Author: frankeeg

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.

679. Sunday 26th May 2019.A visit from my Granddaughter, being a local tourist guide and finding wildlife…

Wednesday 22nd May

My granddaughter Georgia and her boyfriend Cam arrived today. I dropped them at Harbourtown so they could sample the delights and leave some money behind which they did by exchanging money for plastic bags. In the afternoon I took them to The Spit but the wind was blowing from the south and was quite chilly so any thoughts of a walk on the beach were forgotten as we hastened back to the warmth of i30. From there we followed the beachside road through Surfers Paradise, past Cavill Avenue and on to Broadbeach and watched an amazing sunset along a waterway beside Isle of Capri.

Thursday 23rd May

Georgia had seen some photos of Snapper Rocks on the internet and wanted to see if it was as nice in real life.

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Surfers Paradise framed through Pandanus and Casuarina Trees at Snapper Rocks.
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Snapper Rocks view.

We drove through Coolangatta, past Greenmount Beach over the steep hill to Rainbow Bay and the little street to Snapper Rocks.

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A storm was building at sea. It rained out there but at Snapper Rocks stayed fine all day.
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Through the Palm trees

We got an additional surprise.

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Broadbeach and Surfers Paradise.
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another view of Surfers Paradise and Snapper Rocks

Apart from it being better in real life, we also got a parking spot.

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another view at Snapper Rocks.
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and yet another view at Snapper Rocks.
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The Boogie Board riders seem to choose the most hair raising waves which break toward sharp volcanic rocks. It makes for wonderful face on photos for me.

This is a lovely area and the surf was running with perfect little half metre waves and all the Pandanus trees and photogenic rocks abound.230519 boogie board2230519 boogie board1

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I recall surfing from Snapper Rocks and riding a wave all the way across Rainbow Bay and into Greenmount Beach.

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waiting for a break in the waves to scramble, barefoot across the sharp volcanic rocks into the ocean.
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Wave take off. The inside man has right of way.
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Surfing close to rocks st Snapper Rocks.

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Once upon a time, way back in 1956 a Sea Baths was built, followed by a shark pool and later still a dolphin pool and aquarium. The aquarium was operational at that time .

Jack Evan’s Porpoise Pool

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Froggy Beach, squeezed between Snapper Rocks and Point Danger.

We then drove up another steep hill to the Light Tower, which straddles the Queensland New South Wales border at Point Danger.

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Point Danger Light Station. The Qld/NSW Border passes through the middle of the tower.

On the beach below, Duranbah, surfers were struggling against a really stiff south easterly wind. Also below is what is known as Lovers Park which has been taken over by a film company making a movie called Monster Problems. In a small area walled in by steep volcanic cliffs on one side and the ocean crashing against the rocks on the other. The entrance to the movie set is another wall of shipping containers on which scenery backdrops are hung or built while stores and supplies are kept in the containers.

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On the set of Monster Problems.

Security below was tight as lots of machinery was moving around and carpenters were creating a set. The movie is called Monster Problems and stars Dylan O’Brien is this Sci-Fi thriller. There were no actors on the set today -0 just set workers.In the distance we could see the Fingal Head and the lighthouse just poking above the trees and Cook Island a little way offshore.

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Looking south from Point Danger, across the mouth of the Tweed River to Fingal Beach, Fingal Head, the Lighthouse and Cook Island offshore.

On our way back up the coast we stopped at Currumbin and climbed Elephant Rock but it was too windy to take photos. Next we stopped at Burleigh Heads and it was one of the few occasions I was able to get a parking spot but there was only three surfers today as the wind was chopping the waves.

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Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach seen from Burleigh Heads

On the very steep hill was a bus where a bus is not meant to go. It had tried to turn, lost traction and used the gutter as a brake. That was a mistake as the back end of the bus was stuck on the ground and all he could do was spin his wheels.

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The bus is stuck.
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Slowly being winched out.

That was at 9am, we arrived at 2 pm and a big tow truck had to winch the bus away from the gutter wall and with a bit of manouvering the bus was able to reverse down the hill. Later we saw it on the TV News and I managed to get lots of photos.

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Planes fly low over Burleigh Heads as they make their approach to Coolangatta Airport.

From here I drove Georgia and Cam to Cavill Avenue in the heart of Surfers Paradise where they asked to be dropped and would find their own way home.

Friday 24th May

Georgia and Cam spent most of their day at Harbourtown. After lunch I took them to Coombabah Wetlands Reserve where I know we can see hundreds of Kangaroos in the wild. They are wild too. They are used to humans but not tame and do not like to be approached too closely. I also know there are Koalas here as well. We were not disappointed with the Kangaroos and after a bit of help from a man riding by he showed us a Koala high in a tree.

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Koala’s sit high in a fork of a tree for protection. This is also why they are so hard to see from the ground.
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Try sleeping like this when a wind is blowing and the top of the tree is swaying.

He also pointed out a pair of Tawny Frogmouths.

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The Tawny Frogmouth is a master of disguise and holds still so it looks part of a tree.

