Day 43 - Sunday 27th April 2014.

We saw The Lego Movie - Mont Day 7.

We all slept very well, I was first up at 6:30am. Marg and Mont got up about 7:30am, as I was talking to Lukey and Jodi on Skype Video. The honeymooners are loving Vegas, have changed their accommodation in LA to the Fairfield Inn at Disneyland and the Hilton in Universal Studios. Marg and Mont got up and spoke to Lukey and Jodi. We spoke for at least 20 minutes.
We had brekky and got ourselves organised as we were going to the 10:10am session of The Lego Movie at Australia Fair, we left home about 9:25am and arrived before 10am, with heaps of parking spaces available. We saw the movie and we all enjoyed it, I was amazed by the graphics, they are superb. Before heading home, we stopped at Stacks for some more loom bandz and some food shopping at Woollies.

Back at home, we had lunch and Marg took Mont over to the pool, while I watched the V8s in NZ, Lowndesy has had a shithouse weekend. After swimming, Marg managed a nanna nap, Mont watched a 3D movie and I finished watching Season 3 of Suits. A top series.

Dinner was quiche lorraine with salad. It was Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, Mont and I will ride to school, before Marg and I do a few things.

Day 44 - Monday 28th April 2014.

Sort of a busy Day - Mont Day 8.

We all slept very well, I was first up at 6:00am. The alarm was set for 6:40am so Marg can wake up and then wake Mont at 7:00am to get ready for school. Everyone was up, dressed, and had brekky and ready to drive Mont to school. The only problem was, it was pissing down. I got drowned putting Mont's school bag in the mighty Navara. Our wet weather gear is safely stowed in the fiver, 30kms away. We searched Mont's house for brollies or raincoats, none were found. I found a non weatherproof small beach brolly, that we used for Mont. We got to school about 15 minutes early and had to wait with the other early kids. This is a special area undercover that has 2 or 3 volunteers supervising the children until 8:25am, when they are allowed to walk to their classroom. It is a good idea.

By the time, Marg and I 'walked' back to the mighty Navara in the rain, we were a tad damp. We drove back to Lukeys and dried ourselves before heading off to the Medical Centre, yesterday Marg managed to rip her big toe nail partly off, so today we went to the docs. With it pissing down, the traffic entering the Smith St Motorway from Smith St was stop, start, bumper to bumper, but after we turned off onto Olsen Rd, the traffic flowed OK. I dropped Marg off at the Medical Centre, expecting Marg to be an hour or longer, so I drove to Von Bibra Nissan and booked the mighty Navara in for its 130k service, with a non working left headlight (hopefully only a blown globe) and the Cruise Control has stopped working. As we were driving up the Newell, as we hit an occassional bump in the road, the CC would disconnect, the next day it would not set, so hopefully a loose connection, anyway, it is booked in on Wednesday at 9:30am after we drop Mont at school. Just as I started the mighty Navara up, my phone rang, it was Marg, she was finished. Unbelieveable, naturally, she said any doctor would do and she got straight in. SO I drove back and picked her up, then we drove back past Von Bibra Nissan and headed to the Pet shop next door to Spotlight and bought 'the boys' (Blaze and Diesel the guinea pigs) some more food. From there we stopped at Bunnings for some super glue as my stone that Marg polished and made into a necklace had parted ways with the clasp. Next stop was Helensvale shops, I tried to withdraw some money but the ATM wouldn't read my card , I tried 3 times, before walking about 100 meters to the NAB, where it didn't miss a beat. Go Figure.
Marg and I had a coffee before visiting Coles and then Kmart, where we bought 3 umbrellas and a raincoat for Mont. Only about 2 hours too late.

Only about 2 kms from Lukeys was my final stop, I had to replenish my 'chilled refreshers' that had run to a critically low level. That MAJOR drama has now been rectified.
Before Lukey headed off on his honeymoon, he asked if I could take his car and get his tyres rotated, SO after lunch, I drove over to Nerang where he had purchased his tyres and the boys rotated his tyres free of charge, and while doing this, they found a screw in one of them, so I asked them to fix, which they did, SO $28 later I was on my way home.

