Archive for December, 2015

472. Sunday 27th December 2015. Christmas Day, Boxing day and quiet days at home….

28/12/2015

Monday 21st December

Another hot and humid day. We had a delightful sea breeze coming in off the creek. With windows and doors open the breeze was cool. No need for AC. So far this summer we have not needed to turn on the AC.

We had a visit from Church of Christ Care. They are an organisation with State Government Funding. They organise tradespeople to come and fix leaky taps or faulty power switches and other trade jobs around the house. The labour is covered by the CofCC funding and all we are charged is for the materials. Sort of like doing it yourself – only better. We were registered and told they will pass on our jobs list but do not expect a tradesman to come until the New Year.

Yeah that’s OK.

Donnis had a bad day with the flu and slept most of the time.

For dinner we had a Turducken – a boned turkey stuffed with a boned duck stuffed with a boned chicken stuffed with…stuffing.

The whole lot is wrapped in bacon.

Hmmm! OK but we should have served it with a gravy not just cranberry sauce.

Tuesday 22nd December

Just after 8am the phone rang. It’s the plumber come to fix the leaky taps in the bathroom. A job I can do when I have two hands. However once he removed the taps he found the seat on one of the taps has a crack. It needed re-seating with a power tool. I have a manual re-seating tool but given the size of the crack I would be working all day. He completed the total job and gone in 15 minutes. We paid $10 for materials.

A short time later the phone rang again. It was the electrician. He was here to replace the smoke alarm which was supposed to have been replaced in 2010. He also put in a new switch for the overhead fan in the bedroom. He was also gone in 15 minutes. Cost…$48 for materials – a new smoke alarm and new three position switch for the fan.

Wednesday 23rd December

I had my last hand therapy for 2015. I have made progress and have come a long way since starting treatment in early September. Almost daily I can see progress and the hand is probably better than 60% back to normal. The therapist tells me from here on in, progress may not be so easy to notice. At least with my posts I can look back in a year and read my weekly progress.

Thursday 24th December

Christmas Eve.

Donnis seems to be no better with the flu now on her chest. We managed to get a doctors appointment and found she has bronchitis and needs some antibiotics. We called sister Enid to say Donnis was not well enough to join them at Noosa as she does not want to spread her germs amongst the children.

After dinner we walked around our village. Although there are only 101 villas in our village there was some fierce competition in Christmas lights. In the same small street of less than 10 houses, all had some degree of lighting. There were three in particular, who vied for first place.241215 lights 241215 lights1 241215 lights2 241215 lights3 241215 lights4 241215 lights5 241215 lights6

Which house is our house?

25th December

Christmas Day!

Donnis woke declaring that she feels so much better (thank you antibiotics) and now wants to travel 2 hours to Noosa on the Sunshine coast.

Which we did.

We joined Enid and Ken, Enid’s son and daughter and of course their children and Enid’s first husband Mick were there for Christmas dinner.

We also managed to contact our children and my brothers and other sisters by phone to wish them a happy Christmas.

After Christmas Dinner we drove home arriving just before midnight.

All in all an enjoyable day.

Saturday 26th December.

Boxing Day.

Donnis has never seen what happens at Boxing Day sales. We walked across the street to Harbourtown Shopping Centre and immediately experienced large crowds milling around going to the stores, eating at the cafes and lining up to get into stores and the movies. We were both amazed that most shops had security guards at the doors. As people left the store they would allow an equal amount of people to enter a store. People were lined up along the front windows of stores and around the corner. Most people had more than one shopping bag. The carpark was so full, security guards directed traffic and closed off some sections. Cars were parked up on the gardens and in pedestrian crossing entrances. Even the streets outside and even the entrance to our street was jammed with parked cars. In the late afternoon we drove to Helensvale Shopping Centre where we were easily able to park near the entrance. Hmmm! Some of the items we wanted were already sold. Perhaps if we had joined the madness earlier in the day we could have got those items.

Que sera sera.

 

Sunday 27th December.

We slept in and had a basic lazy day. A storm and rain had been forecast and although there were cloudy skies it was actually a pleasant day. Late in the afternoon the promised storm arrived when rain, thunder and lightning rolled in.

