Monday, August 25, 2008

Mount Coolum

Youngest son had a better offer today so we went up the coast a little toward Mount Coolum and called into "Town of Seaside" at Marcoola, a residental development with a little difference. The architecture reminds me of the American seaside area around Cape Cod. One of the aspects that appealed is the lack of Garages and driveways at the streetfront of the homes, there is street access to the back of the block for garages and mail delivery. A totally different look.
We then went on to Mount Coolum, not sure I would like this great hulking rock in my backyard, there would be a torrent of water cascading down in the rainy season.
But they do have this great view across the street to the Mount Coolum Golf Course.
We also got a few snaps of some very pretty azaleas
and a rather stunningly yellow daisy

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Brissy Catch-up at Cirque

Caught up with our eldest and the bride for lunch, it was a busy day with last minuite shopping for essentials for her up-coming trip to the Solomon Islands. She is one of a small group of people who are going to several less advanced countries to help shop owners with retail & marketing skills. She chose to go to Honiara because we lived there for a couple of years when our first two boys were very young, she has seen the family movies of the boys early birthday parties and jaunts around Honiara and environs.

We stopped off at one of their fav eateries, 'Cirque' in New Farm, couldn't resist a pic of the beautiful table flowers at Cirque and the intrepid traveller in the background.

And this is what we had for lunch, all very fresh, tasty and nicely presented.

Below is a pic of our Darlings paying the bill, note the steep stairs at the back of the restaurant leading to an upstairs dining room, where we ate, my admiration for the very slim wait staff running up and down with food and dishes.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

The best Sunrise ever

Piccie taken by very excited 4yr old Grandson, with the comment of "Its a ball Grandma, and its more hugea"

At last the connection problems are all solved, so nice to have my computer back and to catch up with others blogs.

Lots has happened in this neck of the woods in the past month. So many birthdays with lots of lovely cakes, this one a work in progress, beautifully finished off with a fine web of fairy floss.
Baskets of birthday flowers presented by smiling angels to a Grandmum

Grandad was away for his birthday and our anniversary so lots of catching up when he flew home.

But the best thing was watching the sunrise last Sunday morning with the Grandies. They asked firstly for a sleepover, then barely out of their driveway on the way home they asked to get up and watch the sunrise, the eldest has seen two sunrises from our deck and the youngest had never seen one.
There was much excitement and planning for the big event, with wakeups starting at 3a.m. "Is it time to go yet?", finally caved in at 4.15 and let them get up, so after hot chocolate all around, packed quilts, camera, kids and dog into the car and off we went to the park to watch the sunrise.
With the lull between the first colouring of clouds and sunrise proper there was plenty of time to have a play in the park in the dark, so exciting, but so, so, cold. The dog was the only one with a little sense, he just wanted to get back in the warm car.

I got to have a go with the camera and took this one of the first rays over the horizon.
These two were taken by the eldest Grandie who then quickly passed the camera to his little brother who took the pic at the top of the post.
It was then off home and into the kitchen with us all to cook up a feast for breakfast. We made a pile of pancakes, grilled bacon and eggs and served them with maple syrup, all washed down with more hot chocolate. We finished the morning off with a play in the park and a visit to the $2.00 shop, one of our fav stores. All in all a great morning.