Brisbane, QLD

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


For the last few years our friends, Ruth and Bill, have invited Bill and other friends, who are Pisces, to a luncheon to celebrate their birthdays.
Ruth and Bill have a lovely apartment in a small block of units overlooking the Brisbane River at Indooroopilli. The other friends were Karl-Heinz, Renata and Maureen.

From their balcony we could see that the river is still muddy from the floods. Ruth said the water came up over the road but stopped before it entered their garages underneath luckily for them.
However, the road is still closed a little further up as there is chance that it will collapse into the river. So the people have to leave their bins here and walk to their houses.
On the other side of the river, the million dollar houses had water up to the first floor.We could also see where the bank had been washed away. Not only the bank washed away but hundreds of  pontoons were also washed down the river. The picture below was taken at the Pisces luncheon 2009.
Pontoon moorings before the flood.

Not only pontoons were washed downstream but hundreds of boats too. See below same place in 2009.

We had a delicious lunch of cold cuts and antipasto followed by figs and cheese and Bill's favourite Tiramasu. He says nobody can make it as well as Ruth.


  1. Diane, what a beautiful home overlooking the Brisbane River. And praise God that Ruth and Bill were spared in the floods. Such destruction as your photos of before and after show. I'm intrigued: are names like Karl-Heinz and Renata Australian or have did those friends originate in Europe? Have a great day. Jo

  2. Beautiful spot, would have been a little worrisome with the river roaring below. I love the food on your blog:)))))

    Have a wonderful day and days.


  3. Pisces rule! (I'm biased as my 21st birthday is on Friday...Ssshhh)

    I would hop on a plane to have a bowl of that Tiramasu!

    Happy Birthday to ALL!!!

  4. They live in a beautiful place - normally that is. Glad you had a great together and that they were spared the floods. x

  5. I think it will take quiet a while until all traces from this disaster have disappeared !

    You can tell Bill, that Dominique (my neighbor) makes the best Tiramisu according to my specilist Mr. G !

  6. It looks as if you had a wonderful time and a delicious meal. The view from the apartment is very pretty, but it's a shame to see the damage caused by the flood. I guess I should be happy I don't have a million dollar home on the river.

  7. Oh, what a lovely setting and the perfect balcony from which to enjoy it all. Lunch sounded delicious and the pud looked yummy...I'm getting hungry...almost suppertime, here, but our fare isn't going to be in the same league as the meal you enjoyed!

    It must have been quite something to watch the river in flood from this, thankfully safe, vantage point! How super that you have BEFORE & AFTER photos to share.

  8. It's sad to see the changes to the landscape, it looks like a river of chocolate.
    I'm with Bill with the Tiramasu!
    Happy Birthday!
    ☼ Sunny

  9. It's amazing what a flood can more ways than one. I'm quite fond of Tiramasu too;)

  10. Hi Diane, Glad Ruth and Bill didn't have any damage--but it must have come fairly close...

    Unbelievable the difference in the area across the river since the flood... I read yesterday that there are people in Nashville who are still NOT back in their homes since the Nashville flood a year ago.... Floods can do SO much damage.

    Glad you had a great time with friends though.

  11. Diane, it sounds like you had a lovely luncheon with your friends. The photos are wonderful and I am glad the flooding did not enter their garage. That would be horrible for all the cars parked there. I agree with Bill about the Tiramasu, I love it. Happy Birthday to everyone.

  12. Your images are so like the ones here this week. There will be a lot of clean up to be done.
    I've never had Tiramasu - guess I should give it a try. :)

  13. What a fine luncheon you had! I was struck by how good the figs and cheese sounded. It will be months before i see any fresh figs worth purchasing. (Any I can find in the market now have come half way around the world.)

    The flood damage is very sobering.

  14. I was fascinated by the before and afters.

  15. thanks for stopping by today. i love all the photos above and also very much enjoyed your story.