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November 2010

the cricket season
What’s more iconic than makeshift wheelie-bin stumps, odd bats and balls, too-short pitches, and the occasional broken window? As we move into summer, we also move into the cricket season, as marked by this weekend’s Ashes match. For a quintessentially summer experience, catch a game at The Gabba if you can – a test match, a one-dayer, a Twenty-Twenty, head to the pub for a beer, the big screen and some fellow hooligans, or set up your own in the bakyard like we did (kudos to Em for the cute pic!).

marina magic
About 30 or so minutes north Brisbane is the somewhat modest city of Redcliffe (perhaps even it’s just a town). Go here for some seaside time English style. That means gently winding roads, low-rise buildings, gentle waves, pretty marinas and jetties and wharves, and awesome fish and chips (although not wrapped in newspaper, Emma notes disappointingly). We hung out at Scarborough Harbour and watched the zealous seagulls fight over the yacht masts as we ate fried deliciousness from Morgan’s Seafood. We’d drive further for good coffee.

salute to the morning sun
The beautiful practice of Yoga, involving breath control, simple meditation and the adoption of specific bodily postures, is widely enjoyed these days for health and relaxation. While we favour Black Dove Body Bar for our weekly fix, this Sunday’s special excursion was to the annual Yoga Aid Challenge. This wonderful fundraiser, during which 12 of the best local instructors lead a series of 108 sun salutations, is held at the same time in a number of different cities and countries. This week we encourage you to take some time out to replenish both your mind and body with a session or two of yoga. Namaste!

the purple carpet
Spring in Brisbane is defined by a very distinct shade of purple: that of the Jacaranda blossoms which flourish about mid-October. New Farm and St. Lucia, especially around the University of Queensland campus, are particularly known for their rhapsodic display of purple-blue. Head out for an afternoon amble and know what it is to be in this city during possibly the most pleasant time of the year. It’s not necessarily confirmed, but apparently there are stories to these trees, such as seedlings being given to new mothers during the 1930s and 1940s to celebrate the birth of their children. Maybe you can even create your own.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 08/11/2010 6:25 am

    Great tale about the Jacarandas. There is a reasonbly long street in Inala lined with these & at Goodna they have a Jacaranda Festival yearly.

  2. 15/11/2010 8:29 am

    Thanks Ashleigh! Glad you enjoyed. And thanks for the lead about the Festival. Will keep it in mind for next year. In case anyone else is interested: http://goodnajacarandafestival.com/.

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