Friday December 1st 2006
I went for an early morning walk as this weight problem is getting out
of control. We decided last night that we are going to stay here another
month and abandon our previous plans. We were going inland but the temperatures
inland have been soaring (often above 35 degrees!). We have left it too
late to book in anywhere else on the coast with Christmas and the school
holidays approaching. We were very lucky to get an extension here as Jim
(our host) is always very busy at Christmas. Later in the morning we went
into Rocky to attend to some business, have lunch and do a spot of shopping.
We did really well and didn’t get lost once today. We must be becoming
locals! We called in at the coffee shop on the way home . . . they do
make nice coffee. Before we knew it was time for Happy Hour and another
very pleasant couple of hours were passed.
Saturday December 2nd 2006
We both went for a walk this morning but any benefit was cancelled out
by the huge breakfast we ate at the coffee shop. Very nice it was too.
We didn't do much else, just a some washing and reading. Happy Hour was
a bit sad as we said goodbye to Ken and Faye but hopefully will see them
again at Tamworth.
Sunday December 3rd 2006
We went for our early morning walk but this time only had coffee at the
coffee shop. Happy hour started off quiet but once the 'golfers' returned
it got a bit livelier. Emu Park Golf Club had a golfing event to raise
money for SIDS.
Moenday December 4th 2006
We didn't feel like our walk this morning. It is now four days since I
have been taking the new potion for my arthritis and I do think I am getting
the same reaction as before. I will give it a couple more days and then
if no better will ditch the lot. The afternoon was spent teaching a local
lady some computer skills she needed. We went to Happy Hour for a short
while. The concert we were to see was booked out, some people were taking
their chairs and sitting outside but the weather wasn't the best so we
decided to give it a miss.
Tuesday December 5th 2006
We went for our early morning walk and finished it with a coffee at the
coffee shop. At Pete Mate's suggestion I am taking my potion in three
lots rather than at all at once and it does seem to be working, I am not
getting any of the side effects. Went into the village later in the afternoon
to do some shopping. We had to go to the post office which happens to
be very close to the pub. What can you do! Happy Hour was as usual very
pleasant. Brother Tony's birthday today, so we had a drink for him. I
cannot believe it is seven years since he died, where the time goes I
Wednesday December 6th 2006
We went as usual for our walk and cup of coffee. At Happy Hour we met
Wayne, the local butcher. He has a café at Kinka Beach, the Kinka
Kippa, and each Friday and Saturday he and a friend play music. We
decided to go and check it out on Friday as it seems to be our kind of
Thursday December 7th 2006
We gave the walk a miss this morning and got ready to go into 'Rocky'.
We had a few things to do there including some shopping. Once home it
was time for Happy Hour.
Friday December 8th 2006
We did our usual walk and had a coffee at the coffee shop. We walked back
into the village after lunch mainly to go to the post office. And, yes,
you've guessed, the post office is very close to the pub. Once home it
was soon time to get ready for our night out. Once we were ready we had
a quick drink at Happy Hour then went on to the Kinka Kippa.
It was a really good night; the food, the atmosphere and the music were
all excellent. The Yeppoon Lions Club were having their Christmas bash
and had virtually taken over the place but they were so friendly and nice
it didn't bother us at all. In fact we had some fun with them.
Saturday December 9th 2006.
day again. We did our usual walk and then went for a coffee. The weather
was windy and we had some rain. Two young men were having a lot of fun
with surf kites opposite the caravan. In the picture one is high out of
the water but the other has gone in. Happy Hour was a little blustery
but at least it was dry and warm.
Sunday December 10th 2006.
Yet another Lay Day. We went for our usual walk and had coffee at our
favourite coffee shop. I wrote a lot of Christmas cards, which is a surprise
to me as I thought as was sending email cards this year. Happy Hour as
Moenday December 11th 2006.
Usual walk but no coffee this morning as the coffee shop is closed on
Moendays. We spent most of the day finishing off all the Christmas cards
and presents. We then went to the Post Office to send them all off. I
was actually going on my own but as soon as I said I was going to the
Post Office Pete Mate's eyes lit up and he nearly fell out of the door
in his haste to lick stamps! (Yes, Pete Mate, the gloves are now officially
off!) The Post Office is very close to the pub, and Pete Mate
dragged me in. Contrary to public belief it is not me that drags Pete
Mate into these dens of iniquity, rather we scramble through the door
to see who can get to the bar first. Anyway once that was out of the way
we made our way home for Happy Hour. A very nice Happy Hour it was too,
but I was very tired and just rested my head on the table for a moment.
