Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Best Wishes for a Merry Christmas!

We'll be celebrating in Brisbane with family and thinking of all our dear friends.  Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Brave Miss Daisie

Monday was a shocking day for Miss Daisie.  She is such a love, she makes friends wherever she goes.  It's hard to believe she could travel all over the world, in places where dangers abound, only to be attacked in Brisbane.

Miss Daisie's is not happy her hairdo has been messed up.
We were returning home after visiting the groomer, red bows in her hair, when we came face to face with a big dog who leapt across the path to attack her.  It was so quick and shocking for us all.

Both dogs were on leads and we were able to pull Miss Daisie away to safety.  We got her quickly back to the vet who took her in straight away to check her wounds.  She cleaned her up and gave her an injection, as well as some anti-inflammatories and antibiotics to take away with us.  The vet says she's lucky, no serious damage.

  Daisie is a brave soul.  Despite her shock, her tail still wags when she sees someone who wants to be friends.   We're making sure she spends time with her best furry friends.  She is recovering her usual happy demeanor and we are taking good care of her.

Sunday, 12 December 2010

I've Been Everywhere, Man!

Kangaroos at Balancing Rock, near Glenn Innes
Driving from Brisbane to Sydney recently to pick up Daisie from Quarantine brought back some fond memories.  There's nothing like a drive through small Aussie East Coast towns to make you smile and think of singing.  Just saying the place names out loud is a hoot!

Guyra Railway Signal, New South Wales
Take a look at some of these "blink and you'll miss it" place names we've loved most on many a drive along the Pacific Highway:

Duranbah, Tyagarah, Newybar, Yelgun, Uralla, Uki, Bilinudgel, Bellimbopinni, Tabbimobile, Jackadgery, Liangothin, Tibuster, Coopernook, Coolongolook, Nabiac, Rainbow Flat

The 10 year drought has broken.  Mann River at Jackadgery.
Then there's some all time favorites from around the country: Murwillumbah, Mullumbimby, Cunnamulla, Cabramatta, Indooroopilly, Kirribilli, Woolloongabba, Oodnadatta, Nambucca, Clybucca, Buladelah, Bambaroo, Woolloomooloo.

You might remember Johnny Cash's 1996 version of the song, "I've Been Everywhere, Man".  Back in 1962 Lucky Starr recorded the Aussie version, written by Geoff Mack in 1959:

I've been everywhere man,
'cross the deserts bare, man,
I've breathed the mountain air, man,
of travel I've had my share, man,
I've been ev'rywhere."

Been to...
Click here to see where intrepid traveller Peter Harris has been as he's followed the lyrics of the song.

Near Scone, NSW

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Brisbane Street Art

Sandstone was a common building material for the historic buildings in Australia's cities and towns.  

There was nothing to tell the significance of these gorgeous, quite large carved sandstone blocks.  You just have to enjoy the beauty of the stone and the work of the artist.

Wall art, reminiscent of aboriginal cave paintings

Friday, 10 December 2010

Kangaroo Point, Brisbane

Boardwalk Dockside, Kangaroo Point
Dockside Marina, Story Bridge in the background

Poinciana tree roots

Classic old Queensland pub architecture, Story Bridge Hotel, Kangaroo Point
Woolworths store with Story Bridge art

Brisbane's iconic Story Bridge is represented in art and advertising all over the city.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Eating, Drinking Tea, Cycling with Hugh Jackman, Brisbane

Chinese restaurants in Australia serve great, super fresh seafood - Spanner Crab
Gary's new car!  Waiting for you Gary, when you get tired of NZ.

Standard fare

Ok, so Hugh was only with us in advertising, it's still great to see his face on the street!

In Brisbane we can pick up a bicycle, cruise the miles and miles of boardwalk,  and drop it off wherever there's a cycle station.  
October in Brisbane, Jacarandahs and roses in bloom