Friday, July 21, 2017

Shorncliffe Pier Refurbishment

Shorncliffe Pier is Brisbane's largest timber pier and was constructed in the 1880s. It is one of the longest recreational piers in Australia, reaching approximately 350 metres out into Bramble Bay. It also forms part of the Sandgate/Shorncliffe foreshore and is a feature of Moora Park. 

The pier is well known and used throughout the local community and is popular with residents and visitors to Brisbane. It is an iconic part of the Bramble Bay foreshore and holds great historic significance in the Brisbane City Council region. 

In March 2012, Brisbane City Council closed the pier to public access, due to safety concerns associated with the condition of the structure. A number of the pier’s piles, headstocks and girders were inspected and found to be in such poor condition that the risk of structural failure was too high to allow the pier to remain open for public use. The plan was to 'renew" the pier at a cost of $20 million.


The pier removal works commenced in mid November 2014. Construction began in early 2015 and is now complete. In early 2016 the restoration and rebuild of the pier was completed, and it was officially opened to the public on Friday 25 March 2016 in conjunction with the Bluewater Festival.

The pier is perfect for picnics, photography, fishing or even just a stroll. Many locals use the pier to walk their dogs.









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Thursday, July 6, 2017

FAMILY: Blessings and Gratitude


I rarely get the opportunity to get out to photograph sunset, or much else these days. If I do, it's a quick backyard sunset (as above) while I'm preparing dinner. I do hope to get back into more photography eventually, but right now, I am loving spending more time with family; particularly the 4 of our  9 young adult children who still live at home and love going on weekly coffee dates, shopping dates, or day trips to the mountains or the beach.
 **Apparently we are still cool enough to hang out with!! :) **



Family life has changed so much since August 2016!

My oldest son is back in our lives, this time for good, as his marriage has broken down irretrievably. He is currently living with us while he tries to get back on his feet. As all loving parents would, we have been here to support, guide and love him through the process of rebuilding his life and fighting for his 4 young children and the ability to see them. The legal process doesn't come easy when you (and your family) don't have the finances to pay for Family Lawyers but you don't qualify for Legal Aid. It's been a very hard road for him.


We have been having our 4 grandchildren (7, 5, 3 & 21 months) for the day on most Sundays, which has been a wonderful answer to prayer. We are loving getting to know our grandchildren; spending time with them each week, watching them grow and develop, and observing their unique little personalities. They are such precious little people and I have so much love for them!

We also have our 5th grandchild on the way, which is very exciting!


We've had some difficulties to deal with this year, but we've had so many more blessings. I choose to be grateful in it all, the good & the bad.

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” - Maya Angelou



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wild Bird Wednesday: Eastern Osprey

The Osprey is a medium-sized fish-eating raptor (bird of prey). It has dark brown upper-parts contrasting with pale underparts. There is a black band through the eye, separating the white throat from the pale crown.





Ospreys are found on the coast and in terrestrial wetlands of tropical and temperate Australia and off-shore islands, occasionally ranging inland along rivers, though mainly in the north of the country.

Excuse me.......


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Day's End

Sunset -- The promise of a new day.

(taken from my parent's kitchen window on a hot summer's night)



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Friday, June 2, 2017

Hastings Point, NSW

Hastings Point is a town located in north-eastern New South Wales, on the Tweed Coast and is the smallest coastal settlement of New South Wales Tweed Shire.

Hastings Point is surrounded by national park, nestled between the ocean on its east and a beautiful but delicate estuary on its west. It is the entrance for the now nationally recognised "Green Cauldron" and is identified without doubt as one of the unique seaside locations in Australia.

With an unspoiled beach, visitors come here to appreciate nature at her finest. For as long as one can remember, seasonal campers and day-trippers have been attracted to the natural beauty of Hastings Point, returning often.


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Friday, May 19, 2017

Candy Floss Skies

I always take the time to look up and appreciate the sky - it is often so pretty, both during the day and at sunset.



"The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what's happening up there." ~ K. D. Lang


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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

A Day at the Winery

Ocean View Estates Winery & Restaurant is a boutique winery that prides itself on providing award-winning wine from the juice of grapes grown on the property. Located in the rolling hills of Ocean View just 45 mins from Brisbane it is a perfect day trip, or weekend getaway.

Enjoy a wander around the tranquil and picturesque property, or a picnic among the vines or by the lake.



You can experience the wine making process first hand and soak up the smells of a fully operational winery.


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