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August 2014

Southport - Day 8

Day 55 - Thursday 21 August

About 22 degrees today but very windy.

Today was day 1 of the Pan Pacs Swimming Championships - we were glad that we were not in the exposed grandstands - very windy today!

David spent the morning checking our batteries. He removed both batteries to check the electrolyte levels in each battery cell using a hydrometer. Battery one was perfect with no action required. Battery two had two cells slightly down in electrolyte, which were topped up, while the others were perfect. The two cells that were topped up were also down on specific gravity - fair to good rather than perfect. The two cells were given a dose of Recharge - which is mainly phosphoric acid that reduces the sulphation of the battery plates and hopefully will rejuvenate the cells. Only time will tell. The batteries are 6 years old after-all.

In the afternoon David helped Frosty have a look at his batteries. He has been having problems with his 12 volt supply which occasionally shuts down and turns the lights and fridge OFF. We started by checking the batteries which were sealed and maintenance free - they appeared to be OK and fully charged. The C-Tek battery charger appeared to be OK, and the solar charger also appeared to be OK. While we were doing this the 12 volt supply shut down again and the fridge and lights went off again. As a last resort we checked the Battery Protector - 14.5 volts in and nothing out. It seems that the Battery Protector has failed after periods of intermittent operation. Thankfully the Caravan Doctor was in the park and was able to bypass the battery protector as a temporary solution until Frosty gets back to Melbourne.

That evening we went to our club - Club Southport for the Schooner of Beer and Pizza Special for $10.00. Once again Di traded the schooner of beer for a glass of wine.

No photos today.

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Southport - Day 7

Day 54 - Wednesday 20 August 2014

Partly sunny and 22 degrees today.

We spent the morning sunning ourselves and reading the papers, while we tried to make up our mind what we would do today. We eventually decided to go for a drive to Mount Tamborine. First stop was Eagle Heights where we did a walkabout while we checked out a few shops. Then we drove on to North Tamborine, Mount Tamborine and Tamborine before continuing on to Canungra where we stopped again for a coffee and a cake - vanilla bean brulee tarts - very nice too! We also called in to the Canungra Information Centre and picked up lots of info on things to do in the area.

The Whistling Duck Village at Eagle Heights

The Whistling Duck Village at Eagle Heights

Dark Pink Magnolias

Dark Pink Magnolias

Eagle Heights main street

Eagle Heights main street

View from the North Tamborine Lookout

View from the North Tamborine Lookout

North Tamborine GPS marker

North Tamborine GPS marker

Visiting Earth Angel sculpture

Visiting Earth Angel sculpture

Another view from the Lookout

Another view from the Lookout

The windsock is for the Canungra Gliding Club - no gliding today however

The windsock is for the Canungra Gliding Club - no gliding today however

Yet another view from the Lookout

Yet another view from the Lookout

Park in the middle of Canungra

Park in the middle of Canungra

Canungra main street

Canungra main street

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Southport - Day 6

Day 53 - Tuesday 19 August 2014

Mainly sunny today with a maximum of 24 degrees. The clouds built up later in the afternoon.

We spent the morning sitting in the sun with the papers, and Di got the crocheting again - she has finished one scarf and started another.

After lunch we went for a walk along the bike path which continues north along the Broadwater towards the Labrador high rise area. Total distance today was 4 km out and back. Yesterdays walk was much the same, and David's Achilles tendonitis is coping well so far.

Later in the afternoon we walked up to our club (another 2 km), the Southport Workers Club which has been renamed CSi Club Southport since we were here last year. We had the Pizza Special with a schooner of beer for $10.00. Di traded her schooner for a glass of wine. After a couple more drinks we finished off with a Coffee and Carrot Cake.

Di on the bridge over Loders Creek

Di on the bridge over Loders Creek

The Hai Yong at anchor

The Hai Yong at anchor

Getting cloudy over Surfers Paradise

Getting cloudy over Surfers Paradise

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Southport - Day 5

Day 52 - Monday 18 August 2014

Mainly sunny with a maximum temperature of 21 degrees, but quite breezy with a 15 knot westerly blowing for most of the day.

After breakfast we did the rounds of some of our favourite spots, Bunnings for a large tarpaulin to fit under the annexe when it arrives and some tent pegs, Spotlight for oven mits and wool needles, Officeworks for a storage basket, and Woollies for groceries.

After lunch we went for a walk along the edge of the Broadwater to Anzac Park. We walked past the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre which will host the swimming during the 2018 Commonwealth Games. The venue will be tested during the Pan Pacs Swimming this weekend, albeit with a lot of temporary seating on scaffolding wrapped in blue plastic. It will be a bit breezy in the back row of the temporary grandstands.

Lost a boomerang?

Lost a boomerang?

Sculpture in the Park

Sculpture in the Park

Southport Yacht Club

Southport Yacht Club

What's up Ted

What's up Ted

Sightseeing on the Broadwater

Sightseeing on the Broadwater

Southport Yacht Club again

Southport Yacht Club again

Australia Fair

Australia Fair

Jet boat heading up the Broadwater

Jet boat heading up the Broadwater

Marina Mirage Resort

Marina Mirage Resort

Another Jet Boat

Another Jet Boat

Helicopter from Marina Mirage Resort

Helicopter from Marina Mirage Resort

Jet boat completing a tight turn

Jet boat completing a tight turn

Nice yacht

Nice yacht

Jet Boat again

Jet Boat again

Very windy up there

Very windy up there

Temporary stands for the Pan Pacs Swimming

Temporary stands for the Pan Pacs Swimming

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Southport - Day 4

Day 51- Sunday 17 August 2014

Mainly sunny and 23 degrees today. Thankfully the rain stopped at 5:00 am. Between 10:00 am yesterday and 5:00 am this morning we had 85.6 mm of rain - the weather Bureau had forecast 30 to 50 mm.

We spent the morning dragging all our mats out from under the awning to dry them out. Our site is on a slight slope and the water had stopped soaking into the sand and ended up running under our awning. It only took a couple of hours to dry out the mats and we are now back to normal.

After lunch we decided to go to Carrara to check out the markets. The Carrara Markets are open on Saturday and Sunday and claim to be the largest market in Australia with 500 stalls. Di found a Jewellery stall, and you guessed it - she had to make a purchase or two. Worse still she has a card for the main shop in Surfers Paradise.

On the way back into the caravan park we noticed a budget roof mounted satellite disk comprising a folding dish the same as ours held in place on the roof with a container full of water.

Our larger mats drying in the sun

Our larger mats drying in the sun

Our mats drying in the sun

Our mats drying in the sun

Todays weather photo looking down the Broadwater

Todays weather photo looking down the Broadwater

Yachts on the Broadwater

Yachts on the Broadwater

Houseboat on the Broadwater

Houseboat on the Broadwater

Looking north from the caravan park

Looking north from the caravan park

Our Trailblazer twins - Frosty and Marg

Our Trailblazer twins - Frosty and Marg

Carrara Markets

Carrara Markets

A budget roof mounted satellite dish

A budget roof mounted satellite dish

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