Overlooking the pool from my balcony (left) and looking across the canal (below).
After the second move in six months I'm here for the next two years at least, thank goodness! Apart from the removalists taking the furniture and delivering it here, I did the packing, unpacking and cleaning by myself and I don't mind admitting that I'm over it.
Anyway, enough of that...I'm here now and it was definitely the right decision to take this place. Although smaller than what I'm used to, it's light and airy and gets the sun all day in winter. There are no carpets to worry about nor cheap linoleum on the floors. Instead there are offwhite tiles, easy to keep clean and which add to the overall lightness.
I've met some of the neighbours who seem a friendly lot and in the same vintage. There are also younger people, male and female, plus a couple of kids who seem nice enough. I met one couple from across the way yesterday who own the most beautiful cat...a Ragdoll cross, whose name also happens to be Bella!
The underground carpark is secure and can only be accessed by tenants who are given a security key for access. We can also store stuff down there, which is handy.
So, all in all, I'm very happy with the place and don't intend moving anywhere else for a while. I'm also closer to the shopping village, there's a doctor's surgery directly across the road, although the surgery I currently (rarely) attend is within walking distance and I'll just continue going there if I need to. The beach is closer, too, although I haven't had time to walk there yet.
It's lovely sitting out on the balcony typing this. There are kayakers on the canal and I've seen fish jumping plus ducks gliding along. Yesterday the kids from the complex were swimming. Not sure if I'd swim in the canal. I have heard that sharks have been caught in the canals on the Gold Coast!
It's been a hectic couple of weeks but I can relax now. Nearly all my stuff is unpacked and what I don't have space for I'll store.
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I'm expecting the copies of Old Age and Villainy to be delivered any day now. They retail for AUD$10 plus p&p, or you can order the ebook from Amazon by going to their website and typing in the title or my name. If you order a copy through me, it will be signed.
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Well, that's it for now. I hope you have had a great weekend. It's been summer like temperatures here. It was the Winter Solstice yesterday and 26C!