Month: June 2019

684. Sunday 30th June 2019. Marijuanna oil, weight loss, big seas and more Rock n Roll babee…

Monday 24th June 2019.

The sun was shining at midday when we left to drive to Nimbin in northern New South Wales. Long story short, we needed to buy some marijuana oil – not for either of us but will leave the recipient unnamed at this stage.

Before I tell our story I would like to mention that my sister in law, Rae, was diagnosed with 3 cancers, kidney , lung and a brain tumour. She was diagnosed about 2 weeks ago while on holiday in north Queensland. The test results were sent to Newcastle John Hunter Hospital, the closest major hospital to their home. Last week they began a long slow journey home as travelling more than 300 Klms a day was taxing on both of them. They arrived home Thursday, had an appointment with a neurologist on Saturday, was admitted to hospital on Saturday and had brain surgery on Sunday and all the tumour was removed. Rae now has to undergo a long period of recovery and chemo and radiation treatment which can be done in their home town.

Back to our story. We were travelling the M1 heading south to the NSW border. In the distance we could see menacing black cloud. Once we crossed into NSW the rain began, light at first but becoming heavier, more insistent and day was almost night. We turned off the M1 and drove onto the Tweed Valley Way to Murwillumbah and old historical town which I keep promising myself to spend a day and photograph the old buildings. The road roughly follows the Tweed River. By the time we reached Uki, a medium sized village in the shadow of Mt Warning which is itself part of a chain of extinct volcanoes. Uki hails itself as the place “Where the Land Meets the Sky”. It was certainly true today as the steep mountain peaks were shrouded in clinging cloud. I made a Mental Note To Self. Come back another day to take photos. I had the camera but no time to stop and besides it was too wet and grey to take photos. From Uki the road travels mostly, up. Also narrow and winding. We are now amongst the clouds so could not be sure if it was still raining or simply just the cloud rubbing off on us. Either way it was very wet. It took the best p[art of an hour to travel 50 Klms from Murwillumbah to Nimbin. The people in the street were a mix of those on a continual high, those looking for a high and those looking at those on a high. You know when you have reached Nimbin the centre of Cannabis, there are signs in the little park which say, “Please use the public toilet” with an arrow pointing the way. The remainder of the sign, also in the politest of language asks, almost pleadingly, “Please do not Urinate in the Street”. We have either travelled backwards in time to a time and place where inbreeding has produced offspring with limited brain function or somehow we are glimpsing the future. Either way it is a chilling indictment of what constant use of a prohibited substance can do to a brain. Walking around town we see people rugged up against the chilling cold and the heavy rain while others seem not to be aware as they stand, barefoot, red eyed, not sure of what they are. The town is peppered with many signs about what is, to most of us common sense and common decency. Be POLITE was the most noticeable. Do not harass the tourists. No begging. nimbin codeSo here we are in the marijuanna capital where, if you believe the hype, is all about medical uses of two types of oil. The reality is it is all about smoking the stuff, getting high, and living in a world of smoke haze and bludging on society. So, we walk down a steep path, find a green door with lots of how to be polite signs on the door and enter chaos. Come in and take a seat, fill out the form, tell us what you need. Ummm. You want me to sit there? I guess I should not expect clean. After a lot of waffle two tiny bottles of foul smelling green substance are produced. But it smells like an ash tray, I say. Yes was the reply, you have to expect things that smell and taste terrible if you want organic cure everything oils. Ummm do you have an unorganic version? Naaah. We are not gunna sugar sweeten the stuff. Remember this stuff is not for me. I just had questions. Eventually we walk out $325 lighter but 30 Mls of oil heavier.

Lots of tourists come to town. The bakery seemed normal and I had a nice sausage roll. We asked the server where the public toilets are. Oh you do not want to go there she said. No, not nice. Go to the pub. Actually the public toilets were not too bad but several people creating a cloud of smoke in a shelter nearby had me questioning the options once more.

Despite everything about Nimbin which is a bit jarring on the senses I thought it had some sort of charm. It sort of exists in a yesteryear coupled with a hazy reality known only to one person.  I made a Mental Note To Self. Come back another day to take photos.