I was undecided whether to take Mont's bike to school, so we could ride home, or just drive there. The weather was looking threatening, so we took the car option, picked Mont up and about 500 meters from home, the heavens opened, only as they do in QLD, SO if we were riding we would be 'wet as a shag', lucky we weren't.

Dinner was chicken kiev with vegies. It was Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, Bingo after we drop Mont at school. This time Marg better lift her game and WIN.

Day 45 - Tuesday 29th April 2014.

Took Mont to school before Bingo - Mont Day 9.

The three of us slept well. I awoke about 5:30am and listened to my radio using my earphones, before getting up with Marg about 6:30am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. We were all ready for school and bingo when we left at 8:20am, 2 minutes later we had dropped Mont at school and also her bike, as we plan to ride home, if the weather is OK. Marg and I then were on our way to the Southport Sharks, arriving about 8:50am for eyes down at 9:30am. We bought our normal 2 full sets for $46 plus 2 extras totalling $50. Marg won $15 and I won NOTHING, very, very close but no cigar. Bastards.
Our Bingo summary for today: outlaid $50 won $15. Total Loss: $35. After 3 weeks, we are $87.50 out of pocket. There is always next week.

After bingo, we went to Helensvale Shops, where we had lunch (pies and coffee) at Michels, went looking for a bigger raincoat for Mont and no bugger sells them, we have tried all shops (Kmart, Target, Coles, Stacks, Woollies and Lowes) all to no avail. Obviously, QLDers don't go out in the rain.
The weather was cloudy but dry, so I left home about 2:40pm, and rode to Mont's school to pick her up and we rode back together. It was great fun as usual.

Dinner tonight was a scratch meal, Marg and I has frozen pizza, while Mont had pasta with cheese. It was yumma. Followed by some more TV.

Tomorrow, I plan to ride to school with Mont and then drive the mighty Navara to Von Bibra for its 130k service.

Day 46 - Wednesday 30th April 2014.

The mighty Navara's 130,000km Service - Mont Day 10.

The three of us slept well. I awoke about 5:30am and listened to my radio using my earphones, before getting up about 6:00am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. Mont and I got on our bikes about 8:10am and rode the 1.5kms to school via the shared paths and footpaths. The weather was sunny and coolish. I got back home a tad sweaty from the ride, did a quick change and then drove to Von Bibra Nissan in Southport for the service.

Arrived about 9:00am, checked what had to done (130k service, left headlight and cruise control not working, also replace my wiper blades). As I have to pick up Mont this afternoon, I need to be home by 2pm. So my question to Luke the service guy was "Can I get Greg the courtesy car man to drop me home and pick me up tomorrow morning?" or if the mighty Navara will be ready in a few hours, I will wait. I enjoyed Greg driving me back to Pac Pines. When I had my 120k service here last year, Greg drove me back to the Caravan Park. Greg is very interested in buying a 5th Wheeler with a drop down back wall so he can bring his motorbike with him. We arrived home and he suggested that I ring his mobile tomorrow about 9am and he will organise a time to pick me up and drive me back to pick up my mighty Navara. During the afternoon, Luke from the service area rang me to say that my brake pads need replacing, I agreed as I can't remember having them replaced before, SO a 130,000kms on a set of pads is probably quite good. I also reminded Luke that I will not be picking up my car until tomorrow, he agreed.

Back at camp, Marg and I drove Lukey's HSV Clubby upto Mr Caravan Storage, as we had to get my patholgy blood test form from our fiver, while there I briefly spoke to Ben the manager. From there, we drove to Helensvale shops, where we had lunch (Marg had a choccy crepe and I had Subway), while there, my Visa card refused to work at 3 shops, so I walked over to the NAB and Nicky the teller ordered me a replacement card, it should arrive at the branch mid next week. I will believe that when I see it. We are leaving the Gold Coast on Tuesday fortnight, so it will be close.

The weather was cloudy but dry, so I left home about 2:40pm, and rode to Mont's school to pick her up and we rode back together. It was great fun as usual.

