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Where to start....an update.

A year ago I was put in the position of having to sell my home, well established food garden and bee hives. Painful to say the least, especially as the agreed trigger to sell was the passing of my last two dogs. 

As I owned only half of the house there was never going to be enough left over to buy another house....even if I could get another loan at my age I simply didn't want a mortgage hanging over my head.

Rent? (Expensive and would require me to keep working in the area I was renting.)

Buy a mobile home and travel? (Expensive and would require me to give up my income and have one clumsy mode of transport.) 

House sit? (Save the money not spent on a mortgage and utilities, sounded good. Move around a lot, not so good.)

Well, I obviously chose the last one and I have been house/pet sitting for the past year while saving madly so I can have some time off to relax in 2018.

I am on around my 9th or 10th house sit and at Chapel Hill at the moment and I haven't had an empty day anywhere (knock on wood) and am currently booked up until September 2018 (a couple of gaps but they will be filled). The shortest sit was for two weeks for a friend - I took my holidays and just holidayed with her gorgeous pets at a beautiful location in Dayboro and the longest 4mths. Usual sit length is a month.

I bought a big car with an interior that all folds down to carry my day to day stuff and all the rest went into storage.

It took some mental gymnastics but I eventually embraced the unusual state of freedom that I found myself in ie kids all grown and gone, no house, no pets. Just me and my car and the ability to do pretty much whatever I want. The lure of travelling up the Queensland coast, going from sit to sit, was strong, but I have elderly parents on Bribie and after deliberation I have decided to head there and be available to help them out. My Father has made it clear that they are "independant and don't need my assistance" but Mum is keen to have me nearby and Dad will get used to it eventually!! I will just "hover".

So I have been saving for a year, have just quit my FT job and will move to the Bribie area in two weeks. I do have one sit for another friend at Mango Hill but then it should all be Bribie. Eventually I will either rent some place of my own so I can create another food garden or I will move in with Mum once Dad passes...and create another food garden.

I hope to do some volunteer work in aged care as I love working with the oldies. They have such a wonderful outlook on life and enjoy each day. I hope to do some art classes, yoga/pilates classes and whatever else I find that looks like a bit of fun.

It's unlikely that I will be attending many GV's in the Brisbane region, but, once I have a garden of my own again I will invite anyone willing up to Bribie. If you are on the island give me a ring and I would love to catch up.

Below is a photo taken by one of my sisters (sisters, brother, nieces, nephews and more all still live on the island or nearby).

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And I'll add another shot just taken by my other sister....

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Comment by Christa on Wednesday

We are lucky to have Bribie Island so close to us, with some natural flora and reserved area for nature to do it's thing.   Some of the waters are protected and I hope we still have the big gropers in the big underwater holes there.  I remember Dux creek where the water rushes in and out with the tide.  The Island used to have beautiful wildflowers at a certain time of the year. Lovely wild ground orchids and the Bribie pine was everywhere.

Comment by Lissa on January 11, 2018 at 5:33

I went walking, nice and early, along the foreshore of Solander Esplanade which includes Kakadu Beach.

Very beautiful spot with bird hides and a walk/path through well planted and maintained native gardens full of native bees and birds. The walk culminates in a beautiful lookout with bench seat at the mouth of Dux Creek.  

Comment by Lissa on December 29, 2017 at 5:31

Elaine - go to Google maps and type in Kakadu Beach, Banksia Beach. 

When I was a kid (about 10 or 11) I helped my father survey some of this area....for roads perhaps, I don't remember him telling me the whys. It is a pity man has to take something natural and turn it into a playground/habitat for himself, but that's what man does. Everywhere, not just Bribie. It's actually a very beautiful spot these days.

Comment by Dave Riley on December 29, 2017 at 1:52

'Kakadu': named after the circuit road as the beach is a trade off for the development of the canal estate that destroyed a wading bird habitat.It was created in 2002. This month they've just established  artificial shellfish reefs  within a one-hectare location off Kakadu Beach.LINK

Historically the coast line of Pumicestone passage was dotted with many middens. There are 58 recorded sites. These were mined and the limestone crushed to build the city of Brisbane after 1823. The once thriving oyster industry is no more:

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2017 at 19:52

It's a bird sanctuary and by the sound of it, off-limits to we mere mortals. Good that there's places set aside for migratory birds to refuel and rest so great that it's out of bounds to non-birders.

Comment by Christa on December 28, 2017 at 18:32

Kakadu beach is a small beach at Banksia Beach. Don;t know how it came about.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 28, 2017 at 17:45

Not heard of Kakadu Beach before so was wondering where it is. Finally found a map of Bribie but no mention of Kakadu Beach. Could you tell me where it is please, Lissa? Not planning to visit but thought I knew most places on Bribie and am curious to know.

Comment by Lissa on December 28, 2017 at 13:20

Thanks Gabrielle. It was a choice of jump in and see what happens, or rotting slowly in some little unit somewhere while working my guts out until retirement age.

I have followed the link - very interesting - and have offered to help if I can. 

I will actually be sitting a house very close to Kakadu Beach for up to 6mths.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on December 28, 2017 at 13:03

Very brave choices. You may be interested in helping this along, fresh off the press: 

http://hlw.org.au/news/historic-bid-to-restore-pumicestone-shellfis...

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on December 27, 2017 at 6:17

Interesting stats, thanks Dave. There was a serious outbreak of Lyngbya mid 2000s, boy the pong! To say nothing of its toxicity. There's still plenty of creatures living in that mud though. Rich stuff. Crabs of small species, mud whelks and mud skippers. Low tide is busy with little lives scurrying about and a few and increasing numbers of wading birds happily munching on whatever they find which moves.

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