Monday 23rd September
My new phone, the Samsung Galaxy A30 is working wonderfully, especially as a Hotspot for Internet on the PC. I am a little lost as many of the icons are different from the A3. However the much larger screen is easier to use with a bigger keyboard.
Tuesday 24th September
The work of creating a new back yard goes on. I need to be careful with lifting the heavy pavers and buckets of pebbles. I cannot have a back problem again. I am sorting and sieving the pebbles and today used them to great effect. On one edge of the carpet grass I have made a small garden with edging and placed some succulents, namely, Echeveria Benimusume still in their pots. The remaining area has been filled with the cleaned and sorted pebbles. I have now started digging the pebbles and pavers from the last section of yard so I can prepare the ground ready for the final roll of carpet grass.
Wednesday 25th September
Regular readers may recall I have, from time to time, given a progress report on my weight loss. I started at 82 Kg and told my Gastro Enterologist I would like to be at least 72 Kg by our next appointment on 1st October. With just over a week before I see him I can proudly report my weight is hovering just a little below 71 Kg and I expect will be 70 Kg by the appointed date. The weight loss has been slow and steady since I started in March this year. Although I have lost 11 Kg, it has been in places other than where I want to lose it, namely the stomach. Granted I have lost some stomach, but most of it has come from the rest of my body, mainly my bum. At least I am back in trousers and shorts I once wore when I was working, circa 2010.
Today while sieving pebbles a Water Dragon paid me a visit. He/She is only young and lives part time under my house. It also lives part time under the other houses too. They are wonderful creatures and although a little scary to look at, are harmless and help keep vermin away. I found I was talking with it and it was kind enough to pay attention and not run away. Most of the people here feel the same way about the Dragons, it is nice to have them here and watch as they sun themselves on our driveways and roadway.
Friday 27th September
On my early morning walk I met neighbour, Rita, walking in the opposite direction to me. We talked about the Dragons who live in our village. I was surprised and pleased that she also talks to the Dragons.
Saturday 28th September
Worked on sorting and cleaning pebbles.
Will I ever be finished?
In the afternoon I played bowls then joined the other players for happy hour and watched, off and on, the Grand Final AFL match between Richmond and Greater Western Sydney. The winning margin was so great you would be forgiven for thinking GWS had packed up and gone home after the first quarter.
In the evening I watched the Rugby League semi- finals between Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm. The Storm were there but did not play like the well- oiled machine they are.
Sunday 29th September
We started the morning with a Social Committee breakfast put on by Wayne and Deb at their home and followed up with a Social Committee meeting. As usual Wayne worked hard to provide a great meal enjoyed by all.
Afterwards I joined neighbours Frank and Kay, Graham and Wencke and Linda at the Guanaba Country Music Club Paradise Kids Charity day at their clubhouse at Heritage Park, Pimpama.
Seven Country Music Clubs attended along with seven bands
and a handful of guest artists.
The day kicked off at 10am and ran through until 6pm. The entry fee was only $5 for the entire day of entertainment.
Linda and I took a walk through the heritage park looking at all the old buildings and machinery which had been transported there.
The Heritage Village is being slowly constructed from some old some new materials or buildings transported to the site and will be a working historical village one day in the future.
One of the buildings which caught my attention was a Single Man’s Workers cottage built around 1920.
The walls were lined with wide pine boards which were used as packing material to ship Ford Automobiles from the USA to Australia.
It was a great afternoon of music and dancing and lots of laughs.
A man, apparently well known for living his life as an Elvis impersonator did some pretty good Elvis songs while dressed in the authentic jump suit, worn by Elvis in his Blue Hawaii Tour. He apologised for being a little rusty as he has been keeping a low profile for the last 40 years!
Back home and after dinner I joined other neighbours Tony and Jenny for some heavy duty table tennis competition. Tony was exhausted after two games but Jenny and I battled on for another hour before I finally called it quits. I was also ahead on the scoreboard so it is better to quit while you are ahead.
My muscles will make me pay tomorrow and the next day.