Goodbye Van Morrison

Goodbye Van Morrison

Today is definitely my last in Rainbow Beach. I say this because I seem to be extending my visit here on a daily basis. I’ve enjoyed my time here but it’s nearly time to get Van Morrison back to Brisbane so he can perform for someone else. While I’d love to say it’s a...
Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

I spend the evening in Van Morrison watching a bad movie on my tiny DVD screen. Having already watched my previous collection, which I’d picked up in Brisbane, I found a new collection at a DVD store outside of Caloundra. There wasn’t one movie in the...
A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

After a day of working on the farm (okay, actually sight-seeing on the farm), I hop in the shower and Jeanette and I head into town. Tonight’s the night of the staff Christmas party for the school Jeanette teaches at. You know how summertime in the northern...
Animal Farm

Animal Farm

I awake this morning and hightail it out of Noosa (okay, it’s actually 10:00am before I get going, and though I blame the wait for an available shower in the hostel, my dawdling might be a contributing factor). Today I’m headed to farm-country. Thangool to...
Hostile Fowl

Hostile Fowl

Today is a much-needed beach day; but first, I need to find breakfast. The fabulous part about living in the parking lot of the Halse Lodge Backpackers Hostel  is that it’s right in town. No need to drive; in fact, they prefer that you don’t as they can’t guarantee...
Noosa Somewhere

Noosa Somewhere

I pack up this morning and walk over to the office to return their keys; for a campground, they sure do have a lot of keys. There’s one for the restrooms (nice to keep creepy, scary guys out), one for the front gate, and one for the electrical outlet in my...
Van Morrison

Van Morrison

I spend today taking care of business, with the first stop being the computer repair shop. They figure it will only take about an hour or so to repair it once the part arrives. Thelma’s husband (and Farmer Jane’s father) Mark drops me at the computer repair place and,...
A Big Drink

A Big Drink

After much fussing about, searching for CD’s (never to be found), I teach Janette about placing your iPod in a cup-holder for instant speakers the MacGyver way. We decide which one of us will be Thelma (Janette) and which is Louise (me, as I’m the...
Virgin Germs

Virgin Germs

And we’re off! It’s time for Brisbane and, after a less early morning than some flights (yet too early for me), I grab an Uber and head off to the airport. This is only my second Uber ride – the first being last week, from one AirBnB to another...
Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Yo-Ho-Ho and a Bottle of Rum

I’ve written before about my ritual for when the vote comes in. I drink a glass of a good single malt whiskey to toast my next location and new adventure. No scotch whisky for me today. Today’s celebratory drink is rum, which seems a bit more appropriate. While you...
AirBnB Careful

AirBnB Careful

When I arrive in Sydney, I’m happy to see that both my bags have also arrived. The host of the AirBnB which I’ve booked has listed options to get from the airport to his place which include: taxi (approximately AUD$50), train and bus combo, and airport...
Fore!

Fore!

It’s a bit of a lazy morning and, when the afternoon arrives, Farmer Jane and I venture out to enjoy some of the fresh air of Lord Howe Island. We head off on the easy Transit Hill hike which takes us through the jungle (yet actually on a trail and not through the...
Farmer Jane and Kongy

Farmer Jane and Kongy

It’s always strange seeing someone you’ve known in one set of surroundings, in a completely different scenario. As I mentioned I know Kira from my time onboard Disney Cruise Line, when we both wore white adjustable pants and gold stripes on our shoulders. This week...