Devoted followers and casual stalkers would know the plan was to slowly re enter the world of travel in baby steps before eventually travelling back to USA late October 2022. As an aside the actual accomodation in USA is already booked and no flights yet. Breathe Breathe. With Qantass charging 10 k to catch a single engine Cessna to LA at present they will be waiting a bit longer. Luckily no bad news on the horizon like exorbitant fuel prices……. I digress

So, we are off to Brisveags for a few days at our new fave , The Treasury Hotel and Gambling Den. Once our old fave The Stamford went down the Not Welcome Camp path for tourists we had to look around and very happy with this choice . First up though a day to chill at the Ponderosa Pool at Flashman Inc.

Luckily it was St Patricks Day and had the green sluggos ready

Righto its Saturday morning and time to head down to Brisvegas and a quick reconnoiter in Wilston in preparation for an upcoming house sitting gig for CLP. This of course brings Fritzenjammer Beerhall into play for lunch and the old burger and beer double play

After ingesting sufficient calories to last the next few hours it was onto RJER for a catchup and a short babysitting gig with the Terrific Twin Terrors. I need a drink. Hey , there’s one . Sadly they were out of General Shitfaced 6 packs 😏

In a sign of appropriate affluence it was then time to swim in another pool I dont have to clean 170 klm apart. Frivolity ensued and some removed their swimmers but my lips are sealed. You would think though at CLPs age……

We woke the next morning, luckily, and headed to the park for some coffee and croissants to celebrate the J of RJER fame turning 22……. Then it was off to our lodgings and see if we can snare the ” We are old, early room please” deal at 10 am. Close and we only had to wait 45 mins so quickly ducked into mall for some necessities . Our room was great as always and in case ya need some convincing

We had dinner booked at Donna Chang across the road so a light lunch was in order and of course our one tradition in Brisvegas – that first Guinness . There is a pub just across the road called Irish Murphys , as opposed to say Tokyo Joes , that we have enhanced previously. It was quite , great. It was quiet because they had run out of Guinness, bad. So, you didnt think there would be a run on this week🤦🏻‍♂️ What was your last job, the vaccine rollout ?? So, we settled for some perfectly fine Asahi and will chase down the black stuff tomorrow maybe.

Back then for a quiet afternoon before Donna Chang tonight. I assume it has an oriental flavour but have been fooled before

Dinner at Donna Chang was excellent as expected . We were sensible and didnt over indulge but tried a wide range from the Dim Sum menu washed down with a splash of the good stuff.

There were no wuffer thin chocolates available so we went with a couple of fortune cookies . Imagine my surprise when we found out they were Seinfeld fans as well

And so our first full day and a half in Brisvegas comes to an end. In fact, you could say we were shown the door …

So, with the world slowly opening up like the Aussie top order in a T 20 it was time to get a slide rule and a globe out and see where we could go. As slide rules sadly dont bend our options were rather limited. Luckily Flashman Inc at Sunshine Coast was in a straight line due south . As there was an Old Fart (64) birthday to celebrate this month and a new pool to christen this seemed a perfect place to dip our travel toe into the water boom boom. . I’m here all week try the Fish Fingers ( in keeping with aquatic theme)

Now CLP is the person the Dalai Lamai has on speed dial for when he feels stressed. Building a pool and dealing with a range of Tradies was always going to have problems but she had coped rather well and eventually we had some water sitting there just needing some concrete and a fence

It is amazing what a difference concrete and a fence make mind you

Now we just needed some chemicals and a functioning pump and filter and its party time. A relatively simple task you would think in 2022. We certainly had the chemicals needed and a Pool Boy ready to go

Time for the final sign off and lets see some bubbles baby. Ah no the pump is DOA so lets just leave the water sit there for another few days but YOU may want to throw some chlorine in. What’s this YOU crap fella ? So we had a very large outdoor bath for the weekend and luckily weather was rather mild. Finally a new pump was installed and all systems go . Lets drink to that

