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Our sunny visit to Nirimba on the Sunshine Coast, QLD

Arrival late Thursday 14 June 2922 at Nirimba to find both Maxine & Neil on holidays & the loyal companions Dexter & Lilly who welcomed us open heartedly.

Friday was a rest day & washing day.

Saturday 15 June 2022 found us at Costco and both Neil & Ian found some jeans. We had a look around this huge store. This is the size gravy they sell.
Deception Bay was our destination of choice for lunch.

We took a trip overseas visit to Bribie Island, wow it's busy over here however we missed the duty free on this occasion. However on this grand visit we surprised Neil's Mum, Juanita (last time Deborah & Juanita caught up was 38 years ago at Maxine & Neil's wedding). Even though we gave her 15 minutes notice & brought afternoon teacake Juanita managed to whip us up some beautiful lemonade scones in her airfryer. They were served with a variety of jams & cups & saucers & teapot. Surprise afternoon tea was thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

Sunday 14 June 2022
Our car needed a wash after our journey over, so we took it for an auto wash then a hand wash at home. Now it is ready for the return trip home.
A bit of pot shopping was had today as Neil fills his garden with lush plants.
Our choice of venue was Maroochydore for lunch. The venue did not disappoint with beautiful views & the day was filled with blue skies.
We had a look through a plant & pot Nursery and Deborah spied a little friend. One in particular took her eye. Ian gave the nod & it was into the car with that one. Bound for WA in our garden.
A drive through the beach side suburb of Mooloolaba drive was delightful & the coastline view was very scenic.

Monday 13 June 2022
Noosa for lunch where we again had the best weather. The weather was fine with gorgeous blue skies. Ian noticed Yvonne Goolagong enjoying lunch. She definitely partook in the pokies. Deborah had $2 to spend as a budget. She spent it 1c at a time for each game. Lucky Neil walked away with $50 & Maxine had a ton of fun, winning & spending her pocket money too. Ian was doing research while we were being entertained.
The drive along the Noosa beachfront was quite scenic. There were a lot of people out enjoying this wonderful sunny day.

Tuesday 14 June 2022
Neil visited the Dentist. We took an afternoon relaxing drive along the foreshore at Dickey Beach. Wow this was stunning countryside. On our way back we took a stroll through a Menswear store looking for a bouge pair of trousers for Ian. Seems they were hiding today as we came out empty handed.

Wednesday 15 June 2022
Very early morning and Maxine & Neil picked up Juanita to take her for a medical appointment in Brisbane.
We had a relaxing sleep in & were in charge of Dexter & Lilly.
Meet Lilly
Meet Dexter

We took a drive to the Caloundra recycling centre. At home we drive through in our cars like a visit to KFC. Turn the engine off, remove our bags with containers for change (all lids removed) and pop them at the bench where the person tips each variety out, counts as they toss them into each huge rectangle bins on wheels. Glass, plastic, coffee bottles, milk cartons etc.
In Caloundra we were surprised to find such a different process. You take your bags in, wait till you are asked to move to a machine with conveyor belts either side that you place your glass on the left conveyor & on the right you place plastic containers & it adds your total up. You take your receipt & go to the cashier to either collect your money or type in a code to donate it to your chosen fund.

A hidden gem revealed as we spied a speciality coffee store & dared to enter. The service & coffee did not disappoint. The coffee beans were roasting at the time so the smell was amazing.

We did a little Woolworths shopping for when we get the call to pick up the van & head homeward bounds. We took a walk around the burbs checking the area out. What a lovely area. The parks & playgrounds have lots of swings & play equipment.

Thursday 16 June 2022
Another beautiful day with fine weather & blue skies.
Relaxing day at home.
Neil did some repotting of plants. While we soaked up the beautiful sunshine & enjoyed a cup of tea.
Neil to our surprise is a whip with his "Taste the Difference" airfryer with a lovely batch of scones, a selection of jams (including rosella jam - Deb's favourite) & even whipped up the cream. They were beautiful!
Ian soaked up some time reading.

Us kids got dropped off at Bullcock Beach & left to our own devices. We took a stroll along the boardwalk on the beachfront to Kings Beach. The view was glorious & the weather a sunny 25 degrees. What do you think?