Unexpectedly we saw another Koala in an adjacent tree and as we headed back to the car we found another Koala even higher in a Eucalypt.

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Those sharp claws hold the Koala firmly in place.

I drove Georgia and Cam to Surfers Paradise where they are meeting a friend for dinner.

Saturday 25th May

Georgia and Cam were back at Harbourtown again today.

In the evening I drove them to Surfers Paradise to meet their friend again.

Sunday 26th May

Today, bright and late we drove to the Carrara Markets which was on Georgia’s bucket list (along with several other places she never got to). Just as we arrived at the markets, Cam’s mother called to say she would arrive at 12.30 to take them back to Brisbane. At the markets they went shopping for almost an hour while I filled in my time with a coffee and people watched.

Shortly after we arrived home, Cam’s mother arrived to whisk them away. I know they had a good time here on the Gold Coast and they want to move here.

678. Sunday 19th May 2019. Chiropractor, Facebook woes and a trip to the Scenic Rim…

Tuesday 14th May

My doctor has given me two free visits to a Chiropractor as part of the Federally Funded Health Plan for Ancillary treatment. I have a total of 5 visits to ancillary care and I chose two chiropractic visits. Notice at the beginning of this sentence I used the word FREE. My first visit to the chiropractor was at 8am. He went through a lot of Q&A with me then did a body strength test and as expected he shook his head and proclaimed my body, a miracle of biological engineering, was in need of a tune up. He was the man to do it and all I had to do was let him make adjustments and listen to his dietary advice. Every bit of food we discussed was bad and only he had the key to what constituted good food. Like a trained zombie I made an appointment for the second visit. That was when the lady told me the fee was $50. I pointed out the 2 free visits on the Care Plan. Oh yes, she said, those visits are free but the initial consult is not covered by the Care Plan. She offered a bone. You can pay $10 per visit. Hmmm. Something is not right here. I will get the next visit on the Care Plan but that will be my last visit.

Wednesday 15th May

I am the sole Administrator for a Facebook Photographic Group called Aussie Photography for Beginners. When I landed in the role in March, the group had 169 members and 167 of them were inactive. I hoped to turn the group around by getting more members active and some new members. I sort of had a target to reach 200 members with at least 25% active by the end of 2019. Things started to move along faster than anticipated. Today we have 230 members with more than 25% being active. The problem is that I am spending more and more time doing the admin tasks such as approving new members, sometime 10 applications in one day. Also monitoring all the posts adhere to the rules, ensuring there is no nasty stuff being posted, running two photo comps and a whole lot more. Today I made myself another promise and a new target. Once we reach 250 members I will take on two Administrators, one to look after new members, one to do the policing and I will look after everything else.

Thursday 16th May

Had another visit with the Chiropractor but have made a decision not to rush back for continuing treatment. However apart from the diatribe of verbal patter I did take something else with me. Once before, about 2012, I went on a 3 month no carbs diet. Well not entirely free of carbs but enough to prove I could lose weight and girth. The Chiropractor awakened that time so I resolved to dramatically reduce the amount of carbs and or sugar from my diet. I had already cut back on potato and rice so a few more items would not be difficult to achieve. I will take a few carbs in my meals but most days there will be none. I will concentrate on eating mushrooms, capsicum, Brussel Sprouts and salads along with small amounts of meats and fish. I have lost 2 Kg in the last month but want to lose 4 Kg or more by the end of June.

Sunday 19th May

Well, Well, Well. It seems Bill, Penny, Anthony etc were not listening to the people but only listening to their union mates.

Following on from my trip to the Scenic Rim last week I thought I would go again today, only somewhere different. First stop was Canungra where the streets and pubs, and lunch places were crowded with motorcyclists.

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bikes in main street

A Vintage Motorcycle Show was in progress and they wanted $10 entry. Hmmm! No value there.

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more bikes

$10 to look at old motorcycles for 15 minutes did not appeal.

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Bikes outside the pub.

Instead I walked around town looking at whatever took my fancy.

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This delightful St Lukes Anglican Church Canungra is across the road from The Canungra Pub.

I had some lunch in a quaint little coffee shop and walked some more to settle the food.

I then took the road to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, a steep narrow 35 Klm winding road.

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Scenic water tank.
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At the beginning of the range.
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One of two vinyards at the foot of the range.

In places it was single lane, cattle grid, narrow bridges, warning signs, long drop offs to the valley below, 10 KPH corners, blind corners, give way signs, a partial tunnel carved through volcanic rock, and spectacular views if you can find the courage to take your eyes off the road for a moment.

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Narrow road, once prone to washouts, with blind low speed corners.

At every clearing, off in the distance I could see the unmistakable peak of Mt Lindesay where I visited last week.

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From Mt Green it is easy to see the unmistakable shape of Mt Lindesay in the distance while Mt Barney can be seen on the right.

Soon I was in a tunnel of rainforest and the air temperature had dropped 8 degrees and it was so dark I turned on my lights as did every other car on this road. It took an hour to drive the short 35 Klm route. O’Reilly’s is in Lamington National Park on the Green Mountain section and is 935 metres above sea level.190519 oreillys retreat If I had more time and few $$$ to spare this would be a great place to stay overnight or maybe get here earlier in the day and bring a picnic lunch.

