Thursday, November 12, 2009

Manly Farmer's Markets

There is always a market at Manly on Sundays, but the BIG market is Jan Power's Manly Markets on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

The atmosphere at the Farmer's Market is great with musicians, crowds, lots of different products to test or buy. You could spend hours there.

Want to have a stall there? The best thing to do would be contact Jan Power's office, so best go to the website.

The next one is on November 21st!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Moat at Fort Lytton

This could be a scene from way out in the bush, but it is in fact only feet from the Caltex Oil Refinery beside Fort Lytton, at the mouth of the Brisbane River.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Fort Lytton Re enactment

According to the brochure about the Heritage Parks of Moreton Bay, including Fort Lytton National Park, the area is the site of remnants of a colonial coastal fortress and quarantine station.

It is near the southern side of the mouth of the Brisbane River, just 18 kms downstream from the city.

The site "played an important strategic role in guarding against attacks from enemy ships and preventing diseases spreading from a thriving population."

The Park is open each Sunday, and on the first Sunday of each month, there is a reenactment and some of the cannons are fired.

It is an interesting place along with the Museum, and a pleasant picnic area too, being right on the river.

For more information Ph (07) 3393 4647.

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Seen Cafe - Be Seen there.

Like good coffee? This place is a little hidden, but is a "hidden gem" with great coffee and food. Seen Cafe is at 150 Bay Tce, Wynnum.

On Wednesday mornings, proprietor (and author!) Jeanette Marie likes to welcome new arrivals to the Wynnum area, so if you are "new" or are seeking new friendships, call in for a cuppa and a chat.

You will see the coffee bags with the strange little characters on them, at the entrace to the Cafe between Clara and Edith Streets, Wynnum.

Check this number for details on opening hours - 3162 9792

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Fort Lytton

This is an historical place that is seldom mentioned, though no doubt hundreds of people visit when it is open on Sundays, when volunteers take visitors on a guided tour of the fort.

To find out more about the Fort and their visiting hours go to their website and see for yourself. Unfortunately there is no public transport to the Fort, but it is a pleasant drive and if you have time before or after your visit, you might venture down to the Port of Brisbane.

Unfortunately the Visitors Centre at the Port is only open from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, and that is well worth a visit, but sadly on the day the Fort is open, the Visitors centre is closed. perhaps to the visitors centre and see what is going on there. For details visit the Port of Brisbane website.

There are major re -eneactment events annually at Easter, and that is always a most interesting event.

Halloween at Manly

Halloween has become a big event in Manly, and last night was probably the most successful of the Halloween events. Thousands of people lined Cambridge Parade for the parade which started at 6.10 pm. Many spectators were dressed in costume, and the array of vehicles, and characters that drove, walked or marched was impressive.

It took around 30 minutes to pass and at the end the streets and footbaths around Manly were busy. Some folk were still coming, and others were trying to get home through the throngs of people.

A great event.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wynnum Wading Pool

With the warmer weather, the Wynnum Wading Pool has been very busy!

This is the venue for an interesting collection of motorised miniature boats, and they make a grand sight plying the waters of the Wading Pool.

But the children have found the cool waters of the pool, a great place to play on the hot days.

With the picnic area, tables and seats surrounding the area, and being adjacent to the water play area, and a number of restaurants/cafe's nearby, it is a great place to take the children.

They can ride their bikes or scooters, play in the sand on Pandanus Beach, or walk on the path that travels along the edge of the water.

A great place to take the children!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Adventures continue

Although they are not all mine. I will update though, as it does give some idea of the topsy turvy life I can lead I guess.

I've had two Skype conversations today - one with my friend who is now in Korea, finding out how complicated life can be there. I was of course supposed to be there last week, and my students met, as they do from time to time, and were hoping I would be there with them, but as the plans changed, that was not to be. My friend then was going to meet with them, but that didn't happen either. She has spent some time in Jeonju, and was headed to CheonAn today.

The accomodation which was supposed to be organised for her (or me) a week or so ago, is still not ready. There's a mattress to buy, and a desk, and so on. I don't know if she will stay there tonight - it does sound a bit "iffy" as we would say.

From China I was in touch with a student from the university in Shaoxing - we always talk about me going back there. She is a working girl now, but still wants to show me around her home town which is not far from Hangzhou. I am looking forward to seeing her and her family.

