Not house sitting, but visiting a Bed and Breakfast establishment. I know only too well the challenges of taking time away from home even for short periods, when one has a pet. We have in the past been very happy to leave our precious Kramer at the kennels, but (a) he doesn't like it and (b) last time he got very sick.
So I am always on the lookout for quality establishments, with reasonable tarrif, that also welcomes canine guests, and a few weeks ago spied an article in the Saturday paper, and quickly booked. We had decided to go away for our 40th wedding anniversary.
And so it was that on Friday last, with car packed and Kramer strapped into the back seat that we headed north to Gympie. Well, just short of Gympie actually.
On this occasion instead of going all the way on the main highway, I had suggested that we go off the beaten track somewhat. So we left the highway just before Nambour and drove past the old "Big Pineapple" which for many years was a very popular tourist attraction. In recent years it has lost it's "shine" and looks like it needs a revamp. We didn't see as many tourists there as we recall from our past visits to the area.
In Nambour we bought a few supplies at Woolworths, before heading off again. On the wrong road as it turns out. So we went quite a detour almost to Noosa, and back through Bli Bli. I recall going to the Bli Bli Castle years ago with the children.
Back onto the highway for a short distance before heading off towards Kenilworth, but turning right onto the Mary Valley Highway, and up through Imbil, Kandanga, Amamoor, and Dagun on our way to Lagoon Pocket.
Each of the little towns is rather quaint. Small town with a few shops, and people who obviously love living a quiet life. We had lunch at Imbil, before heading north.
When we approached Amamoor we were stunned to discover that there had been a storm two nights earlier, and the huge winds had brought down hundreds of trees that were strewn along the side of the roads, and in paddocks all over the place. At Amamoor the roof of the local hall had been peeled off, and all around were workmen and the sound of chain saws.
The storm had cut a swathe right through, even to Lagoon Pocket.
The Mary River and surrounding area is the site of a proposed huge dam that will inundate a huge area including some of the small towns in the area. There were signs all over the place protesting at the proposed Traveston Crossing Dam. "No dam" signs were everywhere, and signs indicating the water level should the dam proceed. I must say we were disturbed by it.
What the community must be going through as they fight to maintain their homes, properties and lifestyle. Very sad.
Eventually we arrived at our destination- the very lovely Lagoon Pocket Bed and Breakfast