Crazy Cactus design

Burleigh Heads visit

Last week we had a quick beach visit down to Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. It was a lovely day and the ocean was stunning in its blues and turquoise. I took pics of the beach and from the headland car park. After that there’s a walk up to the headland but we didn’t go this time.

Possum appears

Found our marauding possum up the neighbours camellia tree yesterday. He looked a bit out of it, probably due to daylight hours. I think his health is ok. I’m guessing this is the guy that’s been messing with the veggie patch…although not since the mesh has been over the top. He’s a young adult Ringtail possum. We have two species here in Brisbane; the Ringtail and the Brushtail. Both are quite appealing in their cuteness. I took a couple of pics.

A day out to the Glasshouse Mountains

Last week we drove north just out of Brisbane, and spent the day visiting a few places in the Glasshouse Mountain area. The mountains are volcanic plugs, and seen by Captain James Cook as he sailed up the east coast of Australia in 1770. They reminded him of chimney stacks from the glass manufacturers of Yorkshire. Today we use their indigenous names to refer to them, and the first nation people tell a story about these spectacular mountains. (Please click on the link to read the story of these mountains…it’s worth reading.) We drove up to a lookout for marvellous views and despite the busy-ness of the school holidays, still appreciated the scenic area. I’d love to come back at a quieter time of year. The back road to drive up to Maleny was a bit hairy…not used to gravel anymore! Maleny is a lovely slightly alternative town, which has become tourist oriented, but a coffee and a pastie helped things somewhat. Parking in a back street was fortunate as I found a couple of flowering Australian shrubs looking vibrant and showy in floral cladding. The wattle was at the end of its flowering, but the purple pea bush was covered in blooms. At the lookout, earlier, there were some very striking examples of banksias, and I photographed them also. Each time we drive out of town we see something new and somehow special. For me personally it serves as inspiration for my art practice, but it’s also good for the heart and soul to touch and experience nature….Taz finds it to be true as well. We always return refreshed and inspired to create.

Our bromeliads are flowering

Lovely to see the bromeliads with their strange bright flowers. They seem to be enjoying the cooler weather, but they are tough plants and suited to our climate which doesn’t get too cold in winter.

3 new semi abstract landscapes

I’ve recently completed three semi abstract landscapes and I’m very happy with them. They are quite evocative paintings, two of which feature a lake that references one from my memory. The other is a painting of the wet season as experienced in northern NSW. It’s not of an actual place, but more redolent of the mood and wetness of that experience. Perhaps similar memories can venture forth from the viewers experience to be re-experienced with pleasure. Enjoy!

Garden is growing!

My little garden is showing some progress, even though the weather is cool. The flowers and herbs are enjoying it even if growth is a lot slower. I’ve had to protect the parsley and lettuce with pot covers at night due to some sort of marauder; not exactly sure what it is! But this strategy has worked fairly well. So it’s all progressing along nicely and I’m picking lettuce leaves, rocket, basil and parsley to use in cooking so I’m very happy with that. The marigolds, violas and pansies seem happy and healthy and are flowering brightly. Getting a lot of joy from this small garden, and working simply and quietly in it. Here’s a few pics, including one weird photo of the pots covering plants before evening sets in.

Day out at Beechmont

Took a little day trip on Wednesday, to Beechmont mountain, about an hours drive south of Brisbane, Qld. It was a beautiful winter’s day, but not too cold….the air can be a bit crisper up mountains. We stopped at Rosin’s lookout, the hang and para glider’s take off spot. A couple were waiting for a favourable wind, but to no avail. Remarkable views can be had from this location, of Woollumbin (Mt Warning in NSW), Springbrook, Lamington Plateau and Numinbah Valley. We took some photos and sat down to relax and enjoy the stillness, quiet, and apart from an occasional passing vehicle we only heard the local rainforest birds…..wonderful to have one’s ears unassailed by city noise. I miss the quiet of living in the country. It’s one of the many healthy benefits and a simple enjoyment that many people don’t bother to experience anymore. We all need more quietness in our lives. We also stopped at Denham Scenic Reserve, which I didn’t know existed till looking on google maps. It’s a very pleasing place, preserved and cared for by the local Landcare group. There’s a lovely creek, quite wild in places, which can be crossed and then a track is followed. We only ventured a short way, but next time plan to walk to the end. I suspect there’s a waterfall to be seen. Walking near rainforest creeks is really refreshing for the soul, and mind. Here’s a few pics from that area.

Exhibition of fibre artists work

Recently I accidentally found a show of wonderful work by Queensland fibre artists….just thought I’d show you some pics I took of their work….some really quirky stuff! It’s very inspiring to see such high quality and imaginative woven and felted articles; and done with panache and humour. I’ve included their website…have a peek if you like. http://qldspinners.org.au/

Here’s the pics.

 

Curtis Falls creek, Mt Tamborine

Made a little journey up the mountain during the week…to a favourite spot only an hour’s drive south from Brisbane. Mt Tamborine is a beautiful subtropical environment with many walking tracks, art galleries, cafes etc. We love visiting on a week day as it’s a bit more quiet. Did a short walk down to Curtis Falls; lots of water flowing after all the rain we’ve experienced lately. The falls themselves are not very high or large but the place has a lovely peaceful energy despite being quite a popular tourist spot. Taz took these great pics with her iphone, and I’m posting them up….the water looks like a spa and felt very inviting, although you can’t go in as its fenced off and a protected area (fair enough). The water is very pristine and clear; the tree is a massive strangler fig which is a parasitic vine but grows up its host, then strangles it and takes its place…lots of them in the rainforest.