Weekly Photo Challenge ~ On Top

On the banks of the Edward River in the Riverina district of New South Wales stands this tribute to an icon of country Australia – the ute.


A ute, originally known as a utility, is a vehicle which can carry passengers in the front and goods in the back. In 1932 a Victorian farmer’s wife wrote to the Ford Motor Company of Australia asking for a vehicle in which she could go to church on a Sunday while her husband took the pigs to market on a Monday. Ford obliged and the first ute was released in 1934.

Since then the ute has become synonymous with rural Australia, although it’s not just country boys who are passionate about these vehicles.

DSC06823This famous ute is in the town of Deniliquin, home of the Deni Ute Muster and holder of the World record for the largest gathering of utes in the world. This year’s Ute Muster will take place on 3rd and 4th October.


Lunch By The C

When we decided to visit Noosa last week, I knew straight away where we would be having lunch. I’ve been to Bistro C before; for lunch, for dinner and for afternoon drinks and I couldn’t wait to go again.

Look to the right...

Look to the right…

Look to the left...

look to the left…

and then enter here!

and then enter here!

As the waitress showed us to our table she looked out the window and said: “Working here is magic. I never tire of looking at the view.” We knew what she meant. From our seats we could see out across Laguna Bay towards the Noosa National Park. On this Autumnal day the sun sparkled on the water and bathers relaxed on the pure white sand. We felt like we had the best seats in the house.

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The view from our table

That feeling didn’t stop with the glorious view. The service to our table was fast and attentive and our waitress explained the menu and the daily specials in great detail. We were lucky to arrive at the perfect time and were able to choose from either the breakfast or lunch menus. Our beautifully presented meals arrived in just a few minutes.

From the breakfast menu I ordered corn and chive griddle cake, served with crispy bacon, spinach, avocado salsa and balsamic syrup, while my husband had roast turkey breast and avocado salad bagel with maple roasted bacon crumbs, basil mayo and sticky pear and blackberry chutney from the lunch menu. The food was fresh and each mouthful was delicious, and both meals were just the right size.

Corn and chive griddle cake - simply delicious.

Corn and chive griddle cake – as beautiful to look at as to eat.

Every time our water glasses were nearing empty our attentive waitress was there to top them up. We asked her about walking in the Noosa National Park and she recommended her favourite walk with the best views of the coastline. Our conversation with her was a real highlight of the day and her enthusiasm was catching.

If you’re planning to visit Noosa make sure you spend some time at Bistro C. We had no problem being seated for lunch but for an evening meal you’ll need to make a reservation a few days in advance. We’re not the only ones who love dining at Bistro C!

Bistro C Restaurant & Bar
‘On The Beach’ – 49 Hastings Street
Noosa Heads

Phone: 07 5447 2855



Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Monument

On the shores of Lake Jindabyne in the Snowy Mountains stands a monument to Paul Strzelecki; explorer, surveyor and scientist. Before coming to Australia, he explored for minerals in Canada and was the first person to discover copper there. He also travelled the west coast of the Americas from Chile to California. He climbed and named Australia’s highest mainland mountain, Mt Kosciuszko, and explored and surveyed large areas of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales.

The Strzelecki Track in South Australia, the Strzelecki Ranges in Victoria and the Strzelecki National Park on Flinders Island are all named in honour of Paul Strzelecki.




Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Threshold

Since European settlement more than 400 000 Italian migrants have called Australia home. After the second World War many Italian men came here to work while their families stayed in Italy. In the mid 1950s new family reunion programs meant that the families who had been left behind were able to join their menfolk.

The Reuniting Family shows the moment when the father greets his wife and children as they arrive in an unknown land. The trunk holds all their belongings, and in the words of the plaque that accompanies this scene it also “holds the hopes, ambitions and dreams for a successful future together.”

This family, depicted by Michael Meszaros, stands of the threshold of a new life.


Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Street Life ~ Carfree Sunday in Brussels

You know those Armageddon themed movies where the streets of the city are silent? Have you ever wondered what it would be like in a city with no cars? If you’re in a European city on 22 September you’ll find out – it’s Carfree Sunday!

European Carfree Day began during the oil crises of the 1970s. Car driving was banned on Sundays in an attempt to save fuel. Since then Carfree day has become an international day to celebrate walking, cycling and taking the train. The only vehicles allowed are Emergency Service Vehicles and buses; that’s when the cyclists and pedestrians take over.

Brussels embraces Carfree Day wholeheartedly and from early morning thousands of cars remain parked while their owners find other ways to enjoy the city. There’s standing room only on trains and buses and bicycles fill the streets.

From a vantage point looking over the city the atmosphere is eerie. The only sounds to be heard are birdsong, laughter and children calling to each other. Festivals in the parks attract large crowds and people take advantage of the empty streets.


It’s a strange feeling to be walking in the middle of a main road and instead of looking out for cars it’s bikes and rollerblades you have to avoid.

At 18.00 the prohibition on cars comes to an end and it doesn’t take long for the streets to become busy again. The utopian vision of life without cars comes to an end but hopefully more people have been inspired to find alternate ways of travel. Give the environment a break – don’t take your car!

For more on Carfree Sunday, click here.

Let’s Go Shopping

Bruges is a city of contrasts. Medieval buildings and cobbled laneways sit alongside busy tourist attractions and lively markets. Cars and buses squeeze past horse-drawn carriages in the narrow streets. Shops are filled with traditional lacework and divinely decadent chocolates while a few steps away stalls sell Belgian frites and waffles. The blend of old and new is seamless.


Walk through the door of the Volkskundemuseum in Baalstraat and suddenly you’ve travelled backwards in time for a unique shopping experience. Inside this row of 17th century almshouses is a collection of olden day shops; their stories told in life-sized dioramas.

The milliner’s shop has the latest fashionable hats, created to match a new dress purchased from the dressmaker, while for men the tailor can craft a new suit in just a few days.




No outfit would be complete without a pair of bespoke shoes handmade by the local cobbler.



At the grocer’s there’s a wide range of food on display while the confectionery store is a magnet for those with a sweet tooth.



And if too many chocolates have been eaten, the apothecary can help with the necessary medicine.


At the Black Cat Tavern one of Bruge’s famous beers might be stored in barrels just like this one.



At the end of a busy shopping day refreshments might just be the best purchase of all!

Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Reflection

The centrepiece of GOMA’s Summer 2013 – 2014 exhibition is the installation Heritage by world-renowned artist Cai Guo Qiang. Cai’s vision is that of a pristine utopia, untouched by worldly influences.


Ninety-nine animals from all parts of the world have gathered at an unspoiled waterhole and the most unlikely combinations of creatures are drinking together in harmony.





The perfect stillness of the scene is broken by a single drop of water falling from the centre of the room. Do the ripples represent the imperfections of our world as they alter the reflections of these magnificent creatures?