What a sorry blogger I've been. I'm surprised I even remember how to log into my blog to update it. Looking back at my few sparse posts, I've been an even sorrier craft blogger. I've been making up for lost time with my sewing machine by quilting like crazy and barely coming up for air (much less blogging). I think I must have had a lot of pent up ideas because I can't stop making quilt tops. But I'm making this silly little rule with myself that I can't blog about any of them before they're done. It's really more of a superstition than a rule. I'm afraid that if I blog about just the quilt top, I'll never sandwich, baste, quilt and bind it.
So you'll have to suffer through at least one more non-craft post.
I can't believe it's been over a month since I've been back from Australia. It was really a great trip - an awesome experience, but it was a work trip, so I didn't do a ton of sight-seeing. I spent my first 6 days and last two days in Brisbane. It was winter there, but still quite tropical and pleasant - not much cooler than a Maine summer.
I arrived on a Sunday, and after 30-some hours of travelling, I was dying for a shower, so I headed straight for the hotel. In spite of all the advice about avoiding jet lag, I took a short nap then set out to meet some of my co-workers for a drink and dinner. I was excited to learn that the best way to get to my destination was via one of the many ferries used for public transportation in a city that's interwoven with a big river.
We met at Eagle Street Pier where you see the round white buildings in the photo below. I had some beer - I don't remember what kind and some yummy coconut prawns for dinner.
For the next 5 days, we worked. We had some nice dinners together and some enjoyable lunches at the Woolongabba Antique Center that was right near where we were working. Odd place for lunch, I know, but they had a yummy sandwich called a "Turkish" which I think referred to the bread. My favorite one was a veggie and cheese one. One of the main veggies was pumpkin - which I think Australians may refer to any kind of squash as.
The only time I found to explore was early in the morning when it was just getting light. My hotel was near a nice walkway along the river. The first morning that I walked, I caught a glimpse of this crew team practicing.
And this adorable little houseboat. I'm ready to move in.
I didn't see much in the way of residential neighborhoods, but I think this is considered a classic Brisbane-style home. My hotel is looming in the background.
When I came back to Brisbane at the end of my trip a big group of us went out to dinner at a fancy restaurant. I think it was called Tucka. They had some really interesting things on the menu. I had crocodile for an appetizer (tastes like chicken) and emu for my main course (tastes like steak). The guy sitting next to me had Tasmanian Possum for an appetizer, so I had to try a bite of that, too.
This was the view at night from my hotel room.
Story Bridge is on the right. I haven't had a chance to research it, but apparently it's quite famous. The Story Bridge Hotel was near my hotel, and I had a couple of yummy dinners there. I ate there the last night I was in Australia, and luckily enough it was Craft Beer Week. I had some really delicious beers.
Yep, that was my stay in Brisbane - mostly working and eating. Next up - Adelaide.