The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.

Little old wine drinker me

September 12, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Little old wine drinker me!

Little old wine drinker

Little old wine drinker me, I’m praying for rain in California, So the grapes can grow and they can make more wine, And I’m sitting in a honky in Chicago, With a broken heart and a woman on my mind. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Sing it for us Dean. πŸ™‚

I certainly enjoy a glass of wine or 3, plus I love living in Thailand. One of the few problems here however is the very high price of wine. In this photo blog I will give you some idea of prices & suggestions of where to drink wine at a (fairly) reasonable price.

Leckerle in Soi 33 Naklua

Little old wine drinker As well as terrific food they serve a very generous glass of wine for B100 or $4.80 AUD.

Atlantic Bar opposite Central Marina

Little old wine drinker I am a regular at this bar, but not as regular as I used to be. Last year they increased the price of a glass of red to B140 or $6.70 AUD, however there is a 10% discount if you have a member card which brings the price down to B126, still overpriced in my opinion. I must say however they do pour me a reasonable size glass for which I’m forever grateful. πŸ™‚

I now drink elsewhere Friday, Saturday & Sunday during the English football season, as the TV volume is so high it’s uncomfortable for many customers such as myself.

This is what I mainly drink at home.

Little old wine drinker Probably because I’m a “Cheap Charlie”, can you believe we pay B1000 or $48 AUD for 3 bloody litres? In 2018 we were buying a 5 litre cask for that amount, then the Thai government jacked up the tax & excise. 

In fact taxes on French, Australian and American wines, for instance, are as high as 400% including excise tax, municipal tax, health tax and import tariffs.

Five litre Australian cask

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Amazing value at B315 or $15 AUD. So $3 a litre as opposed to $16 a litre in Thailand.

Little old wine drinker me!

Little old wine drinker You gotta love red wine. πŸ™‚

Neil Dimond will explain better than I. πŸ™‚

Wine Connection

Little old wine drinker Very good food & a terrific wine selection, always have some great specials.

Australian red wine at Wine connection

Wine Connection Beach Rd Pattaya

Billy’s shadow shiraz is B650 or $31 AUD, & Angus the bull B850 or $40  AUD. Billy’s sells for $7 in Australia & Angus $19. Is it any wonder I lay awake at night weeping? πŸ™‚

Pssst! Want to know a secret?

Little old wine drinker Foodland at Terminal have these Aussie wines for only $20 AUD.  Of course you can buy it in Australia for around $8.00.

But wait, there’s more…….

Little old wine drinker Tops mini supermarket on the ground floor of my condo building at Markland on Beach Road.

Is there a better place to drink wine than here?

Little old wine drinker A fabulous September sunset from the Holiday Inn at happy hour. Every day between 5 & 7 pm a glass of Australian red or white wine costs B240 ++ for 2 glasses. The ++ is the killer of course, it takes the price up to B283, or $15.50 AUD which is a reasonable $7.75 each given the fabulous location.

Terrazzo Holiday Inn

Little old wine drinker As you can see it’s a nice place to sit & have a few wines. πŸ™‚

The best value Aussie red in Pattaya

Little old wine drinker Can you believe Mathilda Restaurant on 2nd Rd only charge B420, or $20 AUD for this Aussie red? The price of food is very reasonable also.

That’s all for now folks

Little old wine drinker Thanks for visiting my Little old wine drinker me photo blog. 

Before you leave please listen to Frankie reminiscing. πŸ™‚

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Tough times Thailand 2019

September 10, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Tough times Thailand

Tough times Thailand

Tough times Thailand 2019 on two fronts, first we have Thai immigration making it more difficult for expats to live in this wonderful country, secondly the exchange rate for Thai Baht to the Aussie dollar (and other currencies) is hitting rock bottom. 

The following 2 charts will highlight the situation.

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history.

This photo blog covers from July 1st to December 31, for the first 6 months of 2019 please go to THIS LINK.

Australian $ to Thai Baht

Tough times Thailand In 2012 there was 33 Baht to the dollar, today it’s 21.

Australian term deposit rates

Tough times Thailand In 2012 they were over 5%, today it’s a miserable 1.5%.

Having said all that life is still very good in Thailand

Tough times Thailand Just ask my good friend Hamish, he hasn’t a care in the world. πŸ™‚

Coffee at the Holiday Inn

Tough times Thailand Most afternoons I tear myself away from the computer & enjoy an afternoon coffee.

