My husband let me know that the house was making him feel claustrophobic. I agreed with him, having only accomplished one ‘explore Queensland’ outing in the car since moving to Brisbane last year. We settled on making an 11km journey east, to Manly.
Don’t get me wrong, we like living in a modern house with a private courtyard. What we find challenging is that there is no view, other than looking at the walls of the neighbouring property. Also, most of the outside area is covered by a roof. Great for shade, not so great for creating a feeling of openness.
We have accomplished a lot in the last three months as noted in my previous post, Avoidance. This has taken its toll. Believing that we should be constantly busy at home winds one up so.
After a short spell at Norfolk Point, we completely relaxed while sitting outside Sea Vibes kitchen and bar. Lightly gazing at the masts in the Harbour and feeling a breeze that took the heat out of a 30oC day.
13 thoughts on “Manly, Queensland”
Manly, Queensland? Oh my, is that not an oxymoron? Have you tried gin or vodka, wonderful relaxant.
Apart from Manly and the nearby Manly West, there is also another suburb called Mansfield, also in Brisbane. Well, there are three suburbs in Brisbane alone for those who want to feel manly.
Good morning to you, Robert!
Reading your comment with the biggest smile 😊. My doctor would advise me that fresh air is preferable for relaxation. That said, I enjoy a Campari spritz.
I was in Australia about 8 years ago in July. I visited Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Unfortunately, it rained most of the time I was there! Never did get up to Brisbane. The pictures look beautiful.
I’m pleased you enjoyed the pictures. It’s unfortunate that you experienced rain as it is often blue skies and sunshine in Winter.
I think when I was there, it was the wettest July on record. I remember going to Bondi Beach in the pouring rain…but I did love my time there!
Do you have any plans to return?
Probably not, though I wish I could! It is just so expensive and I am a teacher with limited funds. When I went before I took a student group and I went for free! I absolutely loved being in Australia. I also went to NZ on that trip. Two of my favorite places on earth!
The campari spritz sounds fascinating and perhaps a panacea for all ills.
Great vivid colors. I am self isolating, so I finally have time to go back into my saved emails and enjoy them. It’s turning out to be a blessing that I stored such treasure for such a challenging time. I hope you and your husband are well and safe from all the trials and tribulations of the last year. You are a bright spot for me.
Hello Eileen, I was thrilled to read your message. Thank you for your kind words. We are awaiting the instruction to work from home. My husband will be driving me to work from tomorrow so that I don’t have to catch public transport. Stay safe and take care.