It was ‘Time to Say Goodbye’ today as we left Cabarita Caravan Park forever. It will be totally obliterated to make way for some beautiful units which will make the owner a fortune I suppose. A minute’s walk to the beach. It will be lovely but far too expensive for our friends who live on government assistance and could barely afford the caravan park rent.
We will not be visiting before it closes on 30th June as Geoff has work to do and so we hugged and said our farewells to Brenda (the Manager) and Warren with the Beeping Bird who now lives in a unit but visits every day to clean the amenities, staying for hours and visiting with everyone. And there was Adrienn the Canadian lady who we got to know well this trip.
Warren told me how much he misses all his ‘mates’ at the caravan park already. Without his teeth in, he was struggling to talk, but he managed to say, “It’s not the same since I left hey? These people here were like my family! There’s not many of them left now. Not sure how I’ll cope when it closes on 30th June and I’ll have nowhere to go every day hey?”
Poor Warren! He even wore his teeth yesterday, especially for Geoff and me. We have known him for years without many teeth at all. He told us: “See how much better I look with my teeth in?” The problem is, Warren doesn’t like wearing his teeth as they are too uncomfortable so he continues to go without them! Yes, it was a red-letter day yesterday when he wore his teeth … just for us. Thanks Warren!
Meanwhile, the Canadian lady known as “Ad” thinks she’ll stay with Warren when she comes over every year during her winter (our summer). We are invited to visit Warren whenever we are down. Brenda is not sure where she will end up as yet.
Isn’t it amazing how eight years of staying at this caravan park, has made us ‘honorary members’ of the community. Quite a compliment really.
So today folks, spare a thought for the demise of this little community who have looked out for each other, helped each other over the years and now face a whole new life without the familiar faces that make this place HOME.
Meanwhile, Geoff and I came home to our comfortable existence with no changes to challenge us. However, we are ever conscious that after fifty years of Cabarita Caravan Park, from the 30th June, these people who we call friends, will lose their lifestyle and will have to start another chapter in their lives.
We wish them every bit of luck they can get … and some.
Now I will leave you with some parting shots of Cabarita Caravan Park.