Monday, 18 November 2013

The next stage - maybe?

Recently we went for a drive.

Just north of Brisbane is an island joined to the mainland by a bridge - Bribie Island. Check out the website. The mountains in the background are the Glasshouse Mountains.

Most of the island is National Park so protected environment. On the eastern side is the surf beach. It's not large surf like the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast, but a lot less people.

Standing on the beach, if you look both ways, you see miles of beautiful clean sand.

The western side of the island is separated from the mainland by a calm water passage.  I could have sat for hours under the Moreton Bay Fig with a cool drink and a sea breeze and a view across the water..... but, we were there to explore the island.

Looking back at where we sat in the shade. 

While walking along the foreshore we were both deep in thought, then John had an idea....
"Let's find a real estate office."

If we were to leave Missy's garden, a future house would need to tick a few boxes.
  • A smaller garden, but room for some vegies and favourite plants at least.
  • A small house, but with enough space for an art corner, a shed and an outdoor living area.
  • The location should be quiet, where we could go for an evening walk without the roar of traffic - with lots of trees and birds - natural beauty - maybe even the ocean nearby. (John's boat never sees the water presently)
  • Our ideal house would be in an area with a sense of community that has nice places to dine out occasionally or markets to visit.
  • It should be closer to where I work if possible.
  • Most importantly, I suppose, the new house must not cost more than we would get if we sold our present house.
A lot of our boxes are ticked.


  1. It is a special place, and I can understand why you both wanted to visit a real estate office. Sounds like there might be a change in the wind!

  2. Wow, exciting times ahead! Gorgeous location!

  3. Seems like you are setting your course for calmer seas, and I am with you on this decision.
    As life keeps on moving along, you find you need the peace to enjoy your surroundings....loved your photos of the island....looks like a great place to retire.
    One box you didn't tick which is the most important box....Missy needs to approve the new house and its location!!! She is very picky you know.

    1. I forgot to mention there are three special dog beaches on the island, although Missy prefers people to other dogs.

  4. Wonderful views, I can see why you would love this area. I am hoping you will find the home of your dreams that meets all your needs!

  5. Oh my gosh that looks awesome! How exciting :)

  6. Looks lovely, I hope you can find something suitable there, good luck.

  7. Such a beautiful place and wonderful views.

  8. We were there just last would be a great place for you both...and Missy !

  9. With so many boxes ticked in such a wonderful place, I hope that you can find your dream house. I've just received the keys to my new house and plan to move in over the next few months.

  10. Despite its proximity, it is many years since I last visited Bribie Island. It sounds like you have lots to think about. Hope John has continued to improve and that you have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

  11. Where could one find a better place to live?Australia is truly the place and so unique in natural beauty; (which for me is the most important, as interesting and as beautiful man made is) I wish you good luck with your move and hopefully you find exactly what you are looking for. Perhaps you already have as I see your last post is from November. Best wishes in the New Year. X T.


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