My extraordinary life on a bus

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 11:50:32 AM. AT 81 years old, this remarkable former deli worker and “tea lady” is finally putting down roots in a rented unit after three decades of living in a converted passenger bus.
Bus that Lee Blake used to live in AT 81 years old, this remarkable former deli worker and “tea lady” is finally putting down roots in a rented unit after three decades of living in a converted passenger bus. Lee Blake, who has outlived two husbands and a daughter, never really felt comfortable in private accommodation, moving 28 times in the eight years she was with her first husband. Since retirement, she’s been constantly on the move, finding a sanctuary in an old Toyota Coaster bus that once seated 30 people, upgraded with its own kitchen, shower and bed. “I’ve lived on the road like a gypsy since 1987, but periodically I’d go into a house for a break,” she told news.com.au. “Then I’d hit the road again. I liked eating and I couldn’t do both, I couldn’t find rent cheap enough.” While some might think living on the road is brave, Lee says she felts far safer on the bus than in many of the rentals and neighbourhoods she could afford. “You don’t wake up in the night and think, ‘What’s that strange noise?’” she said. “If that happened, I’d just drive off. “It’d be easier to break into this unit than a bus. You’d have to smash the windscreen and that would wake me up.” For years, she lived in this converted Toyota Coaster bus, that used to seat 30 passengers. Source: Supplied The pensioner, who has driven around Australia twice but favours cruising up and down the southeast coast between the Gold Coast and Sydney, says life on the bus was not without its challenges. While it...Read more
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