Well, its been an interesting start to 2016, but from now on the real adventures begin again.
A short recap of the past few months:
On the 7th January Brian had his triple bypass, from which he has fully recovered!! I have to keep telling him to slow down now when we are out walking, and if hills are involved, he beats me hands down!
In late February we headed off to Kingaroy, Qld and I became a “Real Nurse” again. I worked for 10 weeks at the local hospital. Boy! At times this was really hard work, both physically and mentally, but I am so pleased I did it. It really is like riding the proverbial bicycle, most of it came back to me easily, but I am deeply indebted to the friendly staff at Kingaroy Med/Surg ward who steered me back in the right direction when the old brain was just a bit too rusty. No work landed in Brians lap, so I sent him off to volunteer for Meals on Wheels so he something to do while I was working. He learnt how to prep all the veges, and says he almost enjoyed doing it!
We had a pleasant stay at the local Showgrounds in Kingaroy, we lived in our caravan the whole time. It got more interesting for the last 2 weeks when the annual show came to town. We were moved into the “permanents” area, and what was previously our front yard turned into side show alley!!
We popped back to the Sunny Coast a couple of times to see the kids and help Christine with some planning for the wedding, also for some post surgery specialist appointments. Then mid May my contract was finished, we left Kingaroy, and got caught up in a whirlwind frenzy of last minute wedding plans and dress alterations. Wow, a DIY wedding certainly is a lot of work.
But, it was all worth it, 2 days ago we had the privilege of being part of a true fairy tale wedding in Maleny. All the effort and plans came together for a perfect day. Congratulations Christine and James.
So, whats next…
We already have a job lined up at Lawn Hill National Park (Adels Grove) for the winter high season (north west Qld, about 4 hrs north of Mt Isa). Both Brian and I have positions as “general hands”. We will see what that actually means when we get there. We are due to start around the end of June.
For the next few weeks Brian and I are heading north along the coast, stopping in at some beach camps along the way. We figure it’s time for a bit of a beach holiday before we both start work again. We will head all the way up to the Atherton Tablelands to visit my parents for a bit, and then head onto Lawn Hill from there.
I have decided to start a new “Blog”. I feel we are no longer Newbie Nomads considering we have been on (and off) the road for about 18 months now, so from now on we will be “ExploringOz.com” I will post a link here when I get it up and running. The focus of the new blog will be working our way around this great country, and all the fun and fabulous times we are going to have along the way.