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Entrance to one of many walks in Lamington NP.
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Old and rustic church at O’Reilly’s

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The new cabins at O’Reilly’s Retreat.

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On my way back down the mountain in a winding narrow give way section, a car coming up failed to give way at a blind corner and we suddenly came face to face on a narrow stretch wide enough for one car. I could not back up as it was 100M in reverse with a steep drop away and no safety fence. The oncoming car backed up a few metres then stopped. He only had to back up a few more metres where there was ample room for two cars side by side. The fear in the drivers faced was plain to see. I edged up to him and had to bring in my side view mirrors and my wheels on the passenger side were on the tiny gravel verge. I eyeballed him as I drove past with only centimetres to spare. Yep, just as I thought. A hire car with tourists from overseas. The posted speed limit for the entire mountain range was 20 Kph and due to the road conditions that is about all the speed you could average.

There is a replica Stinson Aircraft which crashed here in 1937, killing 4 of the 7 on board.

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A Mr O’Reilly set out to look for the plane and found it and 2 passengers still alive needing medical attention.

The replica plane which crashed was purchased from an Aircraft Museum at Wangaratta in Vic and shipped here in pieces in 2003. This same replica was used in a movie called Riddle of the Stinson in 1987 and starred Jack Thompson.    As a matter of interest the movie is available on YouTube.

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Statue honouring O’Reilly finding the two survivors.

About 10 Klms from the summit is a turnoff to Kamarun Lookout which is within the Lamington National Park.

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Looking west from Kamarun Lookout. It is clear to see the remains of Volcanic caldera which form the Scenic Rim

There are great views from here and a van was parked at a great vantage point. A man and wife and their little children were waiting for the sunset. He had several cameras and a video camera. As there is also a full moon tonight he would probably stay to capture the moonrise as it peaked above Binna Burra across the valley.

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Looking north and east from Kamarun. Binna Burra is somewhere on the far right.

I would love to do that myself but as the worst part of the drive including  all the blind corners and a steep drop to the valley below I did not feel like tackling that challenge in the dark. Besides, I wanted to be home in time for dinner.

I have lost 3 Kg in the last month.


677. Sunday 12th May 2019. Visiting the Scenic Rim, a Progressive Dinner and a fab surf day…

Monday 6th May

It’s a public holiday in Qld, probably in other states also. It is Labour Day or what used to be called May Day which started in Russia 100 years ago and was taken up by Australian Unionists. The Labour Day Movement started about 1896 when protests about working conditions and hours finally led to the adoption of an 8 hour working day and a holiday to mark that occasion. By the 1930 and 1940’s the Communists had taken the day and somehow convinced us it was really May Day to follow the Russian lead. By 1948 some states legislated to change the date to another month so the association with May Day did not occur. Marches and rallies still have an element of persons who still call the day, May Day.

Wednesday 8th May

In the morning I did Line Dancing as usual. The weather is just so stunning at the moment. Warm to hot days, clear blue sky and even the ocean water temp is around 22 or 23 degrees. However today I went on a photo shoot drive to a place I have never been and only sort of heard about. Mt Barney. I drove over the mountain range to Canungra, a town which deserves another day of wandering around looking at old houses. Next it was on to Beaudesert a town I have only passed through at night. Again it deserves a return visit. Next was the small community of Tamrookum on the Mt Lindesay Highway.

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A hardwood bench seat with a hardwood post and rail fence as backdrop at the Tamrookum Anglican Church.

There was the interesting community hall on the corner of the highway

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Tamrookum Memorial Hall

and Tamrookum Church Road.

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Weathered post and rail fence.

Hmmm! Interesting!

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Tamrookum Anglican Church

Then I noticed the huge church up on a hill.

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Door to church. Each side has a verandah and each side has an entrance door like this.

The All Saints Church Tamrookum. Built by Robert Martin Collins 104 years ago who died shortly before the church was completed.

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Looking to the rear of the church.

Mr Collins is recognised as the father of National Parks in Queensland. All the timber (mostly Cedar) was cut from trees on his property.

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Altar at Tamrookum Anglican Church

This is an impressive building, well maintained by a resident caretaker and is often used in sunset photo shoots and theme events. For example this Sunday is a Vintage Car Club barbecue, with members dressing in period costume. The caretaker gave me a guided tour and included all the history.

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Mt Barney viewed through old palm trees at Tasmrookum Anglican Church.

Next town was Rathdowney but enticing as that was, my destination was still ahead. I had already spent too much time at the church. As it turns out I took too many photos. I turned onto the Mt Barney Road but stopped at a vantage point to photograph Mt Lindesay and spectacular rock formations and cliffs.

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Mt Lindesay

This area is part of a volcanic caldera which could even be a part of the Tweed Valley and Numinbah Valley caldera.

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Jagged teeth like rocks. part of an ancient volcanic caldera which is Mt Lindesay.

