Archives for 2011

Scrapbooking designs | Water Lilies and the Lotus Flower

Scrapbooking designs for the Water lily On a recent visit to Townsville City I visited the three botanical gardens. They were all so interesting. In particular the beautiful display of water lilies on the pond at Anderson Park caught my imagination. There are two ponds, one with both water lilies and the lotus flower, and […]

Magnetic Island a suburb of Tropical Townsville

The Magic of Magnetic Island During a recent visit to Townsville with my cousin, we decided to take the ferry (Sunferries) across to Magnetic Island (or Maggie Island as it is known to the locals), an enjoyable 20 minute trip across the water.  I hadn’t been to Magnetic Island for a number of years, so […]

Bird Watching-Blue-winged Kookaburra

The Blue Winged Kookaburra Bird watching has always been a passion over the years. These handsome Blue-winged Kookaburras fly in once or twice a year and perch on my rotary clothesline. They will sit very patiently with beady eyes watching the garden bed for any movement. Quick as a flash they dive down to the […]

The Palmetum | Townsville City | Australia

The Palmetum is the third garden in a triage of botanical gardens of Townsville City. It covers almost 17 hectares and opened in September 1988.  The Palmetum started as a garden specializing in palm varieties. It now has some 300 species with many rare species that are endangered in their natural habitat. The gardens also […]

Anderson Park Townsville City |Tropical Townsville Australia

Anderson Park a Botanical Garden of Townsville city Visiting the remaining two Botanical Gardens of Townsville city was next on the agenda, since we both enjoyed our stroll through  Queens Gardens. The Townsville weather is  glorious, it is such a pleasure to be outside. Firstly, we visited Anderson Park. We had picked up a complimentary […]

Queens Gardens Townsville City|Tropical Townsville

Queens Gardens a Botanical Garden of Townsville City Queens Gardens are one of the three botanical gardens of Townsville City. Queens Gardens are at the base of  Castle Hill in the suburb of North Ward. It is  only  five minutes from The Strand in Townsville city and the CBD area. It is a pleasant walk […]

The Strand Townsville|North Queensland|Australia

A delightful day on The Strand, Townsville After arriving in Townsville the previous day we had arranged to meet up with  friends on The Strand at the ‘C Bar’. This restaurant has a  great outdoor eating area with a wonderful view across the bay to  Magnetic Island (or Maggie Island as the locals call it).  As […]

Scrapbooking and Design Highlights for Travel Tokyo Japan

Scrapbook  and designs – Highlights Tokyo Japan The highlight for me in Tokyo Japan was our visit to the Asakusa Kannon Temple and the Kabuki theater in Ginza. There was no mistaking the huge red and black lantern at the entrance to the Asakusa Kannon Temple which I have seen so often in photographs. The […]

Scrapbooking and Scrapbook Design|Travel Tokyo Japan

Scrapbook design pages from my trip to Japan 2007 This page consists of a selection of scrapbook design pages taken from my trip to Japan in 2007. The tourist industry in Japan is well regulated and I found souvenirs of a good quality which were reasonable and comparable in  price throughout Japan. Along the way […]

Nikko-Lake Chuzenji & Kegon Waterfall|Tokyo Japan Travel

A Traditional Japanese Meal Lunch was a very late affair, but no one noticed, as we had all been so absorbed in the beauty at Toshogu Shrine. However this was a traditional Japanese meal, a simple meal, but served very attractively, with individual servings for each person in lacquered and porcelain bowls, and an iron […]

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