Mon, 29th October 2012, 10:22am
We planned on a sea change about 10 years ago.
We would come up here for our holidays to see my mum and dad every Christmas.
Most of our three week holiday was spent looking at the market for a suitable house to buy.
We looked at retirement villages, high rise units,duplexes and various houses in suburbs around the coast.
We decide we wanted a patch of earth near the beach and close enough to walk there,not too big and with a easy to maintain small yard and garden.
Also on our agenda was purchasing a house that would suit us in our old age, ie walk in shower, wide passages, level ground and no steps if possible.
We liked Broadbeach as it was still like a small village back then and within our price range.
We were fortunate to find a house that was 80% of what we wanted and we made the move.
We keep in touch with our kids by Skype, facebook and mobile, they also come up twice a year with their boyfriend,girlfriend to visit.
We are happy with how things have worked out and I plan to become involved with volunteer work with the Blokes Lounge setting up activities for lonely men living here on the gold coast.
I enjoy organising other peoples lives.
Only disappointment is we discovered since we moved up here, is that we have high blood pressure and are now on diets.
Living close to the restaurant district was also a requirement, but now we can only window shop.