I was then roused by Pete Mate to go home and cook his dinner. I must
have had sleep-dust still in my eyes as 'apparently' I had a bit of a
dance with a palm tree. As I have no memory of it I am at the mercy of
Jim and Pete Mate. God only knows who to believe!
Tuesday December 12th 2006.
We went for our usual walk this morning. The start of our walk is along
a short path through the dunes to the beach.
Our first view of the beach as we emerge from the
path. Beautiful isn't it?
After our walk we went for our usual coffee
where Pete delighted in relaying the palm tree story to Moee and Mick.
Thanks Pete Mate. After coffees we headed home to the caravan to get ready
to go into Rockhampton. I was to have a couple of hours on my own whilst
Pete sorted out some shackle plates for the caravan. Yes, we have another
problem with Bessie. Anyway, within in an hour Peter was ringing me to
say he was waiting for me at Gloria Jean's. He had to go back for the
plates in an hour and a half so we had coffee and then I escaped for another
hour to finish some shopping. We then went to collect the plates and did
some more shopping before heading home for Happy Hour.
I won't go into detail here of what happened next as Pete Mate has already
covered it. I was a little taken aback when I was told the broadcast went
Australia wide. Later that night I rang my friend Jan for her birthday
and when I told her we were in Emu Park she straight away knew it.
"Oh no" I exclaimed "You haven't heard the radio have you?"
She replied "No, I was going to tell you about a programme called Seachange
that featured Emu Park, but never mind that now, tell what was on the
I told her and she laughed a lot.
Wednesday 13th December 2006
We went for our walk and coffee as usual. The rest of the day was spent
with Pete Mate making a very loud racket replacing these blessed shackle
plates. In the evening we went for Happy Hour.
Another view of what we see on our morning walk. What a
way to start the day!
Walk, coffee and then back to the caravan to wait for the arrival of my
Christmas present. It arrived mid morning and as we were both in the middle
of our chores we didn't unpack it until the afternoon. It is a satellite
dish to pick up the free-to-air channels. A chap named Shorty staying
here has one and we were impressed with the quality of the pictures and
the amount of channels he can pick up. Very often, whilst we have been
travelling, the television reception has been woeful. The dish was half
the price of the ones we had seen elsewhere so we reckon we have got a
bargain. Setting it up, however, is another thing altogether. First it
took us 5 minutes to open the folder with the instructions in it! We did
everything according to the instructions but still didn't get a picture
so in the end we gave up and rang the chap who sold it to us. I don't
know what happened next; as as far as I was concerned it was a 'blue job'
but we soon had an excellent picture. So now we had to decide what to
do with all the wires and equipment, plus we need a new fitting for the
At Happy Hour we were told the TV man was coming to do a job in the park
tomorrow, excellent timing. In the evening we were invited by Jim to go
and look at the Christmas lights. The rest of the story you know except
Pete Mate missed out two vital pieces of information.
One: Whilst the two men are laughing at my demise,
my nose really did hurt.
Two: When we arrived home Pete Mate decided he had better tone down the
laughter and appear concerned - he likes to eat. Anyway in his effort
to be 'concerned' he belted me on the nose as well. MEN!!
Friday 15th December 2006
We went for our morning walk. Part of the walk involves climbing up the
hillside to the Singing Ship. The views from there are magnificent.
The view looking south from the Singing
Ship Memorial to Captain Cook.
Property prices are taking off here and
even the house with the rusty roof will be worth a fortune in a few years
because it has million dollar views.
Looking the other way at the houses on the hillside.
After our walk we went for our usual coffees
and then headed home. The TV man was due to arrive. He fixed us up in
no time and everything is working just fine. We can even receive the ABC
radio and television from Perth, thousands of miles away. In the evening
we went again to the Kinka Kippa for dinner and the entertainment.
We were met by Wayne who informed us that someone from the Department
of the Environment was looking for a woman who is knocking over palm trees
along the coast. Now how did he find out??? The Kinka Kippa
had a huge party booked in for tonight but they cancelled at the last
minute and we were the only two people there. Even so we ate excellent
food and listened to beautiful music - a very enjoyable evening.