A small tip for a little lady

Tough times Thailand I often give this nice lady a B20 tip when I see her of a morning sweeping the road at Terminal 21, it’s just under $1 AUD. She gets so excited you would think it’s 200.  I’m guessing they don’t get paid too much.

Love watching the storms roll in

Tough times Thailand So exciting when the storms roll in over Pattaya Bay.

There’s nothing like a September sunset.

Tough times Thailand I was sipping a red wine at the Holiday Inn watching this magnificent sunset.

Soi 1 demolish a small hotel.

Tough times Thailand Right next to Markland condo where I live.

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Music triggers fabulous memories

September 3, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Music triggers fabulous memories

This first mix starts & finishes with  Harry Nilsson

Music triggers fabulous memories, how many times has a song come on the radio, & in that instant we are transported back in time to a particular moment or a place so many years ago?

Mix 2 begins with Joe Cocker.

Wait, there’s more, over to you Frankie.
What a collection this is. 

A mix of many of my favourite songs spanning over 60 years.

So many of my favourite songs starting with Winds of change.

Starting with Celia Cruz 

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Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Pattaya

August 31, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Pattaya is my usual venue for afternoon coffee, only a 150 meter walk from my condo at Markland in Beach Rd. The shot above is the hotel reception, turn left to fond the Flow Cafe Holiday Inn.

Terrific cakes & pastries.

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Also meat pies, sandwiches & sausage rolls, and excellent coffee of course.

So many choices….

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn And such little time. πŸ™‚

My favourite waitress

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn This lovely lady with the gorgeous smile is Opor, that’s the shortened version of her name, she always makes me a special coffee. πŸ™‚

How sweet is this?

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Opor takes great pride in her work. πŸ™‚

Luckily I get a 25% discount.

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn For a small cost you can get a β€œHi Club” Card which gives you the discount on food & beverage except for the specials.

Other hotel specials

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Happy hour every day between 5 & 7pm.

Pizza happy hour

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn In fact they ate my favourite pizzas in Pattaya.

There are specials every day.

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Every day is a good day at the Holiday Inn Pattaya.

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn

Flow Cafe Holiday Inn Thanks for visiting my Flow Cafe Holiday Inn photo blog, you will find me there most days around 3 pm. πŸ™‚

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Fabulous views, excellent restaurants & a very good room rate if you book through THIS LINK.

The building in the middle is the Holiday Inn, on the left is the Amari Hotel which is another very good five star hotel. Use THIS LINK to book for a very good room rate.

Sabai Wing North Pattaya

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The best Pattaya budget hotel, 3 pools & opposite Central Marina shopping mall. For a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

Sutus Court is a great budget hotel right i the heart of one of Pattaya’s main bar areas, just use THIS LINK for a terrific room rate. 420/100 Moo 9 Soi Buakhao.

Pattaya Hilton

Pattaya hotels, Hilton & Holiday Inn

This is the view from Horizons the amazing rooftop bar. A great five star hotel located opposte the beach & above the Central Festival shopping mall. Just book through THIS LINK for an excellent room rate. 

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Shuck more oysters please

August 28, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Shuck more oysters please

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Shuck more oysters please they taste wonderful, and did you know that American and Italian researchers found they are rich in amino acids, which  trigger increased levels of sex hormones. Consequently their high zinc content aids the production of testosterone. 

This photo blog will feature many of the places in this wonderful world where I have indulged my love of this incredible delicacy.

The photo above is from the Surf & Turf restaurant in Pattaya Thailand where I enjoyed lunch on Friday August 24 2019.

Look at these beauties

Shuck more oysters I was in Sendai in Japan in June 2018 at Ostra de Ole restaurant & found that the Monday special offered half price oysters, I thought I was in heaven, sitting in a great little oyster bar drinking ice cold beer, listening to Abba singing Dancing Queen, & waiting on my 10 oysters to arrive. And as I said, tonight they were half price, 300 Baht or $12 AUD, priceless. 

I’m a very happy guy.

Shuck more oysters My waiter Ryuichiro Yamamoto a nice young university student who was studying Space Engineering, rolled up with a bonus 3 oysters on the house. 

The Oyster Bar at Marina Pier Glenelg South Australia.

Shuck more oysters My old friend Dennis Young from the 70s & I are enjoying Coffin Bay oysters. Coffin Bay is a 700 km drive from Adelaide via Port Augusta or a 50 minute flight from Adelaide to Port Lincoln Airport.

Two dozen oysters = two days food poisoning on Copacabana Beach

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

I was totally out of it for 48 hours after eating these oysters on the beach, this was way back in 2006.

