Weekend Edition: Just another weekend

 It is hard to believe we have been living in Brisbane for more than 3 months.  We are settling in to a semi-normal routine, making great friends and enjoying getting to know our new city.

We spent Saturday morning at the West End Market as well as running a few errands. The afternoon quickly flew by with a Birthday Party and a Christmas Party.

Saturday night we went to a party on Allie’s street with a great group of people. Our friend’s band was also playing allowing for some good dancing whilst enjoying some pretty rad tunes. We danced our hearts out and thankfully the floor stayed intact during some pretty energetic jumping!

We also enjoyed an insanely awesome spectacle of some slip n’ slide action in the back yard.

On Sunday we ventured back to Burleigh Heads to enjoy a beach day and enjoy it we did! The weather was beautiful and warm but with a nice coastal breeze.

The view to the south.

The view to north, you can see the high rises of Surfers Paradise which were the same ones we saw on our trip to Mt. Tamborine on Friday.

We stayed cool with hats, surf and lots of shade.

Living in the Southern Hemisphere with summer in December it is easy to forget that we are in full swing in the holiday season but the girl sitting in front of us found no problem in bringing Christmas to the beach.  It was definitely not expected to see that!

On our way back to the car we walked through the park and stumbled upon a huge group of people picnicking and listening to live music. What a wonderful way to end the weekend!

We are very much enjoying living in Brisbane but don’t worry Philly, we will always be in love with you!

An afternoon adventure to Mt. Tamborine

We decided to escape the Brisbane heat on Friday afternoon with a trip to Mt. Tamborine just south of Brisbane.

We drove down to the hinterland of the Gold Coast to Mt. Tamborine; a 28 square kilometer plateau which is part of a larger former volcanic area. After a quick stop to a tourist information house we were on our way to a few quick hikes that afforded us beautiful views.

Our first hike was a windy trail that wove through rainforest, very loud creatures in that rainforest. No seriously, the noise was deafening.

The views were stunning proudly displaying the scenic rim (as the area is named) to the west. We happily ate our lunches allowing us a bit more time to enjoy the view.

Our next adventure took us to another spot to enjoy the view a bit more.

Alone the way we stopped to pick up some delicious (and cheap!) avocados which we now know grow quite well in the region.

Our final stop was to see the views to the east and the world (in)famous Gold Coast. It was a cool and new way to view the Gold Coast especially since we would be heading there a few days later (foreshadowing!).

We also enjoyed some sweet swing time!

Weekend Edition: Marapalooza

Another weekend, another great flurry of fun!

Pia’s cousin Mara graduated from the University of Queensland on Friday night, congratulations Mara! We celebrated with a family dinner that lasted so long the restaurant had closed and we didn’t even notice. However we did notice when they asked us to leave…ha!

Saturday was spent running errands and then heading to Mara’s Birthday party at her childhood home, Hunchy. It is a beautiful modern home situated on a bluff that overlooks a valley and then out to the coast. Both the views and the home are stunning plus the party was pretty darn fun too!

Allie took these photos on Sunday after the party.

Although they no longer live at Hunchy the family pets, the cows, still enjoy the beauty of Hunchy.

Happy Birthday Mooey and congratulations on graduating!

Another Late Weekend Edition: Thanksgiving

A few weeks ago Allie, Ryan and I hosted an American-ish Thanksgiving dinner at our place. It was great fun to make all the traditional foods with the added challenge of finding all the right ingredients!

We set-up the tables outside as we were having a little over 20 people over and crossed our fingers for good weather.

Eat Turkey nothing more needed, just do it!

Our Non-American friends enjoyed trying all the traditional dishes and our American friends loved eating Thanksgiving despite the 80 degree weather. Additionally there were lots of nice cold salads and dishes to accommodate the weather.

The spread, we had it all! (even some BBQ)

We had a great day with excellent food, weather as well as new friends.

Lots to be thankful for!

A Very Late Weekend Edition: A Soggy Harvest

A few weeks ago we were fortunate enough to attend the Harvest Festival for free!

We enjoyed a scenic bike ride through Brissie to the concert followed by a lovely Sunday afternoon.

 Harvest was held in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in the central business district. It is a beautiful lush garden on the edge of the city’s  sky scrapers.  The following are a few shots of our most excellent free concert!

Ribbons woven through bamboo across the walkway.

 Great afternoon light brought to us by the weather later in the day.

Enjoying a little bit of the Cake show.

Just as Ben Folds Five was about to take the stage we were told that there was a thunderstorm with hail coming immediately and everyone needed to evacuate. Everyone sought shelter underneath a nearby college while we were pelted with a torrential downpour and grape sized hailballs. Luckily for the raincoatless Allie and I we were able to snag a poncho from the ground to shelter us from the storm.

2 sisters + 1 poncho = very cozy but dry!

Boy is Ryan happy he brought his raincoat!

 

We were able to head back into the gardens once the storm let up to see Ben Folds Five, Beck and a bit of the Grizzley Bears. A great afternoon, concert and way to spend a Sunday!