The rain seemed to get heavier so it was a slow trip back to Murwillumbah taking almost an hour to cover the 49 Klms then it was back on the M1 and home. What the!!!. No rain has fallen here all day. Crikey! Are we in for some rain when it finally arrives.

Tuesday 25th June

I saw the Gastro Enterologist today. Naturally he was pleased with my weight loss but advised that in addition to my fatty liver he was still concerned about my pre diabetic results in my blood test along with elevated cholesterol count. He told me that about 3 out of 5 people on the street have fatty liver and most will die with it not from it.

My trouser which are now fitting me after 4 years are also beginning to tell me I need to go to a smaller waist size – soon. I am looking forward to wearing size 32 again after many years of 34 moving to 36 and threatening 38. No wonder leg sizes were always too long!

The GE also mentioned he went to Nimbin recently for a sticky beak and was confronted within a minute and within 100 metres of his car by persons offering to sell him, “substances”.

Got a message from my brother Allan. His wife, Rae, after brain surgery on Sunday came home today. Not to the local hospital, home. Wow! How good is that?

Friday 28th June

After months of waiting and planning our Rock and Roll night arrived. My friend Frank and I set tables for 80 people. Tables have to be placed so even when chairs on adjoining tables are fully pushed back, dancers can still walk along between tables without feeling they are in an obstacle course. We set up for 80 people and that seems to be the maximum number we can seat comfortably so they can get in and out to the dance floor, the toilets and of course the supper table. Our two piece band, Route 66, are very popular among the Rock and Roll community and dancers will follow them when and where they are playing. It is important to get the right band. Our village had 37 people attend and the rest were invited dancers from the Gold Coast area and even a couple from South Brisbane.

Donnis and I danced together and with other partners. It is something we are both learning. Not only do we learn the dance steps but also about various partners and differing styles. Route 66 mix their repertoire with Rock music, Country, Line Dancing, The Twist and even Waltz and Rock and Roll Waltz. Although we are content to watch accomplished dancers it seems we are wanting to become more involved.

Even if I had taken my camera tonight I would not have had time to take photos. I did take a three minute video but alas my Word Press account does not support video.

At the end of the night we were thanked by so many people for our dance location and choice of band. There are those who consider we are charging too little and are prepared to pay more. Others have asked if we can have three dances a year. We can really only fit two dances into our calendar this year. The band packed up after 10pm but a good dozen or so people wanted to stay for coffee and a chat. All in all we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. One thing we learned tonight is even in Winter we need to lower the AC, open windows and doors and have the fans turned on. With 80 people all breathing at the same time and around 50% of them are also dancing up a storm there were a lot of perspiring bodies looking for somewhere cool.

I was also complimented on my dancing ability. Aww shucks!

Saturday 29th June.

The committee was back at the clubhouse by 9am and in less than an hour we had everything back to normal. The extra dozen fold up tables and the additional 40 chairs were packed away for next time. The full size snooker table was turned from a food serving table back into a snooker table, lounge chairs were brought back into the clubhouse, the floor vacuumed and all the washing up complete and packed away.

The rest of the day I have no idea what I did. Oh Yeah! I started pulling weeds in our little back yard. After all the rain we have had this week it is so easy to pull them out. It is also so easy to pull a muscle in my back. That was a short term job. My back had a 45 minute session with our TENS Machine.

I finished a book I have been reading.  Making Rounds With Oscar by Dr David Dosa. It is about a cat who lives in a nursing home and who seems to know when a patient is in the last few hours of life. The patients all have Dementia. Oscar comes to the room, smells the hands or feet and if, as seems to be the case, death is near, he stays with the patient until death takes over and continues to stay until the undertaker removes the body.    Here is a short video.

Sunday 30th June

It rained overnight and again about 6am. Thereafter the clouds disappeared and it was a brilliant sunny day. Perfect. The last two days huge seas of 5 metre swells have pounded our coastline. 300619 spit2300619 spit 4A few ten metre waves just off The Seaway were also recorded. 300619 spit300619 spit 1High tides contributed to the beach erosion.

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The heavy pounding surf of the last few days creates a salt haze. Looking back along The Spit and The Gold Coast Seaway.
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The Spit is a popular location at almost any time of day and any kind of weather. This is the view.

