Archive for December, 2011

Christmas in Brisbane

December 31, 2011

Christmas Party at Queensland Centre for Photography

  Renata (Buziak), Paul, Wanda

   with Yavuz Erkan (winner photo contest)


Late Spring in Brisbane

  From our balcony/Depuis notre balcon – photo Wanda Michalak

The red trees are blooming, taking over from the jacarandas. This means Summer and Christmas are nearing

Les arbres rouges sont en fleurs, prenant la relève des jacarandas. Signal que Noël et l’été seront bientôt la


Christmas Party at the Office 

célébration de Noël au bureau

            standing:Paul, Jarod, Samantha, Sharon, John C., Felix, Peter, John K. in front: Tai, Jacob


Mount Coot -Tha revisited

  Wanda and Karolina

Karolina, a friend from Amsterdam, is visiting Brisbane for a couple of weeks

  Briony & Bowie, Karolina and Wanda

Briony came over from Melbourne with her son Bowie to meet Karolina who is a good friend of her 

  Paul, Wanda, Briony

   photo Karolina S. 

Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mount Coot-Tha)

  Wanda and Karolina

   photo Karolina S.

  Paul and Wanda in the botanic garden                             photo Karolina S.


Emporium Center

                                                          Wanda, Karolina and Chris


Wanda and the magpies

       father, mother and “baby”

  feeding the “baby”


Christmas Eve

       At Patricia’s – Karolina, Wanda, Patricia

                                                                               Wanda and Patricia dancing

      Karolina and Wanda

          In the Brisbane Jazz Club – Mei Ling, Karolina and Wanda

   Tyronne Noonan and Palimsest – excellent band, great singer

      Tyronne at our table


Christmas Day / Noël

                                                                                   the two divas

      Wanda relaxing

        in the rainforest / dans la forêt tropicale


Boxing Day

Tweede kerstdad / 26 décembre

Brisbane, George Square – Karolina, Wanda, Paul, Jean-Marc

  Lone Pine – Jean-Marc, Wanda, Paul, Karolina

   Chris, Wanda, Paul, Karolina, Bacia, Jean-Marc

December in Queensland

December 13, 2011

Mount Tamborine

Andrzej and the lorikeet

Andrzej Dragan visited Brisbane for a week. He stayed at our place and we showed him around 


Rainbow Lorikeet

Laughing kookaburra


D’Aguilar National Park – The Rainforest

Andrzej and Wanda

Nice little walk in the rainforest. Foggy humid weather, very romantic.  

Chouette promenade dans la forêt subtropicale. Temps humide et brumeux. Très romantique 

photo Andrzej D. (I-phone)

photo Andzej D. (I-phone)

photo Andzej D. (I-phone)

Only problem was that there were many active leeches, due to the wet weather. They especially liked me.  

Le seul problème était qu’il y avait beaucoup de sangsues, à cause du temps humide. Elles m’ont tout particulièrement apprecié

checking on leeches after the walk / à la recherche des sangsues après la ballade


Sunshine Coast – Noosa Head

photo Andrzej D. (I-phone)

Noosa – Wanda under the tree / Wanda sous l’arbre




The adventures of John and Maighread in Brisbane

December 5, 2011

20.11.2011 – 04.12.2011

 John and Maighread, good old friends from Ireland, came over to Brisbane for a couple of weeks

John et Maigrhead, des veux amis irlandais,  sont venus nous rendre visite à Brisbane pour une quinzaine de jours


John, Maighread, Paul

Brisbane – on the ferry / sur le ferry                         photo Wanda Michalak

No way to remain incognito, almost everyone spotted them as being from Cork…


Loan Pine koala sanctuary

Family Flodder – John looks very jetlegged on this photo… and he wears a strange cap…

another family/une autre famille

Maighread feeding a kangaroo – you will notice this is a male / on note que c’est un kangourou male


Highgate Hill, just above Patricia’s house. Mount Coot-Tha in the background  


Dinner at Patricia’s

Maighread, Wanda, John, Paul, Anthony, Patricia

Maighread, Wanda, John, Paul, Anthony and Vivi

 Patricia, John and Anthony – “cool man”

Maighread, John, Jude the dud, Patricia, Vivi, Wanda

dancing on the sound of the didgeridoo  


Stradbroke Island

Cylinder Beach

helicopter circling above the water

We heard the next day that the helicopter had located a shark, but it was not the dangerous kind

 Nous apprîmes le jour suivant que l’helicoptère qui faisait des cercles au dessus de l’eau avait repéré un requin, heureusement il n’était pas du type dangereux


West End (Brisbane)


Town of 1770 (Wanda’s file)

Great photos made with the I-phone. Looks like polaroïd photos