I was reading a website which is a network of teachers in China and recognised the name of someone who was in our writing group. She went to China some months ago, but went through an agent. It turns out this guy is a rogue and he had her booked into doing so much extra work. She had not got her Z visa before she went to China, so was rather restricted in what she could do too. However, she has been able to negotiate a better plan but still is not happy. She was initially required to mark 8000 assignments in one year! How would that be!!!

Anyway I have heard from her and she is OK, but not sure of her next move - back to Australia or something else in China.

Then I received a message from someone who had discussed with me a program in north China, and teaching nurses English so that they could come to Australia and train/work here. The project fell through though. She is back in Australia - but needs to update her quals - things have changed in the few years she has been out of the country. So she is betwixt and between.

Meanwhile I have been working on lesson plans to teach at a college in Brisbane tomorrow. I was due to go and sit in on a lesson, but the teacher has called in sick, so I got a call to delay my arrival tomorrow. I've found it somewhat challenging to do a lesson plan - with so many unknowns. I don't know the students, am not familiar with the English program they are doing, and will be "winging it" as they say.

Then came the snakes!!! MM has been working on the front garden - a long overdue project that is all but complete today. Planter boxes have been built and are in situ, and he was piling the dirt from a pile that has been sitting on the front lawn for several years. Growing with each mowing as the clippings were thrown onto it. Seems Mrs Snake chose this place for her nest and he came across a dozen or so baby snakes. They were around a foot long and scurried all over the place as he spaded the dirt into the new planter boxes.

Meanwhile, in preparation for the meeting of the Society of Women Writers tomorrow (yes, I was going to fit that in before going to the College), where we have to swap one of our favourite books after writing about 50 words about it. Only 50? OK.

The Book I have chosen is one that I have bought (and given away) on many occasions. It is a book called "Random Acts of Kindness" which set me on a course with the Kindness Foundation in Australia. I confess I have lost touch with the organisation, after being their quite active Queensland represtentative. A long time ago I think. Maybe 10 years ago.

In any case, I found their website and saw that the founder of the Australian Kindness Movement has been ill. I have sent a message giving him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. I've also learned that it is Kindness Week in November - in fact Australian Kindness day is November 5th.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wynnum Jetty

It is a small jetty as jetties go, and you'll never see a boat tied up at it, but it is a wonder place for a stroll.

Almost every day you'll find a "procession" of walkers as they stroll out to the end of the jetty perhaps seeking to catch a glimpse of any dolphins who swim around the bay.

On a clear day you can see right out to North Stradbroke Island, and see many of the boats that ply the waters of Moreton Bay.

Along the jetty are works of art, which explain something of the aboriginal fishing experiences in the Bay.

Dining at the Bay

There are several good eating places overlooking the Manly Harbour and last week I had the pleasure of dining at Wilson's Boathouse which overlooks the entrance to the harbour. It was a brilliant day - fabulous blue skies, and being a Wednesday it was a good opportunity to see the yachts of WAGS going out. (WAGS means Wednesday afternoon Gone Sailing) and those folk who don't work, or can take time off from work, go out for a sail on Wednesday afternoons. The meal at Wilson's was fabulous, and so was the view! So good! Have a look at their website - Wilson's Boathouse. They also have a restaurant at Portside, Hamilton on the Brisbane River.

Friday, August 07, 2009

The Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival on Sept 6th

Put the date in your diary - the annual Wynnum Manly Jazz Festival will be held on Sunday September 6th, at Bandstand Park, Wynnum, commencing at 11 am.

The program includes The Andrew Sisters Tribute Band, Iona College Jazz Bands 1 and 2,Colin Jones' Tyburn Swingers, and Glad Graveson will sing between bands.

Food and drinks will be on sale.

For more information contact Gloria Davey on 33965825.

Bring a rug, or your picnic chairs and enjoy the great performances on Father's Day, 09.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Picnic Spots around Wynnum Manly

With the high cost of petrol and shrinking family budgets, travelling to distant places for a picnic seems not such a good idea. But that's no reason to stay at home.

All the family can enjoy a simple picnic or similar outing at one of the many parks and picnic grounds that abound in the southern Bayside region, and a new site will give information for locals and visitors who would like to see spots in the area.

The most obvious place, weather permitting, is the Esplanade which stretches from Wynnum North to Lota, where there are many picnic spots.

For details about the Wynnum Wading Pool precincts and other picnic spots click here.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Gateway Bridge duplication

The Gateway Bridge duplication is well on target. The original bridge was opened in 1986, but soon the traffic exceeded expectations.

For information about the history of the bridge read here.


To the east of the Gateway Bridge which spans the Brisbane River is the marina called Rivergate. It is promoted as a "Super Yacht Marina" and is planning to become one of Australia's leading superyacht bases.