Time to strip down and get wet and put that pool boy to work

It was a lovely first morning under clear blue skies. 3 days of this caper and my summer tan will be complete. Back to the pool post lunch and commented to CLP how quiet the pump was and small the bubbles were. Lets just check those jets for sign of life. Yep, dead as a doornail . Another pump dead and this time we even tripped the safety switch. We had no filtration happening and a gang of swimmers and party revelers arriving in less than 48 hours. No doubt a Tradie will help us. Yeah right. Long story short, soonest we can get out is next Monday so just hold your breath under water for the next 72 hours. Luckily the temperature wasnt too hot and after a glorious Friday the actual day of festivities dawned rater cloudy not that little optimist me was worried…..

Anyhoo the gang all arrived and the skies suddenly parted . Frivolity ensued. Exhibit A-E

A bountiful lunch helped replace all thos calories burned off by the hi jinks which just left us one job to do. Install the umbrella if for no other reason then to tempt the weather gods. It worked but we still had another lovely afternoon poolside. Exhibit F

Now that the Pool had been officially christened it was time to settle into the other weekend event of celebrating a birthday . At my age you go early just in case but next Thursday as I sit at home patiently and alone in Maryhole waiting for the Postie to arrive with all my presents I will have this lovely day of celebration to remember. CLP had outdone herself with a Pool cake which odlly had a massive fence but no gate ?

That just left afternoon drinkies to deal with before a lovely dinner to round out the day. I shant bore you with endless images of me drinking. Again. It was a wonderful 3 day extravaganza before bidding farewell to the gang Sunday morning and heading back to reality AKA Maryhole

So, that is February sorted how will we fill in the rest of the year? Aiming for a monthly event to keep one engaged in the outside world we have a few days in Brisvegas for March, Easter at Ponderosa for April and then a week in Victoria come May. CLP would like to chill for a little while after that so I will finally cash in my flight credit for Sydney and have a quick week there come June. That then just leaves the solo USA trip late October to finish planning.

Not a lot else going on in the world of great interest to moi. The West Coast swing in PGA golf is a great watch with beautiful course under blue skies – Torry Pines, Pebble, Riviera etc. I may be in the minority here but I find the loutish behaviour of yobbo yanks at the Party Hole in Arizona disgusting

Of course February does also include that Day of Roses so lets sign off with a duet from the Redrum Ravers….

Another One Bites the Dust…..

Posted: December 31, 2021 in Uncategorized

And so another year ends and another holiday is cancelled. The devil is in the detail and the detail here is we wont be seeing any devils in Tasmania anytime soon. Due to travel in 6 weeks and realistically with COVID running rampant it aint worth the risk. Not worried about catching the lurgy as such being triple boosted but the impact of possible contact and then testing, isolation etc could cause havoc on a tightly planned , and prepaid, road trip. The only trip on the horizon now for moi is USA in October and would not be betting the house on that coming off. Instead we will review what has been a busy few weeks

Caught up with Toowoomba clan first in late November and then another catch up with Beachmere Boys in Rainbow Beach a week later. Squeezed in a quick game of golf at Tin Can Bay as well

Then it was time for the Della Xmas gathering at Mike and Jodie’s the week before Xmas. First up though a quick detour to Medium Security Twilight Home at Carseldine to catch up with Ferguson Matriach

Getting rather warm by now so after a swim, a drink and a feed and was ready for a lie down

December was moving along nicely when word arrived of Omicron

Onward and Upward as they say as the Fat Jolly fellow (not Scomo) was loading up the sleigh and heading our way. A quiet Xmas day at Flashman Inc , Maplehead ensured any future contact tracing would be piss easy. It was CLP Your Honor. Traditions ensued with requisite video double play

Then it was time for pressies and a good old sing song. I loved the T Shirt but the dress ticked me off a tad not that I let on of course

After a quiet couple of days RJER arrived and we had a lovely time with da girls despite the inclement weather

Time then to duck home quickly for a few days , play some golf, mow some grass, grab some sleep and a quick visit from da Beachmere Boys. After spending Xmas in Maryhole they will never complain again about having nothing to do…

