It’s here. Spring arrived once again. The sun is burning the skin during the lunch break and the leggings used for the last couple of weeks are starting to feel sticky against my pale legs. I am looking forward to warmer nights spent outside with friends in a lush garden with feisty possums. I am looking forward to that first day at the beach, there are flower festivals happening and people just seem more keen for life in general. With eased restrictions here in Queensland, it means we can have our traditional events such as Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving.
Spring is not only sunshine, laughter, beautiful flowers and freckles. Spring is also the season of sneezes, runny noose and eyes. Not only am I feasting on antihistamine, I also managed to get a proper cold which has paused the outside world for almost a full work week. With a runny nose and stubborn cough feeling like paper cuts in an already sore throat it was time to do my first ever Covid test. With a negative result, I have happily tried to recover from this farmer’s cold which my childhood doctor always would call it.
Before sickness and the arrival of spring, Jarryd and I drove four hours southwest to Stanthorpe for a weekend where we did hiking in the Girraween National Park.
This photo bomb from the last couple of days starts with a snack after my first shift at my new internship/job at Queensland Cricketers’ Club. I found Pearl café in the Gabba and had the sourdough with olive oil before catching my bus home to Paddington.
Magazines in the bathroom at the café. My eyes were drawn to the fantastic house.
Walking past this beautiful barber shop on my way to the bus stop.
Last week, Jarryd and I were spending a lot of time with our plants preparing them for summer. We gave them new soil and fertilizer. We have new vegetables, but so far, the tomato is the only survivor. My little Chinese Money plants are looking more and more tired which is really sad. My plant babies…
Our oldest plant that started this whole plant addiction: the fig tree. It was our old housemate who left the fig tree on the veranda when she moved to Europe. It was supposed to be picked up by her friend. After many weeks, no friend showed up and I had to start giving the poor plant water. I decided to adopt the plant and that was our first plant. The smaller fig tree is originally from the bigger tree.
We also added a Sentinel to our collection. My dream is to have a really big Sentinel to attract parrots. Now, we only have bush turkeys and bin chickens in our garden.
A quick ginger beer stop before watching the Joker at the movies. Tasty ginger beer and a fantastic movie that really touched me. After the movie, I went to a friend’s place in Kangaroo Point and played games and talked for ours.
Halloween is lurking in the shadows and soon it is time for the annual Halloween party at our friend’s house. We will compete against teams in beer tasting competitions, beer pong, flip cup, etc, etc. A crazy fun night with other words! It was time for Jarryd, my two other team mates and I to meet up and discuss theme and outfits. We decided to have dinner at Fish Lane in South Bank.
Buzzing Fish Lane!
With all the lights and street art.
This night we were heading to Saccharomyces Beer Café.
At the beer café you can borrow a wide range of games and play pinball. Jarryd and I were playing four in a row while waiting for our team mates. I lost very badly… The good thing is that theme and costumes were decided and I have already managed to buy everything needed for my outfit.
I did my makeup and hair on the bedroom floor as always. Still in desperate need of a haircut ehhh.
Last Saturday started with kayaking in the Brisbane River.
The kayaking was was a Christmas gift to Jarryd and I from Jarryd’s aunt. Unfortunately, the storm was on its way but we decided to give the kayaking a go. We managed to reach the Story Bridge when it started raining. Luckily, we got new vouchers and will be going kayaking again in two weeks for free.
Good morning, tired Brisbane.
For lunch we decided to try the Vietnamese restaurant Ngon in Paddington. Super tasty food and drinks!
Like every other night, I have been stalking the neighbourhood possums. This mom has a little baby on her back and makes sure no other possum will bully it. Good mama! And this what I have been up to the last couple of days. Now it is time to heat up homemade lasagna and bake a chocolate cake. Happy Tuesday everyone!
Like every Sunday, I try to seize the last day of freedom before it’s time to dive into the new week of stress and responsibilities. This usually means I try to leave everything that reminds me of my ordinary life and instead focus on exploring. One Sunday in June was no exception, so we ended up in Redcliffe.
Cold, cold water, but it was good preparation for our trip to Sweden (which meant even colder water, uugghh).
Happy Lily doing her ‘Happy Lily Dance’ on the jetty.
This sailor was happy when it stopped raining and the sun finally came out.
The Recliffe harbor really reminded me of Sweden and that was a good teaser before our long journey to the land in the north.
