On Sunday I visited family on the Gold Coast. I picked up a friend, I'll call her Peppermint Pattie, after the Peanuts character. PP is 10 going on 11 (or possibly much older than that), and a great companion. MDFD was supposed to come too, but she'd just got back from visitin her blood family interstate so she was a bit tired and decided to stay home.
I picked PP up on the road and we were off down the coast at about 9:30 or so.
Along the highway to the coast there was some delay so we turned off to go to Southport, way up at about exit 40 something. Then I had to get my Navman going again, it's been sitting in the console for months as I haven't needed it, and the windscreen fitting for it wasn't working...
We managed to bypass the motorway holdup and were back on track pretty soon after our detour.
After the obligatory tour of the rellies' yard and garden, and remarking on improvements and plant growth (I had left the frangipani cuttings I'd selected for them at home der!), we decided to do the girly thing and go shopping, and have lunch at the new shopping centre.
Robina is the local shopping centre, wow! It's huge now. The parking arrangements are pretty high tech. At the entrance to the carpark and at every intersection at the end of each row
an electronic sign shows an arrow and a number, this is the number of carparks and the arrow indicates the direction they are in.
At the end of each carpark bay there is a light, it is red when the bay is full, and green when the bay is empty. (Sorry about the blurry photos!) Certainly saves driving around and around the carpark looking for a spot, and this carpark was very full!