335. Sunday 22nd September 2013. On the move again, at least to Palm Beach, but where to then?…

Monday 16th September

While the almost last minute packing was being carried out I drove to Brisbane airport to collect Donnis and Alecia. After a brief lunch at Fairfield we drove to Woodridge where Alecia will stay with her brother Peter and in the morning they will drive to Bundaberg to visit their dad for his birthday.

Tuesday 17th September

Last minute packing. As always, my best efforts became secondary to the CO- PILOT version of packing. She went to the dentist and we drove WWWGO out of its home for the last 5 months. Not without incident I might add. The large hatch has been in the partly open position these last five months and the struts had seized. That meant the hatch would not open fully, or even close. With a bit of help from close friend, WD40 and Mike on the inside and me on the roof and gently easing up and down, the struts suddenly un-seized.

Yahoo! We could now leave. We had a final coffee and cake plus a flutter on the poker machines and a Keno ticket all compliments of the local RSL.

We were on our way at 11.45 am, south via the M1 and 78 Klms later found our new home – at least for the next 7 days – at Palm Beach Mobile and Tourist Park.

Wednesday 18th September

Ooops. I had forgotten school holidays. They begin on Friday night. The park will start filling up from tonight onwards. Part of the reason we were here isI had wanted to visit Currumbin Beach for their annual SWELL Sculpture Festival.

This was a fun project for children. For a fee of $5 each child was given a striped "artists" shirt and "artists" apron, a paintbrush and access to paints. They were encouraged to paint the parasols in any way they  wanted. This group was almost universally engaged in the splash and spray method. Even splashing and spraying each other.

This was a fun project for children. For a fee of $5 each child was given a striped “artists” shirt and “artists” apron, a paintbrush and access to paints. They were encouraged to paint the parasols in any way they wanted. This group was almost universally engaged in the splash and spray method. Even splashing and spraying each other.

http://www.swellsculpture.com.au/index.php  The event runs from 13th to 22nd September and this is the 11th annual festival.

This delightful mermaid was placed where it could be seen to best advantage by most visitors. Regretably that same position meant the features are never seen by the sunlight.

This delightful mermaid was placed where it could be seen to best advantage by most visitors. Regretably that same position meant the features are never seen by the sunlight.

The schoolchildren enjoyed becoming a part of the runners exhibit. The popular Vikings Surf Clubhouse is in the background.

The schoolchildren enjoyed becoming a part of the runners exhibit. The popular Vikings Surf Clubhouse is in the background.

A couple of local tourist lasses beside an umm err.

A couple of local tourist lasses beside an umm err.

The exhibition invites sculptures from local, intra-state, inter-state and overseas artists.

Hmmm! Sorry if this is not clear. Trying to find an angle which provided enough light and at the same time show detail and avoid including tourists was a challenge.

Hmmm! Sorry if this is not clear. Trying to find an angle which provided enough light and at the same time show detail and avoid including tourists was a challenge.

Iguanna.

Iguanna.

Along with friend Glenda who lives at Nerang we headed off to Currumbin.

This sculpture??? evokes memories of another time, another place. At a beach...somewhere.

This sculpture??? evokes memories of another time, another place. At a beach…somewhere.

So did the entire population of the Gold Coast and every school within a 100Klm radius – or so it seemed. It was crowded and trying to take a photo with all these people and children wanting to get up close and touch each sculpture began to get on my nerves.

What this is meant to represent is a mystery but it seemed to attract a great deal; of attention from visitirs, newspaper and magazine articles, website and TV news.

What this is meant to represent is a mystery but it seemed to attract a great deal; of attention from visitirs, newspaper and magazine articles, website and TV news.

Just a little.

Grrr!

This trojan horse stood out along the beach dunes.  Note that the names of the sculptures are my names, not the names given by the artist. The artists names are confusing and often seem to have no relationship with the sculpture.

This trojan horse stood out along the beach dunes. Note that the names of the sculptures are my names, not the names given by the artist. The artists names are confusing and often seem to have no relationship with the sculpture.

I'm in two minds what this is about...

I’m in two minds what this is about…

We have all heard the expression..."when pigs can fly..."

We have all heard the expression…”when pigs can fly…”

About halfway along the beach I noticed a man sitting on the beach drawing in a sketch pad. He looked familiar. Sure enough, it was Adriaan Vanderlught, an artist I knew from Airlie Beach but have not seen for many years.

This is Adriaans sculpture which also included an egg of which I was not observant enough to include it in the photo.

This is Adriaans sculpture which also included an egg of which I was not observant enough to include it in the photo.

http://www.vanderlugt.com.au/vanderlugt.com.au/Home.html    He has an entry in the competition and was looking at the other works.

How realistic is this??? She really could be said to have a "bronzed suntan".

How realistic is this??? She really could be said to have a “bronzed suntan”.

