Day 36 of retirement

July 22, 2017

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Sunday 16th July:

Tourists today at the National War Memorial in Canberra. Highlights the futility of war along with the dedication of the men, women and animals that do serve and protect.

If only we could spend part of the money and energy war requires on helping our fellow human beings. Imagine what we could get done……

Monday 17th July:

Off to Parliament House (Old & new) today. We did a guided tour and our guide was excellent in giving us the history of the new building and the goings on within its walls.
Two things we noticed:
There are clocks everywhere & toilets as well.

Wednesday 19th July

First stop today was the National Film & Sound Archive. Interesting place which brought back some old memories from when I was a kid. We watched some old 1950s B&W movies in an old restored movie theater.

The best one was a 1950s movie which showed how mothers can turn house work into a workout routine which will not only get them fit but also help lose a couple of pounds that their husbands will appreciate.…..

It brought a few laughs from the audience, especially Guy.

Next stop was the National Museum. Very very interesting as it took me back to my childhood with some of the displays. See the pics below for some of my flashbacks.

Friday 21st July:

Off to the Royal Australian Mint today. It is a very interesting place to visit and see the history of coins in Australia and then to see them being made (Notes are printed in Melbourne). Well worth a visit if you’re ever in this part of the world.

Saturday 22nd July:

Canberra farewelled us this morning with a “pea soup” blanket of fog and -4C. Had to scrape the ice off the windscreen to get going. Been a very long time since I had to do that.

Leisurely drive back to Sydney. Staying with Jordan overnight and hit the road tomorrow for the start of the road trip.

First stop Lawson to see good friend Lisa.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 29 of retirement

July 15, 2017

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Tuesday 4th July:

We had a Sydney Tourist day today. On arrival in the city we walked to the Sydney Fish Markets for a wander round followed by a seafood lunch.

The food was okay but definitely not masterchef material. But we did enjoy it.

Wednesday 6th July:

We played tourists again today. We made our way into the city and caught the ferry to Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbor. We spent most of the day wandering round the island and its tunnels, reading all about the island’s history.

Monday 10th July:

Packing to hit the road tomorrow and live out of the car for the next year-ish.
The day has gone like this:
Pack, Pack, Pack – Throw out
Pack, Pack – Throw out
Pack – Throw out
Throw out….

Tuesday 11th July:

Laid out all the gears coming with us on our year-long road trip in the garage and it looked like they’re not all going to fit. But after utilizing my jigsaw puzzle skills, it all fitted in the little Mazda 323 and everything was accessible without having to remove stuff to get to any of the gears.

Midday it was off to Canberra. Uneventful trip and arrived at 4:00pm to two grandkids full of beans.

Thursday 13th July:

Tourists today as we all made our way to the Botanical Gardens in Canberra. They have an exhibition for the school holidays that consists of life size Dinosaurs scattered throughout the garden.

It was rather cool but we all rugged up so all had a very pleasant afternoon.

Saturday 15th July:

Total chaos this morning as the gang packed and head off to the airport for a weekend in Melbourne (Engagement party).

Guy and I now have the whole huge house to ourselves till Monday afternoon. It is so quiet…..

Guy and I made our way to downtown Gungahlin and found a nice warm noodle café for lunch. Back home for a relaxing afternoon as it is freezing outside today (10C).

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 17 of retirement

July 3, 2017

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Wednesday 14th June:

My 4-year project has finally come to an end.

Over the last 4 years I set myself the task of scanning all my old photo album pics so I could finally get rid of the big bulky albums.

*** Task completed….

Friday 16th June:

Day 1 of retirement….
Well yesterday (Friday 16th) at 5:00pm I finished up work with Battery World (going to miss that place) and commenced retirement (Part 2). Guy finishes up next Friday and after a week or two to finalise everything here in Sydney we are off on a road trip round Australia.
On the big trip round we hope to catch-up with a few of you for a cup of tea / Coke. The aim is to spend the next year-ish travelling round AUS then back to the Philippines to build our house and settle into island life. All this is completely flexible so who knows where it will lead us. We are both looking forward to this great new adventure……

Friday 23rd June:

Day 7 of retirement…

Well one week has gone by and I must say that it feels weird. It feels like I am on holidays and I have to go back to work next week.

I’m sure this will pass……

Monday 26th June:

Guy’s first day of retirement. No more work for her, or so she thought. Today we spent the day going through all our clothes and in the end gave away almost as much as we have kept. She also sorted all her photos to give to Jo and Jordan and some for me to scan.
Time for a cup of tea and a lay down…..

Monday 2nd July:

Been a leisurely week. Time spent finalising our departure, doing very little and playing tourists in Sydney.

We made our way back to the Barbeque King’s new restaurant in the city. All very new and the Peking duck is still the best Peking duck in the world.

I have also managed to catch a case of the man flu. But I must admit it is kind of nice to not have to worry about taking sickies from work and being able to just rest up including afternoon naps – siestas, ah…….

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.


Day 1462 of retirement working

May 24, 2017

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Tuesday 11th April:

Off to the doctor today as I have had a stiff left shoulder for the last couple of months. Turns out I have a frozen shoulder (stiffness, pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder).

