Posts Tagged ‘Tai Chi’

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!

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480. Sunday 6th March 2016. Visitors, Tai Chi and a rugby league game…

08/03/2016

Monday 29th February

It has been a quiet week.

I am slowly reducing my medication, Lyrica 300 Mg twice a day to 75 Mg twice a day. The reduction has not been totally without some form of withdrawal. Therefore a quiet week means I can relax a bit.

Good friends Tony and Dawn arrive from Port MacQuarie. We spend the next few hours catching up with each others lives. They also felt like having a quiet stay so that suited all of us. They stayed for two days before leaving to attend a funeral in Toowoomba.

By Saturday they arrived back and wanting just to have a few quiet days with us. The came with us when we went to Tai Chi on Friday and joined Donnis for a swim at the Labrador lagoon while I flew my kite.

Sunday 6th March

Donnis and I drove to Brisbane to watch grandson Chris play his second game of Rugby League. Chris mum Regelyn and his other grandmother  Evangeline also helped cheer on the team.

The excited spectators Evangeline, Regelyn and Donnis.

The excited spectators Evangeline, Regelyn and Donnis.

Actually we all offered quiet dignified support. There is a sign when entering the field which basically states that this is just a game, the children are just children playing a game, there is no wagering, no shouting screaming or abusing. The sports officials are all volunteers. We are all asked to support the teams in a dignified way. Some parents shouted encouragement but it was nice not to see aggressive parents running along the sideline screaming at the children or the referee.

It was good to see Chris take the field this week with his mouthguard and Jonathon Thurston head guard. The head guard has minimal padding but is much better than no protection. Jonathon Thurston never plays a game without his headgear and he is the best player in the world. He is a great role model for the children - boys as well as girls.

It was good to see Chris take the field this week with his mouthguard and Jonathon Thurston head guard. The head guard has minimal padding but is much better than no protection. Jonathon Thurston never plays a game without his headgear and he is the best player in the world. He is a great role model for the children – boys as well as girls.

Chris team the Easts Leagues Tigers Under 12, chasing and supporting their own player.

Chris team the Easts Leagues Tigers Under 12, chasing and supporting their own player.

On a footnote Chris team lost.

478. Sunday 23rd February 2016. Canada visitors arrive and the beach beckons with Kite Surfing…

23/02/2016

Tuesday 16th February

Our new Laz E Boy lounge, ordered and paid for last November, arrived today.

Wednesday 17th February

Now for something  totally different. We attended a Tai Chi lesson today. It was held in a park at Paradise Point on the shore of The Broadwater (a few Klms further north than we usually go for a walk) our lesson had about 20 participants and was held under a spreading fig tree. The lesson lasted an hour and I was impressed by the flexibility of our teacher and how sore my muscles felt afterwards.

We were home before the real heat of the day began. It was a scorcher and was accompanied by high humidity.

Friday 19th February

In the morning Donnis went to Tai Chi while I had a Hand Therapy Session.

It was hot today, 34° even here on the coast with a good cooling sea breeze.

At midday we collected Donnis’ sister, Linda, and her partner from the Coolangatta Airport. They are visiting from Vancouver, Canada. We came home and relaxed for a few hours before going to Southport Beach for a walk late in the afternoon.

Donnis son Peter and his son Chris arrived from Brisbane. We had dinner and Peter and Chris stayed for the night. One slept on the new lounge and the other slept on our fold up foamy bed. We carried this bed on our travels 2010 to 2014 and never used the thing, either as a bed, a day bed or as a fold up lounge chair.

No plans have been made for tomorrow.

Saturday 20th February

As always when a group is asked to decide what to do today, nobody wants to decide and the day wears on. I took the initiative and decided we would go to Philips Park on Main Beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships. As it turns out there was only 8 knots of wind today, barely enough to get a training kite airborne. The championships are re-scheduled for tomorrow when 25 knot winds are predicted.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

Yacht with black sails cruises along a bumpy sea.

We took our own kite

Aaaah. This is more like it. A dociled kite.

Aaaah. This is more like it. A docile kite.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Hmmm! Pete flying our small kite while Frank watches.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

Pete and son Chris flying our smaller kite.

with us and the NKL invited us to use their training kites.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Doug n Donnis watch on as Linda has her turn.

Yes Please!

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Donnis in flight while Doug n Linda watch on.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete enjoys his time in the surf.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Pete, Doug n Linda leave the surf to start flying the training kite.

Wow!

...and more flying.

…and more flying.

Donnis having her turn on the training kite...

Donnis having her turn on the training kite…

Even though their kite is marginally larger than our kite it is designed for kite surfing and has three lines to the kite via a hand steering bar compared to our two lines via cord wraps.

Pete.

Pete.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete flies while Donnis and Chris share a hug.

Pete

Pete

At times the kite was lifting us off our feet. It was magic.

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris flies the kite while Frank n Doug share flying tips (Doug was a commercial airline pilot)

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

Chris working with a Kite Surfing Kite.

We were all fired up to consider taking up kite surfing.

...even the trainer is busy.

…even the trainer is busy.

Doug working hard at flying a kite...

Doug working hard at flying a kite…

It was 37° C in the beach carpark at 2pm.  Afterwards we stopped for a beer at the Southport Surf Life Saving Club then home to discover after several hours in the sun surfing and kite flying we are all sunburnt.

Sunday 21st February

Mid-morning to midday Doug and I went to the beach to watch the National Kiteboarding League Championships.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

I could not resist this photo opportunity.

As predicted the wind was blowing at 25+ knots and the sun was as usual brilliantly brilliant.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Part of the large crowd of kite surfing enthusiasts.

Some of the ladies competitors.

Some of the ladies competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

A sporting handshake between competitors.

In the hour or so of our stay we saw many heats of finals of both men’s and women’s events,

Some of the competitors kites.

Some of the competitors kites.

both Freestyle and Wave disciplines.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Kite Surfers in action.

Lots of photos from the official site appear below.

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1224965110864993.1073741835.998924220135751&type=3

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1227573637270807.1073741836.998924220135751&type=3

In the afternoon we all drove to Peters house in Brisbane as he offered to cook a lamb roast for dinner. True to his word he did.

Great dinner Pete.

We did not arrive home until the wee hours of Monday.

ZZZzzzzz!