Monday, 18 August 2014

Hangin loosa in Noosa!

We still haven't got used to the fact that Winter months are in June, July and August. So given the persistent grey and dreary days of recent weeks, we decided to grab a week away and find some sun.

Everyone said "ah you must got to Noosa!"

To be fair just all I spoke to didn't have a bad word to say about this part of the Sunshine Coast. Restaurant recommendations and places to see soon came flooding in too.  Even the name the Sunshine Coast fills you with feelings of warming rays and lazy days lounging by the surf.

It sounded just the job.

Noosa is easy. It is set up as the perfect beach resort and Mother Nature has provided all the required basic ingredients.

A stunning sandy beach with just the right amount of surf to make any wannabe-surfer dude feel like a pro, a beautiful wide river mouth to tempt all fishing enthusiasts and a totally unspoilt national park with breath taking coastal walks and tranquil, lush forest trails to meander through.

We stayed in Noosa Heads at the Tingirana Beach Resort overlooking Hastings beach. The apartment was fabulous, all mod cons and a lovely big balcony where we watched the world and their surf boards go by.



Right behind us was the very chic and fashionable Hastings Street Strip teeming with colourful boutique shops, bars and restaurants and a good smattering of ice cream parlours and coffee shops.


However, I did approach the holiday with some trepidation. Would I be able to keep my pioneering, adventure seeking Husband pinned to just one place for a whole week? Would my venture scout cope?



Well I needn't have worried too much, I think you can see that we both adapted to our environment quite quickly.

One of the great features of the beach was this board walk that went the whole length of the front. Perfect for wheelchairs and pushchairs and those who were not sure footed. It gave easy access to all the cafes and restaurants and I was pretty impressed.



Well I must have been feeling demob happy because I actually got into the water, something I hardly ever do unless I am donned in a full wetsuit with a couple of tanks on my back.



 I did test the temperature first and it was lovely but I couldn't persuade Hubster to follow me and I think ......


..... these little critters were the reason why. There were a few blue stingers floating around and although not highly dangerous, they will certainly give you a good "nettle sting". I think they are really quite beautiful and I became very annoyed and perturbed when I saw a little boy belligerently stabbing one with a stick as his Father looked on without a care.

There was no doubt tho that we were on a beach holiday in Oz, all the classic images were there in spade fulls.


Young, old, expert and beginners alike all took to the surf. It made for fascinating viewing and a few giggles at some spectacular fails.


And no Aussie beach would be complete with out the ever present "hunky" lifeguards.

Of course I bagged the hunkiest one for myself! 

It was also really exciting watching the surf club practise their life saving techniques. The photo does not depict the speed that they were rolling in at, at all but it was exhilarating to watch. I would have loved to have hitched a ride on board.


We were also able to indulge in our passion for seafood in a big way. Whether for lunch or dinner, we found it virtually impossible to swerve the Hervey Bay Scallops, the Coffin Bay Oysters or the juicy Malloolooba Prawns....even on pizza!




Even breakfast was a gastronomic delight, albeit seafood free. Hubster adored the smoked ham hock baked beans with poached eggs and sour dough.


However, Noosa was not just about the beach life, just a 10 minute walk away from our resort and we were in the National Park.

The walks were really beautiful and it will be of no surprise for you to learn that we covered absolutely EVERY walking trail there was. My venture scout Hubster, armed with his trusty map and innate spatial abilities, ensured that we did not leave an inch of the trail unfettered.


The 10km treks certainly helped ward off the effects of our culinary indulgences and our much sought after sun downers.




We tramped high up on the cliffs, across virgin, white sandy beaches and through undulating forest with skyscraper gum trees waving loftily in the breeze. What is more, we encountered very few people, just lovely.

(Again what is great is that the trail up to Dolphin Point is wheelchair accessible)


 The sap oozing from the Red Gum Eucalyptus really did look like it was bleeding from gaping wounds. Quite graphic in a way.



There wasn't a huge amount of wildlife to be seen but the feathery friends we encountered were certainly characterful.


Mr Pelican was peacefully resting on a post, no doubt digesting his early breakfast catch.


This is the closest we have ever got to a Parakeet, they were so tame and happy to take crumbs from our fingers. Their vibrant feathers really are amazing and just like their adornment, they are pretty loud!




However, most surprising of all were the Brush Turkeys. They were absolutely everywhere and no-one batted an eyelid as they nonchalantly wandered on the beach, up the road and through bars and restaurants looking for rich pickings.

So all in all our first beach resort holiday in a very long time was a roaring success. I am hoping to convince Hubster of more of the same ilk for the future.

Mrs TJ signing off with many happy memories.



Friday, 4 July 2014

Adoption Day Anniversary

It's a year since our beautiful boy, Kale arrived at his furever home with us. Thank you to Starting Over Dog Rescue for ensuring such a smooth adoption and for all the amazing work they do for so many homeless paws.

He was called Bruce back then and on the hour long car journey home, Bruce became Kale. I recall he was such a good boy, settled down straight away in the car and dozed all the way.

Those early days must have been quite bewildering, already a big dog by most peoples standards, Kale was still very much a baby at just 6 months old.

He certainly looked forlorn at first but the love he received from us all was instant and he soon began to trust us.



He was such a good boy though, no messes, no crying he just seemed to be so grateful.

Hi older brother, Radish took him under his experienced paws straight away and within an hour of arriving home, they were inseparable.




Radish seemed to know that this young baby was feeling a bit lost and never took his eyes off him.


Radish was very much an only child so such instant acceptance was just wonderful to see and Kale thoroughly embraced it. Mummy and Daddy breathed a huge sigh of relief, we did the right thing.



Kale adores Radish with a passion or should that be obsession! Radish was quick to show him the ropes and he learnt a great deal from him. Not all of it desirable though such as bringing in huge twigs and branches from the garden and chewing them all up into teeny pieces on the rug in the lounge room!



With oodles of love and attention from Mummy and Daddy too, Kales fabulous personality soon began to show.

He is just a beautiful soul, he hasn't a bad bone in him. He loves his food, his cuddles, his walks, his playtime but I think most of all he loves his family. We are a tight little pack for sure.



Kale loves every human and every paw he meets and once they have got over his size, they quickly see what a big softy he is, playful and very loving. He wins everyone over.




He loves to stand up at the fence and greet all who pass by, he has quite a fan club now and of course he adores the attention. He has a cheeky side too and loves to spring a surprise on people by leaping up at just the right moment to make them jump 3ft off the pavement!

 


However for all of his 45kg, Kale really believes he is a little lap dog. He gives the best cuddles in the world, just so warm, affectionate and snuggly. Resistance is futile and he has his Daddy wrapped around all four paws!

 
 


Kale is quite a talker, he likes to express his opinion often and his vocal antics are a cross between Scooby-doo and Chewbacca. Absolutely hilarious!

We are all so blessed to have him and now couldn't imagine life without our big, goofy boy.


I'm the doting Mummy by the way!



No longer forlorn, no longer bewildered, never to be failed by humans again. Kale has his forever home with us and with our unconditional love, we now have a beautiful, confident and proud boy.
 
 Happy Adoption Anniversary Kale!