Monday 13th October
So begins another week.
Can you believe, today we test drove another NEW CAR!
We went looking for a Subaru Liberty. For some reason we ended up looking at a Subaru XV which seems to be a crossover between an Outback, a Liberty and an Imprezza. As you may know I already have a 19 year old Liberty and when you kick down on the gas pedal the car drops down a gear, growls and takes off in a neck snapping leap. I love it. The XV on the other hand when you kick down on the gas pedal there is no sensation of a drop in gear, there is no growl just a sort of a whine and there is acceleration but not the neck snapping variety. The dealer is keen to do a deal…I guess that’s why they are called dealers… but we could not agree on a trade figure and walked away.
Wednesday 15th October
The Hyundai dealer called today with their offer but it too was declined.
Friday 17th October
Most of the week was spent putting the finishing touches on the curtains and preparing a new veggie patch and putting in a new micro spray watering system.
Tonight was Wine n Cheese at the clubhouse. There were about 60 attendees of ages ranging from 55 to 95. Oops some of those older imbibers imbibed steadily. A dance band called The Mad Hatters played their hearts out with all the music from the 60’s. Whewee! It was the first time Donnis and I have been on a dance floor since….well we don’t know when. We finally got home to bed at 1am. Needless to say we had a wonderful night and got to meet many new people. Those older members just loved a drink and getting on the dance floor. Good on em!
Saturday 18th October.
Not much to report today except…
Donnis had acupuncture treatment while I got lost in the Robina Town Centre. When we arrived home we had burgers from the Indian takeaway store at Harbourside Markets at our back gate. Donnis had a spicy fish burger while I went for a Tandor Chicken burger. These burgers were huge and satisfying and the best thing of all was they were only $5.99 each. I cannot help comparing that to a McDonalds pseudo burger for around the same price.
Sunday 19th October
Today we joined friend Glenda B on a boat trip on Rum Runner
to South Stradbroke Island.
This was an organized trip for a club called The Gold Coast Cruise and Walking Club. The trip consists of the boat trip to the island, lunch at the resort and a two hour bush walk across the island to the ocean and back to the resort.
Each trip involves a different walk as the island is criss crossed with tracks. Originally there were 49 people signed up for the trip although 8 could not make it on the day. By the time we kicked off the walk at 3pm – sharp- there were 38 daring adventurers. The track took us along the inside western edge of the island,
past several private lease camp sites maintained by various boating groups, past the open to the public campground called Tipplers Campground which even has a licensed restaurant.
Gradually the track became steeper with the sand becoming softer making the walking more difficult.
Finally we reached the ocean side of the ocean and a steep slide walk from the high sand dune in soft sand to the beach below.
As the walkers spread out across the surf beach it became obvious that one of the walkers was struggling.
I dropped back to assist and found, in her words, she had “popped her knee’. We still had at least another klm of walking and another sandhill to navigate to reach a surf club from where a late afternoon buggy from the resort could take her back to the resort. I stayed with her, encouraging her to keep going as there was no other way for her to get back unless we called in a rescue helicopter. Finally we reached the surf club
and loaded her aboard the buggy. Donnis and Glenda decided to go with her while I hiked the final 2 klms to the resort arriving just in time to join Rum Runner
for the cruise back to Hope Harbour Marina our starting point on the mainland. A stunning sunset ended an equally stunning day as we entered the marina.
By the time we arrived home and we had a shower and a light meal we were ready for bed – exhausted after an enjoyable day.