Wow, it’s been a while since I posted. Where does the time go?
Fig Tree Walk
A few weeks ago, we joined Julian and Shelley on an adventure up the coast. Julian had organised for us all to do the Fig Tree Walk, which starts just outside of Kenilworth. The guidebook had indicated that it was a “forty five minute walk, suitable for beginners”, however I think there must have been an error during the transcription – it should have read, a “four to five minute walk”. The longest component was the trail between the carpark and the start of the walk. Nonetheless, we were there for the company more than the scenery, and on that front we had nothing to complain about.
Exhausted after our walk, we had a late lunch at Monica’s Cafe in Maleny. The bacon and potato soup was a winner!
Our new Vacuum Cleaner
On a similar note, we are also now the proud owners of a new vacuum cleaner. I had always been convinced that buying a Dyson was like buying IBM, but the more I researched it the less convinced I became. It seems as though Dyson certainly do make impressive vacuum cleaners, but I couldn’t seem to find one that came recommended for our type of carpet (at a price I was willing to pay). Instead, we went with a Hoover 7010PH. Interestingly, it has lots of poor user reviews, but it does well in more agnostic “professional” reviews. I suspect this is because general users reviewers more often than not fall into one of two categories:
- They love the product and want the world to know what a great investment they made; or
- They hate the product and want to warn the world against making the same mistake.
I’m obviously hoping that in this case, the only people writing reviews are in the former camp – certainly my experience with the vacuum so far is that it does a fantastic (like, scarily fantastic) job of picking up dirt from the carpets, and at the end of the day, isn’t that the main thing you buy a vacuum for? Anyway, it has a three year warranty, so there’s some peace of mind if anything goes wrong. Plus, in the UK, vacuuming is called “Hoovering”, so I figure the brand has to be worth something.
Cliffe n Chips bike ride
Last Saturday, we did our second cycle from Boondall to Redcliffe. Once again we scored with sensational weather – perfect blue skies and barely any wind. Brother Jason joined us for the journey this year, and he recommended we opted for The Red Dolphin over Seafood Lover’s Cafe. I hadn’t been to “The Dolph” since the last time they stuffed up our order, but I’m pleased to report that everything came out as ordered, and it was delicious. They’re back in the good books!