Happy New Year 2016

Happy New Year 2016.

December brought all sorts of interesting happenings and events: international Tag teams filled Mooloolaba for almost a week; a visit from the cruise ship “The Pacific Eden” created interest mooring just out in front of Northwind with all the busy-ness of tenders transporting travellers to and from the ship; the annual Christmas Boat Parade with fantastically lit up boats of all sizes parading along the canals; and the Annual Tinnie Rally, organised by the Mooloolaba Yacht Club, where people in small boats (tinnies, inflatables, runabouts)  motor around the canals following clues and reaching checkpoints on a Sunday afternoon.

We have been enjoying evening walks and have been fascinated by the way some trees are shedding their bark and revealing the new bark beneath. We have also had perfect evenings and one particularly memorable sight was a lone tinny motoring gently along Tuckers Creek while we were admiring the view from Tucker Creek Bridge at sunset.

One of Mooloolaba’s best known restaurants has had a face lift: Karma Waters has a fresh new look. Kelly, the restaurant supervisor loves the new look, which includes the inside décor as well as new tables and seating outdoors. She syay the family feel of the restaurant is as strong as ever and importantly, the favourites are still on the menu. The most popular evening meal is the Trinchado, a spicy, braised beef dish of South African/ Portuguese origins.

Body and Spirit is a New Age shop with crystals, essential oils, candles. incense, meditation and relaxation CDs. Owner and massage therapist, Leesa Hoffmann believes it is important to have well qualified staff for the remedial massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki/energy balance, crystal healing and ear candling therapies on offer. Private Health rebates are available.

A colourful pantomime , Robin Hood, will be stages at the Buderim Memorial Hall on the weekends from 8th January until 24th January. The Indee Theatre usually performs at its home base in Palmwoods but for this summer show they will be in the air-conditioned comfort of the Buderim Memorial Hall. The show is a laughing, singing adventure and features Bad King John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, Maid Marion, Robin Hood and all his Merry Men. There’s free popcorn for all the children and parents can take their own drinks and nibbles. Tickets are $15 each for all ages or $50 for four.

The Yachtie, on Parkyn Avenue, sends us regular updates about the entertainment they have planned. They have a tribute show ACCA DACCA performing on 15th January. This promises to be popular.

The Ginger Flower and Food Festival is on 22nd, 23rd and 24th January at the Ginger Factory, Yandina. The festival celebrates all aspects of this amazing plant with free admission, Kitchen Masters, garden experts, floral displays and live entertainment in a great place for the whole family to enjoy.

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