Archive for January, 2012

Cockroach Races

January 26, 2012

26/01/2012

Cockroach Races / Courses de cafards

Traditionnaly organized on Australia Day at the Brisbane Story Bridge hotel . This is the 31st edition.

Organisé chaque année depuis maintenant 31 ans au Story Bridge Hotel à Brisbane, le jour de la fête nationale (Australia Day).

40 cockroaches participate to each race. The first one who gets out of the circle is the winner. There are in total  14 races. Each cockroach has got a supporter

40 cafards participent à la course. Le premier qui sort du cercle est le vainqeur. Il y a au total 14 courses. Chaque cafard a un supporter

bagpipes before the race / cornemuse avant la course

the start / le départ

no 2 and 10

Believe it or not, Wanda’s cockroach was third /  incroyable mais vrais, le cafard de Wanda a terminé en 3ème position

the 3 winners of the first race / les 3 gagnants de la premiere course 

happy

Fanda & Koalina

Paul and Tai Mak

John (Kearney) and Wanda

John also won a 3rd place,  in the fith race / John a également atteint une 3ème place, dans la cinquième course

Wanda, John, Linda, Tai, Karolyna + others who spontaneously joined us for the photo

Fanda & Koalina

Paella Party

January 26, 2012

25/01/2012

Karolyna’sFarewell Dinner

Soiree paella a l’occasion de depart de Karolyna (Koalina)

Koalina preparing the paella 

This is the first paella she ever made. It was a complete success, tasteful and delicious. Already just because of that, we shall be missing her

Sa premiere paella. Succes total. Deja rien qu’a cause de cela, elle va vraiment nous manquer    

Koalina and Fanda

deliciosa

Vivika, Patricia, Francisco, Wanda, Bacia, Karolyna, Chris, Charliany, Samual and Daniel

Vivika, Patricia, Francisco, Wanda, Bacia, Paul, Karolyna, Charliany, Samual and Daniel

Celebrating the Chinese New Year

January 26, 2012

23/01/2012

Celebrating the Chinese New Year at John and Linda’s place with other colleagues from my work

Celebration du Nouvel-An Chinois avec des collegues de travail

vue depuis la fenetre

Sunshine Coast and Glass House Mountains

January 26, 2012

20-21/01/2012

Revisiting the Sunshine Coast and the Hinterland.

Nouvelle viree vers la Sunshine Coast et son arriere pays, avec Wanda et Caroline. Sur la cote Pacifique, a une heure et demie de voiture, au nord de Brisbane.

Peregian Beach

Wanda and Karolyna (background)

Caolina and Fanda

 Glass House Mountains

them again

Anniversary

January 26, 2012

19/01/2012

16th year wedding anniversary. Getting on

16 ans de mariage. Ca avance

the official photo / la photo officielle

Tamborine Revisited

January 26, 2012

Wanda and Karolyna preparing for a horse ride 

Spirit of the Horses

January 26, 2012

14/01/2012

Saw the show “Spirit of the Horse” at the Village Roadshow Themes Park in Gold Coast.  Fully dedicated to the horse. Excellent and spectacular. And absolutely not kitsh as I was afraid of at the beginning. Highly recommended.

Karolyna, Paul and Wanda (aka Annie Oakley)

Sommes alles voir le spectacle “Spirit of the Horse” (Esprit du Cheval) entierement dedie au cheval. Excellent et spectaculaire. Et pas du tout kitsh comme je le craignais au depart. Hautement recommande.

Paul the cowboy

Monster, Thomas, Gregory, Gavin & Gary

Celebrating New Year’s Eve

January 8, 2012

31/12/2011

Animated New Year’s Eve party the old Polish traditional way. A lot of dancing and a lot of vodka. Full treat, including smoke alarm going off at midnight, thanks to the crackers….

Karolyna, Bacia, Wanda

Jean-Marc, Paul

Wanda and Bacia

Chris, Wanda, Bacia, Karolyna

Fraser Island revisited

January 8, 2012

27-30/12/2011

L’île de Fraser revisitée

Four days trip to Fraser Island together with Karolyna and Jean-Marc

Quatre jours sur l’île Fraser, avec Karolyna et Jean-Marc

 75 miles beach (East Coast) 

The region’s Aborigines call it K’Gari (paradise). Sculpted from wind, sand and surf, the striking blue freshwater lakes, crystaline creeks, giant dunes and lush rainforests of this gigantic sandbar form an enigmatic island paradise unlike any other in the world. Created over hundreds of thousands of years from sand drifting off the east coast of mainland Australia, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world (measuring 120km by 15km) and the only place where rainforest grows on sand.

Les aborigènes de la région nomment l’ìle K’Gari (/paradis). Sculptés par le vent et le sable, les lacs d’un bleu marqué, les rivières cristallines, les dunes géantes et les forêts tropicales de cette gigantesque langue de sable forment une île paradisiaque enigmatique, différente de toute autre île au monde. Créee aux cours de centaines de milliers d’années par le sable soufflé depuis la côte est australienne, l’île de Fraser est la plus grande île de sable au monde (mesurant 120km de long et 15km de large) et le seul endroit ou la forêt tropicale pousse sur le sable.  

Karolyna, Jean-Marc and Wanda

Indian Head (background) – Karolyna and the bottle of champagne (on the ground)

Champagne Pools – Wanda, Paul, Karolyna 

Jean-Marc, Karolyna, Wanda 

with the bubbles…/ avec la mousse et les bulles

young dingo / jeune dingo

dingo on the beach / dingo sur la plage          photo: unknown

Central Station – the forest

Central Station – Creek

This forest burnt a month ago – note the white encalyptus in the middle of the calcinated trees 

Un incendie a éclaté il y a un mois dans cette forêt. Notez l’Eucalyptus blanc au milieu des arbres calcinés

Wanda managed to wound her foot (after having already broken 2 little toes the previous month). After this she could hardly walk for 2 days. Luckily this time nothing was broken.

lézard géant

Harvey Bay (West coast) with Big Woody Island in the background

Lake Wabby seen from above

Lake Mc Kenzie

Karolyna and Wanda

Lake McKenzy

 

75 miles beach

Our car while it was still running (broke down the last day, on the way back)

Notre véhicule alors qu’il fonctionnait encore (a rendu l’âme le dernier jour, au retour)

 

Magic Sunset – Coucher de soleil magique

Visiting the Brisbane Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

January 8, 2012

Yayoi Kusama: Look Now, See Forever

Recent works from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama

The obliteration room

The obliteration Room is the artist’s popular interactive project, in which visitors take on the role of artists, filling a white room with multicoloured polka dots 

Yayoi Kusama – self portrait