Where I was now was only a dozen or so Klms from the NSW border. In fact the border runs through parts of both Mt Lindesay and Mt Barney.

At the junction of Mt Barney Road and Barney View Road I stopped at a convenient picnic shelter with a table.

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Mt Barney.

Across the street were some old sheds with a view of Mt Barney as a background.

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Old tractor and storage shed below Mt Barney.
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Another old shed beneath Mt Barney.
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Abandoned house at Barney View.

After taking photos and planning to move further into Mt Barney National Park I decided on lunch. While eating I decided to look at my photos but the camera would not display. There was a flashing red battery on screen. A flat battery. I always carry a spare but to my dismay it had not been charged since I last discharged it. Grrr! I followed the road to the park entrance and noted several places to take photos and used my phone to photograph some Grass Trees before deciding I might as well go home and come back another day.

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Grasstrees as a border of a property with Mt Barney as backdrop.

It was a 2 hour drive home.

Thursday 9th May

I had just finished lunch when I heard a timid voice calling my name outside. I knew it was my neighbour Bill and called out “come on in Bill” but did not hear him approach. I went outside, Bill was standing at the bottom of my steps with his hand on his face and blood everywhere and dripping off his arm. He said “how bad is it?” Bill I cannot see for the blood lets clean you up first. Bill explained his wife Marie was up the street visiting someone. It seems Bill was gurneying his garage and driveway and tripped on the hose and hit his face on a dog barrier. Another centimetre and he would be in trouble with damage to the eye. While Bill washed his hands and arms in the bathroom vanity I cleaned off the blood his face using tissues and told him I thought he would need stitches and lets get you looked at by a doctor. I drove him to his doctor where they cleaned him up some more and decided the wound was closing itself and would not need stitches but instead a couple of butterfly stitches and a covering for at least 5 days. Well, that was my excitement for the day but Bill is going to have a black eye for a week and a headache for day or two.

Saturday 11th May

Some months ago we (Harbourside Gardens Social Committee) started planning a Progressive Dinner. The theme was Italian and we asked people to dress in the colours, Red, White and Green. We placed a limit of 40 attendees, first in first accepted basis as there was limited room at two venues. As it turned out we had 25 attendees which was a good thing as it was our first venture of this type and it made for a more intimate group dynamic. I spent lots of time on the computer, setting up 235 photos which had to be edited and enhanced for a slide show. In the morning Frank and Frank set the tables in a configuration which allowed for an intimate atmosphere while at the same time leaving room around the tables to move about and mingle. The setup shown in the photo was done deliberately so no overhead lights  were used just two table lamps and four tea light candles.

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Our little Italian Restaurant set up in our clubhouse for the progressive dinner.

First course at my neighbours house was sherry and bruschetta type finger food. We had two problems. Too much food and once people were seated and chatting it was a struggle to get them moving for the next course in the clubhouse.

While my slideshow was playing in the background our friend Wayne had been working most of the day to create a meat and a vegetarian Lasagne, Italian vegetables and garlic bread. We supplied beer, wine and soft drink. Once again too much food and people were enjoying the meal and the socialising but we had to get them moving to the next course.

At Grahams house it was a choice of two desserts, Port or Tia Maria, tea and coffee and chocolates. Normally at functions people start drifting away at 8.30 but tonight they were still enjoying themselves at 10pm!

I have not completed the maths but we charged $8 a head and probably the food and booze cost around the same.

I fell into bed at midnight promising to help clear the clubhouse in the morning.

Sunday 12th May

I took myself on another road trip today. A 270 Klm round trip to Lennox Head in northern NSW.

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Lennox Head looking across the beach to Broken Head and Byron Bay in the distance.
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Lennox Head and the beach
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Love the view

I returned via Broken Head and Byron Bay. There was not much to see at Broken Head and I did not stop at Byron Bay. Lennox Head was a different story. On the trip down the highway I could see dark clouds to the south and I expected miserable conditions. Once I arrived at Pat Morton Lookout the sun was shining, a stiff breeze was blowing from the south and about 100 boardriders were enjoying larger than metre high waves spread over about three different breaks.

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Waves were coming in regular sets.
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Big fat fast waves kept everybody happy.
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Fast fat waves
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Sometimes there were two riders on a wave.
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Sometimes there were 3 riders on a wave. Sometimes more.

About 100 people were sitting on the hill overlooking the surf.

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I wanted to climb down there but the track was steep and loose red soil. I tried walking on the grass and grabbing handfuls of grass but my feet kept sliding out from under me.
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Spectators were all along the steep hillside.
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Front row seats.
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Lennox Head.

The scene was one of blue sky, blue ocean and white of breaking waves. 120519 lennox12Like the other people I could have sat here all day perhaps even dozed in the soft grass lulled by a warm sun and an occasional soft breeze which had escaped the stiff breeze blowing on the exposed parts of the hill and clifftops.

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Further up the hill there were another two lookouts. This one was the remains of a house pad from once upon a time.
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Love padlocks are on all the fences.
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A small beach to the south of Lennox Head is called, The Peg.

