You couldn’t make this shit up… how wonderfully ridiculously variegated grows our world.
Beyond the plaque, there’s a bit more to the story here.
I got to go to a conference in Brisbane last week… what a great city to visit! Public art everywhere, parks and paths, an awesome outdoor swimming pool, fairy lights in the banyans at night, bats and birds… the list goes on.
Here’s a few pics:
After my meetings ended Friday, I got to spend a magical day in the Yarra Valley with my friends Paul and Amanda. They’ve recently moved to a fantabulous property about an hour outside Melbourne. North Warrandyte is the right side of the tracks, and their place is amazing.
You can just make out the cockatoos at the feeder beyond the deck.
This was gold panning country back in the day, and as you can see from the map the river takes a few turns. Somebody got the bright idea to blast a tunnel across that narrow oxbow so they could undermine their upstream competition.
Good engineering, bad business plan. They went bust shortly after completing the tunnel.
We saw massive numbers of parrots, rosellas, cockatoos , and other birds, maybe a dozen species I’d never seen.
This kookaburra let us get pretty close, but he didn’t laugh. There are YouTube videos if you’ve never heard one.
There was a big mob of kangaroos, including the mom with joey that you can barely make out in this picture.
But the closest encounter I had with the ‘roos was, shall we say, more grounded…
Then lunch and and pool time, and back on the plane. In flight bonus: made it through most of Game of Thrones Season 7, finally.
All in all, a great visit and a great little break!!!
Air New Zealand got bonus points for personalised service on my quick work-related hop over to Melbourne this week.
Another city, another hotel room view, ho-hum. But there were compensations…
I arrived on Ladies Day, part of the big Melbourne Cup horse racing week, and everyone from debutantes to the more matronly gets all dolled up with special hats and makes a day of it.