Monday December 28.
Our eldest son, Damien texts with the wonderful news that he and wife, Emma are parents – a beautiful baby girl, Parker Kerri Ricketts has been born. Emma exhausted, Damien emotional. Their dog, Torres is in day care and oblivious to how his life will change.
Marie and I join our youngest son, Lliam and his wife, Channelle at the waterfront unit they are renting at Noosa. Lliam and I place three crab pots near Goat Island.
Former Test five eight, Kevin Walters is the new Queensland State of Origin rugby league coach. QRL boss, Peter Betros calls him Mal (the former coach was Mal Meninga) at the press conference.
Learn of the death of Easybeats lead singer, Stevie Wright. ‘Friday on My Mind’ is one of my favourite songs. Also learn of the passing of former Queensland forward, Steve Carter, one of the heroes of Brothers’ 1987 Brisbane Rugby League grand final win over Redcliffe. The last time I saw Steve he was working at the Shafston Hotel on Brisbane’s south side.
Wednesday, December 30
After two pleasant days at Noosa (no crabs) it is back to the reality of Brisbane. Emma and baby Parker go home today.
Friday, January 1 2017.
Our first look at Parker today. She is very aware. My wife tries to pat her hair down, but Damien is happy for it to stand up.
Marie and I have lunch at Main Beach Bakery. Lots of empty shops in swish Tedder Avenue. Not a good look. The surf at Main Beach is wild and a few kids have panic on their faces. An ironman competitor breaks his neck in the surf at Burleigh. After a swim we walk the Coombabah Wetlands, where we see lots of kangaroos, and a sting ray. One drink at Hope Island Tavern on way home and service is cheerful.
Saturday, January 2
To Manly on Brisbane’s bayside for a lovely walk on the esplanade followed by drinks at Sailor and Walrus. Spanish sparkling wine (Marie) and house brew by Yenda. Young barman from Byron Bay thinks it’s ‘tops’ whereas I think it is bland. ‘And I drink a lot of beer’, says the barman. Can’t beat life experience.
Sunday, January 3
Mass at St Columba’s, Grange. Former Courier-Mail rural writer, Gordon Collie is in the congregation. That night, at Bandits/Brothers club I have drinks with former Brothers’ secretary, Don Munro and his wife, Heather, who tell me that Robyn Davis passed away last year. I had no idea. Robyn and her late husband, John, came on my 1998 European trip. Don and Heather’s son, Scott, married John and Robyn’s daughter, Kath.
Former Brothers’ winger, Peter Skerman tells some great yarns about bush bank managers, and how many could not say no to farmers (Skermo worked in rural banks). Our son Lliam finally caught a mud crab at Noosa.