388. Sunday 5th October 2014. House improvements, opera and a day of rest…

Monday 29th September.

We spent a around 6 hours in a spending spree today. We travelled to Ikea and searched for a few items to make life easier in our villa. For example our built in wardrobes are very good but there is no shelving or drawers. Ikea had an ideal set of drawers that will fit into the wardrobes. Of course we found a few additional items.

Tonight I had another sports night… Table Tennis.

Donnis has a swim in the heated pool every day.

Tuesday 30th September.

All the windows now have venetian blinds installed. Final tweaking and removing of excess slats will be done tomorrow. We put together the two sets of drawers and placed them in the wardrobe. It was simply a long working day.

We had lunch on our gazebo on the bank of Biggera Creek.

Wednesday 1st October

Finally finished all the venetians. Our house is steel framed. That means all the traditional fixing methods for regular houses are not appropriate in our house. Instead of timber fixing screws I have had to buy special steel fixing screws. As well I have had to buy a stud finder so I can find the metal studs so I can screw cabinets to the walls.

In the afternoon I started assembling an Ikea bathroom cabinet only to discover that a partition wall was missing vital holes for studs. Grrr! Now I have to make another trip to Ikea to replace the faulty part.

Thursday 2nd October

Woke earlier than usual and decided to walk along the Broadwater. I was surprised yet pleased to see so many other people walking, running and cycling with a delightful sunrise as a backdrop.

Morning on the Broadwater

Morning on the Broadwater

The Broadwater looking south to Surfers Paradise.

The Broadwater looking south to Surfers Paradise.

Houseboat on the Braodwater

Houseboat on the Braodwater

Biggera high rise

Biggera high rise

High rise apartments on the northern part of the Broadwater

High rise apartments on the northern part of the Broadwater

Ready to watch the sunrise.

Ready to watch the sunrise.

I had another grrr day today Getting the curtain rods installed is more frustrating than I had anticipated. I seem to be making several trips to Bunnings Hardware to buy screws, wall plugs or toggle bolts.

Donnis also decided the curtains she .bought for the bedroom are unsuitable and wanted to return them.

Grrr!

Table tennis again tonight.

Friday 3rd October.

We are twebty paces from our own private park on Biggera Creek which becomes part of a huge canal system. This is part of the view.

We are twenty paces from our own private park on Biggera Creek which becomes part of a huge canal system. This is part of the view.

Our House (words and music by Graham Nash Crosby Stills Nash) which really has nothing to do with the photo I just felt like singing Our House.

Our House (words and music by Graham Nash Crosby Stills Nash) which really has nothing to do with the photo I just felt like singing Our House.

On the street where we live Hmmm! another song springs to mind.

On the street where we live Hmmm! another song springs to mind.

This frill necked lizard lives under the houses. It feeds on bugs and vermin and also the chicks of birds. Our neighbour called out to me me it was on our driveway. I was excited to see it and to take some photos. The neighbour is scared of it and wanted me to chase it away.

This frill necked lizard lives under the houses. It feeds on bugs and vermin and also the chicks of birds. Our neighbour called out to me me it was on our driveway. I was excited to see it and to take some photos. The neighbour is scared of it and wanted me to chase it away.

I felt today was another wasted day but in retrospect I suppose we achieved something.

We stopped to return the curtains before going on to Ikea to exchange a faulty panel for the bathroom cabinet. Of course we cannot just go to Ikea to exchange goods. We have to look through the entire store again, stop for coffee and lunch and buy more stuff. More stuff such as curtains. Donnis had heard somebody say are you having bright colours in the new house so she bought burnt orange curtains. They sure are colourful.

Sigh!

On our way home we stopped at Bunnings…again.

I was so excited about having all I needed to get started on putting up the curtain rods only to find the supplied wall plugs pull out of the wall once the rods are put in place.

Grrr!

Saturday 4th October

Happy Birthday Anakin.

We lunched again at the gazebo on Biggera Creek. Delightful.

I managed to get the curtain rods installed in the lounge room and dining room. I also have to admit – sheepishly – the burnt orange curtains look good.

Late in the afternoon we drove to Broadbeach and joined several thousand other people for a free, Opera in the Park concert.

At the opera

At the opera

More Opera.

More Opera.

Despite signs all around warning that alcohol laws apply and cannot be consumed in the park, many people, hundreds in fact arrived with fold up tables and chairs, eskies and settled down for dinner with a glass or two of wine…or beer…or mixer drinks. It was all so civilized and we regretted no lugging all our picnic stuff with us.  Here is just some of the information about the event “Opera in the Park – ‘Just a Touch of Broadway’. Spread your blanket and kick back to the fabulous music of Opera and Broadway under the stars in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.
Starring the incredible talents of Amelia Farrugia, Donald Cant, the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and Gold Cast Youth Choir, the evening will feature classics from hit Broadway Shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and many more. A truly unique musical experience that will create a night to remember all entirely free!
It was an enjoyable night and the civilised exodus from the park by thousands of spectators meant we were able to cruise home along the Gold Coast Highway in just 15 minutes.

Sunday 5th October

…and on the seventh day they rested.

Amen to that.

 

 

 

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