Tuesday 16th February
Our new Laz E Boy lounge, ordered and paid for last November, arrived today.
Wednesday 17th February
Now for something totally different. We attended a Tai Chi lesson today. It was held in a park at Paradise Point on the shore of The Broadwater (a few Klms further north than we usually go for a walk) our lesson had about 20 participants and was held under a spreading fig tree. The lesson lasted an hour and I was impressed by the flexibility of our teacher and how sore my muscles felt afterwards.
We were home before the real heat of the day began. It was a scorcher and was accompanied by high humidity.
Friday 19th February
In the morning Donnis went to Tai Chi while I had a Hand Therapy Session.
It was hot today, 34° even here on the coast with a good cooling sea breeze.
At midday we collected Donnis’ sister, Linda, and her partner from the Coolangatta Airport. They are visiting from Vancouver, Canada. We came home and relaxed for a few hours before going to Southport Beach for a walk late in the afternoon.
Donnis son Peter and his son Chris arrived from Brisbane. We had dinner and Peter and Chris stayed for the night. One slept on the new lounge and the other slept on our fold up foamy bed. We carried this bed on our travels 2010 to 2014 and never used the thing, either as a bed, a day bed or as a fold up lounge chair.
No plans have been made for tomorrow.
Saturday 20th February
As always when a group is asked to decide what to do today, nobody wants to decide and the day wears on. I took the initiative and decided we would go to Philips Park on Main Beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships. As it turns out there was only 8 knots of wind today, barely enough to get a training kite airborne. The championships are re-scheduled for tomorrow when 25 knot winds are predicted.
We took our own kite
with us and the NKL invited us to use their training kites.
Even though their kite is marginally larger than our kite it is designed for kite surfing and has three lines to the kite via a hand steering bar compared to our two lines via cord wraps.
At times the kite was lifting us off our feet. It was magic.
We were all fired up to consider taking up kite surfing.
It was 37° C in the beach carpark at 2pm. Afterwards we stopped for a beer at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club then home to discover after several hours in the sun surfing and kite flying we are all sunburnt.
Sunday 21st February
Mid-morning to midday Doug and I went to the beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships.
As predicted the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and the sun was as usual brilliantly brilliant.
In the hour or so of our stay we saw many heats of finals of both men’s and women’s events,
both Freestyle and Wave disciplines.
Lots of photos from the official site appear below.
In the afternoon we all drove to Peters house in Brisbane as he offered to cook a lamb roast for dinner. True to his word he did.
Great dinner Pete.
We did not arrive home until the wee hours of Monday.