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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 9

Friday 11 August to Thursday 17 August 2017

Temperatures continue to rise on the Gold Coast - mid to high 20's with a couple of maximums of 29 degrees. On one of the days when we had 29 degrees, Brisbane had a maximum of 32.3 degrees.

While I have yet to get a photo, every couple of days a beautiful red, yellow and blue Macaw flies up and down the Creek pursued by seagulls and other birds trying to chase it off. Apparently the Macaw is owned by someone who lives in Burleigh not far from the Creek, and they let it out for a fly around every couple of days.

Another bird that causes great consternation with other birds is the Kookaburra. The Kookaburra was sitting in a nearby tree with Noisy Miners trying to chase it off - to no avail.

Perhaps the highlight of the week was a water skier using a surf board with a foil cum winged keel arrangement. While he fell off a few times it was spectacular to see him riding a foot or so above the water.

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The Noisy Miners were getting very agitated with the Kookaburra.

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The Kookaburra was taking no notice of the Noisy Miners.

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Surf Board with a foil.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 8

Friday 4 August to Thursday 10 August

Still warm and sunny with temps in the mid 20's. The locals are starting to say that this is the best winter that they have had for many years.

Highlight of the week was a visit from Di's sister Jan who had been attending a Writers Festival in Byron Bay. On Monday we drove south from Tallebudgera Creek to Ballina, a distance of about 100 km, to pick up Jan where she had been staying with her friend Maggie. We had an excellent lunch at the new Hardwood Restaurant in Ballina. The restaurant is owned by a one-time plumber and is decorated with lots of old tools and copper pipes, heat exchangers and a hot water heater rescued from a building site, and now cleaned up and displayed in the restaurant.

On Tuesday we started the day with a walk to Burleigh Heads for a coffee and a visit to Woolworths Metro store for a few supplies. For lunch we caught up with Jan's sister-in-law Dianne and her husband John at the Talle Club which is located across the road from the caravan park. We had an excellent lunch and caught up on each other's news. Dianne and John used to live in Sydney but moved to Robina on the Gold Coast about 12 years ago.

On Wednesday we were up early to take Jan to the Greyhound Bus Terminal at Surfers Paradise as she was heading for Maloollaba on the Sunshine Coast where she was catching up with Allison, another old friend from Sydney. While we waited for the bus to leave we had an excellent breakfast while we read the papers.

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The sunset over Tallebudgera Creek.

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Another view of the sunset.

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A copper hot water heater circa 1920's rescued from a building site by the plumber who owns the Hardwood Restaurant at Ballina.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Weeks 6 and 7

Friday 21 July to Thursday 3 August 2017

The weather continues to be marvelous - if anything it is getting warmer - mid 20's.

A couple of times we have had a pair of dolphins in the creek, no doubt cleaning out the fish.

The highlight of the fortnight was a visit to the Gold Coast Caravan and Camping Show at the Racecourse. As usual it is hard to go to a show and not buy anything. We came home with a new mat for the annexe and another small folding table. The mats are supposedly made from recycled plastic in China and retailed by a couple of suppliers, one in Brisbane and one in Adelaide. We bought ours from the Aussie Mat Man for $200.00 for a 5 metre by 2.4 metre mat.

Every time we go to a show like this there are more and more caravan manufacturers, and the caravans are getting bigger and bigger. The latest craze is 4WD Expedition Vehicles as they like to call them. Provided you have enough money of course.

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A couple of dolphins in the creek.

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Small Tear Drop Vans.

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A mid range Truck Camper.

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Room for the toys at the back.

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Spare wheels at the back with cranes to lift them up.

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Top of the range Expedition Vehicle - Built on a MAN 4WD weighing in at 18 tonnes and costing about $680,000.

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New mat in the annexe.

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Di posing again.

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Another folding table - I think that the folding tables are breeding.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 5

14 July to Thursday 20 July 2017

The weather continues to be great - low to mid 20's every day.

This week we made an overnight visit to Noosa so that we could go to the Eumundi Market. We stayed at the RACV Noosa Resort where we had a self contained apartment. The 5 star resort has its own bar and restaurant and is outstanding value for money. The Eumundi Market was very crowded and parking was at a premium. While we waiting to try and get one of the last parking spots available for 4wd vehicles only, a face came to the window, looked at David and said "I know you" - Turned out to be Kerry Bryant-Adams, an ex employee of CPA Australia in Melbourne - now retired to the Sunshine Coast and volunteering on Market Days.

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Another weather photo at Tallebudgera Creek.

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Dredge moored in position in the Tallebudgers Creek, ready to pump sand to Burleigh Beach.

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Pump Station for the Tallebudgera Creek Dredge.

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Our lunch venue in Noosa.

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Bedroom at the RACV resort

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Lounge room.

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The balcony of our apartment.

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View from our balcony at the RACV Noosa Resort.

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Another view from our balcony at the RACV Noosa Resort.

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Parking was at a premium at Eumundi.

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The Original Eumundi Market.

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Police Pipe Band entertaining the crowd at Eumundi.

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Early model Holden unloading stock for a market stall.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 4

Friday 7 July to Thursday 13 July 2017

The weather keeps on improving - low to mid 20's every day, although a tad cool over night when it gets down to 10 degrees.

A few photos will tell the story.

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Self propelled caravan - does the driver sit on the left or the right - or perhaps that's him with a remote control.

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Avida van that is not a Winnebago.

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Avida vans are definitely not Winnebagos!

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A real Winnebago.

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The dredge waiting for low tide to get under the Tallebudgera Bridge.

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Today's weather photo.

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V8 speedboat on Tallebudgera Creek.

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This bloke is getting dangerous.

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The latest in scooters.

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New panels on the fridge doors.

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