Sunday, January 9, 2011
Navmen and other delights
I think it is important to log how much in love I am with my Navman...okay okay Bel...OUR Navman.
Bel and I went halve-zees in a Navman a month or so ago and I'm just beginning to use it and discover its delights.....
I love that it can re-direct you in the event of road closures et al....I love that it can tell you where the nearest petrol station is....we laugh at how it pronounces names - the woman says Caloundra like Maroubra***.....which won't mean much to people who aren't from Australia but I'm sure you have equivalents wherever you live....it tells me when I am speeding...it tells me where there are speed/red-light cameras. If you've ever wondered if it was an extravagance, I say to you...go and get one now....they are a godsend for those over 40 who find street directories hard to read at night or parents of kids who have to go to soccer-fields in godforsaken suburbs they've never heard of.....
It's very rainy here....I spent the day browsing in shops mostly...it's my last day of holidays before I go back to the proverbial salt-mine. I got caught in a downpour in the city. My shoes were soaked. My jeans were soaked. Luckily I could go to my father's unit and put my togs in the dryer, have a cup of coffee and borrow his shoes to drive home. Here's the view from the unit. You can't really see much from a mobile phone photo but I assure you that the river has broken its banks and is very brown with lots of interesting driftwood. The City Botanic Gardens are absolutely soaked.
I was grateful to find bandaids in the unit as well...It's the little things that make a difference isn't it?...a blister on the back of your heel can be hell....
God bless the person that invented Navman and God bless the person that invented Bandaids.
And a big PS - God Bless friends who share their very special champagne with you and teach you how to do Fair Isle and take you to Noosa so you can browse in fabulous shops to your heart's content. Love you heaps girlfriend!!!
***in case you are slightly interested ....in Australia we pronounce Caloundra as in Cal - ow - ndruh......and Maroubra as Ma- roo - bruh (the "a"s on the end of both names are short as in "up")....so you can understand why we giggle when the lady says Ca - loon - druh.