Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Home Sweet Home

We are home again, safe and sound.

My very clever husband was extra busy at a Science Education conference at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. He delivered a paper that was very well received and saw many old friends doing the same. From Korea, Belgium, New Zealand, Iceland, Australia, and the list goes on.

We stayed right slap bang on the beachfront in a lovely apartment in a big hotel. Two heated pools, one inside. Gym. Spas galore. You know the story. I was not too keen on the spa bath in our apartment, as I prefer to do this in the privacy of the bathroom rather than in full view from the dining and lounge rooms. But interesting.

The surf was a bit rough. Not much blue sky.
The first few days were windy wet and cold, causing the cancellation of my kayaking adventure. Surf so rough that even the veterans were staying away.

But then again that gave me lots more shopping time. The wallet got a good workout.

Fabulous cafes and restaurants. Normally I do not eat out at all, but the atmosphere was so relaxing that we even ate our breakfast in cafes. Cakes to die for, but I was conscious of the kilojoules. The Mexican food was delicious. We partied at an Italian restaurant which served a great pizza.

Wonderful clothing shops.
Yes, an orange handbag and orange shoes do not seem outlandish in that setting. Have not used them at home yet. Soon.

Succumbed to some new silver jewellery. Have been wearing it ever since.

Statue of Steve Irwin and his children
Interesting book stores. Found a few treasures and enjoyed Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

Mooloolaba is lovely with the most gorgeous park running along the beachfront. Joggers, walkers, and families seemed to use it all day long.

This is the region that is home to Australia Zoo, owned by the Irwin family. The extrordinary Steve Irwin is well remembered for his crocodile activism. His family is still inspiring millions. The community at Mooloolaba have placed a statue of Steve and his two children right in the beachfront park. Later I went on a canal cruise and saw his boat, the one on which he died. So sad, the family cannot bear to use the boat or the house there.

Strolling along I saw one of the sights Australia is famous for - a BIG something. Yes, it was the big pelican. This was at Noosaville.

Then it was off to Brisbane for a few more days. More luxury accommodation. Mmmmm. Rode the ferries on the river. Strolled through South Bank.
Went to the museum and saw a splendid exhibition about Egyptian mummies. 3D film. Lots of artifacts.  Real mummies.

Went to the hospice to see my brother-in-law who is still hanging onto life. He spends much of the days sleeping and is quite unhappy. This is not the life or death he expected, and not the timeframe he was expecting either. Sorrow fills our hearts.

Now we are home to our peaceful and calm lives. The cat certainly was glad to see us.

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