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.

Herd family Sydney 2006

October 3, 2014 by David Herd

Rebecca & Victor tie the knot

Herd family Sydney

Herd family Sydney

David Herd family Sydney  in 2006, my niece Rebecca married Victor Mendonca a very nice fellow from the Archipelago of the Azores, nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, and is located about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal.

The in-laws & the happy couple.

Herd family Sydney

Terrific family photo.

Great photo of brother Bryan & Lynne.

Herd family Sydney

A very happy day for the parents.

Mr & Mrs Mendonca

Herd family Sydney

Vic & Bec have a fabulous fitness center & gym in North Richmond, it is open 24/7 and you can join for only $13 a week. There are millions of idiots in Australia who spend $13 on one packet of cigarettes that are slowly killing them. I must say Victor is a great addition to the Herd family.

Following the Herd at Xmas

Herd family Sydney

And there certainly was a big Herd, the annual Xmas gathering was at cousin Deb’s lovely home in Balgowlah, I have only ever attended 4 or 5 Xmas gatherings since the days when my parents were alive & entertaining the Herd family at 58 Kihilla Rd Auburn.

Great photo of cousin Deb with her parents Colin & Margaret, Colin is the youngest of Dad’d clan of 4 girls & 3 boys.

All my gorgeous Aunties.

Herd family Sydney

My father’s four sisters from left to right Elsie, Thelma, Dorothy & Norma. This one in 2006 is one of my favourites especially seeing all Dad’s 4 sisters there & in good health.

A flashback to 1929

Herd family Sydney

Elsie, Arthur, Allan & baby Thelma on 27-1-1929, what a beautiful looking young girl Elsie was.

Two uncles & one cousin.

Herd family Sydney

Ray Pilgrim on the left Colin Herd & cousin Greg McMillan.

Lovely photo, Dot is the happiest of all the Herd family.

Herd family Sydney

Jeff Bousefield with ????? The rest of the names are coming soon. 🙂

The Lowe family.

Herd family Sydney

Here is Robyn & her lovely family, my apologies for not knowing everyone’s name, I’ll track them down soon.

 The cat is ignoring me.

Herd family Sydney

Little miss Bousfield seems to be having a spat with the cat. 🙂

 Another flashback to 1954

Herd family Sydney

One of our best Herd family photos is Thelma’s wedding in 1954 with all of the clan.

Herds & Bousfields

Herd family Sydney

It’s now 2016 and I’m hoping I can catch up with the family at Xmas this year.

Robyn Greg & Thelma.

Herd family Sydney

It was a really nice Xmas with the family, thanks for visiting my Herd family Sydney photo blog.

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Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

October 1, 2014 by David Herd

Private box at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney was my entertainment before flying to Brazil. The entertainment was so good I missed my plane & had to book for the day after. My old friend Peter Hesky owns the Freeway hotel & like myself is a fanatical AFL Sydney Swans fan. He shuns publicity so I’m sure when one of his whistle blowing friends sees this post they will alert him & I will get an e-mail requesting changes. My message is don’t waste your time, this is my life history & it stays. 🙂

However being a generous man I have included links back to the Freeway Hotel to help his traffic. 🙂

As you will see towards the end of this post we have had some great private functions at Peter’s hotel & the food provided is absolutely the very best as was the service.

Here is the man himself

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Peter Hesky & Joyce Weir, I first met Joyce in 1981 & Peter in 1976.

Long time friend now living in Adelaide Roger Williams.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Roger & I had some very wild times knocking around Sydney for a decade or so from the late 70s, he also moved to QLD a little after I in 1987.

Roger Williams Anne Lacey & Warwick Robinson

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I have known Roger & Warwick for 30 years & Anne for 20.

I’m with Steve Bates & Peter Hesky

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

All rugged up for the footy.

What a fabulous city

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I was born & raised in the beautiful city & still get goose bumps every time I fly back over Sydney.

Jock Granger with one of his fine collection.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Jock is a retired Qantas flight attendant who’s passion is collecting beautiful motor vehicles.

Another incredibly busy year for travel including Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon , Fortaleza on the north coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio & another great trip to Tuscany & Portofino.

Two trips to Sydney including a wedding & terrific family Xmas plus one trip to Melbourne for an AFL weekend. Yes, 2006 was another great year.