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Yesterday a young jet ski rider messing about at the Seaway entrance was capsized by a large wave, He managed to scramble aboard but the motor would not start and was thrown off yet again. Somehow he was saved without injury, except to his pride. The jet ski was slammed repeatedly against the rocks.

The forecast was that waves would continue to grow today and again tomorrow. We drove to the spit to watch the spectacle. It seems every tourist had the same idea.

Yesterday’s damaged jet ski was now washed up on the beach. The rocks did a good job of stripping everything off the jet ski.

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This is the tragic result of the ket ski from yesterday which was washed along and bashed into the rock wall by huge waves.

Today another near tragedy was averted when a jet ski rider had gone across the shallow bar opening of the Seaway.

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At last there is a break in the swells we can make our bid to get past the worst of the waves.

We are not sure if he ran out of fuel or if the jet ski was swamped but another two skis came to his rescue. They finally got a tow rope attached but had to move slowly as towing a jet ski, at speed in big seas can cause it to capsize.

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Towing a stricken jet ski to safety. I was pleased to see everybody wearing a life jacket.

The tow vessel had to time his move slowly but at the same time avoid the worst waves. The small group sat just off the Seaway wall for ages, waiting for the right conditions but at the same time maintaining some headway to avoid his own floundering.

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Look carefully. You can see a second jet ski behind that spray of water.
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It seems the weather was not bad enough to stop the fishing boats from going to sea although the passage was a bit hairy.
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high on the crest of one wave then sunk in the trough of the next.
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Behind that spray of water is the fishing boat which seemed like it had come to a stop while trying to navigate the waves

A spectacular sunset was threatening so I spent some happy time with the camera while Donnis drove to the Seafood Markets next to Marina Versace and bought a couple of pieces of fish.

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On a lovely winter day, the sun is shining, temperature is about 23 degrees, nary a cloud anywhere and fresh salt air to add to the view. Just brig a chair, a bit of shade and spend the day at The Spit.
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Fishers and photographers.

With hundreds of other people we watched the last of the sunset while enjoying fresh fish.300619 sunset 3

Last week I reported on the ship which was working on creating a reef just off the beach at Palm Beach. With the forecast of huge seas, the ship had come north to the Gold Coast Seaway and anchored in The Broadwater and the safety of Wave Break Island until conditions improved.

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Reef making ship.

With the going down of the sun the cold had a reason to invade the area. 300619 sunset 4Suddenly it got chilly.

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Sunset looking across The Broadwater from The Spit

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683. Sunday 23rd June 2019. Blood tests, memory woes, a visit by granddaughter Shelby, weight loss and Rock and Roll babeee…

Monday 17th June.

Today I had to have a fasting blood test. The sooner I have the test the sooner I get breakfast. Last week I called them to determine what time they open. My mind tells me I was told 7.30am. I arrived at 7.29 to find the gates locked. In a moment a car arrived the gates opened and I ask the driver what time they open. There is a reason I did this as the blood lab website tells me they are open from 9am. The sign on the gate tells me 8.30 am while I was told 7.30 am and the car driver told me, “we open at 8am”. I went home and arrived back at 8am and discovered, much to my chagrin, I had left the prescription behind. I went home found the prescription sitting on the table where I had put it while putting on my shoes. I was back at the lab for the test by 8.45 but had to wait. I was home for breakfast by 9.30.


What bothered me was the memory aspect. Perhaps recalling the wrong opening time and forgetting the prescription. I suppose it can happen to anybody!

Tuesday 18th June

Daughter Shelby arrived today.  Her first semester at Uni ended and she is now having a holiday. With No Particular Place To Go, (thanks Chuck Berry) we decided to take a visit to Snapper Rocks

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A little surf at Snapper.

which seems to have become, along with Coolangatta, a favourite place for us to visit.

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Hanging Five at Snapper.

The weather was fabulous, traffic was less than heavy and we found a parking spot immediately.

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Shelby always seems to look the other way when a camera is pointed her way.

The surf, what there was of it, was in the category of tiny.

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Tourists trying to take a photo with the surf breaking on the rocks.
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Natural rock pool at Snapper Rocks

However the dozen or so surfers were enjoying the warm day, the clear clean water and friendly unchallenging surf.