…. and then back down for News Year Eve. Just the two of us but darn if we didnt make it to at least 9pm after watching our fave romance movie of course

In between all of the family festivities we watched a bit of cricket. England’s humiliation was summed up by the fact the Boxing Day Test finished before the Sydney to Hobart yacht race

And so we end the year in uncertain times. Its going to get worse before it gets better but hopefully with the “let it rip” policy in full swing Omicron may be the last variant we see. Lets face it we could run out of the Greek alphabet at this rate . Luckily cyclones use common names like…. Seth. One thing that remains constant of course is the complete incompetence of the Weather Bureau which in its own way does bring some solace in these difficult times. Been some good rain and some cool temperatures the last week which is kinda pleasant.

You would think 2022 has to be better than 2021 right ?

Just like we thought 2021 had to be better than 2020…….

Brisvegas Breakout – Day 2

Posted: October 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

When we checked in yesterday Orville behind the desk mentioned some “ construction noise between 7 am and 4 pm – would you like some ear plugs”? When I said “eh , what did u say “ the joke was lost on him so we moved on. We are on 3rd floor riverside and assume the construction would be on the Queens Wharf spanning the river and still needing to meet somewhere in the middle. We spent a bit of time in room and have to say didn’t hear anything – sweet . Then we watched the news at night and one of first items was “ asbestos scare shuts down construction on Queens Wharf for a day “ ! Now if I can’t quickly find anymore asbestos this morning we may hear some racket today. Sleep was ok last night given the parameters of dicky knee etc. Its a good room but glad it’s midweek as do hear doors close etc in these heritage buildings.

Our one booking today is lunch at Joeys at Kangaroo Point with some friends . Yes we do have them although to be fair it is an old school friend of CLP and her hubby who kindly let us stay with them in Italy a few years back . Weather looks ok – cloudy with chance of a few showers and maybe some storms tomorrow. Sounds like may be time to hit the ground and find some breakfast .

Sadly the ground hit back at regular intervals but did arrive at Frankie&George before the crowds descend. You know – workers 😀. Breakfast and coffee were fine although both of us not quite 100% so maybe did not do full justice

A quick detour through Mall on way home confirmed nothing was open at 730 am 😏 Back to room then and tick a few items of to do list like joining Star Club for a wad of discounts as long as we plan on drinking and eating a lot next 48 hrs. Well duh. First up then we will refuel at Ryan’s on the Park before heading off to lunch. I was well prepared but feared things could still turn ugly.

Meandered through Mall as still a bit early for our bus to our jumping off point – Joeys at Kangaroo Point. Get it ? We did arrive early so took some pics then started lining up some frothy ones inside the pouch so to speak and the place was jumping .

Our hosts did arrive at the agreed time. Yep, amateurs eh 🤓 Great to catch up over some great food in a relaxed atmosphere . People who have never been must roo that decision ….. here all week, try the Pizza.

Our hosts kindly offered to drive us back across the river after Earle and I shared our history at Wounded Knee. Dropped us off near a chemist and straight in for a few boxes of Panadol Osteo as a few people have recommended it now. Have always thought a bit of waste of time but am willing to try anything at this stage to put off surgery. Dropped into Telstra shop in Mall as looked quite and start enquiries about new iPhone as about 5 revisions behind by last count .As always a greeter asks you your name and wanton desires. “ Yes sir someone can help you but there is a 3 hr wait at present “ WTF – there is no one else waiting ! We got a few items in mall with Xmas approaching and then chill for a few before heading out for a drink and dinner a bit later. After all we have these vouchers to use . Weather has been pretty good so far, certainly better than predicted . For what it’s worth at this stage though late Thursday , early Friday is looking a tad gloomy with Thunderstorms predicted . Am hoping to be on road before 5 am on Friday so will have to wait and see

Time to head out for a drink, feed and punt in that order. First up we dropped into By George to use our first free voucher. 2 Rumbos and a champers layer and no hand in pocket yet