Dinner tonight was hotdogs. Very Yumma. Followed by some more TV.

Tomorrow, Greg will pick me up and drive me to Von Bibra. Mont has a Disco at school at 4pm.

Day 47 - Thursday 1st May 2014.

Mont's school disco - Mont Day 11.

The three of us slept well. Marg and I awoke about 6:00am and listened to the clock radio, before getting up. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. Mont and I got on our bikes about 8:10am and rode the 1.5kms to school via the shared paths and footpaths. The weather was overcast BUT dry. I got back home a tad sweaty from the ride, did a quick change and then rang Von Bibra Nissan to check if the mighty Navara was ready. It was so I then rang Greg to organise a pickup time. He arrived about 10:30am and we chatted as he drove me to their Southport service centre. It was $1,039, I was happy with the price, considering what they had to do. I checked all my service invoice since new and that is the first time that my pads and rotors had been replaced, so a 130,000kms on a set of pads is pretty good. Driving back to lukeys, I tested my cruise control, it worked, the problem had something to do with the plug on the clutch pedal wearing out. Even Huey came to the party by dumping some rain on me, so I could test my new wiper blades. How bloody considerate is Huey.

Arrived back at Lukeys after 11am, to find Marg still relaxing in her nightie, she quickly got dressed and we headed off to Spotlight to buy about 20 balls of wool. She is in a crocheting mood, so far, she has crocketed Peggy the Easter Bunny, Eddie the Elephant and Freda the Flamingo. She has lost the plot.
After Spotlight, we spotted at Helensvale SC for a coffee and some food shopping, Mont the 7yo eats like a horse.

As the weather was very threatening, we left at 2:20pm and drove to Mont's school to pick her up and put her bike in the back of the mighty Navara. At 4:40pm, we drove back to school as Mont had a Disco on from 5pm to 6pm. When we returned about an hour later, first thing that we noticed was all the parents had stayed. Marg (being an ex teacher) said in Melbourne, at her schools the parents were not allowed to stay in the Hall and also they turned the lights out and had mirrored disco balls only. Still plenty of light. It was good watching the kids enjoying themsleves. My only complaint was that I didn't hear Donna Summer or KC and The Sunshine Band, now that was Disco that I remembered.

Dinner tonight: We had sausage sizzles at the Disco. It was Yumma. Followed by some more TV.

Tomorrow, Mont has choir practice at 8am at school. Another busy day.

Mont - The Disco Queen.

Day 48 - Friday 2nd May 2014.

It rained - Mont Day 12.

The three of us slept well. Marg and I awoke about 6:15am and listened to the clock radio, when Mont walked in already dressed for school at about 6:45am. We were pleasantly in shock. Mont has choir before school, so it is an early morning. We had brekky and then about 7:40am, we drove Mont to school, as the heavens had opened up and it was bucketing down. We got back home and Marg had decided that I would drive her to our Club so she can play the pokies and I could meet her about 12pm, so we could have lunch. Sounded like a plan to me.

I dropped Marg off at our Club (CSi - Club Southport Inc) to play the pokies, while I drove over to Broadwater Tourist Park and booked our site 88 for 4 nights from Friday 9th May departuring Tuesday 13th May. We will pick up our fiver from Mr Caravan Storage on the Friday, plug in the power, fire up the fridge etc, before starting this year's trip in earnest.
After leaving the park in the rain, I drove out to the Spit to take some panoramic photos, I only managed a few as it was still raining, then I headed over to The Narrows and took another photo. As it was persistently raining, I then drove back to the Club, found Marg on the pokies, went and settled at a table with my laptop and modem. Marg met me about 12 noon, and we ordered lunch, something completely different, Marg had the garlic prawns, while I had the mixed grill. They were absolutely YUMMA.

After lunch, we drove back home with only an hour before leaving to pick Mont up from school. Again, where the bloody hell did that day go? It kept raining off and on all day. While Mont played at various apartments in our complex, Marg had a nanna nap and I watch some episodes of CSI.

