Timothy O and I decided to leave the city and join my parents on a little slow paced island over the weekend to celebrate my Dad’s birthday.
It was idyllic…. calm waters, blue skies, sunshine and lots of native wildlife.
We made camp on the sand dunes and swam all day.
I combed the foreshore looking for interesting sea treasure.
My Dad, sitting in the cool after swimming.
Soldier crab sand balls.
We also visited the Seaside Museum which was nearby and we learnt so much more about this tiny island that I never knew.
There was a very old and extensive specimen collection of local fish at the museum.
We also learnt about the reclusive artist Ian Fairweather. Fairweather is considered to be one of Australia’a greatest painters of all time. He used to live in amongst the Bribie Pines in an old hut on the island and paint…. Robert Hughes and Margaret Olley amongst others would make the journey up from Sydney to visit him and stay in his shack.
The following day we did more of the same… walked, swam and enjoyed the beach.
We found where Ian Fairweather’s shack used to be, in amongst the pines.
Then we finished off the day with some local fresh prawns.
Can’t wait to do it all again very soon.
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