An enterprising local company decided the best way to advertise to ‘tradies’ is to put it right in front of their eyes. No elegant glasses for water in this pub. Beer glasses all the way…..’cose tradies drink water too😊
Glass of cold beer – coming up!
I wondered if The Golfer was drinking a new brand of beer – No..same as usual..he said
I was intrigued enough to ask Mr G – it’s true – you learn something new every day😊
Coffee and cake – I never say no to that Mug for The Golfer – a cup’ll do for me – and half each of two very nice slices
I think I’ve mentioned before internet reception where we are staying is a pain……drive 3km to the centre of town and it’s 5g all the way. Here, it comes and goes – windy days, hot sunny days, doesn’t make a difference- 3g (4g if you’re lucky) and it drops out constantly. No big deal but I’m definitely getting fed up seeing the words ‘not connected to the internet’. So I’ve been down the pub or the marina rather than here in blogland😎
What I didn’t mention in the last post is that there is an undercover seating area along the side of the cabin with room for a pony no I meant for golf clubs😊 There are a couple of all weather chairs and a small table plus a gratis BBQ Cooking ‘tools’ are kept inside.
At first glance it looks plain but it’s serviceable and the privacy lattice softens the area, it’s plenty big enough for us two – plus other bits and pieces there’s no room for inside. The esky is the right height to use as a foot rest and that little table isn’t quite large enough for my needs 😌 so the tub makes a great low level ‘whatever you want it to be’
You can just see the cut back gum, the grassy area and the other cabin plus there’s a gravel dividing strip – which is normally where those golf clubs are parked !
Then there’s the square hedge (the gardeners love their square hedges) near the roadway at the other end. Cabin parking is at the front so unfortunately if that cabin is booked and a car is there we get no view
And here’s where I spit the dummy…..no need to read further if you don’t want to 😊
Now most of the the cabins would be used by short stay visitors – overnight/ 2-3 days – who possibly aren’t concerned about how much ‘land’ is useable – it’s only during ‘the winter season’ (May – September) that they are booked for several weeks at a time. This year we’ve booked for 11 weeks, leaving the end of the month – some years it’s been less and we’d be leaving just after this weekend.
This is the cabin next door (from my photo archives) – the one we usually get – it’s at the end of the row with van sites beginning on down from there. The positioning of the boundary wall and the siting of the cabins means there’s much more grassy space behind it, the view through the palms in front is open, not restricted. The whole feel of the place is better Call me childish, call me silly – the covered area is great when it’s blazing sunshine or raining but like the other day I do like to sit out in the open shade (none of the other long stayers do) and I’ve felt very hard done by this year
After all that I think I need to close my eyes again and remember my aim this year is to ‘enjoy every moment’ 😎
Now that didn’t take long did it……one season to another, just like that!
The rain eventually moved on – the wind blew And on cue the sun shone to welcome the new season!
(and yes you’re right, comparing the rainy day photo and this one I don’t think any of these cars moved over those couple of days😊)
Someone asked what the outside of the cabin was like and did we have an actual grassed sitting area – well like lots of things in life that are sent to try you, we had a bit of a wonky start when we arrived this year. We weren’t allocated our requested cabin but the one next door.
‘Everything is the same’ as the other one we were told. (Photos from a previous year Read about our ‘tiny’ house 2018 )
…..except as we found out, it wasn’t quite the same – smaller inventory, less electrical sockets, a ‘touchy’ fridge with missing shelves, the maintenance man has had to repair a few previously unreported issues, annoying things like a squeaky overhead fan as well as a dripping shower head (short stay visitors don’t mention minor problems, they just leave and think maybe we won’t go back there again)- both sorted quickly and quietly…. but look once I’d stopped grizzling all has been well
Saying that though, there is one difference I’m really not happy over – that’s the amount of useable space at the back of the cabin. Not a lot!
And as you can see, even though there are palms and what I think is a very cut back Silver Dollar Eucalyptus (E. cinerea or polyanthemos – the gardeners aren’t sure) between cabins it seems to be dominated by the side wall view of next door
Anyway back to yesterday, I took my fold up chair and ‘make do’ table along with book, coffee, snack, looking for a quiet spell out there. Often at this 1st of the month time when seasons change I’m thinking about where we’ve been and where we’re heading for the rest of the year but for some reason other things were plodding round my mind.
‘Shut it out Catherine’ I kept telling myself. ‘Close your eyes, forget it, let it be’.
At the end of last year amongst other things I had told myself to ‘enjoy every moment. Corny as it sounds, opening my eyes and seeing the branches to the front and the palms over the wall to my left swaying in the sunlight brought that home to me.
How strange that the first day of our Winter (June 1) was a Wednesday and here we are at the last day (August 31) and it’s also a Wednesday!
Day1 at home in Victoria was the day we went for a drive in the rain (https://cranethie.com/2022/06/02/winter-day-1/) – I’m not sure how today will pan out but yesterday (Day90) here outside my little cabin in Queensland it was also wet!
Unlike Day1 when he didn’t play – on Day90 The Golfer decided maybe it wouldn’t be that bad…..it was the Veterans afternoon and ‘we can’t let the side down’ so just after lunch, waterproofs and brolly at the ready he headed out.
By early afternoon it was coming down in bucket loads
And had turned cool – well much cooler than it had been😌
But certainly nothing like it was at home!
