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483. Sunday 27th March 2016. Toowoomba, Aunts in Brisbane and Noosa…

28/03/2016

Monday 21st March

We had a long day of travel today. Alecia has only a few days whilst in Australia so a visit to her 92 year old great aunt Peg who lives in Toowoomba was in order.  Toowoomba is somewhere around 200 Klms by road from The Gold Coast, it was founded  somewhere around 1816. It is known as the garden City as is has an annual Festival of Flowers. It is also called a University City – University of Southern Queensland conducts a campus there. There are a large number of cathedrals and heritage listed buildings.

Aunt Peg still drives a car, still spends time on the computer sending email jokes and is a fervent fan of The Brisbane Broncos Rugby League Team and the State of Origin Rugby League series. It was a long day of travel. Aunt Peg is  still as bright as the last time we saw her around ten years ago.

Alecia great Aunt peg and Donnis

Alecia great Aunt peg and Donnis

Alecia and Great Aunt Peg.

Alecia and Great Aunt Peg.

Tuesday 22nd March

Today Alecia wanted to catch up with her Aunts, Rosslyn and Sara both of whom live in Brisbane. After visiting them we drove to The Hyperdome and had sushi for dinner with Regelyn and Chris. Afterwards they had 4 games of Tenpin Bowling.

It was another long day of travel.

Thursday 24th March.

A delightful walk along the Broadwater then Donnis and Alecia swam in the sand enclosure. Before we knew it, we had to leave for the airport so Alecia can fly to Sydney and spend a few days with her brother in Wollongong.

Friday 25th March – Good Friday

Today we travelled to Noosa to Visit sister Enid and hubby Ken. It was a good thing we did not travel yesterday evening as the traffic was queued up for hours bumper to bumper heading north. It was the same heading south. As it was, traffic was relatively heavy although there were no delays. As usual when we visit Noosa, Enid tries to pack as much activity into the day. We went to  the mouth of the Noosa River and the breakwater river mouth. Ken and I both took kites, my stunt kite and his strange looking kite. Mine simply could only get a few metres off the ground before sliding back to the beach. There was too little wind. On the other hand Ken’s kite soared to the end of the single line and stayed there until he wound it in. Noosa and particularly the Noosa Woods and river mouth are noted for traffic jams and parking is hard to find. Today was no different.

Sunset shadows at the rivermouth lifeguard station.

Sunset shadows at the rivermouth lifeguard station.

At sunset all the photographers arrive for sunset photos.

At sunset all the photographers arrive for sunset photos.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

One of several tourist boats on the Noosa River day and night.

One of several tourist boats on the Noosa River day and night.

Saturday 26th March – Easter Saturday

We were up early and down to Noosa Beach before the crowds. The crowds got there before us. No matter Ken dropped us off with all our gear and went to look for a carpark. Ken went off for a surf on his longboard, Enid and I Boogey boarded while Donnis body surfed. The water temp was ideal, just cool enough to be able to splash right on in without gasping for breath.

The Groyne lifeguard hut mid Noosa Beach.

The Groyne lifeguard hut mid Noosa Beach.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

For those readers who are unfamiliar with Noosa Beach, let me add some details.

In 2011 Travellers Choice Magazine readers poll placed Noosa Beach in the top three beaches in the South Pacific. Hmmm.noosa-headland-map

Noosa Beach is at the extreme northern end of the Sunshine coast about 90 minutes drive from Brisbane. The main shopping street, Hastings, follows the beach line but is the only thoroughfare to Noosa Woods and the river mouth. Two other streets feed into Hastings via a pair of roundabouts, creating the worst kind of bottleneck. As the beach is on a peninsular surround by the sea, the river and several creeks there is no land to build alternate roads. The bottlenecks will always be a problem.

Enid on her Boogey Board.

Enid on her Boogey Board.

Frank leaves the water with his Boogey Board.

Frank leaves the water with his Boogey Board.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

Frank, members of the public and lifeguards are fascinated by this Hobie Canoe with extra ama and trampoline.

Leaving the Noosa River mouth was frustrating bumper to bumper grind along a narrow tree and bush shrouded road taking us over thirty minutes to move one kilometre.

Thank goodness for a wonderful barbecued chicken dinner expertly marinated and cooked by Ken.