I love watching surfers and this is an ideal spot. A woman sitting nearby on the grass mentioned another surfing spot and all I could remember is a name called Broken Head. After tearing myself away from the hill with a view I drove into Lennox Head and found the narrow street was chock a block with cars parked and very few off street parking facilities. It meant a long walk to find food.

Later when I found Broken Head

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Broken Head NSW.

it in no way inspired me as a surfing location and as it was getting late and a good hour or so of driving ahead of me I passed through Byron Bay without stopping – except for pedestrians – and arrived home just after sunset.

I enjoyed my day and I hope you enjoy the photos.

676. Sunday 5th May 2019. A rant, a flight to Melbourne and a wonderful day at Coolangatta…

Thursday 2nd May

Last week I had a photo issue which I did not write about. Today another photo issue occurred which I feel compels me to mention. Especially if anybody shares a photo on Facebook OR The Internet for that matter. It does not make any difference if your photo is an unfocused happy family snap or a carefully arranged creative image which has been sensitively edited to achieve a work of art. It is especially true if you share on Facebook which is after all, supposedly a friendly, caring, sharing and embracing outlet. Although I use Facebook I do not like Facebook. OK here comes the long story. Get a coffee before you start to read.

I am sole Admin for an Australian based Facebook photo sharing group. When people apply to join they must answer three questions and obviously must be a Facebook member. Included in their application is a link to their FB profile. As a matter of interest I like to look at their profile or more correctly at their photos, if any. What their profile might reveal in terms of idealogical, political or other personal beliefs has no bearing on their application. (Although if the person was paedophile or terrorist that might take some soul searching on my part). One applicant had answered three questions so I looked at his FB photos where I was confronted by a photo which I knew I had taken way back in 2010. I compared the two side by side. To me they were the same in every way, not only visually but edit points were the same as were the number of pixels. I sent the two photos to a trusted source for a second opinion. The result was the same. Same photo in every respect including light shining from the same source direction.

I wrote to the applicant and said I had not yet approved the application and explained I was uncomfortable with the photo and could he provide an explanation (By the way one of the rules of every photo group I am involved in is that any photo must be your own work). Several hours later he replied saying he saw the photo on the wall of the Hebel Hotel which sits in a remote part of the Qld/NSW border. He took a photo of the photo and put it on his FB page. Hmmm. I realised I was dealing a very talented photographer and super talented photo editor who could take a photo of a photo and edit and crop perfectly. So perfect it is the same number of pixels! All cameras are different and have photo image of different sizes. How he managed to get his photo of photo image cropped to the exact size is brilliant.  I wrote to the applicant again and included a copy of our rules, bringing his attention to those relating to your own work and copies of photos not being acceptable. I asked if I approved his application could he abide by our rules?  I did not get a reply. That was a week ago and still no reply. I declined his application.

I also reported it to FB but not unexpectedly, they have not acknowledged my report let alone given any feedback.

Today on another group of which I am a member was a photo taken from the air of a small water course. The Admin asked the member if it was his own work. He replied, of course it was. It was taken in the Amazon – that’s a big area – from his Dad’s private helicopter. Another member asked the same question and this time he replied he used his own Phantom 4 Drone to take the photo. The Admin posted a link to a website where the photo was used to show some devastating eco damage in Africa! So far that member has not responded further. I did an International Tin Eye reverse search engine hunt on the photo. It has appeared on-line 52 times since 2016. Although the original photographer is not named there are enough resources to show where the photo came from. None were the person purporting the photo to be his own.

Why am I telling you this? If you are comfortable with your photos on FB not falling into the wrong hands than that is fine. If however you post family photos or as sometimes happens with younger people, more intimate or revealing photos, they can be taken and used by anybody anywhere, claimed as their own or used in a way not intended by you. As seems to be the case, FB is not prepared or not capable of follow up and will not or cannot help if you have a problem. Although FB state that photos always remain the property of the photographer, proof that it is your property is up to you. FB is tarred with the same Political Correctness brush that has invaded our world. They are too busy telling us how to run our lives they do not have time or resources to follow up on artistic or intellectual theft or piracy. Simply be careful what photos you show of your family, especially your children and even more especially your teenage children.  Do not expect any help or guidance from FB.

Friday 3rd May

Up at 5am to take Donnis to Coolangatta Airport for a flight to Melbourne as it is granddaughter  Hannah’s 6th birthday next week. Although there is a 7.30 am flight, Donnis is on stand-by. There is usually drama on arrival as there are 3 options. The flight is only partially booked and she gets a boarding pass immediately. That does not happen often. The flight is full or nearly full so we wait, along with the other stand by passengers to see if a passenger does a no show. Any spare seats are then allocated to seniority and then arrival at the airport times. The third version is the plane is fully booked and there are lots of stand by ahead of you. This is worst case scenario as you then wait for the next flight. Or the one after. Or the one after that and so on.

I dropped her at the airport and started to drive to Kirra Beach to see the surf and take a few photos. Before I arrived at the beach Donnis called. She has a ticket.

