324. Sunday 14th July. Brisbane, Gold Coast, Brisbane. Generally, a quiet week…

Monday 8th July

Late last night Donnis received a phone call offering a shift at ARCare Endeavour Nursing Home at North Lakes. She has previously worked shifts there so accepted the job…a 7am start.

I set the alarm for 5am so we would have plenty of time to have breakfast, make lunch, get dressed etc before we left to drive the 35Klms across the river at the beginning of peak hour.

I woke at 6.11am!!! WTF! The alarm did not go off. Later I discovered when setting the alarm I failed to specify AM or PM and the default setting was PM. We were out the front door at 6.30 am and I drove through the front gates of the nursing home at 7am.

Donnis likes working for this group as the facilities are upmarket and there is sufficient staff so residents get the attention they are entitled to…and pay for.

I drove home and spent the next few hours carrying out domestic duties but never had time to make a start on waxing WWWGO.

Tuesday 9th July

In a moment of madness we decided to wash and wax TERIOS. I knew the action of polishing would play havoc with my back and I would pay the painful price tomorrow but heck, that’s what Panadol is for.

Right?

Not only wash and wax but the floor mats were removed and cleaned, the carpet vacuumed, the plastic trim on dashboard and around doorframes was wiped with Armour All. External plastic fittings were wiped with baby oil and gasp, shock, horror, the engine bay was sprayed with degreaser and hosed down. Mag wheels and tyres were also washed.

TERIOS looks like it just came out of the showroom.

Hmmm! I now want to remove the roof racks, which are not being used at the moment. That will allow us to open the moon roof when the sun is shining.

The day became cooler and more overcast as we worked.

Wednesday 10th July.

My usual walk at 6.30am started off OK but then it started to rain. At least my clothes kept me dry and warm until I got home and left the sodden tracky pants, jacket, Canadian Tuk, gloves and shoes on the verandah to dry.

Winter is back with a vengeance.

Brrr!

Friday 12th July

My sister Enid arrived for an overnight stay as she is attending a training session in Brisbane tomorrow.

Saturday 13th July

Earlier this week I spoke with Jerry P on Skype. He and wife Sue are Kiwi’s who live a few months in NZ and the rest of the year on the Gold Coast where they own an investment unit. They are both in Oz at the moment and we arranged to meet for morning coffee at their hotel, on the beach at Coolangatta.

Jerry, Sue and Frank on the cliffs at Snapper Rocks.

Jerry, Sue and Frank on the cliffs at Snapper Rocks.

We first met Jerry and Sue in 2005 at a Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia –CMCA – mini rally at Townsville Dam. They had just started their 12 month around Oz trip. We have kept in touch ever since. At that time we had our first motorhome, a converted Toyota Coaster bus. We met up for coffee then went for a walk to Greenmount Beach

Greenmount Beach through a lovely Pandanus Palm.

Greenmount Beach through a lovely Pandanus Palm.

Greenmount Beach with Kirra Beach and Coolangatta high rise in the background.

Greenmount Beach with Kirra Beach and Coolangatta high rise in the background.

across the street then  Greenmount Point,

Jerry, Donnis and Sue at Greenmount Point.

Jerry, Donnis and Sue at Greenmount Point.

Frank Sue and jerry at Greenmount Point.

Frank Sue and jerry at Greenmount Point.

Rainbow Bay Beach,

These young Boogey Boarders were catching waves and pulling out just before slamming into the rocks. The rider standing did not have a leg strap and lost his board twice. He had to climb on the rocks to retrive it.

These young Boogey Boarders were catching waves and pulling out just before slamming into the rocks. The rider standing did not have a leg strap and lost his board twice. He had to climb on the rocks to retrieve it.

Snapper Rocks,

Wedding preparation on small Beach at Snapper Rocks.

Wedding preparation on small Beach at Snapper Rocks.

Point Dangar

Abseiling practise and or classes at Point Dangar (or Point Danger depending on which history you read) The abseiling was done on the NSW side of the cliffs.

Abseiling practise and or classes at Point Dangar (or Point Danger depending on which history you read) The abseiling was done on the NSW side of the cliffs.

Frank and Donnis straddle to border of New South Wales to our left and Queensland to our right.

Frank and Donnis straddle to border of New South Wales to our left and Queensland to our right.

across the border into the NSW town of Tweed Heads and followed the Tweed River to Twin Towns Club

Twin Towns Club.

Twin Towns Club.

where we had a coffee and crossed back into Queensland to our starting point. The day was sunny with a cool breeze blowing from the south. It was a fun walk and good to catch up with S&J and I am sure we will be able to see them again this year. While at the Point Dangar Light Station we could see the spray from Humpback Whales on their annual migration north.

We left Coolangatta and began the 101 klm trip back to Fairfield but stopped at busy, busy, busy Hyperdome for dinner. The reason we stopped at Hyperdome was that traffic was bumper to bumper, stop, start, across 4 lanes of traffic due to a traffic “incident” somewhere ahead of us. We ate at a Sushi Train. We have not been in a sushi train type restaurant for around 10 years so it was fun to enjoy the different dishes on offer. At a Sushi Train, small dishes move along a track which snakes around the restaurant, You simply take a plate of whatever catches your fancy. When finished you take the empty plates to the register to pay. Each coloured plate has a different value.  We shared six plates of food, a green tea ice cream and a cup of green tea each and it only cost $30.

Sushi Train

Sushi Train. The coloured plates and the prices are shown on the wall in the background.

Sunday 14th July

In the afternoon we caught the bus to Brisbane Cultural Centre and visited the Queensland Art Gallery   http://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/ and the Gallery of Modern Art.

Hmmm!

Some of this modern stuff leaves me cold although we only had time for a quick visit and will have to return another day.

As we were leaving we visited the State Library of Queensland   http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/  Both buildings are beside the Brisbane River and have stunning views across the water to the city. The size of the buildings and the myriad of levels and rooms can be a bit daunting. The sheer size and design put me in mind of when the visited the National Art Gallery in Canberra last year.

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