When last we left our hero he was looking forward to a sponge bath from a nubile nurse after a minor Nick n Stitch in general vicinity of right shoulder.

Wrong on both counts

Headed off to SCU Private hospital in plenty of time for 11 am admission. It’s an impressive looking place and all seemed to work smoothly. When they get most of your name right and a general idea “we are working on upper body today” then you are in pretty safe hands. Straight to Pre admission then and onto theatre so no time to check out my luxury suite for the night. We were ahead of time really so was surprised when 5 mins into admission a theatre nurse knocked on door and gleefully asked “ Is that David, we are ready “! Well, you may be Sweetheart but I have things to do. As did PA nurse including a shave. I thought she could have let it grow another day and concentrate on me but each to their own. Wheeled into waiting Bay adjacent to my theatre and still barely 1130 am. Then mostly lay there for at least 90 mins with occasional visit 😏 The Anaethetist was an impressive fellow but did comment “ have you had a lot of damage to this area in past, I can’t find the Bracchial nerve”? I was getting the full nerve block apparently as while surgery not major post op pain is they say . We tried several positions mostly involving neck at odd angle until he found it on the US and the fun started. I imagine the pain without it is monumental but when they load it up it ain’t no party for a minute or two. Still waited another 20 mins and rest is mostly a blur until woke up in post recovery

Back in a very pleasant private room and quite alert and no pain really . All obs were good and regular pain medication given. For a private hospital the actual nursing interaction was ordinary but the main things were done. There seemed no real allowance for fact I was one armed and if CLP had not turned up then dinner would have been very difficult. Things like a new bottle of water promised but never delivered etc. Minor things. Slept ok with usual obs breaks but was kinda amazed when it was approaching 7 am next morning and not even a cuppa. Did have a light dinner last night yes but had fasted from 2 am prior to that! Finally asked a nurse for a cuppa and she begrudgingly made one with scowl and comment that breakfast will be soon . Yep, a bowl of cornflakes , a small yoghurt and a juice, and a piece of toast . And yep no help at all in opening or spreading anything .

Hospital make a big deal of discharge at 10 am so seemed very lax in working towards this goal . “ Will surgeon visit this morning as promised ? “ Don’t know” I should add anaesthetist rang personally night before to check on me . Physio arrived and was great. Pharmacy order for the heavy stuff “faxed off “ and then time to remove bandages and clean area before that first all important shower. Luckily by now CLP had arrived other wise shower would have been pointless, not as if any help offered by nurses.

The new waterproof bandages held up even if some new bleeding occurred . Around 0930 now so well on track. I could have slept because no one came back in until 11 am, certainly no surgeon. “ Can I go home?” “ Just waiting on pharmacy , or u could pick up on way out “? That info would have been useful an hour ago Sweetheart .

We left . Again CLP did everything for me , we dropped into pharmacy where the security check before handing over nuclear strength opioids was “ what is you middle name “ ? So back to Flashman Inc Sunshine Coast still relatively pain free

Basically on mixture of Panadol (useless) , Clindamycin, Iboprufen and Oxycodene. By now first hints block was wearing off and hello pain. Of course the sad thing about this drug cocktail is no other cocktails or alcohol may pass your lips. Or at least I thought that was the worst part. Line 27 in the fine print for opioids mentioned constipation! By end of day 2 now I needed a few opioids for night along with other stuff during day. The test would be when the pain was no longer sufficient to still not be drinking alcohol 🤠

Actually a bigger issue arose before then. It arose around upper colon and stayed there actually! After 3 days of NO ACTION in the bowel movement arena and oxycodne stopped for 24 hrs it was certainly time to drink and eat . And the menu was limited

Then it was Epsom salts time. And some praying . By now night time sleeps were hit and miss with simply difficult to get comfortable on back for sleeping. Morning of Day 5 saw some surprising good action , one could even suggest well formed packages were dropped off. Of to Maroochydore for a walk and breakfast with healthy food top of agenda. And close proximity to a toilet . Yes, once the well formed passed we were left with the deformed before we finally found where the Epsom salts had been hiding. An interesting day followed to say the least but was an enjoyable breakfast

