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    The Old Queenslander Homes

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    Of the old fashioned kind......

    Brisbane

    In Clayfield on the North side of town and on the south side there are some amazing homes around Chelmer and Sherwood. Find Laurel Avenue on your satnav and you are in business.

    Maryborough

    To me this is the town that always springs to mind for beautiful homes and I think it is because of the beautiful Travel Page on Maryborough's Queenslanders by VT member tropicrd....you just must visit her page.

    Rockhampton

    We lived in a gorgeous old Queenslander in Henry Street. It even had two rotundas.

    More in Agnes Street on The Range

    Esk, Brisbane Valley

    The old Church of England rectory in the main street

    Toowoomba

    I will be adding to this review...might need a travelogue for more photos.

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    Surf Lifesavers

    by wise23girl Updated Dec 29, 2012

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    Swim between the Flags...if we can't see you we can't save you

    When you visit or main surfing beaches you should 'thank your lucky stars' we have surf lifesavers. They patrol our beaches....flag safe surf areas....erect warning flags.....conduct surf rescues.....

    Sometimes I think that Queensland IS Surf Lifesaving and stands alone and of course that is not so....in surf lifesaving Queensland is part of Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) which is a founding member of International Life Saving Federation and not only is Australia one of the founding members but also is a world leader in lifesaving and coastal safety.

    International liaisons include:
    - Surf Life Saving New Zealand
    - Surf Life Saving Great Britain
    - Lifesaving South Africa
    - Royal National Lifeboat Institution
    - Japan Life Saving Association
    - United States Lifesaving Association Singapore Life Saving Society
    - Rashtriya Life Saving Society India
    - Irish Water Safety
    - German Life Saving Society – DLRG

    Our surf lifesavers are volunteers so if you get a chance to support them in fund raising activities please do....buy a raffle ticket maybe.

    In some ares you will find lifeguards who are paid professionals.

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    Don't Go Bananas

    by wise23girl Updated Jan 6, 2013

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    When in Queensland do as the Queenslanders do and eat our beautiful bananas. Now the problem is the supermarkets are full of inexpensive fruit most of the time BUT you can 'bet your bottom dollar' these bananas are artificially ripened imports. Goodness knows where they were grown or what happened when they were brought into Australia to make them 'safe'...heaps of spray. Look for the label.

    Now if you buy Queensland bananas they may not always be organic but I bet you they will taste really yummy. No wonder we are called 'banana benders'.....but we sure do not want to be a 'banana republic'

    Of course if you buy them from our farm they are like no other banana on earth and you will be spoilt forever.

    My favourite banana is the Ladyfinger. Some prefer the Cavendish. There are other varieties such as Plantain but the first two are best known and most popular. Some say the ripe banana is the more healthful. We ripen ours on the tree as much as possible but flying foxes and scrub turkeys like the fruit too much at times.

    Look in smaller independent stores or at the local markets for bananas grown in Queensland (or Northern NSW)

    Bananas grow from suckers...asexual reproduction which makes them prone to disease...no biological diversity....I read an article a good while back that suggested for this reason bananas may eventually be wiped out. There are strict controls on growing bananas and on the transport of same from place to place.

    Here are some fun facts about bananas

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    Honey from the bees

    by wise23girl Updated Oct 24, 2012

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    No more of that supermarket honey that tastes like...well is tasteless.....processed stuff. And in Queensland you can find some really top class local honey. If you are doing a little bit of driving around you will see the bee hives, often in forest areas. We have bee hives on the farm.

    Usually there will be a road sign saying 'Local honey" or you can go the many farmers markets that are springing up like mushrooms. There is a new Friday evening market at Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast and you will find some local honey there.

    Just be thankful our bees are not destroyed by the nasty menace of the invader beetle as with out bees I doubt we would have any food to eat

    Can you see the bees in the photo?...it was windy so they were a bit cross.

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    Strawberry Time

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 14, 2012

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    Around the Sunshine Coast some really beautiful strawberries are red and lush and just waiting for you....you can pick your own...so watch out for the signs especially along the Chevallum Road area just after you pass by The Ettamogah pub complex on the main Bruce Highway.( Exit 200 )

    Another place you might visit is the McMartins farm at Bli Bli where you can also enjoy home made strawberry icecream...and morning tea...and a few gifts.

