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Bayside Boomers at Russell Island

Baby Boomers are people born during the demographic Post–World War II baby boom between the years 1946 and 1964. According to the U.S. Census Bureau,[2] the term “baby boomer” is also used in a cultural context. Therefore, it is impossible to achieve broad consensus of a precise date definition, even within a given territory. Different groups, organizations, individuals, and scholars may have widely varying opinions on what constitutes a baby boomer, both technically and culturally. Ascribing universal attributes to a broad generation is difficult, and some observers believe that it is inherently impossible. Nonetheless, many people have attempted to determine the broad cultural similarities and historical impact of the generation, and thus the term has gained widespread popular usage.

Social Groups for people over the age of 50, have developed using the name of Boomers…such a group is based on the Islands, namely Russell Island and Macleay Island.  The group has free membership, and offers a free morning tea twice a month with donations from local businesses and voluntary staffing by members who set up the Hall, the tables, prepare the morning tea and host it. Voluntary entertainment t is provided each meeting and members enjoy socializing with people they may only meet with at this meeting.

Russell Island Meets on the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month and Macleay island meets on the 2nd and 4th of the month. members are welcomed to attend both groups, and now with the free ferry service, and with Macleay Island Golf Club donating their Courtesy Bus to pick up attendees from the 9am ferry and take them to the Community hall, then collect them again at 11.30am to meet the midday ferry. Russell island meet at the Community Hall which is across the road from the jetty.


Entertainment at the last meeting was by the Russell Island Singers, who sang songs as a group, performed some musical skits and there was even a Cancan for all to enjoy.





Morning Tea consisted of sandwiches, with bread donated by the Russell island Bakery. Cakes were made by Glenys and Patsy, and Maree prepared the sandwiches and the tea and coffee. Jill runs a Craft stall selling donated products, and there is a Door Prize and a ticket raffle, proceeds of which come back to the Club for be used for subsidized trips and treats.






The humorous musical skits….Shelagh with “Who is going to spoon with me?” and Rita and Laurie making us laugh with ‘The little blue Man’, and a cancan by a dancer wearing a flirty skirt and sports shoes.




Next Meeting on the  8th of August at Russell island with feature  two inspirational women guest speakers…Margaret Broom speaking about the house she built by herself, and Judith Grady reading from her book, “The Magic Islands”

The Macleay Island Meeting is this week on Friday the 25th July…and I will share the photos after the meeting…

Remember, if you wish to go to Boomers on Friday make sure you are on the 9am ferry from Russell island ready to be met at the jetty by the Golf Club Courtesy Bus…or simply walk up the hill to the Community Centre, which is almost behind the Pub on the corner.

Hope to see you there……

Picnic at The Boat Ramp at Russell Island

There is a beautiful picnic area near the Boat Ramp.

You can walk there from the Jetty following the sand, over the small creek and onto the Picnic Area..

It was a wonderful day…so Mary and I bought some food from the excellent bakery and sat at the tables..





storm brewing


Valla Beach looks beautiful…must add it to my list

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Valla Beach on the New South Wales north coast is the perfect escape for a spot of birdwatching and a long stroll at the beach

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Austland…a Poem that sadly describes the Australia many of us know

We live in a country called Austland
The Australia we knew is no more
Where sensible people do ludicrous things
Or risk breaking some law.

In Austland we’ve police dogs with muzzles
Less the villain has cause to complain
And to steal from a shop and say ‘sorry’
Means your free with no stain to your name

You had better leave lights on in buildings
When you lock up and go home at night
’cause the burglars might hurt themselves entering
And there’s no way you’ll be in the right

When speaking be wary in Austland
As some terms that you’ve used all your life
Now have connotations unintended
And you’ll end up in all sorts of strife

We elect politicians in Austland
To give us the laws of the land
Yet so many laws care for those from abroad
The whole thing has got out of hand

The borders are open in Austland
And of migrants there’s no keeping track
Just a few of the thousands illegally here
Will ever be caught and sent back

The exception to this is the hero
Who fought for this land in the war
He’s old and he’s sick, he might cost us a bit
So he’s not welcome here anymore

When the history is written of Austland
Historians may just recall
That the craziest people, in what was Australia
Were the public who put up with it all.!!!!!!!!!

I do not know who wrote this poem BUT it certainly hits the nail on the head..
This was sent to me by Tex….and I am sharing it with you…

Catholic Churches Jubilee in The Catholic Parish of Brisbane


In December 2006 the six historic, city fringe churches of Ashgrove, Bardon, Herston, Newmarket, Red Hill and Rosalie combined their resources and energy to form the Jubilee Catholic Parish. 

Welcome to our web site that gives you a snapshot of our Parish community and some of the many ministries and activities that make up our Parish Family.