I had a scan and x-ray and have to go back after Easter to have a look at results. Doesn’t bother me too much. Just annoying when I over stretch it.

The joys of getting old…er.

Sunday 16th April:

Packed up and off to Canberra to see the gang for a few days. Good run down (No traffic) but the cops where out in force (Double demerits points).

Tuesday 18th April:

Packed up and back to Sydney. Sadly there was a fatal accident out from Goulburn, which delayed us by an hour as the highway was reduced to one lane in both directions.

Wednesday 19th April:

Back to the doctor today to have a look at the ultrasound and x-ray results on my left shoulder.

Appears I have three issues.

  1. Frozen Shoulder. Shoulder capsule thickening.
  2. A small tear in the shoulder capsule ligaments.
  3. A subacromial Shoulder pain that is usually related to shoulder impingement of your bursa between your rotator cuff tendons and bone (acromion).

Back to the doctor next week for a cortisone injection into my shoulder. It’s not too bad and only bothers me when I over extend.

Wednesday 26th April:

No walk today. Guy and I are in the wars.
Guy has bronchitis (is on drugs) and laid up on the couch.
After an x-ray and scan last week it was discovered I have a Frozen Shoulder (Shoulder capsule thickening and a tear). So back to the doc today for a cortisone injection into my shoulder joint. And I hate needles.
Getting old sucks. Not as robust as we used to be.

Wednesday 3rd May:

Picked my sister Lyn from the other side of town and took her up to the Kuringai National Park to photograph some of the local flora (Lyn is from WA).

It rained the whole time we were there but with the aid of rain jackets and a large umbrella each, we still managed to get some great pics.

We picked up Guy after work and were back to Pia (Lyn’s daughter) and Benji’s (Son in law) place for dinner and a catch-up. Was great to see them all especially as Pia is very pregnant and due in July.

Tuesday 16th May:

Back to Myrna, (Aloha massage) for some work on my shoulder today. She does an awesome job on freeing up the old shoulder.

Wednesday 24th May:

Well retirement Part II is upon us. Guy and I have both handed in our resignations. I finish up on Friday 16th June and Guy on Friday 23rd June.

With a couple of weeks to tidy up in Sydney, it will be off into the wild blue yonder traveling round Australia for a year or so.

Stay tuned for the final plans of our travels before heading back to Marinduque in the Philippines for our final retirement.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy

 


Day 1430 of retirement working

April 9, 2017

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Tuesday 21st February:

Well today I finally disposed of all my mountaineering gear after it has sat idle for the last 9 years. I did keep my ice axe, harness and hardware for old times sake. Just not much call for thermals, crampons, -40C sleeping bag and gortex jackets on a tropical island.

I have donated it all to World Expeditions who will give it to the sherpas in Nepal.

I did a number of trips with World Expeditions to the mountains and their sherpas are well looked after and helped me on numerous occasions when I was struggling.

Must say it was sad to see it go but it is going to good homes.

I still have all the photos and memories of my adventures in the mountains.

Tuesday 21st March:

Caught up with an old friend Wayne for dinner. A little bit jealous as he is about to head off on a five months fishing/camping/hiking holiday in USA, Canada and Alaska.

Wednesday 5th April:

Jordan has now been working at Harvey Normans in Belrose for the last two months in the electronics section (Computers, printers, etc.). He is enjoying it and is the top salesman in his department so he is off to a good start.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy.

 


Day 1426 of retirement working

February 19, 2017

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Sunday 5th February:

After work, it was pre-packing time. Baggage restrictions on the flight mean that each person can only have 14kg check in and 7kg carry on.

So with all my camera gears and clothes, I managed to get them all in the two carry on backpacks and the rest of our stuff in the check in bags.

Monday 6th February:

We both worked today so packing was finalized tonight.

Tuesday 7th February:

Up and off to the airport. The normal 1 hour trip took us 2 hours with all the roadworks happening. Then a huge storm hit the airport closing it for a while. Flights were cancelled but luckily ours was okay. It was 1 hour late leaving which is okay.

Then for the first 30 minutes in the flight we had to fly through the storm so it was extremely rough. At one stage the whole plane just dropped which scared the crap out of everybody.

The last half of the flight was okay so all good.

After checking in to our apartment we booked our dinner, hire bikes for the week (Only way to get around) and bought some supplies. Four pieces of fruit cost us $10.00. Mmmmmm no Aldi here.

Finished off the day with a stunning meal at the Anchorage overlooking the bay.

Wednesday 8th February:

Order of the day was sleep-in, breakfast, walk to Ned’s Beach, bike to Pinetrees resort to book our meal for the 14th February (7th Wedding anniversary), lunch, siesta, back to Ned’s Beach and light dinner in the apartment.

Thursday 9th February:

Tried to book a restaurant for dinner tonight and was told they are shut. They have run out of food. They are waiting for the fortnightly delivery boat to arrive on Saturday. One of the challenges of island living.

Off on a 4km walk up to the Malabar Lookout. We were a little late starting so it was quite hot and humid. We hit the dizzy height of 209m.

