Today's post is a bit of a catch up of what I've been up to over the past few weeks while I have had visitors.
While my Mum and Aunty have been here I have still had to work 4 days a week but on the weekends we have visited markets, craft shows, beaches, coffee shops, mountain villages, the recycle centre, shopping centres, restaurants, friends and family and the city. We have also done our fair share of taste testing at the Yandina Ginger Factory, Macadamia Nut Factory, Maleny Cheese Factory and various food stalls at markets.
There has not been much time for blogging so I apologise for the lack of posts but we have had a wonderful time playing tourists. Exploring your local area is a great thing to do if you want a cheap holiday and because you are out of normal routine it feels like you are getting a break away but you still get to come home and sleep in your own bed. The old saying 'A change is as good as a holiday' rings true.
|Relaxing on Labour Day at Mooloolaba Spit|
|Maroochydore - Fisherman's Road Markets on a wet Saturday|
I must admit though, that I had my days free on the weekend because while my Mum and Aunty were here I didn't have to water the garden, do the washing or cook dinner because it was all done when I got home from work.
I have discovered a few places I had never known about before like a fabulous bookshop in Eumundi. It has new books towards the front of the store and then it goes back and back from room to room full of second-hand books. Placed around the shop are lounges and chairs so you can sit back and have a good browse. I could have spent all day in there.
|Mooloolaba - Tribute statue to Steve Irwin of Australia Zoo|
|Brisbane - Rainforest walk at Southbank Parklands|
|Montville - German Cuckoo Clock Shop|
|Daisy - Birthday present from my family|
I also celebrated my 50th Birthday last week and was thoroughly spoilt by family, friends and work colleagues. We have 'Birthday Buddies' at work and mine just happens to be our wonderful 'Hospitality Teacher' who made me a yummy 'Chocolate and Lavender' cake and gave me a big bunch of lilies.
The family sent me off to be pampered at the hairdresser and took me out to dinner to a lovely restaurant just down the road called 'Daisy's Place' which is in the most delightful tropical rainforest setting and the service and food are excellent. I was shown a photo of the kitten above and told she would be arriving the next day and so she was promptly named 'Daisy' although her nickname is 'the terrorist' as she is prone to climbing up your legs and jumping out from hidden places when you least expect it.