Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Maryborough Delight

The past week has been busy as we set off on Tuesday for a flying trip north in order to undertake the next step in changing our gears to what will be retirement for hubbie and a slower pace for me.   I'm sure you've heard all about making sure your "ducks are all lined up" , and for us that meant getting our house in an area that will serve the next chapter of our lives ........ it happens it will be in Maryborough, Qld.  Leaving here while the moon was still up, we drove up doing a long 14 hour stint the first day getting from here to Dalby .......



We travelled pretty much the route shown above - Bundalong to Corowa, Lockhart, Temora, then meeting the Newell Hwy just on the outskirts of West Wyalong.  The water from the flooding at Forbes can still be seen up near the roadway which has km's of road getting repaired.........
Gold Mining along the hwy near Peak Hill area

and then a short 4 hr stint the following day........ ready  and waiting  for the pre settlement inspection, We waited at our favourite spot ........ the Maryborough Harbour has this great little place we found the last time we were up - perfect spot for taking some time out


too cute not to include!

with settlement on our future home the following day!  And here she is ...........

Isn't she lovely!  Built back in 1910 she has been well looked after by various families over those years.  I'm so happy to have the wonderful L shaped verandah ........
 

I can see me enjoying sitting out there with coffee and handiwork or a book to read, letter to write .........    Although it is a much smaller yard than what we have here in Bundalong,  ( the idea is to totally
reduce our mortgage down ,  to downsize the yard maintenance area a tad , and to be in a town where we don't have to drive 40kms to post a letter, or go to the bank, doctor etc etc.)..........Would you believe there is a small post office, patchwork shop and general store just down the corner of the street!!!  Apart from 4 bedrooms (so that one is my craft room since I have to leave my wonderful Bee Hive Cabin behind),   .......It has a fenced chook house area,








and a fenced vegie garden area separate to the rest of the yard! This means the girls can be let out from the chook area and not get into the vegie garden!!   I'm super happy to say that hubbie has decided the 6 chooks we currently have can come with us! Mary, Henrietta, Scarlet, Susie, Penny and Alice are all very happy to stay together in their little flock I'm sure!  Hopefully they will be able to pack up their suitcases soon! 

Oh how we would have loved to be able to stay, but alas, the following day we had to begin the 18 hr drive back down here. We were both very happy to stop over in Parkes for a much needed break.
Stopover in Parkes

  I took some cotton and  a crochet hook along with me and managed to crochet up some new dishcloths whilst sitting in the passenger seat. There were so many bumps in the road at times, crochet is the only thing manageable for me!

 We have put our Bundalong home on the market and we will stay here and continue working until it sells.  In the meantime we are beginning the Decluttering and packing up of non essentials.  And of course we only have till Wednesday of next week before Dad's unit has settlement go through.  The removalist is booked in for Tuesday afternoon to enable us to get it cleaned up. Dad will then spend the night at Bundalong with us and I will be flying up to Brisbane with Dad to get things sorted out for him at Janoah Gardens in Brisbane before flying back on the Friday (ready for work again on the Monday).   Naturally things keep busy and Dad has just had to have a remnant of a tooth removed yesterday (teeth that were removed 60 odd years ago!) ..... so this last week remains very busy.

8 comments:

Jo said...

That's all so exciting for you. Remember to take some time to breathe and relax. Don't wear yourself out... the new house is beautiful. Love the verandah too.

Susan said...

Very busy life for you...that is a long drive!
Hope you sell at a time and price that suits.

Anthea said...

Such busy times Sharm... & you big move about to happen... even the Chooks get a new home... I hope it all goes smoothly for you all

Lin said...

Well my Australian geography is sketchy but I think I have the general idea thanks to the map you used. The house you are buying looks lovely - the verandah is amazing. It looks like the perfect place for you and I do hope that you will be very happy there - and that your Bundalong property sells quickly! xx

busybusybeejay said...

exciting times!Blue skies.I am so envious.It is so cold here and has been very wet too.Barbarax

Chookyblue...... said...

What a huge trip.... Bit great news you have brought your retirement home

Lynda said...

Hi Sharm - how exciting!! I'm sure you will have such fun settling in and decorating your new home :).

I hope your present home doesn't take too long to sell, and all goes well with your dad's move. xx

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love your new cottage and hope you will have a smooth transition! Congratulations! x Karen