    If you are lucky sometimes a couple guys come roving by from another local strawberry farm selling strawberries and honey to any one who will buy....you could be sitting having a 'cuppa' on Buderim Mountain and there they are with delicious fresh strawberries.

    I never buy strawberries at the supermarkets even if they advertise local strawberries as these big conglomerates have driven the prices down and many a farmer is now in dire straights. Cost of labour is more than the farmer is paid. Anyway we grow a few for ourselves or when I see' the man' I mentioned I grab some from him.

    Every year in September the Chevallum School have a simply marvellous Strawberry Fest...all sorts of strawberry activities and they would welcome you....it is a very well organized 'do'...and even a 'Strawberry Dance' at ye olde Palmwoods Hall.

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    Billy Tea and Damper

    by wise23girl Updated Oct 24, 2012

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    Well you can do this yourself but I guess not too many bring an old black billy in their suitcase. And you might not have a camp oven either...to cook the damper......and you need a recipe...the simpler the better. But you have to know what you are doing to 'swing the billy'

    So you can find a tour into the bush...maybe to hike or ride horses that has boiling the billy included......if you go to one of those music musters there is lots of billy boiling there....
    Here a tour in the Daintree Billy Tea Safaris.

    Quite often the scouts will feature an activity involving making tea and damper so watch out for a local show in the smaller towns.

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    An Ice Cream on the Esplanade

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    Around the Sunshine Coast we love ice cream and it is a favourite thing to buy an icecream in a cone and eat it as you stroll along the beach or esplanade with the icecream melting and dripping down your chin.. ...
    When we are away on holidays we always try what other countries have to offer but even the marvellous ice cream you can but in Paris and in Holland does not compare with our own home brew.

    One of my favourite things was to buy a vanilla icecream and pop some roasted cashews in the top...absolutely delicious......and if you are on the Sunshine Coast do try the strawberry home made variety at the Bli Bli strawberry farm.

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    Eat a mango in the bath

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 27, 2012

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    Coming on to Christmas is Mango Time in Queensland....juicy luscious mangoes. So grab one ....cut....pull back the skin and 'hoe in' maybe even in the bath (see comment below).....Some years the storms knock the flowers off the tree and we wait in vain for the fruit...other times the trees are laden .....and as our trees are not trimmed mangoes fall on the ground and many lie there to rot....UGH!

    You can buy local mangoes at the Farmers markets....some will be imports so do check.

    You must learn how to peel and cut them properly (explained below below by Cathy) especially if you want to use the fruit for a salad or to put in a smoothie.

    Not all mangoes are for eating ...some make great chutney.

    Now I add this comment from CatherineReichardt ...Thanks Cathy

    "Mango and raspberry pavlova is the standard pud for Christmas Dinner at Schloss Reichardt. My method (learned from an Indian restaurant) is to cut the 'cheeks' off each side of the mango, score them in a diamond pattern and then push the skin side to turn the cheek inside out - voila, mango hedgehogs!

    But I still think that the best advice that I ever read about mangoes was that they were best eaten in the bath with a friend! Although I guess that eating them in the surf on a deserted beach (again, with a 'special friend') would also be rather a nice thought to concur with!"

    And now from tropicrd

    "what a bloody classic!!! Marg your pic is a hoot haha.(picture of me in bubble bath now removed) The best way to eat a mango in my humble opinion and experience is to get them nice and cold,squash them until soft,cut the top off and suck that juice out,not spilling one drop of that liquid gold.Then as you peel off the skin dip the flesh into fresh cream and enjoy,it will be all gone before you realise you have eaten it and you won't get mango juice rash, pure heaven.I also love eating them in the bath too but not with soap bubbles yuk!!!The mango season is upon us and we all go a tad crazy.Much fun Dorrise xx"

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    Big Pineapple...the sleeping pineapple awakes...

    by wise23girl Updated Jun 7, 2013

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    You have all heard of this iconic attraction...but just for the moment hold your horses....we have heard it is to be reopened and maybe return to its former glory....so here's hoping....well in 2012 it is a little bit open.......

    The Farmers Market on Saturday just reopened (Nov 2011) so that is a start

    Now in 2012 a Sunday Market is in progress as well.......