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Shelby at Snapper
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Rock pool at Snapper Rocks.
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Rainbow Bay Surf Club entrance at Snapper Rocks. On the left are winners of the male, Quiksilver Pro Surf Title from 2002 to 2014. On the right are the winners of the female Roxy Pro Surf Title from 2002 to 2014.

Later after a lunch at a Mexican franchise we drove home along what I call the scenic route.

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Kirra Beach seen from Kirra Lookout.
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Coolangatta, Greenmount and Snapper Rocks from Kirra Lookout.
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Snapper Rocks from Kirra Lookout.

It is almost traditional for us to call into the Currumbin Surf Life Saving Club where Donnis and I had a cup of coffee and shared a piece of cake made with almond flour.

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Currumbin Beach from the Surf Club Dining Room.
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Coolangatta from Currumbin Surf Club.
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City from Currumbin

Shelby had a nice piece of Black Forest Cherry Cake while I eyeballed its ever decreasing size with envy. As we passed through Palm Beach we noticed a ship anchored just a little way off the beach and decided it was worth a better look. It turns out the Gold Coast City Council is spending M$18 building an artificial reef mainly for the purpose of stopping beach erosion along this stretch of beach.     A by- product of the reef will be a place for fisherpeople, divers, snorkellers and of course board riders. We watched as a backhoe dredger splashed below the surface but re-emerging with an empty bucket. It was moving rocks into place. We have always enjoyed stopping for a coffee and cake at the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club so now we have something additional to look at.

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Making an artificial reef at Palm Beach
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The city from Palm Beach

Further along the Gold Coast Highway I decided to stop at Cascade Gardens near Broadbeach.

The number of times we have driven past this park, seen the large number of cars and promised ourselves we would have a look.

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Cascade gardens.

It is a popular picnic spot and an ideal wedding venue. 180619 cascade gardens1Today we just had a look at the Nerang River in one of its guises as part of the hugely extensive Gold Coast canal system.180619 cascade gardens 2 I loved it for the many photo opportunities and will be back.180619 cascade gardens

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Walking trail along Cascade Gardens canal wall.

Wednesday 19th June.

After our Line Dancing session and my cup of coffee – albeit without benefit of cake, biscuits or slices of rye sourdough bread – we decided to take Shelby to do a walk through Burleigh Heads National Park.

It was easier to park at Tallebudgera Creek and walk back across the bridge and enter the park from that end. Parking at Burledigh Heads is dfifficult.

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A very long mural at Tallebudgera Creek. The entire wall is also fitted with old exhaust systems. The mufflers have been cut and filled with soil and plants. Regretably, no watering system was installed and all the plants died. Not even weeds survive. Maybe it was all the accumulated gasses which kills everything.

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Tallebudgera Creek
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Tallebudgera Creek

The park abounds with massive hexagonal columns of basalt which were formed XXX millions of years ago when volcanic eruptions pushed lava into the sea which at that time was at a much higher level than today.

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One of many bench seats along the Burleigh National Park walk.

The rapid cooling of the lava, which includes Feldspar and Quartz aligns the minerals that form the basalt columns. Today we took the high path and the steepest walk which also has the best lookouts.

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Rocks overlooking Tallebudgera Creek, Palm Beach, Currumbin and Coolangatta way in the distance.
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Palm Beach etc

Next time we take the more level coast path which was closed for a number of years due to basalt rock falls. 190619 burleigh 5

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Another bench seat in Burleigh National Park
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View across Burleigh Heads towards Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.

Once again the weather was near perfect as was the water clarity and colour. Today the surf had doubled in size overnight. Just offshore we glimpsed the tug towing two dumb barges which had just delivered a load of rocks for the artificial reef.

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Rock barges.

Thursday 20th June

Donnis went on a bus trip with her craft group to Murwillumbah. Shelby and I went to Harbourtown. I went to get a prescription filled and Shelby went window shopping. She, like me, is on a budget. I arrived at the chemist and lo and behold, no prescription. Uh Oh! Did I leave it on the table while I was putting my shoes on?  Shelby drove me home in her deep dark metallic blue Kia Cerato and there was the prescription, on the table where I thought it would be. Hmmm! That’s a second memory problem in a few days.

Saturday 22nd June.