Day 6 was time to visit Toowoomba to catch up with the 6 pack all in one place, doesn’t happen often. Lovely day and they really are a treat. I especially enjoyed conversation with Harry who has all his major milestone birthdays lined up with main one being 18 th when he can watch Deadpool and drink Coke😂

So , as the first week passes all seems ok. No real pain anymore , just discomfort. Have staples removed next Monday and then first follow up visit with Surgeon. Surgeon did ring me at home that second night which was great . He explained what he had done and was surprised how bad the bicep tendon was and so had to screw it back on when in theatre 😳 4 weeks with a sling, and then start more Physio and no driving for 6 weeks. Which brings me to the standout this week

CLP has been amazing and would be totally lost without her. At my beck n call almost as if we were married 🕺🏼 She has tended to all my needs and then supplemented with delicious and thoughtful meals and treats. Thanks kiddo 😘

SliceNDice

Posted: November 1, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Never been a big fan of Halloween in Australia with the usual over commercialisation but have slowly come around to letting it flow over me as kiddies do seem to enjoy it. Luckily none come knocking on my door and suspect the poisoned spikes on every second step may assist in this regard. When last we left our hero he was awaiting an “over the phone” prognosis from MRI with plan to defer until March next year any surgery so no impact on USA 2019. Surgeon did call that afternoon and as expected gleefully said “I wanna cut you up” . When he added that the bicep tendon had also “slipped off” as well as ruptured supraspinatus tendon it at least explained that particular pain. He agreed it could probably wait until March as long as didnt breathe too heavily or cough or you know … fall over. He He

Quick conflab with CLP and we agreed that if I waited then basically life such as golf and gym etc would be on hold for up to 9 months. Doing the math and allowing for 3 months recovery given my supreme physical fitness thought if we could get it done quickly WFW 2019 would be ok. Ring Ring – “when is soonest I could have surgery” Friday! Nah too soon. Monday , sweet. So the point of this fascinating ramble is that on Halloween 2018 I joined in the festive spirit and agreed to have my shoulder cut up like an old diseased pumpkin! Should then match my head

So now we run around and organise Flashman Inc Maryhole lockdown for extended period. First painful job – contact Centrelink. Wait an hour with GU and then my 20s interview says get surgeon to fill in Form FU123 and then upload completed doc to us with our amazing technology. Simple pimple, although unlikely Surgeon would fill it in quickly. Oh thats right, havent paid the gap yet – ding ding its back in my inbox already 🙂 36 hrs later that is where it remains because of course the “upload document” function at Centrelink isnt working at present! Lets go to dentist, overdue and will be out of town for a while. All good or at least if you think all good includes paying $200 to be told you dont have any problems. Well I do now sweetheart! Still its a nice feeling to think your teeth have lasted another year. Lets celebrate with a wafer thin toffee as have to clear out fridge anyway. Crack – one filling gone 😦 Ring ring, ah I just found I still had $200 in my life savings, any chance of another drilling in next 24 hrs ? Well of course

So have booked train ticket for Sunday to travel down to Flashman Inc Maplehead HQ as no point having car down there for next 6 weeks. CLP seems especially gleeful at present with prospect of carers leave while she sits back laughs at me trying to do everything with my left hand. Well, not everything………I aint that skilled 🙂 The next 2-3 months is a bit of an unknown quantity which of course fits in perfectly with my generally relaxed approach to life and devil may care attitude. I may even get that bloody document uploaded to Centrelink by February. There is at least one thing to look forward to in my short hospital stay

Monday 630 pm

Will sign off now while I still have two hands to type with. Scan the obituaries on Tuesday and if I dont appear you know I woke up.

