Monday 27th October
Frank spent the morning in court in Armidale. After all, that was the reason I went there. The judge decided, after hearing the prosecutor from the Dept of Public Prosecutions was ill and could not attend and a replacement could not be found at short notice, to defer proceedings He set a date for 19th November for the two parties (prosecution and defence) to meet in his chambers to decide on a date to recommence proceedings. What the!!! A date has been set to decide on a date to be set! In the meantime I travelled for seven hours to appear as a witness and will have to wait until another date is set to appear for a third time!
Tuesday 28th October
I met with the barrister in the morning and went over details of what my witness information will be. I then drove the seven hours back to the Gold Coast. A Potential Buyer for WWWGO arrived from Adelaide and met with Donnis. I arrived home a few hours later. He stayed the night.
Wednesday 29th October
After we all had breakfast at the Tartare Restaurant I took the Potential Buyer for a test drive and showed him all the working parts of WWWGO. Later he took us for lunch at a seafood place on the Broadwater.
Thursday 30th October
I drove our PB to the Coolangatta Airport for his flight home while Donnis attended a Tai Chi class. Tonight, while watching TV we heard two loud thumps on the wall outside the dining room window. I got a torch and shoes and went outside to investigate. Hmmm! A plant stand had been moved from the garden to under the window and a wheelie bin had been moved away from the window to make room for the plant stand. The plant stand had collapsed and fallen against the wall. Most likely from the weight of a person.
We have had an intruder!!! A prowler!!! A burglar casing the premises!!!
I walked two houses away to speak with the Home Owners Committee chairman. He was away but after I explained to his wife Julie what had happened she called security from the van park next door. Soon we had two men patrolling the streets. They also mentioned an intruder had been reported in the van park an hour before and they had a good description of the alleged perpetrator and this was passed to the Police. I joined the security guy in checking the fence line. Near the creek I was about to step on some rocks but decided to shine a torch on where I was about to step. Good thing I did as I almost trod on a snake. Although a Google search later showed it to be a non- venomous Childrens Python I am sure if I had trodden on the snake it would not have been happy and would have reacted. In turn I would not have been happy either.
Hmmm! An interesting night.
Friday 31st October
Once upon a time I would have said this date was only of significance to people from the Northern Hemisphere and perhaps a little deficient in grey matter. I speak of course of Halloween. Somehow this madness, a leftover from less enlightened, pagan times, has somehow invaded the land of Oz and confirming we are just as basically superstitious and fond of scaring small children as anybody else on the planet.
By breakfast the events of last night were beginning to be a topic of interest and several people dropped by for my first- hand account. It seems apart from causing some trouble in the van park next door our intruder/prowler / burglar had been busy in our village as well. Several people started reporting things that went bump in the night and lawn shed doors being opened, even a stolen electric outboard motor. The burglar had raised the motor onto a wall next to the village post boxes. Our sharp eyed security staff and or Police noticed it. They waited. The thief returned to collect his booty and was himself collected as booty.
The Police called around to see me and gather more information. Luckily by this time I knew who had his electric outboard stolen and was able to pass on his details. He had his outboard returned by lunchtime. He now has a padlock on his garden shed.
I installed a micro spray watering system in our neighbours garden. They are still away but as a thank you for allowing us to store WWWGO in their space I installed the timer sprinkler system. Another neighbor suggested I may be interested in installing them for other residents as well.
For a fee of course.
Tonight was Fish n Chips night at the clubhouse. Afterwards we played $1 bingo. We sat opposite several older ladies who were a hoot. They were all quick witted and knew how to stir the caller to the point he was intimidated or exasperated, perhaps both. They all had a good laugh. All night – well until at least 8pm when some folks begin to get tired.
Saturday 1st November
We drove to visit Robyn who had allowed us to park WWWGO on her property for a couple of weeks last month. Her twin sister was visiting as well. Robyn and husband Brian worked in the ski fields in the USA in the early years of this century – think about it. In the off season they felt the choice of eateries in the towns was a bit limited. Robyn & Brian, both chefs decided to start a new food shop called G’Day Mate, an Aussie Meat Pie and other Aussie baked treats. The first shop was such a success they started another two in neighbouring ski towns.
The main reason Donnis wanted to visit was to spend some time with Robyn’s daughter in Law Louise who is visiting from Melbourne. Louise has two children. One is Poppy and is about the same age as granddaughter Hannah as Donnis is needing a grandchild fix. Donnis also got to cuddle the newest member of Louise family who is only a few weeks old. I was interested to renew acquaintance with Louise as she is a talented pilot married to another talented pilot, Rod. However Louise is the most famous, or infamous of the two. She is one of the few pilots who have flown under the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Which is naughty and illegal, I know, but she knew what she was doing and I respect her courage and talent. Rod flies supply planes to the Antarctic while Louise, when she completes her maternity leave will return to flying search and rescue planes.
In the afternoon I finished a job started shortly after moving to the Gold Coast. We have an extendable dining table and eight chairs. The table and chairs are made of teak. They were made in 1972 by Parker Furniture and once belonged to my father. I inherited them on his death. Over the last few years while in storage, the teak oils have dried but the human oil from touching over many years has created a haven for mold to establish itself. The upholstery has lost its spring and the entire set looks tired.
I found a local well respected upholsterer to give new life to the seats. I agreed to take off the seats and back rests then clean the timber frames almost back to bare timber and once the chair is clean give it a coat of restorative oil.
I finished four chairs and the upholsterer used the new Pistachio coloured material we chose to make the new seat cushion and back. As well the cushions were re-sprung and new padding added. Once he completed the first four chairs I started the cleaning work on the next four chairs.
I finished the final chair today and packed them all into TERIOS ready for delivery to the upholsterer on Monday. The next job is to restore the dining table which was slightly damaged by the same drying out and mold the chairs suffered plus damage by chairs stacked on it for 4 years.
Sunday 2nd November
There are bush fires to the north and west of the Gold Coast. The smoke haze hung all over the area and combined with the overcast conditions indicated rain was on its way. Nope. Take away the smoke haze and the thin cloud cover was never going to bring rain.
We had a lazy day around the house and after lunch visited Val and Sue R. While Val and I discussed dash camera’s and micro chip SD cards etc – a fascinating subject – Donnis and Sue swapped scrapbooking thoughts – another fascinating subject. We enjoyed our visit.
The buzz around home is the Melbourne Cup luncheon on Tuesday. Donnis already has her outfit prepared and I am planning to dress up for the occasion – the first time ever.
Tags: Armidale Courthouse, Childrens Python, Coolangatta Airport, Dept of Public Prosecutions, flying under Sydney Harbour Bridge, G'Day mate Aussie Pies, Halloween, Melbourne Cup Luncheon, micro SD card, restoring teak furniture, Tartare Restaurant