We went for a stroll along the Underwood wetlands yesterday even though it was freezing. (Well for us anyway) it was only 19ºC. This park has been established by the Logan City Council, our local authority. It's a great place for families with children and bloggers looking for subjects.
Living on the river has become very popular over the last few years, so much so that a lot of houses have been replaced with apartment blocks. These here are at Hawthorne across the river from New Farm.
Some of our friends have bought units on the river with the intention of retiring there but after listening to them, it is not all that's cracked up to be, especially with night time noise.
Yesterday we went into the city to meet interstate friends for lunch. One of our regular commenters Colin (HB) also joined us. We do this every time our friends from the Hunter Valley fly into Brisbane. We had a wonderful lunch at the Harlequin restaurant of the Sofitel Hotel. The group consists of friends from the Australian School of Pacific Administration Cadet Education Officers' class of 62/63 of which Diane, Colin and Peter were members.
Lunch hour is finished and only us and a few stragglers remain for an extended lunch.
This picture was taken about two months ago at Roma Street Parklands during a Multicultural Festival. These girls were preparing for some sort of skating show, unfortunately our train left before we actually saw the performance.
At South Bank Parklands between the Playhouse and the Ferry stop are these two posts in the road, presumably stopping vehicular access. I couldn't quite work out what they represent and I couldn't find any explanation anywhere. They have patterns and inserts of various descriptions. Mybe someone in Brisbane can fill us in of what they represent.
When we have to go into the city, we sometimes take a bus to avoid traffic and parking costs. It's great. the bus picks us up at Springwood and drives on the seperate bus track right into Adelaide Street outside Myer shopping centre. Then back again to Springwood. Here comes our bus.
Boundary Street, West End is the hub of this cosmopolitan Brisbane suburb. It houses various international shops and restaurants as well as the very first Coffee Club from where the phenomenon called the Coffee Club started and today is nationwide.
Boundary Street, West End And somewhere in that shot is a son-in-law
I've been having E-mail debates recently with a group of people from Brisbane, and as far away as Colorado and Florida about butcher birds and what they look like. So I doug up this picture of 'scruffy' a butcher bird who visited us every day with his family for a little mince meat, 'Scruffy' was very trusting and let us hand-feed him but not the rest of his flock. Then one day they stopped coming for a year. The following year they returned again for another season and that was it. We have not seen them for over a year.
Yesterday was an overcast day down here in Sydney with light rain, so perfect for a lazy day indoors, blogging and reading books. While looking out from our balcony at Vaucluse, we saw this waterspout over the ocean. It looked spectacular, so Diane grabbed her camera and captured this phenomenon. It even made the evening TV news at 6pm.
On Saturday, a group of bloggers met for lunch in Sydney at the Glenmore Rooftop restaurant overlooking Sydney harbour. After a delightful lunch, we watched the arrival of Jessica Watson after her solo trip around the world, sailing into the harbour to the Sydney Opera House, surrounded by hundreds of other vessesls and hovered over by news helicopters.
(f.l.t.r.) Bill, Diane, Jim, Julie, Ann, Joan, Peter and Michelle
Our view from the Glenmore Rooftop Restaurant with Jessica Watson arriving at the Sydney Opera House
Brisbane City Hall, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, is the seat of the Brisbane City Council. It is located adjacent to King George Square, where the rectangular City Hall has its main entrance. The City Hall also has frontages and entrances in both Ann Street and Adelaide Street. The building is considered one of Brisbane's finest and is registered on the Register of the National Estate since 1978.
The leavy suburb called The Gap was badly damaged in a wild storm a couple of years ago causing damages to a lot of properties, most have now been repaired. Here is a typical street ib this seni-rural suburb
Following yesterday's picture of the Kookaburra Queen, I am happy to introduce you to the captain who greeted us when we boarded the ship for a lunch cruise. Once on board, he handed the helm over to the First Mate while he proceeded to entertain us with wonderful stories during our lunch.
I have shown her before from different angles, she is the Kookaburra Queen, a floating restaurant boat cruising up and down the Brisbane River.The reason I am showing her again is because tomorrow I am going to show you the captain, a real character.
Hi there in Blogland. Diane and I are flying to Sydney this morning, for three weeks to be with our daughter Sonya who is expecting our first grandchild. So I'll be blogging by 'remote control' to keep to the rules of City Daily Blog. Not sure if I'll be able to follow all your blog posts, but I'll try.