Friday, September 29, 2006

The Purple Carpet

The jacaranda tree flowers around October each year. They are a little early this year, perhaps due to the drought. Some trees have not survived - old trees, in Wynnum Road have just died due to the lack of water.

It is always a picture arriving by plane in Brisbane at this time of year as there are great puffs of lilac on the ground all over the place.

The flowering of the jacaranda coincides with exam time too - so in some ways it is a reminder that students all over the state are sitting for their exams right now.

This photo was taken in Wynnum Road on 29/9/06.


Friday, September 22, 2006

Foreshore Upgrade

The redevelopment of the foreshore between Manly and Wynnum is underway. The cost of the project is $12.5 million dollars. The foreshore had a motley collection of parks, shelters and grassed areas, but it will all take on a new look when the redevelopment is completed.

A new road - currently still fenced off - has been created at Manly and more car parks are being created, eating a little into the park, but a necessity.

The locals are watching the development with interest.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Locals raise money for Africa

People gathered at local cafe Afrika Ink to present a cheque to Janet Duggan, mother of Donna, who lives in Arusha, Tanzania, and works to help local communities. Donna, a graduate of Moreton Bay College, lives with her husband and baby son, and together they run a Safari Business. Donna has a number of local projects - including providing fresh water, food and other support for the local school, Friends of Janet, Miranda Clark, Edward Kachab, and Lyn Hickey set out to raise $500 for a water tank, but in the end raised over $7000 and the cheque was presented at a wine and cheese function at Afrika Ink on Monday Sept 4th.

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sunday at Manly

The restaurants at Manly are pretty busy on Sundays as people enjoy breakfast at one of the many venues that are open. There are some right on the waterfront too, which adds a special ambience. After breakfast a stroll amongst the stalls in the markets is popular and many people sit at Norfolk Point watching small boats, and yachts come in and out of the harbour.

It is reputed to be one of the largest marinas in the southern hemisphere - it certainly is huge with several big boat clubs there.

The Manly Fish Cafe (pictured) is on the corner of the Esplanade and Cambridge Parade (the main shopping precinct), and the harbour shot is the view that diners will get from the Cafe.