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Fraser Island and Lady Musgrove Island revisited – Australia

January 7, 2014

December 2013 /January 2014

Back in Australia for Christmas and New Year‘s Eve

En Australie pour célébrer Noel et Nouvel An

Fraser Island

IMG_9532the wreck

IMG_9575Peter, Kinga and Wanda

1528518_10152094325519346_1635247027_nstranded car, we helped them out of the hole

IMG_1770Fraser Island, East coast


IMG_1786Peter, Wanda, Kinga, Paul

1551627_10152099160284346_923044517_nsame plus our pilot (he he he)

1525033_568185819939391_958751195_nGarawongera Lake, Fraser Island

525192_10152115817579346_1805941581_nEli Creek, Fraser Island





1526215_568200279937945_1693264801_nYoung dingo howling

IMG_9588East coast

1544612_10152099760094346_518129790_nLake Wabby, Fraser Island


IMG_1806Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

IMG_9584Happy Vallee, Fraser Island

IMG_9580Downtown Happy Vallee

Town of 1770 and surroundings

IMG_1838Agnes Water

IMG_1862Jenny Lind Creek and Bustard Bay

IMG_1872Bustard Head Light Station Museum


IMG_1887Coral See / Mer de Corail

IMG_1889-2Ships lining up for Gladstone harbor on the horizon

IMG_1852Peter sliding down the sand dune


IMG_1899Army of small crabs at Jenny Lind Creek

IMG_1907big crab

Lady Musgrove Island


IMG_1926Lady Musgrove lagoon

IMG_1916Lady Musgrove Island

1525628_10152115817969346_421068192_nPaul diving in the lagoon


IMG_9614Town of 1770

IMG_9617Glasshouse Mountains

From Cairns to Cape Tribulation

December 25, 2013

November 2013

Cairns est seulement à une heure d’avion de Port Moresby. On s’y rend parfois pour changer d’air. Cette fois ci Wanda m’y a rejoint depuis Brisbane. Sommes restés quelques jours, histoire de reconnaître la région, rendre visite à des amis et assister à un concert de Léonard Cohen…

It is only a one hour flight from Port Moresby to Cairns. We sometimes go there for a change of air. This time Wanda joined me from Brisbane. We spent a few days in the region, traveling around, visiting friends and attending a Leonard Cohen concert.

20131123_094900Cairns market / le marché

20131123_094917very colorful / très coloré

IMG_1387mouthing of the Daintree river / embouchure du fleuve Daintree




We did not see any. But they were there, somewhere, hiding from us.

On n’en a pas vu. Mais ils étaient la, cachés quelque part


The cassowaries (IPA: /,kæsɵwæri/) are ratites (flightless birds without a keel on their sternum bone) in the genus Casuarius native to the tropical forests of New Guinea, nearby islands, and northeastern Australia.[2] There are three extant species recognized today. The most common of these, the Southern Cassowary, is the third tallest and second heaviest living bird, smaller only than the ostrich and emu.

Cassowaries feed mainly on fruit, although all species are truly omnivorous and will take a range of other plant food including shoots, grass seeds, andfungi in addition to invertebrates and small vertebrates. Cassowaries are very shy, but when provoked they are capable of inflicting injuries to dogs and people, although fatalities are extremely rare.

470px-Jurong_Southern_Cassowary copyCassowary (photo courtesy Wipikedia)

IMG_1399Cape Tribulation

IMG_1404Noah Beach



IMG_1403a reminder, be carefull

IMG_1426Daintree rainforest

IMG_1432Cape Kimberley – dancing and protecting against the sandflies (a true invasion)

IMG_1434Cape Kimberley

IMG_1439crossing the Daintree River / traversée du fleuve Daintree

1459232_10152018873014346_1430990586_nPort Douglas, with Helene and Michael


IMG_1443Baron Falls revisited

IMG_1445-2Mer de Corail et environs de Cairns / Coral Sea and Cairns surroundings

IMG_1448With Grazyna and Andrzej, in their amazing garden



Leonard Cohen in Cairns20131126_202630Great concert, he gave everything he had (as usual) / Fabuleux concert, il a tout donné (comme toujours)


I know you don’t see much on the photo. Just trying to share the feeling /photo pas terrible, je sais. C’est juste pour donner one idée de l’ambiance


Year End in Brisbane – with Sebastian

January 6, 2013


West End Market

IMG_8602Under the gum treeSebastian, Wanda, Paul

154486_10151307929144346_747341504_n[2]relaxing at the market

16696_10151307928934346_1275565110_n[1]Some dodgy business going on at the edge of the market ?


