Archive for January, 2014

356. Sunday 26th January 2014. All quiet then suddenly a trip to Townsville…

26/01/2014

Monday 20th January.

The only thing which stood out today, being a workday was my visit to the Proserpine Hospital for X-Rays of my nasal cavities. We are looking at what causes my, apparently seasonal, nose bleeds. On my way home through Airlie Beach I noticed a big cruise ship parked out in Pioneer Bay. It was not there this morning.

Tuesday 21st January.

Another work day with the highlight being my visit to the doctor to discuss the results of the X-Rays. Yes, my left nasal cavity has some sort of blockage due no doubt to ???? something. Before embarking on a visit to an Ear Nose and Throat specialist we are going to try the famous tablets method. I am not sure what 5 days treatment of roxithromycin antibiotics and 9 days treatment with Prednisolone steroids will do but I am willing to try…on one condition. The steroids will not pump up my body mass and give me aggressive tendencies where I look for a bikie bar. The doc and the chemist smiled and said they are not that sort of steroid. Pity! I thought a bit of a stoush might be fun. Not really. Just kidding.

Oh yes said the doc when I said what I was really worried about was the blood in the urine. No results from the urine or blood tests so as he said “no alarm bells are going off”. He sent off a referal for me to see a Urologist but not the urologist who treated me six years ago. Seems he is retired or moved away. Now I have to wait until the Urologist deems me worthy to fit into his schedule.

I also got a call from the Veterans Affairs guy who is handling my hearing loss and tinnitus claim. They now want me to see yet another hearing specialist in Mackay next month.

Sigh! This application has been going on since April 2013. If I get a benefit I sure hope they back date it.

The cruise ship has gone.

Wednesday 22nd January

Work.

I took some photos at a covered walkway at Airlie Beach. It is a lovely spot and on a hot day the shade produced by the covering and the surrounding shrubbery and overhanging trees is delightful, especially if there is a breeze blowing from the south.

There is about 200 metres o9f this covered walkway along the Airlie Beach foreshore.

There is about 200 metres o9f this covered walkway along the Airlie Beach foreshore.

Airlie Beach covered walkway and seating area. Pleasantly cool in the shade with a breeze blowing off the marina on a summers day.

Airlie Beach covered walkway and seating area. Pleasantly cool in the shade with a breeze blowing off the marina on a summers day.

From the walkway.

From the walkway.

Also from the walkway.

Also from the walkway.

Weddings are held in this gazebo.

Weddings are held in this gazebo.

Palms along the southern part of Airlie Beach

Palms along the southern part of Airlie Beach

Thursday 23rd January

Work.

Another cruise ship is parked off the beach. Hmmm! A few photos are in order.

Visiting cruise ship.

Visiting cruise ship.

Cruise ship.

Cruise ship.

I hear there is expected to be in excess of 80 cruise ship visits this year. On average that is a cruise ship visit every 5 days. Those visits are a good thing for the local economy. Although the tourists are only in town for 6 hours they spend a lot of money. On average around 1,500 ships passengers come ashore. Many of them take tours on the local cruise boats to the nearby islands. That’s a lot of people and money injected into the town in one day.

Friday 24th January

My day off and the beginning of a four day long weekend.

My intention was to drive to Townsville to visit my daughter Shelley and the grandchildren for a couple of days. I had planned to leave Flametree about 8am.

Well… You know what they say about the best laid plans of mice and men…!

One phone call, this morning, which I will not go into detail except to say it left me… aghast! As well, the trip had to be postponed. Maybe tomorrow if the dust has settled.

Instead I drove into Airlie Beach and noticed a wedding taking place under a pergola on a spit of land owned by the Sailing Club. Lucky I just happened to have the camera in my hand.240114 wedding

Then it was on to Cannonvale Beach and a few photos and then a longer drive to Conway Beach where it is always windy. Conway Beach lies at the extreme northern end of a large shallow bay. So, even a light wind will create short sharp useless annoying waves which break for a couple of Klms offshore.

Looking across the bay at Conway Beach

Looking across the bay at Conway Beach

I seem to only visit this beach when there is an unpleasant hot humid wind blowing from the south. From here I drove over a hill to Wilsons Beach which is an old fishing village and cane farmers beach shack retreat now being bought up by well-heeled people with more money than sense. Wilsons Beach is really a beach at the mouth of the Proserpine River (a crocodile infested river) and is subject to flooding as other major creeks which often flood, feed into this river.

