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.
A heavy downpour could be seen in big black clouds moving in from the sea
so the class was quickly moved to the nearby sound stage normally used for outdoor concerts.
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.
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
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.
He was more involved in today’s game and really put his body into the game, tackling opponents
and running with the ball when it was passed to him.
Regrettably his team lost today.