Monday 25th April – Anzac Day
Over the last several years I have become more interested and involved in Anzac Day. Here at our village we have an official Anzac cenotaph, for want of a better word. We have the three masted flag-pole where the flags of Australia, New Zealand and Queensland are flown in a ceremonial and protocol regimented way. About 80 people, including some visitors at the Treasure Island Caravan Park next door, turned up for the dawn service. Those visitors were brought over in the electric buggy or they chose to walk. Rob, who was in charge of the service, connected his iPhone to ABC Radio which broadcasts the official service from the War Memorial in Canberra, our national capitol. In turn the iPad was connected to an amplifier connected to two outside speakers. The location of our ceremonial site is beside the Biggera Creek. Watching the wan dawn break through clouds as sunshine highlighted the water was just the right setting for the moving ceremony of reflection and thanks to those who gave their lives and for our current armed forces who still protect us.
I returned for the 11am service which was a mixture of short speeches, poetry reading and prayers followed by approved Anzac music. All in all it was a sombre, reflective service.
So was the weather.
This year, the 101st anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli and the beginning of the ANZAC Legend, Rob was able to conduct the ceremony, by himself. I realise when looking around how many of the men in the village are returned soldiers by the medals worn on their coats.
With the mostly miserable weather we stayed home and watched many of the Anzac broadcasts on TV.
Saturday 30th April – World Tai Chi Day.
To be a part of World Tai Chi Day we drove to Broadwater Parklands where several Tai Chi classes from around the Gold Coast had agreed to participate. The wet weather kept people away. I did not participate because I had hurt my knee the day before but I was able to take photo’s. The very wet weather kept numbers down which was disappointing. Normally the Wednesday and Friday classes we attend have about 40 participants. Today with several groups invited to attend, there were only about 20 people in the class.
Tai Chi in the park beside The Broadwater.
More Tai Chi
and yet more Tai Chi…
…and more again.
A heavy downpour could be seen in big black clouds moving in from the sea
Big black clouds approaching from over The Broadwater beyond Versache Marina and Marina Mirage.
so the class was quickly moved to the nearby sound stage normally used for outdoor concerts.
The Tai Chi class was moved to the shelter of the bandstand just in time to beat the rain.
Tree lined piazza to the bandstand.
After the Tai Chi we drove to McIntosh island almost in the heart of Surfers Paradise. It is an island of tranquillity in a sea of busy roads and activities.
Water course and footbridges on McIntosh Island.
Footbridge connecting McIntosh Island with Surfers Paradise Beach.
The watercpurse through the island.
Unbelievably parking is free and plentiful. The park has a watercourse running through and picnic shelters, tables, benches and free electric barbecues are dotted around the island. We were here to help celebrate the 5th birthday of Eloise
Eloise waited patiently for her birthday cake to be lit. Note the cake in the shape of a butterfly surround by caterpillar shaped merangues.
Eloise with her sister and young friends waiting for the candles to be lit.
Eloise with her butterfly wings
Eloise turned Five today. The party children are lined up to beat the living daylights out of the Butterfly shaped Pinata. The party them was…butterflies.
daughter of young friends from Airlie Beach who moved to the Gold Coast several years ago. They live about one kilometre from us. The rain stayed away, the sun wore a hole through the pesky clouds and gave the birthday girl a nice park to enjoy.
Sunday 1st May 2016
Grandson Chris had another game of Rugby League today. We drove to Brisbane in drenching rain which seemed to disappear when we got close to the football ground.
The crowd looks on. Mum Regelyn (in blue) could not bear to watch when Chris was tackled or tackled.
He was more involved in today’s game and really put his body into the game, tackling opponents
In the process of this tackle Chris got a fist sandwich in the face.
Chris performs a copy book around the ankles tackle.
and running with the ball when it was passed to him.
Chris gets roughed up in a tackle. Chris is one of the taller boys in his team so seems to be targeted.
Regrettably his team lost today.