Surfing Kirra Point

There are a number of great surfing spots around the Coolangatta coastline on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia.

One of these is Kirra Point. Kirra Point was once a much bigger beach, and home to some truly legendary pipelines. Unfortunately, the groyne at Kirra was reduced when the government started shifting sand from the Tweed River to allow fishing boats to pass safely. This ruined Kirra’s reputation for a while, and it’s only just clawed itself back into the good graces of surfers again. (Ref)

This point allows spectators to view the surfers close up and it is a popular place for photographers.

Don’t get too close to the edge.

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New Digs

Twelve plus months ago, measures were put in place to keep MM’s (My Man)  parents in their own home as long as possible. There were visits from the home-care workers twice daily. The morning attendant helped them with showers, dressing, made breakfast, managed their prescriptions and did general cleaning. Before she left she would make lunch, leaving it in the fridge for them to help themselves. The afternoon attendant took care of the evening meal, tidying up and would do any shopping when required.

Recently, MM’s parent’s doctor advised him his parents can no longer live in their home after both of them were admitted into hospital a couple of times over a 2 month period due to ill-health.

The ill-health really related to old age and mismanagement of everything from their dietary requirements to their prescriptions. We noticed how little they ate and on many days forgot or not want to eat at least one of the three daily meals. The attendant would place the meds on the kitchen table for them to take but they did not watch to see that the medication needed to manage Alzheimer was being tossed in the rubbish bin by the Old Bugger (Aussie term of endearment).  Cheeky sod decided he didn’t need it hence him not eating some meals. He kept thinking he had just eaten breakfast no matter what time of day or night it was.

MM would like to spend more time with his parents at this late stage of their life. To be blunt, every day is a bonus. MM and I had some long conversations and spent a few hours researching what services were available and decided to move them in with us rather than an aged care facility. They receive high care services now and can go up another level when the time comes for hospice care.

So we’ve sold the oldies house and moved them and ourselves to Woody Point. We have purchased a house with a granny flat which is set up for aged care and retained the home help services. We can now oversee their care and MM can spend some time with them after work. He is especially happy that he can plonk the old guy on a chair in the man cave and chat to him while he is working on projects. The Redcliffe area has many aged care facilities providing respite services. We will place them in one of these facilities for their care when we want to go away.

We are both really happy to be back in the area and living by the water again.



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Gippsland Lakes

The Gippsland Lakes is the largest system of inland waterways in Australia. If you are visiting Eastern Victoria, stopping at Lakes Entrance for a few days of exploring, will be well worth your while.

These photographs were taken a couple of years ago on a walk-about.

Playing with the lens flare filter in Photoshop.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Old School

Me sitting at my “computer desk”. My hardware.. dirt. My software.. imagination.

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I haven’t had much time for blogging recently. What with one thing and another WP has taken a back seat.

I’ve taken up part-time employment as a Driver under the Shebah banner. Basically I’m a self-employed driver subcontracted to Shebah. Shebah is very similar to Uber. Passengers use the Shebah App to call for a rideshare driver. Shebah service offers female only drivers for female and children passengers. We also accept pets if pre-booked.

There are scenarios in which boys and men can use the service.

  1. Primary school aged boys can travel with a female guardian or unaccompanied.
  2. Secondary school boys or boys under 18 can travel if accompanied by their mother or a female guardian.
  3. A man travelling with his female partner, and baby in need of a baby seat or toddler in need of a booster seat, can ride in a Shebah. This is only applicable if the ride has been pre-booked on our Facebook Bookings page and the driver is aware and has agreed to the circumstances.

Drivers are self-employed and pay Shebah 15% of the fare. For this we have access to the Shebah app platform. Shebah provides advertising, promotional items and support. Taxi and rideshare drivers are highly regulated in Queensland. I had to jump through many hoops and of course pay a multitude of fees to obtain my driver’s authorisation.

There are a number of ridesharing services operating in Australia and many of our drivers drive for most of them. I have chosen to only use the Shebah service because I feel safer as a driver.

Shebah launched on 8/3/17. At the beginning of August we had 1732 drivers and 20,000 passengers with the Shebah App. Shebah is growing quickly with more and more riders downloading the app daily and preferring to ride with us.

I drive out in the suburbs.  I have a 6 cylinder vehicle so taking on the small rides around the city is not viable for me. I also find city driving stressful. I much prefer cruising around the suburbs and highway driving.

I’ve done quite a bit of self promotion. I have a FaceBook page set up and I deliver pamphlets around my local area and network. There are no set hours which is great. I choose when I drive and for how long.

We are on the move again (more to come) so I will have to start all over promoting myself in the new suburb.

For now, I’m back to packing boxes.

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The Glasshouse Mountains

Glass House Mountains were named by Captain Cook on the 17 May 1770, as he sailed up the east coast of Australia in his Endeavour, approximately 64 kilometres north of Brisbane.  ‘These hills lie but a little way inland, and not far from each other: they are remarkable for the singular form of their elevation, which very much resembles a glass house, and for this reason I called them the Glass Houses.’

These pictures were taken looking from Endeavour Esplanade, Scarborough across Deception Bay.


There are at least a dozen plugs, the remains of volcanoes that pushed their way up through thick almost-horizontal layers of sandstone.

These pictures were taken from Maleny


The countryside around the Glass House Mountains is made of sandstone, geologically called the Landsborough Sandstone. The Landsborough Sandstone is part of an interconnected series of sedimentary basins called the Great Australian Basin, which extends from the east coast of Australia for thousands of kilometres south and west into New South Wales, west into South Australia and the Northern Territory and north to Cape York in northern Queensland.

These pictures were taken from Banksia Beach, Bribie Island across the Pumicestone Passage.

Source: Australian Explorer,  Tas Wallker’s biblical geology

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The urban dictionary’s definition of “shakedown” reads… Another word for extortion/blackmail, or the obtaining of a good or service through means of force, threats/intimidation, or abuse of power.

Wikipedia has a definition reading… Shakedown (testing) a period of testing undergone by a ship, airplane or other craft before being declared operational.

We recently took our caravan away for a 6 day shakedown and I’m pleased to inform you that it went well and the only people intimidated were ourselves. We went to Mudjimba beach on the Sunshine Coast as we would only be an hour or so away from home in the event we forgot something crucial.

We made it out of the driveway without incident. Tick that. We made it to our destination without incident and are very pleased with the way she tows. Tick that. We backed the caravan into the tight campsite at the caravan park on the second go. Not bad considering the amount of eyes watching and making us nervous. We had purchased a set of hand-held radios so we can communicate with each other, which made things easier.  Tick that. We took our dog with us and she settled right in and was very well behaved. Tick that.

So far so good. We discovered we require a longer waste water outlet hose and a longer power lead and we need to change the water inlet valve as we had very little water flow/pressure when connected to the parks water tap. We also learnt not to park under trees because of sap and leaf litter falling on the van and awning and also because the satellite receiver could not pick up the satellite. The solar panels still managed to charge the batteries but obviously would do a better job if not partially shaded. We also learnt not to leave the rubbish bin outside of the van overnight because the bush turkeys can get into them. What a mess!

All and all it was quite a successful shakedown. We’ll take the van out again on a couple of small runs before we go for a longer trip. We are planning to travel around Queensland for our first big trip. Brisbane to Roma to Charleville to Birdsville to Longreach to Cloncurry to Burketown to Karumba to Cairns and back to Brisbane down the eastern coastline.

I really loved staying at Mudjimba. It’s a small seaside community with everything you need within a short walking distance from the caravan park. As you can see by the pictures, crowds are not a problem. Please click on the gallery to enlarge photographs.


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