Thursday, June 23, 2011

Goodbye to Deborah and Priscilla

It was a good morning.  I got up at 4:30 to have computer time.  Skype is awesome.  I got to talk to Travis and my grandson, Zac.  They looked so good! 

Today was Deborah and Priscilla's last day.  They said I woke everyone up at 4:30 banging around in my room.  The walls in the cabins are paper thin.  They have woken me a couple of times at 3:00 a.m. with an alarm going off and then reading aloud to each other, too.

John, Jim, Deborah, Priscilla and I rode into Cairns to take the girls to the Hilton.  They are staying in Cairns for three nights before heading home.  The Hilton is right on the Coral Sea.   Very lovely.   I would love to stay there a few nights and just enjoy that breathtaking view.

John, Jim and I then went to a little shopping center...Raintrees Shopping Centre.  I bought some clothes pins (called pegs here) at Woolworth's.  Woolworths is a grocery store, not a five and dime.  And I bought some colored markers at another little shop in the center.  So far since I have been here I have spent $8.95.  Plus the $10 I spent to get an internet connection at the airport in Brisbane.

Other Australian terms I have learned - A ratbag is someone who is a law unto himself.
Ned Kelley is a Robin Hood type Australian folk hero.  You can see more about him here:  A doonah is a feather down cover, but is commonly used to describe any comforter.  Number plates are license plates.  A carroboree is a ceremonial meeting of Australian Aboriginees, but it is also used to describe any cultural meeting or rally.

We got back to the farm about 11:00, so we had an early lunch and a nice long afternoon.  For lunch we had papaya, banana, pineapple, avocado, mandarin and freshly grated coconut.  After lunch got a good sun bath and practiced the flute.  At 2:00 we had our consultation with Jim.

John is planning on going away for a week-end conference in October.  I'll have to decide whether I want to stay here or what.  Maybe I'll spend the week-end at the Hilton in Cairns!

He is also planning on going to the UK in September for two or three weeks.  This may be a good time for me to try to see some more of Australia while I am here.

Supper was the same...lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, Green Lava, pecans, dates.
After supper, I got a shower and settled in to read.  We have to get up at 3:00 a.m. tomorrow.  Someone played some really loud music that sounded like a block party somewhere.  But I never saw a party.  Maybe it was a corroboree!

I'll try to do some pictures tomorrow.

Stay safe.  Be happy.

Love to all,

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