Monday, July 23, 2018

Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens

On Saturday afternoon we went to the Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens for a wander around.  I haven't been there for about a year and it's such a nice place to look at the different trees, ferns, flowers, veggie patch and the beautiful Japanese Gardens.  The Gardens close at 5.00 pm and I will tell you that we were locked in at 5.10 pm and couldn't get out which is another story.  The entrance is being renovated so we went through the cafe and that shut at 5.00 pm.  It took a little while before one of the staff heard us and got a key to unlock the door so we could get out.  It all added to the excitement of our walk around the gardens.  We only saw half of it because we ran out of time so we will go back another day.  Here's a few pics from our afternoon.  The statues in the first pic are "The Butterfly Catchers" which were part of World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Day in the Life - Brisbane Family Photographer

As you know I'm a huge fan of documenting our ordinary everyday lives.  Everyone documents special events, Easter, Birthdays, First day of School, Christmas and holidays however most people don't pay that much attention to the everyday things that happen at home which over time because treasured memories.  When you look at a photo of a family eating breakfast in their home you can tell by the clothes and the style of the kitchen which era it was taken in.  Wallpaper was a big hit in the 70's as was orange and brown kitchens. I can't even think this was fashion, however it was in the 1970's.

If you have recently watched the TV show on the ABC "Back in time for Dinner" it is truly a trip down memory lane of decor, style, food and inventions.  Right now, looking back, it's easy to see this however when you are in it, the everyday you think these things are no big deal and it's normal life.  If you haven't watched this series I can highly recommend it.

Documenting my "Week in the Life" for the past 10 years is very similar in that it's a snapshot of how we live our life in any given year.  These memories will become more nostalgic with time.

I have loved photography since I was 17 years old when I bought my first Canon AE-1 film camera and spent 6 weeks wages to buy it.  Similar to "Week in the Life" is "Day in the Life" where you document a snapshot of your day.  I had the pleasure of photographing Kelley and her kids for a Day in the Life session before her family packed up to move to Cairns for 2 years.  Here's a link to my photography page with a blog post of some of the pictures taken that day.  Click on the "read more" of the first post.

Don't you love the dog with it's back to the camera. I love this photo the most because lets face it, it's real life with pets and children.

There you go...such a good model and is facing the camera with Kelley, Em and Oscar.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

After reading Meg's post about her recipe for Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding we made this for dessert the other night.  We make things from scratch however before the school holidays Green's had their Self Saucing Puddings for half price at $1.20 so I bought a couple of packets for the holidays.  We made two of them and then I decided to make a real one and it did not disappoint.  This recipe is Matt Preston's recipe and delicious and rich.  Here's a couple of pics I snapped before we devoured it up.  I can highly recommend giving this a go.

  • ·        1 cup (150g) Self-Raising flour
  • ·        1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  • ·        1/2 cup (50g) cocoa powder, plus extra to dust
  • ·        60g unsalted butter, melted, cooled
  • ·        1/2 cup (125ml) milk
  • ·        1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ·        1 egg
  • ·        Vanilla ice cream, to serve

1.   Preheat the oven to 160°C. Grease an 1.5L (6-cup) capacity ovenproof baking dish.
2.   Sift the flour, 1/2 cup (110g) sugar and 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa into a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, whisk melted butter, milk, vanilla extract and egg. Gradually pour into the well, then fold to combine.
3.   Spread mixture evenly into prepared dish. Combine remaining 1/2 cup (110g) sugar and 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa and sprinkle over the top of the pudding. Carefully pour 2 cups (500ml) boiling water over the top of the pudding.
4.   Bake for 30-35 minutes until the top is firm. Stand for 10 minutes to cool slightly.
5.   Dust the warm pudding with extra cocoa and serve immediately with vanilla ice cream.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Holiday Activity

Last week we went to Surfers Paradise to go to "Skypoint" which is the 360 degree Observation Deck of Q1 Tower.  It was $58.50 for a family of 4 through RACQ and a bit of a treat for us.  I haven't been up that way for years and years and years as we usually visit our good friend who lives at Cooloongatta/Rainbow Bay.  There is airport scanner as you enter the building to keep everyone safe and then once in the lift, it takes 42.7 seconds to get to the 77th floor.  If you look up to the roof of the elevator there was clear glass so you could see the lift going up in the lift shaft.

Once at the top you can see the immediate views all around and they had huge glass windows from floor to ceiling all the way around.  They have a cafe and lots of lounge couches around the place for you to sit and enjoy the view.  It was really interesting seeing the canals from high up because it's not something I've ever really seen.  If staying in a Gold Coasts high rise building you are generally facing the ocean and beach so it was interesting seeing the canals and Gold Coast Race track from up high and the beautiful surrounding mountains.  They also have special climbs up to the spire which is a separate cost and activity sort of like a Bridge Climb Adventure.  Here's some interesting facts:-

The Q1 Spire

The Q1 Spire is one of the world's longest at 97.7m. It commences at level 75, is made up of 12 sections and weighs 87.2 tonnes. The oval shaped spire starts at level 76/225m high and extends 47m above the glass fin. Powerful arc lights illuminate the spire which can be seen from 200kms away.

The Q1 Building Gold Coast

  • The Q1 Building is taller than the Chrysler building in New York City.
  • Q1 is one of the tallest residential buildings in the world.
  • Q1 is 322.5 metres high.
  • SkyPoint has one of the World's fastest elevators taking you from ground to Level 77 in 42.7 seconds.
  • Australia's only beachside Observation Deck .
  • Offers stunning 360 degree views of the entire Gold Coast, from the surf to the hinterland and beyond.
  • SkyPoint is 230 metres above sea level.
  • There are 1331 steps from the ground to Level 77.
Here's some photos from Level 77.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Around here

Around here it's Queensland Winter school holidays and a perfect time for the beach.  No crowds, the days are 22 degrees and surprizingly the water was beautiful.  Here's a few pics from Rainbow Bay.