Sunday 27th March – Easter Sunday

Although not as early as yesterday we were still on our way before 8am. Enid had planned a 4 Klm walk along bush tracks in the Noosa National Park on the Tanglewood Track to Noosa Headland.

Enid Ken and Frank on the Tanglewood Track.

Enid Ken and Frank on the Tanglewood Track.

Tree huggers Enid Frank and Ken.

Tree huggers Enid Frank and Ken.

It was another hot day but once back on the coast section of track there was a gentle, very gentle breeze from off the ocean. We saw big black clouds gathering on the horizon and could see rain falling far out to sea.

Donnis Enid and Ken take a break at First Point Beach or was that Second Point Beach?

Donnis Enid and Ken take a break at First Point Beach or was that Second Point Beach?

Standup Paddle Board Rider on a gentle Noosa Headland surf break.

Standup Paddle Board Rider on a gentle Noosa Headland surf break.

Noosa Surf Life saving does not provide beach patrols on Noosa Headland. Instead a lifesaver on a jet ski floats near the beach. Each lifesaver is rotated every hour or so.

Noosa Surf Life saving does not provide beach patrols on Noosa Headland. Instead a lifesaver on a jet ski floats near the beach. Each lifesaver is rotated every hour or so.

We walked back to the beach at Noosa Woods for a cooling dip before the big fat heavy drops arrived. Within minutes it was a soaking rain and people were rushing off the beach to find their car to join the bumper to bumper to get home or back to their campsite.

Noosa Beach

Noosa Beach

Noosa Beach.

Noosa Beach.

After a late lunch Donnis and I headed home, expecting to beat the traffic jam. Because of the rain many people left a day early. We got caught in traffic and the journey took another hour on our usual average time.

Next week we follow the New South Wales Coast to Sydney on to Wollongong then western districts before heading north and home. It should be good fun.

460. Sunday 4th October 2015.

06/10/2015

NO PHOTOS THIS WEEK

Monday 28th September

Today was sunny and hot. At the moment the humidity level is much the same as Brisbane 1,000 klms further south. The countryside is brown as it always is at this time of year. The rains will begin in the next month or two and the humidity will rise. So also the grass will begin to grow and home owners pull out their motor mowers in a vain attempt at keeping the grass under control. Grass is nice but flowering native plants is nicer.

Today is a rest day much needed by us.

Donnis had injured her right shoulder reaching for her purse on the back seat while driving last week. It seems to be getting worse.

Tuesday 29th September

We drive 165 Klms north to Airlie Beach.

Our first appointment is at Oceanic Insurance Brokers, my last employer, where we have morning coffee and cake while maintaining friendships gained over 13 years. Only Simone has been there longer than me. Gradually over the years the staff has shrunk from 16 employees to 6. The business has grown and continues to do so. Technology means less people can do more work.

Sigh!

Next we see a doctor for Donnis painful shoulder. Then she has an ultrasound and the verdict is she needs cortisone injection into the shoulder. Hmmm! When can we get that done?

For lunch we go to Bucks Seafood. Buck started the business more than 15 years ago. Buck has a fishing trawler and always had fish supplies which he sold as fresh or cooked. The business expanded. Buck sold out two years ago but still supplies fresh fish. The fish of the day was Snapper which Donnis had grilled and I had fish bites.  The bites are smaller pieces of off cut fish battered and deep fried. Real fish. There is no Basa in this shop. Long may it remain this way.

Next we saw our estate agent for a review of the market after which we took a walk around our house and despaired at the dry gardens and all the dry plants we put in place a year ago to make a hedge. Can you believe 26 of the 28 plants are dead? Tenants! They never water the gardens despite the fact we have the watering system on a timer. All they have to do is turn on the water.

Last appointment of the day was with our Tax Agent, all is good and we were on our way back to Mackay a little after 5pm. A long but productive day.

Wednesday 30th September

We are both suffering from pain so decided today would be better spent doin’ nuffin.

We went to McDonalds for a coffee while on our way for groceries. I scratched a prize off a Scratch It ticket. In my mind I had already spent the huge win. I put all the paper on the tray and as we left I placed it all in the waste bin. Donnis went to the grocery while I went to the newsagents to cash in my prize. Uhhh! Where is my winning ticket? I remember having it on the table as I moved all the paper rubbish onto the tray!!!!!… Light bulb time….

