Cleveland Point, Brisbane

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


A pair of Bush Stone-curlews have made the village gardens their home and they have raised a chick. I have been trying to photograph the chick for days but it is difficult because the parents protect it very well. These birds are hard to see because their colour blends in with the leaf litter where they spend their time during the day. They are nocturnal birds and they have a high pitched wailing screech at night.
 Here they are hiding the chick and it can't be seen. 

 The next day I was lucky to capture the chick with a zoom lens. Unfortunately walking away from me .

 Another evening one walked right up to our front door.

We had to shoo it away.

They stand very still during the day.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


Continuing My Story

In September 1974 Sonya rushed into our lives. I woke up at 5:30 am on a Saturday morning and said to Bill the baby is on the way. He called an ambulance and then stayed home and looked after Carol while I tried to stop the baby being born in the ambulance. She was in a hurry to join us and arrived as soon as I was at the hospital at about 6:30am. A one hour labour, I couldn't believe it.

My mother and Aunt flew from Sydney to help out. My dad had to work in Sydney and Bill had to work in Brisbane.

 It was great having the help as two little ones were a bit demanding, night and day. Carol was 2 yrs and 3 months and was in the process of toilet training. Too soon Mum and Aunt flew back to Sydney.

By the time Sonya was two months we only had one in nappies thank goodness. I was hoping Carol would cope with having competition and she did well most of the time.

Sonya loved watching Carol play.

Sisters bonding. I was proud of our two little girls but I was also tired.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Oh dear! I am late with this post. Chores keep getting in the way of blogging. Anyway "Gattina" asked to see some big photos of our Christmas so that spurred me into action. Even then I had a visitor interrupt.

We were so lucky to have all of our family come to stay with us for the five days up to Christmas Day. Sonya, Bernie, Fox and Banjo from Melbourne and Carol and David from Sydney.

We celebrate on Christmas Eve because that is how it is in Switzerland. It suits our children because they can then go to their other families on Christmas day. So David, Bernie and Bill cooked us a beautiful lunch which included fish, prawns, crayfish (bugs), ham and salads, Christmas cake and custard. 

 After lunch David put on the Santa hat and gave out the presents from under the tree that were from family members to each other. Fox is patiently waiting for his name to be called out.

 The boys enjoyed opening their presents.

 They gave their parents hugs to say thanks for their gifts.

 Grandma got to hug and

Granddad too. We don't see our grandsons very often in the flesh but thanks to technology we get to see them often but its not as good as a real hug.

The next morning the boys found that Santa had left a sack of presents under the fake bamboo tree.

 Fox was impressed with his Minecraft book and toys.

This all happened at 6:00 am by 8:00 am we were in the car on the way to the airport for them to fly back to Melbourne to have Christmas Dinner with Bernie's family. David and Carol left at 7:00am to drive across Brisbane to have Christmas Breakfast with David's family and later Dinner too. We enjoyed the quiet house and left overs for lunch before the clean up and washing started. I miss my hugs already.

Thursday, December 28, 2017


For our camera club Christmas Party we went to the Lighthouse Restaurant at Cleveland Point. Always a nice spot for photos even though midday shots are not the best.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017


On the first of December the residents of  Elements retirement village turned on their Christmas Lights and we all walked around the village enjoying the festive atmosphere.
Community Centre

Main Entrance

Our street

Swimming Pool, Gym and BBQ area.

David and Diane were giving out drinks outside their unit as we all walked around. Bill enjoyed one.

Friday, December 22, 2017


We went into the city to see the enchanted garden lights at Roma Street Gardens but the queues and the wait was so long that we turned away and went to the City Hall instead.  
 The lights were continually changing and telling a story.

 The tree in the square was also changing patterns.

 We walked down the Mall.

 A friendly photo bomber.

 The casino which is in the heritage Treasury Building.

 Sculptures reflecting the lights.

 We crossed the Victoria Bridge
 and saw the Kurilpa Bridge lit up too.