The Evil eye

Copacabana Rio de Janeiro

The look on his face should have warned me about eating his oysters. He even had madman printed on his cap. πŸ™‚

Back in Brazil in 2009

Shuck more oysters And back on a beach in Florianopolis pigging out on oysters au naturel.

Oysters are good for your heart. They are high in omega – 3 fatty acids, potassium and magnesium which can help reduce your risk of heart attack, stroke and lower blood pressure. 

Pataya Thailand in 2003

Shuck more oysters I’m at one of the waterfront restaurants in the famous Walking Street.

Gold Coast Australia at Chevron Island seafood.

Shuck more oysters This is the best seafood shop on the Gold Coast, that’s my old friend Frank who always looks after me.

Shuck more oysters please

Chevron Island Surfers Paradise I have been eating oysters here for 30 years.

El Mercado in Bangkok

Shuck more oysters Currently the best value oysters in the northern hemisphere. πŸ™‚

Oysters from Cancle in France

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A huge selection from the Brittany coast. For prices & information please check out THIS LINK.

Renowned for its oyster production, the commune of Cancale is located in Brittany, in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. Fishing port, it takes place at the western end of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, on the Emerald Coast, about fifteen kilometers from Saint-Malo. 

Do I enjoy the oysters at El Mercado?

Shuck more oysters You bet your bloody life I do. πŸ™‚

Finally we are at Port Macquarie on the west coat of Australia.

Shuck more oysters  People either love them or hate them. If you love them, head to the NSW mid-north coast, where a string of oyster farmers have opened up their doors to oyster lovers who know that fresh from the farm is best.

Thanks for visiting my Shuck more oysters photo blog. I’m planning to visit Canale in France in 2020 to totally pig out on their wonderful oysters fresh from the sea.

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Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

August 24, 2019 by David Herd | 0 comments

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Beachside pattaya restaurant

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya is aptly named Surf & Turf & is rated number 100 out of 1187 restaurants in Pattaya. For far better food photographs than in this post just check out THIS LINK for my previous Surf & Turf photo blog.

Location

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya On the beach next door to the Long Beach Garden Hotel.

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya A fairly ordinary front entrance.

Air conditioned inside section

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya It’s much nicer inside which you can clearly see.

Catering for the smokers

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya The further away from me the better. πŸ™‚

Inside in the aircon.

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Especially during the day the front area beside the beach is the most popular part of the restaurant.

Another outdoor area

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya There is quite a number of different sections in this popular Beachfront restaurant Pattaya.

This is the beachside section

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya No aircon but they have plenty of fans & there is usually a beautiful breeze coming off the ocean.

An unusual dish

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya My friend ordered snapper, as you can see the portion was rather small & there was a skewer of beef with it.

Here is the seared tuna

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Rather delicious.

Chicken Satay

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya The peanut sauce was excellent.

Oysters from France

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Delicious, rather expensive here, around B500 or $24 AUD for 6, double what I pay at El Mercado in Bangkok.

My 2 Australian friends

Beachfront restaurant Pattaya Ian Fraser-Smith & David Robertson from the Gold Coast in Australia are regular visitors to Pattaya. They were both impressed with the food at the Surf & Turf.

For far better food photographs than in this post please check out THIS LINK for my previous Surf & Turf photo blog.

Thanks for visiting my Beachfront restaurant Pattaya photo blog, Surf & Turf has good food in a great seaside location.

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That’s all folks

1g Duck

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Pattaya coffee shop review

August 18, 2019 by David Herd

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review

Pattaya coffee shop review from my perspective. These are the venues where I choose to spend my time and money. πŸ™‚

The photo above is the Coffee Club at Markland on Beach Rd, this in fact was opening day on 31-8-2018.

Coffee Club Eggs Benedict.

Pattaya coffee shop review Good quality food & coffee but far too expensive. For instance the equivalent of a Starbucks tall latte is B146 or $6.97 AUD, at Starbucks you pay B115 or $5.50 AUD.  Even though they have a branch in my condo building I generally walk 200 meters to the Holiday Inn where I only pay B113.

Smiling faces at Flow in the Holiday Inn.

Pattaya coffee shop review The staff here are very friendly & the food & coffee is excellent. The large coffee is B150 which is what you would expect for a 5 star hotel. However as I’m a member of the Hi Club I get a 25% discount which brings the cost down to B113.

Pattaya coffee shop review, how nice is this?

Pattaya coffee shop review Coffee art at the Holiday Inn. πŸ™‚

Pastry Addiction next door the Hard Rock Hotel.

