Day 49 – Cotton Tree, Maroochydore – Update No 3

Time for another quick update from Cotton Tree.

Last Sunday was another miserable day despite forecasts for an improvement.  The regular Sunday Cotton Tree market was still on, but there were fewer stalls than usual and not nearly as many potential customers either.  I spoke to one stall-holder and she told me that she was sceptical about attending as the weather was so bad, but at least the market organisers let stall-holders park their cars next to their stalls in case they needed to pack up in a hurry.

Sunday market almost totally deserted

Sunday market almost totally deserted

While at the market I noticed some road-works further up 6th Avenue near the bowling club.  I can’t work out exactly what they’re trying to achieve and other people I’ve spoken to aren’t sure either.  Another of life’s little mysteries I guess!

Roadworks at Cotton Tree

Roadworks at Cotton Tree

The weather did improve during the week so daily walks could continue.  It doesn’t matter whether the walk is to the shopping centre or simply an adventure, it is nice to be able to get out in the sunshine and do some exercise and enjoy the sights at the same time.

Views along Maroochy River

Views along Maroochy River

Making progress

Making progress

It’s also nice to be able sit outside and read the paper, or read a book, or just snooze.  A couple of times we’ve had a visitor outside Bertha – just hope he doesn’t want to actually come inside!

Visitor

Visitor

Better weather also means being able to enjoy happy hours with friends down by the Maroochy River, and stay out long enough to enjoy more spectacular sunsets.

More beautiful sunsets at Maroochy River

More beautiful sunsets at Maroochy River

The good weather also brings out the fisherfolk, and there have been some quite good catches recently – even the birds get a feed!

Fishing action

Fishing action

One of my projects this week was to put down the floor in our out-door room.  We had this matting with ‘Normous the Trailblazer and it makes a tremendous difference to the cosiness of the outdoor area.  It does really need the side and end shade walls in place before putting it down.

Floor now in the outdoor room

Floor now in the outdoor room

Yesterday was a bit warm but I still went for my walk.  I must admit that I had to stop for a cool drink along the way, and very refreshing it was too!

Nice place to stop for a cool drink

Nice place to stop for a cool drink

According to today’s paper yesterday’s temperature in Maroochydore was 31.4 degrees, the hottest July day on record.  Unsurprisingly we had Bertha’s windows open and the hatches open in an effort to catch any skerrick of breeze and keep temperatures as cool as possible.

Record hot day here in Maroochydore

Record hot day here in Maroochydore

Today’s weather is very pleasant and not nearly as hot as yesterday.  The market is back to its normal state of business and some progress has been made on the nearby roadworks.  It now looks as though they’re attempting to add a couple more carparks and smooth out the corner.  I’m sure that it will become more apparent as time passes.

Making progress

Making progress

Not sure exactly what’s on the agenda for the rest of the day but the great weather means that there are plenty of options.

Just for fun

Just for fun

Still living the dream!

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