Hello all

We are presently tucked up in our camper van in the showgrounds of a small town called Goomeri, two hours west of Gympie. Finally, we have put our socialising behind us and left Hervey Bay much too late to drive anywhere too far today.

We visited both of Geoff’s sisters this morning to say farewell; we then proceeded to have lunch at Brenda and Raymond’s  place (brother and wife).  Both of them are amazing and were wonderful hosts to us for the three days we were there.

In fact, Brenda is as fit as can be and is Captain of her university library team in a world-wide fitness challenge. You wear a fitness pedometer to measure the amount of steps you take each day, the aim being to record at least 10,000 steps a day. http://www.walkingwithattitude.com/corporate

The individual steps are recorded online, stories can be written about the activities they are doing.It’s a whole heap of fun and guaranteed to get people moving.

Brenda insisted that I have one of her pedometers and told me to ‘get moving’. She then invited me to walk  the dog  with her, to bicycle with her and to swim in the bay as well. I said ‘No thank you very much’ but by the second day I was finding it hard to keep saying no. Perhaps guilt kicked in!

Therefore, Geoff and I got up early this morning to walk along the beach with both Raymond and Brenda plus the dog Jasper who simply adores walking every day with them. Then again, this is a dog who thinks life is one big adventure and is always wagging his tail!

We had such a good time that we decided we will try to walk every day when we can.

Will we live to regret it? Who knows, but I have to keep that pedometer ticking away don’t I? In fact, today I have walked 9555 steps … so close to 10,000 … I may just have to go outside in the freezing cold of Goomeri (pop 500) and jump up and down to reach my target!

Or else, I can get my PJs on, snuggle up under our two doonas (not one dear friends but TWO) and listen to my radio. Which do you think is best? Ha ha … I know what I am going to choose! However, by the time I walk to the toilet block a distance away I may just make it.

So now as I am about to head to bed very soon, I will leave you all with our pictures of our walk this morning. I will tell you more tomorrow about our visit to the little town of Kilkivan on the way to Goomeri today.

Geoff and I plan to be up at 7 am tomorrow to walk around the little town of Goomeri.

Until then dear friends, stay well and be kind to yourselves …

Setting out on our walk this morning at 7am. It was an overcast horrible day.

Setting out on our walk this morning at 7am. It was an overcast horrible day.

As we walked we spotted a 'Shag' (cormorant) on a rock flapping its wings.

As we walked we spotted a ‘Shag’ (cormorant) on a rock flapping its wings.

Jasper (on right) made friends with a new dog very similar to himself. It was almost love at first sight!

Jasper (on right) made friends with a new dog very similar to himself. It was almost love at first sight!

 

A whole flock of cormorants appeared and hovered over the water diving and catching fish. Oh, there were plenty of arguments too!

A whole flock of cormorants appeared and hovered over the water diving and catching fish. Oh, there were plenty of arguments too!

The others were ahead and I took this photo of them between the branches of a tree.

The others were ahead and I took this photo of them between the branches of a tree.

We head home after a lovely walk. Time to go out and eat. Brenda and Raymond cycled to Enzo's on the beach and Geoff and I got in the car and drove!!

We head home after a lovely walk. Time to go out and eat. Brenda and Raymond cycled to Enzo’s on the beach and Geoff and I got in the car and drove!!

Finally, breakfast of scrambled eggs and baked beans for me as we looked out the miserable weather.

Finally, breakfast of scrambled eggs and baked beans for me as we looked out at the miserable weather.

 

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