Since I wrote last life has been pretty OK.
The wedding on Sunday went well - beautiful sunshine, gentle breeze, beautiful bride, handsome groom, proud parents, happy friends. It was the first day of daylight saving and everyone managed to arrive at the right time. There was some concern about the Queenslanders - but they all managed to work it out.
We were in the Zig Zag Garden at Mantra Resort, Kingscliff on the Tweed Coast.There were fluffy brown rabbits and spiky water dragons hopping and running across the lawn duirng the ceremony. And a persistent bee that wanted to be part of my fashion accessories. Fortunately there was a brave, handsome, young man (my cousin's son) who gave the bee the message that it wasn't wanted and the ceremony went on without a sting. Phew!
The bride is my cousin's daughter so, once the formalities were over, I was able to spend some time with relatives I don't see often. It was fun.
And then the drive to Mooloolaba. It was motorway all the way, almost 3 hours, and I arrived safely. Carole was already settled into the studio apartment on the beach front and had brought in an evening meal for the tired driver. Lovely.
We spent the next couple of days visitng the local sites - Ginger Factory, The Spirit House for lunch, Noosa, Australia Zoo - as well as enjoying the window shopping and walking along the beach at Mooloolaba.
On Wednesday we drove to Brisbane airport where I left Carole to catch her flight home and I carried on to the Gold Coast and back to Tim and Debs' home at Southport. Debs has just moved in and there are still bags and boxes waiting to be unpacked and lots of things to be sorted. So, the last few days have been exactly that and organising the linen cupboard and the pantry cupboard and rearranging furniture until it looks 'just right'.
And if there's anything that might distract me from the pain, it is the wonderful news that they are expecting a baby next April!! Wow! Another grandchild. I honestly didn't think there would be any more. Very special and exciting news. Scans and blood tests all show that mother and baby are very healthy. They are so happy - and so am I.
It's nice to be sharing news about scan and blood test results that are not related to my own health issues :)
The pain is the same as reported last time - manageable.
I plan to hit the road in the Hopemobile on Monday and make it back to the Gong by the weekend - taking it slowly.
Saturday 8 October (my father is 91 today) @ 9am Queensland time.