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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Fathers' Day...

In Australia, the first Sunday in September is Fathers' Day. And so it was that DsD1 and her partner gave DH 2 tickets for a tour of micro brewery, 'Brews Brothers' at East Brisbane. There are a number of these small boutique breweries spread throughout Brisbane, where small batches of some quite 'adventurous' beers and ciders are brewed. Customers range from private bars, restaurants and individuals. We travelled on public transport which is encouraged by the owners of Brews Brothers, as they are very generous with the sampling throughout the 2 hour tour. When we arrived there were quite a few other people there, also doing the evening's tour.
Many years ago I toured the Castlemaine Perkins Brewery in Milton with my first husband, who worked for the company that printed all the labels for that very large brewery. So this micro brewery was going to be a lot different from that experience. It was like visiting old friends who did some home brewing in their garage/shed; it was very relaxed and the staff very welcoming. :-)
But no prizes for interior decorating! lol
This lady preferred to sit quietly with her mobile phone...
  DH enjoying his first sample...



I tentatively chose a Pear and Strawberry cider...it was a really nice drink...not too sweet and not too gassy.
And pretty soon, the cider was all gone!
This young man worked so hard during the evening...he spent the time running between all these steel 'cookers'. All the ingredients were  already measured and set out ready to be added at the appropriate time. he was doing some orders for people who wanted particular beers brewed for them...



The man in the checked shirt was a customer who had ordered a special brew with honey...he kept a close eye on the brewer...


This was the 'boss' and our tour guide for the night...
Here he is demonstrating adding the yeast mixture...


Looking the length of the room from the other side of those steel cookers...

In the fermenting room...


In the cold room, where the beer goes after fermentation is finished and before bottling...


Looking up, you can see the Blues/Brews Brothers...



Lots of 'kitsch' and beer memorabilia decorated the rooms...coasters, cans and mugs..
 Beer glasses etc....

The tour also included a 'Sausage Sizzle', which featured delicious sausages. My sweet husband took me along with him that night (instead of taking a male friend as suggested by DsD1) but I didn't do justice to the beer tasting opportunities that were offered, preferring to just have a sip of DH's...but it was still an enjoyable, and different evening...a great Fathers' Day gift! 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FNSI...

Yes! last night was the 3rd Friday night of the month so it was Friday Night Sew In...or in my case, Friday Night Knit In. Wendy from Sugarlane Quilts blog hosts this worldwide link up of craft bloggers and you can find the post with all the links to last night's participants right here.
There's a bit of a story behind my project last night...it's a special request and the item is for a very special person who doesn't know anything about his eventual surprise! 
Scott Alexander owns Mountain View Daylilies Nursery and he donated a heap of money to enable Knitting for Brisbane's Needy to have a large shed erected which provides warehouse storage and packaging facilities for the group. ( Before this, Karen and Peter Croke had had their home, shed and garage, 'overrun' with boxes and bags of donations.)

A bit squeezy in the Croke's laundry :-)



Pouring the slab....




Part view of the outside of the shed...  
On the K4BN site there are a series of photos which show more photos of the shed being built...

Sadly, Scott is not a well man and has now entered a Residential Care facility, leaving his family to run the Nursery. One of his staff had seen one of my knitted throws and through Karen, had asked if I could make one for Scott. After his generosity to the group, it is my absolute pleasure to do this. I asked which design J had seen, and it was that old favourite of mine...the Chevron/Ripple! And would you believe, Scott's favourite colour is 'wisteria', but I was told to use whatever colours I like...so I'm having fun! So back to my FNKI...
Some of the lovely yarns I'm using, including a gorgeous variegated alpaca yarn and some hand spun and dyed wool yarn from Lisa, a member of Knit4charities. 

Another view...


The big ball of hand spun and dyed yarn...

The throw is about 90 cm long, so about half way...must dash off now and do a few rows. :-)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A night away; Part 2

Following on from yesterday's post...
After watching the paragliders and getting up close to a sweet little wallaby joey, DH and I continued on our way home...the long way! lol
I had recently mentioned to DH that I had never been to Binna Burra but so many of my friends spend time there to relax and unwind, and I wondered what it was like. So DH drove us there for a bit of a look around...
  1. Binna Burra is a parcel of private land and mountain lodge surrounded by Lamington National Park in Queensland, Australia. The lodge lies in the north-eastern corner of the Lamington Plateau in the McPherson Range, 75 km south of Brisbane. Wikipedia

And it is just as my friends described it...quiet, beautiful bush land. There are lots of images of the area here
We didn't go on any of the Binna Burra lodge walks...instead, we strolled to the Lamington Tea House



Beside the door was a noticeboard...


One particular notice caught my eye...


Luckily the notice did not  refer to either myself or DH! 
The view from our table in the tea room...


After a lovely Devonshire Tea, DH and I once more took to the road. DH wanted to find a particular place in the general area that we had visited  once before. It wasn't long before we saw the sign...Lahey's Canungra Tramway Tunnel. 
 
DH parked the car...

Since our last visit, the tunnel has been closed. Apparently due to all the rainfall in early 2011, the entrance had become unstable. Luckily the track from the carpark is still open. 



But you can still look down the length of this historic structure...

This was a private railway which used the 3'6" gauge; the line provided transport of logs to the Lahey's timber mill  


Some of the information signs...
The disused tunnel played a new role during WW2 




Back on the road again after this stop, we made our way to the M1 and continued on to home. It had been fun exploring the smaller roads. 


Monday, October 13, 2014

A night away...

After writing 2 posts about our holiday in March april May this year, I'm now going to share our adventures a little closer to home; on a little 'overnighter' to the Gold Coast. For a number of years, DH and I have celebrated our anniversary at Jupiters at Broadbeach. We would take the Show, Room and Breakfast package, but this year there was no show in late June. But we get those emails of promotional offers (don't we all? lol) and so it was that there was an offer of Show etc that had to be taken before October 3. So off we went :-)
On arrival we checked in and were offered an upgrade...then we were told that this upgraded room was on the 20th floor which is a 'smoking floor'...so we stayed with the room on the 14th! lol . The room was lovely, with views east and south.
Looking towards Pacific Fair, a rather large shopping centre
In the years that we have been staying at Jupiters, the number of tall buildings on the 'beach side' has increased...
 Looking south ...

In the morning, while looking out the window, I noticed some Hi-Viz clad workers...

Window cleaning day...



I don't think I would like to do this maintenance man's job!

 No sir!
After a late breakfast DH and I headed for home...but not by the freeway. We travelled via some of the coast's hinterland.
Quiet, bush lined roads...
 A stop at Beechmont...
 Then back on the road...
We passed 'one of a kind' homes...

This one had sculptures in the front yard...
 Lovely country road...
 A very modern large home on acreage...
 How's this for a front yard?
 The lovely views beyond...
 Rolling hills...

As we neared Canungra we saw quite a few cars parked by the side of the road...

So we stopped too :-)
I'm so glad we did!
The locality was Rosins Lookout with views south to Mt Warning, nestled amongst the border ranges.

And this steeply sloping site was where the Canungra Paragliding club 'did their stuff'


My camera followed the progress of one of the club members...




 'Yellow' joins the others...
While we were watching the paragliders, DH pointed to some people sitting on the ground near us...

 Yes a little wallaby nibbling away on the grass!
He hopped towards us...

 It would have been churlish of us not to give him (?) a pat...
Then one of the men from the group sitting on the ground, came and scooped our new little friend up and took him(?) back to sit with them again...they were wildlife carers so this little fellow (?) was possibly orphaned.
What a stroke of luck that we stopped when we did :-)