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Menologue; The OZ Venture

My time at Noosa had been shortened by two days due to a combo of the illness and other appointments... but golly did the time I have get used well! Having arrived at Meena's just after lunch, we had a light snack then she drove me down to the Main Beach, just behind the town's main street. Prepare yourselves... QLD did what it has always promised. Beautiful one day, sunny the next..........

This beautiful plant is very striking in its architectural stance.

Alcantarea Imperialis.

The flowers were ending, but still managed an okay macro....

The sand was of that type which is silky and sucky and very difficult to walk on if you're a waddler like the YAMster. However, the council has very kindly put in a boardwalk at the back of the beach. We sauntered along that in the later arvo warmth... oh it was wonderful........

As we walked back via the main street - all shops of the type which requires crocodile wallets - this large and cheerful chappy jumped down in front of us.

Hard to tell from this, but it was as long as my thumb.... three to three and a half inches.

We drove back to get washed up and eat our evening meal. Outside Meena's place, her neighbour was out walking her dog, Molly.

Here's Molly...

Meena mentioned to Molly's mum that the YAMster was hoping to connect with another doggy in the area, by the name of Charlie.  "Oh", came the response, "We know Charlie and his mum ... they live just round the corner!"

You could have blown me over with a hand fan.

I had spoken with Charlie's mum, Lynn, on the telephone from Sydney, briefly, with anticipation of connecting, but had not yet finalised or obtained an address. That they were so close by was tantalising! As Meena prepared our dinner, I called Lynn and we arranged for her to collect me at 6am the next morning...

After dark, Meena drove me again to main street to see the Christmas lights; difficult shooting from a moving vehicle, but some interesting effects nonetheless.

The 'fruit' on the central tree changed colour from white, to red, to blue, to green, to purple...

Was up bright and early and ready for the next day... come back Monday for all that news!


  1. OH the pics of the BEACH from Behind the trees... which look like shadows... and we can see the many DEEP tracks in the sand..

    WOW.... Molly's Mum... knew Charlie's Mum and Molly knew Charlie... well that is just amazing... it truly IS a small World...

  2. Hello, I love the shot of the beach and the cute dog Molly. Enjoy your day and the weekend ahead!

  3. A boardwalk to traverse the beach sounds wonderful.

  4. Such a small world indeed. So looking forward to reading about the meeting with Charlie.

  5. The beach there is pretty. How pawsome that your friends new Charlie and his mum!
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  6. The plant is beautiful and we would like to see it in pawson. And the beach is magnificent. BUTT OUR CHARLIE??????? He MUST be famous!!!! We can't wait for photos from that meet!!!!

    Keep Calm & Bark On!

    Murphy & Stanley

  7. CRIKEY ... Molly ... Fancy seeing you here! I missed you this morning and here you are. Blow me over with a HAND FAN?????? Ummmmmmm ... Feather for me! Mum loves your pics of Laguna Bay (main beach). I love that grasshopper bloke. We got heaps of them here. I have the best time with 'em. Tasty too! Nice texture! Crunchy! The lights at night are pretty, aye? The little girls think it's fairyland. Me too! I get ICECREAM when we go for our walk at night there.

  8. this plant is wonderful... I wish I had one :o) but it's sadly a little too big to count as carry-on luggage :o)

  9. It's a huge grasshopper. We have a ton. The cats like to go after them. sigh.


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