Noosa 2016 - Sunsets, Views & Cocktails

 
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Seriously?  Sunsets, views and cocktails... what's not to love about any of that?!!

This post makes five posts over five days and these shots mark the finale for Noosa 2016.  If you've missed the other four, or are wanting even more Noosa goodness then just type Noosa into the search bar and you'll get a list with all of this week's series of posts, plus all of last year's series.  I haven't had the chance yet to dig back into my archives and rename last year's to 2015 but I will soon.  In the mean time, just do the search bar thing 'cos there's some pretty great stuff there.

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That's a Whale right there!!!  Dolphins and Whales can be regularly spotted in these waters.

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A quick word about this stuff.  While waiting for takeoff and before settling in with Milo, the flight over had me reaching for the Qantas Mag.  It was a pretty quick flick until I stumbled upon a full page spread introducing me to Vantage!  Clever marketing on their part because it hooked me in, line and sinker ha.  Now let me explain that I'm really not much of a drinker, but one glass of something special every now and then, well, I'm all for that.  And anything described in the way this label reads certainly deserves to be tried.  I made strawberry daiquiris with it and let's just say I will be keeping a bottle in the cellar over the summer.

Oh and by the way, the kids had mocktails ;)

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A rare photo of me!  I've expressed before about my extreme discomfort with having my photo taken - I don't really know why, it just gets me feeling SO awkward.  But this photo?  Well, this photo I LOVE!  I love it because Evie was the photographer.  I love it because this kind of moment is pretty regular between me and Noah and it makes my heart swell to finally have it captured... that little Koala and his cheeky grin.  And I love it because of that sunset glow.  Just excuse the bra strap can you ;)

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Every night the skies are magical and Mother Nature puts on a different display each time.  I could spend hours out there clicking away and never would I harness the true beauty.  Some things are just not meant to be that way and the fleetingness only adds to the allure.

That's a wrap folks!  I hope you have enjoyed this year's visit to the Sunny Coast.

Wishing you all an amazing weekend ahead xo

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Noosa 2016 - A Day Trip Into The Mountains

 
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When we set out from Noosa for our drive up into the mountains, I had envisioned loads of gorgeous photographs showcasing the scenic shots and all the beauty that area has to offer.  Well, there were two crucial details I had overlooked... 1) I was the driver and 2) the road leading up the mountain is narrow and winding, making it completely unsafe to pull over, let alone hop out and take photographs.  That being said I still did get a few snaps in.

 

We had a rough plan for the drive, knowing we were heading to the towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny all dotted along about a twenty kilometre stretch of the Blackall Range.  Describing it as picturesque doesn't come close to justice, nor do any photographs, and if ever we really were to resettle up that way again then I would seriously be searching the real estate pages of this area!  And just in case you are completely unfamiliar with this part of the world, I've included the map above (I love my maps!).  You can see Noosa Heads at the top by the coast and the red pin-drop (no chance of missing that) is the town of Montville.  This town sits smack-bang between Mapleton and Maleny, and just for a little perspective, the tiny green M1 box you can see?  That's roughly where Yandina is and the home for yesterday's markets.  Kondalilla National Park (see below) is that small darker green patch of terrain right by the pin-drop.  Head south off the map and you get to Brisbane and further south to the other eastern states of Australia.  Then hook around the bottom towards The Bight and you hit my hometown of Adelaide :)

Now, back to our day trip...

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After a drive through the towns of Mapleton, Montville and Maleny, we settled on Montville for lunch followed by a browse through the local shops.  The whole time I had my camera with me but hardly took a shot.  We did take a few great family photos over lunch but as you might have noticed, I have a young lady in my life who prefers not to be featured too often on this here blog anymore.  She's getting older and together we are treading new ground and becoming more mindful of her exposure across World Wide Web.  It won't be long before her brother follows suit and all you and I will be left with in this space shall be scenics, close-ups and back views ;)  That's okay, I'll make sure it's still fun and pretty!

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After lunch and our browse it was off for a walk through one of the many National Parks dotted around this part of the mountain range.  There are some gorgeous waterfalls to be seen through here but given the shade and my lack of tripod, the photos just didn't work out and I have issues with using the flash - I just don't like the way it strips an image.  I really do need to get myself some proper photographic training so that I can understand the best settings to deal with that... uhhh one day!

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I think someone else might have inherited my love for maps ;)

Another of my many loves is birds.  Birds of all kinds, every single one, even those predatory or aggressive but my absolute favourite is the Kookaburra.  I could sit and watch them for hours.  I know the Owl is considered to be the wisest and they most certainly are, but the Kookaburra sure an't no dummy!  There's wisdom within those eyes to be sure.

Only one more post to go in this year's Noosa series and it's going to be rather spectacular.  See you back here, same bat time, same bat channel, tomorrow night ;)

xo

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Noosa 2016 - Yandina Markets

 
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Admittedly there are still thousands of markets that I am yet to experience, but these markets, oh these markets, they truly are my all-time favourite!  Yandina is a small hinterland town located about a half an hour drive south west of Noosa Heads.  When we lived locally we were about a fifteen minute drive north from Yandina and a visit to these markets were our Saturday morning thing.  They are weekly and, like most markets, they kick off early.  There is not much you can't source here with produce, plants, breads, olives, vintage, bric-a-brac and secondhand tools being just the beginning.  There is even live music and a sausage sizzle to raise funds for the local cricket club. 

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There really is something for everyone and we spent a perfectly beautiful sunny morning dawdling up and down each aisle, stopping, chatting, admiring, wondering and exploring the curiosities.  And...

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...what does a Mother do while her kids are sifting through several boxes of recycled toys for a really long time?  Why, chat with the poo man, of course!  His stall was right next door and I found myself thoroughly entertained by his abundant signage and so ensued a lovely chat with him and his wife about all manner of things that life has to offer.  Mostly about the Sunshine Coast and how good it is to live there - yep I'll never dismiss the idea to move back ;) - but also there was talk about family and even a few random words shared about Darwin (as in the capital city of the Northern Territory).  You know, as you do...? Ha!  I'm not one to shy away from a chat, having once been described as someone who could "talk their way through a brick wall"...I'm not sure if that was a compliment at the time or meant as an insult?  I was only twenty and it was certainly not said unkindly but even so, I'd like to think my conversation has developed a greater depth and interest over the years since.  I've definitely racked up some life experience and skills over those twenty years.

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Anyhoo, the poo man and his wife were delightful to chat with and my kids finally found a couple of hideous palm-sized toys on which to spend their pocket money.  I have a personal rule in my private code of ethics that if they have done the work to earn themselves their pocket money then they can spend it on whatever they like.  If it's my money however, well then it comes with conditions and limitations... ie. preferably no crappy landfill toys, although second hand ones are a big step away from buying new.  My kids do so well with saving their pennies up for something super special too so I have no hesitation when it comes to occasions like this.

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Despite the array of stalls, the market is not overwhelming and still holds the delightfully intimate and friendly atmosphere of a country market.  In hindsight it's probably just as well we are not local anymore as the only thing stopping me from buying up cart loads of plants was the fact that there was no way I'd be able to get them home.  I would have totally overlooked the obvious fact that the Adelaide Hills are a completely different climate zone, just for the sheer joy of all that prettiness.  Oh and there is that small matter of South Australian quarantine laws... yeah, that too.

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Tomorrow we're taking a day trip!  And then there will be a Friday finale to close out the week and our 2016 Noosa holiday.  Can you stand two more days of it, or have you had enough already? ;)

Happy Hump Day friends xo

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