Down South to Up North

Our adventures have continued, once we left Mr Harry and his home town of Budgewoi we overnighted at our favourite Stayz home at Moonee Beach , enjoying a lovely dinner with the hosts, Cheryl and Matt and the odd glass of wine. The following morning we headed north to Broken Head to catch up with family and the latest Grandson, lots of cuddles to be enjoyed.

Our next Housesitting experiment was a short stay in Brisbane with a black Lab named Ellie, she was a gentle girl who enjoyed playing in the Enogera creek on the way to the dog park. This home was situated at the base of Mount Cootha and the area is very pretty, once again we had chickens, so lots of lovely eggs! One girl decided she was going to get broody, I had to oust her off the nest everyday for the week we were there. The coop was great boosting a solar powered door to their hen house, they knew when it was time to go in, and the door would close for the night and reopen the next morning. Very clever as you didn’t have to make sure you were there to get them in before dark.

Found the local pool so managed some swimming and as it was Dons Birthday week we treated ourselves to tickets for the latest Cirque show across the other side of the city.

The weather started to deteriorate as we left The Gap to head off for our next sit at Buddina, this was just a 3 night sit to look after Inca a chocolate Lab, she was a sweetie, heavy rains for the three days, but managed to get some walks in with her. My mistake on the first walk was 1.wearing thongs in the wet and 2. Jogging across the street to the park, Inca thought we were off for a RUN I don’t do run, nearly flying out behind her telling her to stop, must have looked hilarious, would have been good on Funniest Home Video show, ended up walking in bare feet and a little more slowly. Don took her the following two days!

If we had to be anywhere in miserable weather then this beautiful home sure was the spot to be, watching the wild ocean while curled up with a good book was not hard to take.

Our next sit was to look after Sunny a Staffy, and keep an eye on Marge Simpson! This was situated in Caloundra, what a great spot, we could walk for miles, and we did, the walking/bike track goes for kilometres, Sunny was only up for 30 minutes of walking per day, which we did early in the morning as he got too hot later on.

The apartment was situated between two beaches, Moffat to our north and Kings to our south, so depending on which way the wind was blowing we’d go one side or the other. Picture perfect weather saw us swimming every day at one of the beaches, enjoying the odd happy hour with a beach view, and walking around the headlands enjoying the scenery.

Celebrating my birthday whilst there we had a lovely evening out in one of the local restaurants, of which there are many to choose from.

Caloundra boasts a Sunday morning market each week, which had local produce and wares, plus a comprehensive area of food stalls.

I can say that it also boasts The Best second hand Book store I have ever found! I’ll be back!

Marge Simpson was Grandma, who lived in her own unit at the back of us, she was a lovely lady who made us treats, we shared a tea, and a wine and lots of chats with her over our three weeks.

A day trip to Montville was a great way to spend a day, an easy trip up into the hills behind the Sunshine Coast, once up there the views are spectacular, enjoyed checking out the local shops and enjoying lunch with a view of the coastline.

Definitely recommend a day trip if you are in the area, you can also take in Maleny and Landsborough whilst out and about.

Our housesit, had a great rooftop area with an all weather pool table, each evening would see us and the dog up there for our 3-5 games, and lots of laughs, you could see the ships heading north and south from up there as you were playing. Good spot to sit in the sun with your book as well.

As we have purchased a home in this general area it was a good opportunity to check out what will be our local shops, beach etc. Getting excited about living and enjoying new adventures here.

We had a weeks gap until our next sit so decided to stay at Maroochydore on the river for a week, had a lovely stay, felt strange to have no dog though. Got in some paddling on the Sups, I even managed to play in some small waves at the estuary near Cotton Tree which was lots of fun, swam at the Cotton Tree pool and enjoyed lunch with some friends at Harvest Cafe ( yummy) .

Friday night there are street food stalls located in Ocean St, another of our paddling friends meet us there for dinner and a catch up, which was lovely. Had a day trip up the road to Coolum for a walk and a coffee. All in all a nice way to spend the week in between sits.

Off up north to Hervey Bay for a sit just looking after a new swimming pool, huge house with majestic views over the Bay.

As we sat in the Bay for 3 months at the start of the year it was almost like coming home! Rode the bikes every day down for a swim, sometimes taking the Sups.

Tried out Sup yoga, managed to stay dry, andOcean St Maroochydore SunnyKings Beach

We had a bit of fun with the local paddlers.

Caught up with family who live up that way for a BBQ and chat

The weather was not that kind to us with rather a lot of rain, but it didn’t stop us getting out and about. Even caught up with an old work colleague who has retired up there.

We are now heading back down south with a stop to see the grandson once more, then on to our Xmas sit at Bonnells Bay.

Until next time we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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We are newly retired Resort Managers, we are now intending to travel via House Sitting. Our idea is to highlight the areas were we sit, and spread the word about the wonderful things you could do if you visited.

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