Stumbled next door to Mei Wei for some dumplings. Or not . Some duck and pork will do as long as can wash down with some Kirin. In keeping with Beatles theme started By George we had Yoko sitting at table across from us 🤓

Finally then into the Gambling Den. Used our tried and true roulette trick handed down by Claude and turned $100 into $150 and left . As Kenny Rogers says you have to know when to hold them and know when islands meet in a stream . Winners are Grinners folks

Brisvegas Breakout – Day 1

Posted: October 12, 2021 in Uncategorized

With Tasmania Trip well sorted and planned for Feb 2022 in the Year of our Lord it was time to look for a short break closer to home. How about my left knee ? While I was aware a knee replacement loomed in the future after some x rays a couple of months ago I was hoping to last a lot longer and wait for other knee to bugger up and then sweet talk the grind and chip away guy “ Hey , any chance you can run the chisel over that ankle while I am under Pal?” Alas the knee has deteriorated significantly in last two weeks but not to the point yet where we lose beers to Beddows and Smails😀 It is at the point where I have trouble sleeping at night so will see Doc next week to ramp up activity which could of course impact on Tasmania 2022 – The Devil You Know . How about a short mid week break in Brisvegas? Avoid the NRL GF but with some Penrith players still loitering looking for parts of Provan Summons trophy should be sweet for no lockdown

With more donuts than the Broncos at Dally M Awards QLD was looking good. Let’s check the 10 am update . When Beaverhausen is eating a sausage at Bunnings for the Press Conference you know all is tickety boo. Our go to lodgings of The Stamford has been taken over as a Quarantine hotel now so we settled on the Treasury Hotel, Casino adjacent . Good deal for mid week stay so set off under leaden skies although the real rain came through last night maybe. Like some double vaxxed tourists it will return soon though. With Aged Care homes open again time to check on my application at Carseldine. As luck would have it Mum was there as well. A quick visit and a cuppa – Mum is on the left 🤓

Then we soldiered on to see Claude for another cuppa . At our age it is helpful to spend some time with really old folk 😏 Then we headed into city and hope our room was ready which it was. Sweet. It’s a pretty shoddy room but will do I guess ….

The rain was still holding off so decided to head into Alchemy for lunch as they had a great special on – Gnocchi and Wine for $25. We threw in a quick Gin first up to coat the tonsils. It was a great start to a great few days methinks but I had had a few by now …. Exhibit A

As luck would have it I also scored a gig for Friday night #Abbarules

Walking/Hobbling around CBD must say mask compliance is pretty good. The usual suspects like the Dolly Birds don’t wear them of course. A few spits of rain started so time to head back to room for some chill time. Pick up some Sushi for a light dinner later in case the predicted rain comes and if not we can always duck out for our traditional Guinness later

Rain – 0 ; Guinness 2. We have a winner.

Rather than returning to usual Gilhooleys we walked across the road to Irish Murphys to sample the wares and not disappointed. Rocked in around 3:50 pm as you do and those in the know would know that Guinness is a slow pour by design. Down for Brown, Back for Black #IrelandFling2018. Even allowing for this the barkeep was a talker. Then he explained “ If I keep blabbering until 4 pm it’s Happy Hour and only $9 a pint” If we weren’t wearing masks I would have reached over and kissed him. Hell, I did anyway

Very pleasant end to a busy day . Ensured my pew in heaven by visiting the oldies and then spent some heaven on earth with the black stuff. Does it get any better?

