Hello or G’day in Australia

Come and look at my Latest Project – I have opened an e-shop at Zazzle.com and I can now put my photos and drawings on this site and if people like them, they buy them.

Pretty Cool hey!

Click on the Tote Bag below and it will take you to the shop.

Let me know what you think.
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by _Grandpa_Mike_


Jim (James) Matheson


Sometimes you meet people in your life that leave a mark. Jim Matheson was one of those rare people.

I first met Jim about 2 years ago (late 2014) at an aged care facility in Murgon, Queensland when I was visiting my mother in-law.

Jim was an interesting man, he told me a little of his past and after an hour long conversation, I knew that I would want to talk to Jim again on my next visit.

What I also discovered was that Jim didn’t mind having his photo taken, so the first photo of Jim was taken, the first photo of many, he liked that!

I had the photo printed and took it back to Jim on my next visit. I think he liked it . . .

Jim had a great sense of humor, very dry but funny. We usually had a good laugh during our conversations.

I lost count on the amount of visits Jim and I had, but they were always good. Good conversation and the odd photo here and there.

Jim enjoyed posing for me and having his photo taken, I was able to print off a lot of photos of Jim on the spot with a portable printer. He would walk around with the photos and show people!

Whenever we went to Murgon, I always tried to look up Jim.

Jim died in January 2017 . . . I was sad to hear of his passing . . . but I do have many fond memories of Jim and his dog Dutchess.

Jim, thank you for being a friend, I will miss your smiling face  . . .

I will share some of Jim’s photos here.













Suzi stays out after dark in Brisbane, Australia.

Brisbane is on the east coast of Australia and is located on the banks of the Brisbane River.

Brisbane has a population of 0ver 2 million people who come from various ethnic backgrounds.

The sign is correct, it’s Brisbane.
Brisbane City from Southbank.

The climate in Brisbane can be rather warm and humid of a summertime, but the rest of the year it is very comfortable.

We had stroll around Southbank and checked out some of the lights to be seen at night.

Wheel of Brisbane

The Wheel of Brisbane is “almost” 60 metres tall. It was opened in 2008.

You get a great view of the city and surrounding areas.

Victoria Bridge at Sunset


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The Brisbane River has a very good ferry service that runs frequently and is a must for locals and tourists to have a “ride” on.

Riverside Freeway and Casino behind the Freeway
From the overpass that leads onto Victoria Bridge facing South

If you are into fine food there are heaps of great places on South Bank to eat. There is a train, bus and Taxi service there and it’s an easy walk accross the Victoria Bridge from the city.


Plenty of parking and the theme at South Bank is changed often.

Its close to the GOMA, SL and Art Gallery.

Brisbane lights

There is a Mall that runs through the centre of the city shopping area – the Mall is called the Queen Street Mall.

Talking of royalty – all the streets named after Kings run in one direction and all the streets named after Queens, run over the “king” streets, so its easy to find your way around.

Bus Stop at the southern end of Victoria Bridge at South Bank
Yes, you got it, thats Brisbane at night!

Hope you have enjoyed looking at my photos and reading a little about beautiful Brisbane.

Suzi, says “Good Night” and enjoy South Bank and surroundings!


Should Suzi go to the GOMA?

The Brisbane GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art) has it’s 10th birthday this month . . . wow it doesn’t seem that long ago that it was opened.

It’s one of my favorite galleries around the world, and I have seen a few.


The exhibits at the GOMA are extremely interesting and would be enjoyed by people of all ages.

The exhibits are changed every few months, so watch the internet for what is on currently.

As you can imagine, the daytime temperature in Brisbane can be very humid – but the GOMA has a very comfortable air conditioned building with viewing areas and eating facilities.

There are areas where you can sit and take in all that’s around you.

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Come see the Gallery and the People

What I find very interesting, is how the artists ‘dream’ up the artwork and then execute the artwork, to get art that is very individual for each person seeing it.

What absolutely creative minds they have (the artists)!

To see peoples reaction to the artwork is in it’s self very interesting.

Often, the GOMA has art that the public can get ‘involved’ in as well and that adds to the enjoyment of the visit.

So . . . should Suzi go to the GOMA?

Definitely . . . if you have never been before, then go and have a look . . . . it’s on the South Bank side on Brisbane City.

There is parking close by and if you dont mind a 10 minute work, then the King George Parking Station is good value on weekends, it’s about the cheapest around – was $5 on weekends – check what it is before you park there.

Next door to the GOMA is the SL (State Library) and also the Art Gallery.

If you have been before – then come again and visit.

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Suzi meets Northern NSW, Australia

This is Suzi . . .

We, that is Suzi, Rose and I went on a drive to Northern NSW.

We drove from Tyalgum all the way through to Bangalow.

Bangalow is about 170k’s south of Brisbane.


Bangalow is a smallish town with roots that go back to the 1840’s. In those days it was used by timber loggers as a camp.

Bangalow today is much more than a camp for loggers. Its main street is lined with modern cafes and boutique-shops.

And if you are into Organic Produce and food, this is the place to come and try them.


Its a busy town, with lots of great Cafes where you can eat the nicest of nice food.

If you are into shopping, there are Dress Shops, new and used dress shops everywhere!

Lots of Arty type shops as well, with all manner of local arts and crafts.

And there is a market behind the mainstreet that runs as per this calender.


Its not too far away from Byron Bay, which has lots of accomdation and I’m sure that if you checked the local accomdation business’s that they would be able to help.

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Where to from here?

A photo a day keeps the doctor away . . . No that’s not it . . . A photo a day keeps us interested . . . 

But, Suzi goes on adventures in all sorts of places.

So Suzi, Rose and I are getting our “stuff” together and soon you will get to meet us all.

As they say in the movies, I think . . . “Watch this space”