Well, Hello Summer

Posted: October 28, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

You could have blown me down with a feather, especially with that howling wind outside late yesterday afternoon. Clearly the work experience kiddie was running The Dome and had left it parked out over Hervey Bay for a change. Around 5pm suddenly an orange red mass that wasnt POTUS appeared south of Tiaro and on track to slip under us as usual. Then it kinda straightened a tad – a well known meteorological term – and came straight for us. Despite the almost black dot sitting right over Maryhole not much storm activity but some nice rain. They say 20mm but suggest that is some guy measuring that 😉 It was a perfect follow up to the deluge pre SOS. Devoted followers and casual stalkers would know that due to some current physical impairment – ok additional physical impairments – I am limited to mowing fairways at GC mostly at present. The fairways were rather perfect last week but only takes a couple of weeks of scorching temps to brown them and associated staff off! This 1-20 mm will do wonders for at least 3 days. Another 5-10 today would be tres nice.

After SOS had to stay around Sunny Coast for MRI and Surgeon appointment on Monday – surgeon of course cancelling at short notice on Friday. Despite being assured said surgeon would review MRI and phone me am still waiting a week later. Not a big issue as not lining up in any hurry if the slice and dice caper is indicated but at least would appreciate the prognosis as fans are necessarily concerned. Of course two guarantees with surgeons are they charge like a bull and are arrogant. The MRI was an experience in itself. Not claustrophobic as such although a little unsettling. Because of needing to do shoulder I was told to breathe at absolute minimum as shoulder needed to be steady for shots. This I found to be very difficult to do and as such images not crystal clear but at least “informative”. As in yes you do have a right shoulder still. Not being one to let grass grow under my feet despite recent rain have booked in to see Physio today to start some sort of regimen to strengthen shoulder sans surgery. If that works will proceed onto rest of body. Could be 40 days and nights of banging and hammering but at end of it may just be ship shape. Or at least a lot poorer

Apart from not being a big fan of men in masks with knives it is now <100 days until "Wired for Winter" in USA and while actual procedure may not be that big the after surgery care is prolonged as in 3-6 months. Cant be chipping ice of may galoshes with arm in sling. While waiting for WFW to roll around have been looking a bit into the RTW options with Qantas as my FF accrue at a steady rate. Not steady enough it seems as only just half way to the golden 280k which can get you Business Class all the way travelling up to 35,000 k. Of course that is in theory. Try actually finding "reward" seats in BC for the majority of flights you want and you have better chance of finding a Marsh that can bat on UAE pitches. Still it filled in a couple of hours in the day and at the end just left frustrated so Ladies now I know how it feels

Speaking of USA, the Mid Terms approach with what seemed a fairly obvious result but nothing is routine in US Politics. A range of mostly sad events have cast a pall over it all and quite hard to determine which way the rather dumb masses will go. I have never seen anyone in a position of power like Buffoon Bob tell so many blatant, easily disproven , lies and just keep going day after day. Then he has his moronic suggestions like arm everyone in churches and it will all be fine. Of course , not as if the Dems are rolling out an A Team anytime soon. You wish you could say well its not my country so doesnt matter but when it is USA it does matter. And there will be an economic collapse sooner rather than later

Sportswise the NRL coaching merry go round is embarrassing to say the least and totally predictable. Journos, the good ones, know what is going to happen months out and although scenarios seem unlikely they invariably happen as predicted. Much like an Aussie batting collapse in the cricket. My interest in all forms of cricket is plummeting at an alarming rate. Good golf can still be found all around the world luckily as their wrap around season seems to run 14 months every year now.

So, while last night was a very pleasant interlude from the 34 degree scorchers you know they will be back with a vengeance and here to stay. Maryhole summers are unpleasant with scorching dry heat most days interspersed with the occasional dangerous storm. One could spend all year chasing winter quite easily – apart from the financial aspect of course. Mind you when you do catch winter as we did in Corkilkenny earlier in the year it can be brutal. The beauty of growing old though is those bad memories fade quicker than golf ball size hail on the ground. In summer. In Maryhole.