 

471. Sunday 20th December 2015. A Tipple at Tipplers and the flu arrives…

20/12/2015

Monday 14th December

A neighbour here in the village, Jim, kindly offered to take me to an appointment with the Pain Management Clinic. To use public transport would require four changes of bus and light rail and would be almost two hours travel time…both ways! Jim drove me there in less than 30 minutes. Thank you Jim.

My appointment lasted longer than 90 minutes and I came away with three prescriptions.

Two are for building up Zinc and other minerals needed by my body to build bone, muscle, tendons, blood vessels, NERVES etc.

A third prescription is an anti- inflamatory cream to quickly reduce swelling in the wrist and fingers. This cream is only available through a Compounding Pharmacy in Southport.

All three will help the healing process in respect of the nerve damage.

I also came away armed with the knowledge that the side effects from the Lyrica 300, drowsiness, unsteady on the feet, dry mouth, speech difficulties, memory loss AND a huge gain in weight, are all reversible.

Slowly.

Getting off the Lyrica will be as slow as the healing process.

Late in the afternoon I collected the first two prescriptions from the Compounding Pharmacy at Harbourtown across the street from our village.

Tuesday 15th December

In the morning I walked to the Hand Therapist and was rewarded with the news I have made huge gains in getting full use of my hand ahead of expectations. Regardless, my hand exercises will continue for a long time.

At midday I attended a village Christmas Lunch with a traditional Christmas dinner provided by a mobile caterer. I went dressed in a big red T-shirt painted with a beard and a red coat and bulging belly with a big black belt. Just the right piece of camouflage to hid a bulging belly. I wore a Christmas stocking type cap adorned with flashing lights.

In the afternoon I caught a bus to Southport, collected my healing cream – Diclofenac – and returned home by bus. The entire trip took 80 minutes.

Hmmm! Sometimes public transport is quicker and cheaper. Parking around Southport is via parking meters.

Wednesday 16th December

Donnis and grandson Chris were due to fly bout of Sydney today. A freak tornado tore through La Perouse on the north side of Botany Bay (the Kingsford Smith Airport is located at Mascot on Botany Bay – most flights taxi and take off over Botany Bay along a runway extended over a main road and extended into the bay) across the bay and slammed into the quaint bayside suburb of Kurnell – (we visited Kurnell at Post 403)  –  (Lieutenant – later Captain – James Cook, first stepped ashore on Australian soil here in 1770) with winds up to 213 Kph – http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/kurnell-the-worst-affected-as-tornado-strength-storm-hits-sydney/story-fni0cx12-1227647109421  and shredded about 20 houses before slowing to a storm and dumping rain, hail as big as golf balls, lightning and strong winds across Sydney. The airport was closed and all flights cancelled. When the storm passed, the airport was opened again but there was a huge backlog of flights to get through. Donnis chose to re-schedule for a flight on Friday morning. She and Chris took the train back to Wollongong for a couple of extra days holidays. Our friends Geoff and Margaret C live at La Perouse and video -taped the heavy rain.

Friday 18th December

Donnis arrived home today but she brought home a big dose of the FLU which she caught visiting the granddaughters. It seems Errol was the culprit.

Saturday 19th December

Today we joined friend Glenda B and jumped aboard the unusual passenger ferry, “RUM RUNNER” for a one hour cruise to South Stradbroke Island. On this occasion we visited Tipplers Resort a mid- range type of resort with some camping spots, some island tents and cabins. There is a bar and dining facilities which I would label as “pub food”. The resort is owned by Gold Coast City Council and three new jetties and pontoons have been installed.

Entry to Tipplers Resort.

Entry to Tipplers Resort.

Tipplers Resort

Tipplers Resort

One of dozens of jet skis.

One of dozens of jet skis.

Hmmm! None of them thought the inflatable was overloaded.

Hmmm! None of them thought the inflatable was overloaded.

The Ice Cream man cometh to visit all boats.

The Ice Cream man cometh to visit all boats.

That said we had an enjoyable day except for Donnis who slept most of it away on the beach. She is suffering from the flu.

I went for a walk along the beach to watch as a sea plane – Cloud 9 – taxied into the beach to drop off passengers at the Gold Coast Adventures, Island Adventure Camp.    http://goldcoastadventures.com.au/island-adventures/   Loud music, barbecue meals and lots of cold drinks. Everybody seemed to be having fun.

Gold Coast Adventures Cruise boat.

