Month: October 2017

574. Sunday 22nd October 2017. Gold Coast 600, Rock and Roll singers, Rock and Roll dancing and a walk along The Broadwater…

Thursday 19th October

I have been listening to some old rock and roll songs by Dion and Rick Nelson. Gee they take me back in time. I can almost recall where I was and who I was with when those songs first aired on the radio.

Sadly Rick Nelson was killed in a plane crash on 31 December 1986.

Happily Dion (DiMucci) is still rockin and playing to packed houses in the USA. I read recently that it is a recent phenomena that some artists – Madonna, Pink etc – are known by their first name only. Actually it is not new. Cher was known only by her first name long before Madonna and Pink. However long long before her, Dion was known only as Dion since the late 50’s.

Dion has released a number of tribute albums for fellow musicians and I have been enjoying listening to those tracks. Dion – Heroes of Early Guitar Rock. You can hear it on You Tube.

This particular page contains more than 50 tribute tracks.

Somewhere around the late 60’s Rock and Roll morphed into Rock which is a totally different musical genre and mostly not suitable for dancing. Rock also morphed into hard rock, acid rock and all types of rock.


Friday 20th October

Today the Gold Coast 600 began to sort out starting positions.

First appearing on the Australian motorsport calendar in 1991, the Gold Coast street circuit is a high speed, concrete-lined, thrill ride that was shortened for the new look event in 2010. The temporary street track has proven to create carnage in the past, particularly when drivers don’t show the patience required for victory.

The Vodafone Gold Coast 600 circuit sees the track cover 2.96km. The layout allows for better spectacle, providing fans with great on-track action and entertainment value. The track layout and design means is designed to reduce disruption to the local traffic and residents.

The RAAF sent an F 18A Super Hornet to fly between high rise buildings and along the beach as an opener to the event. We could hear the Super Hornet but it was too fast to see.

Some heavy duty helicopters could be heard in the distance but we could not see them either.

The social committee team got together this morning and we set up the clubhouse with tables and chairs for 90 people. Wayne, Marie and Lynn met in the afternoon to make 300 sandwiches, sausage rolls and start the party pies and LBD’s ready for tonight. The Old Time Rock and Roll Band arrived and set up.

By 7pm the band started and the clubhouse was a rockin’ and a rollin’. How it works is this. We book and pay the band, do the catering and set up the clubhouse. We charge $5 a head for the band and supper. That is incredible value. A small raffle with several prizes means we just about come out even on the night. No loss or a tiny profit. Around 40 or so Gold Coast Rockers arrive, about 40 or so of our village residents arrive and the night rocks from there. We bring our own drinks. Some of our residents are in their 80’s and even 90’s and come along just to listen and watch the top notch dancers from GCR. The rest of us get up on the dance floor and do what we can. We also have some good dancers and many of us get involved in the line dancing. The GCR arrive in their Rock n Roll clothes and sparkling shoes and really put on a show.

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I apologise for the quality. This was taken as a “quick snap” on my phone as I had forgotten my good camera. Most of the night the dance floor was packed.

Lots of fun.

By 10pm the band (who have only taken two breaks) finally call it a night and after lots of goodbyes and hugs and thank you and comments such as “we will be here for the next night”, and suddenly the clubhouse looks empty.

These Rock n Roll nights have now become a twice a year event at the clubhouse which has an intimate atmosphere with everybody being close to the dance floor, the band, and facilities.

Some residents are asking if we can have a rock n roll night every month! They suggest we can do it with recorded music and bring a plate. Hmmm! It’s a lot of work but perhaps we can try one night and see how it goes.

My big regret is I never learned or even wanted to learn to Rock N Roll when I was younger. I realise now all the fun I missed out on all these years. At least we are doing line dancing and the social committee will ask if a couple from the GCR will give us rock n roll dance lessons.

Saturday 21st October

At 8am some of us committee members were at the clubhouse cleaning and tidying after last night.

Heavy rain began to fall and continued all day including a chilling southerly buster.

Mid- morning we heard the roar of the Gold Coast 600 racing begin.

Sunday 22nd October

What the???

The rain cleared overnight and today was brilliant sunshine but that southerly kicked in around midday. The racing continued today along with the RAAF fly past in the afternoon.

We stayed away from the crowds at Surfers Paradise but spent some time at the Broadwater Lagoon and a walk along the beach.

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For some reason only known to these ducks they flocked on The Broadwater and were being followed by seemingly militant seagulls. Strange really as seagulls are Omnivores, eating just about anything but they particularly like deep fried potato chips whereas the ducks are herbivores and generally eat in shallow water where they can eat the vegetation just below the surface.

