I spent the last week offline on North Stradbroke Island (~1 hour drive + ~1 hour ferry from Brisbane). The weather was perfect, mid to high twenty degrees celsius each day. It was like a little piece of summer resurrected in mid-autumn.
My personal highlights were:
Swimming thrice daily at a variety of beaches including Cylinder, Deadman’s & Frenchman’s
Collecting shells on the beach
Cooking on a wood fired BBQ overlooking Deadman’s Beach at sunset, eating fresh local seafood including whiting, ocean king prawns and sand crabs, all enhanced with hand-picked limes from our very own lime tree at the holiday house!
Reading four books:
- ‘On Writing’ by Steven King – great book that starts off with some amazing short stories about Steve growing up.
- ‘Billy Straight’ by Jonathan Kellerman – detective thriller set in L.A. A really good story.
- ‘City of Bones’ by Michael Connelly – not as good as Billy Straight, but not bad. Again set in L.A.
- ‘Don’t make me think!’ by Steve Krugg (re-read) – the only semi-work-related book. Probably the best (and simplest) book on web usability available
Listening to a variety of beachy music including Jack Johnson, Weekend Sessions, Ministry of Sound Chillout Sessions.
Playing a variety of games including:
‘Petanque‘ – Australian style, on the front lawn of our holiday house
‘Carcassonne’ – a German board game involving placing land tiles and followers
‘Uno’ – house rules – I just couldn’t win at this no matter how hard I tried!
Informal ‘Cranium‘ (no board, just cards) – Australian edition – found in the cupboard at our holiday house, a good general knowledge quizzing game with some obscure questions:
Good times! Good times…