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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

AN EASY WEEKEND

Last Friday we drove to the airport and picked up daughter and SIL. We headed north and dropped SIL off at his parents house, where we had a lovely morning tea. Then with Carol enjoying driving our new car we set off for Flaxton, a cute little village nestled in the hills of the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. The weather was a perfect Queensland warm winter's day. Soon we arrived at our cosy B&B, where I found a birthday card and bag of chocolates on the bed from the host.

 That night we went to a local French Restaurant for a delicious dinner.

 Next morning we had a short drive to Mary Cairncross Reserve, where we were disappointed because the new cafe wasn't open. So instead of coffee we went for a short walk through the Rainforest.

 There is a beautiful view of the Glasshouse Mountains from the road. The mountains are actually cores of ancient volcanoes. They were named by Captain Cook as he sailed up the east coast in the 1770's. The mountains reminded him of the glass kilns in his native Yorkshire.

Next stop was Melaney Botanic Gardens. These gardens are perched on the side of a steep hill with the most magnificent views from every angle.

 There were many water features, sculptures plants and ponds.


 There is also an avery with many colourful birds. the birds will land on your arms and head and demand a treat.



We waited at the bottom of the hill, while our chauffeur went to get the car at the top of the hill. Here she comes to pick us up. It was an easy weekend. On the way home we stopped at a random restaurant, "The Terrace", which turned out to be a great place with delicious food, friendly service and a fabulous view.

18 comments:

  1. What a beautiful place to spend your weekend. I loved all the features in Melaney Botanic Gardend. As always, the birds are a treat for me. Have a great day. Jo

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  2. Belated Happy birthday. Sound like it was a great weekend and you had lots of fun. Have a great week. T'other Diane

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  3. LOVE the new car.. and those glasshouse mountains are stunning. a beautiful room in the B&B, I like that style and décor.... I wish you a belated happy birthday.

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  4. Happy birthday Diane, this looks like a great place to celebrate it and how lovely that you got to see Carol. I enjoyed all your photographs, and enjoyed also the story about James Cook naming the Glass Mountains. I was always fascinated by his life story when I was a child.

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  5. It sounds like a very nice and relaxing time. I remember how stunning the Glasshouse Mountains are from nearly 40 years ago.

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  6. A lovely easy weekend is a delightful way to spend a birthday ... many happy returns!

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  7. Ooops - I lost my b/day list of dates when moving.
    Sure was a stunning place to celebrate and especially with the
    delicious French cuisine........Vive La France.
    That weather looks very good........Terrigal at present isn't
    living up to its' reputation.
    Cheers
    Colin

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  8. oh was it your birthday Belated happy birthday!!! and what a gorgeous place to have it in. I love the cosy B&B the rainforest, the botanic gardens and the beautiful birds (great shots) what a wonderful weekend you had

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  9. Happy (Belated) Birthday! It looks as if you had a great weekend. The scenery is absolutely gorgeous!

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  10. wishing you a belated happy birthday too. what a beautiful part of the country. truly spectacular scenery. the b&b looks beautiful. i'm so glad you enjoyed your weekend. i'm sitting here shivering this morning. it's very wet and cold in adelaide today.

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  11. What a pretty place to spend a weekend and it does look so peaceful and relaxing. Your photos are wonderful, Diane. You must be remembering your lessons well!

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  12. Belated Happy Birthday to you Diane and what a lovely way to have celebrated with family. And, echoing other comments here, you certainly did have a lovely setting and beautiful sights, including those colorful birds.

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  13. Belated Happy Birthday, Diane. Good to see you celebrated in style. That's a spectacular view of the Glass House Mountains!

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  14. Hello, happy belated birthday! This trip with your daughter looks like a fun time. I would love the birds and the walk in the rainforest, sounds awesome. Beautiful views and photos. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  15. Beautiful weekend -- happy belated b-d!! I would have had only one problem with it: I love to walk, but if I'd been looking forward to a good cup of coffee, I'm not sure that even that beautiful stroll would have made me happy. (Depends on whether it was to have been my first cup of the day or not I suppose.) Anyway, lovely way to celebrate and visit with your daughter --- the B&B looks fabulous. And your pictures, as always, are wonderful.

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  16. Happy birthday, a little late. It looks a fabulous place to spend a weekend and how nice to have your daughter to yourself for a while.

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  17. A lovely Birthday treat Diane - love your new red car

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  18. Very beautiful.
    I loved seeing nature.

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