Posts Tagged ‘Biggera Creek’

488. Sunday 1st May 2016. Anzac Day, a birthday and World Tai Chi Day…

04/05/2016

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.

Sigh!!!

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.

Tai Chi in the park beside The Broadwater.

More Tai Chi

More Tai Chi

and yet more Tai Chi...

and yet more Tai Chi…

...and more again.

…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.

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.

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.

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.

Water course and footbridges on McIntosh Island.

Footbridge connecting McIntosh Island with Surfers Paradise Beach.

Footbridge connecting McIntosh Island with Surfers Paradise Beach.

The watercpurse through the island.

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 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 sister and young friends waiting for the candles to be lit.

Eloise with her butterfly wings

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.

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.

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.

In the process of this tackle Chris got a fist sandwich in the face.

Chris performs a copy book around the ankles tackle.

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.

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.

Sigh!

457. Sunday 13th September 2015. Another week of painful fog but with a birthday weekend to remember…

15/09/2015

Lots and lots of photos this week.

Monday 7th September

Tony, Dawn, Donnis and I went for a walk along the Broadwater with a brilliant sunny day ensuring thousands of other people were doing the same.

In the morning we visited the Gold Coast Hand Therapy and learned a new set of exercises as well as having my original splint/brace turned into an instrument of torture. It was modelled into a device to hold my fingers closed in a painful fist.

In the afternoon we visited the Gold Coast Upper Limb Centre where the surgeon on seeing my splint told me to remove it. He feels the surgically implanted plate is now strong enough to support the wrist. He showed me an X-Ray of the T shaped plate and 6 screws. Yikes! No wonder my hand feels heavy in the mornings. He also prescribed tripling my Lyrica nerve pain medication and told me to stop all other medication. It may take a few days to fully enter my system and give relief

Tuesday 8th September.

Tony and I walked the Broadwater again. Aaaah. It is wonderful to be walking and breathing the fresh salt laden air. Even the dolphins agree it is wonderful as we saw hundreds of bigger dolphins leaping and cruising the Broadwater.

I felt like celebrating this morning as for the first time in weeks I got a good sleep in a bed. I slept for 4 hours, woke for a bathroom break and went back to bed for another 4 hours.

Yahoo!!!

Umm Err, Donnis had a little accident in our new i30.

Grrr! Although the dents in the rear bumper and hatch boot lid appear small, there are several dents and as the bumper is made of plastic and include reversing indicators, I suspect it will need replacing. The hatch lid could probably be dent removed and both will need repainting. It will not be cheap.

Grumble grumble grumble.

Wednesday 9th September

Another good night of sleep. The new medication keeps the pain just on the edge of consciousness but it is still there.

A brief walk around our village as we had an early appointment to see a dental professor who was looking into a suspicious black space in X-Rays taken of my mouth. After an examination he believes there are no symptoms or other indications of a problem.

Whew!

Daughter Shelley, hubby Dwyane and children Jack, Matthew, Georgia and her friend Gracie arrived for a barbecue at the clubhouse. I was good to catch up with the family and to test the facilities at the clubhouse.

Thursday 10th September.

BIL Ken arrived today and quickly made himself known to the village.

Friday 11th September

I have returned to constant pain and poor sleep at night so I am sleeping whenever I can. That means an hour or so twice a day.

Sigh!!!

We collected a set of child safety seats from Jack & Jill Holiday Hire at Southport. Donnis collected Errol, Nicole and the girls from the airport. Errol & Nicole went to visit friends Steve & Angela who live nearby at Lands End.

Sister Enid arrived from Brisbane, she and Ken are staying next door at Treasure Island Holiday Park.

We took the opportunity to have another barbecue at the clubhouse.

Saturday 12th September

Today is the day we had a belated birthday party for me. During the day guests began arriving from as far south as Avondale in NSW and way up at The Daintree north Queensland and many places between.

Errol’s friend Steve arrived in his boat and took the family for a ride around a tiny fractional  part of the huge canal system which makes up most of the Gold Coast.