Today it’s time for the third and final State of Origin game. I’ll be preparing snacks and blankets for this cold, but exciting night! And yes, both Jarryd and I noticed the dirty lens…
A couple of weeks ago, Jarryd and I went camping in Whian Whian. The campground was situated in the beautiful state conservation area and was close to the hikes and waterfalls. We only stayed one night, but will definitely go back soon!
Our day started in the beautiful Byron Bay. We went to the lighthouse, which is the most eastern point of Australia, and of course we did a mandatory visit to the beach. After a couple of hours in Byron Bay, we continued our travel inland to the mountains and forest.
We had accidentally booked the camp furthest away from the actual campground and we were surrounded by trees and Kookaburras. It took us three camping trips to actually understand how to put up the tent correctly!
There was always one sausage addicted Kookaburra watching us. One did steal a steak from our neighbours.
Luckily, no fire restrictions!
Before heading home back to Brisbane, we visited the Rummery waterfall. There’s a beautiful track down to the bottom of the fall where you can swim in the water pools and enjoy the view of the waterfall from the other end.
Amazing view over the conservation park. Maybe you can see Byron Bay if you look extremely close. Or maybe it’s on the other side? Anyway, mucho beautiful!
There’ll be a new camping adventure happening this weekend! It’s time to pick out the rain cover, rain boots and a good mood, because very bad wather awaits us.
It’s finally time to show you what I’ve been up to lately. Even though I spend most of my time in the laboratory, there are moments that are not filled with fire, smoke and ridiculous heat. Here is a bunch of photos from the last couple of weeks!
The plant collection is getting bigger. Here are just a few of all the plants that have managed to survive the scorching summer. My favourite is the Chinese Money plant! Right now I have one stickling from it and I’m petting it every night trying to keep it alive and happy.
One of the local cafés here in Paddington was giving away free flower bouquets and one of them ended up in my bedroom. My wish is to do something with this space, maybe putting up a colourful painting and adding one of the newly bought candle holders. Maybe it’s time for a new round to the antique stores and thrift shops.
I’m really appreciating the old touch in the house. It’s on the brink of falling apart, but some of the details are very beautiful. The bedroom and bathroom doors are my favourites.
The view from my table at the arcade bar Netherworld.
It was finally time for a date night! We watched the Mule at the movies and had dinner at a Greek taverna. Of course the date had to end with cheesecake (and a lactose free alternative for Jarryd). Have a look at the bowl of Chai tea they served at the café Three Monkeys. I must have peed 5 times that evening hehe.
After the movie, we also discovered the building where we happily would rent an apartment (in our dreams).
When spending too many hours at the lab, it’s necessary to leave the city and go for a hike in the bush. We drove to Mt Nebo and did one of the mountain tracks. Jarryd had the time to appreciate the leaves while I was taking too many photos.
The afternoon sky full of parrots at University of Queensland. Despite the fact that they poop everywhere, their races around the University lakes is a good way to end a long day at work.
I finally got the thumb out and printed out one of my posters. Unfortunately, the dimensions and quality were not optimal, but this one is hanging next to my painting desk and keeps reminding me to drink the beverage of life: coffee.
Jarryd, Bev (Jarryd’s mom) and I spent a weekend on Bribie Island. We enjoyed the beach life, got nasty sunburns, saw dolphins, ate too much and appreciated the time away from the big city.
One of the luxuries with staying close to the ocean is of course the beautiful sunrises. Our alarms were set at 5am and we basically crawled out of bed to the cold, windy beach. The sunrise did deliver and it was the perfect way to end our holiday on the cosy island.
I dipped my toe in the water for a quarter of a second. My inner Viking is crying a little bit, but I’m getting so sensitive to the cold.
Extremely sunburnt and tired, but too stubborn to miss the sunrise! And yes, my forehead did start to peel. Incautious at the beach equals shedding like a lizard.
Two happy faces after a kiss attack by a newly awake puppy (who ran away as fast as it appeared). We were now ready to face the everyday life in Brisbane, and a long week at the lab and Vinnies is awaiting!
The first half of October has been very hectic, and therefore I haven’t had time for my poor blog. My biggest priority has been lodging my $7000 visa application together with Jarryd. Here are some other things I’ve been up to these rainy October days.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”
– Jawaharial Nehru