Stradbroke Island & Ida’s Funeral | Fri 22nd to Thu 28th Jul 2011 — Ned Martin’s Dot Org

Friday 22nd July – Stradbroke Island

Day

Drove to the city to get the quote for repair of my lens ($465.50 for the repair and $33 for the quote, being $295 labour and $120 parts cost for the lens assembly third group, it having a faulty power diaphragm), then on to Bronwen’s parents’ place, and then back home via Woolworths for curry ingredients.

Night

After somehow taking longer than expected to do everything, we left in a huge hurry—three quarters of an hour before the ferry departed—to drive the three quarter hour drive to Cleveland to meet Bronwen’s parents’ and catch the ferry to Stradbroke. Fortunately we managed to arrive a few minutes before the ferry departed, and drove on (in Bronwen’s parents’ car) as the last car. Once at the island we had a nice dinner and, after some chatting, went to bed.

Saturday 23rd July – Stradbroke Island

Morning

Bronwen, her parents, and my fine self, went for a walk along the beach. The ocean was extremely messy—rougher than I have ever seen it at Stradbroke, with huge waves crashing into each other all over the place. After our walk we had breakfast, and then Bronwen worked on her résumé while I tried sorting through some of the photos of our trip.

Afternoon

After a small, late—but very yummy—lunch we had a large, also very yummy, curry dinner. Then, tired from our busy day, we went to bed.

Sunday 24th July – Stradbroke Island

Day

Another pleasant day was had at Stradbroke Island, with us travelling home in the evening.

Monday 25th July – Top Gear

Night

Stayed up very late at Maz’s. Watched Top Gear.

Tuesday 26th July – Hedge Trimming

Morning

Trimmed the hedge. Much harder and hotter than it sounds.

Night

Drove into the city, picked Maz up from work. Drove to Maz’s place, then back to the city. Dropped Maz and Bronwen off at South Bank, where they went rollerblading. Drove up to the top of Kangaroo Point and used an unsecured Wi-Fi access point to waste some time online while waiting for them. Ordered pizza. Went and picked up pizza. Ate it at Maz’s.

Wednesday 27th July – Windscreen Wipers

Afternoon

Gilmore Girls ran out, so we cleaned the lounge room and my new car registration/grossly inappropriate “not a tax” fee sticker arrived, so—temporarily enthused—I put the new windscreen wipers I’d had sitting around for months on (which took about one minute) and we cleaned the car windows and put the new rego sticker on. In theory, I should now be able to see out the windscreen not only in the dark… but also during the day, whether or not it’s sunny.

Thursday 28th July – Ida’s Funeral

Morning

Bronwen and I went to Bronwen’s brother’s fiancée Tina’s grandmother Ida’s funeral.

Night

Drove into the city, got Maz from his work, dropped him and Bronwen off at QUT to go rollerblading, and I went to Woolies and did some shopping, meeting them later. We then drove to Maz’s place and stayed there for a while.

Background: Waves on Stradbroke Island