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

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.

 

 

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