Well, you better renew your subscription and stay tuned eh…

The Devil You Know

Posted: October 1, 2021 in Uncategorized

There is an old saying in Ballroom Dancing – Stick with the Devil you Know or else you may get the ugly chick. Exhibit A

The other saying (Press Conference 10 am daily) is “See Australia first – but stay in your own state ok” . There is a myth that holidaying in Australia is cheap compared to Overseas. This is a crock of shit of course. The only reason OS travel is expensive is because the Aussie $ ranks somewhere between Mexican Peso and Zimbabwean $ in value. Still, with COVID still rather rampant it makes sense to stay this side of the equator for a while. Hello Tasmania, the safe state to visit

We decided if we drove down and took a big boat across wide sea we could take our time and run through our showtunes playlist as well. Hire cars do cost an arm and a leg as well and always a little nervous with them on unknown roads. Before you knew it we had cobbled together a relaxing 5 week trip starting mid February 2022 driving across Tassie. Then we did the math and realised for the same money we could follow The Rolling Stones on Tour this year. Quick decision needed – do we prefer East Tassie or West Tassie given Hobart and Cradle Mountain were a lock. We chose West Tassie as its more unique and rugged, much like myself. Now, where do I want to spend my birthday with Eve ?

In Plan A , we would be around Strahan on said day and there is a rather upmarket Gordon River Cruise where provided you can actually climb the first set of steps you sit in luxury leather chairs on upper deck for 6 hrs drinking free beer and wine and chewing canapes while some clown drones on about wondrous sites. Accommodation is stumbling direction from wharf – sweet.

Time to check our ancestral tree and see if any long lost relatives in Tasmania. Nope

Will spend several days in Hobart as seems a good base for some day trips to Port Arthur and Bruny Island. As the planning progresses as luck, or skill, would have it our chosen accommodation is always stumbling distance to sites of interest and Taverns of Tomfoolery. After that, and 3 weeks in Tassie, it is time to split the Apple and head straight up to Devonport via Launceston for return trip on big boat. Of course when in Tasmania

After disembarking in Melboring, we will pass through decontamination car wash and then will slowly wind our way back up to Flashman Inc, Maplehead after hopefully spending/freeloading a few days with JL in Harcourt. No doubt the trip down and back will involve some big driving days but the three weeks in Tassie will pass in a blur. Here is one I prepared earlier. Later Double Vaxxers

Whats Another Year Between Friends ?

Posted: September 5, 2021 in Travel

Spring has sprung and seemed a suitable time to look ahead for future plans and I better get in quick as Summer will be here in Maryhole next week 😦 Of course, at present should have the Bermuda shorts and thongs on and be sitting in a Norway Hotel in Bergen waiting to board our Vikings Homeland 15 days Ocean cruise. I had been in training all winter to get the sluggos out as well

Alas, that too has gone the way of the DoDo bird. We have had more trips planned than a Cameron Munster training run and as each season passes another one is cancelled. #firstworldproblemsstillmatterright? Lets try and update the current situation

Our Ocean Cruise was pretty easy to “cancel” and keep our $1000 deposit from another cruise to be booked by September 2023. Too easy.

NYC Feb 2021 was kinda optimistic maybe but who wasnt optimistic back in January 2020. Hell, the Broncos were still a Top 4 pick then…. Contacted Hotel Beacon (having paid 2 grand upfront for a good , if not refundable, deal) and they graciously agreed to carry it over to Feb 2022 maybe because at that time they had less bookings then The Overlook Hotel. Sweet. Some ice and snow before African sweat and flies. Looking at USA at present they seem to have a relaxed approach to people gathering and thus bookings no longer a problem going by the opening game of college football this weekend! I shall contact the Hotel but dont like my chances and does raise the real problem developing. As one postpones one trip, the new dates clash with another trip planned 18 months previously

Call Me Bwana” 2020 quickly became “Call Me Bwana” 2021. T Shirts were adjusted of course along with mood natch.

March 2022 looked a safe bet right even if “its not a race”! Qantass will maybe start some international flights in a staged process from December. Doesnt look like its alphabetical though with UK and US in December – yeah right, eh ScoMo – but Johannesburg in April 2022. Last time I checked , April comes after March even if by a bee’s dick. Factor in that South Africa has more variants of COVID 19 than a pack of M&Ms and you just know Africa 2022 was never going to happen. Lets push it back one more time to March 2023 given that as we were one day from actually flying out in 2020 we had paid a shitload of money already and despite travel insurance no refunds were coming. Credits are good though and just adjust for price increases each year. What could go wrong?