Tonight we went to the Guannabah Country Music Hall for a Rock and Roll night. Many of the faces are becoming familiar to us as are we becoming familiar to them. Our dance lessons have paid dividends especially for Graham and myself. We are no longer stiff in our movements and we have learnt to move fluidly with the music and our partners. Both of us were fortunate to be asked by several women to dance with them. Donnis is beginning to relax although she is still a little unsure but then again she was asked to dance by several men. I have probably said this before but is worthwhile saying again. We should have taken lessons years ago. My friend…Frank…took up Rock and Roll 17 years ago and he also comments that he should have started a long time ago. The band is very popular and the lead guitarist started as a 17 year old playing on Bandstand hosted by Brian Henderson on National TV and later on the 6 O’Clock Rock TV Show hosted by Johnny O’Keefe. Co-Incidentally, the band starts the night at 6 O’Clock and plays the original 6 O’Clock Rock theme song.

We had a great night and even when not dancing we enjoyed watching the other dancers with their great routines and some of the wardrobe choices, men and womens were eye catching. We have another Rock and Roll night here at our village on Friday and many of those at tonights event will also be coming.

Sunday 23rd June 2019

All the little jobs I promised myself I would complete today are still not completed. Not only are they not completed they have not even been started.

I did solve a neighbours problem with her iPad.

I did solve another neighbours air conditioning problem and some of her laptop problems.

Several of us watched the State of Origin on the big screen smart TV with 6 speaker surround sound in the Clubhouse. NSW gave Qld a lesson in Rugby League. Qld have still not learned to pass the ball. The score was an embarrassment.

Last week I reported that I hoped to have lost 6kgs by this week. The scales tell me – yahoo – I have lost 6 Kgs even after a couple of “treats” during the week. Watching State of Origin tonight I had a small bowl of chips, 2 small sausage rolls and a couple of rums. I hope that, overall that does not set me back. Back to the 6 Kg loss. Looking in the mirror I cannot see any change in belly girth and silly me did not use a tape measure BEFORE I started. However… I tried on some trousers which, although I could put them on previously, I could not do them up. There was a wide yawning gap between the buttons and the button hole. On Saturday night, getting dressed for Rock and Roll, my current trousers were simply too large and just folded down around my ankles. Next I tried on trousers I have not used since, well, at least 2014. They fit!!! I was able to easily do up the trousers, tuck in my shirt (something else I could not do, I always left my shirt out) and finish off with a belt. Next I tried on trousers and shorts. The old clothes fit. I made a huge pile of huge trousers and shorts. They will go into storage until I get the courage to get rid of them. I do not want to go backwards now I seem to be regaining my old body by loosing a bit of body. Maybe the loss of weight and girth had a positive effect on my mental state as I felt more relaxed joining others on the dance floor. I was doing “my thing” rather than being concerned how others perceived me.

682. Sunday 16th June 2019.Acupuncture, diet, weight loss and keeping busy…

Tuesday 11th June

I took Donnis to Robina for Acupuncture and Osteopath treatment on her knee. I took the opportunity to go to the nearby Robina Town Centre and take my phone to the Samsung kiosk for a check -up. A clean out of the cache and all done.

I wandered the food court and decided on a Vietnamese chicken salad. It is low in carbs and quite tasty. It was also cheaper than buying a Macca’s or KFC meal. It also included a drink.

Friday 14th June

We made our second trip to Robina this week. Donnis has her acupuncture treatment there while I go to the Shopping Mall to watch all the sheep being rounded up at the Apple store.

I think a couple of words about my diet are in order. I am on a reduced carbohydrate intake. That means bread, pasta, rice, cakes, biscuits, potato, baked beans, lentils, chick peas and a host of other products are almost totally ruled out. The body needs some carbs so I will have a treat from time to time but my favourite Rye Sourdough is no longer eaten. Sigh! No potato, no baked beans on rye sourdough toast. If we make a curry it is eaten without rice. I also try to play table tennis several times a week along with walks and cycling. The result is I have now lost a bit more than 5 Kgs which should be 6 Kg by the time I post this. I tried on some trousers and some of those which were impossible to do up buttons etc I can now wear. A few more pairs will require a bit more weight and girth loss. My target is to reach 72Kg. My research reveals hundreds of diets, most of them fads. There are names like Keto, Paleo, Pritikin, Atkins, Israeli Army, Potato and many many more. I discovered the diet I use from my own choices is probably closest to the Keto diet. It is working for me.

