You know when you have these awesome plans for a long weekend and then, well.. it just doesn’t work? I may have come across that scenario on the weekend.
We had a long weekend in here in Queensland. This was for Labour Day, which falls on the first Monday in May. This holiday has been moved around over the years – it was moved to the first Monday in October a few years ago but people complained – as they do, so it was moved back to the first Monday in May. We still have the first Monday in October off but it is now Queen’s Birthday – which use to be in June.
Honestly, I could write a whole blog post about the public holidays here in Australia and just how stupid some of the decisions are but I won’t – most likely because it would be one boring as blog post!
Anyhoo, I have digressed.
It was a three-day weekend here and of course people like to do stuff, and now that I have a car I am no different. Except…
I had to work on Saturday – admittedly only for 4 hours but it cut into the day, so I went to visit some family on the other side of the city to me and of course got caught in a traffic jam on the motorway. I say “of course” because on the Friday night I did a nice thing – remind me not to do nice things in the future – and took my friend home. On a good day it is about 45 minutes from work to where my friend lives but of course neither of us remembered until half way into the trip, that it was the Friday afternoon before a long weekend and my friend lives on the way to the Sunshine Coast, which is a prime long weekend destination.
The drive took about an hour & half. Oh and I should note that I live about 10 minutes away from work.
Then on the Saturday it should have taken me about 25 minutes to get to my niece’s house from work.. it took over 45 minutes. I hung around there for a couple hours before heading home. On my way I decided to detour to the Kangaroo Point cliffs – which offer a stunning view of Brisbane City. I also managed to time my visit with the sun going down – it wasn’t a great sunset but the changing light over the city was pretty cool.
On Sunday I was planning to do a day trip out west but woke up feeling less that ordinary so decided to have the day at home instead and actually tidied my house. It was very fulfilling – well not really but I also watched a few movies. I ended up having a ‘Chris-tival’ – which is a festival of Chris’s because I watched a movie with Chris Pratt and then followed up with Star Trek with Chris Pine, with a cameo from Chris Hemsworth thrown in. Because I watched all the Star Trek movies I didn’t get time to watch anything with Chris Evans but he was definitely on my mind 😉
So Monday came and I ummed and ahhed about doing anything – truth be told, I didn’t really feel like it but thought I should actually get out of the house – you know, since I have a car and all. So I did and I headed west. The plan was to drive to Warwick, which is about a 2 hour drive from my house. And that’s about what it took but it honestly felt like so much longer.
I didn’t actually end up at Warwick, I got sidetracked at this cute little town called Yangan. I was actually on the look out for some autumn colours but of course Queensland is not an ‘autumny’ kind of State so I didn’t get what I was looking for, but I did find a few historic buildings in Yangan. So here are a few photos:
And so ends the long weekend – don’t ask me about the trip back to Brisbane because it stresses me out just thinking about it. I will say this… I came back to Brisbane on the day that the long weekend ended. I am sure you can picture what it was like driving back to the city on a one lane each way road was like 😐
So, how was your weekend?