384. Sunday 3rd August 2014. Whitsunday Reef Festival…

Friday 1st August

My, my!

August already. Soon it will be time for the settlement of the villa purchase and we will be on the move again.

Yesterday I had set up our main bedroom to paint a feature wall. The wall behind our bed was a sort of a washed out brown / mauve and neither of us liked it. We cannot recall who chose the colour or if it was a joint decision (diplomacy dictates it was a joint decision)

Today I started on (and finished) two coats on a wall in our ensuite and finished two coats in the second toilet room and the main feature wall in the third bedroom. This was previously painted a hot pink and was jarringly out of sync with every other room in the house. It is now a comfortable grey/blue and now looks as though the room belongs to the house.

In the afternoon I decided to start WWWGO to ensure the battery is charged. I had sort of planned at least one weekend away between now and when we make the big move in about 6 weeks. WOT THE! The motor would not turn over. All the appropriate lights come on but there is not enough battery charge to start the motor.  Hmmm! On reflection I have not used WWWGO since mid April. I have a good battery charger in the garage so set it up for a slow trickle charge overnight.

Saturday 2nd August

What a delightful sunny winters day. More like late spring or early summer. A perfect day for the first real day of The Whitsunday Reef Festival. (http://www.whitsundayreeffestival.com.au/gallery/ ) This year the festival theme is about how precious the reef is and how we must save and protect and preserve the reef. The festival kicked off last night with a fireworks display on the Airlie Beach foreshore. Free musical concerts were held in the main street which has been closed to all vehicular traffic for three days.

In the morning I managed to complete two coats of paint in the main bedroom and while it was drying I took off to visit the Airlie Beach foreshore. Helibiz were doing a wonderful business.

Helibiz the helicopter people.

Helibiz the helicopter people.

Taking off from the foreshore they had two helicopters running non- stop with participants paying $50 each for a 5 minute flight over Airlie and surrounds. The dodgem cars and merry go round and other fun things were very quiet.

All the people are on the main street waiting for the parade to begin. Half an hour later and people are lined up for the rides and to buy hot dogs and fairy floss.

All the people are on the main street waiting for the parade to begin. Half an hour later and people are lined up for the rides and to buy hot dogs and fairy floss.

Most people were lining the streets waiting for the big parade of floats with a save the reef theme.

The people begin to arrive to get the best seat to view the parade.

The people begin to arrive to get the best seat to view the parade.

Great expectations as the crowds begin to arrive.

Great expectations as the crowds begin to arrive.

This couple led the parade. Note how they are painted to resemble  the sea and the reef.

This couple led the parade. Note how they are painted to resemble the sea and the reef.

Lots of gaily dressed motor scooters. Scooters are popular with the backpackers. They are cheap, plentiful and no need for a licence.

Lots of gaily dressed motor scooters. Scooters are popular with the backpackers. They are cheap, plentiful and no need for a licence.

I was pleased to see the large number of people attending the parade either as spectators or participants. I was however underwhelmed by the floats themselves. Also no marching bands. My friend Claude in the USA who is a master float maker would be a welcome professional to lift the quality of our floats. Still it was fun. All the parade people were throwing lollies or other giveaways into the crowd. Of course all the younger children thought this was wonderful, filling bags with the goodies thrown at them. Some of the paraders had powerful water cannons and thought it fun to squirt water over the crowds. It was not much fun for people with expensive cameras.

Back home I put the bedroom back together and I am pleased with the result.

Sunday 3rd August.

Ho Hum. Not much happening.

Well there is but no exploring. All I did was re-build a small deck along the side of the house and prepare it to be oiled. I also built a new one course concrete block garden. I have parsley, shallots and radishes planted. At the same time I re-routed our micro sprays to water the new garden and went to Bunnings for touch up paint (the masking tape I used to gain a straight edge peeled off some of the adjoining wall paint – Sigh! Now comes a delicate touch up job)

Apart from that my Sunday was quiet.

See ya all next week.

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