After that drive it was time for lunch and a cold beer at the original home of Hogs Breath Café in Airlie Beach.   http://www.hogsbreath.com.au/the-hog-story   and

http://www.hogsbreath.com.au/main-menu/our-menu/-9.90-lunches

Saturday 25th January

I drove to Townsville today. Between the towns of Ayr and Townsville there was an accident between a big semi-trailer and a little car. The direction each vehicle was pointing did not make sense.

This truck...

This truck…

t...this debris and this...

…this debris and this…

car are involved but it beats me how they met up. I can only guess the car was heading north the truck, south and somebody moved onto the wrong side of the road and they are both pointing south.

car are involved but it beats me how they met up. I can only guess the car was heading north the truck, south and somebody moved onto the wrong side of the road and they are both pointing south.

Then at Shelley’s house we had fish n chips for lunch. I finally met my grandson Matthew although to be honest I did meet him a few days after he was born. After a bit of shyness he came out of his shell and spent a lot of time talking at me…as children do. Most of it I could not understand but neither could anybody else. Georgia who is 12 and Jack who is 10 are both shy and did not come out of their shells.

I tried to take family photos but the battery went flat and I had forgotten to re-charge my backup battery.

Bugga!

Sunday 26th January …Australia Day.

http://www.australiaday.org.au/

Shelley worked last night and slept in this morning. I took her and Matthew to McDonalds for breakfast I could have some father and daughter time together.

The we had a barbecue lunch and the neighbours dropped by. A barbecue lunch on Australia Day is a pretty typical way to relax and enjoy the day. There was an Australian flag tablecloth with Australian flag cups and plates. Without a functioning camera you will have to take my word it looked good.

Although the day was threatening rain with a scattered clouds it was just a typical hot dry Townsville Day. In fact the locals say the rain circles the area and rarely rains. Locally the town is referred to as Brownsville. It lived up to its name as the countryside looks dry and brown.

I decided to drive home after lunch to avoid the heavy holiday traffic tomorrow and avoid the threatening rain. As I neared the Whitsunday region the wind picked up and the rain came down in bucketloads making driving in the dark a bit of a challenge even with wipers on full speed.

I was so pleased to see the dry haven, WWWGO.

355. Doors

19/01/2014

Doors can be wonderful conversation pieces if the are large or unusual. They can be totally ignored even when unusual. They tend to keep the outside world out and the inside world, umm err, in. In our travels we have captured images of interesting doors which highlights some of the many places we have visited.

Grain Growers Building Entrance, Inverell, Central Western NSW.

Grain Growers Building Entrance, Inverell, Central Western NSW.

Staff entrance? At an empty shop at Guyra, New England District, NSW.

Staff entrance? At an empty shop at Guyra, New England District, NSW.

Carriage House entrance in Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.

Carriage House entrance in Argyle Street, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW.

Entrance to the Mill Museum, which, strangely was once a...Mill.. Uralla, New England District, NSW.

Entrance to the Mill Museum, which, strangely was once a…Mill.. Uralla, New England District, NSW.

This building was erected in 1845 in Cumberland Street in the Rocks district of Sydney and if you look closely at the lower keyhole it suggests thbis may have been the original door. It was once known as "LILLYDALE" as an Inn but was originally built to be a Gentlemens Residence.

This building was erected in 1845 in Cumberland Street in the Rocks district of Sydney and if you look closely at the lower keyhole it suggests this may have been the original door. It was once known as “LILLYDALE” as an Inn but was originally built to be a Gentlemens Residence.

What a wonderful gate which catches the eye instantly at Armidale, New England District, NSW. Even more interesting is it is a back gate opening onto a little used car park.

What a wonderful gate which catches the eye instantly at Armidale, New England District, NSW. Even more interesting is it is a back gate opening onto a little used car park.

Cataract Dam in the hinterland behind Wollongong has a number or turret like structures with sold timberr doors.

Cataract Dam in the hinterland behind Wollongong has a number or turret like structures with sold timberr doors.

Old church which is now a movie theatre at Glen Innes in the New England district of northern NSW.

Old church which is now a movie theatre at Glen Innes in the New England district of northern NSW.

The old tomber built Dromaderry Hotel at Central Tilba on the NSW South Coast is an interesting building its own right. However, standing across the street and looking at it with a critical eye it seems to be a fire hazard. Old, old timber and around 100 years of paint. I liked the door though.