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Rain clouds off Kirra Beach.

The surf was sloppy, the sky was dark with storm clouds and it was beginning to rain.

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Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach almost hazed out by rain clouds.

There were no surfers in the water.

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A downpour of rain approaches Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach.

Time to head home and make myself bacon and egg for breakfast. Despite the rain I had a nice drive home along the Gold Coast Highway.

Saturday 4th May

A bowls match was planned at our green today. Within 20 minutes of starting it began to rain. The game was called off but it continued to rain anyway. The bowls committee had gone to a lot of trouble preparing meat pies, mashed potato and mushy peas with gravy plus a dessert. While some sat around socialising the table tennis players got in some match practise. Then it was time for a pie and couple of glasses of wine. We all had a good afternoon anyway.

Sunday 5th May

After a cool morning around 12° the day warmed up. It was brilliant sunshine so I decided to drive to Coolangatta for a day out.

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Johnny O’Keefe famed Australian Rock star has a statue in his honour straddling the border of NSW and Qld – Coolangatta and Tweed Heads. It was often said he was Australia’s answer to Elvis Presley. He had a string of hits but was killed by an accidental overdose of prescription drugs in October 1978. How often have we heard of actors and singers dying of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs?

I forgot it was a long weekend and traffic along the Gold Coast Highway was heavy but from Surfers Paradise all the way to Coolie it was a good drive. Parking on the other hand was impossible. I drove into NSW and found a spot about half a Klm from the beach.

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Cenotaph at Tweed Heads. I had to park down near the tall building in Tweed Heads and walk back to Coolangatta and Greenmount.

Oh the sun was shining the water was warm and clear and the surf was only about 60cm and gentle.

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Greenmount, famed for its long slow swell.

The surf from Kirra to Greenmount to Snapper Rocks was just rolling in wave after wave and was simply annoying.

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The surfing traffic was getting a bit busy.


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Gentle waves which go on and on.

Yes annoying.

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This surfer dude has an unusual method of “hanging five toes upon the Malibu” From the hit song Hanging Five by the Delltones.

I was annoyed I did not bring my boogie board and not out there enjoying it.

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Gentle, clean clear waves, ideal for Malibu boards.

Almost every board was a Malibu.

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Greenmount Beach framed through Pandanus.

The waves were probably too slow for the hot dog boards.

I recalled my first visit from NSW to Qld many years ago. We arrived at Kirra and the waves were perfect as was the water temp.

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and yet another skyline

The next day we surfed from Snapper Rocks all the way through to Greenmount.

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and yet another, this time framed by a Pandanus and populated with board riders.

After walking around and going bananas taking photos I had lunch and drove through Tweed Heads and onto the M1.

The weather forecast is for another prefect day tomorrow with even better surf.

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Looking back at the skyline from Greenmount Hill
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I never tire of the Surfers Paradise/Broadbeach skyline. This one is from Greenmount Beach
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Many moons ago this was the Greenmount SLSC. and they would have open air rock bands on a Saturday afternoon. My friend Karl and I had just surfed at Kirra Beach and were getting in the car to drive to Greenmount. I got my fingers jammed in the car door. Blood blisters formed and I was in pain. Karl use a nail file to file through 3 fingernails to expose the blood blisters then poked a needle into them to release the blood and the pressure. I am not sure if I passed out then or after listening to the rock band. We then drove 700 Klms back to Toukley in NSW. I was unconscious on the back seat most of the time.
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The Pink Hotel. This was once called the Seaview Motel. The new owners painted it pink. put in an eatery, a tattoo parlour, a boutique and a bar with a stage for a band. It reminded me of Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi and the words, “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot, with a pink hotel a boutique and a swinging hotspot”. It seems that mural of, I’m guessing, Joni Mitchell, was not there 6 months ago.

675. Sunday 28th April 2019. ANZAC Day is the focus this week…

Monday 22nd April

I had one of these days. I wrote about it once before  (December 2016) but it is worthwhile repeating here today.

Does anybody else have these kind of days?

I have a Scratchit Ticket to be umm err scratched.

I need a coin to scratch so go to the bedroom to find a coin.

I find the washing which I brought in earlier, left on the bed and still have not folded and put away.

I start on matching the socks when I spy a Tea Towel and remember when putting the tea towel in the wash I forgot to replace it in the kitchen.

I go to the hall cupboard to get a fresh tea towel to take to the kitchen. Once in the kitchen I spy the Scratchit ticket and head to the bedroom once again to get a coin but the laptop goes DING! With a Facebook Messenger delivery but before I open the message I recall I am waiting on an email so check that first. While responding I recall the Facebook Message so quickly open that, read the message and start to reply when I recall I am still thirsty since an hour ago and was going to get a glass of water in the kitchen.

So I stop the Facebook message and go to the kitchen for a glass of water but there I spy the Scratchit which is still unscratched and recall I was headed to the bedroom for a coin.

I see the washing again and start folding those now sorted socks when I spy a hand towel and recall I did not replace the hand towel yesterday when I put a hand towel in the wash.