Pattaya coffee shop review An excellent up market coffee shop on Beach Road. 

Breakfast at Pastry Addiction

Pattaya coffee shop review Good food, coffee & decor.

Bon cafe in Naklua Rd

Pattaya coffee shop review Certainly has one of the best value breakfasts in Pattaya, B185 including excellent coffee.

Bon Cafe coffee machines

Pattaya coffee shop review  Bon Cafe import coffee machines from many countries around the world for including Italy, Switzerland, Spain, the United States of America, and other countries to satisfy their various types of customers.

Starbucks, my favourite coffee shop in Pattaya

Pattaya coffee shop review Around 5 days a week I am at Central Marina or the Bay in Beach Road. The lovely girls put a candle in my croissant for my birthday. πŸ™‚

My Starbucks breakfast of choice

Pattaya coffee shop review Accompanied by a tall latte of course. Starbucks sell 4 BILLION cups annually. Which (divided by 365 days) means that roughly 10,958,904 cups sold daily between ALL Starbucks locations. So we are talking about 388 cups of espresso and/or coffee drinks daily on average per store globally.

This is Boonthavorn

Pattaya coffee shop review Surprisingly they have the best value coffee in Pattaya. They are on Sukhumvit Rd,see the map below.

Just inside the front entrance on the left.

Pattaya coffee shop review Top quality coffee for only B30, or $1.40 AUD.

Location

Pattaya coffee shop review Many thanks for visiting my Pattaya coffee shop review photo blog.

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That’s all folks

1g Duck

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Pretty woman stop awhile

August 12, 2019 by David Herd

Pretty woman stop awhile

This is not a travel blog, it is part of my personal photo history, you may describe it as the melancholy musings of an old man. My answer to that is simple, it’s far better to be a “has been” than a “never was”. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while

Pretty woman stop awhile, Pretty woman talk awhile, Pretty woman give your smile to me, Pretty woman yeah, yeah, yeah, Pretty woman look my way, Pretty woman say you’ll stay with me, ‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right, Come with me baby, be mine tonight. It seems fitting looking back on a random selection of some of the Pretty women I have been lucky enough to know, that Roy Orbison should help me recall some of those wonderful memories.

That’s Karen Smith in 1985, my 3rd & last fiancee, I have never known a nicer girl. 

Carol Aboud in 1978

Pretty woman stop a while This was taken on my birthday which fell on 7-7-77, Carol & I were an item (on & off) for around 4 years. 

Sing it for me Neil. πŸ™‚

Carolyn Clark 1994

Pretty woman stop a while

I still see Carolyn when I’m on the Gold Coast, in fact in July 2019 we made a little promotional video for her boyfriend Andy Sims.

Next we have Glenn Frey sing a beautiful song, ok I know the song is Caroline as opposed to Carolyn, but you get the picture.

Now this definitely is a pretty woman.

Pretty woman stop a while

Kelly Davis hailed from Tasmania, we knocked around together for a few months in 1991.

Kelly was a huge fan of Van Morrison so here is another one of my favourites.

One of the sexiest of all the girls I knew.

Pretty woman stop a while There is something about those Kiwi girls, hot, hot, hot. Karen Greenwood & I had an on & off relationship for over a year in 1991. She stuck around mainly because I lent her a car. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Now here we have a real wild child.

Pretty woman stop a while Allison Schroeder, 18 years of age & gorgeous. Of course I was only 45 at the time. πŸ™‚

As they say in the classics, I was having the time of my life. πŸ™‚

Allison was wild but Tanya was crazy. πŸ™‚

Pretty woman stop a while Great company sober, but give her a couple of drinks too many & she would turn into a nightmare. This was 1989 on the Gold Coast.

Time to feature a triple treat.

Pretty woman stop a while Meet Kitty, Di Parko & Helen Burke,  before you ask the answer is yes. πŸ™‚

They don’t come any hotter than Donna Turner.

Pretty woman stop a while

This was 1996 & she still looks fabulous today in 2019.

Lee Gregory was my 2nd fiancee.

Pretty woman stop a while

Lee was from Adelaide where met, then we reconnected again in Melbourne in 1974. We had a fairly hectic dramatic short time together, travelled to Singapore & Bali & saw Frank Sinatra in concert in Melbourne on my birthday 7-7-74. 

This is one of my all time Sinatra favourites, I can think of no better song to play when I think of Lee.

And they did…..

Pretty woman stop a while Teresa Hamilton-Smith & Helen Burke, we had a lot of fun together in 1982 & 1983.

