Seventeen seventy 

Overnight in Town of 1770. First time in about 30 years. It’s the sort of seaside village I love, and I have spent many hours and days in villages all over the world that are just like this one, Dreaming. Dreaming I lived there, dreaming of the businesses I could start so I could live there. All of the business ideas centred on cooking or coffee or caravans, which are unappealing.  

Kyleakin, Portree, Strahan, Kingscliff, Yamba, Akaroa, Lyttleton, Castlebay, Tarbert, Dunvegan…

There is a photo of Mum breastfeeding me on the beach here. As the story goes, Dad had some kind of episode at work/home, threw everything in the Chesney and took off. This is where he came. 
I wonder what my Dad found in his place. It interests me that the place he came to for refuge is almost identical to all the villages I have tried to escape to.

Queensland day part 2 #blogjune 6

So, about that Buzzfeed article…
1.Queensland is BIG

It is. My family caravanned around Queensland quite a bit when I was younger, and I’ve driven across it myself a few times. I was born at Anglers Paradise, on the Gold Coast, but grew up in the “home of the thunderstorms” – the Aboriginal name for our home in the farmlands to the west. We lived in the shadow of the Great Dividing Range, and from our house you could often see the lights of trucks coming down ‘the Gap’. My mum is about to move to Bundaberg to manage their local caravan parks, and if we ever manage to book our flights home for summer we will be spending quite a bit of time with her up there. Bundaberg is the home of our state rum, and it’s gorgeous. 

4. And it’s home to these bad boys

Never mind cassowaries, how about GIANT BROWN FLYING COCKROACHES. This is legitimately the main reason I left Queensland. Growing up, my bedroom was in an enclosed verandah, and the number of times I woke up with cockroaches crawling on me – ON MY FACE…ugh

7. And every other day is HOT.

Think you know what hot is? Get yourself branded by a seatbelt buckle.

9. And you’re well acquainted with your state transport system

Does Queensland have a transport system? I don’t know anyone without a car. Pat’s Coaches was the only public transport option between my home and the Gold Coast when I was growing up, and he stopped driving in about 1994.

11. You don’t own an umbrella

This is one of my failings.

12. But you do NEED an umbrella. Often.

13. Because it doesn’t rain in Queensland. Water just ERUPTS FROM THE SKY

Yep, check out this weekend’s news. And there is a Qld Facebook group with half a million likes called “Higgins Storm Chasing

15. Every sentence needs to end with ‘hey’.

That’s true, hey

17. Everyone’s pretty laid back. Even the police.

They wear shorts and ride bicycles in Surfers.

18. You know that the ocean is a shared space

Just don’t go in there.

20. Ah, Campbell.

22. You’ve never been to the Whitsundays but your friends from other states have.

Hahahahahaha

23. November and Schoolies are the worst thing in the world.

My grandfather spent many Novembers shouting at the nightly news.

24. You have a precise understanding of both ‘time’ and ‘daylight’

Which Southerners do not. Leave the clocks alone!

25. You steer clear of the theme park ridden Gold Coast unless you absolutely have to.

I loathe theme parks. Most boring things on the planet. One of my jobs during uni was at Movieworld. I started on the registers in Yosemite Sam’s Diner and worked my way up to Chef. This meant I had to wear gloves up to my elbow and sit in the cold room squishing bits of chicken. 

26. And these things are the worst

ARGHGHGHGHHHH

27. Well, I don’t live there anymore, but there is nothing like a January storm in Queensland

Queensland Day #blogjune 6

Running out of ideas for #blogjune already !!

Nobody here knows it is Queensland Day, and I was struggling to explain it, so I’ve googled it. It is the day at school when we used to colour in the Queensland flag and state emblem, then forget about them again for another year. Oh! And our local historical museum used to sell billy tea and damper, and probably have a log sawing contest.

Apparently it’s a celebration of the day we broke free from the colony of New South Wales, and these days it is known as Queensland Week

We have our own state flag, which is really the British flag “defaced” (according to wikipedia) by the state badge:

Flag_of_Queensland.svg

Mysteriously, the state bade is the Cross of Malta – for which even the State Government struggle to provide a logical explanation:

State_Badge_of_Queensland.svg

Our coat of arms is inexplicably being held up by a deer:

qld-coat-of-arms

They were the first Arms assigned to a British colony since Charles II granted Jamaica its Arms in 1661, so perhaps they were a little stuck for inspiration? (Actually, the red deer is supposed to “represent the old world”. Ugh.)

We are also known for our rainforests, reefs and wild weather.

For more Queensland, check it out here for the boring tourist website, or here for the funny Buzzfeed one.