    Someone told me there is more activity ......that the sleeping pineapple awakes

    There is even a chance you might pick up a coffee during the week at The Big P but if not keep driving into Nambour for a coffee....Try Husk and Honey or even take the exit to Palmwoods ....there are coffee shops and parking a little easier than Nambour.

    2013....Still a long way to go to retain its former glory but helping brighten up the image is Queen Bee Pineapple....Live Art Experiences for Families.

    2013...June...a BIG day at The BIG Pineapple......The car parks were full to overflowing....I have never seen such a crowd! What brought them? A display of old and antique cars......as part of a special activities week.

    To find out if the sleeping pineapple is waking
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    See also my review under Nambour on Queen Bee Pineapple and Our Sweetest Icon and Just a Little Bit Open

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    Mottos, Catch Phrases, Slogans

    by wise23girl Updated Jun 1, 2013

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    ABOUT QUEENSLAND....The Sunshine State....and of course there is the worn out favourite 'Beautiful one day-Perfect the next" and of course as member tropicrd has reminded me we live in God's Country

    To gain an understanding of a country you need to know the people and to me the way we describe ourselves and our cities and towns gives an insight into who we are.

    Brisbane, the capital has been called Bris Vegas...a tongue in cheek nick name....

    And Blackbutt in the shire of Somerset is known as Timbertown

    Bundaberg or "Bundy" seems to have picked up the title of The Rum City....maybe that is because the famous Bundaberg Rum is manufactured there.LOL.

    Cairns in The Tropical North is associated with "ask a local" and "croc country"

    Gympie the Gold City is about 160 kilometres (100 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane and is famous for its gold field..

    Ingham a town of sugar plantations says "Welcome to the Tropics". Ingham is 1,437 kilometers (893 miles) north of Brisbane.

    Kenilworth, in the heart of the Mary Valley boasts it is 'The Bush Behind the Beach' (Sunshine Coast Hinterland)

    Kilkivan is known as 'The Town of the Great Horse Ride and is located 286 kilometres north-west of Brisbane (or 259km if you take the Burnett Highway from Nanango to Goomeri) and 53 kilometres from Gympie"

    Longreach the largest town in the central west is known for the famous Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and the association with the airline QANTAS

    Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane simply says "Come as you are"

    Mount Morgan close to Rockhampton says Think Clean. Be Tidy.

    Rockhampton or as the locals say "Rocky" is known as the Beef Capital of Australia and as you drive in from the south you will see the famous statues of the bulls greeting you.Rockhampton is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn.

    Toowoomba a picturesque mountain city 127km from Brisbane is known as The Garden City and is famous for The Annual Festival of Flowersin September each year

    Tara, "The Home of Friendly People" just west of Dalby on the edge of The Darling Downs (south-east Queensland)

    Tully and Babinda fight for the title "The wettest place in Queensland

    Tumoulin boasts the The Highest Rail Station in Queensland and you can visit on an old steam train to boot. Atherton Tableland in the Tropical North. How high you ask? 964metres,(3165ft)!


    Warwick on the western side of the Great Dividing Range and 140km from Brisbane in south east Queensland calls itself The Rose and Rodeo City and has flower shows in spring and autumn and a rodeo in October each year

    When driving in the WARWICK district you will see Unusual Road Safety Signs

    Driving up north one time in Mango Country I noticed this cute way to describe the loos (toilets/bathrooms) for men and women
    "Mangoes" and "No Mangoes"

    And to top it all off we are known as BANANA BENDERS

    You can follow on with something similar about AUSTRALIA or maybe read about BIG QUEENSLAND THINGS

    come as you are BrisVegas the great horse ride bananas to bend
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    Have you seen the Min Min Lights?

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    Queensland Outback....the real outback.

    Now I cannot show you a photo of the Min Min Lights because though we have stayed in Boulia twice we did not even get a glimpse.

    But we did have our own Min Min encounter....there is a very well set up display right in the heart of Boulia....and it is just a little bit spooky......

    From the web site:

    "Finally, I come back to the spooky light. The Min Min Light has scared locals and visitors to the area since its first sighting in 1912. However, local Aborigines claim it has been around much longer and that the light represents the spirits of their ancestors.