Saturday 16th December 2006.
We did our usual walk again. One of the delightful things about our morning
walks is that we meet some lovely people. This morning we met a couple
who lived in Rockhampton but have a holiday home here. They were very
chatty and told us things we didn't know about Emu Park. We continued
our walk finishing as usual at the coffee shop. We did some shopping and
then returned home. At Happy Hour we were joined by a Canadian couple
who are staying here for a few days. We enjoyed their company and had
a pleasant time before heading home to prepare dinner. During the evening
we had an electrical storm followed by some rain which resulted in the
park suffering a power cut. Our lights and television continued to work
from the battery so we were not aware of the cut until later. The satellite
decoder went off with the power but we switched to the normal aerial and
carried on watching.
Sunday 17th December 2006
We had our usual walk and coffees. It was market day in Emu Park so after
our coffees we wandered through the markets. Well, I did, Pete Mate continued
home as he is not a lover of markets or, for that matter, any shops at
all unless they sell hardware, cameras, or car parts. The weather was
still a little wild so we decided not to go to the carols in the park.
I doubt it if Pete Mate wanted to go in the first place as they might
have mentioned 'God'. I know this will be a shock to the system but we
didn't go to Happy Hour either. Our next door neighbours, (the Canadians)
invited us into their camper van for a drink. Very pleasant it was too.
Moenday 18th December 2006
We didn't go for our walk this morning, just didn't feel like it. We went
into Rockhampton to do some shopping at various places. It wasn't as busy
as we thought it would be. Happy Hour in the evening as usual.
Tuesday 19th December 2006
I went for a long walk this morning as Pete Mate was fixing up the extra
wires in the caravan which have been hanging about the place since the
satellite dish arrived. I was told to leave as it was going to be a 'blue
air job'. After my walk, I called in at the coffee shop before venturing
home to see if I still had a husband and caravan. Yep, both were intact.
As usual Pete Mate had done an excellent job, very neat and tidy. We went
to Happy Hour to say goodbye to Shorty. Tiger was on the radio again and
played another wine drinking record for the people out at Emu Park. Now
my 'dish' is completely set up it is wonderful, I can tune into Perth
radio and ABC on the TV. I can also tune into the BBC World Service. I
am very, very happy with my Christmas present.
Wednesday 20th December 2006
Pete Mate spent most of the day making a dreadful noise, he was repairing
the caravan and had to keep hammering something or other. Well he said
he had to make all that noise but it could have been a ploy to get rid
of me again for a while. I went for a walk and to do some shopping. Happy
Hour as usual.
Thursday 21st December 2006
We went for our usual walk and coffee but much later today. In the afternoon
we had a trip into Yeppoon to do a little shopping. Home again for Happy
Friday 22nd December 2006
We had a late walk again today. We tend
to do Sudokus whilst eating our breakfast so the time gets away from us,
but at least we have exercised our brains which, believe me, they need!
After our walk we went for a coffee and then did some local shopping before
heading home. My day was spent knitting and Pete Mate's was spent on the
computer. In the evening we went to the Kinka Kipper and enjoyed another
good night of food, wine and entertainment.
Saturday 23rd December 2006
The day started off pretty much the same
as yesterday with a walk, a coffee and some local shopping. Then we discovered
our picture was in the paper. Celebrities yet again! If you recall, we
were pictured riding a camel in
a caravan magazine and now
we are pictured sitting outside the caravan in our scruffy clothes talking
to Jim, the manager here at the park. In the afternoon we went to the
pub for a drink as we had to collect some beer from the bottle shop next
door. One drink led to another and I was very glad I wasn't walking home.
We went to a very quiet Happy Hour and then I returned home to cook dinner.
Jim shows a movie every Saturday evening in the barbecue area and tonight's
was Kenny so we returned later to watch that. It was a very funny
movie and we enjoyed it, as did the sand flies as I have heaps of irritating
Sunday 24th December 2006
The park is certainly a lot busier now;
we have a very nice family camping next to us. The little girl is ten
today, and a very mature ten year old too.
I heard two funny things this week: My brother Barry said he has a new
saying, SKIF. Spend the Kids Inheritance Fast. We had heard the SKI one
before but I reckon this one is better. Nic (son in Perth) said he had
heard on the radio some American saying the Ten Commandments have no place
in American morality. American morality? An oxymoron if ever I heard one.
