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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some places of historical interest seen from the Brisbane River...

Way back at the beginning of October, DH and I went on a cruise up the Brisbane River and I've already written posts here and here, about that day. But we saw so much that day, that there are at least another 2 posts I can write about it!
In this post, I'll share some photos of places that are part of the history of my city. 
Where we boarded the boat at Hamilton, we could see the old nurses' quarters of the Royal Brisbane Hospital high on the hill at Herston.  These 2 towers of 8 storeys each were built in the 1930s. As a child, I could see these towers (from the other side) from our house...and often wondered what it was like inside them...probably pretty spartan, despite their grand name of the Lady Lamington Buildings! lol 
 Needless to say, nurses' quarters haven't been needed for a long time and these heritage listed buildings are now used for other purposes including a museum of nursing. 
Using the zoom, the towers still stand out on their hilltop position on the left mid ground. 

Just like in many cities around the world, large rivers were used for wharves and docks, so too, Brisbane. Around the New Farm and Newstead Reaches of the river were many wharves for handling produce. 
Set back from those long gone wharves, there were streets and streets of warehouses...big brick buildings, most being woolstores. 
 These buildings are no longer woolstores...most have been converted into very swanky unit (apartment) blocks...
 Along the river bank, lots (and lots) of unit blocks have been squeezed in on the river bank after the wharves were demolished. 

Another old brick building...the old CSR refinery (sugar)...now redeveloped as units, with unit blocks built on the land that surrounded the refinery building. 


In New Farm there is another old brick building which is huge, but it's not a former woolstore ... it was a powerhouse, specifically power for the trams that used to run in Brisbane. 


This building now has cafes, restaurants and theatres...and magnificent views of the river!


The Powerhouse Complex is nestled beside New Farm Park. This space deserves the term 'historically significant' as it is the site of the 'new farm' in the days of the Moreton Bay penal colony. The first farm was the area which is now the Botanical Gardens in the city. As well as a farm, the area had also been used for horse racing with punters arriving by boat on the river. Trevor, from Your Brisbane:Past and Present blog wrote about the history of New Farm Park here

New Farm Park along side the Brisbane River...

The next photo is taken looking towards the southern end of the Story Bridge (Kangaroo Point end )...old docks and sheds are visible...
And there are more of the same on the righthand side of the bridge. These were originally old naval stores; a bit derelict apparently. During WW2 some air raid bunkers were built in this complex too. Not long after  DH and I spent that day on the cruise,  it was announced in the media that the redevelopment of this area would go ahead. 

The old dry dock area of South Brisbane is now the Maritime Museum...

 An old steamer which is part of the Maritime Museum...

Nearing the City Reach of the river, the beautiful old Customs House is on the northern bank of the river. There used to be wharves near here but now they are long gone. Customs House is now owned by the University of Queensland and is a very grand venue. 



The next photo shows an old gas stripping tower that was part of an old gasworks on the southern bank of the river at West End. 

Once again, Trevor has already written about this in his blog, so if you would like to know about this structure and see a closeup photo, go here. :-)
The next photo is farther up the river at Dutton Park...yes it's a cemetery. It opened in 1866 and was originally known as the South Brisbane Cemetery. DH has many family members on his mum's side buried there.  

The next photo is the old wharf at Seventeen Mile Rocks (or what is left of it) for the Queensland Cement and Lime Company. Behind this and hidden from view of those on the  river, is a big waterpark known as Rocks Riverside Park. A redevelopment initiative of the Brisbane City Council it is very popular with families of course. As well as the water park, it is possible to walk around and look at remnants of the infrastructure from the old cement works and the docks. DH and I did just that a number of years ago. 

The water park is completely hidden from the river ... 

I've already shown photos of Newstead House and Shafston, but they both played such important roles in the former colony...so once more, here they are seen from the river.


 So that's some of Brisbane's history seen from the river. 

My Day with Lucy...

In a previous post I wrote about my great niece Lucy, asking if she could come over one day and do some craft. We settled on last Tuesday but between Thursday and Tuesday is a long time for a 'nearly 5 years old' person to wait. So I had at least one phone call initiated by Miss Lucy, whereas her long suffering mum put Lucy on the phone to ask whether she could come 'that day ' ! Lol
Miss Lucy arrived earlier than expected but all was in readiness for our day...first we did some collage...

My art lecturers from my college days would have been horrified by our use of stickers, but I know what children like! :-)

All artists should sign their work was something I always told my students, and Lucy certainly knows that...

Next we decorated some baubles to make Christmas presents for Lucy's mum, dad, little brother and friend Ruby.

We had started filling the 'take home box'...

We found some special heart stickers to make mummy's bauble...the teacher in me was impressed with Lucy's fine motor skills...


Then it was time for some play dough....
Lucy made a family of snowmen...pink and yellow...


I had showed her how to make curls with the pipe cleaner and a pencil, thinking it might be a bit tricky for her...she kept practising until her curls were just as even as mine!
We had a stop for morning tea when my neighbour and her grandson came over to visit. Then my neighbour Judy suggested that Lucy might like to see the little kittens at Judy's house...so off we went.
Lucy didn't seem to have experience with cats...so to see these kittens was a new experience.
Judy's grandson was a lovely host...

Jay showed Lucy how to tickle the sweet mother cat, Snowball, under her chin...

When we came back home, Lucy wanted to work on her snowmen and her collage...lovely independent play...
After lunch, I invited her to help me decorate the little Christmas tree that I had left until Tuesday to decorate...so we got out the box of decorations and the little step to stand on...


But then Miss Lucy found the angels in the box...and tree decorating was forgotten...

