Monday 24th March
Donnis finished her night shift last night. It was the last shift of her contract. Within an hour she had left Collarenebri and was on her way home. Although she stopped a few times for a rest and refreshment she was still able to make it to Miles in Queensland. That was a trip of around 500 Klms. She booked into a motel…the same motel I stayed at when I drove to see her at Christmas.
Although she left in fine weather it soon became overcast.
Meanwhile back in Airlie Beach, heavy, consistent, persistent rain began.
Tuesday 25th March
Donnis arrived home at 8pm and the real heavy rain began.
We were not bothered.
Wednesday 26th March.
Donnis slept in…as well she should after a marathon drive yesterday. In the afternoon we started looking at items in the garage and talked about our plans for the future. At the moment there is no plan.
Thursday 27th March
In the afternoon we started to pull items out of the garage and cleaning them. Family photos, paintings and prints were cleaned put up on the walls. Hmmm! When I was here by myself the bare walls did not bother me. In fact I quite enjoyed the barrenness. Suddenly Donnis is home and all those walls are now adorned as they were before we left.
Friday 28th March 30, 2014
Since we moved into this house all those years ago we have had a Cadagi Gum tree on the block next door. Right on the boundary line. Its branches hang high over our house. The Cadagi is a eucalypt tree native to North Queensland. I consider them a dirty tree , certainly compared to other eucalypts they drop their gum resin which makes the ground and in our case our roof, black with the resinous droppings. In other states the tree is classified as a weed. Bees love the seeds but the seeds are sweet and sticky. The bees take the seeds back to the hive and the entrances become clogged.
So it was that we took turns up on the roof with the Gerni Water Blaster with a bottle of CT18 ( a heavy duty truck wash detergent) loaded into the nozzle. It was heavy slow work but we could see an improvement and the green roof under the black resin re-appeared once more. But it’s a big roof, hard dangerous work and the hot sun sapped the energy out of us.
In the afternoon and the shade of trees at the side of the garage I got the chain saw active and cut down two??? trees which had grown from a bird dropping which had contained seeds. Later we moved some small furniture items onto the verandah and vacuumed and washed them before giving them a dose of furniture polish.
Whew! It was a long tiring day and we both fell asleep watching a movie on TV.
Saturday 29th March
More of the same. Up on the roof until the heat drove us down to shade again. This job is bigger than Ben Hur.
In the afternoon we visited the new Woolworths store which opened in Airlie Beach yesterday. We picked up a few groceries and two bottles of wine then visited Port of Airlie for a few minutes before having soup for dinner and falling asleep in front of the TV.
Hmm! A pattern seems to be developing here!
Sunday 30th March
I had a vague plan of driving to Hideaway Bay then a quick lunch and a beer at Dingo Beach. An easy relaxed Sunday.
By 8am we were up on the roof cleaning the muck and clearing the gutters which were once again filled with leaves.
It was a hot sunny day and as has been the case since Friday, very humid.
We repeated yesterday by emptying a few more boxes and a couple of pieces of furniture and throwing out stuff we have not needed or used in the last three years.
At lunch time I had a cold beer and watched the movie, 12 years a Slave. It shows how men and women can be so cruel to each other and people of a different race, colour, creed or religion.
Tonight, tired but happy that we have achieved something we are relaxing in front of the TV. Umm err perchance to fall asleep?