Thursday, April 25

home of udder


If you've ever had the dream of renovating an old Queenslander in a small hinterland town, with the bush in your backyard, chooks and three kids running free, then you are envisaging the life of the husband and wife team behind children's wear label Udder.  Throw in a busy schedule that boggles my mind, boundless creativity, a honed eye for style, and a wicked sense of humour, and you're getting to know Fliss and Hal.  

We shared a beautiful lunch on their deck while on the Sunshine Coast, drank too much coffee, and sadly had to leave too soon.  I wish they lived around the corner. 

Check out their range online here.  Coming soon is their winter collection, shot by yours truly in a secret location in Noosa. 

autumn in the bay


Before my posts turn to more tropical adventures and languid days on a palm fringed lagoon, I have a few more Aussie moments I want to share. I love to time our stay down south until the mornings air develops a cool edge and we get at least one decent rain. Otherwise the endless summer thing can get a bit tedious - yes, it is possible. Autumn days in Geographe Bay are a brilliant clear blue, and you can be outside without burning to a crisp in ten minutes. One of our last wanders was to Meelup Beach, with a walk along the coast track to Castle Rock. Five minutes from top class coffee, and yet all alone with nature. Who would want to leave?  

Thursday, April 4

noosa waves


Noosa is a classic longboarder paradise; where gentle, long sand bottom point waves wrap around the National Park headland, and you can ride all the way into Mainbeach for a coffee and eggs benedict.    The walk to T-Tree offers world class coastal views, and you share the path with the healthy and active sector of retirees, holiday makers and locals, all quick with a hello and smile.  Noosa makes you feel good about the world. 

Our visit coincided with the the Festival of Surfing, a convivial event for watermen, women and their dogs. The professional style masters put on a show performing to traditional longboard criteria on old-style single fins, stand-up paddleboarders got a look in, and the expression sessions demonstrated the skill of riding a finless Alaia. Despite all the entertainment, Tom was more interested in looking upwards to spot his first koala. 


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