At the lagoon the Pelicans and seagulls were arriving for their lunch of fish scraps from the Charis Seafood Market   on the beach. The Pelicans are quite happy to have people walk or swim with them. They just move far enough away so you cannot touch them.

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These Pelicans are on a landing glide and are so graceful as they genntly touch down on the water.
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Walking through the massed Pelicans is a breeze although one did make a sound of protest and clack his beak at me.

Further along the beach we found a couple of Schiller S1 Water Bikes.   as part of the Seaway Kayaking Tours.

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Hmmm! One of these plus a battery outboard motor would be great for exploring The Broadwater.221017 bike

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573. Sunday 15th October 2017. Packing, a visitor and rain, real rain arrives…

Tuesday 10th October

At last at last at last. All the packing at Peters house is complete. The removalists arrived. They saw.

They conquered.

Everything was packed into a container and taken away to their depot for storage. We completed the vacuuming, sweeping, cleaning and mopping.

All done.


Wednesday 11th October

I collected daughter Averyl from Brisbane airport and drove home to the Gold Coast. We joined her for an inspection of a few units in the new tower beside us. This was followed by a drive around Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, Miami Beach, Burleigh Heads and Palm Beach. We had dinner at Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club and came home via a different route.

Perhaps my memory is not so good these days. We had a meal here within the last 12 months and the prices were not this high. Donnis agrees so maybe my memory is still OK.

Thursday 12th October

Averyl went for an early morning walk and invited us to join her for breakfast. I chose Café 4 U in the Aqua Building on Marine Parade Labrador. The reason for my choice? Have a look at this review on Trip Advisor.

Cheap does not always mean bad – and in this case, it is bloody awesome
$7 buys you 2 eggs, bacon, slice of buttered toast, hash brown, sausage and a serve of baked beans- really what’s not to love????
With a coffee-$10 in total – good quality, cheap and an excellent coffee all for $10 and that view is beautiful
Staff service is friendly and professional
Definitely coming back here again


I could not have said it better myself.

Lets put that in perspective.

A McDonalds Bacon and Egg McMuffin plus a hash brown and a coffee will cost you about the same. Without the personalised service.

The only pity is that more places do not put out a simple cheap menu like this. We see breakfasts at towns and cities and suburbs in our travels. Generally the bacon and eggs will cost about $16 to $20 extra for tea or coffee.

Another exception is the Star Coffee Co at Harbourtown Biggera Waters. The same breakfast as Cafe 4 u is only $5.90.

Hmmm! That is about almost as cheap as I can do it at home.

After that it was a lazy sort of day except Donnis and Averyl spent the afternoon shopping at Harbourtown.


Friday 13th October

Oooooohhh! Friday 13th!!!

Apart from a silly movie a few years back and a couple of forgettable sequels, the day was much like any normal day. Averyls friend Justine arrived and they were both on their way to Dracula’s House at Broadbeach for the dinner and the show.

Saturday 14th October

So begins the rain.

Sunday 15th October

The rain continues.

Heavy and accompanied by strong southerly winds.

Wot the? It feels like winter.



572. Sunday 8th October 2017. Packing Pete’s house, a visitor and doorways to…

Sunday 8th October

We spent three days this week driving to Mt Cotton to pack up Pete’s house ready for the removalist to collect and put into storage next week.

Iain who has been staying with us left this morning to return to Armidale.

Apart from that it has been a quiet week so I thought I would open a few doors.

Gotham City Hall. Need I say anything more?gotham

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In fact the entire external walls and internal walls had been painted up in bright Ray White Real Estate colours.

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Interesting displays of old buildings, artifacts, tools and especially old machinery

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Just love the old timber coated with so many coats of paint built up over time whereas the   brass fittings have been polished so often they are becoming thinner.

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Notice how even the screw head slot has been worn thin with constant cleaning over 80 years.

Lightning Ridge Lockup

Interesting on the day of court sittings to men (well mostly men sometimes women) are held in this tin box awaiting trial. Lightning Ridge is hot most of the time but temperatures of 45 degrees and above are common during summer. The only shade if from a tree beside the lockup.073 lockup lightning ridge

Watchtower La Perouse

Built in 1821 and staffed by soldiers it was used as a lookout for people trying to arrive in the Colony by what was known as “the back door” at Botany Bay. Later it was used as a watchtower for a perceived invasion by Russia. No such invasion was ever planned. It was pure isolationist unconfirmed rumour.075 watchtower la perouse

Mudbrick Lightning Ridge

This old mud brick building (with a new door and windows) can be found in the main street of Lightning Ridge.mud brick lightning ridge

The Rocks

These old terrace houses in Playfair St The Rocks, Sydney were built between 1875 to 1877. They are NSW Heritage listed. It ssems strange to have doors so close together. One door for a street level residence and the other door for upstairs.066 the rocks

There is  quite a long history about these terrace houses which can be found here


571. Sunday 1st October 2017. A long drive home, Kombis and moving…

Monday 25th September.

