Monday 5th August
Another quiet day of doing little things around the house. In the morning I went to another Over 50 Digital Camera class in the hopes I would learn something new. I did learn something but not much.
In the afternoon I worked on a new free program I installed a week or so ago. I am using Calibre for my eBooks library. It can convert all eBook formats into whatever format is used by your reader device. In fact it is now even simpler to install new books on Kindle. Just plug into the laptop, open Calibre select the book or books and click on “Install to Device”. If the book needs a conversion it is done as part of the transfer to the device. Simple, quick and precise. I can find books in my Calibre library by author, title, tag, format, series or publisher.
Tuesday 6th August
Wednesday 7th August.
We visited the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha (Pronounced KUTHA) today. As usually happens there was more to explore than we had time. A phone call offering work at St.Vincents Hospital, Kangaroo Point had us cutting short the visit and heading home. I will let a few of the photos show the gardens but I will mention the gardens are huge and there are thousands of plants.
Thursday 8th August an interesting day.
Well at least it was interesting to us. We drove to Jindalee for Donnis Optometrist appointment and returned to Fairfield to have lunch then I decided to cut the grass. On my way to the pool yard I saw what looked like a length of rope on the gate. As I got closer and reached for the gate, I went… whoa! It was no piece of rope. It was a snake basking in the sunlight. Silly thing had wound itself between the picket style fence and I had to suppress the urge to grab the snake’s tail as it most surely could not flash back quickly and bite me.
Or could it?
Discretion won the day.
I believe it is a Common Tree Snake about 60cm in length. http://www.wildlifeqld.com.au/Common_Tree_Snake.html I was able to get close enough to see its tongue flicking in and out. I called to Donnis for the camera but by the time she arrived the snake realised I was there and slid across the fence rail and back into foliage. After putting the camera away I returned to the gate and the snake was back!
Hmmm! Persistent little fellow. Once more he took a few moments to register my presence, decide I was too big to eat and retreated once more into the foliage.
In the evening I discovered all the contacts on my iPad have disappeared. Grrr! This is the second time in as many months this has happened. Last time I had to manually restore names addresses and birthdays. It was such a tiresome job. After spending ages on research via Google Chrome I spent another couple of hours trying to restore the Contacts Book. By 10.30 I was successful.
I was also ready for bed.
While this was happening, the laptop refused to connect to the internet via wireless and the only way to solve the dilemma was to connect the laptop by cable to the modem. Grrr!
I am looking forward to an improvement in computer connections tomorrow.
Friday 9th August
In the morning Donnis had a sun cancer burned off her forehead and in the afternoon got a call for a nursing shift at St.Vincents hospital and I had a marathon dental appointment.
Saturday 10th August.
We chose to visit the Gold Coast today.
We do like the area and it gave us a chance to catch up with an old friend, Glenda.
After a fish n chips lunch beside the seaside we took a walk along the sand beside the calm waters of The Broadwater.
Sunday 11th August
A warm sunny 27° mid -winter day and around Brisbane parks, lakes, beaches, rivers and other picnic spots were all crowded. We added to the congestion by visiting Mt. Coot. Tha. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Coot-tha,_Queensland This popular area has several viewing areas with a panoramic view of the city spread below.
There is fine dining to be had at a restaurant perched on the best vantage point.
In fact all tastes and pockets are catered for with the expensive restaurant, a smaller cheaper café, an ice creamery and for those on a more limited budget, picnic benches and the really budget conscious wait until they get home. We opted for a Ploughmans Lunch washed down with a coffee frappe while seated at a table with the best clearest views over the city.
Afterwards we drove past all the television studios and their transmitter towers
and took a walk to Simpsons Waterfall. After a challenging 1.3 Klm return walk we found the falls to be almost dusty dry. The loop road provides a wonderful drive to the summit and around the mountain, meandering through the foothills to the suburbs below. I have wanted to visit Mt Coot – Tha for some time and am waiting on some heavy rain to start the waterfalls again so I can visit again.