I hot footed it back to McDonalds to retrieve that ticket. The helpful staff member was smiling a beaming smile as he exited the bin and held up a scratch it ticket. YES!!!

Back at the newsagents the bad news is the winning ticket will not buy half of Tasmania. Nor will it win me a stable full of sports cars. No, not even enough for bicycle. I can have $14 worth of more scratch its. With a typical hopeless gamblers glazen eyes I bought more tickets and will take my chances again.

Late in the afternoon we drove to my daughter Averyl’s house. We had a nice visit with grandchildren Shelby and Anakin. Averyl arrived home from work and we went to dinner at Ribs and Rumps.   http://ribsandrumps.com.au/   Now, let me explain, by giving the internet address to this chain restaurant that we may be promoting or approving or even recommending the restaurant. No we are not. Far from it in fact. The dining experience starts when you are seated and handed the menu and realise the noise levels mean we will have to shout at each other and the waitress when we want to order. Next disappointment comes with opening the menu to find a plate of ribs, no potato or veggies or salad, just ribs has prices starting at $39 and going up to over $50. Wot The? Ribs are 90% bone and very little meat. Steaks start at $23 and go up in price to eternity. I ordered a calamari salad to keep costs down while Averyl ordered a small rump steak, hand chosen, expertly cooked to your choice. The steak was meant to be medium rare. It arrived as a very rare but was inedible due to gristle.

My salad included lettuce leaves which had been somehow frozen, were mixed among fresh crispy leaves in an attempt at hiding  their limpness.

Not surprising then that we complained and will not visit this chain again.

Thursday 1st October

We met my daughter Melissa and husband Steve at Coffee Club in Mackay at 7am for breakfast. Coffee Club is also a chain style restaurant famous throughout Australia. Apart from high prices our dining experience was good. Spending time with my daughter after not seeing each other for three years was even better.

After breakfast we said farewell to my sister Shan and started our long drive home. First though we stopped at Yandaran, near Bundaberg a little more than halfway to the Gold Coast. We are staying overnight with Pam and Gerry, motorhoming friends for many years.

On the evening TV news we are shocked to see yet another school shooting in the USA. When will that nation wake up to their crazy “right to bear arms” built into their constitution. The right was part of a way of arming the population at a time when they were at war, on home soil with the English and the French. They no longer are at war except with themselves.

Friday 2nd October

After farewelling our hosts Pam & Gerry we start the final leg of our whirlwind visit to Airlie Beach. The trip to home from Yandaran is close to 400 Klms but as usually happens with a road trip there are stops for fuel, food and toilet breaks. The trip still takes over 6 hours. The final leg was partially slowed on the motorway due to a car accident. Four lanes of traffic are compressed to three lanes creating a slow bumper to bumper crawl along a motorway with a 110 Klm speed limit.

Sigh!

President Obama makes yet another speech of condolence to another school community which will remain in shock for a long long time. He makes an impassioned plea for Americans to wake up and change their gun laws.

Hmmm! He has asked the same legislators at least 10 times to do this. They will continue to support gun toting bullies by doing nothing.  Good luck Mr President. We will hear your routine speech at the next shooting.

A quick note on the scratch its. We scratched up $25 today.

Hmmm! More gamblers glazen eyes with the prospect of more tickets.

Saturday 3rd October

We wake in our own bed to a glorious sunny day.

We went to the movies today to see The Martian. We saw the movie in a Titan XC Theatre.   Titan XC Extreme cinema has the biggest screen, explosive sound in 7.1 digital 360°audio and wide comfortable seats. We knew that as this is a Ridley Scott directed movie it would be tense, with great visuals and realistic sets. We were not disappointed.

Sunday 4th October

Another lay day for us. In the afternoon we went for a swim in our heated pool.

Then like most of the population of two states we sat down to watch the Rugby League Grand Final played at ANZ Stadium in New South wales. This grand final had such an amazing lead up which generated such interest. It was between two Queensland teams and played in another state. Fans had to travel thousands of Klms to get there from the far reaches of Queensland. Initially, organisers expected perhaps a 35,000 crowd in a 80,000 plus stadium. The game generated such interest that the stadium was a sellout with 82,500 attendees. The game was played at an amazing pace and in the final moments it looked like a Brisbane Broncos win with a lead of 16 to 12. The North Queensland Cowboys were attacking the line with the final tackle and end of game. On the sound of game over, somehow the Cowboys scored a try in the corner. The crowd erupted as the scores were locked 16 all and in our house we had yelled ourselves hoarse. A conversion kick was taken and unbelievably the ball bounced off the goal posts. The game went into overtime and two exhausted teams faced off again. The Cowboys kicked off for the Broncos to attack them. The Broncos dropped the ball leading to a scrum which the Cowboys won and had 6 tackles to score. On their final tackle with a lot of defence running at the Cowboys, the captain kicked a field goal.

