Tuesday, January 29, 2013

She alright!

The sun came out and shone this morning on what was a very swollen, muddy, fast moving river. But the great thing for us in West End is that it just lapped the edges of the park - a lot less than we had been preparing for.  We saw some logs and bits of pontoons go past at speed but thankfully not all the debris and boats and household goods we saw during the flood 2 years ago...

My thoughts are with the people further north in the state, particularly Bundaberg. They've had a real battering with high speed water up to the eaves of their houses, having to be rescued by helicopter from their roofs. I don't envy them the task ahead but if the folk up north are anything like they are down south, there will be lots of support, plenty of laughter through the tears and new friends to be made along the way.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Ozzie Ozzie Ozzie!!!

It's been a long time in between drinks but I thought I'd better check in with you and let you know how things are going from my point of view in Brisbane at the moment.

 As you may or may not know, we're bracing for another flood thanks to Ex Tropical Cyclone Oswald. The peak is expected tomorrow but we've already seen plenty of chaos due to roads blocked with trees down, debris all over the road and power lines scattered everywhere. This shot was taken outside where I work up in Mount Coot-tha. Luckily for us the tree fell towards the road, otherwise it would have been curtains for the security guard!

We think the peak down by the river will be significantly less than in 2011. For me, personally, that means water in the carpark but not in the flat - whew!  But watch this space - I'll keep you updated.

Oh yes - happy Australia Day holiday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Watching the partial eclipse this morning

Brisbane got about 84% of the eclipse today. There was a subtle change in temperature and everything became a little less bright. We did the old hole-in-the-card trick...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Jacaranda Park, Yeronga

I am still here!

 Recently I bought a couple of toy lenses for my camera phone - $35 for a macro AND a fisheye. This is taken with the macro although you'd be forgiven for thinking it was the fisheye. I think the difference is the direction of the curve in the lens - one is concave and one convex.

 You don't realise just how many jacaranda trees there are in Brisbane until October when they suddenly explode into blossoms and then are blown into carpets of purple all along the streets. I love it!

For more jacaranda posts, click on the label below.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Viet strikes again...

One of Brisbane's more interesting taggers is Viet. This is high up on a fence on Boundary Street in West End. It's the third one I've spotted - all within about a kilometre of eachother. If you notice any more, give me a yell.
Other two here and here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Kurilpa Derby 2012

Every year, the residents of West End close off the main road, dress up and get on their bikes, scooters, prams, beds, office chairs, wheelie bins or whatever else they can put on wheels for a big party. There's a big parade followed by a series of whacky races. There's plenty of music, dancing and laughs to be had....


 The squid relay is disgusting but strangely mesmorising. Teams have to run with and transfer a squid to their team-mates using their mouths only. My thanks to Pete for these two fab photos below. I was standing right next to him at the first transfer point, camera poised, ready for action, when my camera suddenly stopped working. Aaargh! The memory card had filled up - what a schoolgirl error. I am still kicking myself. Anyway you can check more of his photos out here.

Friday, August 31, 2012


Brisbane's regular Suitcase Rummage at Reddacliffe Place went on location for the Home Festival. You could pick up some real bargains! 

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Take Me Home...

Last Saturday I ventured out to Kangaroo Point for a free festival called the Home Festival. It was a great day out with loads to do and see. Here's a few shots...


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Public Bike Repair Station

If you're ever down in South Bank with your bike and think you could do with some more air in your tyres or perhaps your handlebars need adjusting....


...head to Little Stanley Street and go wild!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Finders Keepers at the Old Museum

 We've been having some beautiful crisp days in Brisbane recently. The air is dry and cool but the skies are sunny and clear. It reminded me of this time last year when I was at the Finders Keepers market at the Old Museum in Bowen Hills taking some photos for a local cafe. There are all sorts of stalls selling really beautiful home made stuff from craft to clothes to food stalls, a cafe and a bar. There's a stage with bands playing... loud enough to hear but not loud enough to drown out any conversation... and an area where you can just lounge around in the winter sun. I looked up the Finders Keepers Brisbane blog and it turns out they are having another one on the weekend of July 7th/8th so mark it in your diaries if you're in the area.  Here's a flavour of the event. All photos taken 2.7.11...


...and that's just outside! I didn't take any shots inside of any of the clothes or other bits and pieces. I'll save those shots for this year.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Everybody Say Cheese!

Yesterday was the West End State School Fiesta. We set up a photobooth with some props and, as you can see, people really got into it!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Corroboree Preparations

Continuing on with the Sovereign Embassy story... it's still there, just in a different part of Musgrave Park. They have 3 tents: one for men, one for women and a kitchen tent. The controversy seems to have died down and on Sunday there was a Corroboree to help celebrate National Sorry Day. It was a beautiful autumn day - warm in the sun but chilly in the shade. I hung out for about an hour or so but things were taking their time getting off the ground. I was especially looking forward to seeing some dancing but I had to leave before it all started. The BBQ food was all donated by the local church and elders ate first.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Stand-off at Musgrave Park

I couldn't really see much as the police had cordoned off the area with fences and blocked off the footpaths but the Sovereign Embassy in Musgrave Park this morning was not the happy peaceful place it was a couple of weeks ago when I visited. Scroll down to my May 1 post for shots of what it looks like.

Over the weekend, the residents were asked by the Mayor to vacate the site. The council has offered them another piece of land but the residents say that this is in fact their land with their sacred fire and they have no intention of leaving.

Today, over 200 police have surrounded the camp site in the north-western corner of the park. This is to make way for Panyiri this weekend which is the annual Greek festival held on the site (and the rest of Musgrave Park). Organisers of the festival have reportedly said they have no problem with the campers being there but Brisbane City Council haven't been swayed.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mirjam's exhibition

There were lots of red dots dotted around the Arts Factory a couple of weeks ago for the opening of the Connectivity exhibition. Well done, Mirjam!
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