While in Sydney we took the opportunity to visit Aunt Gwen at her flat in Redfern. She still looks so young and her mind is sharp. She has now completed a self- imposed project of converting all her collection of 500 DVD’s to her computer hard drive. I do not know too many people who could even contemplate such a task let alone somebody approaching her 94th birthday.

After morning tea we headed to La Perouse to visit friends Geoff and Margaret. Geoff is never still, always working on a new project around the house. Either that or he does lots of internet research. As usually is the case we swap ideas and discuss new computer projects we are exploring.

After leaving La Perouse (Noting it was now peak hour traffic time and pondering how we let a window of time slip away) we struggled with the Sydney traffic all wanting to be somewhere in the general direction we wanted to be. By the time we reached Gymea it was almost time for dinner. We all chose grilled Barramundi at Miranda RSL.

Tuesday 26th September

We started the long journey home and managed to get away at what is usually a safe time to avoid Sydney peak hour traffic. By and large that was mostly true. We picked up the Sydney Harbour Tunnel which joined the Lane Cove River tunnel which became the M2. We exited at Beeecroft and joined Pennant Hills Road. For some reason the traffic (mostly trucks) was still in peak hour mode here and we inched our way towards the M1 at Wahroonga. For those not familiar with the Sydney M1, it begins at Wahroonga on the north side of Sydney and runs all the way through to Beresfield, near Newcastle, 127 Klms away. The speed limit is mostly 110 KPH except for one stretch up a steep hill leaving the Hawksbury River. Here the speed is reduced to 90 KPH and all those cars I passed at 110 KPH are now passing me as I drive at the speed limit.


To join the MI means travelling along either Pennant Hills road battling the 12 hours of peak hour traffic or the Pacific Highway with a similar traffic problem. I spoke with Sydney Roads Authority who confirmed they are building a tunnel from the Wahroonga exit to link up with the M2 at West Pennant Hills. This they believe will take 5,000 trucks, per day off Pennant Hills Road. The tunnel should be completed by July 2019.

After leaving the M1 and joining the Pacific Highway we travelled to Heatherbrae where we stopped for a traditional Heatherbrae Pies lunch.

We arrived at Forster in the early afternoon. We have not seen my brother Allan and his wife Rae for 12 months so this was an opportunity to catch up and ogle their new Avida Motorhome.


Wednesday 27th September.

After breakfast at the Barefoot Café on Fosters main beach we were away again. Foster has a 2 minute peak hour problem on weekday mornings but we left late enough to avoid the quiet rush.

Hee Hee Hee!

We drove all the way through to Ulmarra and had lunch at the Ulmarra Hotel on the bank of the Clarence River.270917 hotel Parked in the streets around the pub were about a dozen VW Kombis in various stages of restoration, 270917 kombi3270917 kombi2270917 kombi1some immaculately so.270917 kombi Perhaps they were on their way to or from a Kombi Rally. Unfortunately their group was leaving just as we were arriving so never had a chance to ask.

We arrive home well after dark to find a family friend, Iain looking to stay with us a few days.

All tired.


Thursday 28th September

On the road again. This time to Brisbane to pack up house for Donnis son Peter. All the furniture, bedding, clothes, electronics, garage stuff, everything a normal household collects has to be sorted and packed and a removalist to quote.

Saturday 30th September

Today Iain joined us to continue packing and sorting. TV’s had to be taken down off the wall mountings. The sound system dismantled and speakers packed away. Then we began on the garage while Donnis sorted the bedroom and kitchen.

Still a lot to be done as the sale settles on 16th.

Sunday 1st October.

Today is a lay day with just “doin nuffin”,

Besides, the Rugby League Grand Final is being played tonight and the fairy tale team of the North Queensland Cowboys are playing the form team all season, the Melbourne Storm. I know the Cowboys have played with heart to reach this game but it is a forlorn hope they win. They are the crowds sentimental favourites and mine too. I just have a niggling doubt they can win.

Cowboys lost 34 – 6.

Boo Hoo.