Brisbane, QLD

Sunday, January 31, 2010


Last week Carol and David spent a day at GoMA (Gallery of Modern Art). They love art galleries and have visited many in Europe but they think our GoMA is very good and a cool place to visit in hot weather. We joined them for lunch at the GoMA restaurant. The restaurant always change their menu to compliment the latest art exhibition. At the moment it is the 6th Asian Pacific Triennial Contemporary Art exhibition, so the menu was Japanese.

We started by sipping an Australian red.

David had eye fillet.

Carol and Bill had chicken curry.

I had garlic prawns.

All the meals were delicious. We decided to have a stroll through the gallery before going home. They allow photos but not flash. These days there are less and less pictures on the walls and more and more installations. The first one to catch my attention was this: (Can you guess what it is?)

It is hanging from the ceiling in the corridors.

This is looking up at it from the ground floor.(above)

This is looking down at it from floors above.

Can you guess now?

It is made of six thousand A3 sheets of paper held together with bulldog clips.

Unfortunately, I couldn't be bothered taking notes on the artists or the names of their art works, but I was entertained with what I saw and I'll show you more later.

As you can see from the comment below, my friends, Judyth and Richard, have kicked my butt and dragged me out of my lethargy and coerced me into looking up information about the art that I saw. I have made a link to the GoMA site and I will give you a little info about the pieces.

The above piece is called Cloud by Wit Pimkanchanapong

Cloud responds to and transforms the dramatic interior spaces of the Gallery of Modern Art. Comprised of A3 paper, bulldog clips and metal wire, this piece is based on a signature motif that Pimkanchanapong initially developed for a rock concert venue to create a cheap, effective means of transforming the environment. Wit trained as an architect.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Super Sunset

Last week we had a beautiful sunset. Carol and I grabbed our cameras and dashed out the back door and I called out to my friendly neighbour who lives higher up the hill behind us. I asked her if we could go up onto her balcony for a view without wires, as her house is above the electricity wires in the street below. Leanne and Damien were having dinner on their balcony but they didn't mind us intruding to take the following shots (and many,many more)

God is melting gold and painting the sky.

What was that black dot moving across my view finder? Oh! It's a bird.

Lets see if I can capture the birds.........well not very well. I wonder if they appreciate the colour in the sky?

Thursday, January 28, 2010


Sonya and Bernie were only here for the weekend from Sydney. While here in Brisbane, Bernie rang his brother, Steve, who lives on the Sunshine Coast. Steve told Bernie that their sister, Margaret, was also on holiday on the coast. So it was arranged that we all go to Mooloolaba Surf Club for lunch the day after our belated Christmas celebrations.

It is a great view from the Surf Club restaurant.

Looking east

Looking north.

Looking south

Enjoying a seafood platter for lunch It was the first time that Carol and David had met Bernie's brother and sister and their families. From left to right: David, Carol, Nadine, Steve, Lachlan (hiding), James, Margaret,Georgia, Jason, Sonya, Bernie and Bill. Both Bernie and Steve are actors and it was quite interesting watching the people recognising them and asking for photos etc.

After lunch we drove to Point Cartwright and had a walk along the Mooloola River bank. It was very hot and people were cooling off in the water. The young ones all stopped here for a swim but Bill and I decided it was too hot and set off for home. We said our goodbyes to Sonya and Bernie as they were going directly to the airport to fly back to Sydney.

We passed the marina on the way back to the car (and air conditioning.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Because we knew the young ones were coming here in late January we postponed Christmas until now. Inside we had buffet salads, prawns and BBQed Snapper Fish and.......

..........we went outside to eat in the warm evening air.For dessert we had Alma's famous trifle. Our guests were from left to right, Bernie, Sonya (hiding behind Bernie), Carol, David, Bill, Alma,(David's parents) Steve, Melody (David's sister), Erica (hiding)and Jon,(David's brother), and BB.

After dinner was our traditional gift giving time. David is giving out the gifts. It was an enjoyable evening with family.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Today is Australia Day, celebrating Captain Arthur Phillip planting the British flag in Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788. Arthur Phillip arrived with eleven ships of convicts and soldiers and started the first European settlement where Sydney now stands. He became Governor of the eastern half of Terra Australis called the colony of New South Wales. Little regard was given to the aboriginal population.

This weekend we were also celebrating the homecoming of Carol and David from London and the imminent birth of Sonya's baby.

Breakfast (muesli and fruit salad) on the balcony with......

....from left to right, Bernie, Bill, Carol and Sonya (David was at his parents house)


Sonya, a happy mother to be. (My baby having a baby)


It is a very hot, long weekend  at 35C°

Friday, January 22, 2010


We have had an empty nest for 13 years but now and then the young ones return for a visit and this weekend is one of those times. Our eldest, Carol-Ann and husband David have returned to live in Australia after after living in London for seven years.

They have arrived in Brisbane via Singapore. Here comes Carol for a hug.

Nothing feels better than a hug from a loved one after being apart for a long time.

Carol came home with us and David went home with his parents to Sandgate but on Thursday we all went over to Sandgate for fish and chips by the bay, it was very breezy. They look happy to be back in a warm place after freezing London. After lunch we went to the airport to pick up our youngest daughter, Sonya and partner Bernie, who came from Sydney to visit. We were all looking forward to seeing the baby bump.

It gives you a warm fuzzy feeling to see your daughters hug each other.

That sure is a new look Sonya, who has always been thin. iPop in the background looking very proud.

All home and excited to be together again and with something extra special to be excited about. Carol is waiting to feel a kick from her nephew.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Made it to Singapore

 Carol and David were lucky to take off from Heathrow just before another snow storm struck. Their phones didn't work in Singapore so it was a day before they could get to send us an email to say that they had arrived in Singapore safely but not without drama. They are staying there for a week's holiday before continuing home next Tuesday.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Goodbye London

Our daughter, Carol-Ann and son-in-law, David are leaving London tomorrow (Sunday), after living there for seven years, to return home to Australia. We are madly excited but they have the hard task of saying goodbye to their friends and the city they love. Nature has sent them the coldest, whitest winter to farewell them. In the past few weeks they have been visiting friends and their favourite places to say goodbye. Here are some photos they have just sent us.

David on West Hamstead Station.

Carol-Ann at Oxford Circus.

The following are snowy shots from around their neighbourhood of Hamstead.

We are all hoping they are able to fly out of Heathrow without too much hassle with the bad weather, but it is highly likely there will be delays. I just hope they get home safely. What a difference in temperature they are going to experience it is so humid and hot here at the moment. I hope they adjust quickly.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Mural Madness

Some mornings we walk around the ring road in Daisy Hill Forest.

Then BB drives to the shop to buy the paper and I walk home.

See the electricity poles? Each one has a mural.

As I leave the forest there is a mural on a fence.

Then on each pole that I pass.

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo

Ring Tailed Possum.

Brush Tailed Possum.

I think it is done to help prevent graffiti. I'm not sure if I like them or not. I guess it gives budding artists a job.