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Snowflakes Keep Fallin’ on My Heads: The Neighbourhood in Winter #2

I’ve been back in Brisbane a few days: visa stuff. It’s good to be here, and Easter in South-East Queensland brings the best weather all year, but the trip hasn’t been without its traumas, and I don’t just mean the flying part.

On arriving back at my parents’ on the North Side, frazzled and frayed, I tore off all my plane-contaminated clothing and threw it in the wash. Returned from an urgent revisit to my favourite coffee place, Sandgate’s Mug Shots, to find my gear neatly hanging on the line — and in a little patch of sunlight, pathetic and wrinkled and dripping wet like the Easter Bunny after you throw the varmint from a bridge: my passport, freshly laundered.

Cargo pants, so many stash spots to keep track of.

Last night I had a catch-up with a handful of 30-odd-year friends, and the worry about those crucial travel docs nearly ruined the whole evening for me. But Phil and Cathy drove me home via the passport office in the city (where we were skinned to the tune of $33 for 45 minutes’ parking), and it seems that even after a half-hour wash cycle my papers are still scannable and I might just avoid the $375 replacement fee.

I’ve done some walking, the local haunts, and have managed two lovely dawns and tonight’s magnificent sunset on the edge of Moreton Bay. I have a three-day walk in mind before I depart on Friday week. Today I checked the weather app and found that the Tuesday-afternoon temp here matched exactly that of Monday-night Saratoga: 18C.

Balmy, palmy days. I’ve earned them. And to remind you of why, here’s the next part of my winter-shots series. See you in a couple of days!

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Lingering oak leaves in the back corner of the yard…

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..and a couple of refugees near the fence.

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It’s was a berry cold Winter.

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More flurries seen from the front door.

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The “polar vortex” spawned a special breed of backyard polar explorer.

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What a difference a little colour in the sky makes.

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Iris flowers & the old homestead.

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Where were all these alleged children? I was the only weirdo on the streets all Winter.

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See?

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Just another day in the front yard.

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Six heads are better than three.

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No gardening today.

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I never tire of shooting this street — obviously.

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Ready for school.

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Also ready for school — hairdressing school.

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Please…stop…snowing.

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Neighbour’s tree.

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Birdhouse & wagon wheel.

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There are no winners in the ongoing war between man & dog.

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If you walk down there you’ll eventually reach Dunkin’ Donuts, but it’s not really worth the hassle.

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Home from school.

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If you can identify this tree, we’d appreciate it. It’s the “play tree” close to the porch.

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View from the play tree.

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Cutting this stuff back in Spring is gonna suck.

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Frozen echinacea tears.

3rd and final instalment coming soon!

~ And that’s all the Goat wrote

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7 Comments

  1. I loved reading your post.Too bad about the travel documents, maybe if they were in a plastic case it would have been all right. Life does put us through pain and pleasures to keep it in balance.
    Have a great day.

    • Thanks, Ranu. I was so depressed about the passport but it still works, apparently, so I’m going to take a gamble with it.

      Every day has been beautiful and I have a nice adventure planned starting tomorrow, before I head back to America.

  2. Sucks the big ones about the passport. Hope you avoid the fee.

    That photo of the girls with the hair dressing heads is classic! I think it would probably be able to win some kind of character photo award

    • bill murray says

      Great pictures Ian …. Soooooo, are you coming back to the US soon???? Look forward to seeing you again ….

      • Thanks, Bill! Yeah, end of next week, the next phase begins! Looking forward to seeing Kate and the kids (and the cat!) and enjoying that beautiful area in pleasant weather at last!

      • bill murray says

        travel well my friend…travel well …. be safe.

    • I am certainly not in any position to pay that much for a new one, so I’m going to keep this one and hope for the best. It will certainly add a touch of tension to my LAX landing next week, though!

      Thanks for the compliment about the picture! One of those ones you can’t plan but do your best while you can — hard to get those kids to stand still for two seconds as well! I don’t take many people shots so living with all these willing models is certainly broadening my photographic palette!

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