Gold Coast Adventures Cruise boat.

This is a private entrance to a private wedding location.

This is a private entrance to a private wedding location.

An older jetty.

An older jetty.

A pregnant woman finds a way to cool off.

A pregnant woman finds a way to cool off.

The goanna blends in amongst the forest floor debris.

The goanna blends in amongst the forest floor debris.

Seaplane taxiing to the Adventure Beach.

Seaplane taxiing to the Adventure Beach.

Passengers step ashore.

Passengers step ashore.

Last year we travelled on “RUM RUNNER” to Curran Cove Resort but this year was more fun.

Delightful view of a beach near Tipplers.

Delightful view of a beach near Tipplers.

The skipper and a couple of friends put on a guitar and ukulele show for passengers and resort patrons alike.

The lead ukelele player is also the skipper on RUM RUNNER and also leads the walks,.

The lead ukulele player is also the skipper on RUM RUNNER and also leads the walks,.

On the journey home our table was treated to impromptu ukulele lessons.

These new breed of ukulele are battery operated and tuning is a breeze

These new breed of ukulele are battery operated and tuning is a breeze

Donnis strums a few chords. Hmmm! How did that tune go again?

Donnis strums a few chords. Hmmm! How did that tune go again?

Sunday 20th December.

Not much happened today except a couple of personal achievements.

I drove the car out of the garage.

I washed the car.

I drove the car around the village and back to our driveway.

I am on large doses of Lyrica 300 and they make me wobbly, forgetful, and sleepy. As well I have trouble finding the strength to change gears and hold the steering wheel.

I am not permitted by medical instructions to drive.

So be it.

Donnis will have to drive us to any adventures including Christmas at Noosa.

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Safe and Rewarding NEW YEAR.

470. Sunday 13th December 2015. A really quiet week here on the Gold Coast…

15/12/2015

Monday 7th December

Today starts off about where most days last week started.

We went for a walk along Southport Beach. The walk takes about 45 minutes and involves getting feet wet (sometimes we get caught by a wave up to our waists) and digging feet into the wet sand. Walking across the dry sand to the waterline is great exercise for every muscle in the feet and legs. Hmmm! Perhaps I should learn to walk on my hands and give my left hand a workout.

On the subject of my hand I can say the surgery is all healed. All the muscle, nerves, sinews, cartilage and tendons are still healing. The hand is swollen. Yes there is pain but only low level. That is because I am taking a maximum dose of 300 Mg of Lyrica twice a day. If I am two or so hours late taking my meds, the pain kicks in. Fingertips tingle 24/7. I have been referred to a pain management clinic and will see the Pharmacy expert next week.

Tuesday 8th December

Because I had an 8 am appointment with the hand therapist we did not do our morning walk.

However…

In the afternoon we went for a splash walk along The Broadwater towards Land’s End. The Broadwater, like the ocean beach, has something new to see every day.

This looks like a home made outrigger canoe. It looks like quite a good idea and would probably work well...except that one end of the AMA is open would fill with water.

This looks like a home made outrigger canoe. It looks like quite a good idea and would probably work well…except that one end of the AMA is open would fill with water.

A dinghy from one of the many moored craft moored in the Broadwater.

A dinghy from one of the many moored craft moored in the Broadwater.

Interesting design although I feel the deck is far too close to the water. The spiral staircase would be a pain after awhile.

Interesting house design although I feel the deck is far too close to the water. The spiral staircase would be a pain after awhile. To me the design is top heavy and could be a problem in strong winds.

Interesting home made/design of a trimaran.

Interesting home made/design of a trimaran.

Trimaran.

Trimaran.

Smaller home made trimaran.

Smaller home made trimaran.

Another dinghy from a moored craft.

Another dinghy from a moored craft.

Skyline of Southport and Surfers Paradise.

Skyline of Southport and Surfers Paradise.

The jet boats come past the Broadwater

The jet boats come past the Broadwater

This would be a very comfortable cruiser of an older design. This is probably a custom design which would probably cost around $300,000. Donnis and I both like this style and build of boat. Hmmm! Gotta win lotto.

This would be a very comfortable cruiser of an older design. This is probably a custom design which would probably cost around $300,000. Donnis and I both like this style and build of boat. Hmmm! Gotta win lotto.

