Day: October 24, 2018

644. Sunday 21st October 2018. Heavy rain, Tony and Dawn, Photo Surprise and Apple annoys me…grrr…

Monday 15th October

Rain. Heavy at times.

On this date in 2010. It was raining with a severe weather alert issued for more heavy rain, strong winds, lightning, thunder. Much the same as we have today.

Today, like in 2010 is a day to stay indoors and laze about.

Our new 75 inch smart tv arrived and has been hung on the wall at the clubhouse albeit without any connections to a DVD player, our six surround sound speakers nor internet connection or even basic Bluetooth. It arrived without an instruction book.

Hmmm. We have a steep learning curve ahead of us and I have waded in, sleeves rolled up and volunteered to sort it out.

Thursday 18th October

Once a month our Social Committee provides a morning tea get together. It is a bring a plate occasion where we also supply a birthday cake for those celebrating a birthday or couples an anniversary during the month. Often we arrange for an interesting guest speaker as well. Attendance has dropped off a little so this month we decided on a “breakfast” instead of morning tea or coffee. We charged $3 a head for a full breakfast of eggs, bacon, sausages, tomato, mushrooms, toast and marmalade etc. As well we provided entertainment with a group of professional lady singers, dancers, actors, comediennes and entertainers. Lead lady is none other than Hazel Phillips known for her caberet style tv shows in the 70 and 80’s. No longer a spring chicken she still exudes style and ability to sing and handle a crowd. I included my fresh espresso coffee bar with help from another resident Shirley. The morning was a huge success which was almost a disaster when all the heating elements of several toasters, hot water urn, bay marie, coffee makers, stove, oven, pie warmer and electric frypan blew the fuses just as we turned on the AC. It looked like nothing would work until we reset the power after unplugging some of the equipment. The AC was needed desperately with the sun shining creating high humidity after overnight rain and about 60 people inside the clubhouse.

Friday 19th October

We went for a walk along the beach at The Broadwater. A large barge with a tractor and a digger arrived. 191018 bargeCouncil taped off an area where they will work. They are digging the inlet/outlet of the lagoon to allow the tidal water to flow freely at each change of tide.

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The owner of this catamaran did not realise the anger he caused by leaving the boat here, locked up, while he went away. Council had arranged to send in a big barge to carry out dredging works in this location. They had to work around the boat.
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Yes it is a catamaran although the length and breadth ratio is not good for a stable vessel. I was intrigued by what appears to be a home made anchor winch.
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Nice to know the Police patrol our waterways. Did you know if you lose your drivers licence you automatically lose your boat licence?
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All the paddle boards are tucked up on the little sand dun and padlocked to the fence.
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This is a classic case of the depth of keel far exceeds the depth of water under the keel. In cases like this a grounding is the result. Not a nice feeling if you are living aboard and sound asleep when you find the bottom. It is a good thing the bottom is sandy and not oyster encrusted rocks.
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This is the type of boat the Waterways Authority are concerned with. The rusting hulk is badly overloaded…among other problems.

Saturday 20th October

Our friends Tony and Dawn arrived on their way home in Port Macquarie from Mackay.

We made lots of crusty coated chicken for dinner. Including a glass or two of wine and a delightful dessert it was a wonderful evening with good friends.

Sunday 21st October

This morning I received a private Messenger invitation. I am a member of 9 Photographic sites worldwide. I try to post a photo to each site every day. One, Picture A Day is more helpful and friendlier than others. Unlike many Facebook sites, bad language and abusive and aggressive behaviour is not tolerated. Unlike some sites these conditions are enforced. I agree with the rules. When you are trying to showcase your photos, timely helpful advice and a sensible critique is sought and given. No negatives or making fun of a photo. So back to Messenger. It was an invite to join their Admin Team. Most of the Admin are based in USA and Canada with only one other from Australia. I was quite surprised and honoured with the invitation. I was so taken aback that I was unable to respond immediately. By tonight I had replied and said, YES. I was happy to say YES to this request unlike the Australian Government request a few months ago. Now I have to learn what Admin duties are and I am sure this will keep me busy most days.

