Summer at home in Daisy Hill

Monday, July 21, 2014

BRISBANE IN WINTER

I dropped my 'Fossil' watch on the bathroom floor and broke two links of the ceramic band. Because I bought the watch in USA, Fossil didn't have any matching bands here and they had to get one from the States. I got a call saying the band had arrived. We caught the train into town and found the FOSSIL shop in Queen's Plaza.
Queen's Plaza has an entrance on Queen St Mall. After we picked up the watchband we went for a coffee in the Mall.

We sat outside and I couldn't help thinking about the difference in temperature compared to Adelaide a few weeks ago.

After coffee we strolled through the Mall. We saw an Arcade similar to the one in Adelaide.

I noticed a lot of people in shorts, summer dresses and sandals. I assumed that they must be tourists from the northern hemisphere or our southern states and they think our winter is very warm. 

However, the locals like me were dressed in pants and jumpers(sweaters) and soaking up the sun. Still warmer than down south.

We came across this statue artist. I couldn't believe he was pretending to sit with only one leg on the ground and he was motionless. The boy in T-shirt and shorts in winter is also amazed.

I loved the splash of colour the balloon man gave to the Mall.

We walked over the bridge to South Brisbane Station, which is a lovely old preserved building.




Soon we were on a train returning home after a sunny winter's day in Brisbane. I'm glad that I don't live in a place with freezing temperatures. We find the 'Park and Ride' system is really good for trips to town. Senior rates and no parking worries or expense. Sometimes we use the train and sometimes the busway. (see an old post)

26 comments:

  1. Oh I love your photos of Brisbane I love city shots. I am afraid I would be the one in shorts:)
    Love the colours and glad you have your fossil band now. Hug B

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  2. I can appreciate how much you enjoy the climate compared to that while visiting in Adelaide recently; you did get the real chill then. We have experienced cold conditions too but not as bad as many elevated areas getting snow and the cold winds off it --- brrrr. I was totally blown away by the man-statue sitting! I've no idea how he could do that and wonder how long a period could he keep that up in 'one sitting'?! Whew; he sure earns his keep; well done.

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  3. All the photos are lovely Diane. I can't imagine wearing shorts in your winter, the weather up your way had not been that warm according to Auntie who lives in Brisbane....however the days are warmer than down here...people wear shorts down here in winter, well some people :)

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  4. What a lovely sunny day to go to town! The statue artist was amazing.

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  5. Looks like a great trip to town, and must be a pretty warm winter day. Glad you were able to get your watch fixed.

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  6. These look like fun....I like the statue person.

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  7. wish i had some of your cool, not cold though. and that statue artist is amazing.. can't see how he does that... i smiled when i read about the jumper. i am reading a book written by and English author, my second book in the past week. the first time i read the man was dressed casually in jumper and jeans i did not look it up. the second book mention jumper and jeans and i looked it up... and found it is a sweater..

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  8. it is interesting to see folks in shorts!

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  9. If it was 50 degrees below zero people would still wear shorts. *sigh*

    Amazing mall there. Wish I could walk around it.

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  10. I think those might be tourists from Minnesota, US in the shorts as your winters do resemble our summers!
    Is the girl in the balloon man photo wearing pants made from balloons, or is that a trick of the camera?

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  11. It all looks very civilised. I'd like your winters but not your summers. We're all huffing and puffing here and it's only in the high 70s, 25C.

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  12. Hi Diane, it is nice you are able to take the train into the city for shopping... The people in the shorts must be cold, right? But, my son and nephew would were shorts here in the winter, they pretend they are not freezing. Love the statue artists, they are neat.. Wishing you a happy week!

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  13. Gosh - you wouldn't like living here with me! I'm still wearing layers, even in summer. That statue artist is really something - what a feat of balance! Thanks for taking me along on the trip.

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  14. Yeah what we think is cold many people think is pleasant because we don't live in an area that gets really cold temps that said I think it is bloody cold here today with a temp of 12°C

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  15. It looks as if you had a beautiful day for your trip into Brisbane. The statue artist is amazing. When I lived near the beach in South Carolina we could always identify the tourists by their shorts and tee-shirts.

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  16. Great blog report on "sunny" Brisbane in winter. Those statue people are incredible. The first one I saw, I was sure was a statue and I stood and stared at the "thing" in the middle of the Mall, then the statue winked! I darn near had a heart attack!
    C'mon Cynthia! I have been to Rochester in Minnesota at least 3 times for summer and it was as hot as hell, winter of course is bloody freezing! Did that once, no second winter visit.
    I don't know how you, Diane, can have so much success with QRail?
    I bloody well can't.

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  17. Well--I hope it's not too cold here for you when you are in our area.... To us, it is not that cold in November (most of the time)... ha

    I cannot get over the statue artist... That looked just like a sculpture.. I could never sit that way for even a minute or so... How does he do it????

    Glad you got your watch fixed....

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  18. Looks like a nice city. I can't be to cold when people walk in shorts and it looks so sunny. Here it is absolutely freezing and miserable.
    Amazing that statue man, don't know how he keeps that up.

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  19. I have also seen those statues but have no clue how they do it!

    I amazes me how tourists walk around in winter in shorts and T shirt, we used to see it in S. Africa when we were all wrapped up in jerseys and long trousers!

    Glad you got your watch strap. Take care t'other Diane

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  20. Oh how I have been wishing we were there like we were this time last year . But our central heating got fixed yesterday so I am set to enjoy the rest of the winter. Mind you we set the thermostat to 17c which you probably think is chilly.

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  21. Great photos of this lovely city Diane. Glad you were able to replace the bands on your watch. The 'statue' must have amazing knees!

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  22. Definitely no shorts and summer dresses down here Diane and no Fossil shop .... I'm sure you were pleased to collect your new band.

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  23. Enjoyed the post and especially the train station photos as Grenville is a big train fan. I agree on traveling by train or bus line as bring convenient and we too ask for senior rates, cheaper often than driving and no parking concerns.

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  24. I've seen many people wearing shorts and short sleeves in the winter, here, too, Diane. Since we are at a high altitude our sunshine is very warm all year round, but it still can get cold in winter, especially when there is air flow from the arctic. I don't mind the cold as I always feel I can dress up to keep warm but can't do the reverse, after a point, to cool down when it is hot :)

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  25. Fab street scenes Diane.. it always makes me smile when I see tourists in their shorts and tee shirts when we're all bundled up in scarves etc :)I guess we don't know how lucky were are! I must admit I would have been a little confounded by the statue man as well.. HOW on earth did he do that :)

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