Rainbow Bay, Gold Coast, Queensland, Aus.

Sunday, April 14, 2019


Last week we took some friends from the village to visit Hinze Dam. They are new to Australia from England. They have moved here to be nearer their family who live in Springwood the same suburb as our village. We thought our move from the next suburb was emotional but to move from the other side of the world at our age, I admire them.

The Hinze Dam and Advancetown Lake are situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland, near Mount Tamborine.

 We walked along the dam wall, which was made higher a few years ago. We saw some bird life and the foot hills of the Great Dividing Range.

We stopped in at the cafe and had a very nice lunch before we walked down to the water's edge.

 It was relaxing sitting on the bench and admiring the view

Even Bill enjoyed the little walk.

Friday, April 12, 2019


Recently we spent 5 days on the Gold Coast with our family. On the last day the weather was perfect.  We have a saying in Queensland,  "....where the weather is beautiful one day and perfect the next." Well we did have one overcast day but the others were great. I took a look over the balcony and wished we could all stay longer, but work called for the young ones.
 Looking south

Looking north

Then I saw Sonya, Carol and the boys playing on the beach, so I went down to join them.

It was a bit cool in the water today so we packed up and went for a walk to the shops where the boys wanted to show me "Cheeky" the fish, which was in a Real Estate Office.

Later in the evening Grandaddy was cooking dinner and pretending to be "The Swedish Chef" from The Muppet Show. However, the boys had never heard of him (a bit before their time) so Grandaddy introduced the boys to 'The Swedish Chef" on You Tube. They really enjoyed it.

We were up early the next morning to drive Sonya and the boys to the Coolangatta Airport.  Luckily it is only 15 mins away. It takes them 2.5 hours to get home to Melbourne, where Sonya had to rush them to school for a colour fun run.

Time to say goodbye to these scallywags.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019


When we went to the beach with our family for a few days, we had one day where the weather wasn't the best. It was still warm but overcast with showers. It didn't stop the young ones from having fun. They went to explore some of the indoor attractions on the Gold Coast. Meanwhile I took a short walk on the beach to strengthen the ankle which I broke some months ago.

We did a routine walk to the coffee shop in mid morning.

The cloudy sky and showers provided a stunning sunset.

Looking towards Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Heads.

Carol snatching some well earnt relaxation.

The sun sinks behind the hinterland mountains seen from the back of our building .

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Our daughter, Sonya, brought the boys to Queensland's Gold Coast for what she called a 'sneaky holiday'. This is because she took the boys out of school for 3 days, last Thurs, Fri and Mon. Her husband, Bernie, couldn't come because he was sent to England for work. Actually it was to meet the fans of the show that he stars in 'Wentworth' as it is very popular in UK.
When our other daughter, Carol,  heard of the 'sneaky holiday' she and husband David, decided to join us too. So they all flew from Melbourne and Sydney, respectively, and we drove (1 hour) to the Gold Coast to meet them. 
We had hired two apartments at Burleigh Heads Beach and had a lovely time with family for five days.

Luckily our extreme heat has calmed down and the weather although overcast at first turned out to be good. Fox on the left had fun extending his hair with pine needles which just stuck on. Banjo enjoyed designing sand castles.

It wasn't long before they were swimming in the surf. They keep their hats and shirts on as well as suncream to protect their skin. Hopefully they won't get skin cancers when they are older. Queensland has the sad reputation of being the world leader in skin cancer diagnoses.
We are proof of that, both Bill and I have had cancers removed.

Sonya bought the boys Boogie Boards and they had fun learning to ride them. Aunty Carol and Uncle David helped as well as mum.

In the evening we returned to our unit to swim in the pool, jump in the spa and clean up ready to go out for dinner. Banjo conked out before we had finished.

All the photos are phone photos taken by either Sonya or me.

Friday, March 22, 2019


At last I have got Blogger fixed properly. I thought I had done it before but NO! it reverted to the old problem. So I rang Apple Support and the man on the end of the line "Percival" found what I had to click off in Safari Preferences to make Blogger work properly. I can now comment on your blogs and the navigation bar has gone back to normal. I hope it's for good this time.
I was so frustrated over the last week not being able to blog properly as well as having a sore ankle and sore face, that I had to go to our zen garden in the village to calm down and get some zen.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

I LIKE BIKES and thanks to blogger friend my problem is fixed.

Thanks to bloggers Beatrice and Grenville (aliases) of 'The Frog and PenguINN", I have fixed my blogger problem. It is something to do with Apple's new upgrade program Mohave and its security levels. However, I have to delete websites which send me cookies and then I can comment.
Now I have no excuse for not blogging when I come back from a visit to the plastic surgeon to check on my wound, which is healing at last.

As I look through my photos I noticed I have a thing for bikes. Here are some I found.

San Francisco, USA

The Spit, Southport, Gold Coast, Qld, Aus.

Melbourne, Vic, Aus


Our village, Logan




Nashville USA

Monday, March 18, 2019


Is anyone else having issues with blogger?
I can't reply to comments.
I can't comment on my own post.
I can't delete spam comments.
Grrr frustrating
The format seems to have changed, the nav bar is different, there is no pencil icon for editing posts, there is no delete icon to remove unwanted posts??????

Sunday, March 17, 2019


Recently I was admitted to hospital because the wound from a skin cancer incision had got infected. The wound had to be dressed every six hours and I had to take oral antibiotics. Although I was worried about the wound opening and not healing, I didn't feel sick enough to be in bed all day. I had books to read, iPad and puzzles and TV I was still bored stuck in a room all day. So each day after the wound had been dressed and I had my medication, I escaped from the ward and went for a walk around the streets.

  I came across the hospital chapel and went inside for some peace and quiet after the noisy ward.

Now I am home with my soul mate and feeling relieved that the germ has been eradicated but the wound is still trying to heal.