Picnics and Raby Bay.

I have lived by Brisbane’s Moreton Bay now for twenty five years. Previous to that, we moved around the country every three or four years to chase the big jobs – as in BIG. Putting roots down in Brisbane was never in the cards. 

The suburb we settled in enjoyed cooling breezes off the Bay which is a must to combat the summer humidity, and the local school had a swimming pool. Australia is a big island with most of the population dotted along the coast. Teaching kids to swim at an early age is not negotiable. Mine took to water like ducks.

A canal estate development and harbour were built from the reclaimed mangroves that lined the coast bordering my suburb. Raby Bay was filled with massive homes and shiny 4wheel drives and included tennis courts and private moorings. What was once known for its seagrass meadows, supporting the local dugong population, and roosting sites for migratory wading birds, was virtually demolished. I hated it, and to be honest, was peeved that the boats moored at their back doors were worth more than my house. No kidding : the brick letterboxes were worth more than my house.

It is interesting to note that in recent months the canal waters have become so clear that you can see all the rubbish sitting on the sand. Our enforced isolation  means that dolphins and turtles have been spotted frolicking in the waterways, and the seagrass is even growing back luring the dugongs.

I’ve enjoyed a few picnics by the water in recent days. On a clear day you can see across to both Moreton Island and North Stradbroke Island from Raby Bay. I’ve even thrown a line in. Thank goodness there was cheese and wine in the fridge at home.

Picnics in parkland by the water are one of the good things that I have taken from these weird times. It had been a long time since I last sat on a rug and did nothing but take in Nature.

Sometimes good things do come out of weird times.

12 thoughts on “Picnics and Raby Bay.

    1. Makes me angry too, Muri. There is another big development on the cards with 3600 units expected to jutt out onto the mangroves and into the koala corridor. I’m happy to question these things with letters to council etc but I’ve found that now I’m retired I’m merely looked at as an “an angry old woman”. That’s okay – there’s life in the ol’ gal yet.
      Have a beaut day, Muri….

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  1. Such a great message! I know the times are weird and scary, but sometimes it’s nice to remember the simple things in life! I’ve noticed people out playing with their kids in their yards every evening and it’s just so refreshing.

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  2. A pet peeve of mine is the perfectly ok houses, usually only built in the 60’s and 70’s, the ones with backyards, lawns and Hill’s Hoists, that are demolished to build huge McMansions that take up the whole section. Grrrrrr…. There is quite a lot of good come from the enforced isolation, families doing things together, less pollution, and a slowing down. But will it last once the lid is off?

    I liked the little glimpse of your past life May. I think you chose a good place to put down roots.

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    1. I’m with you about the McMansions. What particularly worries me here on the shoreline is that windows and doors are always closed as they depend on year round air conditioning. All year round I have windows open for fresh air. Who cares about dust? And I love to hear the waters at night….

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      1. For this climate you can’t beat the old Queenslander style with eaves and wrap around decks. I have doors and windows open in the heat, but must admit to shutting them these past few nights…

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  3. Living on the water can be great. We live in Florida on the Gulf Coast, and even though we are not directly on the water, we appreciate that we are close enough to enjoy it. We long ago learned to not be envious of others status or belongings, because we also learned that those people are usually carrying a ton of debt to live with their toys. It is easier to enjoy what the waterfront has to offer when you are enjoying it unencumbered by headaches and worry.

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    1. So very true, TES. When I was 18 for
      I tried to buy a block of land for $11 k on the coast but because of my age I needed a guarantor. My father refused on the basis that 1) rust and 2) the washing would blow off the line. 🙂
      No, not envious. Just amazed. They can’t all be drug or gun runners can they?

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