I go to the hall cupboard to get a hand towel and on my way to the kitchen spy the open laptop and recall the unfinished Facebook message. I complete the message and Facebook Dings once more with a new post from a friend. Eventually I see the hand towel on the table and wonder what it is doing there.

Ding! I was going to put it in the kitchen. As I do so see the tea pot is still unemptied from breakfast so empty it into the garden and back to the kitchen to rinse it and realise I still have not washed the dishes but at the same time spy the Scratchit and need a coin and head to the bedroom where I see the unfolded washing on the bed.


Where has my day gone?

Wednesday 24th April

Today we spent most of the day setting up the clubhouse for our Anzac Day Luncheon, catering for 60 people. In the afternoon we set up the park area around our cenotaph. We erected 3 shade shelters but realised we needed another 3. A quick phone call to our local Federal Member for the seat of Fadden, Stuart Robert and we were lent another 3 shade shelters. The caravan park staff were seconded to tidy up the gardens around the cenotaph and apply fresh mulch. We then realised we were missing a Queensland flag. A quick phone call to the state member, Sam O’Connor and he provided a flag. Within an hour we had the 3 shade shelters and a new flag. About 40 chairs were provided by the caravan park and we had another 50 chairs.

|Hmmm! I think we need a new Australian Flag for next year. We will call on Stuart Robert to see if he can provide that, without cost.

Thursday 25th April

I was awake at 4.30 am and up at our private Cenotaph beside Biggera Creek by 5am.

I set up my phone to the ABC Listen App and connected to ABC Brisbane who would broadcast the Anzac Dawn Service from the Australian War Memorial, Canberra. The new 3.5mm audio 3m cable I purchased yesterday was not a tight fit in my phone but was suitable to fit the Microphone in jack on our loudspeaker system. That meant I would have to hold the plug tightly in the phone for the entire ceremony. My fingers became numb but as soon as I relaxed the tension the speakers would crackle and signal was lost.

We had about 20 people attend the dawn service.

My sutures from skin cancer surgery last week have become infected and are red and inflamed. Luckily I saw a doctor at 10am and Donnis went off to find a chemist to fill the anti -biotics prescription. Considering it is a public holiday my doctor was working until midday and a chemist opposite the hospital was open.

Soon it was 11 am and our next service. We had around 80 people attend, some family of residents, some from the caravan park next door and Sam O’Connor, Qld State Member for Bonney. Sam is well liked, respected and trusted within the community. All politicians should be like him.

I played the various hymns, music, odes and bugle calls on my first release, trusty Apple iPad from 2010. Apart from one very minor glitch at the very beginning it was a smooth presentation.  It is the only Apple device I trust and it is somewhat restricted. It is so old it can no longer be updated. The last update was in 2014. Still it is good for playing music and doing photo slide shows.

Apart from old standards such as Abide With Me and Amazing Grace I chose to steer away from playing songs that are done every year. To close the service I played “I was only 19”, a song written by John Shumann a member of the band, Red Gum. I played the original song with its sountracks of helicopters and gunfire. Everybody sat still and took in the words of this Vietnam War era song with so much meaning. Afterwards people spoke about the meaning of the song and how it resonated with them.

Afterwards we went to our clubhouse for a catered lunch. Sam joined us and fitted in by talking with people, giving a brief speech and answering questions. By now our local councillor Krysten Boulton for Division 4 joined us. Krysten also gave a short speech and answered questions, immediately gaining trust by speaking without a microphone with a beer in her hand. She loves dancing and discovered we have a Rock and Roll night coming up in June and has already stated she will be coming. I had Krysten sitting beside me and Sam opposite me so had a wonderful opportunity to talk politics.

Next we had a two up session played with paper money and an opportunity to win a bottle of wine.

Afterwards we took down the fold up tables and packed away much of the items brought out for occasion. The anti-biotics must really be battling the infection in my body. By 3pm I was so tired and so much muscular soreness and quite a bit of pain, so I went to bed and slept for 2 hours.

Friday 26th April

Once again I was up early as I had an appointment with my doctor at 7.45. He spent some time with me explaining why the surgery cut is made in a certain direction and how the bodies own shape of muscles etc determines the direction of the incision. Then he removed the sutures and sprayed some liquid nitrogen on spots on my hip and we are all finished. Now I have pain on my left leg and pain in several spots on my right hip. I am walking funny.

Sunday 28th April

My leg is still sore but also need to exercise. I arranged to play table tennis with Jenny who lives here in our village for most of the year. She and husband Tony own a house in Tamworth so go backwards and forwards every couple of months. Jenny is probably the youngest person in our village and was once a professional tennis player and coach. She plays table tennis like she plays tennis. She gives no quarter and asks none. We played for over an hour and were both lathered in sweat. That is the exercise I need.

I weighed myself tonight and I have lost 3 Kg. It does not sound like much of a loss especially as I have reduced meal sizes and increased my cardio vascular exercise. The specialist did say that slow steady weight loss is what he is looking for and wants to see me lose 4 Kg by our appointment in June. I could perhaps lose more weight by dramatically reducing carbohydrate intake but according to our discussion I do not eat a lot of bread or potatoes and only have pasta once a week.

