Arriving on Tuesday afternoon brought great excitement to Mathers Road, Malanda. Due to actually arrive on Thursday we decided to surprise Rus and Gladys two days early.
First up was to set up Camp Morris for us to live in for the next two weeks. The setup for us now runs like clock work and teamwork just flows. No more getting frustrated with each other, or Murray with me anyway. Sleeping isn’t a problem as it is so peaceful. All we hear are the wildlife noises at night.
Everything looks very fresh and green here. Grandad had done all the mowing and edging and the place really was a picture to drive into. Murray quickly set to, on Wednesday morning, cutting back all the hedging and trees that needed tidying up. I got the washing done early and it dried quickly as it was glorious weather. Rus and Myra went to Cairns for an eye injection for Rus’ macular, so I made a nice easy, homemade pumpkin soup for their return that evening.
Thursday the weather turned nasty and we had “mizzle” most of the day, but some shopping was achieved in Atherton by me at Woolies and Grandad at Bunnings.
Friday is grocery day in Malanda for Grandma. You see, up here, you only go to town on Tuesday for mail, milk and bread, and Friday for all the other stuff plus mail. Malanda is only a small town with a couple of stop signs and a roundabout or two. It has a lot of character in its town centre like the old pub which is over 100 years old and it also has a lot of characters.
Murray and I decided to take Gladys to town this week leaving Rus to do his own thing at home. As they were both dressed up we took some photos while we had them smiling. In the supermarket everyone knows everyone and they all know Gladys and that she always buys one chicken on Fridays. We tricked them this week ordering two chickens at the deli. The staff are wonderful to Murray’s mum at the supermarket often helping her out when in need.
Our stopover here has been enjoyable so far. Murray is enjoying some Maroon beer for a change, I am enjoying a sherry with Grandad in the afternoon and we are still feeling quite relaxed. Tomorrow, Saturday we are off to the markets in another pretty little town, Yungaburra.