Spring has Sprung

Posted: August 31, 2020 in Uncategorized

Which of course in these grim times means the one saving grace – cool weather – is about to evaporate like an Aussie’s chance to win the Fed Ex Cup. It has been the usual glorious, if dry, short winter here and even had a grey nomad – in disguise – drop in last Friday so showed her the sights of the region. Yes both of them.

What was a glorious afternoon at the Bay did end on a disappointing note, much self inflicted to be fair. As it was approaching 4:45 pm it was time to seek out our fish and chippery for dinner. Our usual one, where we had parked, was closed. In the car and head to the Pier. On the way passed Madigans and even at that time had a crowd with a likely 15 minute wait so continued down to the Pier to the apparently only other FC open and lined up for order. After 5 mins of watching a 10 yr old completely stuff up order in front we got back in car and drove back other way. Lets stop in at Dan and Stephs. Parked car, got out and it was closed. Drove back to Madigans and only waited 30 minutes this time! By then it was dark and mossies out so we drove home and reheated the food to eat while watching I Am Woman. What a piece of crap. At least then we were able to sleep in comfort of single digit temperatures so as usual good weather can save most scenarios.

On the travel front no news is bad news. Still waiting on refunds from Qantas from March(TA booking) and June (Direct) Its tough times sure but if they ever want my business again stop bombarding inbox with emails to earn points to use who knows where and work on the bloody refunds! A planned trip to Victoria in October is dead. About now would have been getting a tad excited about Vegas 21 – DOA. Africa 2021, previously known as Africa 2020, is firmly in the “too hard” basket. USA 2021 grounded like a Qantas A 380. Two years ago we booked a cruse for Sept 2021 and then promptly forgot about it. As we now approach the 12 month countdown even that is looking dicey. Not to be de turd 😉 we booked a River Cruise for 2023 on the Mississippi River for my 65th birthday.

Heart of the Delta

The thought of becoming an old man on the river was too much to resist. Of course planning doesnt always work out perfectly and to avoid Mardi Gras in New Orleans our trip starts day after birthday. As we will be in Memphis for my actual birthday I see a trip to Graceland a distinct possibility. Still eh…..

When it comes to future travel have been saying if international travel isnt open by –/–/– then the world is screwed. Lets acknowledge the world is screwed and we are just haggling over the degree. A determining factor in that of course will be Nov 3 in USA. Dont be fooled, Buffoon Bob is a realistic chance of being re elected mostly due to the 3 most notable characteristics of many Americans – simple, arrogant and patriotic. As unbelievable as many things that happen are they just dont seem to resonate much with many Yanks. Its a different country now for many reasons and one never really sees it returning to any degree of normality ever with so much obvious division and corruption.

In sporting news the PGA Golf is the shining light and now smack bang in middle of Fed Ex playoffs. So great to have a tough course last weekend. Too tough for Scotty obviously. NRL mostly seems to be whoever stays healthy will win but would be surprised if Roosters dont three peat. Cricket is very much in the who cares category

TV land is busy as usual. Yellowstone is Dallas without Victoria Principal sadly but after a good 3rd season had a ludicrous ending 5 minutes. Ted Lasso is ok in small doses which is all you get anyway. I’ll Be Gone in the Dark was a good story not told particularly well. Perry Mason was a good period piece and will be better in second season methinks. In these quiet times have finally bitten the bullet and got the kitchen redone. I do hate having Tradies on site but they did a good job for a good price. Also got some Carpet and Lino replaced which is certainly less value for money

When one cant spend money flying overseas one has to do something with it I guess. Here is one I prepared earlier. At least I can look at the fridge magnets and dream of better times…..

