Mt Barney Hike

It’s been so long since my last post! What have I been up to… Hiking and family time! DSC01494

This was the view from the bottom of Mt Barney’s famous Lower Portals. A series of rockpools and waterholes following a creek down the mountain.


This particular waterhole was so deep, you could have so much fun jumping off rocks.


I love the colours in this photo…


Alex looking out over the creek, was a great view.


The rare Rock Wallaby. We were told it was extremely rare to see these so low down the mountain, we saw two.


I just love ground shots.


I got up at sunrise to take a nice photo… given The horizon was up a mountain, the best i got was a reflection of the pink clouds.


My ‘desperado artsy’ rock stack. I guess this will be as close as it gets for a wednesday macro.


Aaron testing out his face camo.


After the hike we went for a drive to the dam, water-skiers in the distance.


Old hut on a property off the mountain, I love this photo.


Landsborough – Caloundra Summer Camp

A fellow Venturer, Bek, organised a summer camp for us as she is leaving soon in February. We caught the train up to Landsborough, then walked the 40mins to the Rocky Creek Scout Campsite while our leader took our bulky gear up on his truck. Upon arrival, we see about 200 scouts that weren’t our Australian uniforms! We realised they were mostly Australian kids but were involved in the Polish scouting movement, they were from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Later that day we were invited to their campfire songs night which was one of the most adorable nights of my scouting life, I was pulled into a polish dance, while Bek was chosen in a Polish kissing song game (SO CUTE). They had one thing that Australian scouts lacked, tradition. They had the traditional uniforms, they were disciplined (marching?!?), they sang songs, and they all respected their elders. There was the traditional lighting of the fire by an old scout who started scouting in Poland in 1945, there were hymns, then scout songs, it was really a beautiful experience and I’m not sure if I will ever witness it again 🙂

1 polish fire

These were the knots of the Boy’s Camp of the Polish part, quite pretty I thought but oh those square lashings? they must be redone they would never pass for a knot here in Aus.

2 knots

In the mean time, our fabulous knot tying was established by our home made park bench, actually super comfortable.

3 our bench

This is today’s Wednesday Macro: I nearly walked into this little guy during the night… oh Australia why is everything so terrifying!!

4 spider

This was on our day trip to Caloundra, it is also my new desktop picture. I love it 🙂

5 caloundra sky

Taken on the top of the King’s Beach spider web playground good fun, perhaps the reason for my sunburn.

6 caloundra climb

Follow the ribbons!! This was the message the Polish were telling us on how to get to their concealed campsite ^_^

7 follow the ribbons

One of the Polish scouts, Alex, unknowingly was the model for this fabulous shot of me being artsy… isolation in the harsh Australian environment perhaps?

8 alex alone

Anyways… I had a wonderful time being a scout, still plenty more to do!

Wednesday Macro ~ Frangipani spirals

Wednesday Macro ~ Frangipani spirals

I nearly had another totally boring day. BUT I decided to go explore my neighbourhood, so with a quick stop off at the local cafe for a croissant and ice-chocolate off I went.

Here is my rather lame recount of today’s events:
I stopped off and played at every swing set of 3 parks, then I found what I was searching for… the reservoir. The dilapidated, ‘TRESPASSERS WILL BE PROSECUTED’ sign out the front loomed in my mind but I came to the conclusion that rules are meant to be broken XD. So after a super fun/adrenaline filled exploration while dodging workers I was walking out of the facility when some workers in a truck went past me and and talked to me, not caring at all that I’m civvie. Seems that people don’t actually care hahaah yessss. Then I walked in search of a forest nearby but every street I walked down was a no through road and so I got mildly lost 😛 but then I eventually found my way at another familiar park in which the swing set was made use of. I think I have an obsession with swing sets…

During my travels I found a frangipani tree and I thought this was pretty ^_^

Despite work today has been a good day

Wednesday Macro ~ Christmas!

Wednesday Macro ~ Christmas!

We had a typical aussie surf’n’turf today with totally fab marinated prawns cooked on the bbq 😀 yum yum.
Christmas checklist:
– Family lunch
– prawns, salad etc
– totally alcoholic rum balls love from nanna
– swim with the cousins (all four of them under 6 and I was assigned kidsitter)
– get sunburned
– sleep off food coma
– assemble and master slot car track
– get a hair makeover from the girls
– have another swim

I am quite surprised there were no tears with the kids… very impressed XD hahahah

funny moment: when my granddad and I were tinkering away with the slot cars we were called over by the parents to help with food when he just yells out, ‘NOPE! WE’RE ENGINEERING!!’ ohhh it was hilarious and we weren’t called over after that XD

I hope everyone else also had a lovely Christmas day 🙂

PS: Happy birthday dad!!
PPS: the more I look at this photo the grosser it looks… oh well!!