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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.

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401. Sunday 28th December 2014.

28/12/2014

Monday 22nd December

Only three more sleeps until Santa arrives.

I think I might be aging. Christmas no longer has the same excitement it once had. Looking back on my Christmases past I can see where I have gone through many distinct phases.

When I was really young, like age one and two, I really did not give a damn. Who cares? Then as I became aware of myself and my surroundings the magic of a childs Christmas  enveloped me. The knowledge of being surrounded by family who loved and cared for me just did not enter into my thoughts. A little older still it was the thrill of anticipation of presents under the tree. As well as the excitement of knowing that after the presents were opened and lunch dishes were washed and the family relaxed there was a chance to play with whatever it was I received for Christmas. I also knew that next day, as a family, we would get bundled into the car and we would go camping somewhere for a week or two.

A teenagers Christmas is different. It was a case of gimme my presents and how soon can I get out to join my mates. Late teens saw me interested in going to the beach and catching a waves from sunup to sundown. Then it was a girlfriend and spending time with her and her family. Then married and children of our own and the excitement of their Christmases. All too soon they went through the same process and were teenagers then boyfriends and moved away and being asked to join them and their family for Christmas. Now the children are going through the same process I went through and all are saying what are your plans this year? Now we have come full circle and the only wish I have is to spend time with loved ones and family. It is important that none of us be alone at this time of year. That is why I am spending Christmas Day with sisters Eni and Shan and their partners and children and grandchildren. Equally it is important to me that Donnis has somebody who loves her to be with her while she works at Lightning Ridge. Yes I am quite happy to drive the ten or twelve hours to spend a few days with her.

In the morning I rode about 6 Klms and did my usual exercises.

Later in the morning the enthusiasm returned and I laid carpet and underlay in the utility room. I was so pleased with the look of the room I also installed a venetian blind. Hmmm! Tomorrow I will finish the carpet edging with fancy quad and metal edging under the doorways.

Tuesday 23rd December

Rode about 6 Klms this morning along the Gold Coast Greenway.

Completed 90% of the trim over the carpet.

Wednesday 24th December.

Today’s event’s serves to remind me why I do not like to a) make plan’s and b) announce plans.

You may recall I announced in the last post our plans for Christmas Day and beyond to my drive to Lightning Ridge to be with Donnis. All was going fine until I was only around the corner from my sister Eni’s house. Terios gave a sort of cough and when I stopped the motor was running ragged. Luckily Jason was in the garage when I pulled up. Jason is a mechanic and he checked TERIOS. The coil for cylinder four had failed so TERIOS was only running on three cylinders! Christmas Eve is not a good time to breakdown and be looking for parts. At this stage I will not be going anywhere for a few days.

Sigh!!!

Thursday 25th December – Christmas Day

It was a typical Aussie Christmas Day. The sun was shining and it was hot. During the night I must have slept awkwardly and have woken with a stiff neck, shoulder and upper back. The pain is only evident when I move. Sister Eni sprayed me with a concoction called Zen pain relief and gave me a couple of pain relief anti- inflammatory tablets. They help.

Ahhh! Christmas morning. Christmas songs and Carols playing in the background, the sound of wrapping paper being torn by little hands too excited to open presents. It was more fun just tearing the paper.

Ahhh! Christmas morning. Christmas songs and Carols playing in the background, the sound of wrapping paper being torn by little hands too excited to open presents. It was more fun just tearing the paper.

Cooper received a White Pointer Shark splash pool from Santa

Cooper received a White Pointer Shark splash pool from Santa

While Eni and Kelly were preparing lunch, Ken and I went to Noosa beach. Ken wanted a swim and I accompanied him and sat on the beach. The amount of traffic around Noosa and Noosa Woods was unexpected but I suppose most families, like ours, were up early, presents opened and then off to the beach. The sun was shining the water was clean and clear, nice waves were rolling in and it seemed the rest of the world was, like us, trying to find somewhere to park so we could all get out and enjoy the beach.

At this end of Noosa Beach, The Woods, the beach seemed almost deserted. Towards the hill on main beach it was crowded.

At this end of Noosa Beach, The Woods, the beach seemed almost deserted. Towards the hill on main beach it was crowded.

The rest of the day was spent eating, drinking, sleeping and fielding Christmas wishes phone calls until dinner of semi traditional fare.

The day and the occasion seemed hollow without Donnis being there to share.

I also spent some time on the phone with Queensland Rail trying to source travel home. It seems Queensland Rail have chosen this time to carry out maintenance work on the line. Several locations are closed so travel would be a combination of a bus to a station, a train, a bus, a train and so on. In all, to travel the 200 Klms home would involve seven changes of train or bus!!! A trip which would take around two hours in the car would take eight hours by public transport.

Sister Shan and partner Dave arrived mid-afternoon in time to join us for Christmas dinner.

Sigh!!!

Friday 26th December – Boxing Day.

I was well enough to take a walk along Weyba Creek and Noosa River and watch the sunrise.

Early morning skiff training on Noosa River.

Early morning skiff training on Noosa River.

Weyba Creek looking towards the main Noosa Heads.

Weyba Creek looking towards the main Noosa Heads.

One of several boathgouses and bpat hire locations along Noosa River.

One of several boathgouses and bpat hire locations along Noosa River.

On Weyba Creek which flows into Noosa River I found this decaying dinghy.

On Weyba Creek which flows into Noosa River I found this decaying dinghy.

Ken and I made the rounds of spare parts places around Noosa trying to locate a coil for TERIOS. Luck was not on our side. It seems the places which may have parts in stock are closed until after 5th January. Even the wreckers are closed.

After a discussion with Jas who suggested he thought TERIOS would be fine to travel on three cylinders if I drove carefully and did not use the air conditioning. I made the decision to travel home today in the late afternoon as the heat would give way to the cool of the night rather than stay and leave in the morning when the heat of the day would only increase.

As it turned out the decision was the correct one. Rain clouds started to build and with only 50 Klms travelled some rain  began to fall and there was 100% cloud cover. Lightning flashes could be seen in the distance. Traffic was reasonably light and I was home a little over 2two hours later. TERIOS performed well although underpowered on hills.

Saturday 27th December.

What can I say about today?

Nuthin!

Without TERIOS I was “confined to barracks”. The rain which started last night, continued all day. I did not feel inclined to ride the as yet unnamed eBike on wet roads. I did manage to get onto a mechanic to explain what is needed. He prefers to inspect TERIOS to determine it is in fact a coil problem before he will order a part. I also convinced him to at least check availability and price for a coil. TERIOS is booked in at 8 am on Monday morning.

Sunday 28yj December

The rain continued during the night and during the morning.

Sister Shan and Dave arrived as the rain eased and we walked to Harbourtown for lunch and all too soon they were gone.

The rain stayed away for the remainder of the afternoon so I rode to and along The Broadwater and back again.

There endeth my Sunday.

Happy New Year to all.