Quick Catch Up

November 29, 2021
Burleigh Heads at night

Burleigh Heads at night

I thought I’d pop in for a quick catch up on what’s been going on around here lately. If you follow me on social media (particularly my stories) you’d be pretty up to speed but in case not, here’s a bit of a wrap up.

I won’t go into details but Mum isn’t very well at the moment and needs someone with her most of the time. I had a stint over there until one of my sisters took over and I’ll be heading back over there tomorrow to take over from her. Mum was meant to be going on a week’s holiday to Burleigh Heads with my youngest sister but of course that wasn’t possible. However, my sister still went alone. My brother and his wife visited last weekend (the one before the one we just had) and stayed a night. I went down on Wednesday last week and came back with her on Saturday. My sister also had a friend come to visit and stay the last couple of nights. It wasn’t the holiday she originally planned but she had some company and only a few days alone.

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh Heads

Burleigh at night

It rained at Burleigh every day I was there until the day I left. LOL – so typical! You know what though, I really didn’t mind. It kept it cool and I’m not one for lying on the beach getting a tan anymore so it was all ok with me. I also managed to walk on the beach and get my feet in the water so all was good. The view from our apartment was magnificent and we ate out at some fabulous restaurants. On the first night I was there my daughter (who lives and works on the Gold Coast) met up with us and we went to Jimmy Wah’s for dinner. Jimmy Wah’s is Vietnamese cuisine with a modern Australian influence. The food was delicious! Below is a few snaps of the food but there was more. It was very dim lighting in the restaurant so some of my shots turned out blurry.

On the night my sister’s friend joined us we went to dinner at Rick Shores. I have been wanting to eat there for a long time and let me tell you, I am so glad I finally did! Rick Shores is famously located right on the beach at Burleigh Heads and has pan-asian flavours, focussing on fresh locally sourced produce with intention to share. And share we did. We ordered several dishes and they were brought out one by one and were all very much enjoyed. We had the famous Moreton Bay Bug Rolls and they certainly lived up to their reputation – deliciously unique in taste – very yum. We also had the best duck curry ever experienced. The staff were super friendly and service was excellent and the views! Yes – even at night you see the beach and surf and the sound of the ocean accompanies your meal. It’s a lovely experience. If you’re ever on the Gold Coast I highly recommend you get yourself a booking there. You won’t regret it.

Our window seat and view at Rick Shores Restaurant, Burleigh Heads.

It was a bit of a foodies visit to Burleigh I’ve got to say because the next morning we went to brunch (no need for lunch after this) at The Paddock Bakery. What a lovely place and another delicious experience!

My Brunch – Rustic Avo. Fresh avocado served on our house 7-grain wholemeal sourdough
toast with roasted pistachios, sunflower seeds & pepitas. Dressed
with lemon juice, Joseph olive oil & fresh parsley

So this is just a quick update. I’m back over to Mum’s for a while tomorrow. There’s lots to get done here at home and lots to do once I get over there. There’s no time for me to focus on the blog at the moment so it will be a bit quiet on the blog post front. However, I do try and keep active on Instagram (particularly my stories) which feeds through to the blog’s Facebook and Twitter pages. I will try and get my December Taking Stock post done at some point during December.

Till next time – stay safe (let’s hope this Omicron doesn’t turn out to be a scary big deal) and good luck with getting your Christmas shopping done (I have heaps to do)! If you could send some positive thoughts Mum’s way that she starts to feel better soon, that would be so very much appreciated. Thank you!

Ciao for now,


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  • Reply Suzanne November 29, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    I empathise with you regarding the ongoing care for elderly parents. Never an easy time when having take over the caring role and then deciding on long-term care. Avocado brunch looks very yummy.

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Suzanne – it sure isn’t an easy time at all. Anything avocado is always a winner for me! #avocadofan

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au November 29, 2021 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Min – sorry to hear about your mum not being well – and also that she missed such a lovely holiday break. It’s so lovely that you and your family are there for her and can give her the company and support she needs atm. Great pics from your time away and I think it was probably the refreshing break you needed. Hope the Christmas shopping goes well, I think I’ve got most of mine ticked off, just all the extra food to buy….

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

      Hi Leanne – it’s taken me ages to try and catch up on comments on the blog but if you read today’s post you’ll understand why. I’m sad Mum missed that holiday at Burleigh too. I enjoyed the little break away but not quite as much as if I didn’t have the worry about Mum on my mind 24/7. I still haven’t completed my Christmas shopping. I’m not sure when I will get it done at this point!

  • Reply Deborah Cook November 29, 2021 at 3:12 pm

    I haven’t been online as much so I knew you’d been away briefly but hadn’t realised your mother was unwell. I hope she’s able to improve and isn’t in too much discomfort and I’m glad your family is able to share the carer role.

    I know the weather wasn’t great but it still looks quite lovely there at the coast – lovely views and food of course!

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Deb. As you’d probably know from my social media posts, Mum’s been in hospital since December 1 and it’s been an up and down situation. We hope she will be well enough to be home for Christmas!

  • Reply Susanne November 29, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    What a lovely holiday spot! And the food looks amazing.
    I hope your mother gets better soon. How good that you and your family can be there for her.

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Burleigh is a favourite spot on the GC. We used to holiday there a lot when we were kids. The food situation there is AMAZING! Mum’s been in hospital since 1 December. We’re hopeful she’ll be well enough to be home for Christmas!

  • Reply Debbie Harris November 30, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    Sending positive thoughts to you and your mum, hoping she picks up soon. Take care Min xx

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:28 am

      Thank you Deb. xo

  • Reply Denyse Whelan December 2, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    Oh it’s hard for everyone in the family, especially Mum, when there is illness, and care needed. I know, as I write, that Mum has been admitted to hospital and I send all my best wishes to you all. Worrying times indeed.
    Yes, what a fun time, despite the weather, you enjoyed at Burleigh. My parents’ fave retirement escape until 2005 when Mum was not well enough to travel nor enjoy.
    I have some happy memories of there as I visited them once and yes, lots of places to eat!
    It was great reading your post today after linking up for #LifeThisWeek on my blog. Thank you! I can’t believe we are in December! Now “only” 3 more Mondays for #lifethisweek in 2021. See you next week too I hope. Denyse.

    • Reply Min December 13, 2021 at 8:30 am

      Thanks Denyse! As you’d know, she’s still in hospital. She’s been moved to rehab but still having tests and things done so it’s a bit of an up and down rollercoaster ride we’re all on at the moment. I remember you saying your parents used to holiday at Burleigh. We used to holiday there a lot as kids so it’s a nostalgic place for us. xo

  • Reply sherry December 14, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    i hope you have a wonderful festive season. i must get down to rick shores one day – looks fabulous. hope your mum is okay too. i used to be the burleigh council librarian many years ago so i have fond memories of the place. take care and cheers

    • Reply Min December 14, 2021 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks Sherry! Yes if you’re ever at Burleigh do get a booking at Rick Shores – I cannot rave enough about how fabulous the food, service and ambience is there! So interesting to learn you used to be a librarian there! How lovely to have lived there! Have a wonderful Christmas Sherry! xo

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