Monday 15th April
Whew! This felt like a big day although on reflection it was probably a regular type of day for other people.
In the morning we had a visit from an elderly neighbor, Margaret, which we thought was kinda nice as we have only been here a week. After coffee we caught a bus into the city centre to find the University of Queensland School of Dentistry as Donnis had an appointment.
While she was being looked after I walked around some of the sights of Brisbane city. I visited Brisbane Town Hall
and King George Square. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_City_Hall Then I walked to theBrisbane River
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_River , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheel_of_Brisbane then saw the Treasury Building which is now a hotel and gambling casino. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasury_Casino
After the SOD released Donnis (sounds good huh? Released! Sort of sounds like she was a prison inmate) we had a walk around the Queen Street Mall and caught the bus home again.
We arrived before 5pm and my tired feet were looking for some relief but I must admit I had an enjoyable day. It sure beats driving into the city, fighting the traffic, trying to read the road signs and one way streets and bus lanes and so on and then looking for and paying for parking space. For less than $10 we had an easy trip to the city and back in the bus.
Tuesday 16th April
A quiet day at home. I visited Centrelink (sigh!…this is becoming a habit). When my name was finally called the man I spoke with shrugged his shoulders in direct response to my questions. In order to get any information from him was like being a dentist and extracting teeth. Eventually through my barrage of questions he confessed that in the whole office of about 50 staff, none have any direct experience or knowledge about aged pensions. In fact he doubted if in Brisbane itself or any of the suburbs would there be an “expert”. He gave me a card with a telephone number and hazarded the guess there might be an “expert” on that phone number.
Regular readers may recall that whilst we were camped at Coledale a few weeks ago, a house was being demolished across the road. Here in the quiet suburb of Fairfield, at the end of our street, houses and other buildings are being demolished. It is the old RSPCA site so there are lots of buildings, houses, offices, sheds, wash bays, garages, exercise yards and so on. Every day demolition starts at 7am and continues until 3pm. When we first arrived we thought the suburb was quiet with no noise. Now after settling in we hear planes circling for the airport, emergency helicopters going to one of two nearby hospitals, police and ambulance sirens, trains on the line about one Klm away, football training on the nearby football fields and of course the demolition.
Wednesday 17th April.
Today we drove to the Gold Coast to look at an “Over 50’s Lifestyle Resort” http://www.seachangegoldcoast.com.au/index.php as distinct from looking at a ”Retirement Village”. There is a difference between the two and it is based on which legislation they are established under and what their monthly fees and exit fees are, if any. This was our second visit, the last being two years ago when only stage one had been completed. We are even more impressed on this visit. After three hours doing the VIP tour we drove to the “Spit” at Labrador and had fish n chips beside the lagoon. Friend Glenda whom we have not seen since our last trip two years ago joined us for a walk along the beach and a coffee. Can you believe neither of us brought a camera? So… no pictures of the Gold Coast waterways and the brilliant skyline.
Thursday 18th April.
In the morning I polished one side of WWWGO. Oh! Did I forget to mention why? When leaving Sydney on 2nd April, roadworks were in progess along our route. Workers had placed plastic lane dividers to funnel all traffic in to one lane. I did not allow for the extra width of the cabin and I hit about 10 of these dividers along the passenger side.
The scrape left horrible black marks but no dents in the fiberglass. I started trying to polish out the marks.
Viola! It worked. I cannot see those horrible black marks and all I need do now is wash and polish all of WWWGO.
At lunchtime I had an appointment with the local RSL. I now have an advocate to assist me in making a claim to the Dept of Veterans Affairs for my tinnitus and hearing loss which I believe was caused by service in the Army especially in the Armoured Corps. Next week I have an appointment with a hearing specialist for the next stage of the claim.
Friday 19th April.
Donnis had another dental appointment so we went tripping off to the city once more. Donnis had her dental consultation while I scouted nearby streets to find the building for my hearing appointment next week.
Then we were free for the rest of the day.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Windmill,_Brisbane Then we visited the site of the former Police Headquarters
and after walking several blocks walked into the City Botanical Gardens
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Botanic_Gardens and on to Parliament House
Today was another of days where my feet were begging me to take off my shoes. We were both tired but happy with our day.
Saturday 20th April
Today we visited an IKEA Store. These stores are world famous and from my point of view after viewing the furniture for the first time, it is mostly cheap stuff intended to be showy. However I was impressed by how the furniture all fits together and the organizational skills within the store. The building itself is huge about the size of three or more football fields. They also have a giant canteen serving simple meals. Overall I was impressed.
Afterwards we had dinner with Peter, Regelyn and Chris.
Sunday 21st April
In the morning we visited a local church then after lunch visited a local Picnic in the Park organized by a local Lions Club. It was mostly a lazy day although we did manage to wash TERIOS and give the bonnet a coat of polish before dinner.
Next week I will start to plan more sites in the Brisbane Valley and along the coast for us to visit.
Tags: Albert Street Uniting Church, Brisbane City Botanical Gardens, Brisbane River Ferris Wheel, Ikea Brisbane, King George Square, Old Brisbane Police Headquarters, Queen Street Mall, Queensland Parliament House, Queensland Treasury Building, The Old Windmill, United Service Club Queensland