It is well positioned on the east coast of Australia, and with a frontage on the river, approximately 6 nautical miles from the river mouth.

Rivergate has access to quite a number of marine services - details of many can be found on their website.

Future plans include a retail and restaurant precinct.

Monday, March 02, 2009

Picnic Spots

Parklands at Colmslie Beach Reserve.

Mangroves beside the boardwalk.

The beach at Colmslie looking towards the Gateway Bridge

There are many great spots to picnic around the Wynnum Manly region, but one of my favourites is on the Brisbane River, just a short drive from Wynnum. Actually there are several parks around the area but the biggest is Colmslie Beach Reserve.

This reserve is high over the river, but beach access is via healthy wooden stairs that go down to a small boardwalk and the beach. Many people choose to fish the Brisbane River from here, but I've not seen any catches. In the park itself is a children's playground, plenty of shade trees, and a number of shelters with table and seats, and electric barbecues. There's plenty of parking too. It is a great place for all the family - and the river traffic here is always fascinating. Small boats ply the river and on weekends you might be lucky enough to see a big cruise liner make its way from Portside along the river and out on another cruise. Some of the liners are quite spectacular. Toilet facilities are available too.

Click here for a map and directions to the reserve.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Chambers of Commerce

Valmae Richardson of Shangri La Gardens and Julia Ponder of Bayside Learning Centre
at the Mix and Mingle 27/2/09

There are two very active Chambers of Commerce in the region - strange for a relatively small community, but they are different. The Manly Chamber focuses on tourism, especially events in the Manly area, from which of course the whole region generally benefits. The Wynnum and Districts Chamber has a wider focus - generally working with all business in the region. One of their popular events is the bimonthly Mix and Mingle, which is held at Shangri La Gardens. This is a grand networking event enjoyed by members and their guests.

For contact details and links to the Chamber website click here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Wynnum Wading Pool

The Wynnum Wading Pool was created during the great Depression in the 1930's, and last year was re opened after a redevelopment.

The Pool is adjacent to cafe's on the Esplanade, and is a great picnic spot with plenty of seating, and picnic areas. You can buy your food and drinks or bring them for a great picnic in this parkland.

If you like walking or cycling, there are quality paths to the north and to the south of the bay - with interesting places to stop and explore along the way.

The pool is a great place to cool off and at one end is a slippery slide that the children will enjoy. Adjacent are change rooms and toilet facilities, and the Wynnum Jetty stretches out into the Bay. It is a pleasant walk to the end of the jetty and back.

Saturday, February 07, 2009

Sailing on Moreton Bay

Moreton Bay is glorious and there are many ways to go boating on the Bay and see for yourself the wonders on our doorstep here. If you have your own boat - you are fortunate, but for those who do not there are many options. One in particular which is a great day out is on the sailing ship South Passage. The home port of the South Passage is Manly, which is the base of Sail Training Association of Queensland. The South Passage is available for day trips from time to time, so check the program here and book in. You will need to be at the William Gunn Jetty, Manly by 9.30 am, ready with comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen, hats, (togs if you want a swim), and a sense of adventure. Don't forget your food - as you must supply all your own refreshments for day trips. If you are interested in learning how to sail, or being involved in the organisation, or going on longer voyages, check out the website. Join the organisation and enjoy membership benefits. We went on one of the voyages on January 23rd 09 - and it was a great fun day out!

You can phone : (07) 3893 3777 for more information.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Pelicans at dawn

Along the foreshore from Wynnum North to Lota is a walkway right on the edge of the bay. In the early morning from before sunrise it is a magnet for walkers who enjoy their daily exercise in front of the magnicicent view of Moreton Bay.

From the north, and the south and places between, you can walk off into other paths, or streets, or if you are a cyclist, there are plenty of places to take your bicycle and explore further.

In the early morning the sun rises up from the horizon, and sometimes there is a gently breeze. Good for walking. Other times there can be a bit of a stronger wind, but at this time of the year (February) it is more likely to be peaceful.

Take your walking shoes, and a bottle of water, and a camera - and walk. Need some refreshments along the way? Easy. There are several coffee shops that will be open from early in the morning, so tuck some money into your bumbag!

Often you will see many pelicans around the Wynnum Creek area. There is a fish market, and the pelicans often enjoy a feed there. These huge clumsy birds spend a lot of time in this area, waiting for the food.

(If you look closely you can see a group of pelicans - around the middle of the photo.)