674. Sunday 21st April 2019.Skin cancer, table tennis, Easter and Tasmania re-visited…

Monday 15th April

Last week I visited a skin specialist as I had a growth on my left high which in my opinion had not been there the week before. The doctor agreed it was suspect so took a biopsy. Today I returned for the news. Back in February I had a similar situation being diagnosed with multifocal basal cell carcinoma. That was on my upper arm and the removal required 6 sutures. The growth on my leg was the same although he was a little more concerned. As he brought out his knife and fork I asked how deep was the cut. No reply but it felt like he was lifting something out of my thigh and cutting it. Next question was how many sutures. Oh about six ish was his reply. He covered it with large band aid and said do not get it wet for two days and see me in two weeks.

Tuesday 16th April

Flu shot this morning.

In a bid to do exercise which makes me sweat and burn calories I asked two of our stronger table tennis players to play singles this afternoon. By the end of two hours I was drenched in sweat and was worn out. I am sure I burned many calories this afternoon. The other players were likewise effected and promised they would play again…anytime.

I need to lose 4 Kg before my next visit to the gastro enterologist. I suppose between reducing meal sizes, table tennis twice a week, riding the bike, line dancing and walking everywhere I should achieve my target. Although a fatty liver is the diagnosis I still need to lose weight but the stomach is the last place which loses girth but this is the only way it can be done short of surgery.

I did see an ad on the back of a bus for liposuction. Hmmm!

Wednesday 17th April

Today I rode to The Broadwater and along the Esplanade to Lands End and back then rode home. As I left the village I noticed the film crew, making a movie called Bloody Hell are still working on the movie. About 50 people (cast and crew) were eating breakfast in the carpark of what was once a specialist supermarket, bakery, deli, butcher, green grocer, fromagerie, fish monger and a couple of restaurants. The building has been sold and will soon be converted into a three story public storage complex. In the meantime this is the second week of filming

In the afternoon I asked for a table tennis re-match but suddenly my opponents from yesterday are too tired. These are the same ones who told me…anytime.

Thursday 18th April

In the morning we had our monthly morning tea. About 40 people turned up expecting to hear a guest speaker from Associated Residential Parks Queensland a sort of union for people like ourselves who live in a private community. Unlike a union they do not squeeze loads of money out of us, do not resort to thuggery with members or employers and do not expect us to march and chant slogans and do not do questionable activities. The guest speaker was called away on urgent business. A resident, Barry, who was once in charge of Qld Ambulance, gave an impromptu talk on pain. Barry still keeps a first aid kit at home and is often called upon for falls and cuts and gives first aid and comfort until an ambulance arrives.

Tonight we played table tennis. Usually we play doubles. As a lark we played 2 games of triples. It was an interesting experience trying to get people to take turns in order. My team won.

Friday 18th April

Another morning tea, this time a special with hot cross buns being supplied. One of our villagers has recently returned from a trip to the Antarctic. I used about 100 of his photos to display via our computer to the large 75 inch smart tv.

I also carried out barista duties along with fellow committee member Shirley, making about 60 cups of espresso coffee. I recall the opposition from other committee members when I first suggested this idea. They reluctantly agreed to give it a trial run last year. It proved so popular that everybody expects good coffee at every event. It’s a lot of work but I enjoy the interaction and mostly people do not mind queuing up for a capucchino.

In the afternoon I got another 2 hour workout at table tennis. Once again drenched in sweat, exhausted, sore muscles but happy.

Saturday 20th April and Sunday 21st April.

It’s Easter. We stayed home and listened to the rain.

Sunday morning I played 90 minutes of hard fought table tennis. More seat and exhaustion, Surely this will have an effect and he lose weight.

This week I have also been researching my old photos from our trip to Tasmania in March April and May 2009.

bruny boat adventure
We were on an adventure boa out of Bruny Island Tasmania. I have never been so cold being exposed to the chill air at 43 degrees south. Well, maybe I was a little colder at Prince Edward Island Canada at 46 degrees north.

Many of my photos from our travels were overlooked t the time as I thought they were not good enough.

cape reserche
Cape Reserche as seen from Cockle Creek Tasmania

With a different viewpoint and a good editing App, those photos have taken on a new life.

coles bay
Coles Bay dawn.

During the same period, that is, from 15th April to 21st April we were at Cockle Creek,

escape cottage
A safe anchorage at Cockle Creek.

Bruny Island

Cormorants on an isolated guanno encrusted rock off the wild coast of Bruny Island.

and Coles Bay.

fur seals
A herd of Australian Fur Seals on another isolated rock off Bruny Island.
moulting lagoon
Moulting Lagoon near Coles Bay.
road to moulting lagoon
Dirt track on the way to a hidden campsite at Moulting Lagoon.
tassie trawler
Another example of a tidy Tasmanian Trawler seen at Cockle Creek.
wineglass bay
Donnis on rocks above Wineglass Bay near Coles Bay.