Brisvegas Because We Did

Posted: August 6, 2020 in Uncategorized

Wednesday dawned clear and warm as predicted . Quite warm in room even with AC set to 18 and fan on high. The fact I was walking around in singlet and socks (3 to be fair) supports my theory that many hotels fiddle with the controls to save on power😏 Good nights sleep all things considered had us ready for our first buffet breakfast of our stay after a short walk

Buffet breakfast was intriguing . No self serve but rather ask the masked avenger to fill your plate with a,b,d,f and a dash of q please. Works well enough but coffee was cold as just filled from a communal flask. Sated though it was time to start a leisurely river cat up to UQ and back because we can and it’s free for the premium class. Booteeful morning on the river but almost 90 mins was enough so hopped off at North Quay for that first hot coffee. You would think Coffee Club was a safe bet but nope. Service was slow and coffee cool on arrival. Simply left it there and walked on . The sign was misleading to say the least . One out of two at best

It was tempting to head straight back to pool to beat the hordes but did need some more Nespresso pods so stopped in and when offered a coffee well why not. It was good and hot and easily best of day so far. Then back to the pool and a few rays . The sun had a bit of bite trust me

Back to room for a brief respite and organised a plan for next hour. It involved food and drink and not much walky walky. Kabuki on the Go adjacent to , and part of Stamford, fit the bill perfectly so we rolled up for some sushi rolls and Jap beer. The sushi was great but the beer same temp as first two coffees of the day sadly 😰

Speaking of Kabuki Teppanyaki we were keen to try it again but did not think it was open before Thursday . When did enquire yesterday did find it open but only free spot was at 530 pm. Given the fun nature of this dining experience quickly thought who else has a dull social life similar to us that could join at such short notice. When Matt and Quinn RSVP’d in the affirmative within 5 mins we knew we chose wisely grasshopper. So having had a beer for lunch the first half of the afternoon would naturally include a sleep for CLP.

We still had those pesky free drink vouchers to use so headed to Pav Bar on site at 5 pm for pre dinner beers as you do . Not sure how Pav Bar stays open even before COVID times as there is always a service problem there and tonight was no different . Kabuki on the other hand was excellent again. We even had same chef Neil which was great . Not only is the food superb but it is a total experience. Of course I was the goose in the group and dropped both the egg and the fried rice. Meanwhile the 5 yr old in the next group nailed both ! Smart ass

Thursday was pretty much same start as Wednesday but spelt different . Like the red sea today we parted which is spooky as people say each day I look more like Moses . Same non self serve full buffet breakfast had us looking for a pleasant walk followed by a hot coffee. Much more of this fine dining would have my belt going kabookie but tomorrow it is back to “ work” at Maryhole. Originally spending another whole day in Brisvegas by myself but pulled pin on that last week. About now am wondering why I am even staying tonight 🤔

Saw the little lady off on her train to Cleveland to catch Water Taxi to Straddie for the week. This quickly exposed the next major flaw in my plan – I have to take my own washing home with me and do it myself ! Back to pool and gym for a bit and then look at afternoon stretching ahead . It’s an impressive gym for a hotel and of course, like the pool, very quiet at present

Well that’s the morning sorted , now for that tricky next 6 hrs. Did someone say Pub Crawl? Ok, but with ankle at present it could be more of a pub limp. Let’s check the local area and not get too adventurous.

Mr Edwards Ale House was across the road so fit the bill perfectly for a quick couple . Then onto Buffalo Bar a mere shanked wedge away. By now better eat something and attach wobbly boot. Spent some time in shop land and got that pesky travel clock been chasing before finishing off at Winghaus where they grow em big brother


So a fun few hours really only leaves one question. Do I really need to leave tomorrow …… later dudes

So as things get a tad gloomy we had luckily booked a few days in Brisvegas as our fave resting place The Stamford was having some good deals naturally. I was originally going to Sydney for 5 days this week while CLP relaxed on Straddie. Luckily I pulled pin a few weeks ago – no way would have been there this week .May not be flexible in the bending caper but am with plans so we also tacked on a night at RJE BnB to ease us in . Dropped in and saw Sis and Bro in Law on way through before blowing the froth off one at Gasworks. Our first introduction to guestHQ for digital logging in and works well

Decamped at Camp Hill and spent lovely afternoon with da girls. Eloise gravitates to Nonna which leaves me to lie on floor while Ruby climbs all over me. Sweet . It had been a long day having started in Maryhole at 0430 so an early night for all. Certainly had a good nights sleep and maybe because CLP apparently slept elsewhere …

Tuesday spread before us so thought we would try the old early check in trick but as had forgotten my sling no sympathy was shown. Or a valet. I had combined a “ Riverside Retreat package with a Staycation “ and knew I had free parking and breakfast and also drink and food vouchers but on which nights am not sure ! Also a top room on 16 th floor. Certainly see differences around the hotel with no valet parking and no mini bar – not big issues. Ronny at Reception said they still did 50-60% capacity during week.

