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
which seems to have become, along with Coolangatta, a favourite place for us to visit.
The weather was fabulous, traffic was less than heavy and we found a parking spot immediately.
The surf, what there was of it, was in the category of tiny.
However the dozen or so surfers were enjoying the warm day, the clear clean water and friendly unchallenging surf.
Later after a lunch at a Mexican franchise we drove home along what I call the scenic route.
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.
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. http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/palm-beach-shoreline-project-46031.html 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.
Further along the Gold Coast Highway I decided to stop at Cascade Gardens near Broadbeach. http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/thegoldcoast/cascade-gardens-27171.html
The number of times we have driven past this park, seen the large number of cars and promised ourselves we would have a look.
It is a popular picnic spot and an ideal wedding venue. Today we just had a look at the Nerang River in one of its guises as part of the hugely extensive Gold Coast canal system. I loved it for the many photo opportunities and will be back.
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. https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/burleigh-head/about.html
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.
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.
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.
Next time we take the more level coast path which was closed for a number of years due to basalt rock falls.
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.
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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4FPt0cB3x60
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.