Lucy played with the angels, firstly on the window sill; then into the hallway which became an 'angel school'. Finally the game moved outside where the angels were joined by Mary and Jesus from my knitted Nativity set. I loved listening and watching Lucy while she chattered, playing the part of her characters. She did this for a good 45 minutes! 
Miss Lucy doesn't have a daytime nap but she was getting a bit weary...when I suggested story time she wasn't impressed with that. I started reading out aloud and it wasn't long before she joined me on the sofa and snuggled up while we read lots of books! 
My niece was an hour or so later than we expected coming back to collect Lucy because Max slept longer that expected.
During the day Lucy and I had called out to Eduardo but he stayed skulking under the house...as soon as the little family drove away, he emerged. 
Here he is lounging beside the basket of picture books...he had not been impressed at all with our little visitor! Lol

Later the little tree was dressed in its decorations...most of them from swaps. 


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Party food with a difference...

It's that time of year when the Aussie custom of 'bring a plate', reigns supreme. Through the years, stories abound of newly arrived immigrants taking the term literally and turning up at a function with just that...a plate...empty! 
Yes this time of year brings with its lots of 'get togethers' to celebrate the fact that Christmas is coming; be it workplace celebrations or groups or family and friends. And traditionally most people help by bringing some food...on a plate! Lol

On Saturday I went to one such get together and took Christmas cake and shortbread. But I'd decided to take something a little different to the gathering I was going to on Sunday morning. So on Saturday night I washed a selection of fruit...left them to dry and then put them in a container till Sunday morning...

Then Sunday morning I arranged all the fruit on plates...


The lovely blue glass cake stand that DD2 had given me for Mothers' Day this year certainly came in handy. 
Last night I realised that I had forgotten the rock melon...instead of being cut up and added to the other fruit, it languished in the crisper of the fridge! :-/

Saturday, December 13, 2014

It's finished...

Last Sunday morning I finally finished the throw that I had been making for Scott Alexander, who was the kind benefactor who provided funding for a storage shed for K4BN. It's taken a bit longer than it would normally take to knit such an item...but it was wider than I normally make, and as it was for an adult male I made it 180 CM long. So those factors,plus Christmas stitching and hot weather, certainly slowed things down! I used lots of special yarns from my stash, including yarns purchased overseas on holidays and a gorgeous alpaca yarn that was quite expensive...but so worth the splurge :-)

I got carried away taking photos before I handed the throw over...not directly to Scott, but to Karen who would hand it on to her neighbour, who then delivered this gift to Scott last Thursday. 
The close up still doesn't do justice to the lovely yarns that I used...and the colours are more vivid in real life...

During my 'quality control' inspections...I check for ends on the back...

The request was for one of my chevron/ripple stitch throws with lots of mauves...

The little bamboo lounge on our veranda is always being used to drape items for photographing...

The early morning sun's glare on the ripples...

I did warn that I took a lot of photos, lol

Finally the throw is folded and tied with a pretty mauve bow...

Goodbye throw...hope you have brought pleasure to Scott. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Separation Day...

December 10 in Queensland is known as Separation Day, commemorating the day in 1859 when the then, Moreton Bay settlement separated from New South Wales, thus becoming a colony in its own right.
And so it was a few weeks ago that my brother and his partner suggested that we accompany them to a fundraiser and book launch organised by the Royal Historical Society of Queensland on Separation Day. The idea was that they would buy our tickets and we would buy their tickets and that would be our Christmas gifts to each other. Sounded good to us so the tickets were organised. 
The function was held at the convict built Commissariat stores in William St.


The action was on the lower level...I took this photo as we were leaving so the large crowd had thinned out a bit...

When we arrived, we loaded up our plates at the buffet table, but Myra and I found it rather awkward balancing a glass of bubbly, a plate of food and our handbags so we looked for somewhere where we could put down at least one of the items. No chairs left...so we headed outside where it was much cooler...

The view of the river from the old Commissariat Store,  is blocked somewhat by the freeway...


Outside, there was an old rock wall which we could use as a table...

The buffet table had lots of platters with grilled Mediterranean vegetables...I rather loaded up on the eggplant!! It was delicious. 
After a short while, everyone was encouraged to come back inside and listen to the speeches, including one made by the Minister for the Arts in the state government where he paid tribute to the team of writers who worked on the book being launched, 'Lost Brisbane'. After what seemed like, 'hours of speeches', we were once again free to move around and graze at the buffet table!
 DH and I had preordered the book and we lined up to collect it...



My brother was for many years in the bookshop business and he noted that the price of this book, $29.99 was an absolute bargain as it is a thick volume, filled with historic photos of our city. He opined that books in that league normally retail from $80-$120. I've enjoyed looking through the book in the days since...it's very easy to lose track of time once you start delving into the contents.

As we ended the evening over coffee at our place, we all commented that it had been a great Christmas present, albeit a little early. :-)






Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I'm quite excited !

It started with a phone call...
Then some searching on Pinterest....


Then there was a trip to Bargain City...( thank you for telling me about the wonderful stocks of craft supplies at the BC at Chermside Markets, Margaret B...it was a real treasure house!) 


On the way home there was a stop at our local council library...


The phone call was from my niece to say that my great niece Lucy ( who will be 5 next Feb) had asked if she could go to Aunty Maria's place without mummy or Max (little brother), and do craft. My niece was flummoxed as Lucy has never wanted to go to anyone's place on her own before. 
So next Tuesday, Miss Lucy is being dropped off for a morning with me! That is the nice thing about this little family moving from the Sunshine Coast to 2 suburbs away from us...it's much easier to drop over. 
I had given away all my children's art/crafts  book when I retired but then I remembered Pinterest...so with a few ideas from there plus 'tried and true' old favourites from my classroom days, Lucy and I will be making some decorations and little presents.