House-sitting at Mundoolun

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

We've left the caravan at the Caboolture house-sit as we have another 6 weeks house-sitting there from 18th May, and we're now doing another house-sit near Jimboomba.  It's the first time we've actually stayed in the house on a house-sit, so it's really great to have a little break from the van (as much as we love it!) and the use of a full kitchen, bathroom and laundry.  It's a lovely home and the owners are on a 3.1/2 week trip to South Africa, including a safari.

As you all probably know, we had to make the very difficult decision to have Effie put to sleep on 12th April.  It was very sad, but I'd been mentally preparing myself for it for about the last 2 years.  We miss her terribly, but we're both very glad that she is now resting in peace.  Her quality of life had deteriorated, and she went downhill very quickly in the last couple of weeks, so we knew the time had come.  We have great memories, lots of photos, so she's still with us in our hearts.  R.I.P. my darlin' old girl, Effie.  1st November 1995 - 12th April 2012.

With the owners of the Caboolture house returning home after their first trip away, we both felt the need to get away, so we headed off for a couple of nights on the Sunshine Coast.  Dave's sister and niece were over from NZ and staying with friends on the Sunny Coast, so we met them for lunch at a great little cafe on the beach at Mudjimba. Then we headed to the Gold Coast for a couple of nights before starting the Jimboomba house-sit.  We managed to grab a great deal on Wotif.com and stayed at the Chevron Renaissance (woohoo!) for 2 nights, and we also won 7 nights accommodation in Bali on a Scratchie ticket!  It doesn't include flights, but we're hoping to get some cheap flights if we go during the off-peak times. 

We've now been at the Jimboomba house-sit for a week.  We are looking after 2 gorgeous puppy-girls, Tess, a German Short-haired Pointer, and Madison, a Border Collie, as well as 4 chooks, a horse and a cow, and thoroughly enjoying it. 

Yesterday was Anzac Day - for those friends from overseas, Anzac Day is a very important day in Australia and New Zealand, as it commemorates the landing at Gallipoli, Turkey in 1915, as well as honouring all our military service personnel in all other conflicts since.  My 87 year-old dad is a WW2 veteran, so we went to his RAAF Anzac Day service at Sandgate (the same place where he did his basic training in 1942). 

So here's cheers to all from Jimboomba, and stay tuned for the next instalment! 
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Marg on

Sorry to read your wee girl Effie is RIP - heart wrenching decision but no doubt the right one. Thinking of you both with much love- marg

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