|Storm clouds rolling in.|
So the bad news is that they do not really celebrate Halloween in Australia. There are a few private parties, or a few kids may knock on a known neighbour's door but nothing like the traditional North American Halloween. The kids were pretty bummed about that, especially when we heard about the awesome plans for "Halloween in the Village"in London. To ease the disappointment, I gave them 20 dollars to blow. They worked together comparing sweety prices to get the most for their money. It was a very serious but fun undertaking!
On line we bought a family of 5 rubber duckies. Then on Saturday we went to the rivers edge for the festivities and the race. There was fair like atmosphere with food stalls, face painting, a petting zoo, lots of picnickers and of course the duck races.
|Jacaranda flowers everywhere|
|Zac holds a really squirmy duck|
|Zac feeds the goats|
|Motorized Duck Boat contestant|
|Ready, Set, ...|
|30 000 ducks about to be dumped into the river.|
|Ducks racing between the floating lanes.|
|Which one is ours???|
On Sunday we went to the market for some vegetables. Then we decided on a cruise! For less than four dollars (2 dollars for kids) we traveled from one end of the Brisbane River to the other on the City Cat. It was a lovely hot, sunny day and a lovely cooling breeze could be found traveling the river.
It takes about an hour to travel down river from the closest City Cat stop from out flat. Our trip took us from St. Lucia (the neighbourhood we live in) into the city centre, around Kangaroo Point (where Serenna and Jason do rock climbing) and north past some nice looking residential areas.
|Brisbane City Centre|
|Close up balcony details of that middle building|
|Pedestrian bridge complete with solar paneled roof shade.|
|City Ferry (as apposed to the larger sleeker City Cat) for quick trips across the river in the down town core.|
|Sitting outside on the City Cat (having a cheap tour).|
|Riverside Cafes and restaurants with a weekend market.|
|Kangaroo Point is a quiet area along the river. Great for rock climbing the cliff wall.|
|North End of Brisbane River |
|Sushi a la Serenna.|
Talk to you again soon,