Friday, April 13, 2012

A tourist in your own dot on the map...

It's always fun to be a little unpredictable.
It's the last day of the Easter hols and on Monday we are back to driving kids to school.

Old Petrie Town is a little historic village just over 5 kms from our house situated on Dayboro Road, Petrie. We'd heard that the Friday night markets were being extended, so on the spur of the moment we thought we'd have a wander around the stalls, so off we drove. When we got there we found that the  markets were no longer on but some of the quaint shops were open, as well as the Rock n Roll cafe and Cafe Down Under. Every Friday night the Classic Car Club members roll up in their 60's Chevys, Holdens, Buicks and even some old 20's cars, but mainly 50's, 60's vehicles, to meet at the Rock and Roll Cafe. A good sized screen is erected outside the cafe and tonight they were showing some B&W movie, I think it was a Dracula one. It was such a balmy night and plenty of people were enjoying hamburgers, fish and chips, soups, hot dogs etc while watching the movie and chatting with their friends. It's a good place for families to hang out and lots of kids were out with their parents. We decided to order early (about 5.30) because it does get quite busy there and we didn't want to be out too late, seeing Ross needed to watch the footy at 7.30! :-)
We ordered Barra, salad and chips and a jug of water and then sat down in one of the red vinyl covered booths to check out all the paraphernalia on the cafe walls. Vinyl records, sleeves, plastic flowers, a juke box and a life sized Elvis decorated the place - it's a lot of fun. Steel and laminate tables and chairs, cafe booths and a couple of red vinyl couches complete the scene. We enjoyed our meal, then checked out the cars and the few shops that were open. We walked around to the Cafe Down Under, which is down some stairs partially under a building, where you can buy a smorgasbord meal and coffee. There was live 60's music which was rather fun to listen to while we drank our coffees. It reminded us a bit of when we were on our trip around Oz and we'd  stop in some bush town to stay overnight, and there would be some band entertaining the travellers staying in the caravan park. All very relaxed and relaxing!
Anyway we had a lovely couple of hours together just mellowing out.  And best of all, we got home before the start of the match with just a couple of minutes to spare, so the man was happy!

So, yeah, I reckon it's a good to do something without too much forethought sometimes. We enjoyed ourselves and it didn't cost the earth, nor did we have to drive far. Sometimes it's good to become a tourist in your own area - you never know what you might find.

Me and Rossy

Yummy Fish, chips and salad

Rock n Roll Cafe interior

Me 'n Elvis
Ross with a loooong Buick

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Some news in 2012...

I certainly am a slack blogger! Another year has passed with little to show for it blog wise.
It's been a busy term seeing me go back to work albeit part time, after at least a decade! A new baby boy has joined our extended family - Lachlan Craig was born on 10th March, 2012 to Anita and Craig. He is growing fast and beginning to sleep for long stretches during the night, which pleases especially his mum. Our grandchildren are giving us much joy especially seeing Jesse and Shontelle came to stay with us for a few days during this Easter  break. We had fun going to the pool, seeing the movie The Lorax, and climbing Wild Horse mountain on the way back to the Sunshine Coast.
We spent a few days at Marcoola for a good earned rest. I realise that I'm not as young as I used to be and going back to work has affected me more than I thought! I've also taken up swimming laps again, averaging 1.5 kms (30 x 50mtr laps) each day, as well as 300mtrs water resistance walking. By the time I've showered, dressed and driven home I'm ready for a cuppa and a nanna nap, ready to go back to work at 2.30pm! :-)
Ross celebrated his 67th birthday, so for 6 months I'm younger than him. Quite a nice feeling...:-))
Life is good even as we approach the next big age milestone, but not to focus on that but to be aware that time doesn't wait and we need to take every opportunity to seize the day, enjoy every moment we can.