Wednesday 14th November
So far this week I have done my usual of Rock and Roll lessons and Line Dancing and Table Tennis. The weather has been great.
Thursday 15th November
Woke at 5am and could not get back to sleep so I drove to The Lagoon on The Broadwater and went for a walk.
What an absolutely glorious morning. So glorious in fact that I decided to share. I use my Samsung Galaxy A3 to take a photo of the Lagoon and send to Donnis via Facebook Messenger to show her what she is missing over there in snowy Calgary. Within a minute she called me and I turned on the video camera to show her live footage of The Broadwater.
I know she loves the area.
Sunday 18th November
We had a big storm last night with thunder lightning strong winds and lots of rain. Other places got damage from hail but we escaped the worst of the storm. I took a drive to Mt Tamborine but it is a lot colder in the mountains and my shorts and Tshirt were not enough for the cool, mountain air. I noticed that the town of Tamborine does not include any big name businesses or franchises. Big supermarkets or food outlet chains do not exist here. That is a good thing and a bad. Good that it gives a local a chance to maintain a business but at the expense of not being able to buy products in bulk and pass on savings. There are many people here who call themselves artisans or craftspersons or artists, photographers and so on.
Many people came here to escape what they call the rat race and live according to their state of mind. Unfortunately for many their state of mind cannot keep up with the cost of living so many houses are for sale. The only people thriving are the real estate agents.
I also noticed that houses and fences etc have lots of moss or lichen growing. That is due to the high moisture laden humid air. Although the mountain location is cooler in summer it still produces a high humid and high rainfall every year. Trees and roof lines also have this thick carpet of green. Living so close to nature can be a good thing but the high cost of maintenance also shows, as the houses has many trees growing around them. I shudder to think what would happen should a bushfire break out here.
Before leaving I stopped at a lookout on the western side of town which overlooks Canungra and took the first Panoramic photo with my Panasonic FZ200.
I ate my prepared lunch and drove back down the mountain via an alternate, steeper route and went to Southport Beach to finish my lunch. Oops the clouds had rolled in, the wind picked up and it was just as cool here as in the mountains.