As Marg and I had a lovely lunch, we had a scratch dinner, but Mont had pasta. Followed by some more TV.

Tomorrow, Mont has Gym in the morning and her other Grandma is visiting for lunch.

The Gold Coast Seaway - on an overcast day.

The Coast Guard tower at the Seaway.

The Surfers' Taxi at the Seaway.

Looking towards Sovereign Island.

A nearly deserted beach at The Narrows.

My Mixed Grill and Marg's garlic prawns. YUMMA!

Day 49 - Saturday 3rd May 2014.

Mont's Gym - Mont Day 13.

It is cool on the Gold Coast.

We all slept well, I did after I pulled on my 2nd blanket. I was first up at 7:00am. Marg and Mont got up about 7:45am, because Mont has gym at Coomera this morning. Gym started at 9:15am and goes for an hour. I knew where it is but last week we left at 8:40am and got there early, so today we left at 8:55am and still made it with a few minutes to spare. Mont at the start was a bit cool but after a few minutes of running around she was warm. Her gym is very energetic for the 60 minute session. After gym, the routine is go to DonutKing at Helensvale, for a donut, who are we to stop this routine. I had a coke and 2 donuts, while Marg and Mont had 2 fancy donuts and a slurpy each. Back at home for lunch, Mont had a surprise visitor it was Nanny, Uncle Todd, Aunty Jazz and Jacob, she was very excited when she saw them. I asked her to come out the front, pretending one of her friends was here, but instead it was Nanny. Aren't I a trickster.

It was pure coincidence that Lukey and Jodi had just arrived at the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal Studios for their next stage of their USA honeymoon. When Marg and I visited the States in 2007, we hired a Mustang convertible and drove from Vegas to San Diego, so Lukey hires a 2014 Camaro SS convertible with only 700 miles on the clock. It looks awesome. After a quick skype video hookup, Lukey and Jodi were going to relax, as they were buggered and probably have a 'touch of the sun' as it was 90° F as they drove from Vegas to Los Angeles via the Hoover Dam, they did put the roof up as they crossed into Calfornia.
Cheryl and her family took Mont out for lunch, leaving Marg and I back at home. It was heaven. They arrived back a few hours later, with a few gifts that they bought Mont. After we had a coffee and chatted some more and Aunty Jazz put together the Lego that they bought Mont, they headed back home to Lismore in NSW about 90 minutes on a 'good day'.

Dinner was Chico rolls with potato gems, Mont loves them. They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, nothing is planned. I'm sure that we will do something.

The Gold Coast Seaway - on an overcast day.

The Coast Guard tower at the Seaway.

The Surfers' Taxi at the Seaway.

Looking towards Sovereign Island.

Day 50 - Sunday 4th May 2014.

It is BLOODY Cold - Mont Day 14.



It reached single digits overnight on the Gold Coast with a minimum of 9.7°. Luckily, I was prepared wearing my ski jammies and explorer socks to bed. I was warm as.

Marg was a tad cool, so around 6am, while I was laying in bed listening to Spida's Great Australian Doorstep on my earphones, I was cuddled and I thought "hello, hello has my luck changed". NOPE. Marg was a tad cool and I was generating quite a bit of heat. It was better than nothing.

It was a quiet day, we buggered about at home all morning, before heading off to Pac Pines Woollies for some food shopping, mainly food for Mont's school lunches. Mont spent most of the day playing outside with her friends, we spent most of our day buggering about on our laptops.

Dinner was frozen pizza, while Mont had noodles, she loves them. They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, back to riding to school and maybe I will go for a ride, weather dependent.

Mont with Freda Flamingo, Baby Biz, Peggy the Bunny and Charlie the Bear.

Day 51 - Monday 5th May 2014.

Mont and I rode to and from school - Day 15.



It wasn't as cold as yesterday but only 1° warmer at 10.9°.

We were ready for the cooler night, so the three of us slept well. I awoke about 6:00am and listened to my radio using my earphones, before getting up with Marg about 6:30am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. The sun was out, it was cool in the shade, but Mont and I still rode our bikes to school, we both wore jumpers. At school, Mont was hot and took off her jumper before I said goodbye.

