Queensland ~ July 2013 

Joy comes from putting another’s welfare ahead of your own.

Monday July 1st 2013

We walked into the village to visit the library and then relaxed at home. The wind was still with us so it wasn’t very pleasant sitting outside. It was the first day of my participation in the Dry July Campaign so happy hour was tough, not having my usual red wine.

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

I went for my early morning walk which is a beautiful way to start the day. What I didn’t expect to find was rubbish strewn about the memorial to Captain Cook; it infuriates me that people cannot dispose of their rubbish properly. I can see I will have to start taking a glove and a poly bag on my walks.

Once home I did a few chores and some cooking. The wind again made it difficult for cooking outside.

In the afternoon I played Mah Jong with Robyn and Bev and I felt I was beginning to get back into it. Happy hour was busy and boisterous which makes it a little hard to hear your neighbour. I found drinking a soft drink was easier tonight and didn’t miss the wine as much.

Wednesday 3rd July 2013

My walk this morning wasn’t a huge success but at least I did some. I played Mah Jong again in the afternoon and then in the evening Pete Mate and I joined our team members for trivia at the pub. We are consistent, we came third again.

Thursday 4th July 2013

I played Mah Jong again, this time at the RSL Club and met with some friends I hadn’t yet seen this year. Lovely lovely people. When I sat down to play I realised I had left my book on the table at home. I went into panic mode but was rescued by Helen who lent me some games I had previously copied for her. So you see a good turn is repaid. I enjoyed the afternoon but found it tiring.

After Happy Hour the park had a sausage sizzle organised by the local entrant into The Pine Fest Quest. These young people have to raise funds for a chosen charity then one is picked to be the Pine Fest King or Queen. Our young lady was raising funds for SIDS; judging by the crowd there she should have made a bob or two.

Friday 5th July 2013

We spent another long wait in the doctor’s waiting room; how else are we going to read about what the celebrities are doing? Our results were not as bad as we envisaged so we came out of there smiling. We had a few places to shop before settling down with coffees outside the bakery. We were joined once more by the lovely Gail and Jerzy. We discussed all our ailments as we tend to do these days. Are we getting old? Never!

We purchased a few items in the village supermarket; the prices are a little high so we wait until we go to Woolworths in Yeppoon to do a big shop, however it is really handy to have a local IGA for the odd things. Later I watched another episode of Call the Midwife, an excellent series. Then I went to Happy Hour for a while. Pete Mate stayed home, he was well into a good thriller.

Saturday 6th July 2013

What a busy day we had. I went for a walk and then did some washing. I spent the morning giving Sue her MYOB lesson. After some lunch I helped Pete Mate get some signatures for the petition he has organised to support Jim, the manager here in the park. After preparing dinner for later I talked to my siblings on Skype. Then off I went to Happy Hour. Pete Mate spent time in the morning, afternoon and much of Happy Hour getting signatures.

Explanatory Note: Sue is the wife of the park manager, Jim. Susan is a park patron with whom I play Mah Jong.

Sunday 7th July 2013

I enjoyed my walk very much this morning and once again reminded myself I should have taken the camera along. After breakfast I went over to the office to help Sue and Jim. In the afternoon Susan, Helen and I wandered down to Robyn’s house to play Mah Jong. Robyn is a permanent resident in the park unlike us nomads who come and go. It was very enjoyable and I feel I am improving a little.

Monday 8th July 2013

I met an old friend whilst I was walking this morning; sadly she lost her husband a couple of months ago. As we walked we made tentative arrangements to catch up properly.

Pete Mate and I went into Yeppoon to do some shopping and visit the library. Whilst I was on a mission to find a certain shop I bumped into another old friend; this time we made firm arrangements to meet for coffee, medical appointments willing! The shopping expedition was a success and we bought everything on my list. Once home I did some cooking and managed to get some reading in as well.

Tuesday 9th July 2013

My walk was invigorating as the wind was enough to blow anyone away. Along the way I stopped and chatted to two women who were counting the number of cars passing around the roundabout.

Up at the Singing Ship two council workers were looking for graffiti that had been reported. I helped them look but it was nowhere to be seen. Jokingly I suggested that maybe the culprit had a guilty conscience and cleaned it off himself. One replied that the pigs are flying low today. Then I helped an IGA worker pick up the posters which the wind had blown away before continuing home. My walks get longer in time but not length!