SOS – Review

Posted: October 21, 2018 in Travel

Short sharp week that perfectly met our expectations

Flights

Decision to fly from Sunny Coast rather than Brisvegas worked very well. The QantasLink 717 is perfectly acceptable and when you can get two exit row seats for only $10 extra each it’s a very comfortable ride . I like the 2-3 seat arrangement rather than 3-3 etc. Secure undercover parking at SC airport is a bit of a furfy. Your car is under a sail only and susceptible to slanting rain/ hail etc. They really need a covered walkway from park to terminal as well. Qantas Club in Sydney is nothing special but was strangely quiet. Lunch time food uninspiring . The flight delay was annoying but these things happen. The short drive home from airport was much appreciated after long day

Public Transport

Excellent as in most cities. Opal card is same as all others . Airport Link is an excellent service. All buses, trains and ferries ran on time . There always seems to be a lot of roadwork in CBD but not an issue as such just a bit of pain walking around. Opal app has all info needed. Fairly easy wlaking city apart from crowds of course.

Hotel

The Grace was a good choice and at around $300 pn for a premium king corner room in CBD pretty good value. The blurb online is a misleading as the premium rooms are not necessarily on high floors as their website suggests . We had to haggle for 8th floor. Early entry at 10 am for $45 was worth it but could easily rip people off at times. The room service was superb and all staff helpful and friendly. Good number of lifts, never had to wait long. Suitable eating options on ground floor. Gym and pool is weak for size of hotel. Windows are double glazed so noise level perfectly fine although could hear traffic at times. Never kept you awake

Dining

We mostly ate at the top end of the chain and it was rather good. Rockpool was a standout and when include Bar and Grill as well as Spice Temple we ate there 3 of 5 days 🙂 The service was simply faultless. Great atmosphere and delicious food . Not cheap of course but well in line with level of dining . Sometimes you need to see how other half lives. Cirrus was also very good but for $160 seafood platter you would expect a finger bowl or damp towel. Their desserts were delightful

The cafe culture seems alive and well. Except on weekends in CBD! They simply close. All coffee was excellent and of course the thing you notice is a smaller cup gives you better coffee. Down at Nambour this morning and back to average coffee as cups,not mugs, simply too big. Breakfasts were all great with Special mention for the porridge we had at Barista Sister. All serving sizes were generous. We didn’t really do anything between breakfast and lavish meals but the one pizza we had from Vapiano was fine.

The Nightime Noodle market was an excellent venue with wide range of delights on offer. It was a bit muddy for walking around but these things happen

Attractions

The Harbour is a stunning backdrop simple as that . The performance at Opera House was very good of course but stage,sound,sets etc no better than Lyric Theatre in Brisvegas . It is the occasion I guess. Taronga Zoo was also good but nothing special as far as zoos go. Not bad value though. Always crowded with kids I imagine . Entry and Exit works very well. The Scupture by Sea exhibit was a work in progress still due to weather and thus a tad disappointing but in general would say the beaches are magnificent especially ones like Watsons Bay. Madame Tussauds was standard fare with good range of accurate dummies but a poor entry system for ticket holders . Good sets to access special functions.

In general we still prefer Melboring to Sydney as a city to spend time in although the gap is narrowing. Certainly the food and drink options are similar and of a high standard and good variety . Just something different about the CBD methinks and Sydney seems all business whereas Melboring CBD has a more welcoming feel. Always seems to be a lot of construction on in Sydney especially on the roads in CBD .

Naming a travel blog SOS was probably chancing fate

So when last we left our hero he was tucked up in bed all packed and ready to leave at 0630 in morning to catch train to Airport and hook into QC alcohol free before 09:50 flight home to Flashman Inc Headquarters , Sunshine Coast. This was going to be a sensible day for eating and drinking…..