Thursday 10th December

The day kicked off just after 6am at Southport Beach. Now I know I may have mentioned this before but even at that time of morning it is difficult finding a parking spot. The beach is crowded.

Sigh!!!

There are still a fe smaller private residences along the Southport Beach.

There are still a fe smaller private residences along the Southport Beach.

This high rise looks like a piece of Leggo with the knobs on the top.

This high rise looks like a piece of Leggo with the knobs on the top.

At 6.30 am the board riders are out having fun. They have probably been here since first light.

At 6.30 am the board riders are out having fun. They have probably been here since first light.

In the afternoon Donnis son Peter arrived with grandson Chris to drive to Coolangatta Airport. Donnis and Chris flew to Sydney then were collected by Donnis other son Errol and driven to Wollongong for a week. After a 32 degree day a thunderstorm rolled in and delayed the flight for an hour.

Friday 11th December

Another 32 degree day with a thunderstorm accompanied by rain late in the afternoon. My driver…Donnis… is in Wollongong and due to my heavy duty medication I am not allowed to drive. Visits to the beach for a walk will be seriously curtailed.

Sunday 13th December

Not much has happened for the last two days.

I played with editing old and new photos and stayed inside out of the heat during the middle of the days. Although the temp is up around 32 ° there is a nice cool breeze which comes in from the sea and up the creek and keeps us cool. So far I have had no need for air con but once Donnis is home she will probably turn it on. She does not handle the heat at all well.

 

Hmmm! Not being allowed to drive the car is a big pain in the derriere. I could be using the car to explore.

Donnis is home next week and it is time we got out and about,

469. Sunday 6th December 2015. Making a few travel plans here on the Gold Coast…

07/12/2015

Monday 30th November

Another hot day.

Let’s put that in perspective. What I have been calling a hot day is 32 degrees Celsius. OK, it is a little hot for the last day of Spring but two years ago when Donnis and I were at Lightning Ridge (we had travelled from Collarenebri where Donnis was working) the temp was 46 degrees Celsius with little or no humidity. That sort of heat saps the energy from your body in minutes. The liquid behind your eyeballs heats up, your body craves water and shade. If air con is available it is preferred. Out west many homes have evaporative coolers instead of air con. Evaporative coolers put cold moist air into a room. Air Con puts cold dry air into a room.

In the afternoon we went to Broadbeach to walk along the wet sand and paddle in the shallows. In the street nearby there are Coaster type buses without any insignia on the side. These buses ferry Asian tourists to attractions including a walk on the beach. It is not unusual to see hundreds of people – Asian – on the beach taking group photos, single poses often with a fluttering scarf, standing ankle deep in the water.

Yep. Most of the people in this crowd are Asian. They are having fun.

Yep. Most of the people in this crowd are Asian. They are having fun.

Yes. Raise your hands to the joy of being on the beach with the wind blowing through your hair and your bare feet feeling the damp sand between your toes.

Yes. Raise your hands to the joy of being on the beach with the wind blowing through your hair and your bare feet feeling the damp sand between your toes.

Keep smiling even when a wave runs up the beach and soaks your slacks.

Keep smiling even when a wave runs up the beach and soaks your slacks.

Wave to everybody and forget a wave is coming your way. Surprise surprise.

Wave to everybody and forget a wave is coming your way. Surprise surprise.

That is, until a wave comes in and soaks them as far as waist deep. It leaves those tourists laughing and gasping for breath and taking more photos. They are having a lot of fun.

You are rugged  up for a walk in the frozen wastes of northern Alaska for what reason?. Perhaps the tour guide forget to tell them the temp is somewhere around 27 degrees! Winter jackets are not required.

You are rugged up for a walk in the frozen wastes of northern Alaska for what reason?. Perhaps the tour guide forget to tell them the temp is somewhere around 27 degrees! Winter jackets are not required.

Today the Kite Surfers were in action catching waves and becoming airborne for a few moments.

Kite Surfer enjoying a wave.

Kite Surfer enjoying a wave.

Airborne! One of the joys of kite surfing in a howling southerly gale.

Airborne! One of the joys of kite surfing in a howling southerly gale.

They are fascinating to watch.

If a kite surfer strays too far into a patrolled area - red & yellow flags - he must move away.

If a kite surfer strays too far into a patrolled area – red & yellow flags – he must move away.

