24th and 25th August 2010
With the Cross Country Championships over for another year, we had a couple of days to spend time as a family to enjoy the sunshine of Queensland, except the weather has not been delightful and sunny, it has been overcast, rather chilly, in fact not too different from our own Canberra weather.
Yesterday we had organised to meet up with Nana and Pop at Northlakes, where we spent some time shopping and having a warming hot chocolate together. They then had to drive back home to the Sunshine Coast before all the afternoon traffic. It was really terrific to see them this week!
We went back to our unit where I relaxed and played some solitaire before having a scrumptious barbecue dinner. The rain began to fall gently from the cloudy sky as I lay in bed in pain trying to fall to sleep. Even though the weather is warmer here in Queensland unfortunately I have still been experiencing pain and swelling.
Today was grey and gloomy with powerful winds, definitely not a day for swimming or going to the beach, Jarrett wanted to go for a run, we went down to Settlement Cove so he could run along the water front while we went for a walk. Since we have been here I have learnt that Redcliffe was Queensland's first settlement site, before European settlement in 1824 this area was inhabited by Aborigines who found food was plentiful here. The settlement of Redcliffe which was named because of its distinctive red cliff faces had a crew and convicts land here on the 13th of September 1824, however in 1825 the settlement was deserted until the 1860's when the land was used for dairying, sugarcane, wheat, cotton, beef, honey, oranges and potatoes. In the 1880's Redcliffe became popular as a sea side resort as it was compared to many of the holiday destinations the settlers were used to in England. Today it remains popular as a holiday venue for many families.
As it was not really outside weather, we took a drive to DFO at Brisbane Airport, it is all on one level and very spacious with many shops to look at. We found quite a few bargains and enjoyed lunch there before heading back to Redcliffe where we had to pack ready for our flight back to bitter cold Canberra tomorrow.
Our time here has been magnificent, exciting and a little disappointing, I will miss being here but at the same time I am so looking forward to getting home and giving Tinkerbelle a humungous cuddle!
I was so excited to hear on the news that Benji Marshall has been announced as an Ambassador for the Oncology Children's Foundation and that he has also revealed that he is setting up his own program to raise funds for the cause. When I met him he was so genuine and really took the time to ask me questions, then when he wrote to me for my book launch and told me I was his hero, I was so touched and it really meant the world to me that someone as talented and famous as him would say that about me. I wonder if reading my book as well as spending time with other children with cancer is what has made him do such an incredible thing. He is my hero now in more ways than one, he has truly shown the spirit of humanity as well as been the best football player in rugby league!