We went for our walk and coffees as usual. I then started on the salads
for tomorrow. Happy Hour as usual.
Moenday 25th December 2006
Santa came early to Bell Park Caravan
Park as the children next to us were up and opening presents at 4.30 a.m.
Bless them! We enjoyed a lovely breakfast down at the barbecue area -
heaps of bacon, eggs and toast. We took some champagne, orange juice and
fruit. After breakfast, Pete Mate rested whilst I put the salads together
to take to lunch at Jim and Sue's house. Jim and Sue, the park managers,
very kindly invited us to their home for Christmas lunch. Two other couples
from the park, Janet and Bill, and Leonie and Jeff, also went. It was
a lovely day which we enjoyed very much. The food, company and of course
the wine were all good. Once back at the caravan park we went to Happy
Hour where more wine and a bottle of Baileys were consumed. I think I
had an early night!
Tuesday 26th December 2006
A rest day today. I needed it, enjoying
oneself is very exhausting. We went to Happy Hour and stayed to enjoy
a pizza and another round of Baileys. It was Janet and Bill's wedding
anniversary and they included Pete Mate and I in the invitation to join
them for pizza. Very kind and very enjoyable too. We have had so many
enjoyable days and evenings at Emu Park it is going to be quite a wrench
to hitch up and leave.
Wednesday 27th December 2006
What a miserable day, it rained for most
of the day. Happy Hour didn't happen as it was too cold and wet. It was
just like a winter's day where you curl up with a good book, so that is
what I did. In between showers Pete Mate washed the caravan but in the
end gave up as he was getting as wet as the caravan.
Thursday 28th December 2006.
We had quite a few errands to do in 'Rocky' so we spent most of the day
there. The weather was a little better than yesterday. On the way home
we called in for a coffee at the Coffee Spot as we hadn't been in there
for a couple of days. Mick and Moe thought we had left without saying
goodbye. Once home we unpacked the shopping and went to Happy Hour.
Friday 29th December 2006.
'Get ready' day today. We went for our usual walk and then went for coffee.
We said our goodbyes to Mick and Moe and then went home to start packing
up. After Happy Hour we said some goodbyes and went to the Kinka Kippa
Christmas at the 'Kinka Kippa'.
Back row: Glen (Chef), Sharon (Hostess), Phil (Wayne's brother), Me, Wayne
(Owner), Keith (Guitarist)
Front row: Jenny (Assistand Chef and Waitress), Pam.
It was, as
usual, a very pleasant evening with good food, music and wine. We said
another round of goodbyes; this is getting all too much.
Saturday 30th December 2006.
The day had finally dawned for us to leave Emu Park. We were packed and
ready to go by 8.00am and then we had another lot of goodbyes to do. Jim,
Sue, Janet and Bill gave us a send off, which was really nice of them.
We set off with sadness but an anticipation of what our next adventure
would be. We had a good trip and arrived at Cania Gorge in time for lunch.
We set up camp, had little rest, and then went to the bird feeding.
evening at five o'clock the owners of the park feed a huge flock of Rainbow
Lorikeets. They encourage visitors to participate by placing seed in their
hands, then up to three birds will land on their hand and squabble over
the seeds. Nope I did not feed them, they bite! Ask Pete Mate, he will
verify that. They are very noisy birds and tend to swoop down and settle
on your head or any other part of your body they feel like. We were delighted
to see two Australian King Parrots join the party. I don't think I have
ever seen them in the wild before. Once feeding was over we went to the
wine tasting. It was BYO chair and cheese platter. We paid $3.00 each
and tasted seven wines plus a port. We were not impressed, I preferred
my old bottle of Preece. Next on the agenda was a movie but we skipped
that and went home to dinner.
Sunday 31st December 2006.
We were thinking about doing one of the walks here but it rained so that
decided that. We had a lay day instead and I did a heap of washing and
then had to use the dryer. Ah well, I guess we need the rain. In the evening
we went along to the bird feeding again and I took some photos this time.
We went back to the caravan for Happy Hour and then later went to the
camp kitchen for a barbecue cooked by the owners of the park. We paid
our $15.00 and enjoyed a nice meal. There was live entertainment which
was okay but very loud. We spent the evening with another couple but it
became impossible to chat as the music was so loud. Around 10.30 the four
of us decided to call it a night and we said our goodnights and Happy
New Year's before retiring to our respective caravans.