Errol and Steve approach via Biggera Creek

Errol and Steve approach via Biggera Creek

Errol and Steve aboard the SS Creek Cruiser.

Errol and Steve aboard the SS Creek Cruiser.

Steve and the family head west on Biggera Creek.

Steve and the family head west on Biggera Creek.

Errol Hannah Amelia and Nicole in Steves boat on Biggera Creek below our village.

Errol Hannah Amelia and Nicole in Steves boat on Biggera Creek below our village.

Mum n Dad with 9 fluffy baby ducks calling our village home.

Mum n Dad with 9 fluffy baby ducks calling our village home.

While watching Steve n Errol arrive in Steve's boat I noticed this Striated  Heron searching for food in the mud flats below our village at low tide.

While watching Steve n Errol arrive in Steve’s boat I noticed this Striated Heron searching for food in the mud flats below our village at low tide.

By 6pm the party got under way at the clubhouse for greeting, drinks and nibblies until all guests had arrived.

BIL Ken in 60's hippy attire.

BIL Ken in 60’s hippy attire. Amelia and Hannah are intrigued.

Grandaughter Hannah dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Grandaughter Hannah dressed as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.

Wayne n Narelle on the left. I worked with Wayne at Illawarra Mutual Building Society ( an organisation I was proud to work for)Wayne went on to become CEO for 15 years. On the right is Glennis n Erick. Glennis was a tenant in my unit at Airlie Beach, I had to ask her to leave because I needed somewhere to live. She bought the unit next to me and we have been friends ever since.

Wayne n Narelle on the left. I worked with Wayne at Illawarra Mutual Building Society ( an organisation I was proud to work for)Wayne went on to become CEO for 15 years. On the right is Glennis n Erick. Glennis was a tenant in my unit at Airlie Beach, I had to ask her to leave because I needed somewhere to live. She bought the unit next to me and we have been friends ever since.

My good friend Tony whom I met in 1966 when looking for the bus to take us away to life in the Army for two years. We have been friends ever since. Brother in Law Ken with my sister Enid and me in pirate garb.

My good friend Tony whom I met in 1966 when looking for the bus to take us away to life in the Army for two years. We have been friends ever since. Brother in Law Ken with my sister Enid and me in pirate garb.

Tony and wife Dawn with Ken n Enid and the great clown, Donnis.

Tony and wife Dawn with Ken n Enid and the great clown, Donnis.

BIL Pete with sister Bev. Brother Allan and wife Rae (or should I say "Thing".

BIL Pete with sister Bev. Brother Allan and wife Rae (or should I say “Thing”.

Super hero...Errol who has incredible powers of poor costume design...

Super hero…Errol who has incredible powers of poor costume design…

Sister Enid as a 60's hippy, Dawn n Tony, Sister Sandi and fiancee Dave as 50's rock n rollers.

Sister Enid as a 60’s hippy, Dawn n Tony, Sister Sandi and fiancee Dave as 50’s rock n rollers.

SIL Dwyane with daughter Shelley, grandson Jack, grandaughter Georgia, grandson Matthew and Gracie.

SIL Dwyane with daughter Shelley, grandson Jack, grandaughter Georgia, grandson Matthew and Gracie.

(Dorothy (Hannah) in a quiet moment.

(Dorothy (Hannah) in a quiet moment.

Donnis the clown.

Donnis the clown.

We then trooped, in fancy dress, to the Treasure Island Holiday Park next door for dinner at Buccaneers Restaurant.

I called this unrelated pair The Twins. Gracie on the left is the best friend of my grandaughter Georgia on the right.

I called this unrelated pair The Twins. Gracie on the left is the best friend of my grandaughter Georgia on the right.

At dinner with catwoman, Dorothy and a Princess.

At dinner with catwoman, Dorothy and a Princess.

http://www.treasureisland.com.au/  After dinner we trooped back to our clubhouse and had drinks, ice cream and cakes and rock and roll music until even the kids were tired.

Sister Sandra instructs in the finer art of cake cutting.

Sister Sandra instructs in the finer art of cake cutting.

Cutting the cake, unassisted. Well almost. With only one arm that was the best I could do.