So, I parked car and we caught a slow moving Rivercat to Newfarm park where we had arranged to meet CLPs old boss Stuart for lunch. First pleasant surprise of the day was I am a “ gold member “ in the Go Card festivities and ride for free off peak. I have been off my peak for years so should be able to abuse this the whole week. Great lunch and catch up and Stuart even played free Uber when I told him of my Gold status .

So it was up to our room for a relaxing afternoon. We do have a “ High Tea” as part of our package today so thought we would use that as our dinner . You know at 430 pm. We are Seniors after all.

The High Tea was nothing special but then we didn’t pay much for it either😏 There was a full bottle of “champers” but not much solid food but rather little “sweet treats” which just happens to be CLPs nickname for moi . It was a booteeful night though under a full moon

Xmas in July 2020

Posted: July 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

The big day arrived under cloudy skies as predicted. First up time for a hearty breakfast of frozen veggie fritters washed down with red wine as you do. It was an interesting mix to say the least

The hosts are old hands at this caper now so there was a clear plan of what had to be done and when. The cooking side required 4 Webers on the go – what is known locally as a Warble of Webers actually. With so much juicy meat around it seemed smart to post a guard but maybe not all that smart for it to be a dog. Of course with a name like Flash what could go wrong?

Naturally the success of the whole day depended on the Antipasto starter plates so of course I was put in charge. One has to consider both the nutritional appeal along with the asthetic look. Going with two different lettuces was probably the decision that generated most positive feedback. Its tough work and certainly had to wash my hands afterwards. Next time must remember to wash before too methinks. The tables were all set up which just left the wine to choose and to ensure my seat was closest to said table

Weather was a bit hit and miss by now but of course can always guarantee rain will be heaviest when people have to get from car to cover. There has not been a family gathering for some months so was great to see everyone again. Of course the two girls, especially Ruby, have changed and grown a lot in recent months. Eloise quickly gravitated towards Nonna which left me holding the baby. Literally 🙂

It was also Claudes 90th this year and wonderful to see 4 generations all together. Time then to get down to lunch and before you know it 3 hours have gone and two buttons have popped! TB have really sorted this one out with the arrangement of the 3 tables all leading into the very lazy Susan – as in it doesnt move at all. If we can get more people next year we can finally get that Pentagram set up

Our guests staggered out at staggered times for a staggered departure with the only sad faces being those of the designated drivers……CLP and I stayed the night and helped TB knock off another 10% of the food left over which means they could start running out next Thursday at this rate. Of course the really heavy rain waited until this morning when we needed to leave and it was a bit hairy first up. The closer we got to Flashman INC Sunshine Coast the better the weather looked and in the distance could see a rainbow with not so much a pot of gold at the end but almost the same – Maryhole. So it was a lot of driving for one day but some of us have to work ya know. Back on the Golf Course tomorrow to kick the ducks out of the temporary ponds left in the bunkers after the rain.

It was a great short holiday with many wonderful memories and photos to match but this one could be the winner for moi. Bye for now

The rain has started as predicted. Amazing how accurate the weather clowns are when you want them to be wrong as usual 😏 It’s a matter of filling in the morning as best we can before decamping at the Mcleod Spread after lunch. Avocado Sunset is fully booked so does need us to vacate on time at 10 am. Working backwards from a midday lunch we have 2 wet hours to fill in. The eternal question may be asked – how long can you sit on one beer for ?

As we were leaving I had my usual cheery face on which prompted Clive to ask what we were doing now and when I said standing in the rain for 2 hours he kindly offered to let me sit in the communal room for as long as I like . I said ok but only if you let me go tell CLP she doesn’t have to stand out in the rain anymore. You know in about 10 mins…..

