Birthdays weddings funerals in 2007, plus another hectic year of travel resulted in one of the best years for me in this century. Even though my beautiful mother passed away it was a relief for myself and my family as she had deteriorated to an almost vegetable state due to advanced dementia.
Travel in 2007 took me to Tokyo & Kyoto in April, my first trip to Japan, I loved it so much I went back to Tokyo in December as the first leg of a world trip which also took me to England, Lisbon & Rio De Janeiro. Thailand in June, August & November including Koh Samui in June. In January I was in Sydney for one of the seven birthdays.
This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2007.
On January 3rd in Sydney was Peter Hesky’s 60th birthday, we had lunch at the very upmarket Doyle’s restaurant at the Rocks.
Peter Hesky, David Herd & Richard Blair.
I have known Peter for 30 years so I was glad to be at his 60th, these days in 2014 he seems to have turned into an eccentric recluse, he does not keep in contact with me anymore but I hear from some of his fiends he is doing ok and enjoying his life.
Richard is an interesting fellow and a successful businessman, yet in 2004 in Koh Samui I gave him the nickname “Mr Stingy” so I guess that explains his character. I often daydream about winning lotto, I would be traveling the world first class instead of cattle class. 🙂
One thing with Stingy however, he does enjoy life with his long lunches at Bar Reggio in Sydney and visiting Thailand 5 or 6 times a year & to his credit he is a very successful businessman.
Peter Hobbs, Joyce Weir & Steven Bates.
Ken Shelly, Steve Bates & I at Bar Reggio.
Bar Reggio is a very well known restaurant in Crown St Darlinghurst in Sydney, good low cost Italian food, and bring your own wine.
Nick & Sharron
My friends Nick & Sharron stayed in my home for several months, they looked after it while I was in Brazil for 2 months from December. They often visit Thailand and will be here again July 21st 2014.
A couple of critters around my home.
A couple of these guys swim past many times each day.
Unexpected visitor looking into my office.
These stingrays often cruise up and down my beach, and this cheeky little lizard was peeking in my office window.
Talking about wild animals
Her name is Danny, a very wild lady, I’m not sure what chemical substance she was sampling this night, but whatever is was it certainly worked its magic. For once I’m going to say no more on the subject. 🙂
The Beast on Chevron Island.
I can’t recall what the promotion on Chevron Island was all about but I do remember the gorgeous girls that were helping with the task.
Very cute indeed
All I can say is…………….
Craig aka “Sudzi” & gorgeous Chrissy.
Sudzi has worked in most of the popular Surfers Paradise bars & restaurants for year, he is also quite a talented photographer. He currently works at Waxy’s Irish Pub in Surfers Paradise. Chrissy also works in hospitality, last time I saw her she was at “Shuck” in Main Beach.
Drinks at Melbas
For many years Melbas in Surfers Paradise was our local drinking hole, here I am with Noel Smith, David Robertson & Greg Craig. Noel & Greg were great friends for many years & sadly Noel passed away around 2010.
Tammy Brazel has her 40th Birthday
Happy birthday Tammy.
Tammy & Cate on Tammy’s 40th.
Another one of the seven birthdays on Chevron Island for Tammy’s birthday, last month we were relaxing on Koh Samui.
On a sadder note
Simon Markby, sadly passed in July 2012, RIP. Originally from Melbourne before moving to the Gold Coast, Simon was a guy who loved life, expensive cars & boats, not that there is anything wrong with that. 🙂
Asuka from Osaka
Asuka was a lovely Japanese girl staying in my home, she lives in Osaka and we sometimes stay in contact through Facebook
Phil Thomson’s new toy
My great mate Phil splashed out on a terrific cruiser to park outside his Runaway Bay home. Sadly the excitement soon wore off & he sold it a year later. 🙂
Drinks at the Rowers
The Rowers was only a 4 minute walk from my home, very convenient indeed. 🙂
How do you like this number plate?
Trying very hard to be noticed.
This is one great looking car.
Great looking car owned by Ken Lowry.
Sadly Ken passed away in 2017 after a short illness.
But this one is better
Aston Martin Vanquish owned by one of my friends Lloyd Ross.
At Labrador looking south to Surfers Paradise.
Looking south towards Southport.
I got caught didn’t I?
