Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 1655 - Proof Reading

It's time for that final proof read! 

The Cheer Charlie Children's book series.
When it comes to self publishing, the most nerve wracking component of the whole exercise is going to print.  It's the day when you say "GO" and you know that once that process starts there is no turning back.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 1654 - Noosa Surf Club

The quest for a table with a view ....

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This quick stop over in Noosa is super important to Derek.  He HAD to spend quality and quantity time on the beach, he HAD to stay in a nice hotel and he HAD to have dinner at the Surf Club with a view of the ocean as the sun went down.  He got it all. Even the view .... after much table hopping.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Day 1653 - Noosa

We have lots of favourite beaches - Noosa is among them ...


Noosa Beach

We are having a one night stop over in Noosa as we head north.  Noosa is one of Derek's favourite places so it it's important to him that we make the most of our one night stay.  That means a super early start leaving the Gold Coast and a super special hotel at a not-so-super-special price.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Day 1652 - Dreamworld

Can you enjoy Dreamworld when you're Deep Fried?

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Hell yeah!!! 

I'm the ride queen in our family - although Tahlia is quickly taking over.  I'll go on all of them, as long as they're smooth. And by smooth I mean as long as they don't bang and jostle my Deep Fried neck, shoulders and head resulting in migraine.  Old wooden click clacky roller coasters are not my friend. Lovely new smooth speedy ones are.  So yeah, you can totes do Dreamworld when you're Deep Fried.  Except perhaps for the Buzz Saw ... which is where this piece of Deep Fried Fruit may have cried ....


Monday, April 14, 2014

Day 1651 - Gold Coast

What do you do when it rains at the Gold Coast?

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Well, besides being disappointed about the turn of weather you can go shopping at Pacific Fair, wander Cavill Avenue, get a massage, meet a long lost friend for coffee, eat at the Surf Club, take a rainy walk through the beach side markets or head to Dracula's Haunted House.  It rained yesterday which meant the coast wasn't so golden.  But we did all of the above which still made it feel like a holiday.

Note: Rainy days cost a lot more money than sunny beach days. Just saying ...

For more rainy day Gold Coast activities click the picture above.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Day 1650 - The Chevron Renaissance Gold Coast

We've made it to Paradise.

Sunrise at the Chevron Renaissance Gold Coast
All I can say is the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the sand is white and the water is glistening.  We checked into the Chevron Renaissance yesterday after getting a super duper deal a few months back.  Derek found a special online where if you book and pay three months in advance of your stay, you get the resort for 50% off (not refundable).  So for our five days we are only paying around $660.  Bargain!  Pretty good spot too. It takes up a full city block with three towers to choose from and a massive pool complex. It's situated right in the middle of Surfer's Paradise, on top of a shopping centre, two blocks from main beach, a gazillion eateries to choose from and in the midst of the holiday energy. Check out the pics.


Friday, April 11, 2014

Day 1649 - Park Beach Holiday Park - Coffs Harbour

First stop over - Park Beach Holiday Park in Coffs Harbour.


Our "let's extend our summer" holiday kicked off with an overnight stay at the Park Beach Holiday Park.  A gorgeous little cabin greeted us, along with a resort style pool and the obligatory jumping pillow.  All of which were of great delight to the kids.  Add a "triple bunk" bed for the ultimate elevation and the stay was close to heaven as far as the kids were concerned.  Oh and I mustn't forget dinner at the Bowls Club!

It was just a quick stopover though.  Now we're on the road again in our quest to find the sunshine. Gold Coast here we come.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Day 1648 - On the road

The start of our holiday.



Day one of our "let's extend our summer" holidays has begun.  The trip has started with a quick overnight stay with Nanny and Pop on the farm (so green!), followed by a LONG drive north to Coffs Harbour which is our first overnight stay (via Sydney to visit my sick Aunt).

Long car trip + fibromyalgia = aching Deep Fried body.  

Anticipation of sunshine + relaxation = worth it.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Day 1647 - Wordless Wednesday

My week in pictures


The last seven days have seen me at my desk editing the book, updating the website and having Skype calls. I've also spent a huge amount of time as a Mumager.  And a mummy too of course.

This is my week in pictures. What's yours?