Nine months ago I moved from the close quarters of London to sprawling Brisbane surburbia, so it’s easy for me to appreciate the area I live in. Just today, I walked with my husband along the shore, holding hands in the sunlight as gentle waves lapped below, watching kids hunting for crabs in the rocks. Just today I said I feel so lucky to be here, to have this lifestyle at my doorstep, and while London was certainly a lot of fun, it feels right that this is home for me now.
I live a few minutes walk from Bramble Bay, in the north of Brisbane, Australia. Sunset is often a glorious time at the bay.
I’m told the sunrises are also amazing, but I’m not a morning person and have yet to manage being awake before dawn.
The bay is protected by Moreton Island, a large sand island 37kms long, so waves here are little more than the ripples caused by wind and tide. This is not a surfer’s beach, more a place to stroll and breathe and relax.
Shorncliffe Pier is a local historical landmark, opened in 1872, but recently closed due to safety concerns over marine borers weakening the old supports. There is a worry that the council will tear down this beautiful old pier and replace it with a concrete monstrosity, and as a result of the subsequent protest by locals, the talk from officials has been only of repair work, not replacement. But although an engineering report has been completed, no work is planned to commence for another year, so “Save the Pier” signs still adorn many front fences.
For a little piece of suburbia, we have great wildlife. Flocks of rainbow lorikeets are common, and in autumn they love eating the berries off the tree right outside my front door.
Ibis are also very common. Generally considered more of a pest than an attraction, as they’ll snatch food out of your hand as soon as look at you and you can imagine the mess they leave on your car, when they’re gliding overhead they’re a graceful sight.
Not all our wildlife is so photogenic. One summer day after a strong wind, our bay waters were filled with these little beauties.
Completely harmless, but why swim in water when you can walk on it!
Bringing it home, as we are in surburbia, these little creatures both torment and delight me every day.