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Brisbane is behind us again

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Here we are on the road again and the excitement of new places and faces is building once more.

It’s been a hectic week after leaving Koramba Cotton Farm and arriving back to a non stop, dawn till late night round of catching up with our precious family and friends, (at least some of them).

We parked the Aussie Wide at the Aspley Tourist Park this time so we could be half way between friends and family on both the North and South sides of Brisbane.

There’s been a host of things to attend to in preparation for our 5 months at Alice Springs such as a car tyre repair, car detail (to get rid of the burs and bugs from the farm), new magnetic brake pads on the caravan and the wheel bearings checked and repacked. We ditched most of our clothes from the farm and I painfully underwent the clothes shopping thing at my least favourite of places – The Shopping Centre.

We needed to have my phone repaired which resulted in a mind stretching, temper testing 3 hours at Telstra in Chermside.

Kerrie had 2 Physio visits and a doctor’s visit as well as a hair cut and a massage.

I had my first ever professional massage as well which was a pleasant experience indeed.

We also took some more unneeded items to our storage shed and picked up my Chef’s knives from David and Lacey’s at the Sunshine Coast, (I thought I’d never need them again).

Kerrie also had a dinner date with the Netball Girls and we seemed to be non stop for a week.

One of the highlights of the week was the visits with our new 5 week old grandson, Riley.

Riley at 5 weeks.

Riley at 5 weeks.

What an experience! He’s so beautiful and we already miss him.

We had a wonderful lunch with Lish’s family, finally getting to meet the majority of them and we felt immediately at home with this lovely bunch of people.

The Jones and the Smetheram family gathering.

The Jones and the Smetheram family gathering.

Riley of course was the centre of attention with every facial expression and every movement watched closely by everyone. Emily (our only daughter) had the opportunity to change him, feed him and burp him. As he was lying over her shoulder with her hand gently patting his back he let out a loud burp causing Ems to cackle delightedly. It was the first time she’d ever experienced it.

Emily feeding Riley for the first time.

Emily feeding Riley for the first time.

Our son Ashley seems to have matured substantially after the birth of Riley and he obviously adores the baby and Lish. It was a wonderful thing to see him in the role of a dad and doing it well.

Our oldest son Wayne was there and cooked most of the lunch and of course Barry and Christine.

They dropped around to the caravan later as we couldn’t have visited Brisbane without at least one long session with the best brother in the world and his partner Christine. Being with them is a bit like a narcotic for us, we need our regular “fix” of their company.

We spent a wonderful day up the Coast with David and Lacey as they installed their new kitchen, totally transforming the little house and it was great to experience Roxy (the dog) in her absolute excitement at seeing us again.

David and Evan putting in the new kitchen with Lacey watching over.

David and Evan putting in the new kitchen with Lacey watching over.

We had a great morning with Chris and Natalie at their new home and an evening with Ben and Alecia where I fear I bored Ben with an in depth discussion on the future of housing in Australia.

Chris and Natalie

Chris and Natalie

 

Ben and Alecia

Ben and Alecia

To top off the busy week we had a lovely dinner with Nola and Lloyd at their favourite eating spot, Nando’s in Aspley. Nola always seems so excited about what we do and how we live and I always feel that she would love the life of a Grey Nomad and would take to it very easily.

So it was after this busy but rewarding week that we finally pointed the Nissan toward the West and the familiar stretch out to Toowoomba and then to Dalby and beyond where we would spend our first night in a truck parking area finally free of the heavy traffic that seems to have increased markedly.

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