528487_4924604510885_1941403199_n[1]Graffitti art 

IMG_8606Mount Coot-tha – Brisbane in background

Pre-Christmas Drinks at Birkalla Street

 IMG_0633[1] Bacia, Francisco, Wanda, Charliany, Paul             photo Daniel Santos

IMG_0632[1]the French lesson team


BBQ at Jacek’s

IMG_8608Marek, Gaby, Renata, Sebastian, Jacek and Wanda

IMG_8609the story of a beloved pair of trousers

IMG_8610serious discussions going on

Mount Tamborine

IMG_8616lunch at the Polish House


shot_1356845854308Paul and Wanda          photo Gaby Wheeler

397714_10151313186549346_1106453142_n[1]short walk in the rainforest

550905_10151313186504346_1414155131_n[1] - Copiemother and son


New Year’s Eve

IMG00087-20121231-2020 - CopieGaby and Wanda ready to dive into the new year

IMG00089-20130101-0129Happy New Year – Wanda and Margozata

Christmas on Moreton Island

January 2, 2013


Five days on Moreton Island, just of Brisbane (one hour and half with the ferry), together with Sebastian and our friends Gaby and Chris

Cinq jours sur l’île de Moreton, au large de Brisbane (une heure et demie en bac), en compagnie de Sebastien et de nos amies Gaby et Chris

sand manthe sand man / le bonhomme de sable

224895_10151314460374346_2084795307_n[1]releasing air off the tires / dégonflage des pneus


strandedstranded truck/ camion ensablé

03IMG_8533rescued / sauvé

Christmas Eve / Veille de Noël

04IMG_8536 - CopieGaby, Wanda, Sebastian, Chris and the Christmas tree

05IMG_8538 - Copiel’arbre de Noël au premier plan                 574939_10151314460319346_243166989_n[1] to the beach

???????????????????????????????On the beach, viewing the sunset /sur la plage, au coucher de soleil





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Christmas Day/Le jour de Noël  

16IMG_0589 - CopieYellow Patch, close to North Point

17IMG_0592 - CopieGlasshouse Mountains on the horizon

18IMG_0598Sebastian and Bruce, our old (and brave) Landrover

19IMG_8568 - Copiepicnic on the east coast, very hot

20IMG_8569 - Copiepique-nique improvisé, il fait bon chaud



528561_10151310804899346_1797739168_n[1]Reading on the terrass of our bungalow

Another Sunset

???????????????????????????????Un autre coucher de soleil

22IMG_8577mother and son / mère et fils



25IMG_8585 - Copie (2)Wanda, Gaby and Sebastian

Wanda’s I-phone photo file

249843_10151302676144346_1802027299_n[2]sunset on beach

528495_10151300305754346_441464538_n[2]Paul testing his new snorkling outfit at the Chrismas table

550509_10151300807784346_187834652_n[1]on the beach

603200_10151304465744346_1356027355_n[2]Storm on the way back home, from the ferry

Sebastians Files – The Bunker on the Beach







Tai’s Second Farewell

December 30, 2012


It is the second time that colleague Tai is leaving us. The first time was a year ago, when he still was in Houston. After only three months we  asked him to come and join us in Brisbane. We therefore wonder if this will really be the last time, there might be a ¨boomerang effect” bringing him back to us. So, as we say in French, ¨ce n’est qu’un au revoir

Morning Tea at the Office

Copie de IMG00070-20121206-1539

modest gifts including peanuts and signed boomerang

IMG00072-20121206-1540 - Copie

John, Paul, Tai, Sharon and Jarod 


John, Scott, Sharon, Tai, Paul and Jarod


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Scott, John, Linda, Richard, Tai, Wanda, Paul


P1040517 - Copie

Scott, John, Linda, Richard

Paëlla at Birkalla Street


the three cooks: Cris, Wanda and Gaby


Tai, Linda, John, Jarod, Sharon, Gaby and Cris

Lone Pine


Tai, unable to get rid of his peanuts

Noosa revisited with friends

November 25, 2012


Relaxing week end in Noosa together with the Santos family

With family Santos

Wanda, Charliany, Samuel, Daniel, Francisco

everybody happy

Noosa beach

feeling safe

1946 Ford Woody – on the street in Noosa

on the way back

back home, impressive thunder storm

Toowoomba, Darling Downs

November 11, 2012


Toowoomba – The Garden City

Toowoomba, 200km West of Brisbane and 600 meter high, overlooks the Darling Downs . It takes a 2 hours drive to get there.

View East from Picnic Point showing Table Top Mountain and Darling Downs – photo from unknown

Toowoomba is famous for its flowers. Several gardens and parks enhance the city landscape. A flower festival is held annualy in the spring, in the last week of September. We were there a month later, in October. The best was already gone but there still was a lot to see. I am personally not so ¨flower minded”, but for the fans this is a place not to miss.

in the Rose Garden

Wanda and the bottle tree, the young lad in the background insisted to be on the photo

Toowoomba – railway station/la gare

Southern Cross Museum                       photo Wanda Michalak

Spring Bluff Railway Station

Spring Bluff Railway Station today is a heritage listed site located on the main railway line between Ipswich and Toowoomba. Its significance stems from 145 years of railway history and the attraction of its beautiful landscaped gardens.