One probably shouldn’t start the blog too early. After just settling in said communal room our next hosts contacted to say the previous guests had been evicted early and our room was ready now . Their Trip Advisor review will reflect this kindness . I almost smiled but it was one of those inward ones I prefer.

Duly rocked up and shown to our quarters which was a recent addition to the complex. I called shotgun on the top bunk STAT

The only question then really was when is beer o’clock ? As one does get older one on occasion shows a glimmer of wisdom and thought probably best wait until the sun went down. Looking outside for guidance it was raining so could only assume the sun probably does go down around 2 pm in the country ? Sweet

This could get ugly , better sign off now and get ready for Santa coming tonight 🙏🏻 Could be a bit late too. With social distancing he has had to drop 5 reindeer from the lineup

MTM – Day 3

Posted: July 23, 2020 in Uncategorized

We started up the fire last night for no other reason than CLP is a bit of a pyromaniac 😏 Great way to warm up the pillows too. It has not been very cold this stay but certainly pleasant days under cloudy skies with no rain. Yet…

Relaxed plan today after another very filling breakfast. Only issue with this wonderful room is it is adjacent to the communal living area and there were a couple of sheilas in there last night talking until all hours. You know 8 pm! A polite request and they left back to their rooms no problem. We will head off to Gallery Walk around 10 am to fill in a couple of hours before it is socially acceptable to knock on Fortitude Brewery door! Ok….. they don’t open until midday , ya got me .

After the stunning success of our African Attire last night CLP thought she would keep the African theme going today but I suggested perhaps a quick wax first ?

When I got back up off the floor we headed out. We had a perfectly good coffee to start with as most shops don’t open until 10 am. Clearly there is a theme here and it is basically hippie new age and no vaccinations required 😏 CLP still found some stuff of interest apparently but really the plan was to get to the end of the street quickly

At the end of the street and just around the corner of course was the first alcohol inspired venue on list – Tambourine Mountain Distillery . Luckily it was quiet when we were there and really excellent value tasting paddle for $5. These babes start at 20% ABV and don’t stop there so the 4 samples were perfect and we bought a couple of bottles just to be sociable honest. As we were leaving a bus of hen party sheilas arrived so we really dodged a bullet there

We then retraced our steps but on the other side of the street for variety. Sadly the shops were mostly the same. As the big hand and the little hand were were getting cosy it was time to head to Fortitude Brewing just in case the sheilas followed me after a skin full. Once again suitably quiet and we had been there before we passed on the tasting paddle and went straight to the 8.8% Slipstream IPA. In this weather it would certainly be a slipstream again rather quickly. Ordered another excellent pizza as well

By now the alcohol level was just under appropriate levels for still driving so time to head back for a break and a bath and test out some of that sweet smelling stuff La Lady had bought . It was very pleasant indeed and quite romantic so may just sign off for the day with one last selfie. They say the longer you stay together the more you start to look alike but I reckon I am still the stunner in the group

Tomorrow we head down the mountain to the McLeod Spread for a couple more days of eating and drinking but in the warm embrace of family . Luckily with this social distancing in place I don’t actually have to hug anyone 🕺🏻

MTM – Day 2

Posted: July 22, 2020 in Uncategorized

A good nights sleep in the Safari room had us all snuggled up as if in a tent on the edge of Victoria Falls. Here is one I prepared earlier

Our host Clive the South African maybe thought we were sneaky Victorians who had invaded up north given the sign near our door. Naturally as true blue Qlders we were up for all and any breakfast we don’t have to cook. As expected it was a delicious and filling spread

Plans today revolved being Canungra Winery adjacent at midday for our pre ordered picnic hamper. As we were heading in general direction we decided to continue on to O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat first for the morning. We knew it was a windy road but what a nightmare drive. Luckily we saw about one car coming the other way on the 45 min 20 Kim ascent. Give Way signs for a 100 m one lane stretch with actual visibility of about 25 m! Surprisingly it was quite crowded up top with many foreign backpackers looking to settle in. Lovely views even on a cloudy day but it was plane to see there wasn’t much to enthrall non trekkers

