Monday 31st March The beginning of another work week. Donnis spent the day doing tidy up jobs around the house. I, of course, went to work. Tuesday 1st April A cruise ship sneaked in during the night and parked in the bay. Wednesday 2nd April This was an emotional upheaval sort of day, one in which we may be faced with a soul searching decision. Let me explain. Last year we placed our houses on the market. The plan was whichever sold we could buy elsewhere. As it turned out the villa we were keen to buy on the Gold Coast suddenly had another buyer and our option, based on the sale of one of our houses, lapsed and somebody else bought the villa. Several months later the house in Mackay sold. We told the agent with the house here in Jubilee Pocket was still available for sale but not to actively market it. Suddenly out of the blue the agent had people interested in looking at the house today. We left the house open and drove to Shute Harbour while the agent showed the prospect s around.
The feed back from the agent was positive and the prospects were interested in making an offer. We have our price and as we are not desperate to sell will not budge on our price. Our problem is; do we sell if they meet our price? Where do we go and what to do about my work if we do sell? Where and how will we store our furniture while waiting for another villa to become available? Overlaid on these considerations is the fact we both love this house, the ambience, the greenery, the quiet, the location and proximity to the tourist town of Airlie Beach. Thursday 3rd April Our real estate agent called. His clients were interested enough to visit their bank to get a loan. The bank suggested they sell their house first. That’s good news from our point of view. It tells us the house is saleable at the price we want and this way we can delay selling until the new financial year.. Friday 4th April We visited friends from the Flametree Caravan Park, Garry & Debbie, who are now in the caravan park at the bottom of our street. In the afternoon I washed the carport and driveway with the Gerni – again. Then I used the chainsaw to cut down a sapling and cut it into small lengths before driving into Airlie Beach to take photos.
I also stopped at the new Woolworths store and was amazed to see the number of packpackers in the courtyard outside. Woolies now make pizza’s to order as well as their large range of pre made salads. The backpackers realise they can cheaply buy a satisfying and filling evening meal before heading off for the nightclub scene. Saturday 5th April Happy Birthday to my eldest daughter, Melissa. While Donnis took a few small items out of the garage and washed and cleaned them I washed and polished TERIOS and RALLYE. Whew! That was an almost all day job especially polishing RALLYE. I am glad we do not have a couple of big 4WD. Unfortunately, I realise WWWGO also needs a wash and polish. Perhaps I can put that off for a few weeks. Sunday 6th April. Apart from climbing up on the roof of WWWGO looking for the leak and sealing it, trimming the overgrown shrubbery from next door so it looks more like a hedge instead of a nightmare, emptying books out of two wall units, cleaning them and carrying them to the verandah for a final cleanout and polish we really did not do anything in the morning. Huhh! The reason we were so slack in not doing much work today was…we agreed to join Garry & Debbie for lunch. Not just any lunch mind. This was a long lunch. A local restaurant, Déjà Vu, http://www.dejavurestaurant.com.au/ based in the local resort Waters Edge, has a Long Lunch every Sunday.
Lunch starts at 12.30, there is no menu…except for drinks and cocktails and over the next for hours there are eight courses brought to the table. That’s correct. Eight courses. http://www.dejavurestaurant.com.au/pdf/long-lunch-spiel.pdf Mind you courses such as ante pasta and bread are two courses.
Believe me by the time you finish dessert you have no thoughts about what to eat for dinner. A local musician, Kieran McCarthy plays background mood music. http://www.kieranmccarthy.com.au/ We had a most enjoyable afternoon and at the end Donnis, Debbie and Garry went for a swim. In fact they tried all four pools. The Déjà Vu Long Lunch has my personal tick of approval.