Cutting the cake, unassisted. Well almost. With only one arm that was the best I could do. If the eyepatch was in place I was further disabled.

Tonight was especially wonderful that my brother Allan and all three sisters, Enid, Bev and Shan were here to mark the occasion of my 70th. Thank you to all my guests but a big special thank you to my siblings to be all together.

They went one step further by cleaning the clubhouse before we closed for the night.

Mostly I wish to thank Donnis who spent so much time preparing, baking, decorating and entertaining arrivals and early visitors. The party would not have happened without her.

Sunday 13th September

As if last nights party was not enough most of us met again this morning for a cruise on Wyndham Cruises around the Gold Coast Broadwater and Islands.

This was our boat for the morning. When researching options I realised this was a company I arranged insurance for prior to my 2nd retirement.

This was our boat for the morning. When researching options I realised this was a company I arranged insurance for prior to my 2nd retirement.

Inside our boat was an internal winding staircase to reach the popular viewing platform.

Inside our boat was an internal winding staircase to reach the popular viewing platform.

Our boat and the extreme jet boat ride both fire up their motors to begin the days work.

Our boat and the extreme jet boat ride both fire up their motors to begin the days work.

http://wyndhamcruises.com.au/   The skipper gave a running commentary on how the canal system evolved and pointed out the most expensive and exclusive houses as well as the homes of famous personalities.

The city skyline dominated the background.

Another skyline view from another canal.

Another skyline view from another canal.

One of the Gold Coast canals with the skyline always in view.

One of the Gold Coast canals with the skyline always in view.

We went under the Southport Bridge with just enough clearance to avoid tall people hitting their heads on the undersides.

Southport Bridge.

Southport Bridge.

Our boat glides under the Southport Bridge.

Our boat glides under the Southport Bridge.

Going under the Chevron Island Bridge was a bit more risky, the skipper asked tall people to sit down.

Once in the bay we saw lots of Fly Board   http://goldcoastwatersports.com/

A flyboard beginner.

A flyboard beginner.

Flyboard fun.

Flyboard fun.

activity as well as Jet Power boat thrill rides.  http://www.jetboatextreme.com.au/experiences/ultimate-ride/

eXtreme boat rides. Expect to return to dock wet if you go on this ride.

eXtreme boat rides. Expect to return to dock wet if you go on this ride.

I wrote about this chapel at an earlier post, 400, in 2014.Another Gold Coast vessel with which I was involved in arranging insurance.

I wrote about this chapel at an earlier post, 400, in 2014. Another Gold Coast vessel with which I was involved in arranging insurance.

The skipper pointed out that the hundreds of private boats moored in the bay the owners enjoy living in the heart of the Gold Coast for $50 per week.

Another excellent morning with family and friends.

All the family after the boat trip.

All the family after the boat trip.

In the evening we went to a Yum Cha Restaurant for dinner with sisters Enid with hubby Ken and Shan along with fiancée Dave.

A great meal along with great company to end a great weekend.

Thank you all.

 

388. Sunday 5th October 2014. House improvements, opera and a day of rest…

05/10/2014

Monday 29th September.

We spent a around 6 hours in a spending spree today. We travelled to Ikea and searched for a few items to make life easier in our villa. For example our built in wardrobes are very good but there is no shelving or drawers. Ikea had an ideal set of drawers that will fit into the wardrobes. Of course we found a few additional items.

Tonight I had another sports night… Table Tennis.

Donnis has a swim in the heated pool every day.

Tuesday 30th September.

All the windows now have venetian blinds installed. Final tweaking and removing of excess slats will be done tomorrow. We put together the two sets of drawers and placed them in the wardrobe. It was simply a long working day.

We had lunch on our gazebo on the bank of Biggera Creek.

Wednesday 1st October

Finally finished all the venetians. Our house is steel framed. That means all the traditional fixing methods for regular houses are not appropriate in our house. Instead of timber fixing screws I have had to buy special steel fixing screws. As well I have had to buy a stud finder so I can find the metal studs so I can screw cabinets to the walls.

