Often on a Monday I like to reflect back on what I did over the weekend, especially if it’s something new and different. This weekend I did a few things that are new and different to me, which is quite an achievement considering I’ve lived here in Brisbane for nearly 9 years now.
Let’s start with Saturday.
The Twilight Makers Market, Raby Bay
I’ve been to Raby Bay before, so nothing new about that. This is Raby Bay…
Raby Bay is about 30 minutes drive east of Brisbane CBD, but does not come under Brisbane City Council. Raby Bay is a man-made canal system which was built in the 80s and is part of Cleveland, which is in Redland City and therefore part of Redland City Council.
The Twilight Makers Market takes place in Raby Bay just once a month, usually the last Saturday of the month, and sells only handmade goods by local artisans.
I’d never been to the Twilight Makers Market before, so this was definitely new and different for me.
When we got there at about 6:30 in the evening the place was buzzing..
Grand View Hotel
Drinking this beer definitely wasn’t anything new and different for me, I’ve certainly had a pint of Old Speckled Hen before and I do hope I have another one again sometime soon. The Grand View Hotel probably has some grand views, but I couldn’t tell you, it was dark.
Let’s move on to Sunday.
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
I’d never been to the Queensland Performing Arts Centre before, so this was definitely new and different for me. Mrs Bob, on the other hand, has been to QPAC (pronounced q-pack) as it’s known quite a few times. Mrs Bob, along with Stacey and the three girls, Elizabeth, Millie and Jasmine have all been to QPAC many times.
They’ve seen Mary Poppins, Angelina Ballerina, Mamma Mia, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Sound of Music.
Perhaps that gives you a little insight as to why I’ve never been before.
This time though the occasion was slightly different, Stacey’s daughters Millie and Jasmine were appearing in Brisbane Sings 2016, a congregation of choirs who were, yes, singing in Brisbane.
Can you spot them? They are in here somewhere and you can click on any one of these photos to enlarge them if that helps…
650 choir singers and 3 hours of solid singing isn’t normally my thing. This concert was surprisingly good though, at one point I almost clapped in tune with the music along with most of the rest of the audience.
But I didn’t.
It wasn’t just 650 choir singers though, it was 650 choir singers plus The 7 Sopranos…
That just leaves Friday.
The fire pit
I’d never sat around a fire pit with a small group of friends drinking grog in Stacey’s back garden before, so this was definitely new and different for me.
Here is the ceremonial first lighting of the fire pit…