This year's sojourn is to visit our boys on the Gold Coast, which we have done yearly since 2008.
We plan to be away from 16th March until 17th October.
Travelling to the Gold Coast, then along the coast to Townsville, making our way
through Quilpie to Yowah, over to Dicky Beach, back to the Gold Coast then pop over to
Broken Hill on our way home.
This year we will see our boys twice on the Gold Coast. That will be great. We miss them heaps.
We are still living our Dream.
It's 8:15pm Wed 20th August 2014.
We are at Broadwater Tourist Park, Southport and leave on Mon 22nd September.
Today we visited our friends.
Mum and Dad's house burnt down on Sat 9th Aug.
1. ABC News article.
2. Weekly Review Bayside article.
Saturday 9th Aug night, they were both taken by ambulance to The Alfred Emergency and stayed until late Sunday arvo,
when my sister and Phil(BIL) took them to their place.
Sunday 10th Aug, I spoke to both Mum and Dad, considering what they had been through they were great, Dad did say
that it hasn't 'hit' him yet. To date, they have lost both cars, their house is totalled including all contents, so their possessions have gone from heaps to
zero. I am flying home on Wednesday to see them and help, if necessary BUT Phil my Brother-in-law has done an excellent job with the house insurance claim.
Today he and Dad met representatives from the Council and the assessor's team from Coles insurance. Mum and Dad are staying with Phil and my sister while
they work out the finer points of their policy.
Monday 11th Aug after dinner, I spoke to Mum and Dad, they are feeling well, but tired, they had a checkup by their
doctor today and are fit and healthy. Their house and property are now under the control of the insurance company. The next time they set foot on their property,
will be to walk into their new home. Hopefully. Tonight, Phil, Mum and Dad are doing an itemised list of all their belongings, that they used to have. That
should be fun.
Tuesday 12th Aug. Mum has changed our plans. She has decided that she wants to move into a furnished apartment
a.s.a.p. (like Quest Apartments) and will stay with Phil and my sister until they move directly into an apartment. All my family said not to fly down,
so Marg and I are staying on the Gold Coast as originally planned.
Wednesday 13th Aug. Phil has now booked them into a fully furnished apartment for the next 3 weeks at a minimum, they
move in tomorrow. Dad is now driving Marg's Mazda 121 aka The Bubble.
Thursday 14th Aug. Dad has been driving 'The Bubble' to the council and organised a copy of his plans, then over to
VicRoads and cancelled the rego on both cars. Finally, about 3:30pm, they moved into the Quest Apartments, they unpacked all their worldly possessions which
struggled to fill 2 Coles shopping bags.
Sunday 17th Aug. Mum and Dad have settled in at Quest and they are getting back to normal with Mum doing more retail
therapy with Dad close by. The claims for their cars have been processed, Dad was very happy with the result.
Monday 18th Aug. Phil and Dad have found a replacement car, it's private, so after a couple of days of RWC etc. Mum
and Dad should have a replacement Ford XR6.
Wednesday 20th Aug. Mum and Dad have found a townhouse to rent, now they have to wait for all the paperwork to be
completed, then the Insurance will pay their rent. The paperwork on their house claim is still being processed.
Their garage took most of the heat.That's their current XR6 on the left. A tad 2nd rate.
It is looking a bit sick.
Day 158 - Wed 20th August 2014 - Visiting our friends - Southport - Day 17.
Our 2014 trip's Summary.
2014 Trip Weather details.
Frosty's Fossicking Frolics.
Our 2011 lap of Oz with all details.
List of ALL of our Adventures.