…..'A sense of humour lends you poise, it gives you balance and it helps you to bend without breaking'…..

(HH Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda)

Menologue; The OZ Venture

The flight from Sydney to Coolangatta was the expected 1 hour 20 minutes duration. At the QLD end, was met by Trish. She and her husband are ex-neigbours and friends of some lengthy standing. I was to spend three nights with them at their unit in Burleigh Heads - the Southern-most suburb of the Gold Coast. I was expecting a certain level of true 'holiday' feel. Was blown away by the vista which greeted me.

Want a closer look???

Yup. Their second floor unit has this incredible North-facing view, and as the building is up on the Head itself, is like a 10th storey effect! It is a simple two-bedroom unit, but very comfy and is close to shops and beach. The arvo was spent yakking with Trish till we had to go and pick Neil up from work... an enormous storm had come over so he couldn't walk home. Yup, it got cold and wet.....

On Friday morning, more relaxing time with Trish until she had to go to do her volunteer service work at her church. It is a small catholic church, which is a rebuild, under neath an array of retirement units. Blink and you'd miss it! The construction is low and subtle, clean and humble.

The work assigned to me was the polishing of all the wooden pews, altar, wall-tops and banisters... that absorbed me for an hour! What a delight to be able to do some seva in this wonderful, circular place of devotion and worship.

After locking up again, Trish took me to the North end of the Burleigh Beach; a welcome milkshake at the surf club afforded time to absorb the windsurfers and enjoy the burst of late arvo sunshine...before it again deteriorated into cold and wet.

I kid you not. It went from this bright and arctic breeze blowy idyll to another wild and woolly night... and it stayed.

As you will see on Monday.

Such a tease, YAM.

The twin tower blocks at the end? The right one is the block
in which T and N's unit sits.


  1. Glad you got to see a bit of blue sky before the weather hit! I'm just amazed at the things Para-surfers can do, we watched them for a bit when we were in Bonaire last year....they are brave souls!!

  2. What a very LOVELY church that is... Very INVITING...

    OH MY... the glorious Shades if BLUE... the Sky and the Ocean pictures are OUTSTANDING... Just BEAUTIFUL.

  3. Wow, what a wonderful time you had while in OZ. I love the views of the beach and water. Awesome collection of photos. Have a happy weekend!

  4. that is indeed some view and one you could never get tired of seeing

  5. Crikey ... How lovely is that church? The weather really wasn't nice for you, aye? You even copped the Brissy storms and November is USUALLY beautiful.

  6. I LOVE that church and what a beautiful setting. My husband has loved his time in Australia, where his company has a big plant.

  7. Oh I is drooling over those beautiful blue skys!
    The RAIN is back again!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. I love this view... what a blessure to wake up in the morning and to enjoy this view as the first thing of the day :o)

  9. WOW! What a view! We would have spent some time taking that in! Did you windsurf? Come on . . . tempted even?

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  10. They are amazing shots! I love them!


Inquiry and debate are encouraged.
For personal contact, please use the email box on the Wild YAM/Contact page.
Irrelevant, abusive and spam comments will be removed.