Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Thanks and a little travel tale

Hi and thank you to all the nice folk who posted comments about my first "moos". It encourages me to try again another time:)

We have just returned from a week in sunny Queensland ...for those who don't know this is a state of Australia. It is much further north than where I live so instead of cold winter days of around 15C we had 22C and when it rains it stays warm, tropical showers tend to be brief, though we did have one day of torrential downpours!
We went up primarliy to attend a Jazz Festival in Noosa but this year had the luxury of arriving a few days early and having a relaxing few days do nothing much but checking out the local sights, reading a couple of books, doing some knitting (even though I managed to only take one of the required knitting needles, something that is a tad hard to find up north, they aren't big into knitting, obviously too hot for such activities!)
We drove to a picturesque spot called Tin Can Bay ( no idea why it is so named) where we came across a mob of cyclists and a big tent city where they were obviously headed for for the night. There is also a miliatry camp up here and the boys and girls where having some sort of training exercise.
We stopped in the carpark that looked out over the bay, laid our seats back and had a lovely snooze in the sun. I did say we were out for a relaxing time didn't I?
The next day we went for a boat ride up the Noosa river and into the Everglades. It was a leisurely 4 hour round trip and there was afternoon tea of champagne and orange juice followed by a cuppa and some nice danish style pastries.
Lots of bird life to be seen among the mangrove swamps. The lakes we crossed are incredibly shallow and in some spots if the boat was not kept at a the right speed we would have been grating on the ground! There were some lovely blue waterlillies which I will show you some pictures of later (need to download from the camera).
Thursday was the day of the torrential rain so we picked an indoor activity...Underwater World. A great marine attraction with a cool tunnel under the water, so you can see all the sharks and fish etc swimming. There are seals and otters here too.
Friday was the start of the Jazz Festival so we put our 3-day passes to good use and listened to some fabulous local and international jazz. That night we had booked to go to dinner a a classy restaurnat who had 3 different female vocalists(with backing bands) and we were not disappointed. Great food, service and music!
We were expecting some friends to arrive for a 2 night stay and they finally made it just after midnight! A quick chat and time for some shut-eye before heading to the local art/craft/food market the next morning at Eumundi. Michelle and Haydn (particularly) are not morning people but they made an effort and we were out the door and at Eumundi by 9.30ish. Our stomachs were grumbling by then, so Mike and I snacked on a spicy debriciner sausage...WOW...needed an icy fruit cup after that, made of local mangoes and strawberries...yummo. We lost Haydn as he went off shopping (mobile phones are handy for tracking someone down....lol) I managed to buy a lovely light weight blouse,something a bit dressy to wear out to dinner one night:) Made of that great crinkle stuff that doesn't need ironing.
We seperated around 1100, Michelle and Haydn had plans to relax and even have an afternoon nap while we went into Noosa to hear some more jazz. We would meet again for dinner and some music. It was not to be...a text message from Michelle to say her babysitter needed her home straight away cut short their weekend away...boo hoo Drama with the babysitter leaving on an overseas trip the next day not anything amiss with the children thank goodness.
Sunday was spent enjoying more music after we had been to the local Farmer's Market. This was full of fabulous local produce, just wish we could have bought some of the stuff on offer but when you are flying home the next day no point:( The strawberries were humungous !
We were a tad disappointed in our last dinner/music event...twas the most expensive and though the food was nice,the servings rather small and the music a little dull...overall effect not up to scratch, we will choose better next year...I am hopeful aren't I...hehe
Monday was pack up and fly home day. We ate a hearty breakfast in Noosa (we had been good all week having just museli and yoghurt) of eggs, bacon and tomatoes...mmmmm
We drove down the coast to return our hire car and killed some time reading our books in the sun before heading to the airport and a 2 hour plane ride home. We had a no frills flight so took our own bread rolls and some yoghurt on board for lunch. Then we watched Dr Who (as Mike had recorded it on his laptop) ah the marvels of modern technology.
Back in Melbourne to a cool 11C reception...brrr
We picked up our car from the long term carpark and arrived home to dinner cooked by Emily (our daughter) very nice indeed.
Today it is back to reality, get the washing done, think about meals, work etc.
I have my monthly ATC group meeting tomorrow night so I had better do something, this month's theme is "collage".
I will post some photos later.

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