In the 1970’s, Queensland Rail introduced steam train excursions from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff in response to public interest in the prize winning gardens during Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers. Today diesel-hauled trains run twice daily during Carnival week from Toowoomba to Spring Bluff.

 from a postcard featuring a painting signed Dirk Blokland – 2007

Darling Downs

Darling Downs, with its rich volcanic black soil, produces 90% of Queensland’s wheat plus many other crops – photo from unknown

Brisbane Festival – Laser Show and Fire Works

October 12, 2012


Southbank Laser Show

                                        laser show photos: Wanda Michalak 

Fire Works

Before the start /avant le commencement         photo Wanda Michalak

                                                      photo: Wanda Michalak

                                                                    photo Jarod Lu

                                                                         photo Jarod Lu

                                                                         photo Jarod Lu

                                                                          photo Jarod Lu

John Kearney

Paul, Chris, Tai Mak 

                                                                       photo Jarod Lu

Whale Watching at Hervey Bay – La Saison des Baleines

October 5, 2012


Hervey Bay- 200km north of Brisbane – is touted as the “whale-watching capital of the world”. After fleeing the Antartic winter to mate and calve in the warmer waters off northeastern Australia, the humpback whales cruise into Hervey Bay’s sheltered waters for a few days before returning to the deep south. Humpback are showy acrobats, you’ll see them waving their pectoral fins, tail slapping, breaching or simply ¨blowing¨. Whales are curious creatures, and many will roll-up beside the whale watching boats with one eye clear of the water, making those on board wonder who’s watching whom (text rom the Lonely Planet guide)

typical whale watcher

whale spotters

It took a while, but we finally spotted a couple of whales, in this case a mother with her child

and then we spotted some more, thanks to our experienced captain/guide

Fraser Island (côte ouest) au loin

humpback whale

baleine curieuse / curious whale

baleine joueuse / playing whale

almost passed under our boat / est presque passée sous notre bateau

splashing whale

suddenly jumping just in front of the boat, fascinating – Wanda managed to capture the moment /sautant soudainement à quelques mètres du bateau, fascinant – Wanda parvient à capturer le moment avec sa camera

goodbye / au revoir

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is an acrobatic animal, often breaching and slapping the water. Males produce a complex song, which lasts for 10 to 20 minutes and is repeated for hours at a time. The purpose of the song is not yet clear, although it appears to have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. The species’ diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Due to overhunting, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a whaling moratorium was introduced in 1966. Stocks have since partially recovered; however, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution also remain concerns. There are at least 80,000 humpback whales worldwide. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, humpbacks are now sought by whale watchers, particularly off parts of Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.


From Rainbow Beach to Noosa

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach

with Bruce

Le canyon rouge

Noosa à l’horizon

arrivée à Noosa

July in Brisbane – Friends, Colleagues and Others

September 15, 2012

26-28/07 /2012

Juillet à Brisbane – Amis, collègues et autres

July is winter season in Australia. However, the winter in Brisbane  is very mild. It hardly rains -it is the dry season – and the temperature is usually around 18-20 degrees at day time. But the evenings and nights can be fresh, with temperatures as low as 8-9 degrees.  All in all not too bad.

Friends from Holland, Nelly Schaap and family,  visited us during  this period of time. They stayed a night at our place before heading North, direction Cairns, with a rented camper. They later reported cold nights on Fraser Island, their first stop. They however were thoroughly enjoying.

Our friend Christina Gomez came over from Melbourne for a long week end. She only had summer clothes with her. No problem at day time, but in the evening she had to borrow some of Wanda’s jackets. She however enjoyed the visit. Even so much that, a few weeks later, she sms’d us she had decided to move to Brisbane. She is one of these lucky people who can work from anywhere.

Birkalla Street – BBQ

Vivian, Nelly, Pieter, Christina, Rodin

Good meal, prepared by the Schaap family. I did not know the Dutch can prepare such good BBQ. They almost beat the Ossies…

Loan Pine

Christina and the kangaroo

mother with baby legs hanging out of the pouch 


Kookaburra – my favorite laughing bird

Kookaburras (genus Dacelo) are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. They are large to very large, with a total length of 28–42 cm (11–17 in). The name is a loanword from Wiradjuri guuguubarra, and is onomatopoeic of its call.

Kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter – good-natured, but rather hysterical, merriment in the case of the renowned Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae); and maniacal cackling in the case of the slightly smaller Blue-winged Kookaburra (D. leachii). They are generally not closely associated with water, and can be found in habitats ranging from humid forest to arid savanna, but also in suburban and residential areas near running water and where food can be searched for easily.

Stand Up Comedy Show

An evening at the comedy together with some friends and colleagues

General view of the venue

Me and Christina

Sharon, Jacob (colleague), his daughter and a friend

Colleague Chris Chang with his wife Fanny


Peter, Paul, John, Tai, Richard, Jarod – Brisbane Project Management Team