Posts Tagged ‘Yandina’

487. Sunday 24th April 2016. A Birthday, a drive and a Wedding…

25/04/2016

Tuesday 19th April.

Happy Birthday to my sister Enid.

Thursday 21st April

We got underway a little before midday which is not bad really as I thought we would get away by 10am. We are on our way to my sister Enid’s house at Noosaville. It is a reasonably straightforward trip of about 210 Klms. Apart from the first 7 Klms and the final 20 Klms the entire trip is on the M1 Motorway with speed limits being 110 Kph or 100Kph. At the right time of day although there is always a lot of traffic it is moving at the same speed and with cruise control switched on it is an easy drive. Instead of stopping at a McDonald’s or KFC for lunch we drove to the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

Part of the tropical gardens at the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

Part of the tropical gardens at the Buderim Ginger Factory at Yandina.

This is one of a few remaining sugar cane trains which once criss crossed the fields of sugar in this fertile valley. It takes visitors on a ride in and around the factory and gardens.

This is one of a few remaining sugar cane trains which once criss crossed the fields of sugar in this fertile valley. It takes visitors on a ride in and around the factory and gardens.

We tried a Calamari rolled around a ginger filling, deep fried and served on a salad of shredded green pawpaw, shredded carrot and lotus root tossed with salad greens. The dressing was a ginger concoction and was accompanied by a ginger aioli. Yumm.  We had been to the ginger factory several times in 2011 and enjoyed its wonderful gardens and food options. Today we enjoyed our brief stop for lunch and thirty minutes later arrived at Noosa.

Friday 22nd April.

In the morning my sisters Enid and Bev and their husbands Ken and Pete, Donnis and I went for a walk along Noosa Beach before coming home for lunch the prepare for this afternoon.

On our walk before the wedding I was fascinated to see this sand sculpture busily at work creating a sand masterpiece.

On our walk before the wedding I was fascinated to see this sand sculpture busily at work creating a sand masterpiece.

Today my youngest sister, Sandi, married Dave at a simple ceremony at the Noosa Valley Manor, a B&B located in rainforest at Doonan near Noosa.

Part of the extensive gardens at Noosa Valley Manor.

Part of the extensive gardens at Noosa Valley Manor.

One of the owners of the B&B is a renowned Italian Chef and is one of the reasons Sandi & Dave chose this location for the wedding.  Sandi was given away by the adult children of her first marriage and the MC was a long- time friend.

My sister Sandi being escorted to and given away by the children from her first marriage. Luke on her right and Jo-Elle on her left.

My sister Sandi being escorted to and given away by the children from her first marriage. Luke on her right and Jo-Elle on her left.

Luke & Jo-Elle.

Luke & Jo-Elle.

The wedding was wonderful especially from my point of view as it was another occasion when my brother and all of my sisters were together again. The last time was at my birthday last September.

On this happy occasion Sandi smiles while Dave looks on.

On this happy occasion Sandi smiles while Dave looks on.

Signing the register in front of the witnesses, Sandi's lifelong friend Jo and Daves brother.

Signing the register in front of the witnesses, Sandi’s lifelong friend Jo and Daves brother.

Apart from those two occasions I cannot recall the last time we were all together. We were treated to a belly dancing exhibition by a mother and daughter pair who are also long-time friends. The guest list was an eclectic mix of family, long -time friends and co-workers from Head Space Mackay where Sandi is manager. (headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.) See the facebook page   https://www.facebook.com/Headspace-Mackay-372244686210476/

Hmmm. My brother Allan pacing in fron of the camera while Bev's husband Peter paces the other way.

Hmmm. My brother Allan pacing in fron of the camera while Bev’s husband Peter paces the other way.

Sister Enid (also known as Sue) with a handful of rose petals ready for sprinkling over the newly wedded couple. Sandi's good friend Sue , belly dancer extraordinaire, looks for instructions.

Sister Enid (also known as Sue) with a handful of rose petals ready for sprinkling over the newly wedded couple. Sandi’s good friend Sue , belly dancer extraordinaire, looks for instructions.

Bev, Pete, Donnis, Enid.

Bev, Pete, Donnis, Enid.

Daughter Jo-Elle.

Daughter Jo-Elle.

Sandi n Dave

Some wedding guests. Thanks to Roscoe (in the kilt) I know what is worn underneath.

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Allan, Bev, Donnis, Rae, FrankieG, Ken.

Allan, Bev, Donnis, Rae, FrankieG, Ken.

Sealed with a kiss.

Sealed with a kiss.

Saturday 23rd April

Today being recovery day, many of last night’s guests met in the nearby town of Eumundi. Some went to the famous markets

Poster for Eumundi Markets.

