467. Sunday 22nd November 2015. Just another quiet week on the Gold Coast. Oh, yeah there was a heatwave too…

Monday 16th November

Today was basically a round of medical appointments for both of us. In between was filled with mealtimes.

Sigh!

We lived in our motorhome for almost 4 years and rarely needed to see a doctor or dentist. Now our days seem to be filled with medical appointments.

Tuesday 17th November

Hmmm! On face value, today was beginning to look like a repeat of yesterday. Then friend Glenda called and suggested we go on a picnic so she and her aged mum can have a day out. Glenda is a bit like the words to the song King of the Road by Roger Miller.

I know every engineer on every train
All of their children, and all of their names
And every handout in every town
And every lock that ain’t locked, when no one’s around.

I sing, trailers for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents
No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes
Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom
Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road.

Glenda knows all the parks and picnic spots and places to go when on a slim budget. This was another of her “finds”.

We went to a spot on the Spit which is another Spit within the Spit. One side is a lovely white sand beach, with Azure blue waters lapping at the sand and dotted with Casuarina trees … dotted with picnickers in the shade… overlooking

Stand up paddle boarders seen through the Casuarina trees.

Stand up paddle boarders seen through the Casuarina trees.

Hmmm! Perhaps some Casuarina grew, or were planted too close to the water. There are several dead and dieing trees on the side of The Spit.

Hmmm! Perhaps some Casuarina grew, or were planted too close to the water. There are several dead and dieing trees on the side of The Spit.

Another dead Casuarina.

Another dead Casuarina.

Several jet boat operators use this stretch of The Spit to carry out their high speed antics

Several jet boat operators use this stretch of The Spit to carry out their high speed antics

Surfers Paradise from The Spit.

Surfers Paradise from The Spit.

The Broadwater and a great view towards Surfers Paradise.

Two hundred paces the other direction leads to a calm lagoon with an equally white sand beach and Azure waters with boats tucked into anchorages. Grotty Yachties live aboard these boats.

View of Surfers Paradise from the (free I believe) laggon mooring area.

View of Surfers Paradise from the (free I believe) laggon mooring area.

A few hours here, eating too much – Glenda always brings enough food for many people (she does her own loaves & fishes miracle) washed down with a glass or three of a mild wine she brought. Well I had a few glasses, Donnis was driving so had to be a teetotaller. What a lovely delightful relaxing spot. We could see people on stand up paddle boards, Jet ski’s and all manner of bigger and smaller boats moving to and from the Gold Coast Waterway which leads to the open sea at the end of the Spit.

Officially, today was the beginning of heatwave conditions for the next few days.

Wednesday Thursday and Friday were spent at home in the cool of the house. We turned on the AC for a few hours on Friday.

We went walking at the Broadwater sometimes in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon and twice today. As we walk we notice boats on the water doing what they orta.

Hmmm! Perhaps we are close to Christmas.

Hmmm! Perhaps we are close to Christmas.

We saw a home- made sort of catamaran powered by an outboard. 12 months ago this vessel proudly had the words Commando Knights painted on the superstructure. It carried the Australian, US and Israel flags. This year Commando Knights has been painted over and only flies the Israel flag.  See   https://www.facebook.com/Commando-Knights-Family-148181012038780/

Hmmm!

Commando Warriors in undercover mode.

Commando Warriors in undercover mode.

A sailboat which has been converted to a power boat. It looks strange compared to all other powerboats.

What the!!!! It looks like a sailboat and I could not help looking for a mast...but on the other hand the superstructure, cockpit and stern it is unmistakenly a power boat.

What the!!!! It looks like a sailboat and I could not help looking for a mast…but on the other hand the superstructure, cockpit and stern it is unmistakenly a power boat.

A home built trimaran.

Home made Trimaran.

Home made Trimaran.

Earlier this week we saw a sailboat rafted up with a houseboat on a mooring. Rafting is where two or more boats are joined together and swing on one anchor or mooring. Today we noticed that two boats have rafted up to the houseboat. Perhaps it is party central.

Two boats rafted with a houseboat.

Two boats rafted with a houseboat.

It looks like this is a well equipped, self sufficient fisherman on his paddle ski.

It looks like this is a well equipped, self sufficient fisherman on his paddle ski.

Saturday 21st November

Heat wave conditions were forecast for today so what better excuse to stay home, turn on the AC and veg out. On Thursday I installed a Google Chromecast device on the TV. This enables us to cast streamed movies through the laptop to the TV. Yesterday I got the device running correctly and today we watched two movies in the afternoon.

Before dinner we drove to Southport Beach for a walk. The wind had changed direction to the south and we could see big black storm clouds over the ocean and the wind was picking up. There were strong winds most of the night but no rain.

Sunday 22nd November

The heat wave continues but we stayed at home with windows and doors open enjoying the breeze off the ocean. We used our Google Chromecast and forgot that it was hot outside.

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