We have a new toy. Actually it is more than a toy, for me it is a brilliant piece of technology. She talks to me, keeps me on track and even beeps at me if I exceed the speed limit and what’s more, warns me of fixed speed cameras. Brilliant, a GPS system, I will never get lost on car journeys again…
Yesterday we tried it out on a car journey to Ocean Shores to meet Sue and Norm who we will be house sitting for in September.
We cruised along, under the speed limit, in complete confidence that at least the GPS knew where our destination was. I didn’t even look it up on Google maps before we left home. In 45 minutes the smug voice announced “You have reached your destination”.
Now I will “never walk alone”….
After a cup of tea and a pleasant hour meeting the pets, Mitch, a very well behaved rescue dog, and Rainy and Lenny, 2 cream coated Burmese brothers. We left and will be looking forward to coming back in September.
What a view. This is from the “Lion’s Lookout” and down below is the small township of Ocean Shores, snuggled into the bush. I’ll look forward to dog walks all around this area.
In the opposite direction I can see the Mount Warning range. But look at those yellow flowers, glowing in the sun and I spot small birds flitting among the blossom. I slowly inch forward camera at the ready. They move so fast and they are almost camouflaged among the flowers.
They are the scaly breasted lorikeet gorging on the nectar. I have read in Google that this area is renowned for bird life. More to look forward too.
Time to move on and with confidence I reprogram the GPS to Brunswick Heads, only 10 minutes down the road.
Gathering information brochures of the area from the information office we wander round this traditional seaside village Timber bridges link the riverside to a safe, quiet beach at the mouth of the Brunswick River and to the surf beach that spans the coastline.
Lunch is our first priority and there are plenty of options, but we choose Park Street pasta bar offering alfresco dining, set in a cool, hip, relaxed family-friendly atmosphere.
This town has an alternative lifestyle vibe. The locals are relaxed and many have their dogs with them. The dogs lay under the tables and wait patiently for their owners. I make a mental note that I will be able to bring Mitch, the dog, here with me.
Here is a gallery of things I saw on my browse around Brunswick Heads.
Canoes for hire
These 2 are enjoying a swim
People having picnics along the river bank
Children’s playground being well used
2 corellas watch from their nesting hole in the tree.
After walking along the river bank we go back into the shopping area.
Now this is a bright and breezy welcome.
The architecture is old world style and has a friendly welcoming feel. This looks like Another place to try…
There are a number of op shops, antique and boutique places to potter through.
This artistic layout caught my eye, very “olde worlde” which matched the display of retro clothes inside.
Look at the shadows…
Now this gate would suit our garden…
It was an interesting day with a promise of more to come in September.
But now it was pressing the “favourite” tab on the GPS and we drove stress free home…
Here’s my weekend walk with Jo and her cyber walking group. Also link (a bit tongue in cheek) to Ailsa and her theme of “toys” this week.