 Sea Treasure Chinese restaurant at Crows Nest

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sea Treasure is one of my favourite restaurant on the north side of the harbor.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Check out the Lobster mornay at the Freeway, lobster, I don’t see any lobster. 🙂

What about the prime rib of beef?

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

As I said earlier the food we had at the freeway hotel restaurant was absolutely fantastic.

The view at the Freeway is fantastic.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

The food was so good extreme measures were used at the Freeway hotel restaurant to take our mind off eating. 🙂

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney, we love the Eye candy

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

I’m with Peter Hobbs & one of the cute waitresses at the Freeway Hotel restaurant.

 Jock Granger & Warwick Robinson at the Freeway Hotel

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Two very happy guys looking forward to the food and wine.

Steve Bates can’t handle the pressure

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

It seems like the wonderful rack of lamb was a bridge too far for Steve Bates.

Do you like my tattoo Peter?

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel Sydney

Tattoo, what tattoo? I can’t get my eyes off your knockers. 🙂

Drop your arms for the camera dear.

sexy babe freeway hotel restaurantWarwick is doing a reasonable impersonation of Dr Evil.

What a shame I’m flying to Brazil tomorrow.

fantasy freeway hotel restaurantOtherwise we could have spent the night together, got up early for breakfast, then begin looking for furniture for our new apartment before visiting a jeweler to buy an expensive ring for you.  (A guy can dream can’t he?)

Oooh! it’s so hot in here.

freeway hotel restaurantHer name was Lola she was a showgirl, does that line sound familiar?

David Herd Peter Hesky Steve Bates & Warwick Robinson.

David Herd Freeway Hotel restaurant

As you can see we had a great time at the Freeway Hotel restaurant  & Peter Hesky was the perfect host. Check out the slideshow for a little more exposure.

RIP Denny Collins.

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel SydneyWe were mates since the late 60s, he loved to have a good time, RIP.

That’s all folks…..

Sexy Babes Freeway Hotel SydneyAnd yes, like Denny I also enjoy a good time. Many thanks to the lovely Lola, and did I mention I’m flying to Rio tomorrow for carnival. 🙂

 

 


You have seen 2006, now check out 2007.

 

 

 

                     

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Friends family Surfers Paradise

September 29, 2014 by David Herd

Breakfast at Main Beach

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Friends family Surfers Paradise starting with my brother Warren his lovely daughter Laura & his friend we call Mumbles. Another incredibly busy year for travel including Belem at the mouth of the mighty Amazon , Fortaleza on the north coast of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Buzios, Cabo Frio & another great trip to Tuscany & Portofino.

Two trips to Sydney including a terrific family Xmas & one trip to Melbourne for an AFL weekend. Yes, 2006 was another great year.

This is not a travel blog just a personal photo collection from 2006.

Lovely Laura

Friends family Surfers Paradise

My niece Laura is a terrific singer & dancer trying to break into the big time. She won a scholarship to preform in New York which like myself she has fallen in love with the city.

My beautiful home at 106 Upton St Bundall, 4217

Friends family Surfers Paradise

I designed & had my beautiful waterfront home built in 1990, I made a huge mistake in 2004 when I added a 2nd floor, it made it difficult to sell because it was too big for the average family, 500 M2 with seven bedrooms & five bathrooms. Oh well, it’s not the first major mistake in my life and it won’t be the last.

Lunch with Rossco at Omeros Brothers.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Good friend Ross Kennedy & I at Omeros Brothers, one of the best restaurants on the Gold Coast.

Lobster Morney with Rossco at Omeros Bros.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

The food here is always excellent.

Dave & Janice Hoskot

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Drinks on my jetty with the Hoskots, Janice is an Australian girl & Dave is American, for a number of years he was a back up drummer for Bob Dylan.

A rose between two thorns.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Asuka on the left was a lovely Japanese girl from Osaka who was studying on the Gold Coast and renting a room in my home.

