There was a peculiar (well to us AFL southerners) happening last weekend, a footy match called the State of Origin. It was the headline news in the newspapers, on the radio and on the TV. Aussie Rules doesn’t feature much in Queensland at all, it is mostly rugby. A few times a year the two states, NSW and QLD, play each other and it is the equivalent of an AFL premiership match. The maroons (Qld) have beaten the blues (NSW) about five times straight now so the Qld fans are pretty cocky.
Ralph and Jillaine are now moved into their new home, a permanent onsite van in Bongaree Caravan Park. This caravan park has a separate section just for permanents with about 100 occupants, some have been in the park for more than thirty years. The vans all have annexes so there is plenty of space for them in their van. They can even sit out on their back patio and watch the activity on the water. The whole permanent section of the park, which is physically separate from the transient section, looks very pretty. They are close to their children and grand children and should be very happy here. It was good that we were on hand for the move and could give them a bit of a assistance.
Whilst here we did the rounds of the Op Shops and purchased a good few books so we are well stocked with reading material for the next stage of the trip. Most Op Shops sell books for $1 or $2 so it is a good way to buy books cheaply.
The weather has not been great whilst we have been here, it seems to have either been raining or windy however Vicki has done some fishing and even managed to catch a nice flathead. We are hoping that the fishing (and weather) will improve as we move north. Talking about fish we went to the local fish shop the other day to buy some fresh fish to cook. The only local fish they had was snapper fillets at $36 a kilo or deep sea mullet fillets at $6 a kilo (the other was all NZ). We came away with some deep sea mullet that was really tasty when cooked and it only cost us $3 for three large fillets – not bad!