Paradise has a name ... Riverbend


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why Nelligen? Why not?

Some guests ask why we live at Nelligen. The short answer is, "Why not?" Here's a slightly longer one:

It all started in Canberra while I was still running my small computer consultancy Canberra Computer Accounting Systems and dabbling in tax and accounting work on the side. After I had solved a tax problem for a German friend, Tony Finsterer, for which I refused payment, he insisted that I stay at his weekend cottage at Nelligen.

For several months, I didn't find the time to drive to the coast. When I eventually did I had almost forgotten Tony's offer. Luckily, I didn't blink as I drove across the Nelligen bridge on the way to Batemans Bay and so spotted this tiny village nestled alongside the Clyde River.

I asked for directions to Tony's cottage at the General Store and was shown to # 21 Sproxton Lane across the river. (Tony has since died and his cottage has changed hands twice.)

The cottage was locked and Tony in Canberra. I phoned him and was told to look for the keys under the watertank and to make myself at home. Which I did and which set me on my own quest to find a little place in Nelligen.

At the time, Nelligen was a place forgotten even by real estate agents and nothing was for sale except a few empty building blocks. One such block overlooked the Clyde River from its location in Nelligen Place. I could imagine sitting there on the verandah and taking in the views. Which is exactly what a chap was doing just two blocks away. I walked up and asked if I could join him.

Soon we were not only sharing the same views but also memories of people and places we both had known as "Sandy" Sandilands and his wife Betty had also lived and worked on Thursday Island and in Rabaul in New Guinea. I felt at home at once! A few weeks later I was the proud owner of a block of land in Nelligen Place!

I wanted to build a beautiful little Classic Country Cottage. However, a retired public servant who occupied a small log cabin next to me objected to my building plans - TWICE! - on some obscure grounds. This delayed me long enough to find a much better place across the river. And that's how I came to buy "Riverbend"!

"Riverbend" had been auctioned in August 1992. I went to the auction as a spectator knowing that the reserve price was outside my range. It must have been outside everybody else's as well because it didn't sell. More than a year later, in November 1993, the owners accepted my much-reduced offer. The rest, as they say, is history!

(Oh, and I did go back to thank the public servant for objecting to my plans so that I could buy this much better and bigger and waterfront property. Last time I looked his mouth was still open!)


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Life doesn't get much better than this!

Sitting on board the LADY ANNE at anchor on the Clyde River in a peaceful cove, with a glass of Jacob's Creek Merlot in hand and the radio tuned to FM Classical Music - life doesn't get much better than this!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

"City for wealth, country for health"


If you have been concentrating too much on the former and not enough on the latter, a week - or two or three - at Riverbend Cottage full of healthy food and healthy exercise will add years to your life.


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Getting ready for the new boating season


Spring is only days away and here at "Riverbend" we are getting ready to spend more time on the water.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Riverbend Cottage is available for summer rental


A word of warning: summer rental at Riverbend is nothing like the movie of the same name. Here at Riverbend you are far away from noisy crowds (although the owner used to be one of them - spelled K-R-A-U-T-S).

Here at Riverbend Cottage it is quiet and very peaceful and you're the only guest. Instead of having to listen to somebody else's snoring or be "entertained" by some ablution noise in the room next door, you may hear the occasional possum wander over your roof at night or be surprised by a little green frog looking at you from under the bathroom door.

All this sensory deprivation may come as a shock to you and we suggest that, as a rough guide, if your chronological (or mental) age is less than 30, you will probably lack the appreciation of being miles away from McDonald's and the sounds of an infernal combustion engine.

To all you others and to those who want to recover their energy and rediscover themselves, please come and stay and stay long, sit quietly, breathe deeply, and listen to the river, to the birds, to YOURSELF!

And if, while you are here and doing lots and lots of absolutely nothing, you still find the time to watch a movie, you may choose from several hundred DVDs, including a copy of Summer Rental!