5/5/2018 – Queensland
On 30 April 2018 my mother passed away in Bundaberg. A sad occasion for all of the family, although we were relieved that she is now at peace having suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease for a number of years.
I flew up to Queensland to be with my sisters and father, a small respectful funeral was held at my parents local Baptist church.
While in Queensland and waiting for the funeral, we just had to go fishing, and for once we actually managed to catch some decent sized fish. In mum’s memory I say. She also enjoyed going fishing once dad had retired. And I do remember teaching her how to cast her fishing rod back in South Australia. (This was done on dry land and a few trees got in the way.)
Here I am showing off the ones that I caught.
Hey, they look even better like this. And they tasted good too.
Here is Chris enjoying hers cooked whole. Some of us preferred fillets, although I only got to taste the flathead and not the bream. Hmmm.
While on the subject of Chris, here is one of the most amazing photographs in her collection. I am so impressed that she managed to get this photo, both birds keeping still. National Geographic eat your heart out. I think it is the blue breasted wren but not sure.
One last photo, totally unrelated, me on my new Stand Up Paddle board – learning to surf with it….. Well you have to start somewhere, and I know the wave is nowhere near me but there is always next season – it is getting too cold now.
25/1/2017 – A visit to the town of 1770
Seventeen Seventy is a small town in Queensland, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook’s first landing in Queensland).
View out across the bay.
Provides a quiet spot for boats to anchor.
While walking on the beach I couldn’t help but notice millions of little crabs swarming over the sand, if you approach too closely they just disappear into the sand and then reappear as you walk away.
The beach was literally alive with these creatures, and you could hear the almost silent shuffling of their tiny legs as they moved quickly along.
Every lap of water had them moving and jostling around. Hmm, never seen this before. After some research it seems they are soldier crabs. The light-blue soldier crab, is a species of crab that lives on sandy beaches in Australia; with other members of the genus Myctyris it is “one of the most loved crabs in Australia”. Adults are 25 mm (1 in) across, white, with blue on their backs, and hold their claws vertically. They feed on detritus in the sand, leaving rounded pellets of discarded sand behind them. The males may form into large “armies” which traverse the beach at low tide, before the crabs dig into the sand to wait for the next low tide. (Thanks Wikipedia)
Dad sat down to enjoy the sun as I scurried around avidly taking photos.
January 2017 – Bundaberg, Queensland
Some family photos for relatives and close friends.
Chris swimming in Rosie’s pool.
The three sisters, together for once.
And again with dad.
Dad with his first cousin Ruth, who flew up from Melbourne to catch up with us all. And a big yeah to dad who is turning 90 years old next month. 10/7/2017. Looking good dad.
My personal favourite. Everyone is fed up with having their photo taken, Ruth thinks we have finished and starts to walk off, while Rosie and Chris have a quick giggle.
Here’s a nice one of mum and dad.
Me and Chris with mum, and yes I know I had had a bit too much sun.
Last one, me with mum and dad. Now I need to try and get some decent photos of my sons to put up on here, it has been a few years since I did that, and they have grown up somewhat!
27/11/2015 – A Visit to see Wood Carvings
My dad was very keen to take me to Bargara to view some wood carvings of sea life that he taken my cousin to see.
Arthur Clark is a renowned local artist, famous for his wood carvings utilising local timbers.
Denizens of the Deep is a series of intricate wood carvings of coral and sea life that live off the coast of Bundaberg. With over 70 works comprising numerous components, the largest piece being more than three metres long, Council had been unable to display the entire collection at one location which was the Artist’s desire when Bundaberg City Council obtained the entire collection in 2005.
The entire works have now been moved to Bundaberg Regional Council’s Bargara Office where they are on display for all to see. The relocation project sees the construction of decorative platforms and the installation of lighting designed to display the artworks in their entirety.
I was pleasantly surprised by the entire display, it was beautiful, I particularly liked the moray eel in the above photo poking his head through the hole in the coral.
And again here, amazing carving.
Every time I look at these I see something else.
“When he gets a new piece of timber, he will spend the first three days just sitting and looking at it from all angles,“ Mr Clark’s wife Betty explained. “As soon as he picks up his pen, I know he’s away,” she said. No preliminary sketches are drawn, only a chalk line on the timber to mark the spine of the dominant animal in the carving. CQUni News