The old tomber built Dromaderry Hotel at Central Tilba on the NSW South Coast is an interesting building its own right. However, standing across the street and looking at it with a critical eye it seems to be a fire hazard. Old, old timber and around 100 years of paint. I liked the door though.

A side gate on and old uninteresting house at Dorrigo NSW on the Great Dividing Range.

A side gate on and old uninteresting house at Dorrigo NSW on the Great Dividing Range.

354. Sunday 19th January. All quiet at Flametree…

19/01/2014

Sorry dear readers. Not much to write about this week. I have been tired and can almost guarantee the coming week will be different.

Thursday 16th January

I agreed to work an extra 5 hours per week but insisted I did not want to work for 5 days. I enjoy my Friday off which gives me a long weekend or if I choose to have a Monday off it gives me a long weekend as well. Depending on my needs I can enjoy four days off in a row. In a compromise I will work an extra hour for three days and an extra 2 hours on one day. We will see how it works for my employer and myself. Maria, my employer offered the Brisbane branch to work from if I wanted to be closer to Donnis and spend some time together. We might even do that as well.

I received a message from our estate agent. Our tenants wish to leave on 3rd February.

Yee Har. I can move into our house a week earlier!

Tonight I met Gary who has been at Flametree about as long as I have. He and his wife are travelling in a big American motorhome and while she works a few days a week he takes care of home duties. Gary has rock star looks with long silver wavy hair, piercing blue eyes and a suntanned muscular physique. He is bored.

Friday 17th January

I drove to Mackay today with no particular place in mind but Gary said he would like to tag along as he had not stopped in Mackay on his way north. I soon found I settled into the role of a tourist guide and we spent most of the day showing parts of Mackay which were of interest. Pity I did not take the camera as it was a wonderful sunny day.

The estate agent rang to say the tenants move out of our house on 3rd February. Because they have so much “stuff” laying around the yard, it may not all be gone by that date. The agent suggests if that is the case, the law allows up to 72 hours for them to complete moving the items. In other words I cannot move in until the agent has checked and given the all clear.

Sigh!!!

Sigh!!

Sigh!

On our way home we witnessed what I believe was either road rage or a jealous hissy fit. Four young women in a small car made a hurried U turn across double lines with following and oncoming traffic emergency braking to avoid a collision. Another car with two young women in a larger car did the same and gave chase. We followed as the chase car passed other cars on blind corners and median strips. The first car turned left then immediately turned right back onto the main road in front of us. The chase car followed, ignoring all traffic. Finally as we entered Cannonvale a Police van appeared in front of the first car which started tooting its horn trying to get the Police to pull over and help them. This went on for a few Klms. The Police van drove to Airlie then suddenly turned back at a roundabout and the two cars followed. We continued on our way home. I told Gary I would upload the video footage from my car camera and take it to the Police. Grrr! Nothing was recorded. Of course all the footage all day was there except the last half hour. More Grrr! Wot The??

Sunday 19th January.

The last two days have been quiet. I spent the days mooching around keeping out of the sun. I went nowhere, did nuffin!

353. Sunday 12th January 2014. RALLYE is fixed…

12/01/2014

Monday 6th January

The beginning of another working week…umm err in my case a half week.

RALLYE was delivered to the panel beater / spray painter for the repair work due to our collision with a sheep on the Burren Junction to Collarenebri Road. By the end of the week the repairs and spray paint and showroom buff and polish should be completed.

Yeehar!

Next comes the repair work I had quoted when RALLYE was serviced before Christmas.

Tonight as I walked on the vaguely lit track from the showers, where I walk every day and night I was stopped by another camper. There on the track where I walk was a snake in a defensive “S” pose. “Taipan”, commented the camper. I think not. Too small and this snake was not making any aggressive move apart from the defensive “S” pose. I borrowed the torch and moved closer. From the markings I thought it may be a juvenile python. Usually they just move away but this one was not budging. We left it alone and chose another path back to our campsites. On doing a Google search I believe it is a Brown Tree Snake  ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_tree_snake ) which is unusual among the tree snakes in that it is venomous but as the fangs are set in the back of the jaw and grooved rather than “hypodermic” cannot deliver a fatal bite to an adult. Bites to children can be another matter. Regardless I do not want to step on one in the night so will carry a torch in future.

Tuesday 7th January.

I called KMart who carried out the last service and provided me with a list of required work. Can you give me a quote. We will mail it to you. Why can’t you tell me on the phone. Or email. After lots of toing and froing it seems they cannot do all the work so it is pointless pursuing them any further.

