Queensland's first Government House is located at Garden Points within the grounds of the University of Technology, at the end of George Street in Brisbane. The building was constructed for Queensland Governor Sir George Bowen and his wife, Lady Diamantina Bowen. The governor and his family moved into the building in April 1862. In 1910, the building was considered too small for the governor mainly because it lacked a ballroom, so the then governor Sir William MacGregor moved his family into the new Government House Fernberg at Paddington.
We went into town for lunch with Colin (HB) at the Harlequin Restaurant Central Station. On the way there we saw these two jazz musicians basking in Queen Street. I was immediately intrigued by the piccolo trumpet one was playing.
They were producing a beautiful jazz number while we were there
Piccolo trumpet in b-flat
As a trumpet player myself, I was admiring the piccolo trumpet
This is a real grizzly bear I filmed on Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, the reason the picture quality is not so good is I had to take the picture of my movie. And Oh yes, there was a fence between the bear and me. (Amazing what you can do with PaintshopPro)
We were in Skagway, Alaska, last week. Now for those of you who don't know, Skagway is a cute little town with wall to wall jewellery and souvenir shops open only a few months of the year. Most of them close for winter and the shopkeepers head south. The famous (or infamous, as most people in Skagway told me) Sarah Palin went to school in Skagway. So when I saw her in one of the shops, I asked Diane to take a picture of Sarah and me.
In Juneau, Alaska, we took a trip on a float plane to a lodge in a National Park where the rangers cooked us freshly caught salmon on a bar-b-que. While eating, we noticed a black bear wander up to the bar-b-que plate where he stood up and started to lick the plate. We all jumped up to take pictures including Diane who took these two. We were about 5m away from it.
It's not the 'chef' although it looks like it.
The bear had enough and wandered off into the woods.
During the encounter, the ranger was staying with us with a long stick. Just in case.
We stayed overnight at this beautiful village called Sun Peaks. I truly thought I was in Europe somewhere. It is a winter place with lots of ski lifts everywhere. So while we were there it looked a little deserted.