Day: August 19, 2019

595. Sunday 18th August 2019.Caesar Salads, a walk along the beach and jet ski’s…

Friday 16th August

It has been a quiet week. Just doing stuff at home that needs to be done. Weeding is one of them but half an hour of weeding leads to an all- day pain in the back. Every day I weed a little and feel pain a lot.

Lighting is another job. The spare toilet room, the main bathroom and our front steps all have LED battery powered movement activated lights. All three rely upon a double sided tape, supplied by the manufacturer, to hold them to a wall or bench or under stairs. All three tapes just gave up and the light just keeps falling down. Grrr!

Solution? I ordered some super gel, super stick Nano tape which should arrive Monday. If it performs half as good as the ads claim it will be fine with me.

The toilet seat in the spare toilet room has a soft close feature and it has never soft closed. It is one of the few Aldi products I have bought which has not performed as it should. As well the very fine thin metal slot which holds the bolt which attaches it to the toilet bowl has bent and as well as not soft closing the seat slides around. Enough is enough! I took measurements and called on a plumbing specialist at Bunnings. I was soon home fitting the toilet seat, Wooee! What a difference that made. The toilet seat closes softly and it does not slide around on the fitting.

Saturday 17th August

It is grandson Chris 15th birthday today. Mum Regelyn organised a lunch at the Carindale Hotel which is part of the mega Carindale Shopping Centre at umm err, Carindale. It was an hours drive from home, but first we had to buy a birthday card and then buy fuel. It seems my favourite United Service Station has fuel at least 20 cents cheaper than anywhere else nearby. We had to queue with about 50 other cars to get fuel then as we neared roadworks on the M1 near Rochdale traffic slowed to a walking pace. Finally we reached Carindale and like all the other cars lined up in front of us we went looking for a parking spot. We were almost 45 minutes late by the time we arrived. Whew! This is not a typical pub with pub food  prices. Pete and Chris had a steak each of which was $35. Donnis and I had a Caesar Salad which did not have anchovies – which it should – so it was a bit of a mild salad, not as good as I make at home. Each salad cost us $12.

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Birthday boy Chris with grandma and dad Peter.

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Chris plays a Rugby League semi- final tomorrow.

Sunday 18th August

As usual, Sunday dawned fine and sunny and stayed that way all day. I could not find a cloud in the sky.

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Entrance to main beach at Phillip Park near Sea World.

It was warm (hot) in the sun but a cool breeze was blowing off the ocean.

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Main Beach north looking to the Sand Pumping Jetty.

We went for a walk along Main Beach

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Main Beach looking south.

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and found a team of Lifesavers undergoing jet ski in surf training. It was fun to watch them punching their way through breaking waves.180819 jet ski1180819 jet ski2180819 jet ski180819 jet ski3180819 jet ski4180819 jet ski5180819 jet ski6180819 jet ski7

There were more people walking the beach today and all car parks were near enough to full capacity.

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Sailboat racing.

After our walk we drove to Mondarewa Beach to watch the boats coming and going on The Broadwater. We had a picnic lunch on a beach blanket and in general just relaxed in a fabulous setting. We have so many family friendly beaches and parks to choose from and it seem the entire population of the Gold Coast were also out enjoying themselves.

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The Aquaduck takes passengers along regular Gold Coast streets then plunges into The Broadwater. I did a similar trip at 1770 some years ago and I confess the first time the duck goes into the water you feewl it will sink and your heart begins to race.

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Yesterday we had a Caesar Salad (seniors menu) at the Carindale Hotel. Tonight we prepared a huge Caesar Salad which included anchovies – as it should. The serving size would have been double what we had for lunch yesterday. I estimate the cost for two huge servings would be $6. We had a much tastier, fresher meal prepared at home. That is probably why we do not eat out all that often.

BTW Chris team won their Semi-Final match 20-18.

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Looking at Surfers Paradise in the distnace with Sea World on the right.

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