July newsletter 2014
June brought a mixed bag of weather here in Mooloolaba and those of us who have acclimatized were moaning about the cold! We really do have to toughen up! The whales are back and are really putting on a show for those on whale watching cruises, the Sail Mooloolaba regatta has had a variety of events in the bay and on the canals and the Mooloolaba Bowls Club has hosted many tournaments as part of the Sunshine Coast Bowls Bonanza.
Northwind was the sponsor of the Mooloolaba Mixed Pairs. Teams from Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Brisbane and Wanganui (NZ) took part and the winners were Ron Spencer and Jacky Williams from Mooloolaba. We enjoyed the opportunity to attend the presentations at the fabulous bowls facility .
The Sunshine Coast Choral Society will be presenting a wonderful concert on the 3rd August. The choir is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a concert that reflects the music performed over the past twenty years including works by Bach, Mozart, Handel, Lloyd-Webber, Gilbert and Sullivan, and Puccini. The four soloists are soprano Anita Parakh-Morgan, mezzo-soprano Sarah Court, tenor Nick Kirkup and bass Brett Holland. Pianist Natasha Koch will accompany the choir for the first part of the programme and for the latter part the choir will be accompanied by the Choral Society Orchestra. The concert is at the Lake Kawana Community Centre and for information and tickets call 07 5444 3899
A recent arrival in Mooloolaba is the ketch ‘Spray of the Coral Coast’. This elegant sailing vessel was sailed to Mooloolaba by owner Diane Barrington and her crew in 2013 for repairs after the Bundaberg flood of January 2013.
The ‘Spray’ as her owners affectionately call her is the oldest yacht of her kind in Australia, and is a fascinating part of Australia’s maritime history. She is available for weddings, corporate events, memorials, fashion shoots and television.
‘Sizzle’ is a womens clothing shop right next door to ‘Blue Illusion’. It is one of the Rodney Clark stores but for some reason is called ‘Sizzle’. They stock a good range of shirts in natural fibres and a range of shorts, capris and long pants to suit all shapes and sizes. Briony, Nicole and Susan are all very knowledgable about sizes and styles to suit and each also has a good eye for accessorising.
We have been working on exploring more of the parks and reserves around the Sunshine Coast. On an overcast Sunday afternoon we decided to go the Buderim Falls, also known as ‘Serenity Falls’, in the Buderim Forest Park. After a ten minute drive we parked at the Quorn Close entry and after viewing the Falls made our way along Martin’s creek which cascades over slabs of basalt, to the Harry’s Lane entry, There is a boardwalk at the lower end which makes the subtropical rainforest readily accessible. There are fascinating fungi, ferns, palms, Moreton Bay figs and eucalypts to wonder at and all the while birds can be heard, if not seen. We have a post about our time in the Buderim Forest Park on our website.
Lot 104 Espresso and wine bar has recently changed hands. Manager Aris Pafenio and his team have made a few changes to the menu and they have daily specials for the cake and coffee aficionado that are well worth a visit. The pork belly on the dinner menu is quite tasty, as well.