Archive for April, 2023

Holiday over now so once I hop off the cross on Sunday reality strikes. Got through the last month relatively ok at least with the bung shoulder ( ankle is a whole other story 😢) . Time to line up first for the MRI to point us in the direction of the appropriate surgery . If I am the supreme physical specimen expected then it’s a repeat of the old rotator cuff buff and shine. A cut here, a staple there and lay around for 3 months . If for some reason the MRI reveals the shoulder is in less than stellar shape then we move onto the old shoulder switcheroo . Maybe they could put my fused ankle in there 😏

Not a fan of MRI as tend towards claustrophobia and do have trouble controlling breathing . Hopefully the result is clear enough to allow surgeon to make “decision before incision “. 0830 MRI at Pulse Lumus Radiology and then the surgeon visit at 11 am . Luckily surgeon is in same medical complex across from SCUH , the future scene of the crime.

So, MRI went well. Got in early and so went up to Doc on 4th floor and he had images already so saw me straight away. Showed enough material to work with – told ya 🕺🏻- and so basically the same op as last time only different shoulder. Hopefully 🤞 . Doc seemed to suggest it was less of a procedure than last time – only day surgery – but would cost twice as much as they don’t cover bicep reattachment anymore 😢Booked in for May 5th at this stage . If I could have got in on May 4th it would have been cool as apparently they use light sabres to cut on that day . Got home and gave CLP the good news. She should come around in 20 mins

This Easter is of course the usual Della Gathering – renamed Della Coachella – at Flashman Inc on Sunny Coast . People come, People go over the 3 days and then we clean up. Maximum numbers always for Saturday lunch which sits at 15 at present . No standing room . Music playlist to be determined but expect Gary Puckett and The Union Gap to figure heavily. And alcohol

Meanwhile todays “Truth in Advertising “ entry

Always great to spend some time in the pool but pretty soon those pesky family members start rolling in. First up is TB and this years entry is a caravan. They had the pick of the sites but insisted on being near where “the action is “ . At our age that means close to the toilet thanks. They parked , threw out the chocks ( not choccies😢) and opened the esky. They also have a Flash that can run and play and lick herself. Well one out of three ain’t bad 👨🏻‍🦯

A couple of sherberts and a lovely meal had us ready to call it early on a busy day for everyone. On Friday will be an added 6 freeloaders including a couple of little scamps so some rest is needed.

This of course is also Masters weekend so requires finding a quiet spot early morning while the others catch up on beauty sleep. Lordy Lordy some may not wake until 10 am. Ouch….

Weather forecast a bit gloomy for Day 2 of Dellacoachella before hopefully clearing for a fine and warm Saturday . This certainly wasn’t predicted this morning . I am shocked and amazed.

More arrivals under rainy skies but the girls came prepared . 10 and counting

A quiet afternoon ensued under cloudy skies with occasional sun. Not enough to bring out the sluggos just yet but tomorrow was looking good. As the skies darkened it was Spritzer time under the light of 6 mobile phones checking out BOM radar 😏

We dodged the bad stuff but there was an impressive lightning show. Our meat free Friday continued with Prawns and Salmon for dinner. Time for some sleep as the big day tomorrow .

Dawned a glorious day as predicted . After the usual Breakfast of Plenty it was time to hide in the pool while the heavy lifting was done 🕺🏻 The girls heard me laughing . It was a two floater day

By late morning all the crowd were gathering on a simply stunning day . Starting to warm up so we started emptying the beer esky as you do . A feast was laid out before us so with all the energy could muster moved the 10 feet to inside and resumed festivities

The hours passed with easy chat and easing of belt buckle. Always a plan to not eat too much at lunch so more leftovers for dinner and less people to share with 😏 Of course the other clever move is always sit next to the Vintec trio for easy access . Always great for the Della clan to have another gathering

And so another Dellacoachella slowly wound down and ended up with just the 4 of us staying the last night. Me, CLP ,T and B . Can I buy a vowel 🤔 Just hoping the Easter Bunny didn’t get the memo about the girls leaving before Sunday and still left some eggs around the pool garden. 🙏🏻

Damn, everyone is onWhats App these days, even EB. No secrets 😢 A relaxing breakfast and one last swim before trekking back to Maryhole some time later in day. A month at home before heading back on May 4th for SnD 2. Will play some golf while can and get back into routine with work on course etc. Looking forward to some cooler weather starting to kick in .

Now, what’s happening in The Masters ….

