Roma Street gardens, Brisbane, Queensland

April 21, 2013

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This is taken in the Roma Street gardens in the heart of Brisbane. The area is beside the central railway station and used to be shunting yards and a real eyesore. It has been transformed into a mini botanical gardens with fern grottos, dry Aussie areas, palm areas, tree top areas, flower, cactus and beautiful water areas. The walkways offer vistas from every height and there are little spots to have a garden wedding in as well. One bridal party was being photographed with the complete backdrop of wide falling water, it was impressive. There are bbq and play areas. It is such a delightful place to wander through with birds and lizards of all colours and varieties.

Did you notice how English white I am?  Yuk!  I am now working on getting a soft slow tan; just enough to look like a local. 🙂

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Brisbane, Queensland.

April 12, 2013

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Here’s the Brisbane skyline from Kangaroo Point cafe looking across the river. Isn’t it a lovely place!  This was breakfast, thick fruit toast and lovely Aussie coffees. (I must say their coffees far surpass Starbucks and Costa coffee) They really make an art of preparing and then pouring them out. The froth on a flat white is so stable it barely moves and the patterns they get on the top are really clever.

This was a treat for Kevin’s birthday last Saturday, thats him on the right.  It followed our walk along the cliff top and then down the stairs and along the river side. Loads of abseilers and rock climbers come to ‘do’ the cliffs at the weekends. Loads of others come to run, walk, and cycle the pathways before the sun really gets hot. The cafe does a roaring trade.


2 weeks to go

February 25, 2013

Oh dear….  there’s just 2 weeks to go before we fly out for Melbourne and then Brisbane…. and you should see the flat, actually no. you shouldn’t see it!

My husband is working long hours starting at like 2am and my diary is full with last minute clients. I was at a training all weekend til late, and this week am helping a good friend with her stand at the Publishing Expo in Earls Court, London. That is 2 days and one night away as well.

This is what I have to do… dig myself into the big cupboard that goes right across the wall in our bedroom and get out everything that has been stored in there in boxes of all shapes and sizes so I can see what is there and then decide what I am taking on plane, sending as unaccompanied luggage, sending by sea and what I am chucking out. This has to be drastic and involves not only shoes and clothes but golf clubs and god knows what else has been shoved in there to create space elsewhere. For instance I found a pile of knitting needles and my favourite knitting patterns and I havent knitted since Aiden was just about to be born 9 years ago. The shawl is still unfinished and I have promised to complete it for his 21st!

We came here to England, from Australia, just 10 years ago this week. We brought our 20kg each on the plane and 3 small boxes of unaccompanied luggage plus my sewing machine.  We need to condense back to something similar. Ouch!

So, I better get back to it all.


Thinking of Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast

December 17, 2012

When we start to get cold and damp and wet and the days get shorter and shorter here in the UK I start to think of warmer places like Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.  Queenslanders will be in the heat of summer getting about in their sunnies, shorts and tee shirts, skimpy summer dresses and their togs (thats Kiwi for swimmers, or bathing costumes if you want to be very pom)

images-35At this time of the year I remember, (yes, I can’t go without saying this which rather dates me) I remember getting up in the weekend mornings, scrambling into my bikini and having a dip in the pool in the garden before getting breakfast going. What a great way to wake up and shower! The warmth dried me and I spent the rest of the weekend similarly attired just putting on a pair thongs, (flipflops to you here) and some shorts to go shopping.

I remember, too, on weekdays walking to, and along, the beach, finishing off with a quick swim, and walking home before changing and driving to work. How nice is that!  Oh, for some Queensland sunshine and sea!

Actually, I will be thinking of Brisbane and the Sunshine coast more after the build up to Christmas because Christmas is very much an English thing and I enjoy that here.  More on that in another blog. Needless to say that even after 10 years away I miss the warmth of the Sunshine Coast,  and to be specific Mooloolaba and Nambour.