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Oct 23, 2020 - Bundaberg to Brisbane

Wed 23rd Oct - Bundaberg to Brisbane I slept soundly through to Bundaberg - about 6:00am when the sun was up and streaming through the windows that had blinds up. I know it’s an illusion but the trip seems shorter coming home to what it did going. The most remarkable thing this morning is the amount of water in creeks dams and rivers and the different colour with everything having some sort of shade of green as opposed to out west where all the colours are shades of brown. Oh how we need rain. The promise of a La Nina weather system is...

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Oct 12, 2020 - the 'day before' preparation

MON - 12th Oct - preparation Today we plan to pack in order to take pressure off tomorrow. We have medical appts this morning and podiatry appts in the middle of the day for both. Add in a little pruning and a good watering of the gardens, plus a house clean - and I think we have the makings of a very full day. It was good to see that our native gardenia in the front garden and the lilly pillys along the back and side are coming into flower. We've found that we need to take almost as much for 8 days in Qld as we would for 21 days overseas....

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Oct 6, 2020 - Withcott to HOME

Tue 6th October - Withcott to home We didn’t have too many duties this morning but one of them was to spread our surplus water that we don’t need onto the old established (but suffering) fruit trees. They have about 4 grape vines, 2 or 3 peach trees, an apricot tree and a pecan nut tree - all of which are struggling because of a severe shortage of water. Rocky Creek (runs into Gatton Ck) is bone dry as are many creeks in the area. The various property dams are down to mere puddles so all in all it is sad situation. Fortunately this is no...

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Sep 14, 2020 - Last minute preparations

Mon 14th Sept - last minute preparations The most important prep is to go get the van. It's been feeling quite lonely out at Samford over the last few months, so it will be good to take the cover off, charge the battery, fill the water tank and get it on the road to Taigum so we can pack it. The new van cover which only covers the roof and its edges is working well. Half hr to Samford and back saw the van ready to pack by 10:30. But the necessity to keep an Apollo Choir practice and an Audiologist appt meant that nothing much could be done...

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Mar 17, 2020 - Reflections

Tue Mar 17 - Day 23 Reflecting back - Was it a great holiday? YES it certainly was. Lots of resting, reading, relaxing and reflecting in the writing of this blog. Reflecting back - Anything Go Wrong? Nah! Nothing major. Just the door is damaged and won’t separate. The Air Conditioner doesn’t cool anymore. The awning is destroyed (probably hail damage) and has to be replaced. Nope! Nothing much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reflecting back - COVID-19 Pandemic and the ensuing panic. Even reflecting on the Media’s role in unnecessarily feeding the...

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Mar 16, 2020 - Kingscliff to Brisbane

Mon Mar 16 - Day 22 Guess what? - It’s blue skies all over. Must be time to go home. Not much to do this morning. All done and away without fuss and back home by 10:30. Gained an hour at the border. It was an uneventful run home, taking the van to our church’s spacious grounds to enable ferrying our goods and chattels back to the house 500m away. After a cuppa Ron returned to the van to wash it and wait for The Awning Man to come and give a quote on it’s replacement which he did about 5:00pm. He tells us it has been damaged by hail and...

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Feb 23, 2020 - van to church for packing

SUN Feb 23 - Day -1 The recent rain event has given us 450mm in the home rain gauge in a bit over 2 weeks. Wow!! Lots of people prayed for rain and now we have a lot of rain. So when the weekend came to take the van off the property at Samford, the creek bed we had to drive through was running at knee height. Take the van out??? No can do. So we put the trip back a week. A couple of nights later the creek was running at about waist height. But hey! Who’s complaining? Not us. We prayed for it - we got it. Join the frogs and enjoy...

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Dec 8, 2019 - Brisbane Culture

Galleries and Swimming Day 94 Today we are going to have a day of culture so after breakfast we head to the South Bank and the Cultural Centre. The GOMAB is the museum of Modern Art and the first building we come to. We enter a light and airy four storey building which is free to the public. The first exhibit is a 20-foot long sculpture of coral behind glass. There are examples of all the different corals we have seen whilst snorkelling and some we have not. We spend at least two hours perusing the different galleries. There are examples...

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Dec 7, 2019 - Brisbane River

Kangaroo Point and New Farm Day 93 It is misty this morning due to the bush fires west of Brisbane and we are glad that we went to Mt Coot-tha yesterday whilst it was clear and we had the fantastic views. We have been watching the Ferries zigzag back and forth across the river between North Quay and the South Bank and decide that this will be a good way of seeing the city from a different perspective. The North Quay stop is just five minutes away and both the CityCat and CityHopper Ferries stop here. We decide on the later as this is a...

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Dec 6, 2019 - Mt Coot-tha

Gardens and Churches Day 92 Today we’ve decided to drive out to Brisbane Botanic gardens on Mt Coot-tha as it is quite high up and the views of Brisbane and the coast should be brilliant. During the drive we climb steadily towards the highest point in Brisbane. Pulling off the road we park up and walk to the information centre to collect a map of the gardens. We speak to one of the guides who advises us because of the very high temperature to drive around the gardens, parking up at identified points to see particular gardens of interest....

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Dec 5, 2019 - Brisbane City

A Modern City Day 91 We eat breakfast on the balcony appreciating the views. The builders opposite started work at 6 a.m. presumably so that they can finish early before it gets too hot. Looking across to the South Bank we can see the theatre, museums and big wheel and we decide to make that our first stop of the day. The Kurilpa foot bridge across the river is right outside our hotel. It is marked out with lanes for pedestrians, bikes and scooters (the whole city is pedestrian and cycle friendly). We walk across and join the boardwalk...

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Nov 15, 2019 - Australia

Nadi - Brisbane - Cairns Day 71 Taxis, Buses and Planes We are woken by the wake up call at 4.30 a.m. I'm up first, then Mark and lastly Marcus. The taxi picks us up at 5 a.m. and we say a sad farewell to Outrigger Beach Resort. Arriving at the airport at 6.20 a.m. we check in and have breakfast before the flight.The plane is not a Fiji airline jet but is supplied with staff by Malindo Airways. To our surprise the plane is very roomy, much more space than on the long flight from LA to Nadi and we settle down for the 4 hour flight. Luckily...

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