CMBM – The Flashies

Posted: April 4, 2023 in Uncategorized

You know you have been hanging out …

Best Flight

QF 63 in Business of course Sydney to Johburg . Start of holiday , great product on Dreamliner and boarding a dream compared to what was to come

Most Annoying Passenger

Tight one. 2 K was a nuisance on QF 63 but hard to go past the entitled clown on QF 64 who obeyed no directions and stood in aisle half the flight talking to two other clowns . To be fair there were annoying assholes on every flight really .

Worst Flight

Emirates EK 764 Johburg to Dubai. A very full A 380 with a shocking boarding experience and disinterested attendants . In exit row seat near toilet that broke down 30 mins into flight but passengers stood expectantly outside all flight. Served last basically every meal .

Best Airport Lounge

Sydney Business . Alcohol 24/7 , large and airy. Good displays , good food and coffee. Aspire was a pleasant surprise in Johburg but were lucky to be there when quiet and is an oasis in a horrible airport.

Worst Airport

Can ya guess 🤔 OR Tambo is a shocker – apart from a great range of stores . Check in is ok but after that help. Passport control a nightmare due to lack of staff and ignorant passengers pushing in constantly . Boarding a nightmare due to inefficiency and a complete lack of displays, signs and announcements . We are on “Africa Time” folks

Well We Are in Africa

The Mack Air light plane flights require patience and understanding . A to B often travels via C and D and changes planes at Z! A 45 min flight becomes 2.5 hrs. Zimbabwe airport is a mess of inefficiency and rip off. Here is a tip, fill out immigration forms on 90 min flight before arriving. $60 USD for 2 x 5 min visas to pass through airport .

Best Accomodation

No bad accomodation but River Club is winner with own plunge pool and a claw bath. Nice and quiet . Sable Alley tent was fine but hot , while Kalahari was smaller but cooler. Still, a tent is a tent and just a zip between you and baboons. Then there are the animals….

Best Free Accomodation

151Rude Republic, Pleased da Funtown. Only problem was there were a lot of French people outside. Good news, a lot of alcohol inside 🕺🏻🇫🇷

Best Safari Camp

Sable Alley . Best combo of living quarters and communal area . Great staff and great pool. First real taste of Africa after luxury of River Club

Best Staff Member

A tie. Ophelia at River Club was the sweetest young lady who we got to know well. Molls was our best guide and we had him to ourselves for 3 days and again got on very well. Ok, they work for tips but still….

Slowest Guide who could talk under Water

We have a winner – Deklerk ! Goes at 5 mph and looks back at us all the time talking about things we may see while not actually looking for them. !

Best Natural Wonder

Tommy Lee on Instagram . Close second, Victoria Falls. Amazing to first fly over and then to walk around getting absolutely drenched

Most Impressive Animal

Tommy Lee on Instagram . Close second, coming around corner and seeing a massive bull elephant on the move and coming towards us . The Lions were also impressive but never got as close . I could look at Zebras all day

Most Disappointing Animal

We met the shyest Meerkats in the world. Assured they would climb all over us . Ah nope. Cute animals but think they must be part French

Favourite Frog

Claude the Baugette Botherer. Didn’t say much which is good because we didn’t understand much

Favourite Meal

A Melbourne Cup field. The food at River Club and Sable Alley were amazing and then we hit France ! Can’t choose so let’s just tease

Best French Village

All good and a lot of similarities with winding narrow lanes but winner is Seguret

Best Coffee

The first cappuccino we had in France was the best although did finally track down a Cortado on last day in Johburg. Started to get use to all the cream in France and then it stopped and replaced with just steamed milk froth 😢🇫🇷

Best Wine Tasting

6 tastes in 10 mins was hard to beat in Seguret. Didn’t visit a lot of wineries as had enough supplies for the week after first two 😏

Best Beer

Small field but blowing the froth of a couple at La Cave de Rave in Funtown while sitting in the sun on a glorious afternoon was hard to beat. A couple of local tarts tried to pick us up but we hadn’t drunk that much !

Best Hotel Complex

The Emperors Palace complex near the Johburg airport was an impressive place with 3 levels of accomodation, eateries and a casino .

Best Sunset

There were many to choose from but hard to go past first night at River Club. The Zambesi river enhances everything . Doesn’t hurt of course that we always drank at Sunset 🕺🏻

Best Sunset Ruined

The last night at Kalahari should have been the best. Perfect sunset and a trunk full of grog. Instead we got a 30 min lecture on the rivers of Botswana by Deklerk!

Best Sunrise

Another Melbourne Cup field but the winner was Camp Kalahari with the Pelicans in th background. Stunning

Best Impersonation of a Monty Python Film

“I don’t wanna talk to you no more, you empty headed animal food trough wiper! I fart in your general direction! Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! Now, go away, or I shall taunt you a second time-a!”