Ah yes, back in early 2021 we booked a river cruise for my 65th birthday in Feb 2023 to sail down the Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans in what was officially referred to (but no T Shirts printed – fool me once…..)as “Old Man on Da River” Clever eh. Not so clever, another $1000 deposit paid. Another postponement is called for but running out of room this decade to squeeze in another trip and more importantly actually save up for it.

So, at present we may head to Tasmania for a month next February. I may try and get to USA around October 2022 but probably not NYC. Africa is locked in – that is called humour folks – for March 2023 and we may see if Viking Cruises do a Nile River cruise in an Ocean liner just to use up both of our deposits and tack it on the end.

A lot depends on vaccination rates in Australia I guess and what our leaders have promised us apart from misery and suffering to continue. Not sure even 80% will ensure smooth travels though….

Among my most endearing qualities two are usually praised the most. Eternal Optimism and Relaxed Devil May Care Attitude. These two merged beautifully this last weekend. Fans would know of the annual Della family gathering that occurs at the Southern Ponderosa on the sweeping plains of YabbaDabbaDo near Canungra. AKA Xmas in July at T&Bs. We left it until the very last day of July this year just to be different – breathe breathe. Given current state of play in world I suggested to CLP we will be locked down before it happens. Well, I was half right. Lets backtrack

These are rough times and chances for any significant holidays anytime soon are remote to say the least. Release the memes…..

I have been filling in the glorious days with early morning work on the Golf Course. Booteeful time of day if a tad brisk at times. Certainly helps pass the time

As NSW became even more of a basket case than usual we confidently headed down to Brisvegas on Friday comfortable in the knowledge that acting Premier -Steven Miles – held a steady hand on the wheel. Whats that you say…. Beaverhausen is back?? Oh dear. Anyhoo , it was a chance first up to visit Mum at Medium Level Security Twilight Home at Carseldine. Another birthday had passed since last we saw and lets be frank here, there aint a guaranteed supply of these in coming years. Luckily I was able to bookend Mums hairdressing appointment for the requisite photo. I am the one on the right….

Then it was time to head in a generally southern direction towards YabbaDabbaDo via Mt Tamborine. We were now firmly in mask wearing territory but were still able to drop into our go to drinkery – Fortitude Brewing – to blow the froth of a couple so as not to arrive at T&B too early and thus avoid the chance of actually having to do some work

Bruce also had a birthday this week but dont think he is 95 yet. Here is a picture of him getting ready at YabbaDabbaDo , you judge

Oops, wrong picture. This is more the usual pose. Nope wrong again

Lets try one last time…ah thats better

We decamped to our Air BnB and then settled in for the serious stuff confident that a relaxed and enjoyable weekend stretched before us. We surveyed the golf course laid out for our usual fun activities planned for Saturday arvo. Lets strike a few smooth 8 irons now and then compare them to the ones you hit after a skin full tomorrow. You know, when we are fully relaxed and settled in for a long afternoon. After all what could go wrong? I’ll drink to that. Gotta love winter nights by the fire

Next day dawned and the process started. I had two jobs – prepare the Anti Pasto and make sure that when guests arrive they feel welcome. Easy peasy, thats my gold medal event

Hey, we are ready nice and early. Lets check on the 10 O’Clock news and get some Olympics update. I didnt realise the Deputy Premier – Steven Miles – was doing the Olympic Updates….. Oh shit. Armageddon has arrived in QLD.

14 beasts, and one pesky ferret, had been slaughtered for todays feast so lets hope some still make it. 10 am notification of a 4 pm lockdown is rather rude even in these difficult times. Luckily almost all arrived on time or even a bit early with only 2 late withdrawals of BC2 and Quinn sadly. CLP and I had a short discussion about our new plans now given we were either on the road before 4 pm or else extending our stay significanly. Little Optimist me does not think this will be over on Tuesday at 4pm. Lets not make a rash decision now while fully sober but rather in a few hours when half cut? Sounds like a plan. Most guest were happy just to eat the Anti Pasto but I implored them to try some other stuff as our hosts had gone to a lot of trouble. Partying ensued