Saturday 15th June

We have been wanting to Gerni the house for some months. Today Jupiter was aligned with Mars and the Moon was in the seventh house. We Gernied the outside of the house including all the awnings. I used Sugar Soap in the initial clean and followed up with a spray rinse. After it was all washed down, I packed away the equipment, Donnis finished off by washing the windows inside.

Sigh! Now I have to plan on doing the roof!

Sunday 16th June

For some reason best known by the Universe we both woke before 5am. Try as we might, getting back to sleep eluded us. Instead we drove to The Broadwater at Labrador and went for a walk along the Esplanade in the dark. Even at that time of day there are walkers, joggers, cyclists and this morning one lone in-line skater. Although it was dark the first rosy tint on the horizonal clouds gave notice that sunrise was not far away. The boats moored on the water looked as though they were anchored on a dark mirror. It is so calm and peaceful at this time of day. Just the smell of salt in the air and deep breaths as we walked and the sight of those boats is enough invigoration to get anybody ready to face a new day. Well some of us can face a new day. At least one of us went back to bed!

Mid morning we drove to Rochdale in  Brisbane to watch grandson Chris play in a Rugby League match. Chris has joined a new team this year as his old team just could not cater to his skill level so he has gone up a grade. His team won 46 to 12.

That was our week. A little quiet but when you consider all the other activities we both do, we are always busy. I have my role as treasurer for our Social Committee and as Administrator for two Facebook Photo Groups. Monday and Thursday night we play table tennis and any other day or night we can arrange. Tuesday night Rock and Roll lessons, Wednesday morning is line dancing and Wednesday night is indoor bowls. When the mood overcomes me I can play lawn bowls 4 days a week plus walks and bike rides and art group on Friday. Donnis also has a craft group on Monday morning, a ladies support group Tuesday afternoon and another craft group on Thursday mornings.

See you next week.

681. Sunday9th June 2019. A slow week finishing with Cooly Rocks On…


Wednesday 5th June

Today was Line Dancing and we practised a new routine to a new song. Not only is this a lot of fun but is good exercise as well.

Thursday 6th June

Graham arrived at 9.30 and said, “let’s get the CCTV installed.” We spent the best part of 7 hours drilling a hole through the floor to run the cables. While Graham ran the cables behind an underfloor timber panel I started to install the cameras in the chosen places. The camera’s and power leads were connected to the DVR which was connected to a monitor and by Ethernet cable to the Modem. Power on and we have a picture on all four camera’s. Recording and playback all work as intended.

Friday 7th June

Today I set up a remote viewing App on my Smart Phone so I can access the CCTV anywhere.

Saturday 8th June.

More tech stuff today. Firstly I want to thank Mr Val for helping me through the process. I think I was able to help him learn more about his own CCTV setup.

We often watch movies from the Internet. We use a device called Google Chromecast to cast the movie from our laptop or desktop to our TV. It has worked wonderfully for the last 4 years. Until today. I tried to cast a movie today but nothing happened. I tried to re-install Chromecast but received a message to say Google no longer supports the cast facility from desktops and laptops. It will now only support a portable device such as a mobile phone or tablet. Grrr! I downloaded the Netflicks App to my phone and cast a movie anyway.

Sunday 9th June

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I have to say, so far there have been no official attendance numbers either for the overall 4 days or on the final day – Sunday. Unnoficial attendance on Sunday is probably around the 80,000 and all the food outlets were always busy.

We were both up early as we wanted to be away from the house by 8.30 am. As usual, that did not happen but we did get away by 8.45am. We planned to be at Coolangatta before 9.30 am as the Cooly Rocks On 2019 street parade began (or so I thought) at 9.30. It seems every second car on the M1was headed to Coolangatta as well. Not only that but they all seemed to want to park where we were going too. I underestimated the size of the crowd and misread the street parade time of 9am.

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For some strange reason there were fewer Harley’s here than I expected. Indians seem to be taking over. If you have a spare $40,000 you have nothing else to do with you you could buy a Fat Boy like this.
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View from Coolangatta Shopping Mall

Oh well, we missed the parade but got to see all the cars and motorcycles on display anyway.

