The birds love it and they are all chirping and screeching with joy.The trees get a good wash. It comes down in sheets at times and the gutters can't cope so it just tumbles out and........ ..splashes on the deck railing. This is my world living in the sub-tropics.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
The Go Between Bridge
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Christmas Day for Lonely Oldies
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Christmas Eve Stroll by the Bay
The new fishing jetty
Interesting sculptures. I liked the lines but I thought they could have been placed in a better spot nearer the water.Another new sculpture called "Under Marine Skies" made of steel and glass and lighting (it is alight at night). It had photos of people from the past enjoying the bay side beaches. These words were on the plaque:
The ocean is a beacon around which drift
our endless warm, lazy days:
the summer of our distant past,
those of childhood,
of the present........
and those of the future times.
Woody point is part of the Redcliffe Peninsular that sticks out into Moreton Bay.
New apartment blocks with million dollar views.
The locals enjoy fishing from the jetty.
Fishing and shipping.
Brisbane City peeps over the trees.
Brisbane is a busy Port. The Brisbane River empties into Moreton Bay. The bay provides for shipping, recreation and a habitat for sea life and birds.
Then it was time to stroll back and have afternoon tea of mince pies and Christmas Cake. Alma and Bill were so kind to help us celebrate on Christmas Eve, which is when Bill has always celebrated Christmas as they do in Switzerland.
Alma, Bill B and Bill P enjoying the bay breeze on a hot Christmas Eve.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
An Australian Christmas
Notice that I have a summer dress and he has his winter suit. For many years Australians have continued to celebrate Christmas in the traditional British way. I suppose because the majority of migrants were British. However, in recent years we have started to realise we need our own Aussie type of Christmas and we are starting to do away with the old country traditions which are unsuitable for a summer Christmas. Many of us now have outside BBQ's and usually with loads of seafood; prawns, oysters, mussells, lobsters, Moreton Bay Bugs and fish. To go with this we have salads of all kinds and for dessert pavlova and fruit salad and ice-cream, or fruit platters with mangoes, stone fruit, and especially cherries. We finish off with Christmas cake and cheese and crackers. We also have mince pies and chocolates if you can eat them before they melt. (Mind you many still stick to the traditional fair, which is OK if you are in airconditioning). I'm glad to see many Christmas cards now have Australian Christmas scenes rather than snow and open fires. I still cringe when I see artificial snow, usually cotton wool, decorating the store windows.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
WORK AND PLAY
We have friends called, Bill and Ruve. We met them on one of our wine tours years ago. They are an amazing couple. They are both well into their seventies and they have just returned from a trekking holiday to the base camp of Mt Everest. They came back very skinny. Bill is the president of the U3A (University of the Third Age) camera club and he asked BB if he would give a talk at one of their meetings. I was keen to go and find out more about the club. We enjoyed the visit and became members. We go to meetings or outings once a month. But last week it was Christmas party time again. We had lunch at the Alexandra Hills Hotel. It was a good deal too. Buy one meal get one free. We had beautiful grilled fish and vegetables. Others had roast of the day for $6. Bill, Ruve and BB are right up the back.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Birthday Bear's Christmas Party
This year she came dressed as a Christmas Tree with bauble earrings and a star on top.
Ann is the one who helped Birthday Bear get dressed for the party.We had a buffet dinner at the Greenbank RSL Club. From the left Kathy, Paul, Bill, moi, Birthday Bear, Ann, George, Helen, and Mary.
Ann took this shot and named it, "The Three Wide Men".
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Trees are Alive with Summer Blooms
Then we go in between some houses, where an unusually coloured Bougainvillea hangs over a back fence. See how brown the grass is through lack of decent rain.