Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back in Forster-Toncurry, at Failford

We are here for 6 weeks looking after this spacious lovely home set on 2 acres backing on to bushland. There will be a photo of Andrew when he uses the ride on mower.

The owners are away overseas visiting Venice, Slovenia and Santorini. We are trying to remember that we like house sitting and travel envy is not a becoming trait.

The view from the verendah at the back. How tranquil is this? I mean who would want to be in Venice when they can have this?

Seriously, we are enjoying ourselves very much. And it is nice being back in the Forster-Toncurry area.

Another view of the bush at the back of the house. I wish I could capture the visiting wallabies.

The real reason we are here. Tillie the elderly Cavalier King Charles spaniel whose main interest in life is food. Tillie has a heart condition and is on medication but this does not prevent her enjoying every moment of anticipaton of an edible treat. She is sweet natured and no trouble at all.
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Saturday, May 1, 2010

Caloundra continued

This is a pretty short house sit of 10 days on the Sunshine Coast. It has allowed us to catch up with friends at Palmwoods, Penny and Roland, visit the Eumundi Market and look around a little. We were here a year ago when we were starting out on our around OZ trip and we explored the area then, so this time, we did not do so much sightseeing, rather just lazed around Caloundra, exploring the beaches, taking the dogs for walks every day and played bridge at the Caloundra Bridge Club.

Another view of Caloundra.

Tetley is a Tibetan Spaniel with a lopsided grin. Apparently Tetley had got himself lost one day and when he was found, the people who found him told the owners he may have had a stroke as his tongue was hanging at an odd angle. No, it was Tetley being himself, a very endearing little dog.

A fun fountain near the beach where children can play.
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Caloundra, Sunshine Coast, Qld

Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a good base from which to explore the entire region. There are nine different beaches to choose from all within easy driving distance of the house we are sitting at. Because of our canine charges, Jasper and Tetley (pictured above), are most frequent outings were to the beach north of Dicky Beach, Currimundi Beach where dogs are allowed off the leash and it is doggie heaven and a great socialising place for them. Other beaches are Bulcock Beach where I had missed the opportunity to take a photo of the kitesurfers and wind surfers going back and forth across the estuary; Kings Beach the most popular surf beach at Caloundra, Moffat Beach, Golden Beach plus a few others.

Bribie Island is very close to Caloundra also and kayaking enthusiasts take pleasure in a leisurely paddle to the northern tip of the island across Pumicestone Passage.

Australia Zoo is also nearby. Eumundi Markets are on every Wednesday and Saturday and I was able to sample a Hungarian langos with garlic, cheese and sour cream.
The dog beach with Caloundra in the background.

This is the saltwater swimming pool at Kings Beach.

Kings Beach to the immediate right to the swimming pool above. One has a choice of the calm waters of the salt water pool or the waves which are quite tame on this day.
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