I left Marg for 3 hours to do whatever she wanted too, while I drove to the public carpark at our Caravan Park, and parked without any hassles, as the CP is now about quarter full (51 vans out of 223 sites, yep, I counted them, you do that sort of thing when you're an old fart). I unloaded my bike and headed off to Angler's Paradise which is my turnaround point and then back along the shared path to Surfers, the shared path was not chockers with people. I stopped at Laycock Ave and The Esplanade, which is my other turnaround point, before heading to The Spit. At The Narrows, I was 'spewing' that I forgot my camera, as the breeze was offshore keeping the waves low and the view was postcard beautiful.
At the Spit, it was quiet and I sat and watched a yacht head south under spinnaker. On my return, I met Ted and Sue our neighbours from our CP, on the shared path, we chatted for a few minutes, before they continued on their ride to Surfers. While I was having my coffee at Cafe Rockpool, they stopped and we chatted a bit, before they headed back to their camp. After coffee, I continued on my way back to the mighty Navara, doing a lap of our CP.

Back at Lukeys, I changed and Marg and I drove to Helensvale for lunch. I left home about 2:40pm, and rode to Mont's school to pick her up and we rode back together. It was great fun. Mont doesn't want to ride tomorrow, that's OK because it's Bingo day and we drive her to school on Bingo day.

Dinner was veal schnitel with vegies and potato gems (Mont loves the gems). They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, it's our last Bingo at the Southport Sharks until we return in August.

Day 52 - Tuesday 6th May 2014.

Took Mont to school before Bingo - Mont Day 16.

For some unknown reason, I slept shithouse, awoke about 1:30am and tossed and turned. Marg and Mont slept well. I finally conceded defeat about 5:30am and listened to my radio using my earphones, before getting up with Marg about 6:30am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. We were all ready for school and bingo when we left at 8:20am, 2 minutes later we had dropped Mont at school and also her bike, as we plan to ride home, if the weather is OK. Marg and I then were on our way to the Southport Sharks, arriving about 8:50am for eyes down at 9:30am. We bought our normal 2 full sets for $46 plus 1 extra set of jackpots totalling $56 less our $8 jackpot bonus from last week, so total cost was $48. I won $5, Marg let the team down big time.
Our Bingo summary for today: outlaid $48 won $5. Total Loss: $43. After 4 weeks, we are $135.50 out of pocket. We won't be back at Southport Sharks bingo until Tuesday 5th August.

After bingo, we went home, had lunch , before heading to Pacific Pines for some food shopping at Woollies. The weather was cloudy but dry, so I left home about 2:40pm, and rode to Mont's school to pick her up and we rode back together. It was great fun as usual.

Dinner was scrambled eggs on toast, it was Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, apart from taking Mont to school, nothing else is planned.

Day 53 - Wednesday 7th May 2014.

Rode to school and had my blood test - Mont Day 17.

We all slept very well last night. I got up just after 6:15am and listened to my radio using my earphones, before Marg got up about 6:50am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. Mont and I rode to school and left at 8:15am and still arrived before the 'bell' at 8:30am.

I left Marg for 3 hours to do whatever she wanted too, while I drove to the public carpark at our Caravan Park, and parked out the front without any hassles. I unloaded my bike and headed off to Angler's Paradise which is my turnaround point and then back along the shared path to Surfers, the shared path was not chockers with people. I stopped at Laycock Ave and The Esplanade, which is my other turnaround point, before heading to The Spit. At the Spit, I sat at the end and ate my bananas.
On my return, I again ran into Ted and Sue our neighbours from our CP, on their ride near Southport YC, they were on their way to Surfers. I continued on my way and stopped at Cafe Rockpool for my coffee. After coffee, I continued on my way back to the mighty Navara, doing a lap of our CP.

Back at Lukeys, I changed and Marg and I drove to Helensvale NAB and picked up my 'replacement' creditcard. Last week they said it would be here on Wednesday and they texted me yesterday to say it was there. After the NAB, I called into QML Pathology for my blood test, while Marg did some shopping at nearby Woollies.
I left home about 2:40pm, and rode to Mont's school to pick her up and we rode back together.