One method of moving away is to walk the kite along the beach. Note the efort on his face.

One method of moving away is to walk the kite along the beach. Note the efort on his face.

He takes a few moments to stop and smile at thye camera.

He takes a few moments to stop and smile at thye camera.

From seemingly out of nowhere came what appeared to be a marathon surf ski race. Some came ashore and immediately started running north along the beach. Some paddlers continued paddling south along the beach.

Surf Ski paddler catching a final wave into the beach.

Surf Ski paddler catching a final wave into the beach.

Where he drops the ski and starts to run back to the finish line somewhere along the beach. Good luck!

Where he drops the ski and starts to run back to the finish line somewhere along the beach. Good luck!

We can walk along the beach every day and see something new which catches our attention.

Tuesday 1st December

Officially today is the first day of SUMMER!

Friday 4th December

Not much happened this week. We have been going to the beach for our walks and the wind has been blowing every day.

Today was overcast and rain threatened. The temperature, away from the wind was 22 degrees most of the day. The wind was a bit cool but we can still wear shorts n Tshirts. We call it a bit chilly. Donnis spoke with daughter Alecia in Calgary Canada. She said the day had been quite warm for this time of year – 11 degrees. Yikes. She was wearing jeans and a lumberjacket type shirt but still considered 11 to be warm. Wait till you come back to Australia next year Alecia. Every day will be above 11.

Sunday 6th December

What a clear sunny Summer day.

We were on Southport Beach at 6.30 am and the sun was bright and promising a spectacular day. As we walked along the beach towards The Spit we could see a large group of people way in the distance.

Seven am and already  you can see people out enjoying the beach weather and notice you can see people all the way to The Spit.

Seven am and already you can see people out enjoying the beach weather and notice you can see people all the way to The Spit.

It was an early gathering of Beagle enthusiasts with one thing in mind. They wanted to beat the world record, set in the USA earlier this year, for the largest number of Beagles being taken for a walk at the same time. Sorry, no photos but later in the day they did set a world record as per the following link.   http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/beaglemania-on-the-gold-coast-as-world-record-broken-at-the-spit/story-fnj94j0t-1227635555870

Peter, Regelyn and Chris came to visit for lunch and then a swim in the Treasure Island Resort next door. It was Regelyns birthday on Friday so Donnis made an experimental cheesecake.

When the birthday candle is lit it plays "Happy Birthday to You" at a tempo designed for you to accompany.

When the birthday candle is lit it plays “Happy Birthday to You” at a tempo designed for you to accompany.

When the candle is blown out it stops playing.

When the candle is blown out it stops playing.

We walked next door to the Treasure Island Holiday Resort to use their swimming pool facilities. Why not? It is part of the package of owning a villa here. Although we have a pool, next door has several, a couple of which have slides and things young people about Chris age enjoy.

 

 

468. Sunday 29th November 2015. Another quiet week on the Gold Coast…

01/12/2015

Monday 23rd November

We still have heatwave conditions in Queensland. It is reasonably cool inside the house with breezes coming in from the creek. A walk along the beach on The Broadwater was delightful this morning. The tide was very high, forcing us to walk on grass in the dunes. As always, it seems, I forgot to bring the camera.

Tuesday 24th November

Although my sisters, Enid and Sandi would tell me the following is common and there is no embarrassment involved, I did feel embarrased. Due to the continuing pain associated, not with the surgery to my wrist (it is healed and as strong as the original) it is due to continuing pain associated with injury to my Ulna nerve in the original fall. My doctor had made an appointment for me to see a Clinical Psychologist. That appointment was today. Although the pain has reduced considerably over the last few weeks I decided I should keep the appointment…I might learn something.  So I sat down and talked about things which happened in my life. At the end of the hour he suggested he would not make another appointment as he feels I am handling, not just the pain issues but other issues which life throws at me. In a way I was slightly disappointed. Just slightly mind you. He did say he would leave the door open should I need his help in the future.

Wednesday 25th November

Attended the Skin Clinic this morning to have the three stitches removed. The doc commented that I am clear of cancer…at least as far as the lump he removed last week. I know that having a misspent youth, lounging in the sun, surfing and allowing salt to dry on my skin there is every chance another cancer will emerge somewhere.

