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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 1

2 August to 8 August 2015

Sunday was 12 to 24 degrees followed by 12 to 26 degrees on Monday, then the maximums when down to about 20 degrees, but fine and sunny every day.

On Sunday morning we had just finished the last few jobs in our set-up routine when a motorhome arrived to take up the site across the roadway. He had driven on to the site when he should have reversed onto the site. Realising his mistake he attempted a 3-point turn and in the process managed to back into the rear of the Navara. While we had a small dent in the bumper bar, we now have a much larger dent. We have been reimbursed the cost of repairs by the other driver, so no insurance claims to worry about.

On Monday we went to a local bodyworks for a quote for repairs, and should be able to have it done next week. A new bumper bar costs $1,200 and that is just the metal bit and does not include all the plastic bits that will be re-used. Back at the van we spent the rest of the afternoon making some minor modifications to the van to enable us to get the washing machine out for repairs. We removed the back cover from the machine and found that one of the large springs that holds the drum in place had broken, allowing the whole unit to flop about during the spin cycle. We took it off to the local Dometic Agent for repairs. The machine is very heavy and difficult to handle at about 55 kg - the agent said it is like a box of bricks.

On Tuesday we drove to the Pine Shopping Centre at Elanora so David could see an Optometrist for new contact lenses. He had been given a new prescription before we left home but has been having trouble with them and wanted to go back to his previous prescription. Di managed to find a dress shop and made a purchase or two.

On Wednesday we drove to the Nissan dealer at Tweed Heads to have a 150,000 km service for the Navara. While the service was being done we walked to Coolangatta and had breakfast at a local restaurant, before checking out both of the local shopping centres. While the vehicle service was supposed to be finished at 10:30 am, it was nearly 1:00 pm before we picked it up.

On Thursday morning we went for a walk to Burleigh Beach, but the low track is still closed and we had to walk over the top of Burleigh Head. At Tallebudgera Creek the sand dredge is working again and they are pumping sand over the hill to Burleigh Beach in a 12 inch plastic pipe. About mid afternoon Brendan called over to say hello - he and Lyn arrived back on Monday from their 4WD trip across the Simpson Desert which they enjoyed. In the evening we drove up to Club Southport for dinner with Frosty and Marg. They had arrived back at the Broadwater Park on Monday after spending some time at Dicky Beach.

On Friday morning Colin from Australia Wide Annexes called around to measure up and quote for a new storage room to go under the front of the 5th wheeler. It will match the colour-scheme of the annexe and will give us a lot of storage space as it will be 2.2 m wide by 1.2 m deep by 1.4 m high. At the present time we have a lot of bits and pieces pushed under the van, with some chained on for security, and Di thinks that it is all very untidy!

Finally on Saturday we called in at Rays Outdoors for their big members sale - but did not need any of their door buster specials. We did however find a large Black Wolf duffel bag for storage of clothing, and they organised a price match for a second bag at a nearby BCF store. At $40 each they were a good buy. Later in the day we called in to the local Aldi store for one of their Expressi coffee machines, the same as Kirrily uses in Melbourne. They use purpose made pods of coffee so we will have to buy up big at Aldi in Melbourne before we return home.


All set-up on waterfront site 28 at Tallebudgera Creek.


The weeks weather photo - fine and sunny all week.


Blue Heeler could not work out why the photographer was laughing.


Palm Beach from the Burleigh Head Lookout.


Sand dredge at work in Tallebudgera Creek.


Large pump moving the sand from Tallebudgera Creek to Burleigh Beach.


Sand pipe at Burleigh Beach.


Surfers Paradise from Burleigh Head.


Police Patrol at Burleigh Beach.


Kayak class on Tallebudgera Creek.

Posted by TwoAces 02:28

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