A southerly swings in, it is autumn after all, but this ruins our beach plans. We catch up on shopping, even with its small population Bribie Island even has an Audi Supermarket. A reflection of the demographics that is top-heavy with retirees, I suppose. We find it crowded – must be pension day – and we are unfamiliar with trolley and entry systems. But they do have familiar products – almost.
The case of the missing recycled fabric shopping bags is still not solved. Very frustrating – I know they were packed.
- We have access to stocked cupboards – full of gourmet products
- Our day is filled and dictated by pet activities. Not that we mind.
- There are garden duties.
- Hidden secrets are discovered – like the yoghurt maker.
- Wish we’d paid more attention to how to operate the bread maker.
- Access to books and Dvds but forbidden from the record collection.
- Much better than cabins and or serviced apartments
- Friends, support, neighbours to help and keep an eye on us. The possibility to have our own friends and other family members visit.
- Arrangements have been made for payment of the utilities.
At Tai Chi classes held at the local Arts Centre I feel alarmingly uncoordinated. Someone else has flexibility and can stretch much better than me. How dare he? What kind of person can afford to spend from 8.30am until 10am during the week at Tai Chi? Early retirement – Part timer – Night shifter – Works at home???
“We’ve researched everywhere now,” Rod says about our shopping expeditions. Our best winner is the Banksia Beach Woolworths which features fresh made, cook at home pizzas as well as great home brand curries.
More cold weather house-binds us. We enjoy the new open back deck and eventually decide to wash the car.
There is an orchid show @ Ningi. This is a tiny hamlet just off the island. So many stunning blooms. “I prefer the small delicate ones,” Rod says, “the big ones don’t look like orchids to me.” I notice that Bonsai wire is used to keep blooms upright. “Seeing those competition blooms makes your birthday one look fantastic.” We do have a little collection of specimens at home, but nothing on this grand scale, which we are told can be induced to flower 2 or 3 times a year. This must be part of living in the sub tropics. We are reminded that part of our house-sitting duties is the requirement to feed the orchids.