3 am. Beep Beep. Message on phone. Qantas. “ Your flight has been changed , please review and accept changes now “ Ok. In foggy state accept the new time of 14:00 hrs and check status. All good

3:30 am Beep Beep. Same fucking message ! Thanks a lot assholes, just as getting back to sleep.

There are no quarantees when you travel of course but on top of Doctor cancellation yesterday was wondering when 3rd penny would drop. So we went out and had a light breakfast and a walk around and even got a walk up start in next years Fireman Calendar 🤠

So we headed off about 10:15 and of course when not in a hurry every train is on time and ready just as you walk up. The airport was surprisingly quite as well and even though of course our check in was not straight forward now and needed “customer assistant “ we were still knocking on Qantas Club door at 11 am a mere 2.5 hrs before boarding . What could go wrong

Of course it’s not all bad news, just mostly bad news . Being a Glass Should always be Full kinda guy the delay in our flight did mean would be in club when bar opens at midday

This could take some clever planning. This is also the day of one of the Qantas Drought Relief flights to Longreach with “ celebrities” . Thus for first 45 mins of stay in QC Darryl Braithwaite was screeching out Horses next door ! It was certainly live trust me although to be honest he should have been put down.

Ding Ding . Flight QF 1580 to Unknown Destination now leaving at 14:45. I love how they say “ We thank you for your understanding “ Almost as if we had a choice….

Help

We finally left. Turn back the clocks Grandpa we are entering Queensland

SOS Day 5 – Animal Attraction

Posted: October 19, 2018 in Travel

Last full day in Sydney which hopefully also means last day of being full! Weather looks good as predicted for visit to Taronga Zoo. Fog then fine. A leisurely walk down to Non Square Quay to catch the ferry across to be gate adjacent shortly after opening time of 0930. Some breakfast on the way and then it is time to

Another excellent breakfast and coffee at Barista Sister. CLP says the porridge was to die for. I was just glad didn’t have to put my teeth in to eat it.

Ferries, like all Sydney Public Transport, works well and on time. Arrived at Zoo just after opening so took the Sky Safari to top entrance. It was a Pithy I didn’t have my helmet with me 🤠 Map in hand we started the process with the main plan to avoid the hordes of school kiddies out of their cages. Of course not all animals necessarily want to be seen and disappointed especially not to see and Tigers and to a lesser degree the platypus. The weather was glorious now and so every now and then just stop to admire view from prime location

We have been to a few zoos in our time and would suggest Dubbo is better although no doubt Taronga does a lot of conservation work etc. We didnt join the great unwashed for any shows . The admission price of $40 is fine – especially when factor in Seniors discount of 10% – its just we were done in about 2.5 hrs which suits me of course.

Of course Ferries are not only great public transport but also a free “ tour” in themselves and the scenery on trip home was magnificent . Saw where Sco Mo hangs out , or have they changed PMs again this week ?

As we were finished a bit earlier than expected thought would see if could get table at Cafe Sydney given such glorious weather. Alas no and we kinda both looked at each other and thought at same time why not Rockpool again? Boring maybe but we remembered the great food and service and could get a table at short notice. The lovely reception lass remembered us and as our table not ready yet we retreated to the bar for a refreshing ale. The place was really busy and yet 10 mins later same lady came into bar to chat to us about our day ! We were seated by about 1:45 pm which was fine as just felt like some good steak. We even had the same waitress and the service was once more superb. We joked about trying the second birthday in same week trick and she said “ of course you can” . And then John Laws walked in and my day was made – a celebrity at last and someone who makes me look young. I even stopped and said hello on way out and shook his hand. He must feel like he is top of the bridge now with the better Half of Harkle. It’s always nice to enrich the lives of old folk I say .