Dinner was lamb cutlets with vegies and roast potatoes. They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, Marg is playing at Jupiters Casino, while I visit my mate Johnno, after we dropped Mont at school.

Day 54 - Thursday 8th May 2014.

Marg visited Jupiters and I visited my mate, Johnno - Mont Day 18.

We all slept very well last night. I woke up about 5:45am, listened to my radio using my earphones, before Marg got up about 6:50am. Marg woke Mont at 7:00am and had brekky and then got dressed without any hassles. Mont and I rode to school and left at 8:15am and still arrived before the 'bell' at 8:30am.

Marg and I left home about 9:30am and headed off along the freeway to Jupiters Casino, then I headed over to Carrara to visit my good mate "Johnno". Johnno and I talked 'shit' for a few hours, had a few coffees and generally, caught up on what we had been doing. I left Johnnos at 12:20pm and picked up Marg out the front of Jupiter's entry at 12:30pm. Guess what, she lost. Shock, horror.
On the way home, we did some shopping at Woollies Pac Pines and also replenished my stock of beer, for some unknown reason, it was depleting. I left home about 2:40pm, didn't even get out the gate when the 'heavens' opened, so I quickly put my bike back in the garage and drove the mighty Navara to Mont's school and picked up her and her bike.

Dinner was chico rolls, while Mont has pasta and grated cheese. They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, we pick up our fiver from storage.

Day 55 - Friday 9th May 2014.

We picked up our fiver from storage - Mont Day 19.

Today is a busy day, take Mont to choir practice, then pick up our fiver from storage and then transfer the 'junk' that we bought from the fiver to Lukey's shack.
The three of us slept well. Marg and I awoke about 6:15am and listened to the clock radio, Marg woke Mont about 6:40am as she has choir practice at 8am, so it is an early morning. We had brekky and then about 7:40am, we drove Mont to school.
We started packing the mighty Navara with bits and pieces, then drove to Mr Caravan Storage where I finally met Ray the owner. He is a top guy. We chatted for 10 - 15 minutes, while I hitched up our fiver and finally said our goodbyes. We drove down the freeway, arriving at Broadwater Tourist Park about 10:30am, we setup camp on 'our site (88)' for 5 nights. Originally, we were staying for 4 nights, then doing an overnighter at Gympie, now we are staying an extra night and will drive from Southport to Hervey Bay (366 kms) in one day. By pure coincidence, we now can go to Bingo at the Southport Sharks on Tuesday morning. What a coincidence!

During the day, Marg and I did 2 trips of tranferring stuff to the fiver, then we had to go and pick up Mont from school. Back home, I then did 1 more trip to the fiver, before calling into Jays, to get him help me remove the hitch from the tray of the mighty Navara. As we are picking up the honeymooners on Sunday morning, I had to remove the hitch, so we can load all their luggage. By dinner time, Marg and I are both buggered.

Dinner was a scratch meal, while Mont had 2 minute noodles. They were Yumma. Followed by watching TV.

Tomorrow, Mont has Gym and we are sleeping the night in our fiver.

Day 56 - Saturday 10th May 2014.

Last day before the honeymooners arrive home - Mont Day 20.

We all slept well, I did after I pulled on my 2nd blanket. I was first up at 7:00am. Marg and Mont got up about 7:45am, because Mont has gym at Coomera this morning. Gym started at 9:15am and goes for an hour. We left at 8:55am and got there with a few minutes to spare. Mont does gym for 60 minutes and it involves running around for most of that time, so by the end of the session, she is usually buggered.
After gym, the routine is go to DonutKing at Helensvale, for a donut, who are we to stop this routine. Marg and I had hotdog and a drink, while Mont had 2 fancy donuts and a slurpy. As Mont had been so good for Marg and I, for the past 3 weeks, we 'treated' her with a present (Frozen 3D Blu Ray DVD), she loves it. After Helensvale we drove to our fiver to unload more 'stuff', before returning home for the cleanup.

