Queensland, The Rain Coast

We woke to the news that the lockdown in our area will end tonight Friday the second of July at six pm.   Can’t say if affected us much as we are staying here for another nine days anyway but it is fantastic for the businesses around the tiny town.  

Last night as usual we headed over to the O’Neills on the bus, where Richo and Rachael had invited us to grab a plate then tuck in to an amazing lump of beef cooked on their Webber bbq.  This was accompanied by honey glazed carrots, garlic hassle back potatoes and a beautiful gravy.  All devoured in front of a flaming fire out in the open air.  (well under the massive gazebo).

As the night went on we were joined by another couple who we hadn’t met before.  They are from Victoria and like us travelling Australia but in their case only for one year.  It seems that we will are all pretty much heading in the same direction including Cape York at the very top of Queensland.  As usual the night went on a bit and we ended up calling it a night about eleven thirty.

Next Day

As the heading suggests, the Sunshine Coast is certainly not living up to it’s name as there has been a large amount of rain falling and the ground is getting pretty soft in a lot of areas.  The forecast states that the rain although not that heavy but constant will last until Monday at least.  Works for me as that is my Birthday and we should be able to get out and about.  Amazingly for us, there is a pub in town and we have yet to step inside.  It might be a day to fix that.

Max our Border Collie remains a bit on edge and not his usual self.  There are a few children around which Max tends to bark at and given the chance might even have a chew at.  This is becoming a bit of an issue for us as the last thing we want is for him to bite someone but it’s almost impossible to guard him for every second as people, particularly kids are drawn to his puppy cute looks.

Tonight Kaz has made a tasty chicken and mushroom risotto which is devoured by everyone.

Tonight is another footy night round the fire at the big bus.  The Geelong Cats (our team) win against Essendon.  Which gets the Cats get back to winning ways.  The game is being in part overshadowed by the persistent rain.  Joining us under the O’Neills gazebo where we are sheltered from the rain and heated by a fantastic fire are Greg and Sherrie the people who are travelling Australia for a year with kids in tow.  It’s great fun swapping stories, destinations and having a good laugh.

We then watched as a new van arrived after the 6pm lockdown had just passed.  The poor people were setting up a little pop top van in the dark and were doing well till another burst of rain arrived sending them running for shelter as the rain extinguished their fire.  Tomorrow the rain is forecasted to be the heaviest with the risk of a storm !!

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