My Birthday Niceties

 Ricotta strawberry cheesecake made by the boys.
 A dancing birthday cake card by H.
 Lovely flowers and treats by P.
My favourite treats card by J (otherwise known as Mr. Hallmark)
All very special.

Art Lessons

Coral Tree mixed media by J.

Author Illustrator Talks

By H. 
Recently we went to a afternoon of hands on writing and illustration.
Peter Carnavas, a very talented author and illustrator presented an informative session
on how to write stories and illustrate picture books.

The boys took notes and then started their own story boards and various other
We also dabbled with Illustrator on the Macs to try out some graphic design.

Trying to Learn Something New

Trying to learn about painting with pastels 
( I have learned that cheap hard pastels are very different to the soft good quality pastels)
working on ink zentangles.

Artistic Impressions of Cairns

Acrylic on canvas by H.

Cairns - Day 6

 It was our last morning in Cairns, so we decided to head out to the Botanic gardens.
This is not something that you will find in the tourist brochures but well worth a walk around before getting on a plane.
Beautiful tropical gardens, masses of plants and walks.

 A lovely end to our stay in Tropical North QLD.

Cairns - Day 5

The drive from Cairns to Port Douglas is arguably one of the most scenic drives in Australia.
The road hugs the rainforest on one side and the reef on the other.
Today we visited the Daintree rainforest or more specifically Mosman Gorge.

H decided we would do the 3km track through the rainforest.
I was determined to find a frog or butterfly, however we saw fish and fungi.

 Giant boulders and giant trees and a giant view on the drive back to Cairns.

Cairns - Day 4

It was up at 4.30 am to drive to Palm Cove for a 6.30am Wedding.
Yes surf lifesavers get married at this time of the day.
 It rained all the way in the car, oh dear (H is not sure why here is here!).
But then just before 6.30 the clouds cleared and the sun rose as planned.

 After a lovely ceremony we went to the Palm Cove Surf Club for breakfast and celebrations.
 After breakfast there were beach games, however we all needed a nap before coming back
 at 5.30pm for dinner, drinks and a boogie...

Cairns - Day 3

 Today (another early start) we headed away from the reef and up to 
he rainforest via the historic and hand built Kuranda Railway, 
learning about all the history along the way.
Plenty of beautiful scenery and rainforest.

At the top we walked around Kuranda, spotted a springy tree frog and some water lizards, however the town itself was a bit touristy, so we headed back down via Skyrail.

A treetop, cloud top journey above rainforests with walking decks along the way.

A stop at the seafood market to get some lovely reef fish for the BBQ and back to the hotel  to watch the flying foxes and micro bats by the pool, ended our lovely day in the Rainforest.