Remote office

I’m trying to progressively spend more time away from the office and work from the island. It’s not particularly convenient at the moment since I don’t have much in the way of a home office but I’ll see how it goes. I’m heading over to the island for the next few days.
I had to get some supplies in the morning which involved driving to the northern end of the bay. By lunch time Cutty needed a break and we stopped off at a little park on the bay.


Days like today are too nice to be wasted sitting in an office.

Busy week

The past week has been one of those really hectic weeks. I had to fly to Sydney for the day and as I was heading back over the bay and into Brisbane airport I tried to get a photo of the island. It’s a really bad photo but it was as good as I could get. Blame it on the atmosphere.


G20 goodbye

It’s the G20 weekend in Brisbane and fortunately I’ve managed to escape most of the inconvenience caused by it. So over to the island I go. On the way over I had a bit of time up my sleeve and took a side street in Redland Bay where the barge leaves for the island. I like to have a look around the area for house and garden design ideas. Having grown up in Sydney and seen how sleepy little suburbs transformed into fashionable and expensive enclaves as the population grew, I can’t help but think that this suburb is an undiscovered gem. It looks like the secret is out, but not entirely and it might take another 10 years to reach its potential. The island might be another 10 years behind it.
I snapped a few photos of quaint beach houses which overlook the bay to the island. It’s becoming rare to find large blocks by the water.




As usual my visit to the island was a mad rush for a day and a half. I do manage to get a bit of work done each visit. My garden bed is finished and I planted a few different vegetables including:
Chilli (4 varieties);
Sage; and


I also put some ceiling fans in the shack for summer. It was 35 degrees today and fortunately the bay breeze keeps it tolerable. The ceiling fans will be a welcome improvement on those still, humid summer nights.

Next weekend I’ll get some more plants in. I’m also getting some edging in to separate the pebbles from the lawn. The plan is to have grass by Christmas and hopefully a food producing garden.

Flying visit

This past week has been a blur. I did manage to get to the Island on Sunday for a few hours. I was only going to be on the island for a few hours and then catch the last barge back to the mainland at 6.20pm.
It was a particularly hot day on Sunday and as the barge pulled into one of the neighbouring islands the local kids were making the most of the water. Much like my level of stress at the moment, the tide was unusually high.


After what seemed like only a few hours working on the island I was racing back down to meet the barge for the trip back to the rat race. I couldn’t find my car keys and as a result didn’t make it to the barge until 6.22pm. Fortunately the barge skipper waited a couple of minutes for me. What a nice bloke!

On the way back to the mainland I caught a photo of the same jetty shed with a beautiful sunset. This time at low tide. After a bit of island time and despite the rush to catch the barge, my level of stress seemed to be in sync with the tide.