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.
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.
Today the Kite Surfers were in action catching waves and becoming airborne for a few moments.
They are fascinating to watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.