A little something I wrote for the festive season with some random photos from the year

Merry Christmas to you..and I’m sorry it’s late

But at last I have finally caught up with this date

It is not something huge, for me in my life

]With family scattered and not having a wife

Fishing off one of the jettys along the Noosa River

I started with coffee at breaking of dawn

Getting news for my blog on this year’s Christmas morn

I was up on the river just near Noosa Sound

Just to drink Old Salt Coffee with rain tumbling down

Rhian and Rhiana creating coffee for the hoards Christmas morning

Then later I took a phone call from son one

Seems he’d had a big night and his head was undone

Some news of concern at the place he did stay

Super typhoon Nock-ten would be landing that day

Aline carefull descends the cliff face at Mt Tinbeerwha during her abseiling course with The Outdoor Education Consultants

Then later a call  this time son number two

And we chatted of things in his life that were new

Then a friend not believing I am happy just me

Insisted that I go around there for tea

Well formed steps help the traveller along the way

Alas there was eating…  ham, jellies and such

By the end of it all I had ate much too much

After Family Feud and then Pictionary

I headed on home and sleep overcame me

Blue Dragonfly on my walk near Kondilla Falls

So that was my Christmas, but what of your own?

Was it big celebrations? Another year flown?

Did you spend the day cooking, preparing the food

Or was it a day spent in lazier mood.

Coolum Hotel, Good Music and Nadia Colbourn

Or maybe some time you spent walking the beach

Your phone in your hand and your arm you’d out reached

To take just one selfie, your record of fame

So in years to come you can think “Oh how lame!”.

A kayak and a paddle board went for a morning swim

And so as I said in my opening line

I wish you good Christmas and good happy times

And as good that in two oh one six it has been

I wish you the best in two oh seventeen 

A Room With A View…. Maroochy River

One Of The Great Australian Walks… Kondalilla Falls National Park

Park Track entranceIn the hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast lies a range of mountains….. Well, hills really, called the Blackall Ranges.  They run from South to North and are dotted with some great walks of all grades.

Today I walked the Kondalilla Falls Circuit track from the top to the bottom and back.  These falls are a part of the Kondalilla National Park and form a part of the Great Australian Walking tracks.

The carpark is really just a large cul-d-sac at the end of the street and from there, one heads down to a grassy area dotted with barbecue facilities and table/chair benches.  There are also toilet facilities here which it is wise to take advantage of as there are non further down.

Bridge Over No WaterFrom the bottom of this area a sealed track take you down a few hundred metres to a small bridge.  This is wheelchair friendly but the bridge is as far as you go.  There are stairs at the other side which would make it difficult

 

 

 

 

 

Here there is a fork in the path.  The left leads down to the top of the falls and is perhaps the easier track to take.  It is also a part of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walk track. The right fork, a part of Kondalilla Falls Circuit, also leads to the falls but is perhaps a steeper path, although easy enough to traverse.

The TrackI took the right fork, and would recommend this, as the return journey is easier if you come back the other way.  The track wanders through rain forest and you will see Piccabeen Palms and Bunya Pines growing along the way.  You may also see some examples of Pink Ash trees which grow in some interesting shapes.

There are some spectacular views all along the track down to the falls
There are some spectacular views all along the track down to the falls
This couple take a moment to rest on one of the many benches along the track. This one is set at the top of the steepest part of the track when headingback to the carpark
This couple take a moment to rest on one of the many benches along the track. This one is set at the top of the steepest part of the track when heading back to the carpark

Just above the top of the falls, these two tracks merge before you head down a series of steps to come out at the top of the falls.  Here I met a couple who were resting after the long slog back up the side of the hill from the falls.  We chatted for a while about the effects of climate change on the forest before we each continued our respective journeys

The PoolAt the bottom of the next section is the top of the falls and there is a popular swimming hole, just before the water tumbles over the cliff.  There is space here to eat a picnic lunch or relax in the sun on the flat rocks around the pool.

The Road To The BottomFor many, this is the end of the trail but I headed down the side of the cliff face following the well formed Sunshine Coast Hinterland Walk track to the bottom..  Along the way there is a look out where you can see the whole of the falls although on this day, after a long dry spell, there was no water to be seen tumbling down the cliff face.

The Falls

_-2Peaceful TranquilityAt the bottom, the creek bed is strewn with huge boulders and here and there are small rock pools which are home to the beautiful dragonflies that hunt here.Poise

Fellow Travellers
Fellow travellers cross a bridge just below where I was photographing the dragonflies

Heading on I came to another fork.  It is here that the Kondalilla Circuit branches off and returns via an easier grade to the top of the falls.  There is a saying that what goes up, must come down.  In the this case the reverse applied and, having made my way all the way down from the car park, I now had the climb back up to the top.

The track forks off towards Baroon Pocket Dam to the right. The left path takes you back to the falls
The track forks off towards Baroon Pocket Dam to the right. The left path takes you back to the falls

The route is around 4.7 kms and doing it the way I did, the return journey was just a little easier.  Even so it pays to carry plenty of water as the hard bit is at the end.  I had two water bottles and had just opened my second when I started my climb.  It slipped from my hand and split open on a rock and I watched as it all soaked away into the dry soil.

