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Published: November 22nd 2010
Xms tree at theState Parliament
Xmas inthe sunshine - cannot get used to it.
Have you missed me this last week I wonder? As you would guess from the title we have had a bit of rain!!!! Driving up to Brisbane on one of the tourist drives I did see flood signs at creeks and gullies for 4 m then 12 m and I did wonder a bit about the rainfall!!! So since I got back last Tuesday we have had quite a lot of rain.
Anyway my last days in Brisbane were great and I enjoyed going here and there on the busses all round the city and surrounds - Lovely Botanic Gdns and Roma Park - South Bank again - pedestrian bridges over the river etc - so well done Brisbane and Queensland for providing all the green spaces in their city....and it looks like they are building special underpasses and roads just for busses !!! Now thats a good model for any big city. Of course I had to take more river trips on the CAT - and my last one was at night to see the city lights.
I did the returen drive 600km in one day - making several stops of course... and one really long one at Sawtell
to meet up with Yvonne again - ( Geraldine, your sis in law is lovely and looking forward to us making a trip to Switzeralnd next year to see her - we got it planned!!!).
So back in Port, as it's known, now for the rest of the month. Rainy days didnt seem to stop the cafe society of Port- and some days there were 9 of us meeting at one of the lovely cafes here. Susan's friend Maureen is a real pal and has organised all our meetings and outings. So lovely to meet all these nice people. At times I do stay put in my new home and I have been reading quite a lot of Aussie books - its good to get into the culture and lifestyle...some have been non-fiction, others historical but all good. So I am going through the bookshelves here -and Susan - I loved Dirt Music - I could imagine it as a great movie - with Hugh Jackman of course. I did try a PD James for a change of scene and genre but I really dont like her - I knowshe is popular and I didnt like the first one of
hers I read but thought I would give her another try ...but sorry she is too pedantic and all thoses double-barelled names - get a life !!!
Sorry to digress into literary discussion.
Social life also included a trip to the Panthers Club - evry town has these clubs either RSL , Bowling etc and cater for non members to go in and there is a resto, entertainment, a gaming machines. Well there was a quiz nite so off a group of us went and I didnt win first prize but somewhere down the line I won a box of Roses chocs ...thats a suprise when some of the questions were about Australia and I hadnt a clue!!! There was also a guy singing and playing guitar - he was agood - Rod Stewart type husky voice and a good repertoire. Some people were dancing... oh and I didnt mention that I was instructed before we went that I could wear my trainers as the club had a dress code!!! WOW - so lacking any shoes - I had to wear my clonky sandals....if I had known I could have put my little gold sandals in . This is Aussie
life - great fun.
One of the ladies I met invted us for a bbq and it was too wet for the beach so we went to her home - thanks Wilma ... and finally the sun came out and there I am in the pool... why am I always the only one who goes in the pool!!
I have met another lovely well- travelled english women, Maggie who is looking for a place to live here. We have had lots to chat about and experiences to share.
Sunday there was a lovely market down by the river in a very nice little town Laurieton, 30 mins from here - some lovely crafts, great local foodie stalls - beautiful pottery and wooden items. Afterwards I had areally long walk on a beach - a bit too much sun yesterday... sorry - I am not complaining I know Richard said there were snow flurries in Stockholm!!!
I saw avery nice show at the new theatre, The Glasshouse , here in Port today- a tribute to an Aus singer and composer who I had nevr heard of - Peter Allen- but I knew many of the songs- he had workedwith Judy Garland,
Burt Bacharach, and married Liza Minelli. It was a really good show I bought the cd later.
At the end of the week some of us are going to see Kiss me Kate - so there's lots going on here.
Well thats about up to date now - love to all and especially to Richard who is going to be the grand age of 25 tomorow, HAPPY BIRTHDAY.
Love L xxx
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