Fr McCarthy and a committee of parishioners asked the architect, Robin Dods to incorporate design features from the cathedral at Albi into the design of the new church.On the 15th of May, 1912 the newly arrived coadjutor Archbishop, James Duhig, laid the foundation stone.

Over the next two years as parishioners raised money, the workmen followed the instructions of the architect and the people of Brisbane wondered what lay behind the scaffolding. With much fanfare, and surrounded by civil and religious dignitaries, on August 9th, 1914 the present St Brigid’s was blessed and opened by Archbishop Duhig. 

The church, which is now listed by the National Trust, was a bold statement of faith by the Catholic people of Brisbane and remains a powerful place of prayer and hope for today’s generation.

In 1999, Red Hill joined neighboring parishes in an extensive time of pastoral review from which eventually emerged its linking with the historic parishes of Rosalie, Bardon, Herston, Newmarket and Ashgrove. 

On 9th November 2006 these churches formally combined to form the Jubilee Parish with Fr Peter Brannelly appointed as the first Parish Priest. 

With its magnificent Whitehouse organ, superb acoustics and energetic choir the Sunday morning 10am solemn Mass is popular with parishioners, families and visitors.    

2012 marks the centenary of the laying of the foundation stone by Archbishop James Duhig.

Information on the history of the Church organ can be found here.

St Peters Church of England on Russell Island…

I have been intrigued by the small heritage Church just up from the Ferry at Russell Island. Services are held first and third  Sunday at 10.15am. Again I went today to the Church service today…

St Peters Anglican Church Russell Island – 25-27 High Street   07 3409 1157




St Peter’s Parish Hall High St

In 1922 Fred Willes, son of John Willes, donated half an acre of his farmland to the Anglican Church for a proposed hall. Church services had been held in the house of Mr and Miss Hender until then. The hall was built by Joseph Lovell and his son, Bill, of Macleay Island, from Russell Island timber milled at a sawmill on Canaipa Road. The hall was officially opened on 30 March 1924 and was extended in 1959. Electricity was connected in 1966 and town water in 1994.




Vicky and Bevan

Communion Service is followed by a shared Morning Tea, so do visit the Island and St Peters Church.

Saturday Mornings, the Church ladies run a second hand shop below the church. Drop in for some bargains, and also send your unwanted household items here for sale. Proceeds go to the Seaman’s Mission.

Hiking National Parks around Brisbane…

Light walking trails:

Lamington National Park | Split into two sections, Greens Mountains and Binna Burra.


  • Lamington is a national park in Queensland, Australia, lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range on the Queensland/New South Wales border. Wikipedia
  • Address: Binna Burra QLD 4211
  • Area: 206 km²
  • Phone: 13 74 68

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Sandy Creek Circuit | Mt Tamborine, 2.6km hike.

Tamborine National Park on Tamborine Mountain (Mt Tamborine, Mount Tamborine) is situated in the Gold Coast Hinterland (“The green behind the gold”).

Walking tracks are provided in six sections of Tamborine National Park. Most walking tracks are short and can be walked within a few hours. The walks are relatively easy although some tracks have short, steep grades.


The Honeyeater Track, MtCoot-tha | Brisbane, 2km hike.

The Mt Coot-tha Reserve track map offers different walks for you to go on, lets you know the grade, who they are suited to, what habitat you will see and the best things to do.

Download the Mt Coot-tha Reserve track map (PDF – 1Mb).

This track begins 375 metres from the Mt Coot-tha Lookout, off Sir Samuel Griffith Drive and provides access to the Chapel Hill area.

Grade: steep over short sections
Habitat: open eucalypt forest
Must: visit the Hut Environmental Centre

Honey eater

Giraween National Park | The Granite Belt. ‘Girraween has 10 different walks ranging from an easy 800m circuit to a difficult six-hour hike to Mt Norman’. Take a tent and camp in this beautiful place. There are many wineries dotted around this area as well to visit.


  • Girraween National Park is an area of the Granite Belt in south-east Queensland, Australia reserved as a national park. Girraween is known for its spectacular flowers, dramatic landscapes and unique wildlife. Wikipedia
  • Address: Pyramids Road, Girraween QLD 4382
  • Area: 117 km²
  • Phone: (07) 4684 5157

Burleigh Head National Park | Gold Coast. A few different, easy walks are available. The oceanview walk is a 1.2 kilometres one way that leads around the headland from Tallebudgera Creek to the southern edge of the Burleigh Heads township. The rainbow walk is 2.3 kilometers return and will take approximately 45 minutes. Keep your eyes peeled at the lookout for any humpback whales passing by.


Noosa National Park | Noosa, The Sunshine Coast. There is 9 tracks to choose from ranging from 1 kilometre to 5.4 kilometres.


