Tag: Carrara Markets

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.

673. Sunday 14th April 2019. Photographic work, Rock and Roll Rocks and I did go to Specsavers…

Tuesday 9th April

As the sole Admin for the Facebook photo site Aussie Photography for Beginners, I am beginning to find I have created a workload for myself. What started as a small group, of mostly inactive members has grown, with encouragement, to a busy schedule of daily photo posts, comments, likes and replies. Toss in the occasional hiccup by Facebook plus a bit of uncertaintly by members and I feel like I am putting out spot fires. Combined with a Home Owners Committee meeting last night and my role as Treasurer and a self – appointed researcher into CCTV and being on the Social Committee and arranging a Dawn Service on Anzac Day plus 11 am Service plus a luncheon with invited Council and state parliament politicians I am beginning to feel I would have more free time if I went back to work. I worked until after midnight last night.

Friday 12th April

I have spent many hours over the last few weeks looking back over my old photos, especially those that were taken with my first digital camera the Panasonic Lumix DM FZ 7. On looking at them in a new light I have found many which I have previously ignored which I now consider quite good. Anzac Day is approaching and I have a selection of 132 photos which in some way have a connection with Anzac Day. I have prepared them in a slideshow which will play as a loop on our 75 inch TV. It will just cycle continuously as a background much as pubs and clubs do. I have also prepared about 30 songs with an Anzac theme which will also play in a loop, again as background music. Both the slideshow and the music will be played during our Anzac Day luncheon. On the morning I will broadcast the Dawn Service from Canberra via the ABC App at our private Cenotaph where we expect over 100 people to attend including guests of the caravan park next door and a couple of State Parliamentarians along with our local Gold Coast Councillor.  So far we have 50 people confirmed a booking for our luncheon.

Saturday 13th April

The quality of the photos is not the best as Rock and Roll, unlike say surfing, or rugby league, or car races or horse racing, I can pan and follow the action and usually get good shots. Dancing I cannot pan or follow the action as it changes constantly.

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Dance floor and band area.

Tonight we went to a bushland setting known as Heritage Park in a location called Guanabah where the local Country Music Association has a rustic clubhouse.

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Guanaba Country Music Club

Tonight was their first of two Rock and Roll nights with a rocking good band well known among the rock n roll fraternity.

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The twirling skirt looks like Marilyn Monroe. The man in the blue shirt is my friend Frank who has been dancing Rock for 20 years.

Despite its somewhat isolated location about 170 people turned up at least half were from the Gold Coast, the rest from Brisbane.

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Here is Frank along with a pocket rocket dancer with so much energy. She is apart of a professional team of 3 dancers who teach and perform.

Our friends Graham and Wencke  came with us and we met up with other rockers from our village and their group of friends.

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Pocket Rocket again. I did line dancing beside her and she managed 3 steps to every body else one.

Donnis and I tried to dance but we are out of practise.

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I was intrigued by the dancers outfits and their shoes were so special. This couple had matching outfits including shoes.

Luckily a couple of the women took pity on me and asked me to dance.

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By now Donnis was not well, probably a bout of hayfever so she went to i30 for a sleep.

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More shoes. My friend Frank seems to feature in many photos.

A few line dances were played so at least I knew the steps.

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Even more shoes.

Or thought I did.

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Still more shoes.

Different locations have variations but with a couple of professional dance teachers in the group they really put on a show, not only in line dancing but rock and roll and even a waltz.

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Shoes Shoes Shoes. Theres Frank again.

Three of them make up a team and put on dance displays and travel to various dances every week.

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The professional dance team. Later in the evening they were joined by the third team member.

I enjoyed just watching them dance.

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Here they are again.

One is about my age and has the energy of someone 20 years younger.

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The dance team again.

I really need to make up for all those years when I refused to dance. Lessons start next month and cannot come soon enough.

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The dance team

Our village also has a twice yearly rock and roll night and I think we have now cemented ourselves into the rock and roll calendar as has Guanabah.

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Twirling skirts were everywhere.
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This lady could have been straight out of the movie, Grease. She never stopped dancing all night.

Sunday 14th April

Today we took a drive although Donnis is still suffering with hay fever. We drove to Carrara Markets. I am looking for a pair of leather soled boots similar to my Florsheim boots I once wore when I was still working. I want the boots for line dancing and rock and roll. I found a pair at the markets which was in my size but nowhere on the box did it say what materials were used in the sole, the upper, the lining. The sole feels like a rubber compound. Also lacking from the box is where the shoes are made or even an address or contact details. Apart from a brand name and shoe style and size there was no other information on the box. I did not buy anything but will keep looking.

In the afternoon I went to Specsavers for a checkup as I have been having some trouble lately reading numbers on the computer screen or labels on packets and cans. Yep my eyesight has changed. I will need a pair of glasses for close up reading and a pair for computer work or a pair of triple  prescription lenses that will do the job. Either way I am not happy but ended up ordering two pairs of glasses. I only need them for working at the computer so no big deal if I can see the screen a bit clearer.