Monday 18 July to Sunday 23 July 2016
The weather forecast for this week is to be sunny every day with temperatures of between 22 and 24 degrees. The weather turned out generally very good rising to 25 degrees on Friday and 29 degrees on Saturday. However Saturday got very windy as the day progressed with westerly winds of 15 to 20 knots gusting at 25 to 30 knots by late afternoon.
On Monday we drove over to Robina to return the bikes to Brendan and Lyn, and had a coffee while we were there. Now we have to decide whether to buy ourselves a couple of bikes and if we do how we are going to carry them.
On Tuesday Di went to Aqua Aerobics in the pool again, and in the afternoon we did the rounds of a few bike shops to see what you can get for your money. We are undecided whether to buy folding bikes that can be carried inside the van, or ordinary bikes that would need to be on a rack at the back of the van. We think that a little more research is required on the types of bike racks that would fit on the back of the van without bouncing around too much.
On Wednesday we did the tourist thing again and drove to the Hinze Dam which is about 15 km from the Coast on the Nerang River. The dam was originally built in the 70s and was completed in 1976, raised in height in 1989, and significantly raised again to its present height of 106 metres. When full the Dam holds back 310,000 mega-litres of water and provides the main drinking water supply for the Gold Coast as well as providing flood mitigation. The Dam is a rock and earth fill embankment dam and is 1,850 metres long. The Dam is named after the Hinze family who lived in the valley that was flooded by what is now known as Advancetown Lake.
The Hinze Dam spillway.
Di in front of the Hinze Dam rock wall.
View from the cafe at the Hinze Dam.
View across the lake from the Cafe at Hinze Dam.
Back of the Hinze Dam wall.
The view across Advancetown Lake at the Hinze Dam.
The Quarry on site where the rock for the Hinze Dam wall was sourced.
On Thursday Di went off to water aerobics again, and after lunch we went for a walk on the northern side of Tallebudgera Creek bur were unable to find any walking tracks and were confined to the streets in the area, On the way we noticed some Camelias and Azaleas in the gardens which seem to grow well in the shadier places. On the way we noticed a smart looking kit car that was probably a Caterham Seven.
Runabouts towing kids around Tallebudgera Creek.
Camelia in a shady spot.
Looks like a Caterham Seven kit car.
An Azalea in a shady spot.
On Friday we noticed a lone Dolphin in the Creek that seemed to be feeding on small bait fish that were jumping out of the water in an attempt to get away. In the afternoon we sat in the sun at the back of the van enjoying the 25 degrees and admiring the view across the Tallebudgera Creek.
A lone dolphin in Tallebudgera Creek.
Di enjoying the afternoon sun at Tallebudgera Creek.
Saturday started out well before getting to 29 degrees with a very strong westerly wind. One end of our awning pulled out of the clip system that holds the annexe walls as well as the porches. Rather than going out to hit the shops we hung around camp all day keeping an anxious eye on the awning.
Surf boat crew out for a row on Tallebudgera Creek.
Girl with a dog on a paddle board on Tallebudgera Creek.
Sunday was fine and sunny with no wind so we dismantled the porches and the front walls of the annexe to allow the clip sytem bars to be removed. Each has 4 wing nuts that clamp onto the vinyl awning and hold it tightly in place, but when the awning pulls out -and it has done it a few times before - it is always between the wing nuts, A quick trip to Bunnings provided a dozen bolts and wing nuts that were installed in holes drilled in the clip system bars between the existing nuts. This now provides a strong clamping point at about a 12 inches spacing along the bars and will hopefully solve the problem,