  • Noosa National Park is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 121 km north of Brisbane. It is situated near Noosa Heads between the Pacific Ocean and the Sunshine Coasts’s northern area of urban … Wikipedia
  • Address: Park Road, Noosa Heads QLD 4567
  • Area: 40 km²
  • Hours:

    Open today · 9:15 am – 4:45 pm
  • Phone: (07) 5447 3522

Cooloola Great Walk | Noosa North Shore and ends in Rainbow Beach (or reverse). 102 kilometre hike available for those that dare. ‘The walk itself winds through rainforest, beaches and eucalypts, with some major landmarks including the Noosa River and the Great Sandy National Park’.

Cooloola offers something for all visitors. Four-wheel drive past towering coastal sand cliffs and coloured sands, fish straight from the ocean, canoe on tranquil waterways, hike through rainforest remnants and across vast sandblows and camp among blooming wildflowers.

Long beaches backed by high sand dunes, tranquil waterways, wildflower heaths, freshwater lakes, woodlands and forests make Cooloola a popular holiday destination and a vital refuge for coastal wildlife.

Permits are required before setting up your camp, fees apply. Vehicle Access Permits (VAPs) are also required when traversing beaches and some inland sand tracks in the Cooloola Recreation Area (PDF, 2.3M)*.

Many tracks within the park are 4WD only – day tours and safaris are available. Attraction URL:


D’Aguilar National Park | on the doorstep of Brisbane. Hikes range between 16 kilometres and 24 kilometers. Enjoy rainforest, lookouts, waterfalls, streams, and hoop pines.

Between 10 km and 35 km north-west of Brisbane’s city centre

Discover remote gorges, sheltered pockets of subtropical rainforest, expanses of eucalypt woodland and spectacular views to Moreton Bay, all within an hour and a half’s drive of Brisbane.

D’Aguilar National Park (formerly Brisbane Forest Park) totals approximately 36,000 ha, protecting the core of the D’Aguilar Range’s vast bushland area.


  • D’Aguilar is a national park in Queensland, Australia, 31 km northwest of Brisbane. The southern part of the park was formerly known as Brisbane Forest Park, while the northern part of the park is at Mount Mee. Wikipedia
  • Address: Mt Nebo Rd, The Gap QLD 4306
  • Area: 20.5 km²
  • Phone: 13 74 68 × 310Search by image

King greenhood orchid on the Morelia Track, D’Aguilar National Park. View from Fred’s Gorge, Minerva Hills National Park
Minerva Hills from Freds Gorge1

Lamington National Park | Split into two sections, Greens Mountains and Binna Burra. Hikes vary here. You can enjoy a 10 kilometre walk return trip up to a 24 kilometer hike, one way.

Lush rainforests, ancient trees, spectacular views, extensive walking tracks, exceptional ecological importance and natural beauty make this Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area an outstanding place to visit.


  • Lamington is a national park in Queensland, Australia, lying on the Lamington Plateau of the McPherson Range on the Queensland/New South Wales border. Wikipedia
  • Address: Binna Burra QLD 4211
  • Area: 206 km²
  • Phone: 13 74 68


Madrid to Barcelona…..driving a rented Renault in Spain by myself in 2001

Madrid to Barcelona

The little Renault and me are having a great time weaving in and out
of lanes, driving over some magnificent terrain. Spain is beautiful. 

From Madrid to Goyagoza are castles, medieval towns from days gone by, and amazing ruins of every description.


The freeway powers forth to the coast, and every few kilometers  is a turn off
 to a  different town.  It took me a while to realize, that it is possible to veer off the main highway, visit whatever town is lurking in the eaves of the freeway and then back, without even leaving the car or missing a beat, coming straight back on to the highway and continuing on. I went off on every single detour once I realised I could do this and the ruins and the small communities are simple wonderful with breathtaking views, as they are mostly on top of mountains.


I missed some marvelous places just out of Madrid, and am hoping to see them on my way back. Places with names such as Guadalajarra, Torija, Medinaceli, Ariza, Alhama de Aragon, Catalayud, and San Mateo de Gallego, where I am now  writing this from.


All are exciting places with ruins, and Olive groves, and almond trees in
blossom. I stopped to photograph an olive grove, and discovered I was leaning against an almond tree with ripened nuts, which I collected, and ate while I drove along. They were sweet and juicy and I wished I had collected more, instead of just a small handful.

Many monasteries are there, promising mystery and religious awe, amidst some of the most majestic and most dramatic scenery I have ever seen. 


At various places perched on the highest vintage points for a very long distant visibility, the huge black silhouettes of bulls loomed over the immense mountains, and the desolation makes me wonder how the ancient Spaniards did manage to survive. The highest peak of every settlement has a castle, strong and arrogant, suggesting sentries with sharp eyes watching for visitors and strays from other regions. Local rock and stone are used for every building adding to its charm. It was truly spectacular and vividly dramatic and beautiful.