Friday 17th June 2022
Another fine & sunny Queensland winters day. Neil & Max had to leave home early today to help their son Wade, our nephew move furniture. We took the opportunity to catch up on some washing then head out to have another fine coffee made by Cade Lincoln, at the Lincoln Coffee roasters. Just around the corner we found a couple of op shops (charities stores). Yes, you guessed it, Ian bought a book for a buck and a cd. We then met up with Maxine & Neil for a lovely family lunch at the Golden Bay Tavern, Caloundra.
It was such a beautiful day, we thought we would enjoy a relaxing stroll through the Big 4, Caloundra caravan park and around the burbs.

Saturday 18th June 2022
After a restful morning we took a drive to Montville, up in the hills. We did the tourist thing & checked out a few of the quirky shops. Ian found a couple of Australian made leather belts. We enjoyed a coffee overlooking the valley after heading back through Razorback Road.

Sunday 19th June 2022
We even watched some lawn bowls on television. Our nephew Wade, (Maxine & Neil's son) had been playing bowls last week and this coming week in the Australian Open on the Gold Coast in Queensland. Although this time we were watching his doubles partner Jay play in a round of 64 singles competition, which he ended up winning. Wade was in the stands watching the game.

Lunch destination today, the last day of Maxine and Neil's holidays, was the Buderim Tavern at the top of a hill with some sweeping views back to the coastline. Next to the Tavern was a Woolworths so we took the opportunity to pick up some items for our leg homeward bound.

Monday 20 June 2022
Natalie turns 30 today @ 2.37pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. Happy Birthday Sweetheart.

Max and Neil had to get up early to go to work today after 2 weeks off. We on the other hand are still on holidays, so we took the opportunity to grab another Lincoln coffee & we also slipped into the recycling centre to drop off some bits & bobs so they don't end up in Landfill. On the way back to our swanky accommodation we popped into one of the local parks. The Developer of this area, Stockland, is putting in some tremendous family friendly parks and separate fenced parks just for dogs, one for small dogs and the other for larger dogs. Some agility equipment is in both areas for training with the dogs.

Each of the parks are fully equipped with several bbq areas, covered tables and chairs, 28 bike racks minimum, toilets & loads of play equipment for the big and little kids.

The particular park we walked through was called Eagles Nest with large stand of eucalypt trees. We noticed what looked like some Black boys (Grass Trees) growing in the nest of trees. They seem to have thin flat leaves where as in WA ours are thin and squarish.

Deborah washed the car in preparation for the caravan pick up and journey tomorrow. Ian has packed the car with what we don't need overnight.

Tuesday 21st June 2022
This is the day we say farewell & thankyou to Neil & Maxine. We thank them from the bottom of our heart for taking such great care of us, sharing wonderful days viewing the Sunshine Coast, enjoying many great pub lunches & memorable happy hours. Neil shared his cooking expertise with the air fryer (so much so, we have ordered one) & ofcourse the movie nights. Our time with you, Dexter & Lilly have been filled with fun & loads of frivolity. I let my guard down & took off my shoes & socks in the lounge room, tucked the socks into my shoes and left them beside me, Dex took his time to set up the move, let me relax and within about 40 minutes he slid into stealth mode, snuck over & did the greatest grab & dash with one of my socks right out of the shoe. You got me!

The weather here has been so kind to us. We have worn t shirts each day since arriving. Only had one cloudy day. We were so lucky.

We are today off for a handover of our new van in Caboolture. It's time to make new memories. We hope by lunchtime we will be hit the road bound for the journey home to Western Australia, a lovely destination we are proud to call home. This is what our journey looks like on Wikicamps. We have lots of stops & options to choose along the journey.

Posted by iandeborah 05:30

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Have a safe return trip. Pictures look great. Take it easy. Hope your van gives you lots of pleasure in the coming months hopefully we will catch up on the road.😀

by Melanie

Very comprehensive blog Mrs C.
Beautiful pictures and so pleased things have come together with the Van ...
Glad you had some wonderful family time and luv the two little canine members of the family.
Safe travels home see you next weekend...x

by Rose

Have a safe trip home, Deborah and Ian. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the new van.

by Vicki Berkhout

Have a safe and enjoyable trip home Deb and Ian and enjoy your new van. Sounds like you have been having some wonderful times over there and catching up with family and enjoying the sun.

by Linda de Vries

Safe trip home in the new van.
Looks like you have been having a fabulous time. X

by Bob and Wendy Shine

I meant with your van as obviously you won't be in it while travelling!

by Bob and Wendy Shine

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