They just lost a customer.

Wednesday 8th January

Work.

Thursday 9th January

RALLYE is not ready. Perhaps it will be tomorrow.

Before I finished for the day, Maria, the boss approached me and asked if I would work another 5 hours per week! Perhaps work 5 days. Oh No! I really enjoy having a long weekend every week. My choice, if I work the extra hours. Hmmm! What if I work an extra hour for three days and an extra 2 hours on Thursday? I still get my long weekend. I will sleep on the idea over the next few days.

It rained tonight. Lightly at first just before I went to bed and heavier as I drifted off to sleep. I woke once during the night and it was still raining.

Friday 10th January

Woke to a wet morning. It is cooler than yesterday but still humid.

And the rain came tumbling down. Lots and lots of rain.

By midday RALLYE was ready. It looks good, well at least 90% of it looks good. I can feel good about driving around in it today. Now I need quotes for the work to be done under the bonnet.

I then contacted the people who carried out the brake and suspension work on WWWGO before we left three years ago. Yes they can do ALL the work but will need to obtain prices of parts. They will call next week with a quote.

Our tenants will move out in a month so I started pricing a fridge, washing machine and TV today. Harvey Norman have their six month sale on this week. It should be remembered Hardly Normal have a sale every month and every sale has a different name. They are also offering 24 months interest free terms. Hmmm! That might be the best option for us. We also need a lounge and several other things too…

However with a garage bay chock a block with our “stuff” most of which I want to get rid of and start fresh perhaps I should wait until I move into the house before spending money we have not yet earned.

Saturday 11th January

I selected an Inverter Fridge, Inverter washer and a 50” TV to be delivered in a months time when I move back into the house.

I also tested a new product to restore the external vinyl trim on RALLYE. Part way through the jo it started to rain and the product ran onto the new polish on the doors!

Grrr!

Sunday 12th January

The sun was shining. Time to wash the run off from the duco, dry the duco and the vinyl trim and re-apply the Trim Doctor.

Wow! It looks good and combined with the glossy showroom shine on the rest of the car it looks almost, almost, almost new again!

Light rfain fell a few times in the afternoon to be replaced by brilliant sunshine and high humidity. At this time of year is the beginning of the WET SEASON Aka the RAINY SEASON, MONSOON SEASON even CYCLONE SEASON. It sort of overlays a portion of SUMMER and extends into AUTUMN. Tropical lows are already forming in the north and northwest of Australia and the first cyclone of the season has just crossed the Western Australian Coast on Christmas Eve. On the east Coast we have been watching the first Pacific Ocean cyclone causing devastation on Tonga overnight. It will not be long before we see the first tropical low and potentially the first Tropical Cyclone of the season. I sure hope if one does occur in the Coral Sea it happens after I move back into our house next month. I am not cyclone prepared in WWWGO.

Late in the afternoon I gave myself a treat. A cold beer at Jubilee Tavern.

Yep. Just one beer. I had to drive back to Flametree.

Old and young Pandanus growing along the meandering Watering Horse Creek which flows through the Flametree Village Tourist Park

Old and young Pandanus growing along the meandering Watering Horse Creek which flows through the Flametree Village Tourist Park

352. More wildlife…

08/01/2014

From time to time I take a stroll (actually it is more like a marathon run) through more than 14,000 photos I have collected since we started our travels and more particularly since we started our travels using our motorhome and since I bought the Panasonic DMC FZ50 Camera. After awhile it became evident that many of our photos are about particular subjects…doors, wildlife, pubs, churches, dunnies,cars etc… so it seemed only natural to save them in groups. Most of the photos in today’s blog have never before been included on a post. Others have been but I make no apology for including them again. This week, although a working week, I do have a little time on my hands and I felt like selecting some photos to share with our readers. I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed encountering these animals.

Australian Ringneck. (barnardius zonius)

Australian Ringneck. (barnardius zonius)

For the longest time I was prepared to identify this bird as a Pale Headed Rosella followed by ??? The colours and markings just did not sit well with that identification. I kept rejecting and in fact deliberately by-passed information on ring necks as I could not see a ring. For good reason, the ringnecks do not necessarily have a ring around the neck. Now I feel happy identifying it as an Australian Ringneck as the colours and markings are consistant with the bird as is the habitat and location. This one was spotted at Lightning Ridge on our first visit in October 2010.

