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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Friday, April 07, 2017

Daybreak on the bay. And a break on this blog too.

Lamblog is taking a break for a while, not that it probably matters all that much given that the blog isn’t actually a narrative of any kind. We’ll be back at some stage, but for now, if you’ve landed here because of some interest in aspects of life on Lamb Island, you’ll find plenty of stuff to inform you.

(If you have any questions about the island, we’ll still be responding to messages sent via the email gizmo near the bottom of the right-hand column. It may just take a few days, that’s all.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

One view from out here.

When our Southern Moreton Bay Islands – Macleay, Karragarra, Russell and Lamb – were first subdivided for residential living, many of the people who came to live here were to some extent ‘pioneering’ – and consequently doing it kinda tough in terms of infrastructure and services. Up to four decades later, some people on the nearby mainland (who’ve probably never actually been out here) still think of the islands as some kind of underprivileged third-world place to live. Recent negative comments by one such uninformed mainlander precipitated an online response elsewhere from one islander, writing not just about Macleay Island where she lives, but encompassing features of all four islands:

“Speak to islanders who know from experience of living here. I’ve been here for twenty-five years and adore the island and its residents. Everyone that I’ve experienced is friendly, caring and helpful. In our community we all wave to each other and call each other on first name basis. We have educated, caring, hardworking, honest, house-proud residents here. There is so much to do. We have blue care, a men’s shed, over 70s social group, bloomers social group, karate, gym, fitness club, walking groups, dancing, golf, lawn bowls, karaoke, boat club, canoe racing, dragon boat racing, kayak hire, swimming, a belly dancing group, table tennis, art group, craft group, gardening groups. We also have licensed clubs and a pub (all with great entertainment), coffee shops, restaurant, pizza delivery services, Chinese restaurant, fish ’n’ chip eatery, Japanese cuisine, two bakeries, three supermarkets, bank branches, chemists, gift shop, hairdressers, massage therapists, doctors, dentist, vet, wildlife carers, denture specialists, pathology, podiatry, physiotherapy, acupuncture, naturopaths, domestic violence support, meditation, yoga, tai chi, bridge, bingo, darts, ukulele group, choir, library, markets, Lions club, SES, resident police, paramedics complete with 24-hour ambulance boat and emergency chopper access, taxi services, child care, preschool, primary schools, church groups, drama groups, amazing artists and talented musicians, conservation groups, youth groups, community services, an op shop, real estate agents, post offices, hardware, tool hire service, organic farm, garden nursery, weekend market, and much more. A trip to the mainland takes as little as twenty minutes, so we are far from isolated. Our elderly have community transport to take them to mainland medical appointments, and we have co-ordinated bus services at the mainland marina. Our island services are improving all the time.” 

The above is only part of her rather extensive response, and I’ve taken the liberty of editing it slightly to post here, but I think it presents a fairly comprehensive list of what our islands now have to offer.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Oarsome.

Another drone’s-eye-view, this time someone rowing past some Lamb Island mangroves at high tide.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

A guide to shopping on Lamb Island.

Here at Lamblog Central we were once asked, by the teenage daughter of some people who were intending to visit the island, whether our mall would be worth checking out. In a word, no. Above is our entire local ‘retail experience’, the Lamb Island Convenience Store, aka ‘the kiosk’. It’s run by a nice couple, Chris and Eka, and it supplies us Lamb Islanders with basics like milk, bread, groceries, fruit and vegetables, etc. It’s also a popular place for locals to catch up over coffee and snacks. Its premises started out life as a fairly ordinary little dwelling that was adapted as a shop, and although it’s kinda pokey inside, that’s part of its charm. And okay, it’ll never threaten the major supermarkets in terms of price or range, but it works for us. Even without a teen fashions department.

Friday, March 03, 2017

One degree of separation.

Specifically, the six kilometres of Moreton Bay water between us and the Australian mainland. It’s the perfect degree of separation to give those of us who live here the best of two worlds – a peaceful and quiet lifestyle, but ready access to the mainland when it’s desirable. Above, looking out towards the mainland from Lamb Island, past Karragarra Island on the left and Macleay Island on the right.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

A drone’s eye view of Lamb Island.

This is Lamb Island from a slightly different angle/elevation to the aerial image that heads up this blog, and shot on a wider lens, from a drone. It was taken by a guy named Travis Place, and in return for my using it here, I’ll give him a bit of a plug: Travis lives on Russell Island, where he runs a web-hosting, computer-servicing, photograph-taking, etc-and-more business you can check out here.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Light and shade, green and blue.

Just a quickie to keep the blog ticking over. Around six yesterday evening, sunlight lit just one side of this Ironbark trunk (about half-a-metre diameter). With, like much of Lamb Island, a bay background.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Pulling the plug on the rest of the world.

In a physical sense, I pulled the plug on what passes for contemporary ‘society’ by moving out here to Lamb Island, and never regretted it. I was rewarded with a low-key natural-ish environment instead of big-city ugliness, bay surroundings and trees instead of concrete and steel, peace and quiet instead of traffic and noise, laidback living instead of aggressive hustle-and-bustle, and a presence of my own choosing in a small casually friendly community instead of urban/suburban anonymity and/or angst.

Just on six kilometres as the crow flies from the mainland, this is another world. Okay, my partner and I still have to visit the mainland at times (although less frequently since Woolworths started home-delivering online orders here), but those mainland visits are a trade-off we can live with, even if it’s a culture shock to be reminded of the so-called ‘real world’ before we scurry back to our sanctuary where we can relax again, relatively insulated from an increasingly disappointing zeitgeist.

So by and large, our life’s pretty good out here. Except for one thing: television. Ironically, it was telecommunications that made it possible for us to live out here and work from home via the internet, but television’s a whole other story. By turning the television on, we bring the outside world into our living room to remind us of most of the crap we’re trying to ignore, and that brings us down.

But hey, the bay’s out there, a major factor in how we’ve been able to keep the world, um, at bay. And despite my environmental principles, I’m thinking it’s the perfect place for our television set.

Monday, February 13, 2017

There is a tide in the affairs of egrets, too.

Most days, we’ll see an Eastern Great Egret wading/feeding in the low tide shallows below our house (and no, I don’t know if it’s the same bird each time or not). And occasionally, there’ll be one here or there on the island, fossicking in people’s gardens. But yesterday was the first time I’ve seen an egret perched up in a tree, in this case around ten metres above our waterfront. The tide was still only at mid-ebb, so maybe it was a case of being early and having to wait for its table reservation.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

On the inside looking out.

I haven’t been out-and-about lately to get new stuff for posts about the wider aspects of Lamb Island, mainly because I’ve been busy inside the house. So until I get out again, here’s a shot from inside.