As always the trip down seemed quicker and we were at winery nice and early for some tastings . Ah no, we can’t do tastings at present. Odd as many wineries are 😏 So, we took our hamper and set up in the rotunda near the vines for a very pleasant lunch. Perfect amount of food and good range if not necessarily great value for money. It did come with a free choice of a wine so with no tasting we chose the Sangiovese and it was perfectly acceptable

Next to the winery was an Alpaca Gathering and Shop. For $25 you could walk one. For free you could smell 30 and feel like you were at the Ekka again . Cute little buggers indeed and come in all shapes and colours. Could make a beautiful bedspread out of them

As we are out and about in Tourist Ville there certainly are plenty of “ restrictions “ around and sensible limits in shops etc. A sense of humour always helps of course

Meandered back to our abode with plans to visit the Distillery just 100 m down the road to round out the day nicely in the eating/drinking stakes. Sadly the distillery has shifted to Gallery Walk so we will chase that down tomorrow. That just means then time for a relaxing couple of hours and then we are getting dressed up in our finery and hitting the town . I think we will fit right in no worries

Mr Tamborine Man – Day 1

Posted: July 21, 2020 in Uncategorized

In an effort to avoid every bloody sporting team in Australia being in Qld now we decided to spend a few days at Mount Tamborine before decamping at Canungra for the annual Della Xmas in July this weekend. Of course because of la pesky bug 2020 we will also be celebrating Claude’s 90th Birthday , Easter , and Bruce’s confirmation. Yes we can confirm he likes a drink

Speaking of the elderly first up we dropped into the Twilight Home to see Ferguson Matriach and a belated 94th birthday. It’s a strict protocol to get in but kudos to the place for keeping all the oldies safe and healthy. Mum is not travelling real well these days in the memory stakes so luckily we were able to convince her we gave her a birthday present last week. Look ya make the most of a bad situation 🕺🏻

Then it was off to said Mountain for a quick lunch hook up with our hosts for the weekend and a quick tally of alcohol, food and alcohol supplies needed. You know, in case they all turn up 🤔 We met at Clancy’s Irish Bar and Restaurant as you do and was able to even sneak in the requisite black stuff before our guests arrived. It was an excellent meal and even finished off with one of the better Irish Coffees we have had outside Ireland and even within the majority of their counties come to think of it 😏

We quickly checked out Main Street and then it was onto our very pleasant lodgings for the next 3 nights – Avocado Sunset B&B. Looks a lovely setup in a quiet area with magnificent views. Sadly the weather has turned cloudy and likely to remain so all week so photos can’t really do justice. We have the Safari room and the host is South African so it’s almost like being in South Africa without the wild animals – at least until the weekend. Oops there are a couple lurking now….

As it approaches 5 pm maybe time for a quick drink and nibble but will be a quiet night now as rather full as a goog from lunch and do have full cooked English breakfast to deal with tomorrow as well . Later dudes

Dont tell Anastasia Beaverhausen but we did dip our collective toes in the travel whirlpool this month and spent last weekend in Toowoomba. Main attraction was a sadly rare opportunity to see the 6 pack all in one place. And they were Full Strength, none of that woosy Lite stuff 🙂 We spent two nights at our go to B&B “Wanulla” which has sadly gone now too! Perhaps they thought they should now close down and leave it as a shrine to our visit but they are getting out of the B&B caper in August. Covid restrictions already meant a 2 night minimum which worked out well actually. Toowoomba is certainly opening back up and we were able to get a beer at the Ark AKA Fitzys where you had to enter and sit 2 x 2 like some rare almost extinct species which to be fair is not far from the truth. Then we had a superb dinner at Sofras across the road. One could say it was a Turkish Delight. I’m here all weekend try the Baba Ganoush

Next day then we decamped at Number One Sons abode for the day and mingled and jingled. The kids are all a delight of course as they have inherited my carefree nature and general good humour just with a dash of sarcasm. Its always wonderful to see cousins get along so well and play together when they dont see each other all that often. Jess is a bit outnumbered but did have one big fan

Another very pleasant and quiet night at Wanulla before another sumptious breakfast and on the road to Maryhole via Flashman Inc at Sunny Coast. Time then to get back into the golf routine of the mostly work and some play variety. Oddly still stuck on a handicap of 7 which aint helping my wallet too much. It is great to be and about though on glorious days like these. Also great to have the PGA back on the TV especially with no moronic Yank in the crowd screaming out “get in the hole” when someone drives off the PAR 5 10th….