This massive tree has come down across the track enforcing a climb over the roots to gt back to the track
This massive tree has come down across the track enforcing a climb over the roots to get back to the track

Heaven Set

Giving Ground

A Forest View
There are some stunning views from all along the track
The Pool Again
Back at the pool at the top of the Falls
Well formed steps help the traveller along the way
Well formed steps help the traveller along the way

From the top of the falls there is a section of over 100 stairs and this is perhaps the most punishing part of the trek.  Without water, I was in trouble by the time I reached the top and was thankful that the path had levelled out somewhat for the walk back to the bar-b-que area.  The real kicker for me was the short walk from there to the car park.  I was dehydrated badly and the track seemed almost too steep to tackle.

 

 

A Long way to the End
This massive tree had fallen across the track, The track had been cleared but this trunk is left to nature to return to the soil over time

 

Board Walk
Boardwalks along the way make the track an easier traverse

 

A short drive down the road to Mapleton and I thankfully pulled in to a service station to top up my water levels, the first bottle barely touching the sides as it went down

All said and done, it was a great walk and I recommend it to anyone with an afternoon on their hands and wondering what to do with it.  Just head up the Blackall Range from Nambour or Landsborough and you will find the turn off at Flaxton.

 

The things we do……..

A family take time out to relax and maybe catch a fish or two at Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast
A family take time out to relax and maybe catch a fish or two at Noosaville on the Sunshine Coast

Because of affliction, or maybe addiction

This week I was in such a bind

My grinder was bare, no beans I found there

And no beans in the bag could I find

Pulling the boat out at a ramp on the Noosa River at Noosavile
Pulling the boat out at a ramp on the Noosa River at Noosavile

 

A bag from the mall, tasted no good at all

Now my nerves were becoming a jangle

For t’was coming quite clear, to control my worst fear

This problem I’d need to untangle

Noosa River
Noosa River

I could only trek North, Noosa River of course

Where I’d find what would help my mind rest

Having tried out the others, I had quickly discovered

The Old Salty bean is the best.

Fishing off one of the jettys along the Noosa River
Fishing off one of the jettys along the Noosa River

 

So t’was with this in mind I pushed on up the line

The car parks  all full to the brim,

But fate on this day saw a car move away

And into this space I slipped in.

Yatchs lying at achor on the Noosa River
Yatchs lying at achor on the Noosa River

 

On crossing the street I needs be swift and fleet

Cars putting my nerves to the test

But I bravely pushed thru Old Salt was in view

And at last, saw the end of my quest

 

Coffee at The Old SaltNow with cup in hand, and small talk by the stand

My nerves quickly coming to rest

I sampled each bean, that produces caffeine

And have come to conclude that  Old Salt reigns supreme

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning The Day With Great Coffee

I have to admit that I do like my coffee.  I am one of those that can drink it right before bed and still get a great nights sleep.  Because of this, I have come to be just a little bit discerning about how my coffee is made.  Although at a pinch, I can handle an instant, I do prefer a good roast ground to perfection and served with flare.

Vietnamese Coffee
Ca phe Sua Da

My recent trip to Vietnam had me raving about the coffee that is served there.  Brewed at the table in a little stainless filter dripping slowly over a layer of condensed milk is about as good as it gets.  I am still trying to replicate the flavor now that I am back home but feel I still have something missing.  I will persevere…..

One of the downsides to gaining a better appreciation of a good coffee is that once you find a standout brew, the rest never really seem to hit the mark.  If that barista is a distance away then getting a regular fix becomes a mission.

Friendly ServiceThis is my current situation… While I would enjoy a brew while sitting with a paper on a Sunday morning as the sun reaches higher into the sky, it now involves a 30-kilometre drive to Noosa where Old Salt Coffee dispenses a top brew from Pier 17 on Gympie Terrace.  Now lately Rhian, who brews this treat, has been extolling the temptations of an Iced Latte and so I thought it might be worth asking if she might perhaps deliver…

No luck I’m afraid, although Rhian did suggest that I had the best of both worlds because I buy my Old Salt beans from her and have them available whenever I fancy a cup. It left me to thinking about how I do appreciate a good brew and that Old Salt Coffee is just that…. It’s a great blend…. Then, as often is the case when I get to thinking, the mind rhythms got going and the words started flowing. I felt her comment about having beans at home deserved a response.  This is how the conversation went…

Keith Watts Do you deliver???

 Old Salt Coffee I wish I could 😜  You’re already doing the better option to me delivering an iced coffee… you’ve got a bag of it at home 😀

Keith Watts

Old Salt Roast
Rhian Sells her roast in convenient sized, take home bags

What you say may have merit, a home bag is best

I asked to deliver … but only in jest

There is, as I see it, …a much better way

To take in a brew at beginning of day

 

 

Old Salt Coffee Shop
Old Salt Coffee Shop at Pier 17

One needs to rise early,  ..fore the dark turns to light

And the sun’s early rays speak the end of the night

For down by the river, …     at the old orange shed

Another has stirred, ….     she has long left her bed

Coffee at The Old Salt

 

 

 

She lays out the cups,…       fires up the machine

Puts the beans in the grinder, this is her daily scene

It is here that I speak …..     of that much better way

Rhian’s Old Salt Coffee for beginning your day