From my (temporary) front door

I’m linking to Cecilia’s blog, where she has invited all her blogging friends to post a video, or show a photo on FB or IG with a view from our front doors this Sunday morning.

My blog plan doesn’t allow uploading videos, and I’m not on FB or IG, so please accept this still photo instead.

For me, in Australia, it’s now Sunday evening, but the photo above was taken today. Not FROM my temporary front door as such, since the view it offers of the side of the next-door caravan is deeply uninspiring, but off to the side, showing my dog enjoying a frozen chicken neck in the grass, our broken car (which is why I’m stranded behind a temporary caravan front door) and out to the pasture full of fat, happy Angus steers beyond. It’s 31°C/88°F, and very still and dry. Every so often, the Sunlander train booms past in the distance. The birds sing, children splosh happily in this caravan park’s pool, and if I have to be stranded, there are many worse places. I’m grateful to be cool, and dry, and fed, and safe.

Roll on Monday, and the start of the process of extricating ourselves from the strandedness. It’s going to be complicated…

43 thoughts on “From my (temporary) front door

  1. Perfect!! I love it! Thank you so much for joining in!

  2. It’s of the front door is not from it but the view is nice. I’m sorry to hear you are stranded. That is never fun on vacation. Crossing my fingers that all gets repaired and running.

    • katechiconi says:

      As I said to Celi, from the front door would be a view of black and white plastic siding 5 feet away. This, I feel, is more humane, and reminds me that even in a stuck situation, there is still beauty.

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Well there could be worse places to be. Hope things are sorted soon. Autumn has arrived in Wiltshire and I have donned a jumper today rather than a blouse.I think Mouse has taken the most sensible approach.

  4. Dayphoto says:

    I enjoyed your ‘standed’ Sunday front door photo! And the wee bit about where you are.

  5. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Hope all problems can be resolved Monday!

  6. Emmely says:

    Ooh nooo, car problems when you are away from home are so not cool. Hope you’ll get it sorted soon!
    The view looks good though.

    • katechiconi says:

      If they only had a hire car available, life would actually be a lot less stressful, but it’s a country town of about 4,000 people and there is no car hire here. Plus we have to worry about getting the Husband back home in time to go back to work…

  7. Marty K says:

    Crossing fingers you can get the part you need and at least explore the town you’re in right now before heading back home. (And that Mouse is able to be admired by a whole new group of people.)

    • katechiconi says:

      The Husband’s afraid it’s the timing belt, and fitting/adjusting that needs specialist tools not everyone has… Also, the workshop may not be able to fit us in for days as this is such a small place. I am working hard at maintaining a positive mental attitude and making the most of what we have here. It’s an opportunity to relax. Dolce far niente, and all that…

  8. knitnkwilt says:

    Front door of an apartment would be a very boring wall. Oh well . . .

  9. magpiesue says:

    Best of luck getting unstranded!

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks! At present there are four permutations of what may happen, two of them OK, two of them logistically complicated. I’m crossing my fingers for option 1 and all of us getting home on time – together!

  10. anne54 says:

    Oh dear, Kate. I hope today (Monday) brings you better news. I am glad that you are able to be your usual positive self.
    We were stuck in Coonabarabran for days waiting for a part that had to be flown in, from Perth if memory serves me well (which it probably doesn’t). To relieve the monotony we changed caravan parks! We got to know every part of the town.

    • katechiconi says:

      Nope, no such luck. The Husband cannot get down to Mackay by train until Wednesday. Thursday am he’ll pick up a hire ute, drive up and pick us up. We’ll spend the night in Townsville, and then be home on Friday afternoon. The car is being towed to the garage this afternoon. Sadly, the caravan park is the only one in town, and is 3km out, too far to walk in and back in 31°C…. It’s not dreadful, but it’s not what I’d call fun, and the stress is playing havoc with my blood sugar! Time for some chilling out and a swim, once I’ve done the laundry 😇

      • anne54 says:

        I am late catching up with this Kate, so hopefully he is on the train today. Frankly, it all sounds very complicated, but I am sure you have workshopped all the options. Thank heavens for the Mighty Mouse! Sending you hugs. 😘

      • katechiconi says:

        I wrote out all the possible options and did a pro and con column for each. Some were eliminated for us (tilt tray truck will take the car and caravan, but will not transport Mouse on the journey home), but we’ve ended with the least disruptive and expensive option. The Husband is lounging at his ease on the Sunlander, heading south to Mackay. I’m cool and comfy with His Majesty in the caravan. So far, so good!

  11. I hope that today brings some positive news for the simplest & speediest of solutions. I wish we were closer and could come and get you. I think we caravaners ride on the wings of fortune… during our maiden trip towing this caravan last Friday the ute’s engine temp lifted, the G.O. backed off the gas and all was well but he realised the radiator was due for some coolant… that combined with a heavier van and a headwind was all it took. In our own caravan… we’re with you in spirit ♡

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s a big fat nope. If I have one learning to pass on to others from this, it’s to get Ultimate cover with RACQ. You get the van recovered, accommodation, a hire car (if available), etc.
      In our case, no hire car is available, so they’re paying for J’s train ticket back to Mackay to get a hire ute to tow us home, plus train trip back back up here to collect the car when it’s fixed. They’re also paying for accommodation at the caravan park for 5 days. So far, we haven’t had to fork out for anything. Also, we could have got taken all the way home, car, van, the lot, except that they wouldn’t transport Mouse. Small fluffy job in crate? No worries. Greyhound? No thanks. Second learning? Try to break down near large cities, rather than tiny country towns where all the garages are flat out.
      I am trying to stay chilled. Once I have done the laundry and J is back from town with groceries, I shall go and swim. Thanks for the support and encouragement, it really helps! See you in March!

  12. Cathy says:

    Hi Kate, I think we can learn a lot from our animals. As long as they have food not much else worries them. Hope you are sorted soon.

    • katechiconi says:

      We have worked something out. Mouse will be happy so long as he is with us – and so long as there are no thunderstorms on the way. The first I can control, the second is in the lap of the gods. I have faith all will be well, or as well as good planning can make it!

  13. There are so many worse places to be… you have a roof… food… doggo… beautiful weather & John … all is right with the world for now xxx

  14. tialys says:

    Ooer, Just reading this now on (our) Monday evening. I hope you are on your way home by now but, if not, that you are all O.K 😘

    • katechiconi says:

      Not yet, but soon! Husband is taking the train home tomorrow (earliest we could get him on it) to pick up a rental, drive back up here and bring us all home. Doggo and I will hold the fort till he gets back, and pack up and square away as much as possible. There are things I’m not tall/strong enough to do, which will just have to wait. The stress has been considerable, but it will soon be all over.

  15. cedar51 says:

    read everything – sounds like a plan is underway to get at least get the humans and Mouse home – safe journey…

    • katechiconi says:

      Thank you! There is a plan, and I will have a fair bit of packing to do tomorrow afternoon and Thursday morning to ensure we’re ready when the Husband returns with the ute. It’ll keep me out of trouble! Fingers crossed for good weather for the outside stuff…

  16. Mya says:

    That’s nice! Have a great day!!

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