Thursday 26th November

Donnis had a Podiatrist appointment today. Although it was on the other side of Brisbane the timing fit in with our plans to see grandson Chris at his school nativity concert in the evening. Chris was a wise Maggi in the chorus.

Prior to the concert we visited Peter, Chris is his son then drove to collect Chris, his mother Regelyn and his other grandmother, Angelique and take them to the concert. I am still trying to understand why we drove out of our way to do that, especially as Regelyn had a perfectly serviceable car in her garage.

After we drove the family home Donnis and I went to a nearby Thai Restaurant for dinner. I would have preferred to eat something at home.

Sigh!

Friday 27th November

Today was hot with a strong wind. We organised to visit The Spit with Glenda and her mum and have another picnic under the shade of Casurina’s . After a filling lunch Donnis and Glenda went for a walk while I laid back in our recliner chair. I fell asleep, waking to find a storm front had rolled in while Glenda and Dee had decamped while Donnis had packed everything and was waiting on me.

Sigh!

Saturday 28th November

For some time I have been trying to track down my old schoolmate George C. I have not heard from him in over a year. George and I spoke regularly by Skype and telephone and we had visited him in Bulladelah NSW where he was working as a baker. We had to pass through his town as we were travelling south on 2nd December 2011. I became concerned as I had not spoken with him for more than a year and felt guilty I had not thought of him since our move back to our house in Airlie Beach and packing up to move to the Gold Coast, our trip to Canada and my injury and surgery. I did not know his address in Bulladelah but knew he had last spoken about moving to Sydney to live with his daughter. I also knew his lady friend lived in Gorokan and they were exploring buying a houseboat. I thought the worst had happened to him but wanted confirmation. I had no address or phone number but did have his daughters Skype but she did not answer. I tried locating her on Facebook but noticed there were no entries for this year. I left messages on her Facebook page and on the pages of other relatives who were on her Facebook. That was several months ago and I had all but given up hope of finding George or what might have happened to him. Today we received a message on Donnis Facebook. Daughter Anna C wrote apologising for the delay but confirmed that George had died of a heart attack on 15/12/13.

George and I went through high school together after which we went in different directions and apart from a chance meeting at a surfing spot did not catch up again until about 2008 thanks to the wonders of Skype.

I am sad about the death of George as I am also saddened about the loss of three other friends this year. I guess I am at the age where I should expect more and more old friends will pass on.

Sigh!!!

Saturday 28th November

We stayed cool in the house for most of the day. About 4pm we drove to Broadbeach for a walk.

Lifeguard station.

Lifeguard station.

I love walking on the beach in any weather, day or night, the sound and smell of the ocean, the salt laden air in my lungs

View along the Broadbeach towards The Spit where the salty spray is easy to see.

View along the Broadbeach towards The Spit where the salty spray is easy to see.

and the feel of sand and water under my feet and between my toes. You see all sorts of interesting things, the first of which was the misty haze of the salty air drifting across the beach. The mums and dads with young children splashing in the water, the pair of bikini clad girls posing for each other for their photos.

A couple of young bikini clad girls take turns taking posed photos on the waters edge.

A couple of young bikini clad girls take turns taking posed photos on the waters edge.

The wedding party posing for photos.

A wedding party on a posed stroll.

A wedding party on a posed stroll.

We noted the stretch limo parked in the carpark over the dunes still had the motor running while the driver checked his watch. The tent erected on the beach with a band practising for a beach party.

Double click on this photo and you can see the drums.

Double click on this photo and you can see the drums.

A cyclist on the beach.

It is hard work riding a bicycle on the sand. The hard packed damp sand is reasonably good enough but good gears and chunky mountain bike tyres give good traction.

It is hard work riding a bicycle on the sand. The hard packed damp sand is reasonably good enough but good gears and chunky mountain bike tyres give good traction.

I always feel good after a walk on the ocean beach.

Sunday 29th November

Another hot day although it is cool inside the house.

As seems to be the case lately I fall asleep shortly after breakfast and am in a stupor each day. I have what is called “dry mouth” my tongue seems to lock up when I am talking and it sticks to the roof of my mouth when I fall asleep. Blame it on my medication.

In the afternoon we went for a walk on Broadbeach in overcast conditions. The salt laden haze is much thicker today but do I care?

Nope.

It is great to walk in these conditions.