Lunch was somewhat interrupted by phone call from Doctors Surgery saying Monday’s appointment on Sunshine Coast was cancelled and could I come back Wednesday or Thursday. Ah no sweetheart I can’t . And of course still have to wait around for MRI at Sunshine Coast at 1030 on Monday morning. Strangely after a couple of beers and wine the shoulder didn’t seem too bad. That is next week’s problem

So by now it was well past 3 pm so waddle back home and that could well be all we see of Sydney this time round. Not sure will feel like heading out again once the trakkies go on. Checked in for flights tomorrow morning so some packing to be done and then a leisurely trip out in morning. Could be busy with Invictus Games starting but most traffic heading in not out

Been a great short stay and have to say the food and drink scene matches Melboring now. Sydney does seem more of a business/serious/wanker place and this best demonstrated maybe by a small shoe shine set up in a little arcade with 3 workers on the go ! Now if I just had some small shoes to shine.

Harkle Sightings : 0. Whew
John Laws Sightings : 1. Yay

Later dudes

SOS Day 4 – Beached at Bondi ?

Posted: October 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well, certainly feel a bit like a whale today after yesterday’s lunch! Did venture to the gym early but the two treadmills and 1 skip rope provided for the 3000 guests were in use. Who would have thunk ? Simple plan today . Stay dry and under 120 kg. Not as easy as may sound given our last 3 days . Harkle are in Melbourne today harassing non ambulatory 98 yr olds so good chance attention will focus more on us again. Second plan then is to travel out to Bondi Beach to see Sculptures by the Sea and hope they were not washed away. First up though we sped past Mach 1 at the speed of sound and straight to Mach 2 for breakfast. Given the breakfast I had glad sound barrier already broken…

Then it was time to mix with the great unwashed , despite the rain, on the Bus To Bondi. Moved along quite well actually and we alighted a couple of stops before the actual beach is the start of 2 km coastal walk dotted with Scupltures. Or so we thought. In fairness the weather has been bad but to say the much heralded display opening was still a work in progress is being generous. Some sculptures still wrapped up, some in crates etc Of course with the arty farty crowd banging up this stuff some may look half done but actually be finished masterpieces 😏

Given that some left over roofing iron and fence palings hammered together was unlikely to enthrall for hours we also planned to visit Watsons Bay for a review in honour of Watto and a plumb LBW. We could achieve this by bus. You don’t have to actually swim everywhere in Sydney just because it is all on a Harbour. While waiting for said conveyance some pop art caught my eye.i don’t see the connection to Dirty Dancing but there ya go

By now of course the sun was blazing which made for a very pleasant stop at Watsons Bay and adjacent sand congregations. A bit of a walk around with lovely views and then back down to the wharf for some fish and chips as you do

Caught the ferry home this time and it does get along trust me. Get off at Circular Quay for the 20 min walk home. Notice many Invictus Games folk around already in their distinctive shirts . A couple of hours relaxing now and then will head across road to The Swinging Cat for a late afternoon cocktail. Apparently The Dangling Pussy next door had to close its doors for health reasons

I drunk. I swung. I even purred a little

First some book keeping. Great night last night at Opera House for Evita. Not really my type of musical but the sets , dancing and singing were fine with little Tina a standout. Lovely night for the walk home to boot . That is my kultcha done for this holiday

We heard Harkle were going to the zoo today so thought we would join them. What’s that you say, they have gone to Dubbo Zoo? The lengths that Harry goes to trying to keep Meghan and me apart. Oh, well will check out the other endangered species then at Taronga. A leisurely walk first to Circular Quay for the ferry ride across and some breakfast on the way. Didn’t exactly bounce out of bed this morning after late night. Mind you not sure how many walks left in this ankle of mine

Up your Date 0800 . Ok weather forecast looking a bit grim so give Zoo a miss today and maybe go on Friday. As opposed to my ankle the rest of me is totally flexible. So rather than a kangaroo let’s do a switcheroo and bring special lunch for tomorrow ahead to today

Done, so time for breakfast . Of course dont need to go to a zoo to see animal behaviour. Give an asshole an umbrella for starters . I have never noticed so many ignorant clowns walking around head down looking at phone. Unbelievable. Anyhoo , lovely breakfast at Cross Eatery. Ok, at least a tad annoyed eatery . You know the sauce is hot when it comes with a dropper!

