Monday 19th October
Several times over the last few months Donnis has commented her regret we had sold WWWGO. On reflection she would rather have kept our furniture in storage and continued our travelling lifestyle. As for me I have tried to suppress such feelings but I do in some respects agree with her. We had travelled to many interesting towns and stayed in wonderful campsites – most of them Freedom sites. We made our decision and cannot put the Genie back in the bottle. Despite not having WWWGO we will continue to travel.
Thursday 22nd October
Oh joy oh joy oh joy. We got i30 back today. Not that I can drive of course but Donnis can. The smash repair place did a great job on the damaged rear end.
Friday 23rd October
We both woke early shortly after 5am. We dressed and drove to the Broadwater so we can walk along the sand at the waters edge. Oh yes and splash a bit in the shallows. It is surprising how many people are out and about at this time. Walkers, joggers and three swimmers in the swimming lagoon. Further up the beach we came across three Police officers, one from the dog squad. It seems they were chasing a fugitive who ran into the water. He was shouting and abusing the Police who were waiting calmly on the shore. They could easily wait him out.
After my physiotherapist appointment we drove to Broadbeach for what I consider a con. Last week we were given a scratch ticket and were told we won a major prize.
Yeah! Right! As if!
We have encountered this type of con before as it is a way of getting customers in the door for a one on one presentation by a slick salesman. In this case they are selling holiday packages.
Out of interest we went to see if we could pick up a prize. The salesman started asking us questions about our holiday choices each year. Quite frankly we told him there are no choices. We simply go where we want when we want with little or no planning. I also asked for heavy rock music being played by supervisors to be turned down or better yet, turned off. I told them it was distracting and in my opinion, unprofessional. Shortly thereafter the salesman terminated his spiel saying the package was not for us. We scratched off the prize – 3 to 5 days in a resort in Fiji, Gold Coast or Port Macquarie plus a $99 booking fee. Really, it is a prize not worth pursuing. Meals and airfare not included.
On our way home we drove past the Gold Coast Indy 600 street race circuit and could hear the noise of the V8’s doing practise laps. www.v8supercars.com.au/events/queensland/castrol-gold-coast-600
The event brings around $40,000,000 to the local economy so it is worth a few days of traffic delays.
Saturday 24th October
Up early and down to The Broadwater for a walk in the sand and waters edge. The rest of the day was spent planning and moving furniture in our front room.
Breakfast also brought a milestone in my recovery. I can now pick up and grind, with some difficulty, pepper and salt grinders. Until today I did not have any strength or gripping power in my left hand.
Sunday 25th October
What a glorious day. We had to make the most of the day as the rest of the week is predicted to be a bit ordinary with storms and showers for the rest of the week.
We went to the Broadwater before midday so I could take a walk along the beach while Donnis swam in the lagoon.
Many other people had the same idea as parking was almost impossible to find. Across the street we found parking outside a block of units where a Mediterranean style wedding was in progress with an enthusiastic band and dancers umm err dancing in a circle.
At the lagoon the Pelicans arrived waiting for lunch of offcuts from Charis Seafoods http://www.charisseafood.com.au/ which are right on the lagoon. Charis normally feed the Pelicans at 1.30 each day. Not just the Pelicans were lining up for seafood. The adjacent park with picnic tables
and about a dozen charter boats were anchored on the lagoon to buy seafood for lunch.
It really is a sight to see all those Pelicans and a few hundred seagulls jockeying for a position for a free lunch.
BTW. Basa is not sold here.