Queens land in Queensland


Hi guys!

It looks as though we may be hitting some turbulence in our lives.  Don has been applying for jobs, including a job for a company owned by the same group as he is in now, but up in Gladstone, QLD.  He never thought he'd get a look-in.  Imagine our surprise when he had a phone interview! And then imagine our surprise when they said "We want to meet you face to face, We are going to fly you and your partner to QLD, put you in a hotel, and hire you a car.  We both practically fell over.

They flew us up on Saturday, and returned us on Monday, so we had Sunday to muck around the area.

We wandered around a bit, found a great place to have breakfast (more on that in a bit) went to the Visitor Information Centre, then headed out to the Tondoon Botanic Gardens less that 15 minutes from thecity centre.

It's gorgeous!

Ducks And TurtlesGardens 1Gardens 2Gardens 3Gardens 4

Gardens 5Gardens 6Gardens 7Gardens From the KioskHanging Plant

While we were there I managed to convince Don he should have a photo taken, and had him take one of me.

MeDon Hiding

We also went and saw the Auckland Lookout which is really pretty.

Lookout 1Lookout 2Lookout 3

We had beautiful temperatures, by the way, worst it got to was 11!

We swam in the pool at the hotel, it was lovely! (no photos)

Don's Interview started at 5:45AM on Monday, and while he was there, I had a beautiful breakfast (Bacon, Egg, Cheese and Sausage Croissant with 2 hash browns and spicy tomato sauce)

And then I roamed the streets of Gladstone.

Closer to Gladstone's MallArt GalleryAnglican Church Gladstone

Gladstone's main streets are largely divided roadways, and there are bike paths everywhere!
All in all, I was quite impressed with the place.  A lack of 7 day trading for big stores (eg Woollies, Coles) felt quite odd though.

Here's hoping that Don will get a Job Offer today or tomorrow!

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4 thoughts on “Queens land in Queensland

  1. So you might possibly be moving there? It looks like a beautiful place. (I even googled it to see exactly where it is – hey I learned something today!) Don could have gotten a little closer in your pic though! 😉

  2. yes indeedy. should find out sometime today what the go is.Oh, it's just south of the Tropic of capricorn, I forgot to mention that we went swimming underneath coconut-bearing coconut trees!

  3. Honey, you're welcome to come and visit any time you like!They still haven't called, but Don tells me that's a good thing!Apparently they call all the people who didn't get the job first, so as to avoid people finding out they didn't get the job via the company grapevine. So Don thinks that they're trying to get hold of the last guy but he's not answering his phone or something.It's a sensible policy for when the successful applicant is in the area. (It was implemented in reaction to a situation at Don's current branch of the company) Bloody painful when you're waiting to find out whether you're moving to almost-completely-tropical Queensland or not though!

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