Tree Snake

Tree Snake   (Dendrelaphis punctulata)

This common tree snake http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dendrelaphis_punctulata stopped us in our tracks in a bush walk at the Crows Nest Qld National Park. It seemed longer fatter and faster than snakes encountered before or since. A person, wise or otherwise, once said to me, “if you see a snake and it moves to the nearest tree or bush and starts to climb into the foliage it is a harmless tree snake. If it keeps moving across the ground, particularly towards you you, it is most likely not harmless.” With a few exceptions this is reasonable advice. I give all snakes a wide berth but do like to get reasonably close and look at markings and head shape and colours. This one is definately a blue common tree snake.

Australian Fur Seals ( Arctocephalus forsteri)

Australian Fur Seals ( Arctocephalus forsteri)

Only an expert could tell the difference between an Australian Fur Seal and the almost identical New Zealand Fur Seal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctocephalus_forsteri We encountered hundreds of the smelly creatures during a boat trip off Brny Island in Tasmania. They were all males (according to our guide) and were resting on a remote rocky islet of the inhospitable south coast of Bruny Island.

White Horse

White Horse

This white horse is I suppose, not really wildlife but it looked so majestic in the long green grass with lots of white flowers surrounding it. The photos was taken in the cool hills of Ben Lomond in northern NSW late November 2010. Ben Lomond is near Guyra NSW and is about the third highest altitude outside the NSW Alps. Of course Guyra is the second highest.

King Parrot (alistulus capularis)

King Parrot (alistulus capularis)

This beautiful King Parrot joined me for a coffee at a small town, Wallangara, which straddles the Qld / NSW border. Taken November 2010.

Tawny Frogmouth (Podagrus Strigoides)

Tawny Frogmouth (Podagrus Strigoides)

I was washing TERIOS while house sitting at Traveston in February 2011 when this healthy specimen landed a few metres away. We spent 10 minutes studying each other before it flew onto an arbor frame and waited while I got the Panasonic FZ50 to capture a few poses.

Spiny Ant Eater (echidna disambiguation)

Spiny Ant Eater (echidna disambiguation)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Echidna  This spiny fe;;ow caught our attention as it galloped across the highway between Walgett and Bourke western NSW in October 2010. I guess he was trying to get to some sort of safety (crossing a highway is not that safe for these cute creatures) Once it realised I was nearby it dug itself into the soil and rolled itself into a defensive ball and waited for me to leave. I waited for it to recommence its movements.

Western Goanna ( Varanus gouldii )

Western Goanna ( Varanus gouldii )

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sand_goanna   This wonderful specimen was seen on the red sandhills on a wild remote outback track at the “Back O Bourke” Once upon a time Bourke was the end of the line, the last known habitation before the great deserts began. Hence the name “Back O Bourke” for any place beyond the known civilisation.

Rainforest Dragon

Rainforest Dragon

We sort of cheated with this animal. Donnis took the photo when she was in  Mexico. It seems to be a member of the Iguanna family.

Sheep???Wildlife???

Sheep???Wildlife???

These sheep were seen in the high rocky slopes around Tenterfield NSW. Considering it was the end of November 2010 and the beginning of summer, it was chillingly cold outside. Not unusual for the Tenterfield, Ben Lomond, GlennInnes and Guyra where it is cold all year round.

Macaw

Macaw

Donnis also took this photo in Mexico.

 

 

351.Sunday 5th January 2014…A brand new new year starting in the outback NSW and ending on the coast Queensland…

05/01/2014

NO PHOTOS THIS WEEK…HOW COULD I BE SO SLACK?

Monday 30th December

Donnis and I discussed when would be the most appropriate and sensible day to leave on the two day drive back to WWWGO at Flametree.