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This car clearly belongs to Darrel but what is it??? I thionk it could be a Hudson but maybe there is somebody out the in blog land who can tell me.
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1936 Plymouth.
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Another jalopy.

There were 340 cars on display from several states.

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This is a huidson but it has no door handles.

Actually it was a bit overwhelming.

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I want a Mustang. Not sure about stripes though.
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Yep, plain Gold would be suitable.
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Yes a simple Red Mustang would be acceptable.
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This man brought his own retro gear in his retro van.
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This is a Ford Saloon car circa 1934.
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Coul this also be a Hudson?
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I do not know what this is. Lets’s just call it a hot rod or a jalopy.

Then of course there was the rock and roll bands in the street and dancing and pinball competition and retro markets and Poodle and Pugs Parade (that explains why there were so many poodles and pugs in the street and in the parks) and dance lessons and dance performances.

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This man punched out a rocking beat on a simople bvanjo made from a car number plate. It just so happens he was playing outside a tent where they were selling car number plates.

It was just crazy the number of people dressed in retro style and so many places selling retro style clothes and auto parts. Street food was everywhere as was rock and roll coming from 5 bandstands and being played around picnics.

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One of several street band stands. Note the danceers and the flared skirt.
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Another band stand and danceres.

We stopped to watch a rock band and a dozen dancers on Marine Parade when we spied Colin and Sue from Mackay.

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Colin and Sue from Mackay.

We were both pleased and surprised to see each other. They took up dancing lessons a year ago and flew down here to attend the festival and dance of course.

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View of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach from Greenmount Beach.

Donnis and I took a walk around Greenmount Point

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Greenmount Beach and Hill.

to Rainbow Bay

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Greenmount surf with Surferts Paradise as background.

and then on to Snapper Rocks.

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Snapper Rocks Luifeguard Station.

The three surf clubs, Greenmount,

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Standing room only at one of three surf clubs within a few hundred mtrs of each other.

Rainbow Bay and Snapper Rocks were also busy with standing room only on their balconies overlooking the surf.

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The afternoon waers on at Snapper Rocks.
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Hanging Five Toes Upon the Malibu – thanks to PeeWee Wilson and The Delltones.
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Greenmount. Longboard capital.

We did not get home until just on dark. What a great day out. We must put it on our calendar for next year. Perhaps by then our dance lessons will give us the skills and courage to join the other dancers.

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Sky Divers put on performances and helicopter rides had a long queue all day.
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These delightful ladies dressed so nicely sang A Cappella in the Coolangatta Shopping Mall.

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I was fascinated by bthese tree roots growing under, through and over rocks. Found at Tweed Heads NSW.

Tonight I played another movie on my phone and cast it to our TV. Great clear picture and sound.

680. Sunday 2nd June 2019. Donnis comes, home, learning to install CCTV and Fireworks…

Monday 27th May

My Facebook Photo Group – Aussie Photographers for Beginners – reached a milestone today when we reached and exceeded 250 members. I promised myself when I reached that milestone I would take on another 2 Administrators to share the work load. One person I approached asked many questions but unhesitatingly said yes. The other said no. Now I have to continue the search to find another and did what I thought was unthinkable. I asked on the Group FB page if anybody had the skills or the interest to take on the role. Late in the evening I got a reply and after a bit of discussion I now have two Admin to join me.270519 sunset

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Looking down from the Light Station to Tweed Heads

Donnis flight from Melbourne was due in at 6pm. I decided to leave early to go to Coolangatta before the peak hour traffic begins.

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Sunset through the Pandanus over the next 3 images.

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I left just before 4pm and arrived at Snapper Rocks at 4.40pm in time to watch and photograph the sunset.

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Looking from Snapper Rocks to Surfers Paradise with the changing face of a sunset and gradually zooming closer over the next 5 images.

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The Point Danger Light Station which straddles the Qld/NSW border.

Donnis flight arrived on time but baggage collection meant a wait of 20 minutes and we still got home just after 7pm.

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Sunset over the next 3 images

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There were still board riders, boogie boarders and body surfers as it got darker.