Every little patch of land had a little dwelling, and the vines were still sticks, as this is winter in Spain. I can imagine the hive of industry when the grapes were ready and the olives were being picked, and people were working. I was driving through the Vineyards and the wine making country, and the electricity wind vanes turned looking like giant fans cooling the already cold area. It was winter in Spain, and very cold.


I stayed the next night at Zaragoza, and found it misty and foggy.  The following day, because of  poor visibility,  I just carefully followed the road,  and missed most of what was beyond. It was like driving through a misty wonderland where one never knew just what lay on either side or even ahead.
At  Fraga, I joined a freeway, that cost me 21500 pesetas, which I just managed, as I had not made  allowances for cash for freeway tolls. The freeway was magnificent ,and fabulous for driving. The separate lanes for traffic, meant night driving was a dream, without bright lights, but you miss the magnificent scenery, which is why I stopped here for the night.


After Lleida there are towns again, and some fabulous monasteries and
ruins, and they are totally different to the settlements on the Madrid side.


Once again there were dramatic mountains and some breathtaking scenery. There were lots of Almonds and olives, amidst neatly sown patches of land,  that were all ready for planting. Lots and lots of wineries and again the names were familiar from wines rather than locations. I loved it all and
was sad the dull weather made it difficult to take many photographs.

Names such as Tarrega, Calef, Rocafort, Sta Colonna, St Jeromi, and Santa Maria, and lots of others not on the map, delighted the eye and the heart, and the names alone make Spain so romantic and so exciting.


Barcelona was a total contrast to Madrid. Some very modern Spanish castles and renovated buildings with lots of high rise in the process of being built. There appeared a more Mediterranean influence with arches and gardens and green as against Madrid’s more archaic formal structures. 


The freeways are everywhere, and the traffic so fast, that a new traveler who
cannot understand Spanish, and has no map, cannot possibly cope. True to form I got lost again and asked for help from a BP Garage. His help was fine, but the lanes of the freeways merge, and mingle, so though you start in one lane the final route is in anothe,r and with fast traffic and no prior warning, and beeping irate
drivers, it is hard to lane change easily.

So, I end up off the A2 highway and on the road to Girona, which is nearly France. 


There was no way to turn off, and at the end I finally came off, and whilst weaving the evening traffic found a police car with a friendly pair of police, who again not only put me onto the right highway out of Barcelona, but took me to a bank for money, and when that was closed, actually escorted me to the Airport, came with me to change my notes, and then guided me back. 

I would never have managed without their help. Believe me, it was a complete Hodge Podge of tiny one-way streets, with more motorists than I have ever seen
before, all  behind me,  all blowing their horns, and me not having a clue where I was or where I was heading.

What I did, was finally just stop the car right where I was in the middle of this one way street, and patiently wait, with every car in Barcelona behind me all blowing their horns,  until someone did something. Finally a Police car arrived, duly called no doubt by some exasperated motorist,  and showed me how to get out of this mess I was now in, by following them. I was now driving on bumpy cobbled stones, and the buildings around made it look like I was driving around a collection of cathedrals, which I possibly was. It was an awesome experience, and one I will never forget.

I did go through the three tunnels, and through another freeway, where I had to fiddle my loose change for the amount. I started to get worried and thought.. What for. This is my adventure, and I will enjoy it, and I did.

The scenery coming back, was even better than going there, as now I was traveling downhill, and seeing the whole expanse ahead. The colors of the vineyards and the buildings are wonderful, and the soil is as red in places, as the
Australian desert. 

I have never seen such beautiful mountains, and so many beautiful buildings as I did these four days in Spain.  I was just completely entranced and fascinated with everything I saw and experienced, and would consider this to be one of the most awesome experiences I would ever have.

girona cathedral

When the sun set behind the clouds, some of the monasteries were floodlit, which was a marvelous sight. There was still enough light to see the surrounds, which were  magnificent. and equally dramatic.  This is such a rich and varied country, of vines and neat patches of something plowed, with stone and mountains, and long, long views. 

Because it is winter, there is not much growing, but the ground is ready for cropping, and everything was so ordered, and detailed and so perfect. Once when I stopped to take a photograph, there was a smiling farm couple with goats, and while they were trying to talk to me, the goats were climbing up the Olive trees trying to eat the leaves. It was so picturesque. I see the toothless smile of the old lady ,wrapped in many layers of clothing, and the man in rough boots with thonging to his knees. It was just awesome.

The drive was magnificent, and I am hoping tomorrow will be clear and sunny for my roll of film.

Beautiful, Beautiful, Spain.!!!

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