Brisbane, QLD

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Last Friday we drove to the airport and picked up daughter and SIL. We headed north and dropped SIL off at his parents house, where we had a lovely morning tea. Then with Carol enjoying driving our new car we set off for Flaxton, a cute little village nestled in the hills of the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. The weather was a perfect Queensland warm winter's day. Soon we arrived at our cosy B&B, where I found a birthday card and bag of chocolates on the bed from the host.

 That night we went to a local French Restaurant for a delicious dinner.

 Next morning we had a short drive to Mary Cairncross Reserve, where we were disappointed because the new cafe wasn't open. So instead of coffee we went for a short walk through the Rainforest.

 There is a beautiful view of the Glasshouse Mountains from the road. The mountains are actually cores of ancient volcanoes. They were named by Captain Cook as he sailed up the east coast in the 1770's. The mountains reminded him of the glass kilns in his native Yorkshire.

Next stop was Melaney Botanic Gardens. These gardens are perched on the side of a steep hill with the most magnificent views from every angle.

 There were many water features, sculptures plants and ponds.

 There is also an avery with many colourful birds. the birds will land on your arms and head and demand a treat.

We waited at the bottom of the hill, while our chauffeur went to get the car at the top of the hill. Here she comes to pick us up. It was an easy weekend. On the way home we stopped at a random restaurant, "The Terrace", which turned out to be a great place with delicious food, friendly service and a fabulous view.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Last weekend we attended a photography workshop at Redcliffe. We had to meet under the clock at the pier at 7:30am. So we decided to go to Redcliffe the night before and stay over night to save getting up too early to drive there in the morning.
 The old art deco bathing pavilion and entry to the pier.

 Redcliffe is on the shores of Moreton Bay.

 One can't visit Redcliffe without a stroll along the pier. The Whale Watching boat is moored there.

 The swimming pool area is where we started our portrait tutorial.

 The model provided was beautiful and so easy to work with.

We learnt lots but how much we remember is the problem.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017


Come with me on my morning walk. 
 I walk down our street and I meet Helen. We walk into the forest at the end of the street.

 After 15 mins we come to the picnic area where we meet some more ladies in one of the carparks.

 Then we all set off along one of the many trails in the forest.

 We often see wallabies along the way.

 Sometimes we walk through the swampy Tea Tree Forest on a boardwalk.

 We leave the forest for a short walk to Lake Dennis and then return to the forest.

 We climb lots of hills and do a lot of chatting. 

 Helen and I say goodbye to our pals as they go back to the carpark and we take the path to our village.

 We leave the forest and walk into........

 the gate of the village.

 Up the hill to the top

and turn into our street. It takes us an hour and we walk about 4k. Then it s time for breakfast and a cuppa. I love Daisy Hill Forest and I love my morning walks although cold, dark, winter mornings are a bit challenging. 

Saturday, June 3, 2017


How time flies when you get old. I thought it was only a week ago when I posted but now I see that it was over three weeks. Dang!
Last weekend, daughter Sonya and her boys, flew from Melbourne to visit for a few days and to warm up in Queensland sunshine.

 The boys had a turn at flying the jet.

 The Melbourne family found it quite warm up here in Brisbane. They enjoyed some time in the spa.


 The next day we went on the ferry to Coochiemudlo Island for a picnic and play on the beach.

It was a lovely sunny winter's day

 Fox constructing a canal.

 The next day it was a picnic in the forest in walking distance from the village. Banjo spies a wallaby.

 Granddaddy bonds with the boys.

In the afternoon Sonya and her friend, Kelly relax in our Zen Garden, while the children went rock hopping.

Fox crossing a bridge.

 On the last morning I took the boys to the local skate park and playground.

Fox found a place for me to rest and he took a photo of me. Then it was off to the airport and back home to cold Melbourne for Sonya and the boys. It was a fun weekend and so good to see Sonya relax a little.