Taste of normality for Cardwell Pie man’s back
BREAK out the sauce bottle and give it a shake, the Cardwell pie man is back.
If there is one sure sign that things are getting back to normal in Cardwell after Cyclone Yasi, it is the return of pie man R o b e r t J e s s e t o h i s ‘‘ office’’ overlooking the Coral Sea and Hinchinbrook Island.
The highway pie vendor and his familiar yellow van were back on the roadside this week, a month after the cyclone beat Cardwell to a pulp.
In the 25 years Mr Jesse has been selling his popular pies, sausage rolls and pasties on the beachfront highway, the four w e e k s ’ b r e a k i s t h e longest holiday he has ever had.
‘‘ The trouble is, it was an enforced holiday. It wasn’t willingly taken,’’ he said.
WELCOME RETURN: Cardwell pie man Robert Jesse
It’s been a long haul for the busy pie man and he is still waiting for an electrician to inspect his pie making equipment so that he can get back to full swing.
‘‘ One was due earlier this week, but the roads were cut by floodwaters, so we are still waiting,’’ he said.
Mr Jesse said the pies were now being cooked in a small gas oven.
‘‘ I’m doing less than what we normally do, but I think it will be OK,’’ he said.
Mr Jesse said the old toilets with the dugongs painted on t hem had been blown down.
‘‘ People stop here to go to the toilet and have a bit of a walk around while they take in the views. It’s half-way to everywhere, Cardwell,’’ he said.
Mr Jesse wasn’t the only business to get back up and running in Cardwell this week. The newsagency also opened its doors again.