While Donnis and Dawn spent time wandering around Harbourtown Shopping Centre, Tony and I drove to Robina Shopping Centre. We wanted to have a look at mobile phones as Tony’s old Apple can no longer be updated. It runs hot, needs charging daily and is slow. First I showed Tony how to round up sheep. Apple have released a new device of some sort so the sheep arrived in numbers at the new store in Robina. A man was casting from his iPad to a huge wall screen and teaching people who are young enough to know already, how to open Apps on an iPad. It seems Apple does not have an entry level phone or even a mid range phone. They only have phones near the top of the range which are expensive or phones which ARE the top of the range which are even more expensive. The cost is out of our league.

I have an ancient original release iPad which can no longer be updated and is unable to be used as an Internet search device. Apple could only offer to sell me a new device with the appropriate big price tag of course. My iPod Touch stopped working some years ago and was more expensive to fix. It was cheaper to buy a Smart Phone and have more facilities available to me. No way would I buy an Apple and all the road blocks and built in obslessence and an inability to add photos or music without having to open iTunes on my computer and import/sync from there. It seems in Apples eyes it is a crime to access iTunes from any computer other than the one you initially started with.

My old iPod Nano (or whatever the tiny device is called) also stopped working last month. I can no longer charge the battery.

Next we visited the Samsung store and a helpful young lady explained about the entry level phone, the mid range and top of the range phones all with a price tag to suit all budgets. We found a phone which suited Tony being in the right price bracket, is lighter but slightly bigger than his iPhone, has amazing battery life and short charging period and compared to his current phone is super fast. Now Tony is armed with lots of information to consider making a change OR not.

In the afternoon a huge summer storm rolled in dropping the temperature dramatically, lots of rain, wind, lightning and thunder. An hour later a brilliant sunset filled a cloudless sky.

Another great dinner with a couple of juicy fillet steaks.

Tomorrow Tony and Dawn leave for Port Macquarie.

642. Sunday 7th October 2018. Working on photo archives, photographing the Broadwater, World Parachute Championships and a wild Koala…

Friday 5th October

At first I thought, “I have not done anything this week”. Except, I have. The usual, table tennis and line dancing but I have spent a lot of time on the computer.

Firstly I have arranged many of my photos since 2007 in little folders of around 30 selected photos per folder. . One folder of 30 photos  are used in a presentation at an art meeting each Friday. Many of the photos have not been used in the blog before. It’s funny how looking back on those photos all these years later suddenly reveals something which did not catch my eye at the time.

As well I am a member of 8 different Facebook photo groups, some here in Australia and some overseas. I usually contribute a photo to each group every day. Each photo includes a name and usually a story that goes with it.

Today started fine and sunny but soon the predicted clouds rolled in, the wind picked up and the 30mm of rain looked certain to be a reality. I decided to drive to The Spit to take photos of the clouds over the sea and over the city. When almost at the Southport Bridge I noticed the big dark clouds huddled behind the city so I parked under the bridge and got creative.

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From Southport Bridge looking across two arms of the Nerang River.

Then I stopped at the fishing fleet wharf and created again.

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Prawn Trawler

It was then, I came to realise that something which was always there but I have not taken any notice of. The huge fenced off vacant land between the fishing fleet wharf and Sea World.

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This is only part of the huge plot of land the State Government will lease to the developer offering the best Integrated Resort Development.

Today I discovered this is Crown Land and the State Government has called for submissions for an Integrated Resort Development (whatever that means) on the site. The State Government already leases surrounding Crown Land to Village Roadshow (Sea World), Marina Mirage, Palazzo Versace and the Southport Yacht Club. Currently the mostly open land but with some trees on the shoreline is supposedly vacant.

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Across the Broadwater to Southport.
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Looking across the Broadwater to Labrador and those rain clouds teasing us.

People in campervans and pop tops and even people in tents erected under the trees are living there. Illegally of course. They all have multi- million dollar views – for free.