Poster for Eumundi Markets.

in the morning then we met up at the Imperial Hotel, built in 1911. This hotel has undergone several face changes in that 105 year period but a visitor from 1911 would still recognise the hotel.

Eumundi has done a wonderful job of re-inventing itself, maintaining links with the past, retaining almost all the old buildings while appealing to a quieter lifestyle…except on Market Days – Wednesday and Saturday when the town population explodes by about 300 percent. The markets have been established since 1979 and are growing each year. As readers know I am not a fan of markets. It takes me about 5 minutes to walk through from one end to another. The Eumundi markets can keep me mentally occupied, visually stimulated, well fed and socially active for anything up to two hours. On the other hand, market aficionados can’t get enough of the place.

Back to the recovery session. Our long table got longer and longer and made enough noise to drown out the four piece band playing downstairs. Food and drink prices at this pub are a bit on the expensive side but this is offset by generous meal sizes. Donnis and I shared a pizza and found it quite filling – or was that the bowls of hot chips being handed around our table?

Donnis inspects a Cadillac in the street at Eumundi. Donnis grew up in a family which always had a Caddie.

Donnis inspects a Cadillac in the street at Eumundi. Donnis grew up in a family which always had a Caddie.

Sunday 24th April

After a busy wedding and busy recovery day we needed this morning to recover. We joined my sister and husband Ken and my sister Bev and her husband Pete for a walk along Noosa River to the Yacht Club and back home again. We stopped at the Boat House for coffee.   http://www.noosaboathouse.com.au/

After that Donnis and I further recovered by driving back to the Gold Coast while many of the wedding guests went for a recovery of the last few days, recovery lunch at the Spirit House, Yandina.

Phew what a busy weekend.

Thanks Enid and Ken for your hospitality.

Thanks Sandi & Dave for the wedding and all interesting things you planned.

Thanks for all my siblings being together again.

 

 

 

 

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262. Another Pub crawl…

10/07/2012

Pubs in Australia, particularly those in small towns and outback are iconic places and often the source of helpful information as well as being a place to slake your thirst and rinse the dust of the road from your throat. Well… these days travelling in air conditioned comfort in a motorhome we do sometimes have a thirst but dust in the throat is stretching the picture a little far.

On with the show of Pubs we have encountered in our travels.

Some have been good for a photo.

Some have been for slaking the thirst and a photo.

Some have been good for a meal, slaking the thirst and a photo.

The Old railway Hotel at Barcaldene. Naturally it is across the street from the railway and is good for a cold beer and a meal. Pubs and fire in Barcaldene often go hand in hand. Many pubs and for that matter other businesses have succumbed to fire in the past. Some have been rebuilt. Barcy still has more than its fair share of pubs still operating.

The Holbrook Hotel at umm err Holbrook, somewhere between Yass and Albury on the Hume Highway is a bit more substantially built than most outback pubs.

The Pioneer Valley Pub at Gargett is, by coincidence in the umm err Pioneer Valley west of Mackay Qld. This substantial brick building is family friendly and caters for family gatheries, barbecues and other activities encouraging family participation not just drinkers. They serve good meals too.

Harrigans Pub in the Hunter Valley Wine district is a purpose built meeting place renowned for a dining experience. Somehow it is a pub but in the more modern sense.

Nindigully Pub. This pub is virtually in the middle of nowhere about 60 klms from St.George in Qld. It is on the bank of the McIntyre River and is a stopping place for truck drivers, travellers, grey nomads, and anybody who wants a break. It is the more traditional iconic pub with booze, wine, meals, accomodation and rodeos and other picnic activities designed to bring the people out for a day or a week. The meals are good to and happy hour starts at 4pm and is well attended.

Pinnacle Pub located in the little hamlet of Pinnacle in the Pioneer Valey west of Mackay. This is another historic iconic pub famous for their award winning meat pies. They have their own cricket pitch and football oval.

Yandina Pub at, of all places, Yandina in the ginger growing district in the Sunshine Coast, Qld.

The old Telegraph Hotel, Gunning NSW, built 1914. Gunning was a once prosperous town but still struggling to maintain its existence. The pub is probably the busiest place in town.

The Rutherglen Hotel located at umm err Rutherglen in Victoria in the wine producing district. Rutherglen is another town which was in decline but jumped on the back of the grape growing and re-invented itself into a quirky food, drink and antiques tourist destination. It is busiest on weekends.

The old Railway Hotel at Gympie Qld. Gympie is another town faced with decline but has found new life in various parts of the town. Originally built when the railway was a thriving industry servicing the goldfields in the area. The railway now by-passes the town and the gold is long gone. The old railway station is now used by an historical tourist train so the hotel struggles due to lack of patronage.