The honeymooners are home tomorrow, so I think the least we can do is clean their apartment etc. This afternoon, while Mont played, Mont and I started upstairs and as we cleaned each area, it instantly became a 'Mont Free area'. This was tested when Mont came home with 3 friends, she wanted to play upstairs, it didn't happen. They started watching her new movie, wearing the 3D glasses, then about 30 minutes later, she was off to play outside, so she ran out of time to finish the movie today, so she will have to watch it another time. We rested for awhile, before completing the cleaning job and then drove over to our fiver, via Maccas for dinner. It took awhile to transfer all our gear from the mighty Navrea to our fiver, but after eating maccas and about an hour later, we were as organised as we can expect to be, when a third person is staying in a fiver that is designed for 'two old farts', but we got there.

Dinner was Maccas, as it was easy and no mess.

Tomorrow we are driving to Brisbane International Airport to meet the honeymooners on QF16 arriving at 6:45am.

Uni the Unicorn is Mont's sleeping bag.

Marg is showing great interest.

Day 57 - Sunday 11th May 2014.

Pick up the honeymooners and lunch with Jay - Mont Day 21.

Our first night back in the fiver with Mont, we all slept remarkably well, it was quite pleasant, not cool. I awoke about 5:30am and check the internet for Lukey's flight arrival (QF16 from LAX). It was now due at 7:05am, so we thought, allow an hour to 1.5 hours to go through customs and pick up their luggage, then we can leave about 7:15am plus an hour for travelling and still get there before they emerge through ccustoms. When we were about 5kms south of the gateway Bridge, Lukey rang us to ask where we were, as they were standing out the front of the International arrivals, waiting for us. It took then no more than 30 minutes to go through Customs and pick up their luggage. So long, for taking a photo of Mont running upto her Mum as they emerge from Customs. We arrived shortly after and picked them up and headed homewards.

Arrived home, the honeymooners were tired but managed to stay up for 2 hours as they told Mont all about their holiday and gave her some presents. While this was happening Marg and I did some food shopping for them and us and delivered the food back to our camp, before going back to Lukeys and picking up Mont. WE had to be at Jay's house at 11:30am to pick them up and head to a Thai restaurant in Broadbeach for Mother's Day lunch with jay's in laws family. The lunch was very YUMMA, even Mont enjoyed some of it.

After dropping Jay back at his house, we returned to our camp for the day. Marg had a nanna nap, while Mont and I built numerous sandcastles on the beach about 10 meters from our site (88). Later in the arvo, Marg, Mont and I walked a lap pf the CP following for Georges, only finding 4 roosted on the light poles.

Dinner was pasta and cheese, it was Yumma.

After dinner in the dark, Mont and I armed with torches walked along the beach, checking out everything that caught her eye.
Tomorrow, after we take Mont to school for the last time, we are then free to start our current sojourn. All our Housesitting and childminding and wedding prepations etc will be over.

Mont was an absolute Angel for the 3 weeks that we cared for her.

Ian and his mate having fun.

On our way to Brissy International Airport.

Mont walking around the CP.

Day 58 - Monday 12th May 2014.

Mont is now back with her parents.