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Most of the fishing fleet is in port, probably because of the predicted bad weather and heavy rain which has so far not happened.
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Looking across the Broadwater from the fishing fleet jetties to Southport framed through a pair of Casuarina trees.

Many people live aboard their yachts, catamarans and houseboats in the water around the vacant site.

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A well fitted out permanent live aboard houseboat with Southport in the background. Those wonderful black rain clouds are promising much but delivering nothing.

Technically they can anchor here for up to 6 days but must then move on. Across the Broadwater is an approved anchorage of 24 hours before you must move. Boaties then move back to somewhere along the Spit for another 6 days. At least the boaties are monitored and controlled by Gold Coast Waterways Authority who send drones into the area to count and plot location of boats every day. The boaties must comply with a raft of regulations to stay in the area. One such regulation is the boat must have a waste water holding tank. The free campers have no controls or restrictions or sanitary waste collection and disposal. One boatie I spoke with has been in the area for 6 years and does the boat shuffle every week.

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This plastic dinghy had the outboard motor stolen a few weeks ago while the owner was doing volunteer work. Strangely the thief left the electric outboard. The battery is charged by the solar panel.
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A live aboard Tri Maran with the own er heading home.

The only drawback is the daily helicopter flights taking off and landing at Sea World every three minutes. It will be interesting to see what happens to these flights when the government approves and building of an IRD is completed.

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Across the Broadwater to Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

The promised rain, apart from a few valiant itinerant drops, failed to arrive.

I have a confession to make. Today I changed the “Scene” settings on the camera but left it in “scene” mode instead of switching back to Intelligent Auto or full manual. All 73 photos were taken in “Settings” mode so the usual default auto light, aperture, ISO  and f stop settings were not working. All the photos had a washed out almost pastel shades with insipid presentation, I had to use a photo editing App to put some colour back into the photos.

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More Broadwater views. This area has delightful clean sandy beaches.

Saturday 6th October.

Heavy rain or at least constant rain was predicted for today. It seems to be following a pattern. Rain is predicted but does not arrive.

The World Parachuting Championships kicked off today with a demo of mass jumpers landing on the beach at Surfers Paradise. It seems the rain which did not arrive was a bonus for the organisers. There are 46 nations attending and some big names and big talent will be here.

Sunday 7th October

The Drop Zone for the Championships is at Runaway Bay Sports Complex about 3 Klms from home. The small Southport Flying Club air strip will be used to ferry jumpers into the sky. It is about 2 Klms from home.

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This was a classy touchdown.

I drove to Runaway Bay and watched constant streams of people jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.

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Coming down on an angle at speed.
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Gently does it.

Some jumpers do 360 degree loops on their way down.

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You get a stiff neck always looking up for a jumpers when a trio sneaks in without you seeing them.

Some come in at amazing speed on an angle and suddenly they are on the ground and a few steps later are rolling up the parachute.

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Yay! Glad to be on the ground again and congratulating each other.

Others drop so fast almost vertically that you think they will surely crash when at the last moment they pull up quickly and also within a few paces they are on solid ground. I watched one jumper who seemed to just linger longer in the air than anybody else. The other jumpers stopped to watch somebody who is very good. The person seemed to float like a feather and landed so lightly they only took one step and was then rolling up their chute.

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Once landed jumpers are taken via golf buggy to a check in station to confirm their jump and then rest or get ready to catch a bus to the airstrip.

Later I drove to the airport to watch the drop planes arrive and depart.

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The jumper plane flies low over an access road to the airstrip.
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The jump plane is in the air quickly using only a third of the runway.
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Eager jumpers ready to board their jumper plane.

The small private road had a sign warning there was a Koala in the area. I was mighty chuffed to find the Koala within moments and there was nobody else around to share the discovery.

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My exciting Koala find.

It was high in a gum tree, Trying to photograph on hand held full zoom is difficult to hold the camera 100% steady so some lack of sharpness occurs. Regardless it was quite an exciting day to see a Koala and even better one who moved around as well and was aware of me.