Well it's November already and now less than 2 weeks
departure. I have to admit that considering we have been planning
this trip for 4 years I thought we would have been a little more
organised. I'm not saying we are disorganised but we still seem to
have a lot of last minute jobs to do, some of which where unavoidable
and through no fault of our own.
Anything that could be ruined by mice was packed in
the Falcon which
included linen, clothes and electrical appliances.
You have never seen so much stuff in one car. Hopefully we will have
some clothes to wear and sheets to sleep on when we get home. I have
assured Chris that mice can't get into a closed up car. Hope I'm right.
Then just to put our resilience to the test our
tenants from our
house gave us notice that they had bought a house and would be shifting
out of ours. What a bugger. They have been great tenants and had
planned to be there for years. So right in the middle of packing up our
home I had to go down to the Heads on many occasions to attend to a
number of small jobs prior
to the new people shifting in. And on that note were we lucky. Our
agent found excellent long term tenants who shifted in the day the
others shifted out.
In the meantime Chris continued packing things away. It wasn't a
simple packing process as she went through all the kids clothes and got
gear that wouldn't fit or be needed upon our return. As we will be away
14 months all crates and boxes were sealed and labeled, batteries
removed from all toys and then another bloody garage sale. Boy have I
had enough of garage sales. The proceeds of the sale went towards a new
digital video camera so I guess it was worth it.
I had the easy job of just lugging all the gear down to the shed and trying to make it all fit. The plan was to be out of our house by Monday 7th November and have it rented by that date. Well that also didn't quite go to plan and we had more trouble renting out the town house than we expected. A lot of people wanted it but none passed our agents strict criteria. Not to be fazed we shifted out of the house as planned and started living in the van in the back yard. The things I talk my wife into doing!! We continued to use the toilet and shower and cleaned the house at night.
On Wednesday 9th November the agent rang and had
some good tenants
who wanted to shift in on Friday morning. Yes in a day and a half..
Not being very clever I said that would be OK.(Chris
that meant we had to be physically out of the house by
Thursday afternoon). Chris's sister Anne had planned to come up on the
for a visit and was not impressed when we rang her half way from the
Gold Coast to here and told her the news (can't understand why). I
had to take Thursday off and Chris, Anne and myself worked like mad to
finish off the last few things and finish the cleaning. Carpets
cleaned, pre-move in inspection carried out by the agent and
So for this to work and for our friendship to remain
intact we had to
be totally self sufficient. We would have to tuck ourselves away down
the back and do our own thing especially during the week.
Option 2 was to hire a builders porta-loo on a
trailer. It's a beast
and holds 634 litres of c---. What a magnificent thought. At the
time of writing this it has been 15 days and so far going great. No
odour, no flies.
I have thought that a fitting thank you to Jon and
Sharon for having us
for the month would be to open the drain on the loo as I am driving up
their driveway. Can you just imagine it. "Thanks for having us. Have
left you a little something to remember us by!" Maybe not!!!
The only bit I had to pay for was the shower tap and
that was $15.00 from the dump.
The hot water system is in the car port close to the power and bore
water tap and the water makes it's way to the shower via a couple of
hoses. It is actually very civilised and is lovely showering
while star gazing. Who said I don't spoil my family.
So there you have it. All our mail can still be sent
to Buss St and
will be forwarded on
until we return in January 2007. Our home phone has been disconnected
and we will not
have the same phone number
on our return. You can rub that one out in your phone number book. Best
using the CDMA number while we are away. It will be in the Christmas
letter or on our business card that we have distributed.
A couple of busy weeks ahead with Christmas parties,
kids concerts, Christmas card designing ,writing and sending and
off all those last minute jobs. Then maybe we can start to get excited.
Our first port of call will be the Sunshine Coast staying at Cotton Tree for 2 weeks then off to Armidale for a few days over Christmas then Broken Hill, down to Ceduna and across the Nullabor to WA.
We have no set plan or itinerary and will go where the wind blows us. The web page will be updated as often as we can which will hopefully be every fortnight or monthly at worst. E-mails will also be downloaded as often as possible. Please keep in touch.
A wise person once said "The world is your
oyster, get out there and
you may find a pearl." We're out there Jerry, and loving it.