That’s a wrap…

wattle at Moroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens

Ok, so I haven’t done one of these for a while…the usual excuses apply – deadlines balanced against partition job responsibilities leaving no time for much blogging. Anyways, enough of the excuses, let’s get on with the wrap.

What disappointed me…

We were booked to do a joy flight up the coast this morning in one of those open cockpit style planes. It was originally bought as part of my 50th birthday celebrations. Sadly there was a mix-up in their booking office ie they made the booking, but didn’t enter it into the flight manifest. So we turned up at 8am as agreed, and no one was there. Oooops.

He was very apologetic and we’ve rescheduled for the end of the month, so rather than name and shame them, I’m letting them have a second chance.

Miss 19 was heard to say, ‘you didn’t tell me we were flying Jetstar!’ Oh, she’s quick.

What excited me…

The arrival of 2 cruise ships this week into Mooloolaba. It was so exciting watching them come in and drop anchor off the beach.

The arrival of the Pacific Jewel on Tuesday coincided with the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast, so the tenders from the ship were met at the Wharf with birthday cake and pop-up markets.

With 1500-1800 people on each ship, it’s a real bonanza for the retailers of the region. In fact, the barman at the Surf Club told me they estimate the cruise ships to bring in over $1M.

From the surf club

What was seriously awesome…

No lights no lycra – or dancing in the dark. I’ll be writing more about this for the Lovin’ Life linky on Thursday, but this was so much fun – and the best workout I’d had in ages.

What I finished…

My latest novel, I Want You Back. Well, it’s finished enough to send it off for structural editing – but there’s still a long way to go.

What’s making me giggle…

The antics of the scrub turkeys. Yes, I know they’re destructive and, let’s be honest, they’re not the most attractive of birds, but at this time of the year – when a scrub turkey’s fancy is directed to attracting the interest of other scrub turkeys, well, they’re hilarious.

What I discovered…

I love these reflections

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens. I spend so much time in my head that I’ve been intentionally trying to ground myself – and the best way to do that is in nature. You can read all about it here.

What I blogged…

I’ve redesigned my Sunshine Coast blog, Navigator, and am now posting my sunrise shots there daily. If you follow me on instagram, you will already have seen them, but if you don’t and like a sunrise or three, duck on over.

On this site, I popped up something about some very yummy raspberry and lemon tarts, and my July round-up post – Sentence a day.

I’m enjoying participating in some of these link-ups – the people I’m meeting make it super worthwhile.

Where I breakfasted…

This morning after the flight that wasn’t, we took ourselves off to One Block Back. I love this place, but this was the first time we’ve actually been for breakfast. I had the eggs benedict with pulled pork, beetroot relish and paprika emulsion; Miss 19 had a nutella panacotta that was almost too pretty to eat; and hubby had the baked eggs, beans and ham hock.

Where we lunched…

Hubby is now back at work – like me, he’s working from home and remotely back to Sydney. To celebrate his return to paid employment (yay) we lunched at Sum Yung Guys at Sunshine Beach.

I love this place – the vibe, the food, the cocktail list…

What about you? How was your week?

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

12 thoughts

  1. I had a low-key week but an enjoyable one. We have the odd (one – two / year) cruise ship come and dock near Fraser Island as well and it’s a bit of a bonanza for local businesses with tours and so forth.

    Yay that your book is off for its structural edit but bummer about the flight. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it though as it sounds great. We used to fly to Fraser Island when I was younger (and I guess even in my 20s) and I thought it kinda weird that you could essentially open the little triangular window (like cars used to have) at the front. I’d not been on many big planes but seen enough movies to know the damned things were supposed to be air-tight! 🙂

  2. Oh how disappointing about your flight, I hope it is fabulous when you get to experience it. And oh my that food at Sum Yung Guys looks amazing!

  3. Scrub turkeys… I could watch them for ever. They have a curious approach to the world.

    SSG xxx

  4. I’ve heard so much about No Lights No Lycra… we had one going here, and then they stopped for a while, but I think they’re back up and running again. I have to get there…

  5. You sound busier than you were in Sydney. However it also seems that life is agreeing with you as you are able to use more of your senses by getting outdoors and filling the body and soul with all that goodness! Thanks for linking up this week for #lifethisweek. Next week: Ideal Meal

    1. I think I probably am busier, but it feels like it’s living more than busy because it’s busy – if that makes sense. I really feel as though I’ve come to life.

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