe in the top bathroom and we have to pay $1000 excess on the insurance policy to get the place repaired and cleaned up.
At least it is off our hands and we think we can manage to maintain the other two out of our existing incomes. Except that we have had a major incident at Safety Beach where there has been water and termite damage to the bottom bedroom and the floor caved in. We are waiting to hear if the insurance will come to that party – the initial builder’s quote would have bought us a new car! Enough bad news – the good news is that Apia is considering our claim under our landlord’s policy for the rent we lost when the tenant in the other Ipswich house abandoned the house, we lost 21 weeks’ rent. It is a long and boring story but the Financial Ombudsman Service saw to it that we should get what is ours. Hooray!! What a country?!
I was taken ill the other night, we were camped in a park and I got stuck in the loo with a violent vertigo and vomiting etc attack, Al called the ambulance and within 10 minutes I was being well looked after in the Ballina hospital. What a country! Drought or flood predominate in the weather patterns and at present in North Queensland it is Cyclone Ita and floods are the order of the day, lots of lovely rain here and we are all grateful for it as there has been much less rain than usual this summer. The honey producers are concerned as the bees are not getting what they need.
It will be good to be living in this area again when the time comes, I played bridge at my old club and went to a meeting of the Coffs Plant society – very interesting talk on bees – did you know that most bees are solitary dwellers not community dwellers? I was surprised to learn that and also that there are hundreds if not thousands of different types of bees and some of them are so tiny you can hardly see them with the naked eye. I will never be bored especially as my enthusiasm for the PhD studies has received a boost with our paper being accepted for the International First Year in Higher Education Conference in Darwin this July. What is good about that is that it is immediately eligible for consideration for publication in their Journal. Hope it makes it. I am loving doing the work. Just don’t get enough time when we are with family and friends. Seem to have to be ‘on the road’ to get anything done. What a conundrum!
See some of you soon in SA and a Happy Easter to you all.