I was at Melbas having drinks with friends and this lovely girl was there on her “Hens” night before getting married. She said buy me a drink please David, so I did & it cost me $50. 🙁
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Another of the seven birthdays Lars Shitterer 60th
Lars Shitterer, Juergen Ulitzer & I at Lar’s 60th.
How quickly things can change
I couldn’t resist showing this photo from Lar’s 60th birthday, the three on the left including me are all on Lar’s black list for various social infractions. One of my many bad habits is rattling peoples cages, Lars & his wife Smokey did not react well to my last effort. 🙂
Another birthday for my good friend Ross Kennedy.
We are at Riviera Trattoria Sorrento
I lost 7 kilo before leaving for Brazil
Trim, taut, terrific, if I say so myself. 🙂
Three lovely Japanese girls having lunch at my home.
Megumi on the left has been a friend since since 1988 when she rented a room in my home at Sorrento. Asuka is in the center and the gorgeous girl on the right was a golf pro at a local course.
200 meters to the middle of the lake.
I asked her to hit 5 or 6 balls into the lake and she certainly had a smooth swing.
My lovely niece Elyssa
Elyssa was single & fancy free in 2007, now in 2014 she is the proud mother of a gorgeous little girl called Isabel.
Bye bye my beautiful Benz.
After 17 wonderful years I have sold my beautiful yellow canary to a nice lady in outback Queensland. She is a dentist in a mining town and I’m sure she will turn many heads when she drives down the main St in this wonderful car. This was my first step in downsizing my treasured possessions with a view of moving to Thailand. Little did I realize because of the GFC it would be four years before I could move to Thailand.
One of the many gorgeous girls at Melbas.
One of the Seven birthdays Smokey Shitterer’s 55th
Average age 55 at Smokey’s birthday. 🙂
Grahame LaRoche & his bride Sheena
Grahame LaRoche aka “BIff” decided to tie the knot again, if I remember correctly the marriage only lasted a year or so. 🙂
“Biff” a colorful character to say the least
Grahame LaRoche aka “The Biff”, how did he get that name you may well ask? In his younger days he used to travel around the countryside with the Jimmy Sharman boxing troupe. They visit country towns set up tents and offer to fight all the local lads for a cash prize. Biff was a light heavyweight and legend tells us that he was never beaten. He is a lovely bloke and I’m very glad to have known him for many years. In fact he was on of the main characters on my boat on NYE 1981 when we were peppered by falling skyrockets.
Another Xmas lunch at Melbas.
The yearly tradition continues with a group of guys mainly from Melbourne gathering for a Xmas lunch at Melbas restaurant.
Noodles, Chocolates & Rocket, aka the verbal battering ram.
These three reprobates have been drinking buddies for many years in Surfers Paradise. Chocs is famous for never buying anyone a drink, Rocket is known a “the verbal battering ram” & Noodles is famous for just being Noodles. 🙂
With John Sinclair & Ian Pettifer in Chinatown Sydney.
In March 2009 sadly Ian passed away after a long battle with cancer, he was a gentleman.
Drinks on Chevron Island for my birthday on July 7.
One of the seven birthday rolls around, here I am with Greg Craig, Lars Shitterer, Dave Hosket & Nigel Treliving celebrating mine.
Time to paint my roof.
My original roof color had faded somewhat so it was time for a paint job.
My beautiful home looks brand new now.
I designed and built my beautiful waterfront home in Surfers Paradise. I moved in July 1st 1990 and sold it 21 years later in October 2011 and moved to Thailand.
At Melbas with Dave Hosket & Alan Jones
Alan Jones of course was 2 times world Formula 1 world champion. While the American Dave Hosket was a shocking sycophant. 🙂 Dave did have a claim to fame however, for a number of years he was Bob Dylan’s back up drummer on tour.
My beautiful mother passed away in 2007, although it was terribly sad, it was really a relief for myself and my family, she had deteriorated to an almost vegetable state due to advanced dementia. It’s a terrible sickness, however the family suffer much more than the patient as they are oblivious to everything around them. The worst thing for me was seeing this wonderful lady as a shadow of the beautiful woman and wonderful Mother I knew and loved all my life. RIP Mum.
Iris & Arthur Herd, RIP.
What a wonderful World
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