Donnis had taken the night off with no pay so originally was expecting I would stay another day. On the negative side her next shift would be tomorrow morning and at the same time she is getting ready to go to work I would be packing to leave. As well, if I leave New Years Eve I will encounter all the holiday traffic and the New Years madness and have to possibly put up with drunks depending where I stayed overnight. I would arrive late New Years Day and have no time to recover before heading off to work the next day. So it was we agreed I should leave today, especially as the heat wave conditions would be around for another few days and the worst is yet to come. No sense staying for another stinker of a day, better I get on the road. I was away from Colli at 6.45am NSW time and in my air conditioned steel cocoon did not notice the scorching heat outside…until I stopped for fuel and food and toilet breaks. Before I reached Goondiwindi in Qld Donnis had secured her night shift again so has not lost any work hours. By Miles I was making good hours and maintaining my hydration routine. With a full tank I aimed to reach Rockhampton…933 Klms from Colli and a 10.25 hour trip. This final leg would be 422 Klms and easily achieved on a full tank. Although my fuel tank…according to the specifications…carries 60 litres, the fuel gauge shows near empty at around 35 litres use. There is obviously a problem with the gauge but it is not worth getting it repaired. Provided I aim for filling the tank at less than 500Klms I should never run out of fuel. As it was I arrived in Rocky at precisely 5pm after an 11.25 hour trip including two fuel and coffee stops and a lunch stop at a town which I cannot recall the name. That’s not a bad average considering I kept the speed to no more than 105Kph as the day was excessively hot and the road conditions were a bit bumpy. There was very little traffic in any direction. The CD player in the car is sensitive so every time the car hit a bump (there were thousands of bumps) the player would skip to the next track or eject the CD!

I was in bed at a motel by 8.30 and slept all night.

Tuesday 31st December – NEW YEARS EVE.

I was on the road by 8am and with a much better road the CD player umm err, played without skipping or ejecting. I also pushed up the speed to 111Kph except where there were slower cars which I passed at 125Kph! RALLYE handled the trip wonderfully and when I wanted to accelerate quickly, even at 111Kph it was just a matter of stomping on the gas pedal and RALLYE surged to 125Kph effortlessly. Just like it has always done since I bought it new.

I lunched at McDonalds Mackay and took a detour to visit son in law Paul and the Grandchildren Shelby and Anakin…Averyl was at work. I still arrived at Flametree by 3.30pm and had a thirty minute snooze before unpacking RALLYE.

Despite a full van park and lots of younger people drinking and making a noise I was in bed before 10.30pm and any New Years Eve noise did not wake me.

Zzzzz…ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

Wednesday 1st January – NEW YEARS DAY.

Up and walking and exercising at 5.30am refreshed and ready to go…nowhere! Today is a rest day.

Yesterday I bought a carton of 10, yes 10, “massive eggs”. The first two eggs I cracked for breakfast were double yolkers. Now, I have not seen a double yolk egg for a year or more. What are the odds of two double yolkers in the one carton and both opened at the same time? Is that a good omen??? Is luck heading my way? Is it worth buying a lotto ticket?

By dinner time I had another two boiled eggs with my salads. Can you believe they were also double yolkers!

Thursday 2nd January

Back at work and after discussing my accident with a sheep a workmate suggested I contact one of our clients with a view to getting RALLYE repaired. The bill was very much to my liking. In fact he offered to restore the roof and boot which are beginning to haze and to do a full buff all over and bring back a showroom shine to the whole car, not just the bumper and mudguard. The price was so good it was little more than the cost of full comprehensive insurance and an excess if I had made a claim. They will start the work next Monday so I will be without a car for 4 days.

Friday 3rd January

After my walk exercise I began my sit-ups, pushups and other back strengthening exercises I have been doing for years. During the pushups I got a nose bleed.

Two eggs for breakfast…both double yolkers. I am beginning to feel they are no longer special.

RALLYE is booked into the tyre shop for the first 5,000 Klm check of the new tyres.

I received the results of the urine test taken at Colli Hospital which was both reassuring and disappointing. Four words. No Significant Bacterial Growth! That’s all. I sent it by email to my doctor and made an appointment for next week.

Saturday 4th January

I was woken sometime around 4.30 swallowing blood. Another nose bleed.  That is a cheerful way to start the day!

I drove to Mackay to have the 5,000 Klm check carried out on the tyres. Even after the accident with the sheep there was minimal adjustment required.

It was a hot day but compared to Collarenebri it was a cool day at 32°. The humidity was at 70%.

Quite by sheer luck I wandered into a Kmart store and they had all their Christmas stuff on sale at $1. Yup, a 1Kg box of liquor filled chocolates. $1. That’s 100 chocolates. I bought two boxes. I also bought two large boxes of Turkish Delight. Again $1.

Now what am I going to do? They are going to make a mess of my diet!!!

Sunday 5th January.

The shopping malls are jam packed with people just wandering around to escape the humidity. I have to spare a thought for Donnis with 46° heat and virtually no humidity. She does not have a shopping mall to escape to. The only air conditioning is in her house or the hospital.

Clouds rolled in during the afternoon and I can feel the rain building. The humidity rose to 82% so rain will not be far away.