311. Sunday 21st April 2013. A quiet week in Fairfield…

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.

Albert Street Uniting Church, formerly a Methodist Wesleyan Chapel

Albert Street Uniting Church, formerly a Methodist Wesleyan Chapel

Inside Albert Street Uniting Church.

Inside Albert Street Uniting Church.

While she was being looked after I walked around some of the sights of Brisbane city. I visited Brisbane Town Hall

Brisbane Town Hall

Brisbane Town Hall

Brisbane Town Hall and King George Square.

Brisbane Town Hall and King George Square.

and King George Square.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brisbane_City_Hall  Then I walked to theBrisbane River

Ferris Wheel beside Brisbane River.

Ferris Wheel beside Brisbane 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.

Brief Petrie history.

Brief Petrie history.

There are lots of places around the south east corner of Queensland which has a Petrie related name.

There are lots of places around the south east corner of Queensland which has a Petrie related name.

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.

Sigh!

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.

Sob!

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.

This glorious old house has been owned by the exclusive United Service Club of Brisbane since 1892.

This glorious old house has been owned by the exclusive United Service Club of Brisbane since 1892.

Then we were free for the rest of the day.

Today we had a look around King Edward Park and visited “The Old Windmill”.  190413 windmill sign

The Old windmill.

The Old windmill.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Old_Windmill,_Brisbane  Then we visited the site of the former Police Headquarters 190413 police

and after walking several blocks walked into the City Botanical Gardens

Fountain with the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

Fountain with the Brisbane City Botanical Gardens.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_Botanic_Gardens  and on to Parliament House

Queensland Parliament House.

Queensland Parliament House.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parliament_House,_Brisbane

and back to Queen Street Mall and some lunchtime entertainment. 190413 qsm

During the middle of her statue like performance her mobile phone started to ring. She stepped down off her box and pulled the phone out of  a pocket in her apron and smiled in response to whomever was calling.

During the middle of her statue like performance her mobile phone started to ring. She stepped down off her box and pulled the phone out of a pocket in her apron and smiled in response to whomever was calling.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_Street_Mall

Entertainers on Queen Street Mall. As a youngster growing up my parents pointed out that all Bass players have a swivel head. This one was no exception.

Entertainers on Queen Street Mall. As a youngster growing up my parents pointed out that all Bass players have a swivel head. This one was no exception.

Didgeridoo player on Queen Street Mall.

Didgeridoo player on Queen Street Mall.

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.

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2 Responses to “311. Sunday 21st April 2013. A quiet week in Fairfield…”

  1. placestheygo Says:

    I love that you had a whole week of sun!! Beautiful city! Hope all your medical appointments are successful.

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hello Pam, nice to have you as a regular commenter. On reflection we did have a nice week of sunshine but early signs tell us winter is on its way. Brisbane has a nice sub tropical climate so although it will get cold it will not be bitterly cold…we hope.

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