Welcome and come on in. It is hard to believe that one week of the New Year has already passed and already I’m feeling as though it is going far too quickly. What would you like to drink. Coffee or tea? or perhaps a cold drink. We aren’t getting the heat wave that they are to the south of us but it is still warm. Hot our German visitors would say.
If we were having coffee I’d tell you that we saw the New Year in with a bang. We had ringside seats for the fireworks down by the river and as a result I think they were the best fireworks I have seen for years if not ever. It may not have rivalled Sydney and their use of the harbour but we didn’t have the crowds and were right in the thick of it.
With visitors we are going out and about to some of my favourite places. Noosa Botanic Gardens which sits on the edge of Lake Macdonald is always appreciated by anyone I take there. Unfortunately (but lucky for me) very few locals know of its existence and you can always be assured of peace and tranquility even in the height of the Summer holidays.
We’ve walked the National Park, gone surfing, lunched at Cotton Tree visited the Ginger Factory and discovered an unexpected gem at Maleny – the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. This is a private garden and aviary and it was spectacular.
There were ponds and waterfalls scattered throughout the gardens which gave fantastic
views to the Glass House Mountains.
The Mountains got their names “Glass House” as for some reason Captain Cook seeing them from sea was reminded of glass houses back home in England. I fail to see the similarity myself but they are spectacular to see.
Turkeys of some type roamed the gardens
and the flowers were both colourful and sometimes unusual.
We finished at the aviary where there were parrots and finches to delight.
My brother-in-law lost his hat button
thanks to this persistent lovebird.
The Macaws were something I had not experienced up close before and they were heavy and one drew blood on my arm with its claws. They armed those that did not want an up close and personal experience with feather dusters.
My niece enjoyed the lovebird
but was not so sure about the Macaw.
She did get used to it as you can see.
Having 7 people in the house gave us much laughter and conversation. Meals became an event as Roger served different meals to cater for different tastes despite me telling him it was not a restaurant. He was happy and enjoyed it.I learnt some new internet things such as roblox and tictock. The eleven year old was stuck with all the oldies as we didn’t know any children for her to play with but she managed well despite a tinge of homesickness at times.
The last three left yesterday and the house feels quiet and empty. I hope that I will again have time to be regularly blogging as that took a back seat over the last few weeks. I have a book signing organisied for my book next Saturday and I have a bit to prepare for that.
Now I think I have taken enough of your time – over to you. Have you read any good books or seen any films that should be seen? Looking forward to seeing how your week has been. Thank you for dropping in for coffee, it is lovely to see you. Thanks to eclecticali who is our host of the weekend coffee share.