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Southport - Day 18

Day 65 - Sunday 31 August 2014

Another magic day on the Gold Coast - sunny and 23 degrees with very little wind.

The good news from last night is that the Cats finally got their act together after a scratchy second quarter, winning by 10 goals to cement third place on the ladder with the same number of wins as Sydney and Hawthorn, but a poorer percentage. The Tomahawk kicked 7 goals in a career best performance. We are looking forward to another showdown with Hawthorn at the MCG on Friday night. Also good to see the Tigers put together 9 wins in a row to lock down 8th place in the finals with a win over top placed Sydney. I noticed that Patrick and Chappy were not game to pick the Tigers in our tipping competition. Can the Tigers make it 10 in a row in Adelaide?

Being Sunday we wheeled out the Baby Q for eggs and bacon on toast for breakfast.

Eggs and bacon for breakfast this morning

Eggs and bacon for breakfast this morning

After breakfast we had a lazy day in the sun finishing off the weekend's papers.

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Southport - Day 17

Day 64 - Saturday 30 August 2014

A beautiful day in Southport today - mainly sunny with a maximum of 22 degrees.

Colin from Australia Wide Annexes arrived at 9:30 am this morning to install our new porch, which attaches to the front of the Annexe.

Our new Porch was delivered this morning

Our new Porch was delivered this morning

In the afternoon we made another trip to Go Camping in Nerang for a few specialised bits and pieces, then on to Bunnings for more bits and pieces. I think that we are now all set up with our new annexe and porch. At Go Camping we also purchased three new tent poles to enable Frosty to better support his awning. As David had all the tools (electric drill, drill bits, and hacksaw) he volunteered to do the installation for Frosty.

For dinner tonight we settled back for a magnificent lamb roast with roast vegies. We are now watching the Geelong game on the television, but not sure whether the Cats have made up their minds who they want to play next week. Win and they play Hawthorn on the MCG, or lose and the play Sydney in Sydney. No contest - they need to win - Go Cats!!!!

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Southport - Day 16

Day 63 - Friday 29 August 2014

Sunny and 22 degrees in Southport today - thankfully no breeze this morning and only 15 knots forecast for later in the afternoon.

At 10:45 am we were picked up from the caravan park by Brendan and Lyn for the drive into Brisbane. As we neared our destination Brendan's Car GPS suggested we do a right turn off a flyover to get to the road underneath. David's Samsung Navigon navigation software saved the day. We were meeting John McNamara an old Mini-hash member from Hobart. John works in the timber industry and left Tassie more than 15 years ago to pursue other opportunities on the mainland. Probably just as well as the greenies have killed off the timber industry in Tasmania.

We met at John's office in Hendra (a northern suburb of Brisbane) and drove to the Breakfast Creek Hotel for lunch. The Breakfast Creek Hotel is a very popular venue with a large beer garden. The steak eaters all had excellent meals but Di's Barramundi was not the best she had ever tasted.

Arriving at the Breakfast Creek Hotel for lunch

Arriving at the Breakfast Creek Hotel for lunch

Di and Lyn leaving the Breakfast Creek Hotel

Di and Lyn leaving the Breakfast Creek Hotel

After lunch it was back in the car for the return trip to the Gold Coast. It was very busy on the Pacific Motorway, probably because it was a Gold Coast Show public holiday, and we were also in the "schools out" window. Back at the caravan Park Brendan and Lyn joined us for a relaxing glass of red before they made their way home.

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Southport - Day 15

Day 62 - Thursday 28 August 2014

It rained again overnight - 9.8 mm since 9:00 am the previous day. While the rain has stopped it is however very windy - forecast is 20 knots gusting to 30 knots. The maximum gust was 40 knots at 11:30 am this morning.

Overnight we had a leak at one end of the awning/annexe, so we have restored our funnel and plastic pipe to drain any water away. We spent most of the morning responding to every creak and groan of our new annexe, worried (needlessly as it turned out) about its survival. At one stage the awning came out of its anti flapper clip system and Frosty came over to render assistance in restoring order. Thanks Frosty!

Our new annexe all battened down for the wind

Our new annexe all battened down for the wind

During the afternoon the winds slowly eased, with gusts reducing to about 25 knots, so we felt that we could go for a drive without our awning blowing away while we were abent! Not that we went far - we only drove out to the Spit to look at the seas and wave activity. It seems that the seas had abated somewhat, earlier in the day the seas at Currumbin and Kirra Point had been 5 metres during the morning.

Gold Coast Seaway marine radio base

Gold Coast Seaway marine radio base

Sand pumping jetty

Sand pumping jetty

Waves breaking at the Seaway

Waves breaking at the Seaway

Surfers Paradise behind the sand pumping jetty

Surfers Paradise behind the sand pumping jetty

A wave breaking at the Spit

A wave breaking at the Spit

Wild seas at the entrance to the Gold Coast Seaway

Wild seas at the entrance to the Gold Coast Seaway

Another wave breaking at the Spit

Another wave breaking at the Spit

Surfers Paradise in the distance

Surfers Paradise in the distance

At about 5:00 pm we drove up to our club - Club Southport - to find that Frosty and Marg had beaten us and staked a claim - their club they say! Once again we had the Schooner and Pizza special for $10.00. I think that we have a convert - Frosty is threatening to give up the Mixed Grill and switch to the Pizza Special - especially when he gets half of Marg's Pizza. We all enjoyed the meal and a few drinks while we were there.

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Southport - Day 14

Day 61 - Wednesday 27 August 2014

Fine and sunny this morning, although strong winds and rain expected later.

Would you believe we made two more trips to Bunnings today. The new annexe support poles needed 5/16 or 3/8 inch holes to be drilled and we did not have the appropriate size. Would you believe that the drill bits were $9.00 and $11.00 respectively, but a full set of De Walt drill bits in a plastic case which included the full range from 1/16 inch to 3/8 inch was only $34.00. No contest!

Back at camp we completed all the fine adjustments and waited for the wind and the rain. No wind but a very heavy downpour that only lasted 10 minutes - but it did identify a leak or two. It was back to Bunnings again for some 5/16 inch plastic tubing to construct some spouts at each end of the awning to take rainwater away, It had been dribbling back into the annexe. The next rain period will test the adjustments.

No photos today.

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