Game over with a score of 17 to 16. The crowd erupted once more and stayed at the stadium for the presentation. This amazing tale kept stadium and TV viewers enthralled for the entire game and beyond.  Even people who do not normally watch or support Rugby League were captivated by this fairy tale ending.

For our overseas readers I would like to say that all sporting events are shown on Free to Air TV.

http://www.nrl.com/thurston-kicks-cowboys-to-premiership/tabid/10874/newsid/90385/default.aspx

https://www.facebook.com/nqcowboys?fref=ts

Next week will have travel…with photos.

321. Sunday 23rd June 2013. Exploring around Brizzie…

24/06/2013

Monday 17th June

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It was a quiet day much like many we have experienced lately. We went to see a Retirement Expo at the Brisbane Bronco’s Rugby League Club at Redhill.   http://www.broncos.com.au/

Over the last 20 or so years on TV, I have watched interviews and training sessions of the Broncos. Now I have seen the clubhouse and training grounds for myself although the primary object of coming here was to see the Retirement Expo.

The good thing about the trip was we got to see parts of Brizzy (Brisbane for all those reading this who have never heard of Brizzy) we have not seen before and wondered why we did not bring the camera with us.

Hmmm! To say I was underwhelmed is a bit of an understatement. In all there were about 10 stands of people promoting retirement homes and or care centres. There were no options from the other side of the “retirement village” – that is, over 50 resorts or villages – no Government representatives to talk about retirement pensions, no superannuation experts, no medical people, no hearing or dental offerings, no travel agents, no camping and RV representatives. After making an obligatory stop at 9 of the ten stands and collecting brochures, pens and useless nick knacks, we left. Hmmm! Why did we not stop at the tenth desk??? It was more of the same and the sole representative was already talking with a much older than us person. Why wait to talk with somebody about all the same stuff we already knew about anyway. We did fill out of a couple of entry forms to win hampers and free bus trips and overnight stays. The nice carry bags will come in handy for storing stuff and the paper has joined the re-cycling bin while the nifty key ring with a lens cleaner inside will join all the other key rings we have accumulated over the years and now sit in a box in the hope we might use them one day.

Not likely!

 

Tuesday 18th June

Every morning about 6.30 I go for a walk (well almost every morning…if it is raining heavily I sissy out).

Every day my walk takes me through the park to the Brisbane River where I see the racing skiffs with one, two or four rowers aboard doing their early morning training as the wispy mist rises off the water. The road beside the river has groups of cyclists whirling along on their early morning training. As always I wonder why I have not brought the camera with me. Hmmm! The good camera is too bulky to carry with me on a brisk walk and quite frankly the small camera, although quite handy and with good megapixel count is not in the same league. Besides I am here for the walk. Maybe one day I will get up early and walk to take photos instead of walking for the exercise.

Donnis accepted another nursing shift tonight. I dropped her at the Carina Heights Nursing Home and took the opportunity to visit Carindale Shopping Centre.

Wednesday 19th June

We drove to a suburb called Gaythorne on the north side of the Brisbane River. While trying to interpret and ignore the GPS instructions what should have been a straight forward 20 minute drive turned into a 40 minute lesson in frustration control, traffic and a growing sense of impatience. Despite the GPS trying to send us on a toll road and while I was equally trying to avoid tolls, the GPS won!

Twice!

I suppose all this driving in the city and suburbs we have never heard of let alone visited, is good for our education of the city of Brizzy.

My employer for 13 years, Maria D, often told me challenges were “character building”. I guess I got lots of character building Monday and today.

Thursday 20th June

Winter is here. Mornings and afternoons are cool. The middle of the day is usually quite nice…provided the sun  is shining. There was no sun today and we both wanted to get out of the house and just do a bit of wandering around and window shopping. It is too cool and overcast to polish WWWGO or TERIOS for that matter. It was too cool and overcast to do a river cruise so we went to the Westfield Shopping Centre at Mount Gravatt where Donnis found a dozen bargains in a dress shop. I love my Kindle. I can read it anywhere especially while the CO-PILOT is shopping.