After breakfast I gave Sue another lesson, we are really moving along now. In the afternoon Bev and I played Mah Jong alone until Susan and Helen joined us - they play bocce (rather like miniature bowls) on a Tuesday afternoon. It was a good game even though the wind kept us cool.

Pete Mate is the official Bell Park photographer and he has been down to the beach to take photos of a group of brave Victorians that battle the cold and swim each day. He took a particularly good photo of Lorraine and Hans so whilst we were out and about yesterday he had a copy printed for them. Today he managed to catch up with them and give it to them, they were so thrilled. About 8 p.m. there was a knock on the door and Hans presented us with a bowl of fresh pineapple he'd cut up as a gift for us. We were equally as thrilled with the gesture and the pineapple was yummy.

Wednesday 10th July 2013

I left my walk until later this morning as I wanted to go to the Post Office. Pete Mate came with me and, of course, we just had to have a break and a rest at the bakery for coffee. We did a few other things including collecting two books for the library that I had ordered. Now I just need the time to read them.

I gave Sue another MYOB lesson and then raced home for lunch before I played Mah Jong again with Susan and Helen. If I thought yesterday was cool then today was freezing but we played on. Queensland, where is the warm sunshine with which you lured us here? In the evening we went up to the pub to play trivia we came second this week which we felt pretty good about as we have now broken through the ‘third’ barrier; look out everyone, next time we could well come first.

Thursday 11th July 2013

I worked with Sue in the morning; we were doing so well! I was surprised at the time when Sue said you had better go as you will be late for Mah Jong. I just had enough time to eat a quick lunch and then Susan, Helen and I walked up to the RSL and played Mah Jong all afternoon. All this practising paid off as I did the best I have ever done at the RSL. By no means am in the class of the ladies who have been doing it for years but I felt really good about my score. “My PB”.

Friday 12th July 2013

I went for a walk and then did some long overdue cleaning. In the afternoon I sat outside and read. In the evening we went to the Footlights Theatre with quite a crowd from the caravan park. We enjoyed a meal and drink and then we were entertained by the resident actors.

Me at Footlights Theatre

It was on the lines of the old music hall slapstick comedy and was very funny indeed. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and vowed to return again next year. Pete Mate did an excellent job of catching the bride’s bouquet. Pity it was a bloke dressed as a bride. Thanks for the picture, Gail.

Saturday 13th July 2013

A whole group of us ladies made our way up to the RSL for the Cent Sale. With inflation it has become more of a dollar sale. It is a multi raffle with a morning tea provided; we reckon it's really good value for the $2 entrance fee. Lots of prizes were won by the ladies of Bell Park Caravan Park including myself. I won three, an apron, some hand lotion and soap, and a platter with a dome cover which is ideal for our way of life. The computer lesson was cancelled today as my pupil was unwell so I sat and read for a while. Phil came for a visit. Men say women talk a lot you should have heard Phil and Pete Mate!

Sunday 14th July 2013

After a nice leisurely breakfast I went over to the office to give Sue another lesson. In the afternoon I played Mah Jong with Susan and Helen. It was a good afternoon and we three feel we are actually improving.

Monday 15th July 2013

I went for my walk and on the way home called in at the supermarket as we had run out of orange juice. I read the notices outside the shop. They are the usual 'run of the mill' notices with people offering services such as dress making and items for sale. Then of course there are the lost and found notices. One in particular caught my eye. Someone had lost their cow. It conjured up all sorts of pictures in my mind. Did they wake up one morning and think, Now where did I leave that cow?

Later I helped Sue in the office again and then Pete Mate and I went to visit the old friend that I had met whilst walking. It was a lovely visit and we were made very welcome by a lovely lady. Her house, which is huge, sits on the top on a hill and has million dollar views over the beach and Coral Sea. We then returned home in time for happy hour. I received more donations to my Dry July fund which is going extremely well.

