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

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.

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

  1. shan Says:

    Hi Frank, I hope that everything is okay with you. was concerned about that phone call that made you aghast ?? love shan

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    • frankeeg Says:

      Hi Shan, thanks for the concern. The aghast phone call is not for public publication, although if I was writing this on facebook I would probably include the foul language usually found on mindless facebook childrens rantings…often posted by adults with inadequate education and limited social responsibility. Will call you.Love Frank

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