Friday 21st June.

Lots of rain and again a cool to cold day. Ummm! Correction. I have been told it IS cold. The CO-PILOT was offered a shift at AR CARE Nursing Home at North Lakes. After dropping her at the facility I wandered around the nearby shopping centre before driving an extra 60 Klms to Kawana Island to visit friends Joan and George at their retirement village. We enjoyed dinner and afterwards they showed photos of their trip to the Northern Territory and Western Australia in July and August 2002.

Hmmm!!! Whoa!!! We visited Northern Territory and Western Australia as far as Kununurra    http://www.westernaustralia.com/au/Pages/Destination.aspx?n=Kununurra&pid=9009576&cid=dgm:sem:au1213:inter:Kununurra&gclid=COqh27in9rcCFQISpQodBCYAZQ   during July 2002. We were probably in the same campsite on Lilly Creek Lagoon

Lilly Creek Lagoon as seen from our campsite. The brooding purple grey mountain in the distance is known as Sleeping Buddha.

Lilly Creek Lagoon as seen from our campsite. The brooding purple grey mountain in the distance is known as Sleeping Buddha.

http://www.visitkununurra.com/attractions    at Kununurra at the same time as Joan and George were there. We did not meet J n G until probably 2005 or 2006 and it was only while seeing their slides on their new Smart TV that I realized we saw the same sights including an air flight over Kunnunurra, Lake Argyle,   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Argyle  Argyle Diamond Mine   http://www.argylediamonds.com.au/  and The Bungle Bungles http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purnululu_National_Park

All the photos of our trip, taken on my trusty oldPanasonic FZ7 digital camera, are stored on floppy discs…YES floppy discs, which are stored in the shed at our home in Airlie Beach. I do have one photo from our trip, taken at the caravan park on Lilly Creek Lagoon One day when we settle down I will have to transfer all those photos onto an external hard drive.

After the slide show and reminiscing about our travels I drove 60 Klms back to North Lakes to collect Donnis after her shift then drove the 30 Klms back to Fairfield. We were home by 11.30pm.

Saturday 22nd June

In the late afternoon we went for a walk through the park – comprised of three cricket pitches – past the three Australian Football League grounds, one of which had a noisy game in progress

AFL game in progress.

AFL game in progress.

and on to Brisbane River.

Eleanor Schonell Bridge at Dutton Park

Eleanor Schonell Bridge at Dutton Park

As the sun was setting we traced our steps home again.

Sunday 23rd June

Today we took a bus into the city and all the way to New Farm on the Brisbane River. As the bus crossed a bridge and ready to turn into Adelaide Street we were stopped by a motorcycle Policeman. A protest rally supporting similar rallies in Brazil which have occurred this week. The long ling of mostly happy well behaved protesters marched past the bus.

Agitated Brazillian protestors

Agitated Brazillian protestors

Our destination was to the Brisbane Powerhouse Museum.

This place is worth a visit.

This place is worth a visit.

The museum is in the original umm err Powerhouse, hence its name. Much of the equipment has been retained within the building. It is a place for art and photo exhibits as well as a venue for rock groups and other performing artists. Today we came to see the 56th Annual World Press Photo Exhibit.   It is also beside New Farm Park a popular family picnic park. The Powerhouse is also a popular eating and drinking and socialising focal point. Busy, busy, busy.  I started to take photos with the little camera but the @#$%^&* battery died after only a few photos. Grrr! http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2013/06/01/world-press-photo/ . We also experienced a very loud rock band before catching a City Cat Ferry   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TransdevTSL_Brisbane_Ferries to SouthBank where we had a coffee before catching a bus back home.

Looking south across Brisbane River from the Powerhouse.

Looking south across Brisbane River from the Powerhouse.

The ferry passed under several bridges including the iconic Story Bridge   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_Bridge which just this week has had the old lighting replaced by state of the art LED Lighting which is capable of being programmed to illuminate in different colours. We watched as the colours changed. Commencing tomorrow the bridge lights will be in Maroon to support the State of Origin Queensland team which plays against New South Wales at Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_State_of_Origin_series

Go Queenslander!