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Friday, September 11, 2009

Where do I start??? part 2


In Perth we stayed in a lovely holiday house in the Northern Beaches called Carramar.... The property was called "THE LITCHFIELD" and if you are after a lovely place to stay look them up here



Our 8 days in Perth was overshadowed by reality.... The afternoon that we arrived we got the confirmation that my dad definately had bowel cancer. He is booked to have it surgically removed on September 21st...

Andre flew to Melbourne on the Wednesday night to attend job interviews in Melbourne... He only managed to attend 1 interview out of the 4 that he was booked for as he was involved in a car accident in Melbourne on the Friday and ended up spending most of the day in hospital having CT Scans... He still has some tingly sensations in his arm and is sore... he flew back to Perth on that Friday night...

On the Saturday morning (after getting 2 hours sleep from picking Andre up) I drove my 2 eldest daughters Jacinda (15) and Micayla (9) to the airport and put them on a plane to Sydney. They have moved to live with my parents for a few months until we relocate...

We left Perth on Tuesday morning and had a lovely drive back to Geraldton.... We had booked the same accomadation for the return trip... but decided to ask if an upgrade was available... so for an extra $70 we upgraded to a lovely brick cabin :)

On Wednesday we received the phone call that we had been waiting for.... Andre was offered the position in Melbourne with the company he managed to have the job interview with. YAY! We are extremely happy about this as it means he managed to secure a permanent position!

In this photo you see a VERY happy me texting friends/family the good news :)


On the Thursday morning we headed back home.... We had already decided that we didn't want to travel the whole trip and would stay overnight in Carnarvon if we could get accomadation... Needless to say we were maybe 100km into the drive when I hit a large metalic object that was sitting in the middle of the road at approx 111kmph. I had no chance to miss it... as there was a ditch on 1 side...or an oncoming car... I lined it up as best I could so as to not hit it with a tyre and it went *BANG* We stopped the car when it was safe to do so.... and as it was leaking fluid of some description I grabbed the toddlers and headed to a safe distance.... Luckily for us a roadtrain stopped and offered assistance...

In this photo - the roadtrain and my husband checking under the car...

In this photo... my 3 darling toddlers whom remained calm and sat and played in the wildflowers on the side of the road with mummy at a safe distance to the car....


Here we all are in front of the Big road train after it was declared that the fluid was water!

We then drove the car to the next roadhouse - which was the billabong... see previous post for a photo!! We had to arrange for a tow truck to come for us with a hire car from Carnarvon... what a nightmare... and expense!! We decided the best option was to spend the night at the roadhouse... haha what an adventure that was... As the rooms were in a donga and only contained a bunk with a single bed on top and king single on the bottom... for 5 of us??
Luckily for us - the BILLABONG also has a pub... which done a really nice feed :)

Here I am sitting outside the room - all snuggled up in the doona as it was damn cold. Don't ya think the room key is cute?



The next day heading back towards home.... here is a pic of Andre at the edge of the North West... the 26th parallel....


Driving into Carnarvon..... We were so close to home :) ( a whole 370km away!!!)



Now we are very busy with the removal. We have made the heart-breaking decision to sell all of our belongings and start over... so most of what we are doing is sorting stuff to either a) sell at a garage (yard) sale or tossing stuff to the dump.
I have mailed most of the yarn/cross stitch stash to myself... :) A friend of mine has offered to receive any parcels I want to send to myself... since at this stage we are having massive problems finding a house to rent in Melbourne.... Seems the real estate agents over there will not let you place applications on properties without viewing them first... makes it really difficult for out of staters!! Worst case scenario... I live with his dad for a bit with the kids and Andre stays with a friend of his dad's gf close to his new place of employment.... not a scenario I am going to enjoy....and to be honest I am freaking out big-time in advance about the whole situtation!!
To be continued.....






















4 comments:

Carolyn NC said...

My goodness - life has been up and down and exciting for you lately. Congrats on DH getting the job!

Martha said...

Visiting from Life at the Gable's blog and I hope for the best for your Dad's surgery and your move to Melbourne. Greetings from Los Angeles, CA.

CindyMae said...

Char you have had a lot going on for sure!!! I have missed you and prayed that all is well. Although I am sorry that Andre had the accident on you had issues on the way home, I am thrilled that he has found a new position. I will be praying that all works out with finding a home!!

Felicity said...

Hi Chars,
im glad your back and that you've had a nice break too! you deserve a happy time now! good luck for your husbands new job, hope he is on the mend now after the accident!! im sorry to hear of your dad, my father in law had the same last year just before christmas, he had it all cut out and he was ill but he has made a full recovery and nearly a year later he has had follow ups and is clear! fliss xx