Aug 17, 2010
|Well our time on the Sunshine Coast is finally drawing to a close. We had not intended to stay as long as we did but the combination of earning quite low wages and a few unexpected expenses has meant it has taken longer to put some funds away that will enable us to hit the road again.
Being here for so long has given us the opportunity to see a lot of what the area has to offer, but, as is to be expected, there is much that we would have like to do and have not had the chance to. I would have to say the highlight for me was our trip to Fraser Island – an experience I will always remember.
There has been the opportunity to spend time with Laurie and the pleasure of being able to just drop in to visit her and spend ‘sister’ time together. It is funny too because after 10 years of living in Queensland they have now packed up house and are moving back to Perth to live so they will be there when we eventually go back.
There been the chance to get to know my aunt Trisha a bit better and to have time with her, her husband Peter and my cousin Anthony.
There was our weekend with Ashley and the fun of exploring parts of Brisbane with her.
There was a fabulous week in Canberra and the pleasure of sharing Christmas with James, Kristy and Brendan.
There was the lovely visit from Paul and Loretto and the fun we had with them.
There was the lovely visit from Mum – frustrating because we could not spend as much time as we would have liked to with her but relishing what time we did have.
There was the wonderful visit from Jackie and the opportunity to bask in her company and to celebrate her win over the dreaded cancer.
There has been the excitement of getting to know my new brother Shaun. This is a slow ongoing process due to the distance (he is in Melbourne) and finding the time to be able to talk and the cost of phoning. I am looking forward to spending time with him once we arrive in Melbourne and meeting him face to face.
There has been the sadness at the passing of my mother–in law and the difficulty of being so far away when it happened. There has been the worry of how Dad (my father in law) will now cope after the loss of her and his home.
There has been the pleasure of making new friends and knowing the sadness we will feel when the time comes to say goodbye.
And as always – there is the absolute pleasure to share all these experiences with each other.
Because I have not been too prolific with updating my blog I am going to put up a few more photos from our time here that have not already made their way up. I had not realised I had not put up the ones from Mum's visit here (I had put them on facebook but forgot to put them here) so many are from that lovely time.