Barbara Manneli aka the Gypsy. 

Pretty woman stop a while

The classic island romance, we celebrated the millennium on Koh Samui, 3 months later I flew to Italy to re-kindle the affair. Guess what? I didn’t make 1st base. πŸ™‚ 

This one’s for you Gypsy.

Tall & tanned & young & lovely

Pretty woman stop a while This is Mel, we me on Copacabana beach, she had green eyes & was 6′ tall, say no more. πŸ™‚

Bebel Gilberto will sing the song for us.

Someones knocking at the door.

Pretty woman stop a while

Do me a favour open the door & let em in.

This is Emily at the Sheraton Mirage.

Pretty woman stop a while Was a Gold Coast meter maid.

Then there was Jill….

Pretty woman stop a while Cool, sexy & a lot of fun. Last time I saw her was in Sydney in 2102.

Back to the 60s

Pretty woman stop a while Veronica Crocker was my 2nd serious girlfriend, we dated for a couple of years when I was a teenager until the wanderlust took hold of me & at the ripe old age of 20 I sailed to England. 

Dion DiMucci was a huge artist in the 60s, here are two of his songs. Both bring back great memories of my time with Veronica.

Teenager in Love

Take good care of my Baby

The old shipboard romance.

Pretty woman stop a while I needed to get over my long romance with Veronica & Leanne Scott on the ship to England seemed like the perfect solution. πŸ™‚

Sing it for me Bobby……

Wendy Winspear, tall & gorgeous.

Pretty woman stop a while A lovely Dutch girl on the Gold Coast, sadly she passed away far too young around 2017, RIP.

My first fiancee, Melbourne 1970.

Pretty woman stop a while Paula Wills was an Adelaide girl living in Melbourne & working as a an hostess for Ansett. After 3 months living together I think we just ran out of things to say.

Dianne Parkinson in 1975

Pretty woman stop a while To say Parko bought some drams into my life is a gross understatement. Read about some of it on THIS LINK.

The sweetest Diane of them all.

Pretty woman stop a while

Adelaide 1973 Diane Butson was one of my neighbours in a condo block on Anzac Highway. She was a dance instructor at Arthur Murray dance studio. A great girl & absolutely gorgeous.  Follow THIS LINK for more old photos.

Great song from the Bachelors in 1964.

Another beautiful Adelaide girl.

Pretty woman stop a while Jan Seagers was another neighbour, we had some terrific times together. We caught up again in 2015, I had not seen her for 40 years. Check out THIS LINK.

Pretty woman stop awhile

Pretty woman stop a while Helen Burke from Melbourne, we really had some fun, played backgammon all through Hawaii & the California coast in 1982.

Linda Ronstadt will tell you about the coast.

Well by now you are bored silly by the memories & musings of an old man. But make no mistake, Glenn Frey will describe exactly how I feel today.

Pretty woman stop a while So it’s time for me to go, thank you for visiting my Pretty woman stop awhile photo blog. Here is the collection on Flickr.

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Boys must have toys

August 7, 2019 by David Herd

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys, it’s ingrained in our DNA. I have searched through my photos to find nearly all of the cars & boats I have had the pleasure of owning throughout my life.

They don’t come much prettier than my yellow canary shown above, I owned this beautiful Mercedes 350SL for 17 years from 1990 till 2007.

Here’s what you do with a beautiful car

Boys must have toys You fill it up with pretty girls of course. πŸ™‚

When you own a beautiful Mercedes….

Boys must have toys Naturally you need a Porsche to keep it company. πŸ™‚

When you drove a Porsche on the Gold Coast……..

Boys must have toys Good things seemed to happen.

My first Mercedes 350 SL

Boys must have toys I purchased this classic in 1980, it was the ultimate chick magnet. πŸ™‚

When you have a Mercedes & a Porsche…..

Boys must have toys
Naturally you need a boat. πŸ™‚ This is a 22′ Fraser with a 200 HP Yamaha.

Next you need a crash test dummy

Boys must have toys This keeps the birds away when the covers are off. πŸ™‚

My previous boat.

Boys must have toys 19 foot long with a 150 HP Suzuki. 

Life is hard, then you die.

Boys must have toys Joking of course, life is wonderful, when you die you can take a rest. πŸ™‚

26 foot Williams bay cruiser

Boys must have toys

This was my boat when I lived in Newport in Sydney in the 80s.

Also at Newport

Boys must have toys A little runabout to get me around Pittwater & Scotland Island. Do you like the name?

