A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.
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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Time out.

Because of a whole lot of other stuff going on, we’ve had to put this blog on hold, with no new posts for a while. But if you’re curious about Lamb Island, you’ll probably find plenty of interest here anyway.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Where Lamb Island dogs can have a ball. Eventually.

This is a corner of Lamb Island’s ‘recreation precinct’ that features a children’s playground, a public tennis court, a sports field, and most important of all, an area for chasing a ball when the dopey human stops fiddling with his camera and gets around to throwing the damn thing.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Aloha, sailor.

I don’t know if this old boat, beside an appropriately old jetty on Lamb Island, is what sailors call a ‘lugger’, but that’s how I think of it. And I’ve been thinking too that when its owner gets it restored, I’ll be the first to sign-on as a crew member for its trip to some little South Pacific island. Except then I remember that, technically, I’m already on a little South Pacific island.

Monday, February 05, 2018

For some reason I thought of an aunt I once had.

Maybe you’ve gotta be a certain age to remember the clichéd Three Ducks Flying Up The Wall in suburban living rooms (including that of my Aunt Daphne) back in the whenever, but these yachts passing by out from our house reminded me of them, especially given the progression in sizes.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Home-delivered.

This is Darren, our Woolworths man, waiting for his barge after dropping off everyone’s goodies. He comes on Thursdays, delivering our on-line orders, and it’s a great option for Lamb Islanders.

Thursday, January 04, 2018

High tide, as predicted.

I recycled a post about Lamb Island’s old heritage-listed jetty and shed back in November, but what makes the above shot worth posting is the height of today’s king tide, more or less exactly at the level that the original builders determined the jetty would have to sit above.

Monday, January 01, 2018

Here comes a new year.

As a reward for living out here on the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, we see stuff like the above New Year dawn (if we get up early enough), shot this very morning by local photographer Dave Evans.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The frangipani opens up to kiss the salty air.

Actually, the above post title isn’t my own work. It’s a line from Doug Ashdown’s exquisitely wistful song ‘Leave Love Enough Alone’ aka ‘Winter In America’ from back in the 1970s. But it works kinda nicely for this shot over the top of a frangipani tree just below our deck. 

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Another perfect day in paradise.

As in literally another day. Today, and for the last few days, the Southern Moreton Bay Islands, like the rest of South-East Queensland, have been copping a fair amount of rain. The above shot is from Lamb Island towards Macleay Island, and reflects the kind of weather we prefer.

Friday, November 17, 2017

So near, and yet (according to bureaucracy) so far.

As of last week, some bureaucrats somewhere have officially classified our four Southern Moreton Bay Islands (Lamb, Macleay, Russell, Karragarra) as ‘remote’. Of course, many of us choose to live here because the bay waters give us a certain desirable remoteness from what passes as the oxymoron ‘Australian civilisation’ these days, but I wouldn’t have thought being only six kilometres from mainland Australia and less than forty kilometres from Brisbane’s GPO seriously qualified as actually ‘remote’ (see below for the real perspective rather than the confected silliness above).

Mind you, some islanders think this classification is great news, because it means that our local council and other organisations can now grovel for government grants of between twenty grand and ten million bucks from something called the ‘Building Better Regions Fund’ to support ‘projects which involve the construction of new infrastructure, or the upgrade or extension of existing infrastructure that provide [sic] economic and social benefits’. The catch is that the fund only provides some of a project’s cost.

Okay, so I can’t speak for the other three islands, but Lamb Island definitely doesn’t need, say, a freeway, or any other major infrastructure. Although maybe spending a few government bucks on a map for the bureaucrats could be a good investment, because it seems like they haven’t really got the remotest idea of where we are or what we’re about.