Archive for October, 2019

Road to Rooin’

Posted: October 7, 2019 in Travel

Now that CLP has settled into retirement her days mostly consist of Sewing, Scrapbooking and Sleeping. Two of those are about to fade away as we set off on our road trip next week to complete Retirement/60th celebrations. Yes, she will still have to darn my socks so that she has a reason for living.

To kick things off with a bang first up of course is the rather major event of GC2 Ranny’s Wedding in Toowoomba on Oct 19th. Not just a great event but also an opportunity to catch up with family and see all the Grandkiddies together. Some even have parts in ceremony which will be magic. We will head out a day early as due to amount of driving planned for said road trip we need an early start on Sunday after wedding to make first stop that night of Armidale

The Road trip can be broken into a few segments with the first major event being a few days in Melboring to celebrate CLP 60th with offspring who are flying in for 2 nights. We need to be in Melboring by Thursday so our track takes us via Armidale, 2 nights Hunter Valley and one night in Gundagai. Some stops on this trip simply pick themselves being midpoint between Point A and B and trying to limit ourselves to < 5 hrs driving a day. Road works of course can screw up the best of plans. One highlight of Melboring trip will be an all day French Cooking class in St Kilda where we get to eat the product at the end. Just hope Toast is the first item.

From there we bid farewell to family and head west towards Kangaroo Island. Once again there is a "forced stop" at Hicksville along the way to break the trip. Rather shocked to see the Ferry prices for getting to KI from Cape Jervis – $400 for car plus 2 folk. Seems you cant just sit in the car! Monopoly = Price Gouging 101. On second examination though a bit of a knob kiss when we noted Senior Discount was available and save $50. Our teeth almost fell out with our good fortune

After a few days on KI we head to Penola in Coonawarra region. Having visited the other Wine regions in SA this was a no brainer – which kinda reflects my state after a day of red wine. A couple of quaffing days then sees me head back in Victoria with a different route. No, still taking CLP, I just mean we are using different highways…..

Time then to chill with brother and wifey for a few days at Harcourt in regional Victoria. Should be tres pleasant after a lot of driving and suggest some drinking may be involved. It will be the closest we have ever been to Flemington on Melbourne Cup day. A record likely to last forever. From there we head to Echuca if for no other reason then we saw the option of a Gin and Beer cruise on a Paddle Steamer available for a reasonable price. Once falling off said Paddle Steamer on dusk we thought staying the night in Echuca made sense. Then the fun starts

Leaving Echuca on Saturday, we need to be back in Brisvegas for a Wednesday 8 pm date with Steve Martin and Martin Short at Brisbane Entertainment Centre . And we have planned no accommodation! I believe it is called flying(or driving) by seat of pants – a term I am not familiar with! We plan at least to travel in part up Thuunderbolt Way and be at Canungra for Tuesday night to catch up with Bruce and Therese – and grab free accommodation. We are retirees after all

So about 3.5 weeks in total with many highlights to be sure. Catch up with family along the way and complete our SA Wine Region Bingo card to boot. Beauty of driving is you dont have to worry about shipping wine home before catching flights. Mind you, it never seemed to diminish our purchases on previous trips

Now I just have to work on that Father of the Bride speech….

CLP Becomes An RLP

Posted: October 1, 2019 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

As in Retired Lady Person. Having recently turned 60 and realising she was in fact 10% of rolling in it, CLP has pulled up stumps on a working career in the Health field of 40 years. Some public and some private and sometimes even up to 5 days a week. As in most significant life events it all started back in Maryhole and from there on an endless search to try and recreate that magic mix of culture , class and confusion that Maryhole so completely embodies. Alas no success but my presence as her guiding light in later years ensures the connection is never lost.

So, in keeping with the momentous occasion of turning 60 and no longer having a reason to live we decided to celebrate with a couple of days in Brisvegas. As old habits die hard CLP still wanted to catch the 5am train down but assured her we could drive down at a more reasonable hour. I suspect she just wanted to try out her new Seniors Card on the train.

Visited Ferguson Matriach at Twilight Home for a lovely morning tea and then onto Group Linen at TPCH for their Multicultural Day which CLP had been kindly invited too. What a marvellous event to attend. Plenty of great food including a spit roasted Pig shared with such warm and wonderful people. They danced and sang and I even shook my booty to a Samoan Love Song. They gave us a lei but as no fresh flowers it was made up of Cadbury Favourites. I feel this could catch on

We had two nights booked at our go to hotel in Brisvegas – The Stamford. Great location and views with good facilities. Only real gripe is paying $57 a night for valet parking. Hey, that train down not such a bad idea after all….. I said I was happy to park it myself Chauncey but was then informed it would then be charged hourly and for a full day would be $89! Threw him the keys and headed to our room. Mine came with a 60 yr old Flower arrangement on the bed! To the pool Boy Wonder

Two major celebrations planned – one known, one a surprise. Surprise for CLP that is, obviously one of us had to know all of the plans……The surprise part was dinner at Alchemy Restaurant with da boys and partners on Monday night. Tuesday night would then be spent with Dame Edna at QPAC. I suspect there may be others there as well but one can hope. In between and all around some chilling by the pool, some drinking at watering holes adjacent and even a bit of shopping. Having had a rather bigger than expected lunch it was time to take it easy for a few before hooking in again big time

CLP was suitably surprised when progeny were noted loitering adjacent to our table. It was a wonderful night with great food and even better company. Alchemy do a special treat with nitrogen infused ice cream at the end of night which is perfect ending to a gourmet delight

Tuesday morning dawned clear. Now if my head will catch up. The room at Stamford is great but think the AC runs on a couple of rubber bands. Have to set it to “Wind Tunnel” and 16 degrees to have the room feel close to a pleasant mid afternoon in Maryhole in Summer! Time for a walk and find some breakfast options. Once again being next to Botanical Gardens is another thing we love about this hotel. Simple breakfast for simple folk and then some shopping before morning tea in the Brisbane Arcade

Back to room briefly to offload shopping spoils and then around to Felons Brewery for a frothy lunch with cheese. It certainly is a growing area at Howards Wharves much like my waistline after the last 36 hrs.

Last thing to sort out now is dinner options before Bazza tonight. May need to sleep on that

Settled on OLE for dinner, always a safe bet . Good crowd at Bazza and they opened the doors quite early for a change. We had great seats with unobstructured view and a walkway in front. Barry Humphries is a true comedy legend but time to give away mate at 85. Reading of TelePrompter is a tad embarrassing. At his best when ad lib with audience but highlights few and far between and even though I could hear what the audience member said 25 rows away Barry struggled from 3 rows in front. The songs have great lyrics but the voice falters. Glad we saw him but couldn’t recommend the show for your hard earned especially with no Dr Sir Leslie Colin Patterson

A great 48 hrs to celebrate a special occasion