Tuesday 7th November
Melbourne Cup Day. All the planning and organising by the social committee came together successfully today. Our main man in the catering, Wayne, is still in hospital with an infected foot injury. Marie and Lyn slid seamlessly into the role and lunch was a huge success as was the entire afternoon which included silly but fun games organised by Graham. They may sound like silly games but there were enough silly people including yours truly to ensure there were lots of laughs. Once the race was over the clubhouse quickly emptied leaving the usual social committee members and a few stalwart helpers to pack away the extra tables, clean the floor and return the clubhouse to its normal quiet state.
Wednesday 8th November
Quite a windy and cool day today. It was a good day to do a little weeding and plant corn.
The tomatoes are coming along nicely and beginning to change colour from a deep dark green to a lighter green.
The capsicums are also changing from a deep green to red.
The spring onions have just flowered and cast their seed.
Meanwhile the brown onions are throwing up lots of stems while I have no idea what is happening below ground level. They will be a mystery for a few weeks yet. I suppose I can eat the stems just the same as shallots and spring onions.
The spinach is looking ready to eat
and the thyme which looked dead when I replanted it in mid -winter is now thriving.
The roquette which reached maturity while Donnis and I were away had turned to flower and it too has been throwing lots of seed into the breeze. I expect lots of roquette to start sprouting in the next couple of weeks.
Several species of lettuce finished seeding a few weeks ago and I now have the beginnings of a salad popping up in planters and pots and tubs around the garden. The mint is happy in its new home among the garlic chives and something.
Why is it that everybody who has parsley in their gardens and who do not eat it has huge clumps of the stuff growing in supreme greenness? My parsley struggles to send out more than a few stems and then turns yellow despite the fact I have placed different seedlings in various locations around the garden. I love parsley and it just does not cooperate with me.
I think the basil may have come to the end of its life although it flowered several weeks ago and produced seed pods. I might just leave it alone and watch for any fresh sprouting before decapitating the woody stems.
Sunday 12th November
Today is the beginning of a new chapter of adventure – for me.
I have been accepted as a driver for the 2018 Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast. I will be a driver based in the athletes village commencing two weeks before the games commence.
Today I attended a two hour session at the Gold Coast Convention Centre along with another 4499 other volunteers. There were three scheduled sessions this weekend to welcome all 15,000 volunteers mostly from the Gold Coast but others in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns and from interstate. Some volunteers also come from the UK, Spain and France. The uniform was presented amid cheers of delight with bold colours and casual outfits. I am looking forward to the issue of the uniforms as they are all quite attractive.
A mini opening ceremony was performed along with interviews by various paid and volunteer workers and athletes.
I felt quite special that I was chosen from over 50,000 applicants. More than 15,000 applied to be a driver. It was special making it to the final 4,000 of those who volunteered to be interviewed. After interviews and Police checks I made the final 1,500 chosen to be drivers.
When leaving the session I was disappointed to see lots of rubbish left behind. It seems strange that for two hours we were told how special we are and how we will be the image of the Gold Coast and a small number chose to leave their rubbish behind. How difficult is it to take your rubbish with you and place it in the bin provided at the base of each stairway and exit/entrance?
Unfortunately I did not take my camera and the mobile just cannot produce photos of the same high quality.