Well, this is the first birthday I have had on the road, and away from my boys in twenty years, so it was different but enjoyable. Murray sang happy birthday to me when I woke in our free camp on the Boyne river. This was a very pretty spot but a bit of road noise at night. Part of my birthday was spent on the road to Yeppoon, which I didn’t mind as we had decided to visit Murray’s Uncle Bill and Francis, and I hadn’t seen them for ten years.
Uncle Bill was so excited when we turned up and got straight to his job of stirring Murray. His property of around sixty acres is on the Byfield Road outside Yeppoon and the view from there is amazing, as they are quite high up. Bill and Francis have grown quite a few fruit trees and vegetables, and make their own bread. Bill is eighty this year and Francis is eighty-one, both have recent health issues, so it was nice to have quiet time with them and catch up. Our technology of the ipad with FaceTime was something they were quite amazed with. Bill got to see Murray’s mum Gladys, his sister, for the first time in a few years and was wrapped that she could see him too. We had a ball with them, camping in their backyard and chatting about everything.
All too soon we were back on the road and heading to Sarina for the night, and a well awaited catch up with our friends we had met in Blayney in March, Derek and Lynda.
Sarina is another pretty little place just south of Mackay and our caravan park this night, Friday, was Sarina Palms. It was a beautiful little park, very friendly hosts and great facilities. It was raining when we arrived but soon cleared into a lovely warm evening. After a quick cuppa with Lynda and Derek at the park, they came to see us, we went to meet them at the local Leagues Club for dinner where we shared many a story and laughs. It was sad to say farewell but we are planning the next catch up.
That’s it for now. We are hitting the road tomorrow, Saturday and heading for Townsville. Not long till we get to Murray’s parents in Malanda now.