Monday, April 30, 2012
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Wednesday was Anzac day in Australia - a public holiday and for us a chance to catch up with the locals (and some not so locals), have a few beers and play some music together.
There was a range of instruments to come to the party. We had 3 types of drums, 2 guitars, a banjo, a banjolin, a fiddle, a harmonica and about 8 ukuleles. And lots of singing voices.
Monday, April 16, 2012
It's been a hard decision for me to make but I've decided to stop posting daily.
A big thank-you to everyone who has visited here over the years and to all your words of encouragement. Without them I would have stopped all this blogging lark ages ago.
The blog will remain active, though, and I'll post every now and then.... so feel free to swing by from time to time.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
While we were away camping, one of our talented friends set up an "art camp" for all the kids. One of the activities was painting hard boiled eggs with food colouring. That dark red one with the green circle was my favourite. Painted by Darcy.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Monday, April 9, 2012
Here's another shot from my trip to the Beetle Bar last weekend. This band is called Blowhorn. It consists of a drummer up front leading the whole thing. He is then backed by a baritone saxophone and a sousaphone, two trombones, another saxophonist (switching between different sized instruments), and two trumpeters (also switching to include a french horn and a cornet). There was a bit of funk and some soul, which got people dancing, and some more mellow stuff including cracking instrumental versions of Groove Armada's At The River and Stevie Wonder's Ebony Eyes.
Sunday, April 8, 2012
Saturday, April 7, 2012
As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Brisbane's landmarks are being lit blue in April to promote autism awareness. These bluey (purpley) things that look like boat masts are the tops of the Kurilpa footbridge. It sweeps around in a circle (behind me as I took this) and you can see it leading to the riverbank on the left.
Friday, April 6, 2012
Thursday, April 5, 2012
If you like your mid-week grooves with a generous helping of cheese then Bon Fromage is the band for you. They pushed out a bit of Concrete and Clay, some Four Tops and even a bit of Englebert Humperdinck. Songs people of my age shouldn't really know... but do. Things got a bit livelier after this shot was taken. The singer took off his jacket and several people were up strutting their stuff including yours truly.
All strictly tongue-in-cheek, you understand.
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
As part of Light It Up Blue, an Autism awareness initiative, Brisbane will light up the William Jolly Bridge every night in April with artwork from Tim Sharp who is a 23 year old artist with autism. This is only one of the landmarks in Brisbane taking part. Everything is blue this month: the Treasury Casino, Kurilpa Bridge, the Wheel of Brisbane, the Story Bridge and City Hall.
Some other Australian cities will be taking part. See who and how here.
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
This is the roof of Brisbane's Customs House. According to their website, it is a fine example of Victorian Free Classical architecture. I love it. Nothing wrong with a bit of fancy embellishment in my book.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Looks like it was me who was the April fool. This month's theme day was "Cobblestones". I spent all month trying to find an old laneway in the CBD that might be cobbled and in the end gave up. Then yesterday I was cycling down by the river at Riverside and stopped to take a picture of the Story Bridge when I happened to look down...Yikes! They wouldn't be old enough for horses but they look like cobble stones. Which is why I'm late.
Julie from Sydney Eye has kindly organised a back-up portal while the City Daily Photo is out of action. You can check out everyone else's take on the cobblestones theme there.
The portal is back up and running again! Hurray!
Click here to view thumbnails for all participants
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Brisbane's live local music scene is huge. I hardly ever get out to see gigs but I managed it on Friday night and really enjoyed it. Two bands in one night for $10 and they were both great. And being a smaller music venue, they didn't confiscate my camera at the door - how refreshing! The crowd was small but energetic and everyone looked like they were having a ball.