Five Things

Okay, here we go – the weekly rundown or wrap up or whatever you want to call it of the things that made me smile.

The weather

I know that the calendar says that it’s supposed to be winter, but we’ve had temperatures in the mid 20’s all week – that’s celcius, for US readers.


Of course. We’ve had some great colour in the sky this week, but missed the best one on Saturday. Thankfully, the rest of Instagram didn’t.


We mixed our morning walk up a tad on Friday and caught the sunrise at Point Cartwright. Same same but different

Public Holidays

Although Queensland doesn’t celebrate the Queen’s Birthday until October, my office in Sydney was on holiday on Monday and so was I. I used the morning wisely and went up to the picnic tables at Alex Hill to get some words written.

On Friday our half of the coast was on holiday for Sunshine Coast Show Day. Again, the morning found me up at Alex Hill with my laptop, a thermos of hot water, some tea bags and a mug.

This meme

Get it?


No work on Monday also meant an afternoon beach walk as well as a morning one. Adventure Spaniel was pretty happy with that too.

Eat Street, Northshore

We’ve been meaning to head down to eat Street in Brisbane since we first moved up. Sarah went down with some friends a couple of weeks ago and told us we had to go. At it’s simplest form it’s a heap of food stalls and food trucks in a heap of shipping containers on the waterfront at Hamilton. But it’s so much more than that.

We had problems making decisions so ended up having a bit of this and a bit of that. The live music was great, the vibe was great, the night was mild, and the food was everything you’d want from street food.



I spent Saturday morning with a great bunch of people at a workshop run by Belinda Pollard of Small Blue Dog Publishing. Aside from the fact that it’s always good to meet and talk with people on the same publishing journey as I am, I also learnt some more about distribution channels, action plans and publishing hardcover or photography books – something that will absolutely come in handy for a project I have in mind. #clancyofthecampfire

It was definitely a morning very well spent.

Speaking of writing…

I’m 25,000 words into the re-write of Escape To Curlew Cottage… and it’s coming together very nicely. So nicely that I’ll start to tell you bits and pieces about the location, the characters and the foodie stuff in the next few weeks…

That was my week – how was yours?

Author: Jo

Author, baker, sunrise chaser

27 thoughts

  1. Very excited about the re-write! You’re going great guns! I always love your sunrise pics and now there’s sunset action too! I am definitely going to add Eat Street to my Brisbane bucket list and that meme is so funny, it had me laughing out loud!

    1. Eat Street is a really fun thing to do – you’d love Kombi Lane with all the dessert trucks. Have a great week…

  2. Oh I’m glad you went to Belinda’s workshop. I’d seen it advertised. Had you guys met before?

    I’ve always meant to go to Eat Street as well so really must do that on one of my visits.

    And – as usual – your beach and sunrise / sunset pics are stunning.

    1. We hadn’t met before – although have been connected on FB & Instagram. I was a last minute decision to go – I wasn’t sure what I’d get out of it, but it was absolutely worthwhile.
      Have a great week 🙂

  3. That sunrise was the best. It looked even more spectacular in real life than instagram. Total fluke I was awake to see it but so happy for it.

  4. Loved all your photos as usual Jo – I’m always amazed at people who remember to take pics of everything – I take maybe one photo a month (usually of my cats!) Glad the novel is coming together and that life is sweet for you – and that your mornings are warmer than mine!

    1. I’ve always been a shocker with a camera. Instagram was made for people like me. My husband has always joked that he goes on holidays with Jo & her camera.

      1. And that’s why I don’t do IG – I have nothing to post on it! At least it saves me having to keep up with another SM site 🙂 Anyhoooo I just popped back to say thanks for linking up with us at MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

  5. WOW ! good for you on the rewrite! And your photos are amazing (that cloud one is stunning!) but I love the most the dog and the shuttle cock!

  6. Your morning walk photo’s just keep getting better and better and better! Can you believe I have never been to Eat Street!!

  7. The weather Jo, is absolutely delightful and may it continue for another week or so!! Love your recap on the week. We were going to Eat St last night but a huge storm rolled in so we couldn’t go out! I laughed at the bad minton meme 🙂 . Your sunset and sunrise beach shots are spectacular! #lifethisweek

  8. Beautiful pictures! I’m envious of your warmer weather and hoping it stays that way when I visit Brisbane in July. Lovely sunsets and sunrises and lighthouses. That meme cracked me up – I love a good pun! Yay for your writing! Great work! Hope you have a fantastic week ahead!

  9. Your photos are quite amazing, especially the shy that is half full of clouds. I hope your book gets published soon–good luck!

    1. Thanks Betty. This one is scheduled for October, so I’m very happy this rewrite is going well. Have a great week.

  10. Hi Jo you know I’m a huge fan of your books so good for you getting more of Escape to Curlew Cottage written. Your photos are stunning and wasn’t Saturday morning gorgeous. I managed a photo during my run in Brisbane and sunrise and the clouds were the same as your photo from Visit Mooloolaba just stunning. You’ve made my Wednesday looking at the beautiful scenery aren’t we lucky living by the ocean? Have a great week and thanks so much for sharing at #MLSTL. xx

  11. I really enjoy reading and viewing your week! Win for the public hol in NSW. Like how the beach pics reflect the changing season. Beautiful.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week we are HALF-way in our #ltw prompts for 2019 and this one is Share Your Snaps. Hope to see you there! Denyse.

  12. Revisiting via #MLSTL. Simply adore your sunrises and sunsets! I rarely watch the sunset, although it is a big deal here…. I’m just 2 blocks to the beach to see one. The 2 I did look at this week were both not too exciting – just too many clouds & no color. Sunrise is just too early for me right now… maybe this winter I’ll explore the idea a bit more with camera in hand. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy yours!

    1. Thanks Pat. Putting together my weekly 5 things post is always fun. It helps me make sense of the week & look for the stuff that made me smile. I’m appreciating the sunrises at present (around 6.30), but I know that come October they’ll be too early for me again. In the state I live in we don’t have daylight saving so sunrise in the middle of summer is around 4.30am-ish and I walk at 6am. So when it’s your winter and it’s my summer, I’ll enjoy your sunrises. It’s a deal.

  13. Your photos of your weekly wrap made me smile too! Beautiful area you live in! Thank you!

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