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Published: September 30th 2016
Last Tuesday we packed our bags and moved from Yvonne’s house to Rob’s place in Toowoomba where we will stay for the rest of our time in Australia.
Their house is up on the bluff where they get an expansive view over the escarpment toward the east. They graciously moved out of the master suite to give us the privilege of staying in there where we are very comfortable and able to enjoy the expansive views from the bedroom and sitting room windows.
While here we have had opportunity to take day trips around Toowoomba and the surrounding area. I have enjoyed some of the old Queensland style homes that have been kept in good condition over the years. They have such character with the verandas and wrought iron work. We have also seen more modern, massive homes in the area as well. It is interesting to see the large water tanks that collect the rain water from the roofs for use on the gardens and in some cases, such as Robert’s, this water is used in the house as well. Also many homes have solar panels on the roof to provide electricity for the home. Any excess power
is sold to the power company, so there is no bill for electricity. Australians seem to have more interest in the environment, and the ability (or freedom) to do more in the way of alternative energy than we have in Canada. Of course, they also have more warm weather and bright sunshine than we do in Canada.
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