Monday 24th June
I started reading a book called Googled, written by Ken Auletto in 2009. I will discuss this a bit more in a day or two when I have read some more. I cannot believe a book of this nature will keep me intrigued from the beginning.
Wednesday 26th June
Donnis had an interview for an aged care nursing position at a facility located at Waterford West about twenty minutes south west from Fairfield. The facility is noteworthy in that it will house about 200 tenants – most needing nursing care – but at present has just 40 tenants all requiring minor to high care. It would be good if Donnis can be a part of this new venture especially as they only require staff three to four days a week for the first 12 months. All we can do now is await a call to tell her she has the position.
Thursday 27th June
I am still reading Googled and although it has lots of fact and figures it is also an interesting read. Considering Google was created in a garage in 1998 with virtually no budget it is now a world class, world leader in information search. I first started using Google around 2004 or perhaps 2005, reluctantly at first, as I considered using the MSN search engine was good enough. It did not take long before I realized how wrong I was. Now I use Google every day for my information searches, email provider and the biggest boon of all, Google Maps and Google Earth. Of course Google is more than those four services but they are all still free. They are accurate. Google Maps in particular still leaves me in awe.
Friday 28th June
I drove Donnis across the Brisbane River to RNA Showgrounds where she wanted to take part in a Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. http://www.mbsfestival.com.au/index.htm Of course she came home with tales of her wonderful day. In the evening sister Enid arrive for a weekend visit.
Saturday 29th June
Donnis and Enid both went to the Mind Body Spirit Festival.
Since we arrived in Brisbane I have wanted to visit Kangaroo Point. Today I took the opportunity to walk down the steep stone staircase built into the cliff walls at Kangaroo Point on the Brisbane River. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kangaroo_Point_Cliffs
The area I explored is a popular picnic area, a training area for rock climbing,
adventure centre for kayaking and walking and cycling tracks.
The cliffs were created by quarrying of the local stone, known as Brisbane Tuff (http://windsorhistorical.org.au/?p=38 ) for use in many Government buildings. Quarrying ceased in the 1930’s but the area was largely taken up with industrial pursuits.
It was also the site of the Australian Naval Depot was located here until 1959. After wandering around for an hour or so I promised myself to come back and explore some more.
It is a credit to Brisbane City Council who have transformed that was once an eyesore into a family and sports oriented public parkland. Of course quality high rise housing units has contributed to the overall good feel of the area.
After the festival we all went out to a Thai meal at nearby Tarragindi.
Sunday 30th June.
We took a vote on what to do today as it was cool and a drizzly rain made the morning miserable. Despite the wind, the cold and the rain we decided to walk from Kangaroo Point cliffs along the river-walk to South Bank, cross the Goodwill Bridge, through the Botanical Gardens, along Eagle Street shopping precinct to the Story Bridge, cross it and back to our starting point.
Whew! Although it was a distance of 6.5klms we stopped for coffee and pancakes at South Bank and rubber necked our way along the entire trip, stopping to look at whatever interested us.
Rock Climbing at Kangaroo Point http://www.riverlife.com.au/rock-climbing/
Paddle Steamer Cruises on the Brisbane River http://www.kookaburrariverqueens.com/
Eagle Street Pier Eateries http://www.eaglestreetpier.com.au/
Queensland Maritime Museum http://www.maritimemuseum.com.au/
Assorted statuary along the walk.
Markets at South Bank http://www.southbankmarket.com.au/
and River Life at Kangaroo Point.
Brisbane Customs House http://www.customshouse.com.au/
Cliffs cafe http://www.cliffscafe.com.au/
The climb back up the steep staircase cut into the cliffs was murder on our calves and thighs but was a fitting finish to our tiring, wet but a most enjoyable walk.
A total of 4 hours of walking, sightseeing and refreshment breaks.
When can we do this again?…Soon. Preferably on a sunny day.
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