Now, a plan of attack is needed. Given CLP was already doing all the driving I did not limit my alcohol intake natch. We bid a sad adieu to our wonderful hosts and headed off around 3 pm. Here is one I prepared earlier, Sad + Adieu =

Did I mention I finally had my second AZ shot planned for Monday at 0830 in Maryhole? Given the lockdown rules applied to moi no matter where I ended up having been in Scenic Rim since 1 am Saturday – even if only at the Southern Ponderosa – it seemed like maybe best plan was to carry on to Maryhole even if not home until 8 pm. “I did leave YabbaDabbaDo before 4 pm honest Mr Policeman” On second thought, maybe just say Beaudesert because the chance of keeping a straight face and pronouncing Biddaddaba correctly after few sherberts and under pressure were small. Now lets google – “how many hours to metabolise 4 beers and 4 wines in short time period” Hmm. Ok, maybe settle in at Maplehead for a little while first.

So dull eyed and bushy tailed trekked north around 6 pm and the roads were clear man. And then we hit Gympie and there was an accident on northside. Only about a 20 min delay and then off again although now with traffic. Eventually home around 830 pm on what had been a very long day. Rough nights sleep wondering if had done right thing and what plans will be for next few days. No gym, no golf……. just wondering how strict I really need to be when these images kept coming into my head from the weekend every time I though I could be a bit lax and just wear a mask

Redrum. Redrum.

Yeah, I aint going anywhere folks . Olympics Couch Potato here I come.

Evolved in Darwin At Last

Posted: June 11, 2021 in Uncategorized

And so it ends. A magic week where everything came up roses only disappointment being Qantas at the end. It’s one thing to miss out on an upgrade request ( from February) but it’s fucking ridiculous to be notified at 4 am on morning of flight of that result 😡 It’s going to be a long day

We have to fill in time until checkout at 10 am as simply no point getting to airport any earlier with a 12:55 pm flight. Qantas Club is ok still in these difficult times but it ain’t life altering . So usual continental breakfast and then a walk around corner to a Merlot Coffee Outlet. As in keeping with general mood of day it was cod ordinary. I have a theory about coffee in Darwin. It’s bad. Ok two theories, the other one being they don’t make it hot enough maybe due to the weather 🤔. So with about 90 mins to fill in and 2 mins needed to pack let’s roll out The Flashies

Highlight Jumping Crocs. Amazing creatures up close and personal and a memorable memory – the best kind. Of course Heli Pub crawl was great but comes at a cost

Best Food Oyster Bar. Great variety and great location

Best Beer That first schooner of Kirin at Smith Street Social really hit the spot in rather salubrious surroundings . A pleasant first up surprise in Darwin

Coldest Beer The Airy at 1000m near Darwin River

Best Coffee. The next one 😏

Most Fun The Neuron E Scooter was a blast. Great app and payment method makes it all a breeze . Great flat city with wide footpaths

Best Dining Experience Tim’s Surf and Turf. Great steaks in a fun outdoor setting with a very funny and welcoming host

Biggest Disappointment Mindil Markets . Over crowded boring repetitive snoozefest

Best Scenery Sunset of course . The falls in Litchfield Park were stunning but I think Darwin Sunsets are rightly renowned

Best Tour The Heli Pub crawl was unique and well run. Great guide/pilot in Jacob . Crab Claw Island is magic but for me I always prefer tap beer.

