When Jim accepted this assignment here in Aussie-land, our big concern or fear was that something might happen to one of our parents while we were Down Under. Well, after 5 months our luck ran out as Jim’s Mom fell yesterday and broke the wrist on her good arm. She spent the night in the hospital but we are unsure of what the next steps will be for her. Fortunately Jim’s sister, Jeannie (who was a recent visitor) has taken the lead in finding out about Maw’s condition and options for next steps. This is not easy as Jeannie and his other sister, Terry, live out of state. We are also grateful that my parents are involved in helping out with Jim’s Mom, especially since they live in the same senior living complex, which is right next to the hospital to which Maw was taken. It is difficult being so far away and knowing there is little we can do. We do have faith in Jeannie and Terry and know that along with my parents, Maw is in good hands.
We are still planning on going to New Zealand when Jim finishes his work here in Australia in early October. We have been investigating renting a camper-van while in NZ, to serve as our rental car and mobile home! There is a rental company in AU and NZ called jucy, that rents very distinctive green and purple camper vans. Jim has always been entertained by the sexy-looking girl that is part of the jucy logo!
Today I went to the local jucy rental site to check out in person what one of these vans looks like inside and see if it would fit our needs for a few days/nights. jucy rents 2 sizes of camper-vans and we are considering the smaller one, designed for 2 travellers. There are 2 captains chairs in the front for a driver and passenger. In the back there is a bench seat with a table. At night the table folds down and some accordian-folded cushions pull out to form a sleeping platform. In the way back is a small refrigerator, single-burner gas stove, cooking pots and utensils, plates and silverware and a small sink with a 10 liter water container. There are curtains that can be pulled across all the windows. It is a pretty slick set-up and the price is good so we will probably book one of these camper vans once we figure out what exactly we want to do in NZ and where we want to go.
Hope all is well with everyone and I thank you for reading.