I found Jesus.
I discovered him near the beach of all places. I had to do a double take. Are caftans making a comeback or is he on his way to a fancy dress party do you think?
Then soon after I was eating lunch at this great outdoor cafe and ....noticed this amusing sign. The intricacies of tourists living in harmony with the local birdlife.
Anyway onto birds of a different kind. A few readers asked me some questions I thought I should answer in this post.
Lisleman asked, "Did you happen to go that beach town where they had meter maids in gold bikinis?"
Yes I did and yes they still do. Now given they all look like this I can't imagine why you would have been the least bit interested. The Gold Coast is famous for its sun, surf and sand, and it stretches along 57 kilometres of our eastern coastline. The Meter Maids were introduced in 1965 to help beat the bad image created by the installation of parking meters on the tourist strip in late 1964. This was a controversial promotion, using young women dressed in gold lame bikinis and tiaras, who strolled the streets feeding coins into expired parking meters, and leaving a calling card under the windscreen wipers. They have since replaced their tiaras for Akubra hats but the gold bikinis and the promotions remain.
Some of you wanted to see some more of my sister's house in Brisbane.
My sister moved back to Australia after living in London with her husband and four children for many years. Even though her home is in the inner city it is surrounded by bushland. Sitting on her back deck you could be forgiven for thinking your were living in the country. I have just included a few photos that were taken by the real estate agent when they bought the house in June.
She is the throes of redecorating so I will add some photos on my Inspiration blog soon.
There are numerous different casual living areas and a guest wing across the back of the house and formal areas and study at the front of the house and bedrooms, another living area and parent retreat on the second floor. It is open plan and surrounded by windows (suits a hot climate) and very peaceful. This is the main kitchen
And this is the curry kitchen which is off the main kitchen and opens up to the back deck - yes, you read right. Curry kitchen. The previous owners were Indians. They used to cook their curries in here away from the main kitchen and living areas. It is very handy for entertaining when you want to do preparation away from your guests.
And finally Helen asked if I had been to Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast.
Yes I have and it's a beautiful coastal town with beaches and a rather large port. So here are some photos of the sunshine coast and Fraser Island too. You must come for a visit again!