Friday, April 24, 2009


Here are some happy snaps from our holidays in Queensland.

This photo was taken at the Tambourine Mountains Botanic Gardens

Compared to the rest of Mt. Tambourine this place was lovely and quiet.  It is all run by volunteers and they have done a great job of making different areas of the gardens into features.  There is a Japanese Garden, a Rose Garden, A Camellia Garden etc.

This was also taken at the botanical gardens

This is also taken at the botanical gardens overlooking their Lily pond.

This is a something possum from the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  

We saw quite a few animals there.  We thought it was a it like Australia Zoo only more down-to-Earth and not as expensive.  We took our lunch that I made (sandwiches) bought a coffee and had a sort of picnic lunch overlooking the lake they have there.  I hadn't visited there since I was a litlle girl so I was glad to see that it is still popular.

The Beau got some great pictures of kangaroos, wombats and koala's.  I thought the best thing was the aviaries you can walk through.  It was amazing to sit still in there and after a few minutes to spot all this life moving around you.  It felt very special.

Here we are both at the Bird Sanctuary on the train that takes you around the park.

This is the view from the Q1 tower.  

This view is facing South and you can actually see where we stayed.  The photo is taken from the 77th floor.  It doesn't feel that high when you first look out but when you move to the edge and then look straight down it did make e feel a bit dizzy.  Visitors are able to walk up to the 78th floor where there is a mesh window and you can feel the wind up there.  It wasn't windy when we went up but as it faces West, we watched the sun set over Mt Tambourine.

This photo is on the train at Tropical Fruit World

This is the big Avocado at Tropical Fruit World.

This is the most organized tour of a park I have ever been on.  I love nature and wanted to stroll around looking at plants and smelling the fruits - but- you are not allowed to walk and have to get towed around by a tractor.  The you go on a boat.  The you go a mini-train.  Then you go on the tractor then you go to a fruit tasting and you're done!  I couldn't believe how fast it went.

It was quite expensive here ($75 for both of us).   Lucky I bought lunch and there was the fruit tasting.  We did buy some souvenirs here for our family and ourselves but you do feel that you are being ripped off a tad.

My hair for the races

On Doncaster Day we went to the Gold Cast Races and it was one of the best things we did on our holiday.  It was a beautiful day and there were not too many people about.  We both came out about even and had fun dressing up.

But now for the sad part - it's over!  Back to work on Wednesday!

Friday, April 10, 2009

I have just watched the first day of the Gilmore Girls marathon.  And in a Gilmore fashion I have let myself become completely drawn away from my real task today which was - do my assignment that is due MONDAY!  

This is my sixth year of university - you think that by now I would have learnt that by turning on the TV and beginning to watch the fifth season of a show I like that I would not get said work done.

To try and make amends I am now roasting  some pumpkin for dinner and am on to my second load of washing and will try and do the first part of my assignment tonight.  You see, that's the thing about those Gilmore girls - they have time to do lot's of procrastinating, look perfect always and are both successful at what they do.

But enough whining and here begins the discussion on the reasons I watched the whole fifth series today and my thoughts:

  1. Rory's Pool House - which her grandfather dubbed "the sex house", which he also states cost $40 000 to redecorate.  It is beautiful though with white and a kind of lime green and a pink and white striped brushed silk lounge.  I want her kitchen tiles!
  2. It's very exciting about Luke and Loreli
  3. Who the hell is the dog named after?
  4. Logan is an ass-hole no matter what he does or will do in future episodes (I kind of sneaked a look when looking for a picture of Ror'ys Pool House)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


Only a few more days until school holidays and I can't wait. I am very ready to be able to focus on my university work and then going on holiday with my Beau.

We are going to the Gold Coast and i have a sneaky feeling that this might be the place to find mounds of vintage stuff. I'm hoping that they aren't into vintage too much there. The same hopefully can be said of all the towns we will be stopping at on the way there and back. Which means I will pobably have spent all my money before we get there.

We have taken an apartment that is self-contained so I will still be able to plan my menu and hopefully post some photos.

Before we head off though we are heading to the Sydeny Royal Easter Show. It is one of favourite events of the whole year. last year i won a ribbon for my Dark Plum Jam (Highly Commened). This year I have entered a Savoury Pesto (new category), 2 dessert sauces (a light plum and a mocha - these add up to one category) and a plum jam again. However this year there is no seperation between light plum jam and dark plum jam so I don't know how I'll go with more competitors. I would love a place ribbon. Even a third!

I got the Beau to take some photos on his new camera so I will post them before we go on hols. i have an assignment due on April 13th so I'm sure that will be a great way to procrastinate!
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