The Five Star Vagabond

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Friends family students 2004

October 16, 2014 by David Herd

Lunch for the students

Friends family studentsFriends family students 2004 & very little travel other than two trips to Thailand due to a large home extension which doubled the size of my home.

This is not part of my travel blog, it’s a photographic record of the people in my life in 2004.

Japanese students

Friends family studentsHere are some of the lovely Japanese students renting rooms in my extended home.

Ziggy & Kasumi

Ziggy my DobermanMy beautiful Doberman Ziggy.

Barbecue for friends family students

Friends family students

Friends family students was my main focus in 2004, I filled up all my available rooms to try & get some return on the capital I outlaid on my home extensions. My original budget of $120,000 doubled to $240,000 Follow THIS LINK to see the fantastic result..

Phil Thomson & the students

Friends family studentsMy good friend Phil joined us for dinner, barbecued sausages & red wine. ūüôā


The big catch

Friends family students

The girls got very excited when they landed this monster from the jetty. ūüôā

Happy students

Friends family students

Barbecued sausages and corn for dinner.

In the carpark at the Eagles concert

Friends family studentsMy friend Rossco & I dined on fresh seafood in the car park waiting for the Eagles concert to begin.

Cold beer & fresh seafood waiting for the Eagles

Cold beer & fresh seafood waiting for the Eagles photo SupperattheEaglesconcert1.jpg My good friend Ross Kennedy

The Eagles on stage

Eagles concert

My favourite band of all time. Sadly Glenn Frey passed away on January 18, 2016. Take a couple of minutes to listen to him sing one of my favourite songs, it really describes perfectly how I feel about my life.

Drinks at Melbas with Michelle

  Friends family studentsWhat better way to celebrate Melbourne Cup than being in the company of a beautiful blonde.

 Phil Thomson & I enjoy a seafood lunch.

Friends family students It’s AFL grand final day, what better way to enjoy the game.

John Sinclair, Dennis F & David Herd

John Sinclair Dennis Freeman David Herd

Friends for many years, but please don’t ask me to comment on Dennis, in fact now in 2016 both these guys have me on their black list. ūüôā

Tony Murphy & his Moke

Tony Murphy

Another very good friend, we met in the early 80s.

 My Nephew Michael celebrates his 21st

¬† Michael Herd 21Warren’s family & I gathered at a Brisbane restaurant for Michael’s 21 st birthday.

The birthday boy

Friends family students

Time just seems to fly, I can’t believe this little guy is 21.

Happy birthday Michael

Friends family students

Michael would end up in Germany with his partner Bj√∂rn¬†L√ľders, a lovely man who sadly passed away in 2016.

Richard Blair, aka Mr Stingy.

Friends family students  Lunch at Richards Sanctuary Cove villa, he lives in Point Piper in Sydney and visits the Gold Coast often.

Vannessa Teo

David Herd

Another lovely friend on the Gold Coast, one of the sweetest ladies I have ever known.

Bryan Dart, Wayne Jones & Eddie.

Friends family students Coffee with friends on Chevron Island.

 Sharron & Nick

Friends family studentsSharron & Nick opened a nice cafe on Chevron Island, we became friends & they looked after my home when I traveled to Brazil.


Joe, Mark Grofski & Anilyn

Friends family students

Mark & Anilyn now live in Melbourne and are raising a large family.

The Nerang River with Chevron island on the left

Nerang River Chevron island

Now is 2016 this skyline has changed a lot. My last trip was November 2014.

Letter to the editor.

Letter to the editor

One of my letters that was published in the Gold Coast Bulletin.  

Here is another

Friends family students And here I am 12 years later writing a blog & living in Thailand. ūüôā



                   Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)  
Life 2015                  Family history                   Life 1982
       fivestarvagabond          David Herd          David Herd Sydney                        
Adelaide 1972                 Iron Bar Freddy               Sydney 2006
                                   David Herd Australia          Big Tim Bristow          Freeway Hotel


Thailand 2008                Gold Coast Babes               World trip 2003
David Herd Thailand         David Herd Gold Coast          Copacabana beach

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