Given lunch at midday thought would hobble down to Darling Harbour for a couple of hours under somewhat grey skies. Nothing was really open so thought why not go to Madame Taussauds and meet some real dummies. Bought tickets online but then the old switcheroo and the $8 discount suddenly added $8 at checkout for GST. They certainly have a great range and all look good. A fun time was had by all of course

Of course having changed plans based on solid research Old Whiskers pulled the old switcheroo and we walked out into brilliant sunshine ! This was a late birthday celebration for CLP and at her age you can’t leave them too long after the day 🤠 I chose the Spice Temple of the Rockpool Group and went with the Ming Dynasty banquet with matching wine. Luckily they provide a Ming Vase to regift into afterwards #nevertoomuchseinfeld. It was superb. Downstairs from the Bar and Grill provides a completely different dining atmosphere. Had chosen the Degustation thinking small samples of a variety of foods. Duh wrong. Servings, as images show, were plentiful. The wines were all good and was interesting to see it seems the business lunch has not disappeared given the number of suits at tables in a packed arena

Walked back up into the real world and yep you guessed it. It was raining. Waited a bit for it to slow and then waddled home. CLP said she felt really spoilt and extra special so bought her back down to earth by sending her off to the laundary to do some washing. They need to remain grounded in reality or else a world of hurt awaits

So although only mid afternoon we are done for the day and will sign off now . Dinner looks like half an apple and two grapes . Perfect

Harkle Sightings : 0
Royal Dummies : 3

Our main crack at Kultcha is booked in for tonight , A Night at the Opera , although the only Groucho will be me having to dress up in the tailored trakkies

It is actually a Night at the Opera House for the musical Evita with little Tina Arena. The Opera House will be a busy place this morning with diehard monarchists advised to start lining the western promenade at 8 am for a glimpse of Harkle strutting around about 11 am after curing Chlamydia in Koalas earlier at Taronga Park Zoo. Clearly the only real plan today is to avoid the area until later tonight. Seriously, she got pregnant just because I was in the same city for 12 hrs. If we actually met there could be another royal divorce imminent.

A very nice coffee and light breakfast first at Atmos. I phere we may return

We then strolled down in general direction of Circular Quay. Kochie has been tipped off we were in town so naturally had our photo in every background. The Opera House area and surrounds were pretty quiet really with security already in place and all the media folk lined up and ready. Despite the forecast it was a very pleasant dry day so was stuck carrying around wet weather gear all morning. Once again a massive liner was ready to board

Despite a possible Harkle sighting in next 4 hrs we headed in opposite direction through The Rocks. In keeping with today’s British flavour I didn’t wash this morning and also dropped into Lord Nelson Beeratorium

Today’s lavish lunch was planned to be of the seafood variety so headed down to Cirrus. Had the seafood platter , some fries, a couple of vinos and rather amazing desserts. Right now if I sea any more food I may vomit . It was an excellent meal but once again you notice little touches missing at such an upscale eatery. A seafood platter with no finger bowl provided? Yeah it’s First world problems but does surprise when other aspects are so top notch . I had to wipe my hands on CLPs blouse.

Then a short waddle home for a couple of hours rest . The old ankle is swollen to a degree you wish applied to all appendages but like most things it does go down over time. Another walk tonight to Opera House to deal with as well. I may just stop and rest against this building

I will sign off for today and report on Evita in tomorrow’s debriefing. Speaking of debriefing , time to have a lie down in the au naturale state as the Lord intended. Luckily on the way home signed CLP up for a course which made her so happy she forgot she was wearing a dirty blouse. It’s the little things that keep relationships humming along

Harkle Sightings : 0 Yay

And so our short Sydney October Soujourn begins under cloudy skies. Not for the first time there is a significant weather event leading into holiday . The Dome in Maryhole lays scattered on the ground , a shambling wreck of its once great stature. No doubt they will quickly rebuild for the sweltering summer ahead

As mentioned previously decided to fly to Sydney directly from Maroochydore rather than Brisvegas. Miss out on Qantas Club partaking but is only a 30 min drive to and from. It’s an early start for an 0630 flight before we land in the harbour city in the world of daylight saving at a time later than the actual time in air would indicate . The Blues win one bloody Origin series and now think they can set world time . Just hope the curtains in our hotel room are not faded.

