I WILL BREAK THE POST DOWN INTO TWO PARTS – AT LEAST FOR THIS WEEK. MY PAIN HAS NOW GONE FROM CONSTANT TO CHRONIC, TO INTENSE TO SEVERE TO MAJOR. SITTING FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME IS A NO NO. BUT I WILL POST WHEN POSSIBLE AND EXPLAIN AS I GO ALONG.
Thursday 31st October – Halloween
I was up early, 4.15 am to be precise. I was away on the M1 by 5am. Dropped i30 off at Alpha Parking at Tweed Heads and the shuttle bus dropped me at Coolangatta Airport shortly before 6am. Then came the not so good news. I have a ticket for the 8am Jet Star flight but I am on standby. The ticket desk told me the flight is fully booked as are all the remaining flights today.
I was told maybe there were seats still available on Qantas. Maybe, but at $428 one way I was not keen to go that way.
I decided to take a risk and wait until 7.30 in case somebody did not show. At 7.25 my name was called and I got on the flight which was delayed by a half hour. I was on my way to Sydney.
Why was I on my way to Sydney?
My sister Bev and her husband Peter are both celebrating their 60th birthday on Saturday.
After changing trains twice I finally arrived in Gymea, hungry and hanging out for a coffee. It has been a long day.
Bev was sitting her two granddaughters, April and Violet. In the afternoon sister Enid arrived with her two grandsons, Cooper and Ollie and the noise began.
Four children under 8 running jumping shouting. Then we took them to Cronulla Beach, ate fish and chips in the park and the children ran around in the dark. Sometime somewhere they must slow down.
Tonight I got the news my youngest sister, Shan had a turn earlier in the week. Doctors are looking at her heart as the culprit. The heart specialist will install an Implantable Loop Recorder which will record her heart activity for up to 2 years. Because she had fainted and has been left weak and shaken and her confidence is at an all time low, she has decided not to join us this weekend.
Friday 1st November
Enid, also known as Sue and to her grandchildren she is known as Lally we headed off to Taronga Park Zoo. We took the train from Gymea to Circular Quay.
The zoo was opened in 1916.
The zoo is situated on hilly land of 28 hectares (69 acres) on Bradleys Head overlooking Sydney Harbour.
There are over 4,000 animals in the park and all set among native vegetation. There is a large cable car taking visitors from the wharf to the park entrance and if it is your first visit you will gasp in delight at the view. The zoo has changed over the years especially since my last visit in another century. Although this is not my first visit, I still gasped with delight.
The difficult ting about visiting any zoo is where do you start? We had four differing opinions but two of us wanted a coffee before we began. After that we found while on our way to something we thought we wanted to see we saw something which was interesting and we deviated from our course.
The boys, Cooper and Oliver,seemed to enjoy everything but in 6 hours we only saw a portion of the zoo. Elephants were high on their list of must see but they were more impressed with the tiger adventure. This was followed by feeding time for the gorillas and after that the free flying bird show.
That was very impressive and the boys came away saying that was the best part of the day. We never had time to see the aquarium, the seals, the penguins, the chimpanzees, the Australian Native animals, the Rhinoceros, the Hippopotamus and so on. I think another view of the Zoo is on my to do list.
Despite the smoke haze, the view of Sydney Harbour was still awesome.
We caught the cable car back to the wharf and were on the ferry at 4pm and were home again by 5.30. Arriving at the zoo by ferry from Circular Quay is not the only way to enter as there is a large car park at the top entrance to the zoo but is really the best way. Maybe I am a bit prejudiced but having spent my childhood and youth travelling Sydney Harbour by ferry I still think it is the only way to travel.
Yes it was a long day but we enjoyed ourselves, especially the boys.
Despite all the walking and uneven ground my back pain still allowed me to enjoy myself with only a few instances of moving, standing or sitting the wrong way to remind me.