Taste of nor­mal­ity for Card­well Pie man’s back

Townsville Bulletin - - Cyclone Yasi: the aftermath - by John An­der­sen

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.

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