Speaking of morons. Where does one start? Australia is/has done well for a number of reasons whereas many countries have done woefully for usually two reasons – poor leadership and moronic behaviour – a dangerous, yet common occurrence. Two comments struck a chord with moi this week

“If you don’t like wearing a mask you won’t like wearing a ventilator “

” It appears the US is working towards making sure there is no second wave by ensuring first wave never ends”

It is easy to stay with US because of Buffoon Bob but UK is no better really. Crowds flock to the beach on a warm day and leave behind 40 tonne of rubbish while parking anywhere they feel like or they run into the streets to celebrate a football accomplishment

The USA situation is of course coloured by the constant dribble from BBs mouth. Talk about a person in denial. I did love the graphic by the Daily Show which shows the situation in all its simplicity

Trumps current approach about the alarming increase in positive cases is that they are testing more and he seriously wants to reduce the number of tests done to reduce the number of positives! Though moronic in origin there is a simple truth to the premise and that is about all his followers can absorb so nod one of their two heads sagely to his calming words.. Trump is itching to open all states so that he can get the rallies going again and economy heading in the right direction before November. Of course this is 2020 and things are not always in your control. The efforts by many to sabotage the Tulsa Rally were brilliant in planning and execution. Its not too often you see Trump look defeated even if it is a feeling he should start practising. His return from rally put to music was a perfect summary of the impact of a disastrous rally

If we now move on to first world problems then we see that this is having a significant impact on my personal travel plans. Pulled plug on October Las Vegas visit but was quietly confident that Feb 2021 in NYC would be a given. Not so sure now after Joyce comments about Qantas not returning to international flights until July 2021. Of course it is the politician in him that paints the grim picture to try and get more Government help now and also to keep expectations so low that if somehow flights return before that he seems like a genius. Of course it also means that “Call Me Bwana 2” is seriously in doubt. Mind you I do hear the Mohave desert is quite pleasant this time of year so that could be one way to boost my FF miles. I have a short stint in Sydney in August – if borders open! – and maybe CLP and I can get to Victoria in October. After that who knows. Its not that life is not pretty good at present but man the prospect of another February spent in Maryhole rather than making snow angels in NYC is depressing. In a relative way natch. I genuinely fear any future USA visit whether next year or 2525 will never be the same again. I feel a song coming on

In TV land there is plenty to choose from but you need to run the sliderule over some. Harlan Cobens latest The Woods was woeful and the continued excellence of his books is only matched by the continued woefulness of all adaptations. Yellowstone is a pleasant surprise and just hope it doesnt become Dallas 2 unless Victoria Principal appears in the shower again with jugs on full alert. Billions is the usual guilty pleasure. Once a week you escape to the decadent depravity of the super rich but without the odd little family of Succession as a necessary attachment. There has been a run of great 30 for 30 docos of late and also the excellent 2 parter on Laurel Canyon music

In sports land the return of PGA is great and have been 3 great courses so far with none better than the Travellers this week. You cant beat a great short Par 4 like the 15th and of course the field is chock full of top players, mostly COVID 19 Negative:) Roosters look a shoo in for Number 3 barring more injuries like last night while Broncs need to merge with Titans and Cowboys to make one hopeless team that only disappoints once a week rather than 3 times…..