Here is my Bertram 25

Boys must have toysA terrific flybridge cruiser with twin 165 HP Mercury inboards. It was moored outside my Drummoyne apartment in the early 80s & spent most of the time visiting Doyles at Watsons Bay.

When you own a boat…..

Boys must have toys Good things seem to happen. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ 

Loading the team on board

Boys must have toys Off to Doyles again.

Gluttony at it’s very best. πŸ™‚

Boys must have toys So many memories of long lazy lunches at Doyles.

A typical Sunday at Doyles

Boys must have toys Huge crowd at Doyles & the Watson’s Bay hotel next door.

Back to the cars

Boys must have toys This was my Mercedes 280 E in 1989.

My beautiful Jaguar XJ 6.

Boys must have toys It came with 2 petrol tanks & 2 gorgeous girls.

My first car

Boys must have toys Sorry about the photo quality most of my photos were damaged when my home in Melbourne was firebombed in September 1977. But that’s another story, it & others are on THIS LINK.

Next car was an iconic FJ Holden.

Boys must have toys I was lucky to survive some of the things I did in this car. Looking back, I was a typical teenager in the 60s who knew no fear.

Then came the Volkswagen

Boys must have toys I can remember floating it on the highway at Ballina in the floods. I just pushed it 50 metres to the dry road.

When you owned a VW in the 60s……

Boys must have toysGood things happened, for example “Veronica Crocker”.

EH Holden station wagon.

Boys must have toysThis was my next car after arriving home in 1965 after 18 months in England & Europe, including a 4 month stint as an officer on the La Maria.

A 1970 MGB, my first new car.

Boys must have toys It set me back just under $3000, worth every cent. Purchased in Melbourne, relocated to Sydney for 2 years then moved to Adelaide in 1972.

A 1971 E Type Jaguar

Boys must have toys Forget the photo quality the car was magnificent. I remember driving from Adelaide to Melbourne in the middle of the night in 5 hours 45 minutes.

When you drove an E type good things happened.

Boys must have toys Meet Jan Seagars & my Doberman Ziggy, this was Lexton Grove Windsor in 1974. Three thoroughbreds together.

My two sports cars

Boys must have toys One was a little faster than the other, but I loved them both. Madison was guarding the fleet.

The work horse

Boys must have toys My Commodore station wagon initially was my 2nd car, in 2003 I took 3 Japanese students on a road trip which started in Surfers Paradise & went through Broken Hill  NSW to Coober Pedy in South Australia. The next leg took us to Uluru aka Ayers Rock. 

Boys must have toys

Boys must have toys You may think this Lexus is a little out of character, I owned it for 3 years prior to moving to Thailand in 2011. Without a doubt it was the best value out of all the vehicles I ever owned. Paid $7,500 in 2008 & sold it for $7,000, it was as smooth as silk.

Well, that’s all folks.

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Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

August 4, 2019 by David Herd

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia which is officially known as Flagstaff Beach, is the northernmost beach in New South Wales. It’s at the mouth of the Tweed River and the rocky headland Point Danger, which also marks the Queensland-New South Wales border.

Sand transport system

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The Project is a sand transport system that collects sand from the southern side of the Tweed River entrance at Letitia Spit, and pumps it under the river to outlets on the northern side. From there the sand is transported by waves and  currents to nourish the southern Gold Coast beaches. 

Great view of the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia We are standing on a cliff in QLD looking across Flagstaff Beach to NSW.

Surfers waiting for a wave.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia There seems to be many personal and indescribable experiences in their lives that keeps them paddling out again & again. Plus the willingness to wait for them often defines a surfer more than his or her individual ability.

Bring it on.

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia The waiting is really worth it.

Everyone loves the beach

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Not just surfers, kids with their mums & dogs as well. πŸ™‚

My friends from England

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia Joan Baptist & Bill Austin from Wiltshire visited Australia in 2010 & naturally I took them sightseeing along the coast. The following week we drove down to Sydney.

They actually got married in England yesterday August 3 2019 after being together for over 20 years.

Kitesurfer

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia It’s not just the board-riders who love to surf. Kite-boarding is an action sport combining aspects of wake-boarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding, skateboarding and sailing into one extreme sport. A kite-boarder harnesses the power of the wind with a large controllable power kite to be propelled across the water, land, or snow. Wikipedia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia I’m guessing he is heading for a cold beer.

OK, I’ll meet you at the pub. πŸ™‚

Surfing Duranbah Beach Australia This is what the Beach Boys call a “surfer girl”.

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