Richard sent the forms this week that we have to complete to move my Super into Pension phase. After Sarahs birthday in June we will do the same for her. We are doing this earlier than expected, but it seems the right thing to do financially. It means that we have to draw down a minimum amount of about 5% each year, but we can roll it over by paying back in what we don’t need.
Still doing research on the car and started to spread the net. I don’t think its a good idea as most of the Jeeps are too far away to view. Conclusion is that we will have to go for the best of what is available in La Marina Alta region. Its starting to get a bit boring looking for cars online. The stock doesn’t move quickly so just seem to be viewing the same old cars every day. Its amazing how long they stay for sale. Its a lot of money tied up on those forecourts. Found a Fiat Fullback at a garage in Denia, Moll Denia. Its a Ute, or what they call a Pickup in Europe. We didn’t think of this kind of vehicle, but it could be quite useful later on so is now at the top of the list.
I had a long walk to Coogee on Sunday and met Sarah for breakfast at Moodis . Not bad, but the set up is a little odd in terms of the large high table in the middle of the cafe. I think they could do better to make it less clinical. Food was good though! Took the 370 bus back home. At least I didn’t have to carry the bag all the way. Weather wasn’t that great so thats the reason why we didn’t stay. In fact the weather has been quite indifferent so far this Summer.
Great news as I passed my TEFL course today so now a fully qualified TEFL teacher.
On Tuesday Sarah took the train to Bankstown for an appointment with a surgeon Dr Vertzyas (a nice Dr apparently!) to get some advice on her hip. He recommended the quartz injection which should last 18 months. So on Wednesday I took her to St Vincent’s in the city. The injection can increase the pain for the first 5 days and thats exactly the case. Sarah’s hip is hurting more and I know she is in a lot of pain. She said she will give it until the end of next week and then call the Dr if there is no improvement as she can’t wait for the follow up appointment in 6 weeks time before we leave for Europe.
Sarah went to a recording of The Voice at the Fox Studios yesterday with Lexy and Larissa. Apparently it was quite good although they had to wait in line for hours. Today (Sunday), as I write, Larissa and Sarah are enjoying Afternoon Tea at The Calyx in the Botanical Gardens. Nice end to the week.
This morning a couple collected the Ottoman that I put up on Gumtree. Much easier than the bed (see my blog about the bed!) and transacted very quickly. Even less furniture and storage now. A sign that the move is getting ever closer.
Until next time … 🌍