Me – well I gathered up my blanket (to keep my toes warm) new library books latest knitting project, parked myself on the bed and settled down to enjoy an afternoon doing as I like on my own
He was home just after 4pm……a little wet and a bit subdued. Still doesn’t enjoy playing in the rain so didn’t stop for a drink in the club house…..something he usually enjoys (reliving the game with all and sundry😊)
Me – well I was comfy so suggested he might like pop down and get pizza for dinner!. Thanks for your suggestions I’ll think about doing something with those egg plants another day ! ~ ~ ~ ~
It might be my imagination but everything seems to be a bit different this winter. The cold is colder, the rain more constant, the leaves on my little Japanese Maple seem to be redder, plus the nuts on the Corymbia at the library (see HERE) are definitely larger
The snow has come earlier, with bigger heavier dumps……this is the report from Mt Buller a resort less than 3hrs away – just a short drive up the road
Mt Buller celebrated the traditional season ‘kick-off’ with record snow levels and bumper visitation for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. ”It’s the most snow we’ve ever recorded for a June long weekend and everyone is amazed to be skiing and boarding on the amount of cover we usually wait until mid-season to experience,” Read all about it here – Source
I wonder if this past weekend’s opening celebrations involved any of this?
I know I’ll be celebrating when we’ve done this drive to winter warmth
No golf for The Golfer (nobody wanted to play in the rain) – no choir for me (conductor still feeling crook after her bout of covid last week) so we decided to go for a drive. Yes in the rain on the first day of Winter!
Up the road behind the bus, past the school, to the bottom of the hills and then up twisty turny Mt Dandenong Road to the top. The only thing that was warm was the restaurant card burning a hole in our pocket
The (still partly loaded) card had been in the cupboard since before Covid appeared so by rights had expired and the remaining balance lost – a phone call to the company changed that so soup for two with sourbread, followed by a small quiche salad and (chips) halved used the last of a 2019 Christmas gift.
The food was good as usual – sorry no pictures because I was so busy talking to my man plus the very congenial staff I forgot. Feeling nice and warm and full we came on back down the mountain a little more cautiously. Low misty cloud made it look like a Chicken Little sky…..it really had fallen!
And the gift card turned out to be a gift that just kept on giving. As we were leaving this flyer was pointed out to us. Hospitality lost so much during lockdowns so to encourage people back to ‘dining out’ the state government came up with a rebate scheme…..
So 25% of the price we paid – in kind via the card – didn’t matter how you paid – will be returned to us…..which will be enough for another two coffees and cake up at Ranges 😊😊
Linking to Denyse’s ~ Life’s Stories. Pop over to read her reflections and thoughts about life past and present and possibly to come
I know there are many staterooms with their own balconies but really and truly the only place to experience the benefit of being close to the ocean is on the promenade deck of one of my favourite cruise ships
Some time or another when we feel it is safe to do so we will return
Just like their Gt Grandma, Little B and Little M enjoy time at the beach
Little M, our Christmas babe from 2020 is now one year old and walking – Little B, no longer little, recently turned 5 and started ’big school’ a few weeks ago.
Little B will soon be turned into a young boy when his mumma gathers up the courage to have his long curls cut. I wonder if she will cry, just like his Gt Grandad The Golfer’s mumma did when she had his curls cut and turned him into a (younger) little boy.
No watching the waves this week for those two little tykes up above – they live in Brisbane and have been watching water of a different kind. In case you weren’t aware there’s been a huge weather event up there this week with many towns and areas along the eastern coast of Qld and NSW being flooded
You must have heard me mention that warm weather is my friend I don’t do Winter
When the weather cools down I want to run away and hibernate
So this is my preferred way to pass the time
At the beach doing nothing 😊
For a few years when I was a very little girl we lived on the south coast of England and almost daily visited the stony pebble beach at Southsea Mum said I loved it, never wanted to leave and would be a handful on the way home
Seemingly I knew what I liked even at that age lol
With the winter Olympics finishing up soon I think its a good time to reveal something to you
There was one week in early February 1961 – (I know -thats a very long time ago)
When I had the time of my life and even enjoyed the cold weather
Doing what you say
Skiing – says I
– yes –
Snow Skiing ⛷⛷
Dad was serving with the RAF in Cyprus at the time – so as a family we were living in the beautiful island in the Mediterranean.
The youth club went to the Troodos Mountains for a few days
And here for your amusement is Catherine practising for the down hill event
Bet you never thought you’d see me frolicing in that cold white stuff lol
Sometimes good things happen when you get in a muddle at the exit from an unfamiliar supermarket car park and end up in the ’wrong’ street. What a nice surprise this was – on the side wall of the Mount Evelyn bakery
Painted in a sepia look reminiscent of days gone by, the bakers horse and cart is making its way along the bushland track to make deliveries at various properties
The only thing I’ve been able to find is it is the work of a local artist – David Monks
First week of the month – first week of the school year – what I’d thought was going to be a fairly quiet start to the year proper turned out to be busy busy busy with something planned for most days. Actually I should have remembered that after the long covid related ’enforced break’ it was the week Probus and Book Club were able to meet again, and being the first week of the school term choir rehearsals could also begin again. Then add into that an appointment with the optometrist plus time at the pool and yes, it was busy busy busy!
Some early morning fine tuning is going to have to happen though because after a long layoff when ’my things had been on hold’ I’d forgotten the ’thrill’ of chivvying The Golfer along so I could get my fair share of the bathroom and leave the house on time 😊
It was worth it though to see familiar faces and enjoy company I’d missed for a while ~ ~ ~ ~ Couch potato me watched lots of summer sport…..now it’s time for the winter type with Snowboarding Slopestyle plus Freestyle Mogul being this week’s attraction. All these athletes are at the top of their game and I feel for them if they take a tumble
So how did you spend last week – did you get any surprises?