Sunday, December 30, 2012

Rainbow Beach Sandblow

The walk to this sandblow area is just so picturess. There are quite a few stairs to climb, but absolutely worth it!
Just look at these trees on the walkway to the sandblow!
The sand blow looking towards the sea.
The sand blow looking towards the Great Sandy Straits.
This was a lovely way to see the end of the day. 

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Fraser Island: Largest sand dune island in the world

We made a trip to Fraser Island with family.
This is the Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort
We had magnificent weather, but the worst roads we have ever encountered in comparison to many previous trips here.
The rainforest is just beautiful!
Breakfast at Central Station.
Central Station Boardwalk.
Lake MacKenzie.
Driving on the East Coast Beach. This is Indian Heads.
Moheno Shipwreck.
Pinnacles on the East Coast of Fraser Island.
Eli Creek
Aircraft land on the beach.
A Dingo on the beach.
Exit the Island to Rainbow Beach.
If you prefer going with a tour group, these 4X4 Tour buses are very popular.
We enjoyed a lovely time inhaling the salty air and hearing the waves on the beach.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wooroolin Wetlands

Last weekend our son from Brisbane came visiting and we went for a drive to the Wooroolin Wetlands. It is  about 16 km drive North of Kingaroy at the township of Wooroolin. It is clearly visible from the main road.. It is a non-tidal, inland, non-arid, seasonally flooded wetland. There was an indication of a walking trail but we couldn't find it

Over 28 different birds have been sighted here, including nankeen kestrels, striated pardalotes and golden-headed cisticola.Over two kilometers of endangered vegetation has been fenced to help restrict access and protect the local and regional species.

 Revegetation is taking place in this eucalypt woodland and particular attention is being paid to the endangered Queensland Blue Gum. Nesting boxes have been provided as alternative habitats for sugar gliders and possums.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A Brisbane Visit

During our first week in Kingaroy, Coenraad phoned us and let us know he was in the finals for the Criminal Law Moot on Thursday night. We have never been able to attend any of his moots in the past as it has always been in the week. With Danie also in teaching now and him finishing at 3pm and with living closer to Brisbane now, we decided to go. We made it just in time after navigating city traffic at it's peak and finding parking that can be a nightmare in the centre of Brisbane. It was a fantastic contest and the other team won. We were treaded unexpectedly with lovely fresh filled rolls and cool drinks. As we were on the road all afternoon, we didn't have time for supper before so this was a great feast. 

After the contest we decided to go and watch the laser show on the Brisbane River, just across the bridge from the QUT Universtity. It was spectacular in colour and especially the reflections on the water. Here are a few of the photo's to give you some idea.

The walk along the river is beautiful. Here are a few photo's of a walkway next to the Brisbane River.

We left at 9.30pm and arrived back in Kingaroy past midnight at 12.30am.

First week in Kingaroy

We took the most needed and spent our first week camping in the house. I have done a lot of CLEANING and SCRUBBING! Danie is finding his way around the new school and I have been home most of the time. I had some time to stitch on my "Rocky Point" again and enjoyed it so much.I have put more stitches into the blue sky.

I have had a seconde week without a voice and thus haven't been able to do any casual teaching. I had one interview at the largest primary school in Kingaroy and did that with a whisper. NOT GOOD!

We have just arrived back in Hervey Bay for the two week school holiday. We now have to start some cleaning up in our huge shed. It will be a very busy time.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Shifting Country

My husband has taken a teaching position at a high school in Kingaroy. We have gone to have a look at the accommodation offered to us and was pleasantly surprised.. It is light and sunny, but so much BLUE. I felt like a fish in the ocean. We will have to sell some of our furniture, as we are downsizing from a 4-bedroom home to a 2-bedroom home. This will mean a massive garage sale to also clear a 3-bay shed.

Here are a few photo's BEFORE our arrival. Notice the fridge is offered as part of the house.

 Just look at all the light in the passage!

The BBQ area is very private and quite large. We will spend a lot of time here.
This is the only garden and it needs some tender loving care. We just love the large windows. We took one chair down for hubby to use during the first 5 days there.
The following photo's were taken while driving. There are beautiful rolling hills and a lot of golden, windswept grasslands.
We are looking forward to a new adventure.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mary Poppins

I have only had one free day yesterday, since starting teaching again. I have been very busy. Yesterday I had an interesting event during my duty time at lunch.

Two little girls called me and I went closer. They must have been about 8 years old. They said "Miss you look just like Mary Poppins". It was a bit of a surprise at it used to be my nick name at our Head Office when we used to run the businesses. And hearing it like that again... made me think. How is this possible? How did they know?   

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Teaching again after 10 years!

We have a web-site here in Australia, Queensland  (called TRACER) that teacher's register on for availability for teaching. I registered on that a week ago and this morning at 6.50am the phone rang. I was asked to take a PREP class at one of the schools closes to our home.

I was shocked, overwhelmed and stressed .To try and put my mind to it ... teaching again after 10 years! The thought of having 20 or more little brats confined between 4 walls was rather daunting.

I did survive the day and look forward to receiving my first well earned pay!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Son's 21st in Brisbane

We had a very busy time preparing for our eldest son's 21st. We had to take an extra fold-up table, chairs,  wine glasses, platters etc. We started packing the 4x4 just to find that the table didn't fit. Then we tried my Honda and it was the WINNER! We also had to fit the gigantic present in the car! It took us 2 hours to pack and fit everything. Quite a site!
My husband took Thursday and Friday off work as well as the Monday. We left the Thursday morning of the 9th August at 3am. Our youngest son had to fly to Brisbane from Sydney and we had to pick him up in Brisbane at 8am. We had booked into a motel for the long weekend, but when we arrived the room wasn't available yet. We were allowed to drop the cold things into the fridge. We had to take a walk to find somewhere to go and have a coffee. We enjoyed our time at an ABC Bookstore, had a lovely coffee, read the papers and all about he Olympics and walked back. The room was still not available. By then we decided it was time for lunch. When we got back to the motel, we were all exhausted and  had a long afternoon siesta. Coenraad (the birthday boy) came over to our place after work We had to drive to his place to offload everything and get to his presents!
We went out for the evening and celebrated his big day at a lovely restaurant.
On Friday we had to buy all the groceries. I had to make the punch sugar syrup, the salt treats, chocolate pudding and the liqueur tart, in the tiny square motel kitchen. Most of the time I was getting baking powder or sugar all over the kitchen floor...and cleaning that up was FUN!

On Saturday morning before we had even opened our eyes (6am) the phone rang. Coenraad had to go to the airport and pick up a friend that was arriving from Sydney and his car's battery was flat...It always happens at the worst time. I was planning to get to Coenraad's home to start the main preperations for the evenings party with all his friends. So once again I had to start more preperations in the little haunted kitchen. I was more successful this time, as I was starting to find my way around. They eventually came to pick me and Niel up and all the bits and pieces that had to go to the party venue.

There we did more preperations. Niel was very helpful during the last 20 minutes!.
Later the evening all the fun started and we had too much food!

This was the Weber BBQ (the birthday present) in use and some of the best friends.
We had a fantastic evening and a great time!