In the afternoon I started assembling an Ikea bathroom cabinet only to discover that a partition wall was missing vital holes for studs. Grrr! Now I have to make another trip to Ikea to replace the faulty part.

Thursday 2nd October

Woke earlier than usual and decided to walk along the Broadwater. I was surprised yet pleased to see so many other people walking, running and cycling with a delightful sunrise as a backdrop.

Morning on the Broadwater

Morning on the Broadwater

The Broadwater looking south to Surfers Paradise.

The Broadwater looking south to Surfers Paradise.

Houseboat on the Braodwater

Houseboat on the Braodwater

Biggera high rise

Biggera high rise

High rise apartments on the northern part of the Broadwater

High rise apartments on the northern part of the Broadwater

Ready to watch the sunrise.

Ready to watch the sunrise.

I had another grrr day today Getting the curtain rods installed is more frustrating than I had anticipated. I seem to be making several trips to Bunnings Hardware to buy screws, wall plugs or toggle bolts.

Donnis also decided the curtains she .bought for the bedroom are unsuitable and wanted to return them.

Grrr!

Table tennis again tonight.

Friday 3rd October.

We are twebty paces from our own private park on Biggera Creek which becomes part of a huge canal system. This is part of the view.

We are twenty paces from our own private park on Biggera Creek which becomes part of a huge canal system. This is part of the view.

Our House (words and music by Graham Nash Crosby Stills Nash) which really has nothing to do with the photo I just felt like singing Our House.

Our House (words and music by Graham Nash Crosby Stills Nash) which really has nothing to do with the photo I just felt like singing Our House.

On the street where we live Hmmm! another song springs to mind.

On the street where we live Hmmm! another song springs to mind.

This frill necked lizard lives under the houses. It feeds on bugs and vermin and also the chicks of birds. Our neighbour called out to me me it was on our driveway. I was excited to see it and to take some photos. The neighbour is scared of it and wanted me to chase it away.

This frill necked lizard lives under the houses. It feeds on bugs and vermin and also the chicks of birds. Our neighbour called out to me me it was on our driveway. I was excited to see it and to take some photos. The neighbour is scared of it and wanted me to chase it away.

I felt today was another wasted day but in retrospect I suppose we achieved something.

We stopped to return the curtains before going on to Ikea to exchange a faulty panel for the bathroom cabinet. Of course we cannot just go to Ikea to exchange goods. We have to look through the entire store again, stop for coffee and lunch and buy more stuff. More stuff such as curtains. Donnis had heard somebody say are you having bright colours in the new house so she bought burnt orange curtains. They sure are colourful.

Sigh!

On our way home we stopped at Bunnings…again.

I was so excited about having all I needed to get started on putting up the curtain rods only to find the supplied wall plugs pull out of the wall once the rods are put in place.

Grrr!

Saturday 4th October

Happy Birthday Anakin.

We lunched again at the gazebo on Biggera Creek. Delightful.

I managed to get the curtain rods installed in the lounge room and dining room. I also have to admit – sheepishly – the burnt orange curtains look good.

Late in the afternoon we drove to Broadbeach and joined several thousand other people for a free, Opera in the Park concert.

At the opera

At the opera

More Opera.

More Opera.

Despite signs all around warning that alcohol laws apply and cannot be consumed in the park, many people, hundreds in fact arrived with fold up tables and chairs, eskies and settled down for dinner with a glass or two of wine…or beer…or mixer drinks. It was all so civilized and we regretted no lugging all our picnic stuff with us.  Here is just some of the information about the event “Opera in the Park – ‘Just a Touch of Broadway’. Spread your blanket and kick back to the fabulous music of Opera and Broadway under the stars in Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach.
Starring the incredible talents of Amelia Farrugia, Donald Cant, the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra and Gold Cast Youth Choir, the evening will feature classics from hit Broadway Shows such as Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Chess and many more. A truly unique musical experience that will create a night to remember all entirely free!
It was an enjoyable night and the civilised exodus from the park by thousands of spectators meant we were able to cruise home along the Gold Coast Highway in just 15 minutes.

Sunday 5th October

…and on the seventh day they rested.

Amen to that.