Thursday, December 30, 2010

Hello from Renmark

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours. Swedish proverb

Hello from Renmark, haven’t been able to log on sooner because mum is having trouble with her new internet connection and is not sure how to alter the security levels to allow access to her wireless internet. I am at my brothers today looking after my nephew so I’ve taken the opportunity to jump online while he is sleeping.

We took him to the local pool this morning and he was absolutely tuckered out by the time we came home at lunchtime. Today it is 40C in Renmark and the forecast for tomorrow is expected to be 44C. Damn hot is all I can say. Thank goodness for air-conditioned cars and houses.

We arrived up here mid afternoon on Monday and the weather has been fantastic. The only problem with our holiday is that Renmark is currently experiencing an over abundance of mosquitoes. Locals are saying they have never seen them this bad ever. If you go outside you get eaten alive from the minute you wake up, to the minute you go to bed.

Shops are selling out of bug repellant and medicated cream. It’s because of the massive rainfall that the region has experienced this year. The river is really high again and they’re also on alert for flooding in the next month or so because of the massive floods in Queensland and the resultant water flowing down the Murray River.

Mum and dad’s new house is an absolute dream; I could live there and be eternally happy. The house is gorgeous and is set on an acre of botanic-like gardens. Beautiful lawn areas, palm trees and tons of pretty flowers and shrubs. If it wasn’t for the mosquitoes, I would spend my whole time sitting in the backyard enjoying the scenery.

The MM’s hooked the trailer up to the ride-on lawnmower yesterday and spent the morning clearing all the rotten oranges from the orchard and doing a general clean up for my dad. They got $20 each for their efforts so they were rapt. They were having fun and didn’t consider it work at all.

Hubby had his shed warming party back in Adelaide yesterday and christened the new ‘Taj Mahal’, sounds like it was a messy night for all who attended. We’re off to the Riverland’s street party tomorrow night to celebrate New Years Eve. They are having it on the banks of the river and will have wake boarding, skiing and board riding demonstrations on the river as well as live bands and DJ’s. Should be fun, but will definitely be a scorcher.

I am planning on heading back to Adelaide on Sunday but that will be largely dependent on the weather. It was originally expected to be 39C which is way to hot to drive for 4 hours, with 5 of us in the car. Amended forecast is now saying 31C, which is a little more bearable but we will see. Alternatively we may not head back until Monday.

I then have another week of holidays before I have to go back to work which will be nice.
Well that’s probably all my news for now, will check in again before we head back on Sunday if I get the chance. If not, have an awesome New Years Eve and seeya all in 2011

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