I normally dislike LAX because of the hustle and bustle but this has been an unexpected treat. Lots of visuals which are huge and quite spectacular. Well worth arriving early to take it all in. Even better if you can visit the newly vamped airline lounges and enjoy the visuals while sipping some delicious wine and nibbling on canapes. Has been a great trip. We will return soon.
The house, tucked high in the hills in the LaCrescenta area of Los Angeles is full of amazing memorabilia. The husband is retired as a toy designer who used to work for Mattel toys and designed a lot of Barbie toys among others, so there are many interesting old toys on the shelves around the house. However there are also a lot of other unusual pieces such as the phones in every room – which are still functional – which date back many, many years.
I just love admiring their many and varied knick knacks in this very comfortable home.
We have had such a great trip, baby sitting Michael’s new twin grandsons which have been such a joy and visiting great friends in San Francisco and having friends visit us here in LA. We also were lucky enough to be given a VIP invite to the Magic Castle http://www.magiccastle.com where all the members of the Magic Circle hang out for close up Magic and a great night out with dinner and magic galore. Thank you again LA. You never disappoint!
We have just spent a week in the beach resort of Noosa. The Surf lifesavers were out training and volunteering as they do every day, saving lives.Surf Life Saving has touched the lives of millions of people over its 100 year history.
Each year, tens of thousands of lives are saved from tragic drowning incidents. But it’s not only the lives that are saved each year that earn volunteer lifesavers the respect from Australians. The Surf Life Saving patrols have given Australians and fellow tourists a chance to spend many happy holidays relaxing with the knowledge that the highly trained surf lifesavers are close by. Australian beaches have always been a special part of people’s lives.
Children can join as Nippers and learn to life save early. Here is a story of how young Nippers recently saved lives.
Minnie Water-Wooli Surf Life Saving Nippers Cody Hinterholzl and Morgen Parkin were enjoying a post-training surf with their friends at Minnie Water Main Beach on Sunday when they heard a shout for help.Instinct took over and they raced out to two drowning teenagers, Cody yelling instructions to keep calm as he went.Cody, aged 11, reached the most distressed teen and used his board as a barrier so the swimmer would not drown him in a panic. He reassured the teen as he climbed on the board and then paddled him in and lifesavers took over.Morgen, aged 13, reached the swimmer who called out for help and let her float on her board. Lochlan Elward and Morgen’s brother Matt Parkin arrived shortly after to provide support before lifeguards came and took over.Cody’s mother, Angela Hinterholzl, said Cody practiced the rescue twice in training and Morgen was a volunteer lifesaver.“It did not hit us until they got back to the beach, they saved someone,” Mrs Hinterholzl said.The rescue comes in wake of two Sydney Nippers who saved a drowning lady at Pippi Beach on January 10.Lifesavers said the teenager Cody saved was 10 seconds away from drowning.
Morgen’s father, Danny Parkin, said it was important for kids to learn about ocean safety.“All kids should do Nippers so they can learn those skills,” he said.Cody, Morgen, Matt and Lochlan said if you are caught in a rip, don’t panic, swim to the side and out of the rip and get attention.
There are many more stories and information about the Surf Lifesaving at http://www.slsfoundation.com.au/news-releases.aspx
Remember to swim between the flags!
We have just experienced a wonderful home exchange in Adelaide. The house was magnificent, fit for royalty. It is situated in the area of North Haven about 30 minutes from the city centre. The house has its own pontoon and is situated beside the marina, overlooking the Great Southern Ocean. Our hosts kindly invited us to dine with them the first evening there and they showed us how all of their fancy gadgets worked. This was a home with everything and so easy to live in.
Adelaide is also known as the city of churches and it really is a pretty place. www.australia.com/en/places/adelaide.html We enjoyed exploring the local marina area as well as spending time relaxing in the comfort of the exchange house.
Tuesday was Australia Day and we enjoyed the company of neighbours in the open back yard area with the Australian flag proudly flying high. The neighbours were extremely friendly and brought over a bottle of lovely local wine for us to enjoy and share with them.
South Australia is famous for its wineries and we had a terrific time in the Barossa Valley www.barossa.com/ sampling the fruits of various vineyards. We particularly enjoyed the fine wines such as Hill of Grace at the Henschke winery https://henschke.com.au/ and the large variety of wines at the well known Wolf Blass Winery https://www.wolfblass.com/en-au.
We enjoyed roaming through the wonderful fresh food markets in the Adelaide city centre and viewing the magnificent architecture of Adelaide’s many churches, homes and the many stately buildings.
Another great home exchange.