Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Olé! Its Spanish Dinner Night

 This month's Village, Dinner Night had a Spanish theme. We don't have any Covid in the community in Queensland so we have very few restrictions. Therefore, we can enjoy our monthly dinners again like normal. Some of the residents have had the vaccination but not all of us yet. Our supply of vaccine has been slow in arriving in Australia and slow in distribution. Plus our vaccine is AstraZeneca, which has caused blood clots in a few people. Our Pfizer is still coming for those under 50. 

Anyway, enough of that, let's get on with having fun. Bill and I dressed a little Spanish and headed off to dinner in the community centre. 

The hall was full and ready to be served by the catering students from Rochdale High School.

We were sitting with Len and Ros as well as Irene. Each month we are allocated seats with different people so we get to know everyone in the village. However, you can request to sit with friends if you wish.

Dessert was delicious but the orange ice cream had started to melt because the guest speaker went a little over time.

The original guest speaker couldn't come at the last minute so Brendan Rook, our CEO, Chiou See Anderson's partner, stepped in to fill the void. He spoke about his career as a detective and International War Crimes investigator in Le Hague.

I forgot to get a shot of our table but here are some of my village friends. The lady on the right was in the next bed to me in hospital when we gave birth to our first daughters, forty nine years ago. It's amazing how many people bump into others they knew in their earlier life. Bill is way in the background sitting at our table.

Monday, April 19, 2021


 I love walking along a beach just where the waves ripple up the sand and leave a wet, hard surface with reflections. So while I was on a mini holiday at the beach with my little family from Melbourne, I did just that.

I saw Fox kicking the football with his dad.

Then I came across Banjo making a pen for the little crabs he had caught.

I set off towards the south this time. Coolangatta and Tweed Heads, the twin towns on the border of NSW and QLD are in the distance.

This colourful group were doing some type of training.

Splish-splosh-splash through the water. A bit too cold for me to go surfing but not for others.

Time to turn around and head back.

I searched for pieces of coral for Fox to add to his collection.

Then I was back to the surfing area opposite our accommodation. 

The next day it was time to say goodbye to Sonya, Bernie, Fox and Banjo as they were flying back to cold Melbourne that evening. They enjoyed our warm Autumn weather.

Just love these two guys.

Friday, April 16, 2021


 At last interstate travel is allowed again and our restrictions have been lifted. We have Covid under control with very few vaccinations due to a delay in vaccine delivery. So our Melbourne family flew into the Gold Coast for a five day break during the school holidays. We drove down to meet them. I had booked us two appartments at Burleigh Beach. It was so nice to hug them again after 15 months. We were lucky with the weather. It had been raining here for weeks but the sun came out and we had beautiful, warm, Autumn weather. 

View from our unit.
A parrot came to visit

We went to the beach but it was a bit windy on the first day, after all it is autumn.

However, people were still enjoying the surf.

While I enjoyed taking photos with my new iPhone.

After the beach, the boys went for a swim in the pool

Then they were allowed "Tech Time" until dinner.

Next morning it was beautiful to see the sun rise over the ocean but it was very bright.

Then us oldies ventured down to the beach.

The family were playing football.

Saturday, April 3, 2021


 We were lucky that the Brisbane outbreak seems to be under control with a three day lockdown, super contact tracing and ramped up testing. Over 1000 contacts have to stay at home for 14 days and be tested again to make sure they are still negative. 

People were so happy to be able to go on Easter holidays, church and family get togethers. Restrictions still remain throughout Queensland; mask wearing inside buildings, no dancing, sit down in bars and restaurants and only 30 people in home gatherings. Carry a mask everywhere and use it when you can't social distance outside.

We enjoyed the outside by going to our local park and walked around the lagoon which was covered in lotus blooms and ducks.

These days it is hard to get down low for a good shot.

A Moorhen

The park has recently been upgraded with nice seating and picnic shelters as well as new observation decks over the Lagoon. There is a path and boardwalk all the way around the lagoon.

Paper bark trees (Melaleuca Trees)

Monday, March 29, 2021

DON'T BRAG (Message to myself)

After bragging to my readers that we had Covid under control, it has snuck back into our community. Only in Brisbane not anywhere else in the country. We recorded four new cases over the last few days so now we have been locked down again for at least three days. It is quite harsh. Schools closed. Only essential workers can go to work, wear masks, stay apart, stay home except for food shopping, exercise, and medical reasons. If people have been visiting from other states they have to quarantine for 14 days when they return home. Travel is banned. In the meantime testing and contact tracing has gone into overdrive. The health gurus know that it is the UK strain and it was brought into the country by a returning Aussie from overseas, who was positive and went to hospital for treatment where a doctor became infected and passed it onto a friend. Friend was asymptomatic and passed it onto brother who passed it onto three others.

Unfortunately, our vaccine rollout is slow because we can't get Europe to send enough because they need it and we have to give some of ours to third world Papua/New Guinea. We are due to get our (oldies jab) after Easter. Health workers have had theirs. Care home patients are getting it now. Then us. 

So it's time to get a bit of Zen in our village Zen garden.

Friday, March 19, 2021


Our monthly dinner night fell on St Patricks Day so naturally the theme for our dinner was St Patrick's Day. Residents were encouraged to wear green and they did. We usually have an Irish Dance group come to dance for us. This year we couldn't get them due to problems they incurred due to Covid Lockdowns in the past. However, we solved the problem when Our Line Dancing Group offered to entertain us by dancing to Irish music. We normally have a distinguished visiting guest speaker but this year we had one of our residents from the History Group give us a talk on St Patrick. We also had a resident sing Danny Boy for us.

Bill says, "Top 'o' the mornin'" to Fergus our mascot.

We sat with a lovely group of neighbours.

Many guests wore green and fun head wear.

Nanette makes great cocktails. The bar is manned by village volunteers.

John gave an interesting talk.

The line dancers entertained us and had fun themselves dancing to Irish music.

Stewart sang 'Danny Boy'

The Rochedale High School Catering students served us well.

Poz, our chef, made a delicious meal: Guinness Pie with Colcannon and Creamed Spinach or Cider Coddled Pork Loin with Colcannon and Baked Sprouts. Dessert : Baileys Irish Cream baked Cheesecake with Green Chocolate Ganache.
Our CEO, Chiou See, and our Residents' Committee Chairman, Ian, led us all in singing "Its a Long Way to Tipperary".