Tuesday 28th May

A couple of weeks ago I ordered three sets of security cameras, a DVR and a monitor screen. I am going to set up CCTV on two other houses plus my own. The DVR and cameras have arrived and today I picked up the monitors. I suppose tomorrow will be a wash out as I begin the set up.

Wednesday 29th May

After Line Dancing I started unpacking the DVR and cameras, checking each item carefully. I then started to read the instructions and a moment (soon to be ages) of panic set in. The instructions said if you want to record to install a hard drive. I unscrewed the DVR cover. No hard drive is installed. WHAT!!! I checked my order, yes it tells a description of the DVR with the words + 1 TB HDD. Then in smaller print underneath. NO HDD included! Grrrr! Now I need to buy three HDD suitable for 24/7 security data recording, then install them. I checked the Monitor. It works and nothing extra to buy…Apart from the HDD. Phew!

My friend Mr Val assisted in locating a Western Digital 1 TB HDD suitable for 24/7 operation for $70. I ordered three.

Friday 31st May.

The 3 HDD have arrived at the warehouse so collected them. Gee they are heavy little suckers.

Over the last little while I have been evaluating several Bingo Apps for our monthly Bingo and Fish n Chips night. The ones offered as free are usually US in Origin and are 45 number offerings with BINGO plus a number. Those that do offer a 90 number game do not show the numbers on screen above 70. We finally purchased a professional game from the UK and after a week or two of installing and fine tuning we used it tonight. The attendees were quite impressed with our modern Bingo session where the numbers appear on our 75” smart TV.

Saturday 1st June

In the morning I installed the HDD in the DVR all going well I will put it all together and test the system tomorrow.

In the afternoon we travelled via bus and Light Rail – Tram – to Surfers Paradise to see SeaFire the World Fireworks Championships. Competing nations are New Zealand, Korea, The USA, Phillipines and Australia as a guest presenter. I have no idea how you judge a fireworks display and I am sure the other 95,000 people who braved a cold blustery wind and drizzling rain would have no idea how the judging works. We knew it would be a busy night as the Tram was standing room only and almost everybody got off at Cavill Avenue at Surfers Paradise. Every eating establishment was packed and there were queues of people waiting for a table. The take away outlets were jammed with hungry people. The Surfers Paradise Markets on the beachfront walkway were busy and people were sitting along any available space on the concrete walls and the beach was simply packed. Sensible people took their beach shelters, picnic blankets, tables and chairs. A light rain fell several times during the night but on each occasion we found shelter. The first event was a half dozen sky divers who performed twists and turns on their descent, each with a continuous burst of fiery sparks from fireworks strapped to their shoes. They all landed with pinpoint accuracy on a small fenced off area on the beach.

Several boats and or barges were anchored offshore just beyond the breaker line. The fireworks started and went on for about 10 minutes. We were further along the beach and could not hear the announcements so when the fireworks stopped we thought that was it for the night. In a few minutes another started. This was different but similar and had a longer, louder more fireworks packed into a crescendo finale that seemed to go on and on and ended with a loud bang. Soon it was announced the winner was the USA beating last years champions, The Phillipines. That’s it we said, time to make a bee line for the Tram stop to avoid the crowd. Oops. Another display started. This one had Australian music playing in sync. OK. It was the Australian Team Demo which for some reason we were not entered as a contestant. Call me parochial but the finale was simply spectacular and drew the loudest response from the audience. We thought it was the best display.

We walked to the tram station and joined many other people waiting along the back of the platform. Tram wardens were in place to ensure people were orderly and as many people as possible got on the trams. With trams running every 10 minutes we did not have to wait long. We changed to a bus at Southport and were home just after 9pm. I deliberately left my camera at home due to the extra weight and to take good night shots you really need a tripod. And time exposure. The photos we took with our mobile phone are useless.

Sunday 2nd June.

Today I did a temporary assembly of the CCTV system using just one camera. It has a great clear picture and the recording was saved to the HDD. Now I have to understand how the daily recordings can be accessed especially how the “movement detector “ works and how it is accessed. I also need to read up on how I can receive it on my mobile phone.

That’s a job for Monday and probably Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tonight I also played an hour of singles table tennis with Jenny who has a wicked forehand and plays a strong game. She was once a tennis professional and tennis coach. I was drenched by the time we finished.