We made it through the rain ok and arrived an hour before departure so time for a quick coffee. The SC airport seems fine although some covered walkways from car park would be useful! No last minute upgrades but do have exit row seats so get to jump first . The bar isn’t open 😰 I know I am dynamite in the sack but why do I always get singled out for the explosive residue wand over the nether regions ?

Of course we found some months ago that the Royal visit coincided with our week in Sydney but too late by then . I refer to them as Harkle so that will be the theme this week # harklewatch. Thought they were arriving Tuesday but seems like it is today. However I doubt they will be arriving at Domestic Terminal or catching train to city! Previous experience tells us the domestic and international terminals are a cut lunch and a chopper ride apart so see no likelihood of paparazzi interference apart from my usual followers

Good run down and arrived on time but because we had a Sheila pilot took her 20 mins to park it 😏 Rainy here as well but at least had a sky bridge this time. Quick baggage pick up and the rather excellent Airlink train had us ringing the reception bell at 10 am at The Grace Hotel. We had enquired about early check in – for $45 – and told won’t know until day .

“ Not sure if we have room Sir. Let me check, could take a while “
“ We will pay the $45 “
“ Ah yes Sir we do have room just come available “ Room 416
“ Look Ling Lee we booked corner premium king which is supposed to be on high floor “
“ Ah ok u can have 816”

Charm , and facts, work all time . Great room , very quiet . Windows are double glazed which makes the handles on outside window simply a tease

Quickly unpacked my 3 pairs of trakkies and one singlet and headed out in light rain for a beer and a feed. On plane trip down had read article about beef degustation at Rockpool so thought why not. But I digress. Is that a Bavarian Bierhaus across the road ?? And it’s Oktober!

The pretzel was not only hard to reach but not very filling so time to get my rocks off in the Pool. It’s an amazing establishment but reception lady was a bit non plussed when I mentioned Beef Degustation but she did ask for my number . Anyhoo, when in Rome… Simply superb lunch and the service level is excellent at the Rockpool Bar and Grill. Yes it’s not cheap but then not really extravagantly priced either. It’s the little extras you notice and we were able to share each course even the steak. Hell, they had 6 different mustards to choose from ! There and then we decided that we would go with some fancy lunches this week and some crackers and cheese for dinners. Flash Tip #1 When at a posh restaurant always mention u r celebrating a birthday . Works every time

The Grace does have a small gym and lap pool and before we left we planned on visiting every day. Seriously . At present that is still the plan but do need for lunch to digest a while. Couple of hours back home to relax and then maybe head out for a beer and a visit to Night Noodle Market for light dinner

It’s been a great first day and even though weather is dusty think we may survive . We are pretty loose with plans while trying to avoid Harkle and Rain . We have a Night at the Opera tomorrow night and tickets for Taronga Park to be used one day this week.

So went up to the gym , rode the bike for a while and did a few laps. May even try out the pool tomorrow…..

Then once that momentary nonsense had passed it was back to solid ground. First up a Guinness at the requisite Irish Pub on every block including ours. Then a leisurely dry stroll to Hyde Park for the Night Noodle Markets. Great crowd considering the weather. A light dinner was perfect before the short stroll back and wait until the sun goes down at about 11 pm apparently

All in all an excellent first day in less than ideal weather. We may be dodging showers all week but there is a reason pubs have roofs

Harkle Sightings : 0