We spoke for a few minutes and I continued getting more and more stressed with the multitude of people pressing around many of the exhibits. We decided to come back at sunset and have a leisurely stroll around.

This funny houseboat sort of put me in mind of a nautical version of the old woman who lived in a shoe.

This funny houseboat sort of put me in mind of a nautical version of the old woman who lived in a shoe.

This Emu is made from layers and layers of compressed chicken wire and the result is amazing realistic.

This Emu is made from layers and layers of compressed chicken wire and the result is amazing realistic.

This was one of the popular exhibits where it still atop a low sanddune gazing out to the waves on the point.

This was one of the popular exhibits where it still atop a low sanddune gazing out to the waves on the point.

Umm err. It seems half the people had decided to do the same thing! It was just as crowded at that time as it was at midday.

Hmmm! Perhaps 5am with the sun rising over the water might be a good time!

View from the Vikings Surf Club dining room looking across Currumbin Beach and Surfers Paradise in the background.

View from the Vikings Surf Club dining room looking across Currumbin Beach and Surfers Paradise in the background.

Thursday 19th September

Donnis and Glenda caught the train to Brisbane and visited the Mt. Coot-Tha Planetarium. While they enjoyed themselves I stayed home and did several loads of washing as well as a bit of pottering around, re-arranging our packing but certainly not relaxing.

In the afternoon I visited a display home on the beach. It is a M$2 home to be won in an RSL Art Union.    http://www.rslartunion.com.au/Draw309   According to the promoters it has the potential to bring in a return of $140,000 per annum. I think those figures might be a bit rubbery but I expect that in peak summer season it could very well bring in a return of $12,000 per month for three or four months. Perhaps in the shoulder and off peak season you could expect a return of half that amount. The location is fabulous and adding up potential of rental and expenses I still bought a ticket. Yes, just one ticket. After all, only one ticket will win the prize. Besides, it was all the money I had one me at the time.

When the lasses returned from Brisbane I cooked up sausages on the outside gas cooker, prepared a salad and they brought fries from the nearby McDonalds. After dinner we walked along the beach towards Tallabudgera under a bright moon.

Friday 20th September

We spent another stressful day re-packing, sorting, throwing out clothes and books unused or unread for three years. The weather has been glorious for the past few days and we have barely visited the beach.

Saturday 21st September.

Instead of my usual walk I drove to Currumbin Creek to walk and take some early morning photos. Even at 6.30 in the morning the car park was almost full and people were walking, jogging, exercising, paddling and swimming. Across the estuary I could see the car park near the sculptures was chock a block full.

Currumbin Creek estuary.

Currumbin Creek estuary.

More of the Currumbin Creek estuary. A busy place in the mornings.

More of the Currumbin Creek estuary. A busy place in the mornings.

Currumbin estuary is a meeting place for all types to flock to.

Currumbin estuary is a meeting place for all types to flock to.

A beach Casuarina silhouetted in the morning sunshine. Currumbin Beach in the background is already busy with visitors to the SWELL exhibits.

A beach Casuarina silhouetted in the morning sunshine. Currumbin Beach in the background is already busy with visitors to the SWELL exhibits.

Stand up surfboards are becoming more and more popular.

Stand up surfboards are becoming more and more popular.

...and the surfboat crew were in training.

…and the surfboat crew were in training.

The remainder of the day was spent re-arranging the packing we have already completed.

Sunday 22nd September

Alecia arrived on the train for an overnight visit before she flies to Sydney tomorrow. She then returns to Canada on Wednesday. As a treat we went to the Vikings Surf Club at Currumbin Beach for lunch. We also struggled with the huge crowds who came to see the sculptures on the last day of the festival, and bumped into Adriaan the artist again. Afterwards we drove to Surfers Paradise so Alecia could do some shopping at Australia Fair Shopping Centre.

So ends our first week away from the house sit in Brisbane. We have enjoyed our hectic time here at Palm Beach. Next week we will start our new travels.

On this day in 2010 we had just started our travel adventure, we had left home and were camped at Pinevale west of Mackay and discovered a leak in the roof hatch when we were bucketed with torrential tropical rain. (fitting really as we were in the tropics)

See ya next week!

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2 Responses to “335. Sunday 22nd September 2013. On the move again, at least to Palm Beach, but where to then?…”

  1. John and Pam Wright Says:

    Some very interesting sculptures. I enjoy sculpture when I can get a sense of what it is suppose to be. I am not a fan of things like chairs wrapped in pink.

    What a neat idea to involve the children. They look so cool in their stripped artist shirts.

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi pam, yes I agree with you. I suppose most of the sculptures held no meaning for me and they did not get included in the photos. That and there were 153 of them. When I spoke with Adriaan the sculpturist and made a comment about some of the items, he commented that often artists and artistic people see things differently.To me a chair covered in a pink ribbon is a chair covered with pink ribbons. Adriaaan tells me that it is what the chair covered in pink ribbons represents.

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