    The Min Min Light is a small strange light that appears, disappears, hovers, and seems to have a will of its own. It's a mystery, never solved, although scientists try to find an answer to the phenomena. The existence of the Min Min Light has been confirmed, though not fully explained yet"

    So if you do not see the real thing go along for a Min Min Encounter.

    OPENING HOURS

    April - September
    Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm

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    Enjoy a watermelon

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    We grow watermelons and there is only one way to really enjoy a watermelon according to my farmer watermelon grower man. Eat it as it is

    Now first you would really enjoy one of ours so come November, December drop by the farm......Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Make your selection...there will be a stall...send a message to me that you are VT and read this review and one is free.
    (oh well you will find melons elsewhere....along the road at a stall for local ones...Try Aratula )

    Then find yourself a shady spot and with a clean knife cut the melon into quarters....not tidy slices. The choicest bit is the centre...just mind the seeds. Have a bit of cloth to wipe the juice trickling down your chin.

    Melons with seeds are the tastiest....and thin skins.....and do not worry about getting your melon cold..it is beautiful as it is.

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    Throw a boomerang

    by wise23girl Updated Apr 29, 2013

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    Coming soon...more on Aboriginal Australia......

    Well I think Charlie Drake and later Rolf Harris sang 'My Boomerang Won't Come Back" and any I have thrown are in that category...the boomerangs landed on the grass with a 'plop' with no intention of coming back to me at all.
    You can actually find instructions on Boomerang Throwing on the internet but the fun is in buying the genuine article and being taught by an aboriginal person.

    One place you can go to see a genuine display is near Cairns at Kuranda Rainforest Station In fact if you are interested in the Aboriginal people this is an amazing place to visit.

    Look for boomerangs in genuine Aboriginal outlets....the best ones being in places such as Kakadu, Darwin, Alice Springs, Cairns ....a bit harder to find in the major cities in the south-east.

    I just discovered ABORIGINAL FINE ART in Brisbane CBD...4/79 Adelaide street. and yes they have boomerangs and didgeridoos for your special Australian keepsake.

    But you must beware of a Boomerang Man.....a man that a woman has stopped being romantically involved with and continues to get in contact with her for unknown reasons.

    And I hope your boomerang comes back

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    Jacarandas in Bloom

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 10, 2012

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    It is early November and the jacaranda trees are in bloom in Queensland. What a spectacular show especially in a good year. In 2012 the flowers are a bit sparse...it has been dry. It is quite dramatic if there is a flame tree or a poinciana tree nearby to offst the purple with a beautiful red.

    Sometimes there is a carpet of purple on the ground under the jacaranda tree where the blossoms have fallen.

    I do have to tell you that in New South Wales the town of Lismore has a wonderful Jacaranda festival at the end of October each year....well that is not far from Queensland

    But we do have a festival of our own in Goodna....quite close to Brisbane on the way to Ipswich..

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    Some BIG things

    by wise23girl Updated Nov 4, 2013

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    We are a BIG COUNTRY...and Queensland is A BIG STATE (With an area of 1,727,000 square kilometres, Queensland is the second largest state in Australia)

    Well I saw this 'BIG MOWER' on The Steve Irwin Way near Beerwah and thought maybe someone is interested in seeing Queenslands BIG attractions so one I know straight away is THE BIG PINEAPPLE "just a little bit open in 2013" and in Woombye, actually the Sunshine Coast region so now I am on the hunt to find more BIG things for you...in Queensland....and I saw a BIG ATM there and this time I have a photo. (Automatic teller Machine)

    Now I have just visited The BIG APPLE in Stanthorpe (the coldest place in Queensland, Australia) and it is right next door to a great place for food, gifts, gourmet deli and of course apples.

    Now there is a BIG PEANUT in Tolga, on the Atherton Tablelands North Queensland and again in the north THE BIG BARRAMUNDI in Daintree

    And a real fun one I saw ages ago but do not have a photo (pre VT days) is THE BIG GUMBOOT near Tully one of the wettest areas in Queensland ...so you know why they have a big gumboot.

    A bit further south in Bowen...on the Queensland coast is THE BIG MANGO

    The last one of the Big Prawn is from Ballina in New South Wales....what a beauty!

    So there are a few examples to wet your appetite

    So watch this space

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