Tuesday 16th July 2013

I helped Sue in the office and then walked into the village for a couple of things. In the evening we attended Geoff’s 70th birthday bash after happy hour. It was a well organised barbecue with heaps of meat and salads. Of course there was cake and for those that don’t eat cake a fruit platter. It was a good night and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Quite a group of us ladies walked down to the village hall for a morning tea organised by one of the local churches. The theme this year was flowers and quite a few of us wore flowers in some way or another. It was a good morning of entertainment, raffles, good company and of course the food. In the afternoon I played Mah Jong with Susan and Helen.

Thursday 18th July 2013

We spent the day in Rocky; I had an appointment at the hospital for a follow-up to my mammogram. Thankfully all the tests came back clear. Pete Mate went off to the hardware store whilst I was in there, no point in two of sitting around for hours. When he collected me we went into the main shopping mall for some lunch and to do some shopping. I chose a ring I would like for my birthday but as it was too big I will have to wait to have one made. We arrived home in time to have nanny naps before happy hour.

Friday 19th July 2013

I walked into the village to catch up with the ladies from Tai Chi. I have been unable to go this year because of my knees but after chatting to them I will give it a go next Friday and see how I manage. I then did a bit of shopping before heading home. The weather has improved so sitting outside with my book was the go.

Saturday 20th July 2013

I was busy in the morning with chores and cooking before walking into the village for a manicure. Along the way I called in and had a chat with friend Robyn and her family. Then in the afternoon I played Mah Jong with some very good results.

Sunday 21st July 2013

I had a walk around the markets and wasn’t overly impressed so came home and did some cleaning. Then I sat outside with my book and finished it. I attempted to do a jigsaw puzzle I had picked up from the laundry. It soon became apparent that there were pieces missing so that went in the bin. Pete Mate’s talents were requested in the morning to do a photo shoot for the Bell Park website. He then spent all afternoon ‘fixing’ the photos to put on the site. Then before we knew it was time for happy hour.

Monday 22nd July 2013

I walked into the village to the library and to post a card. Once home I waited whilst Pete Mate got ready before going into Yeppoon to do some shopping. I find shopping tires me out more these days so a rest was in order before happy hour. I managed to talk to my sister Sandie on Skype and was really pleased to see her looking so much better.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

The weather again was not the best for sitting outside so we played Mah Jong inside Robyn’s house. We did go to Happy Hour which turned into a very long discussion hour or two.

Wednesday 24th July 2013

I had a cook fest today, cooking my lunchtime soups and dinners for a few nights. The freezer is heaving. After a short happy hour and dinner we went up to the pub for trivia and again came third. It was a good night and we enjoyed ourselves.

Thursday 25th July 2013

I enjoyed a full day today. I did some chores then went into Yeppoon for morning coffee with Sue. We were joined by Janet and it was very pleasant indeed. Once I was home I had a quick lunch of fruit before heading out to the RSL with Helen and Susan to play Mah Jong. When I arrived home it was time for Happy Hour but I didn’t stay long as I was really tired and had a headache.

Friday 26th July 2013

The bug that has been going around the park has finally landed in the Ranson’s caravan. I tried shaking it off by having a shower and going for a short walk but eventually succumbed to lying down. No happy hour for me tonight.

Saturday 27th July 2013

I felt much better today so I did a few chores then had a rest before getting ready to go to the Bowling Club for Christmas in July. It was an excellent night with all the right ingredients. Well done to the organisers who deserve a very big pat on the back.

Sunday 28th July 2013

The weather has improved somewhat today and I played Mah Jong with my friends. By the time happy hour came around it had turned very cold indeed. Not many people turned up and those that did didn’t stay long.

Monday 29th July 2013

It was my first physio appointment today and it went well. I now have an idea of what is in store for me and am very positive about doing the best I can for my body. We went over to happy hour but again the weather let us down and it was another short one.

Tuesday 30th July 2013

I started my exercise programme this morning and so far so good. I went over to the office to help Sue which turned out to be a non starter. In the afternoon I played Mah Jong and once more enjoyed it very much.

Wednesday 31st July 2013

Last day of Dry July and boy am I glad, I have missed my glass of red. I raised $610 for adult cancer patients so feel pretty pleased about that. I played Mah Jong in the afternoon and then in the evening we went up to the pub for trivia. We all had to wear a hat, the sillier the better. I wore a tele tubby hat and Pete Mate wore a wizard’s hat. Our team did not win trivia but we won two spot prizes so we are right for wine and beer to celebrate the end of Dry July.