Biggest Surprise The Darwin Waterfront is a magic oasis in the city . Can laze, swim, eat or drink but not all at the same time necessarily Relaxed atmosphere. Would be busy in Summer no doubt

Worst Pool Location Eva There can be only one winner by the proverbial country mile . The Oak Elan

So, in closing before the 4 hr flight from hell big wraps for Darwin . It’s a unique city certainly and think we picked best time to visit . Not too hot and not too crowded. The Oak Elan was a very good choice especially paying a bit extra for a high floor. Free public transport for us Seniors is a superb initiative . CBD is small and it’s very easy to get around although can be dead at times on weekends especially . So that just leaves one thing to say

Up Your Date

Taxi arrived on time and at airport nice and early as is my go if not our go 😏 Check in was easy and then in keeping with how the day was going it was 10:20 and for some obscure reason Qantas Club did not open until 11 am despite there being Qantas flights to Adelaide for example …….. at 11 am . Once in though it is an excellent Club indeed. Good food options . Of course bar doesn’t open until midday as is norm even pro COVID

Flight was delayed of course – that sort of day . My Expert Flyer Seat Alert app had at least informed that in the rows of hell no one next to me and no one in front . Sweet. Ok 4 people behind me . How you might ask – 2 adults with screaming kids on their laps. The couple in front decided to of course separate and he sat in front of me and must have threadworms because he never stopped moving for first hour- that sort of day

Then the alcohol arrived ! With some food apparently . Food was ok , alcohol was tricky , as in small bottle of wine was 2.1 standard drinks and of the Bowlers Run variety when the squishers forget to wash their feet. The beer was good. So, after a mixed diet things were looking a bit better. I slapped the kids around and gave Asshole in front some cream from an old Oreo in my pocket. Things were looking ok and only 2 hrs to go

So, apart from the cramped seat have to say trip is ok. Would have liked to upgrade to BC just to see difference and also burn some points. Plenty to drink in Economy if you want to. The In Flight Wi Fi is fine and great to see the hosties enforce mask rules .

Ready to head home now after a great week and have said to CLP that will do me for a while travel wise

But that was yesterday…….

EID – Day 7

Posted: June 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

And on the seventh day he chilled out . It had been a busy 6 days and now our hero felt fully evolved. Well full anyway

Two plans today – find an excuse for another scooter ride and try not to break leg on said scooter ride . Should be fine, ducked out for a solo practice late last night and really mastering it now

First up though some breakfast . Initial plan was to have a sit down nosh up at a local cafe but after the protein overload last night we opted for our usual continental breakfast in house and then continued our search for a good coffee. Yeah nah it ain’t going to happen folks . Postie failed to deliver – that passes for humour up here

A last wash is spinning and cleansing as we speak and when complete we will head down to The Waterfront for a swim and a lay down. There could be beer involved later but unlikely . Yeah, I crack myself up sometimes. Will also be hanging out for our BC upgrade request on return flight tomorrow. It’s not a deal breaker but in current climate may as well use points somewhere. Unlikely to be flying anywhere long time in sky for a long time. Now where is my scooter . Ah there is is under that Stud Muffin

Arrived nice and early at Waterfront and made mistake of approaching the lifeguard at beach

“ Hey, aren’t you the Bunker Boy at MGC? “ Fuck me if he didn’t ask me to grab a rake and show him how it’s done . Certainly don’t bother to ask a MGC member 😏

After that I found a nice big chair to sit in and wait for CLP and must have dozed off

CLP arrived and shook me awake . Luckily we were already tog compliant so just had to brave the water . But first a photo opportunity not to be missed

A pleasant swim and relax had us hanging out for that first beer of the day. This time we chose The Precinct . Good range of brews and very pleasant aspect looking over wave pool. For $7 entry fee I will make my own waves fella thanks all the same

Truly is a magnificent place down on The Waterfront for families and singles alike. Had a quiet afternoon ahead so thought we would grab some more oysters while the grabbing is good as we leave tomorrow. Aw Shucks – again that local humour kicking in

A quick scoot home and finally succumbed and bought a CUinNT T shirt so all shopping done. Will chill for a couple now until one last venture out late afternoon to the Babylon Bar . I may even have a drink of alcohol for a change . I may be drowning my sorrows as check in has opened for our flight and no upgrade 😰

Babylon Bar was quirk personified which is fine but not necessarily comfortable. Still, better than just rocking up to The Darwin Hotel for a XXXX

And so another day ends and basically the holiday itself. Quiet night in and then laze around tomorrow morning until 10 am and head out to airport for trip home

In cattle class it seems 😰