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Happy days with hol­i­day hor­rors

It’s right about now that many of us start think­ing about sum­mer hol­i­days — and mak­ing a hol­i­day house book­ing.

For Aus­tralians, that of­ten in­volves find­ing a lo­cale where the waves lull you to sleep at night.

We’ve cer­tainly had our share of hol­i­day homes that didn’t quite meet our ex­pec­ta­tions, which is not nec­es­sar­ily a crit­i­cism.

My mum tells me that in the prein­ter­net age, she and my aunt would book hol­i­day houses site un­seen, only to be slightly hor­ri­fied at what they found on ar­rival. Con­versely, the more aghast they were, the more us kids loved it. In­deed, my life­time love of frangi­pa­nis is a re­sult of stay­ing at a hol­i­day house with a large tree at the front en­joy­ing the per­fume of those flow­ers, even if the house was a bit, well, ba­sic.

But how bad could it be when it’s within walk­ing dis­tance of the beach?

These days, check­ing out the house be­fore putting money down is eas­ier but not with­out pit­falls.

It can be hard to tell from the pic­tures that the house is be­set with mos­qui­toes once the sun goes down or that, even with all the win­dows open it still feels stuffy be­cause there’s no de­cent cross ven­ti­la­tion.

We did solve this prob­lem for a few years with the pur­chase of a sweet lit­tle hol­i­day house, a fi­bro shack that we fur­nished with a com­bi­na­tion of Ikea lounges, a clear­ance store din­ing suite and retro pieces.

It didn’t mat­ter how long be­tween vis­its, as soon as the front and back win­dows were opened, the breeze was drawn through it and it smelt of the sea.

Alas, times change and we’ve moved on from the lit­tle house and we’re back to rent­ing other peo­ple’s homes for a lit­tle break from the ev­ery­day.

As long as I can feel the sand be­tween my toes, it’s all good.

BE­ING SHELF-ISH HANDS FREE

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