Saturday, June 28, 2008

How Proud are We?? the Darling and I......

...........had a wonderful surprise today, our eldest has been asked to be one of the photographers exhibiting work at a newly opened Gallery in Woolloongabba, here is the the Talented one and the New Bride, posing with his Dad, in front of one of the pieces in the gallery.

and again in front of another 3 of his pieces on the pew seat. His work can be found on Flickr on

Although he has always been interested in photography, making home movies when just a lad, he has only been treating photography as a serious hobby for the past couple of years, His interest really deepened when they travelled to Greece for their honeymoon.

Our day with them started out with coffee and much excited "pawing over" and trying out of the new camera lens for his birthday. It was then suggested that we journey over to Woolloongabba to try out a new eatery that they had heard about and then there was a newly opened gallery they wanted to show us. At this stage we hadn't been told the exciting news.

A friend of theirs was sitting in the eatery, waiting on food, he seemed to be a really nice young man until he recommended the fish finger sandwich........a fish finger sanger?? in an eatery?? both he and the eatery hit a score of zero really fast, but as I looked around at the crowd of happy eaters I thought I should perhaps reserve judgement for at least 5 mins or so........and lucky I did, the fish finger sanger was fabulous, thick ribbons of salmon, lightly crumbed with a chunky tartare sauce and a little salad between thick slices of really fresh wonderful bread. Yum.... The new bride and I shared, good thing too as the Darling couldn't finish his sanger.

After a most enjoyable lunch, it was then off around the corner to visit the Gallery.

As we approached, there in the doorway, was their friend from the eatery, turns out he is one of the owners of the gallery, we walked in, and .........Oh My God, .........such excitement,.. there on display were some of our son's photos.

They have been printed on canvas and stretched and mounted...........I swear to God I was really cool, didn't scream or jump around or anything...........of course the Darling totally disagrees, he claims I squeaked like a constipated mouse, well that's what his impersonation of my behaviour sounded like. I completely disagree, and the new bride backs me up. Wise Gal that new bride!

They have a section for original paintings and the other section for photography. Definitely worth a visit. With lots of exciting work from new artists and some wonderful collaborative work done by Josh and Kylie Farrelly of EnergyArt, involving a mix of painting and photography, that I think they call "Paintography". Not to spoil the surprise, go check out the Gallery.

Joshua Levi Gallery 2 - 4 Ipswich Road Woolloongabba, pictured above with a smiling Josh standing in front of the wall that will be dedicated to our Son's work.

Keep an eye out for the amazing claw foot bath in the window, complete with crystal chandelier.

Josh also runs a very interesting business by the name of "thumbprints," where he takes one of your favourite photos and prints it onto canvas, and mounts it. Imagine having your favourite pic of the Grandies on canvas on your wall!, or your favourite pic of anything for that matter. Check Josh out at:- there is also a link to view works by Kylie Farrelley.

After a most enjoyable time talking to a very friendly Josh and Damien, the owners, we went to Freestyle tout in Fortutide Valley for dessert and coffee, and so rounded off a really special day.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Beautiful Sunny Day

Such a beautiful sunny day, perfect for photograping some of the flowers in our yard. How about this for a blue blue sky? This Tibochia was heavily cut back at very much the wrong time of year, it wept sap for almost 2 months and I feared we had killed it.

and the vibrant red of these berries on the Coral Ardisia.
Couldn't resit a pic of the mauve and white flowers on the Coriander that is going to seed.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Caloundra Beach

After Lunch at our local pub where we had this lamb and chilli mint Pizza, we drove down to Caloundra, to the water play area next to the beach, it's a large play area for all ages, a fenced area for the littlies, lots of pools of varying depths overlooking the ocean, this water fountain with various angeled jets.
Walk ways of tiles, concrete and mosaics with plenty of seating to rest, maybe sit and read or just enjoy the passing parade.

We also found these mosaic motifs scattered around the walkways.
This one is obviously the Hospital ship Centaur, which was sunk by a Japanes submarine off the Caloundra coast in May 1943. 268 people lost their lives.

And this mosaic is :this, the old beach changing pavilion
And so after a day of fun in the sun we are now off to Party, Party, it's one of the Support Team's birthday's today. Had a big party last Saturday so tonight is just family and close friends.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Alexandra Headland

Took a stroll through Churinga Park at "Alex", the park follows the beach from the end of Maroochydore, over the Alex headland to Mooloolaba, distance, ?, but far enough to get a fair enough work out.
The entrance to Churinga is a favourite place for the surfers to pick up a wave or two.

Just a little further along, another group of surfers waiting with a lone sailboat in the distance.

The middle of the park, at its widest, has a number of memorials to our lost service personnel, there is the H.M.A.S. Brisbane memorial, A memorial to those lost in Korea, and a really lovely memorial to service dogs, with a water bowl for our thirsty four footed friends.

The track is popular with the joggers and keep fit walkers, with a couple of steep gradients and a nice shady dip in the middle.

Staggering back to the car I noticed an info icon on the path, "walkway another 12.5km"! now that is something to work up to for another day.

The plan was to have coffee and maybe a little cake in Mooloolaba, but it was just chock a block full of people all having fun, even the Australia Zoo boat was close in to shore, offering tourists a little cruise.
Left them all to it, and came home to Buderim. One of the things I just love about living in this area is being able to enjoy all the tourist facilities or stay away when the tourists are out in force, and talking of tourists, just how lucky are these guys and gals, a tiny little caravan park tucked away right on the Mooloolaba beach, you can just see the tops of the vans under the high rise on the right side of the piccie. Imagine... breakfast at sunrise on the beach.

Maroochydore River

Went shopping for doggie fashions this afternoon, and as tempting and all as it was to buy a black puffer jacket emblazoned with "Stud", we settled on a nice sedate tartan number. The red Sheltie has developed a rash and is going to be shorne, so of course he has to be kept warm, poor wee thing, he will miss all that fur and so will we, this dog has been shorne before and believe me its not a pretty sight.
After the shopping and to recover from the sticker shock of doggie fashions, we went for a nice late afternoon stroll along the Maroochy River. As you can see, some rests were needed.

Would just love to holiday in this lovely old house or even in one of the front units of the block next door, cocktails on the veranda at sunset.........heavenly.

One of the many old fishing shacks at the end of the private jetties along the waters edge, with the late afternoon sun magnified through the round glass windows.

The Darling snapped this pic of another jetty and shack, complete with Pelican and late afternoon shadows. This one he took looking back towards the setting sun, love the play of light and shadow on the water.