Thank Goodness I had ‘relaxed’ nicely, because little did I realise Tuesday morning when I packed up and headed into Queensland towards ‘Goomburra Forest Retreat’ near Warwick, what dramas were about to unfold – AND – how incredibly lucky I was! For those who follow my Facebook posts you may already be aware of the Hubba Bubba Bubble that appeared on my tyre (unbeknown to me!).
As I crossed the border into Queensland and the temperature climbed above 21 degrees I decided to pull over to a Rest Area and change into shorts and a T-shirt. My ‘Angels’ appeared in the form of two families who had passed me earlier and were pulled into the Rest Area. “Did you know you have a tyre about to blow?” the man asked me. “WHAT???” I said. And so these wonderful Angels, who realised at that point I was travelling on my own, volunteered to help me change the wheel.
Thank Goodness for the ‘rattle gun’ that Ken had insisted we always carry with us and I was able to get the wheel nuts off and in next to no time those big strong blokes had my spare tyre on and pumped up for me as well. I was feeling incredibly grateful and full of thanks to them. I hopped back into the car and said a very LOUD “Thank You Kenny Luv” for once again just having me feel that he wasn’t too far away and had, by some coincidence, arranged for these living Angels to just appear. (Except that I KNOW there is no such thing as a coincidence….. it’s always, I believe, Divine Timing. Simply Blessed. Thank YOU xxx)
The next day, at my bush camp, my ‘second living Angel’ appeared in the form of another nearby camper who thankfully was able to remove my step completely. Something I wasn’t able to do, and I knew once I got to Brisbane I’d be able to sort out a replacement.
Goomburra was a really lovely camp and restored my frazzled nerves after the tyre and step episode and I happily had a campfire each night and enjoyed a lovely walk through the National Park. Certainly worth a re-visit one day and I really recommend it as a great place to camp.
Sue & Pip live at the end of a quiet Cul-de-Sac and have recently installed a concrete pad at the front of their property for the caravan. Thank goodness I had Sue-Ellen to guide me in parking the van. She is SO calm and patient and it made it so much easier having her talk me through it via Bluetooth on the phone as I did my ‘left hand down’ and ‘hard right hand down’ etc. manoeuvring the van into place. Not once – but TWICE! (as I had to hook up the van and tow it through Brisbane traffic, in the pouring rain on Friday to get the step replaced). The offending tyre is currently in at the local Bob Jane T-mart and will be ready to pick up tomorrow, and thankfully the original tyre supplier has agreed that it is definitely a warranty claim!
On Saturday we caught the City Cat ferry from Bulimba to Southbank. It was a great ride along the Brisbane River. Very relaxing and also quite interesting to see all the new ferry terminals, replaced after the great Brisbane flood of 2011. Looking at the riverside buildings and to realise how high the water came up during that flood – wow! It’s almost hard to imagine now.
We had a fabulous family day together at Southbank; the kids had a ball in one of the adventure playgrounds and we all enjoyed a delicious lunch. Perfect weather – warm and sunny and I have to remind myself that this is Queensland and Yes, it’s winter!
Today, Sunday, was another special day with the kids that began with a giant cook-up BBQ breakfast. Perfect weather. Very relaxing and needless to say I am feeling very loved and blessed as I’ve had some really special times over the last four days. It will be sad to say Goodbye when I leave here on Tuesday.
Next week I head for Carnarvon Gorge for some lovely hiking and re-visiting places Ken and I visited together when we first became Grey Nomads in 2011.
So Hoo Roo until next time !