As May 2020 draws to a close there is light at the end of the tunnel – but could just be Buffoon Bob killing some COVID 19 with his bedside lamp. Australia is doing very well but when is close enough good enough ? I would give it 28 days from lifting restrictions significantly – 2 quarantine periods – and if still going well time to open it up folks. Dont expect complete eradication but by early July time to open all borders and pubs – but not necessarily in that order of course. We have been sensible bordering on too conservative but at least not a dogs breakfast like USA which is not really one thing or the other

International travel is basically screwed for foreseeable future ie 2020. Early 2021 aint a lock in either. So, pretty well put the line through Las Vegas in October and now just waiting to see what Qantas may offer while ensuring cancel accommodation in time to get a full refund. Ideally would wait for Qantas to cancel flights to get cash refund but likely jump early and take flight credit even with its drawbacks in that have to use “tickets same value or higher” which will be hard as were bought on a BC sale and unlikely to get same for Feb 2021. However do think it is more important at this stage to make some firm decisions so that can start travelling with some certainty within Australia by September say. No point holding off on a trip in the forlorn hope will be able to fly to USA in October. USA sadly, for a number of reasons, is in a real mess now and could be for months especially with an ignorant fool running the place. Of course still hopeful of a trip to NYC in Feb 2021 and may be able to tack on Las Vegas then. Africa in March 2021 is also looking a bit dicey still given how that country is struggling. When next do travel OS , dont expect full normalacy , but would hope for some freedom of movement with popular attractions fully accessible

So first toe dip in water will be a weekend in Toowoomba late June to see kidlets and basically freeze for 2 nights. May is a good time with 3 birthdays for younguns – Jessica, Harry and Patrick – and even a couple of old farts approach middle age with haste.

By mid June hopefully the gym will reopen – with restrictions – which will help general demeanour enormously . Golf has continued and rather strangely my game continues to improve. I feel it was the quick play that enabled me to survive the 3.5 hrs with ankle intact last 6 weeks. Its amazing what a difference being able to transfer weight to back foot makes. Apparently. Golf does remain a very racist sport sadly with only Caucasian Men and Native American Women allowed to play 🙂 Exhibit A

Last week back to groups of 4 and a slower game led to bad ankle after 5 holes and a resulting ugly score. Oh well

July comes then and we have a few days at Mt Tambourine before the first Della family gathering for some time – Xmas in July at Canungra. All this fun and still have not left Qld honestly Anastasia. Mind you by then its time to open the borders sweetheart – assuming no second spike. We can then plan “The Replacement Holiday” with CLP. No, I dont mean I will replace CLP and take a holiday…… although……Nah, only kidding. We have some flight/accommodation credit to use in Melbourne and that certainly seems a good starting point. Most likely September/October depending on school holidays and major events. My arrival would be a major event of course but luckily not widely advertised. By Oct/Nov we should have a clearer picture of Feb/March 2021 while remembering we also have the Covid Cruise to Cooltown in September 2021

Not much more can really say about the world scene these days except it is grim . Was really pissed off with those brain dead chooks protesting restrictions and 5G yesterday in Australia. Luckily their numbers match their IQs and I hope they all get fined the maximum. Rugba League is back and does look a faster game. I suspect there will be a few blowout scores this season as it seems it will be harder to come back with more fatigue apparent although early days. Already appears to be some likely contenders and a surprisingly large number of possible no hopers. The Top 4-6 will sort themselves out early and put a break on field even in a shortened comp. PGA Golf will be back soon hopefully and in meantime there have been a range of excellent sport docos

In TV land Mrs America was a very good period piece. Space Force is better than expected especially when Carell not front and centre. 3 part UK show QUIZ was great and Little Fires was engaging when not gagging on Kerry Washington’s overly dramatic “acting”. Of course she will win awards for it but she is woeful to watch. Mystery Road on ABC was poor sadly, especially the ending. Thought all would be ok when Gary Sweet made his inevitable appearance but alas he could not save it. The Clinton Tapes on SBS was excellent and Monica does impress these days. Linda Tripp was a prize bitch and while Clinton was a knobhead at times it was interesting/disappointing to once again see rampant republicans go feral. It isnt simply a 2020 thing eh 🙂 Seemed like a much smarter general public back then too in USA. Not hard mind you

So methinks June will not be classified as a lock down month all things considered so will leave it at two months. Its not all doom and gloom of course folks as we approach Qld winter which are generally adorable