After a light lunch it was shower and siesta time before an awesome dinner once again at the Anchorage restaurant.

Friday 10th February:

Guy was a little weary after the mountain climb yesterday so she decided on a rest day.

I grabbed my bike and went exploring down south of the island for the morning. Awesome views and some hills to climb when I went hiking.

Siesta after lunch and then I went to Ned’s Beach for a while chasing the local bird life.

Dinner was at The Beach House on the Moon.

Saturday 11th February:

We went down to the main wharf in the morning to see the Island Trader unloading. This is the fortnightly cargo ship that brings all the supplies to the island to sustain the inhabitants and tourists.

Then brunch at the Museum café followed by a cycle down south past the airport to the Golf Club. Back home after purchasing a few supplies and siesta time.

After siesta we made our way to Ned’s Beach where Guy fed the fish.

Dinner was in the apartment tonight after our big brunch. A walk down to the main beach followed by a nice Chai Latte watching the sun go down was a fitting end to the day.

Sunday 12th February:

Leisurely morning as we had a glass bottom boat turtle tour booked from 1:00pm – 4:30pm.

The tour highlight was all the huge turtles we saw. Some surfaced close to the boat while others we resting on the bottom. Afternoon tea on North Bay Beach topped off the afternoon. Then a very nice Sunday roast at the Anchorage.

Monday 13th February:

Rained most of the day so we decided to rest up. A quick walk to the shops for some supplies followed by a short walk to Ned’s Beach between showers was the order of the day.

Dinner was in our apartment and consisted of fresh bread, cheese and pickles, yummy.

Tuesday 14th February:

Huge happy 7th wedding anniversary / Valentines Day to my beautiful wife Guy. We have been together for 12 years and married for the last 7 years. It’s been one huge awesome adventure and we have many more adventures in front of us. Love my Guy.

I got up “early” (6:30am) this morning and hiked up to Malabar Point (685 feet) and sat on the edge of the cliff photographing the Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Awesome just sitting there watching these birds navigate the winds.

Guy wandered into the supply shop and topped up for the next few days. A nice Chai Latte gave her the energy to fulfill her shopping requirements.

Dinner was at the Pinetrees Resort tonight. Awesome food to go with the even more awesome company.

Wednesday 15th February:

Off for a one-hour massage each for Guy and I this morning. And very nice it was.

After lunch it was back to Ned’s Beach for the afternoon and feeding of the fish once again.

Dinner was in our apartment tonight feasting on some goodies we bought at the shops today.

Thursday 16th February:

After a leisurely breakfast I headed off to explore the Old Settlement Beach area while Guy got back to her book. I was back by lunchtime and we enjoyed a light lunch in the apartment.

After lunch we made our way back to Ned’s Beach with the beach umbrella for an afternoon of rest and relaxation.

Back to the apartment, showered and off to the Bowling Club for dinner.

Friday 17th February:

Off for brunch at the Museum café. On the way back it was time to drop off our bikes after 10 days of cruising the island on our trusty steeds.

A nice afternoon siesta and back to Ned’s Beach to feed the fish for one last time. Now the fish get quite aggressive when you are feeding them. Well, today one actually bit my leg. The bite broke the skin and I now have a lovely bite mark on my leg.

Our last dinner was at our favorite restaurant, The Anchorage.

Saturday 18th February:

Up and packed as we leave this little piece of paradise today. Our flight is for 3:40pm so we dropped our luggage in the transit room (A small fully furnished room set aside for travelers waiting for flights) and made our way to The Anchorage for brunch.

A wander down to the beach, back to the apartment and chilled in the garden till our transport arrive to take us to the airport. We were about 30 minutes late leaving Lord Howe and when we reached Sydney we had to circle for 20 minutes before we could land.

Picked up the car from the long term car park and back home tired but refreshed.

Life is good.

Trevor & Guy


Day 1353 of retirement working

February 5, 2017

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Huge happy New Year to you one and all. May you have many great new and exciting adventures in 2017.

Wednesday 4th January:

Baby Aria came into the world at 12:45pm today in Canberra. All are doing well.

Guy is staying in Canberra till Sunday, the 8th to be with the gang in these exciting times.

Sunday 8th January:

Guy drove back home to Sydney today arriving at midday. Aria and the gang came home from hospital yesterday so Guy was able to see them back home before leaving.

Thursday 20th January:

Caught up with Rik and Mike (who are visiting Sydney from Adelaide) in Newtown for a very lovely Thai dinner.

Thursday 26th January:

Huge happy Australia Day to one and all. Guy and I wandered down to Dee Why Beach for brunch and to take in the festivities.

Guy packed up and drove to Canberra till Sunday to be with our new grand daughter, Aria. Sadly I have to work so home alone for a few days.

Sunday 5th February:

Surviving the hot weather. January was the hottest month ever recorded in Sydney. February isn’t looking much better.

Tuesday Guy and I are off to Lord Howe Island for 10 days’ holiday. Looking forward to it as it is a little cooler out in the island.

Life is good

Trevor & Guy