Night 2 in the fiver with Mont, we all slept well, it was quite pleasant. I awoke and got up about 6:00am and Mont climbed into my bed beside Marg and slept until 7am. It finally hit Mont this morning, she didn't want to go to school, she wanted to see her mum and dad. Now bear in mind, that Mont hasn't seen her parents for 5 weeks. the first 2 weeks she stayed with Nanny, the final 3 weeks with us. Yesterday, she saw her aprents for 2 hours before they went to bed and we took Mont with us for a mother's day lunch and then back to our fiver for the night. She had been very good and when she played up a little this morning, you couldn't blame her. We rang Luke and both he and Jodi had slept well, yesterday from Midday to 5pm and then 7pm to 5am. He said she could have the day off school, so we dropped her back home about 8;30am and unloaded her gear. She was instantly happy, I wonder why. We stayed for about 30 minutes before heading back to camp. I went riding and guess what, Marg went back to bed.
Sometimes while riding, I can be a real bastard.
On my ride today, occasionally, I do get sick and tired of the 'wired for sound pedestrians'. As I was riding around the wide Esplanade shared path running alongside Surfers beach, I noticed a guy wired for sound and intently gazing at his mobile. He was sitting on a bench seat, as I approached him, he got up, without looking around, walked diagonally across the shared path. I 'lined him up' from 10 meters and slowed to a crawl and missed him by a good half a meter, but enough for him to change his jocks. See this old fart can be a real bastard without trying too hard.
I did my usual ride on the Gold Coast, it is my last ride here until 3rd August when we return. Another highlight of today's ride was: Yet another car drives down the new tram tracks and gets well and truly stuck. That is the 3rd car doing this trick since we arrived on the Gold Coast back on 21st March, it needs a crane to lift it out and really stuffs up the traffic on the Nerang River bridge, where these 3 accidents have happened. It wasn't been reported yet, but I will bet something very personal that it was one of my vintage. (An old fart). Update: It was a 70yo man. Do a google search on Gold Coast Tram accidents, it is interesting reading. I hope these people don't visit Melbourne, otherwise, our public transport would be in diabolical trouble. I didn't have my camera with me, but I did have my new iPhone, but I am having trouble driving it and could not get the camera to work, I tried for a few minutes opposite the car on the tramlines. While sitting at Cafe Rockpool, quietly sipping on a cappuccino and munching on a 'special diet' choccy brownie, the camera option worked first go. Typical. My next ride should be on Thursday at Hervey Bay.

For the afternoon, Marg and I did nothing, cause we could.
About 5:30pm, I drove to Jay's house to put the hitch back in the mighty Navara.

Dinner was macaroni pasta and cheese, it was Yumma. After dinner, we did what we wanted to do.

Tomorrow, it is BINGO and pack up day.

Day 59 - Tuesday 13th May 2014.

Bingo and last day on the Gold Coast.

First night by ourselves for over 3 weeks, consequently, it was heaven or very close to it. Marg and I are back to our selfish lifestyle and loving it.
We both slept very well, we woke about 6:15am and laid in bed watching ch7 Sunrise by ourselves.

Did I tell you there are only 2 of us now.

Anyway, there are only 2 of us, so we had brekky and got organised and drove over to the Southport Sharks for Bingo. Marg realised that she had been letting the team down and promised to improve. I bought our 2 full sets ($46) and let the games begin. Marg showed great promise having only ONE NUMBER to go, but no wins. I brilliantly snared a $10 win, then with only a game or two from the end, Marg wins $15. I know what you are thinking NOT MUCH, but I didn't want Marg to feel downhearted, so I told her that at least she won more than me. It helped but not that much. Bang, it's all over.
Our Bingo summary for today: outlaid $46 won $25. Today's loss was $21, bringing the TOTAL LOSS so far this trip to: $156.50. We NOW won't be back at Southport Sharks bingo until Tuesday 5th August. We need time to regroup and come up with a winning strategy. My plan was NOT to play at all and consequently 'win' $46. Marg didn't like that brilliant plan. We will have to wait until 5th August, to see what other brilliant plan we come up with.

After Bingo, we drove back to camp and had lunch, after lunch we did a small shop at South Park (Centro Southport), we hadn't visited there for over 5 weeks. It hadn't changed. During the arvo, I packed up a couple of things, but we haven't got much to pack, as we didn't setup the awning.
At 4pm, we drove over to Our Club aka CSi Southport for dinner, as I am washer up man, I suggested dinner at our Club, up here for thinking, no washing up. Marg sidetracked to the pokies, while I sat in the lounge doing this.

For something completely different, I had a mixed grill and guess what, Marg had garlic prawns. Thank God, we are not creatures of habit.

After dinner, we have to pick my HDD from Lukey, as he copied all his honeymoon videos onto it.

Tomorrow, we drive from Southport to Hervey Bay - about 365kms.

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