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Magnificent Trees – Figs

Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy with a huge, spreading Ficus benjamina Anzac Park

Judy and I have met a lot of magnificent trees in our travels and it is difficult to choose a favourite group. I guess eucalypts are top of our list, but the one that takes the prize for a combination of tenacity and majesty are […]

A Day at the Beach – a Cloudspotters Joy 2

Clouds over Crrumbin Beach

Beautiful day one at Currumbin

This summer’s wet made a stay at the beach pretty miserable and not conducive to cloud spotting. Our first day was sunny conning us into believing the worst of the wet had passed. Alas the wet returned the next day, but there were a few days of clear weather […]

Australian Lighthouses – 1

Cape Byron

Cape Byron Lighthouse Tower

Inhospitable, isolated locations and the sentinel service they provide for mariners lend lighthouses a romantic appeal. Their unique architecture, long history the world over and their use as locations for many dramatic movies add to this appeal. Judy and I have always admired them in photographs, films and the odd […]

Observations from my Study Window

Bearded Dragon lizard stretched out in the shade

Bearded Dragon resting in the shade

My study window with its view of the back yard and its wildlife can be quite a distraction. I often see Hares (up to three at once) and not long ago there was a Fox, large as life and in good condition. Both are surprising in an increasingly […]

Wanaka Air Show New Zealand 2012

Sopwith Camel Front end with laminated propellor

Sopwith Camel

Warbirds over Wanaka is one of three major bi-annual classic air shows in New Zealand: the others being the Classic Fighters Air Show at Omaka and Wings over Wairarapa at the Hood Aerodrome near Masterton. All attract large crowds with international attendees from as far away as Europe and the US. They […]

New Zealand – Mountains, Lakes and Friendly People

Mountains beside the Dart river New Zealand

Mountains and Dart River New Zealand

Over the years Judy and I have often mused that we should visit New Zealand someday and it would be nice to attend the Warbirds over Wanaka International Air Show. Well we finally stopped procrastinating and crossed both off last April. Why did we wait so long? Both […]

Clouds and Fogs

Altocumulus clouds over Brisbane

Altocumulus clouds Brisbane

In an earlier Blog entitled “A Day at the Beach – a Cloud Spotter’s Joy” I waxed lyrical about the joys of looking up regularly to enjoy God’s screen saver. I followed this advice last Friday morning on my way to fill the car and saw a sky crammed full of […]

A Day at the Beach – A Cloudspotter’s Joy

Clouds and rainbow over the sea at Currumbin

There are many things to enjoy at the beach: the sand; surf; long walks and fishing, but above all is the lovely expanse of sky with its ever changing cloudscapes. Something is always happening and the sky could be regarded as God’s screensaver.

Earlier this year Judy and I spent a few days at Currumbin […]

Animal Friendings

Brushtail Possum

Brushtail Possum

Judy and I live on the outskirts of Brisbane and are fortunate that the area still retains some of its original bushland. During our occupancy we have had the pleasure of many “friendings” by wild birds and other animals. Some have sought us out while others have shared accommodation in what could […]

Mapleton Forest Drive SE Queensland

Forest lining Buckby road

Buckby Road

The drive through Mapleton Forest is a pleasant one day excursion through magnificent tall open Blackbutt forests with trees over 30 metres tall. These tall forests are occasionally replaced by shorter Scribbly Gum open forests (Eucalyptus signata) with trees up to 20 metres tall and a heath understorey in places. Rain forest […]