Hugs, new places and way too much food.

That’s the best way to describe our holiday. With the camp in the capable hands of Merlin and Ingrid, Chris and I took off for 11 days. It was our last chance to have a long break as pre-irrigation starts next week then it’s on to planting.

We took the van this time as it needed a few things done on it.

1. A new awning. The old one was damaged with a hail storm that went through Boomi a couple of months ago.

2. A service. We had a noise in the air conditioner that sounded like a stick caught in there. And when the weather gets into the high 30’s + we need it running at 100%. It also pays to have everything checked and greased for when we do get back on the road.

Now add doctors appointments, podiatrists, specialists, accountants, pysio’s, tyres for the Nissan and to get around to see everyone, everything had to be booked in on a tight schedule.

So Wednesday came and it was a real thrill to see the van behind us. We were in no rush as our first point of call was to park the van outside Aussie traveller for the awning to be repaired the next day. We pulled into Pelican park at Redcliffe to watch the sun set over the water first.

The moon coming up, a glass of wine what else do you need.

The moon coming up, a glass of wine what else do you need.

We love the country but both Chris and myself are drawn to the water and every time we come home we try and get enough of it to satisfy our hunger.  After the sun had gone down we parked outside Aussie traveller, it’s in an industrial site and very quite through the night. We forgot how easy it is with the van, dinner was cooked, we had water for a shower and watched TV…simple.

So after the first wake up call at 4.30am from cars driving into a business (not sure which was as we didn’t get up) we slept in until 7.30am. Then it was off to the first of our appointments, we arrived back at 4.00pm to race the van over to Sandgate where it was going in for a service the next day. We then went and stayed with Barry and Christine for the night. We were glad to stop and rest as the next day was just as hectic. 300km in two days driving around Brisbane. Traffic lights, stop and start traffic and idiots who think they need to be in front no matter how much distance is between you and the car in front, man we don’t miss that.

We found out what the noise in the air conditioner was…4 dead frogs. When they get hard they bounce around which sounded like a stick. Have since found out this is a common problem out here for air conditioners in the houses.

We stayed at the Big4 at Aspley  Friday and Saturday night, we find this easier as I went out with the girls Friday night and we had little Chris’s surprise belated birthday gathering at Scarbough on Saturday. This was a great afternoon catching up with June and Nikki and their kids, Natalie and her family, Ben and Alecia, Lacey and Elliana. This was our first cuddle with Elliana for 3 months, my has she grown, and I believe gotten even cuter. 

 

Natalie with Shianne, Tegan, Chloe and Cayden.

Natalie with Shianne, Tegan, Chloe and Cayden.

Chris in deep discussing with Noel.

Chris in deep discussing with Noel.

Wayne, June, Alecia and Chris

Wayne, June, Alecia and Chris

Elliana with Uncle Chris

Elliana with Uncle Chris.

It was great catching up with everyone.

It was great catching up with everyone.

 Saturday night it was over to Ashley and Lish’s place where we got to see Riley and Charlotte. We had bought Riley a John Deere peddle tractor and trailer. It has a motor button that sounds just like a tractor.  Riley loves wheels and we watched as he found a screw driver and proceeded to “fix the tyres”.

It has two buttons, a horn and the sound of a motor.

It has two buttons, a horn and the sound of a motor.

Maybe he can give Charlotte a ride in the trailer when she is older.

Maybe he can give Charlotte a ride in the trailer when she is older.

Charlotte of course, is beautiful and already sleeps through the night at 8 weeks.  Ashley and Lish took us out for Chinese to celebrate Father’s Day. 

Chris and Charlotte.

Chris and Charlotte.

Eat, eat, eat we ate way too much. From yum cha to Tapas, nibbles to take away. Why do we do it is always the question.

Sunday to Tuesday was spent up the coast staying with Lacey. We ended up staying Tuesday so we could catch up with David. It was lovely to see more of Elliana and to be able to take her for a walk to the park.

 

Elliana likes to have a swing in the park.

Elliana likes the swing in the park.

Elliana showing Grandpa how to play his Ukulele

Elliana showing Grandpa how to play his Ukulele.

The rest of the holiday Chris will write about. We enjoyed our time off even though the first couple of days were very rushed.