Smokey & Lars shitterer, Janice Hoskot & Randy Fuse.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

The Shitterer’s & I were good friends for many years, but in 2013 they placed my firmly on their blacklist for various infractions, you will see some others they have also placed on the list in following photos, it’s nice to have company. 🙂

Here is a classic “black list” photo.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

That’s Smokey at the front & four of the other six people including myself have been banished to her & Lars Shitteter’s blacklist for quite a long time, as I said before it is nice to have company. 🙂 This particular day was a happy one, I have a small tradition where for many years on Good Friday I invite friends over for lunch.

Here is our Good Friday feast.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

  Beautiful Gold Coast fresh seafood & leg ham, salad & freshly baked bread.  

Birthday lunch for Noel Smith.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

  At Carmody’s restaurant at the Southport Sharks club to celebrate Noel Smith’s birthday.

Sadly we have lost Noel and Ron Collier, RIP. 

Xmas lunch at Melbas with the usual suspects

Friends family Surfers Paradise

  Greg Craig, Mike Nidrie & Noel Smith (RIP) are all regular drinking buddies of mine at Melbas.  

Beautiful smile at Melbas

Friends family Surfers Paradise

    Melbas always hires gorgeous girls.

Xmas lunch, the tradition continues

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Xmas lunch at Melbas with Lars Shitterer & Dave Hoskot, I first started drinking at Melbas on January 1st 1982 when some friends & I flew from Sydney after a huge NYE on Sydney Harbour when my boat was peppered with falling sky rockets because I stupidly  anchored in the drop zone.

Red wine at Melbas

Friends family Surfers Paradise

  Sudzi was one of the Melbas managers, in January 2008 we met up in Brazil for Carnival.  

Dave Allen at Melbas.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

  Dave is a terrific fellow & is the son of the owner & founder of Melbas Paul Alan.  

Melbas in Cavil Avenue

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Follow THIS LINK for lots of memories on Melbas.

Jim Bell & Dave Allen

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Jim Bell rented a room in my home for 13 years, that’s what I call a long term tenant.

Breakfast on Chevron Island with Brian Rawnsley.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Brian is a Brisbane guy I met in Thailand, here we are at Tigerlilly on Chevron Island one of my breakfast haunts.


 

The girls in our footy tipping club.

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I ran a AFL tipping competition for 10 years, here we are at the end of year dinner.

And the winner is……..

Friends family Surfers Paradise

My great friend Ross Kennedy aka “Shoeless Joe Jackson”.

My brother Ian’s 50th birthday.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Friends family gathered for Ian’s 50th birthday, here is Bryan another brother given one of his famous speeches.

 Family breakfast on Chevron Island.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Two of my Brothers Bryan & Warren, Bryan’s wife Lynn & daughter-in-law Maisie.

This is Elliot, another little Herd.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Maisie’s cute little kid.

Lars & Smokey Shitterer marry at Saks restaurant.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

A great venue for a wedding on the Broadwater at Marina Mirage.

Wedding guests at Saks.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Niggle Stopsgiving standing next to me is now firmly on the Lars Shitterer‘s black list, his lady of 10 years beautiful Randy Fuse on the far right and he sadly are still doing battle. The name  Geoff Pilkington’s wife eludes me & ?????

I met these two lovely Japanese girls at Broadbeach.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Their names were Nemo & Nami, naturally I took them home to my house for lunch. 🙂

Vannessa & I at Tamborine Mountain.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

It was not the fact she was excited to see me, it was very cold in the mountains. 🙂

 Melbourne Cup day drinks at Melbas

Friends family Surfers Paradise

David Robertson & Phil Thomson at Melbas on Melbourne Cup day watching all the gorgeous fillies getting flyblown. 🙂

Harley Bradstreet, one of my oldest friends.

Friends family Surfers Paradise

Harley was preparing to leave Brisbane after a another disastrous business experience. When describing Harley, Larry Wilson a mutual friend once said “anyone can have a bad decade”. Which fitted Harley to a tee, over the many years I have known him this nice harmless fellow seemed to stumble from one disaster to another. On my boat on our eventful NYE in 1981 when rockets were falling from the sky, who was the first guy to get hit by one? Harley Bradstreet of course. 🙂 Thanks for visiting  my friends family & others from 2006, check out the slideshow.

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Thanks for visiting my Friends family Surfers Paradise photo blog.

 Here are some more posts on my wild wicked ways. :)    

 

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A-One hotel on Beach Road

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