Archive for April, 2013

Photos of “Lost in Leela”

We have posted some photos to the gallery.  Apologies that they are all mixed up.

Lost in Leela Family Holiday 13 to 20 April 2013

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On Saturday, 13 April, 3 cars headed from Springwood, Rochedale South and Camp Hill, towards Maleny.  In the cars were Katharine, Steve and Patrick; Janet, Adrian and Ella; and Eenie and us. We drove in the rain up into the misty mountains behind the Sunshine coast and arrived at Leela on the Maleny-Kenilworth Road, just before 12.00 midday. 

The house that we stayed in was made up of two linked dodecahedrons, set on 72 acres of bushland, rainforest, gardens, six-hole bush golf course, a pool and several walking tracks.  The house itself has 2 king bedrooms and 2 queen bedrooms, 2 bathrooms  (one with a spa bath) all with stunning views, a central fireplace in the large living area, a granite kitchen and wrap around verandahs on each dodecahedron.  The bedrooms were themed – Janet and Adrian had the African room, Katharine and Steve had the Persian Room, Eenie had the Old World room and we had the Asian room. 

Late on Saturday afternoon, when it had stopped raining, we went for a walk along one of the walking tracks down behind the house to one of the creeks, crossed it and then walked back up through the rainforest, which was a bit muddy and slippery but lots of fun. Steve provided a helping hand up one of the more slippery sections. There are 5 kilometres of walking tracks on the property. 

We woke on Sunday morning to the sound of whip birds calling and after breakfast, we fed the king parrots and red-headed finches that came onto the verandah to be fed. The parrots ventured from the bird feeder to come and sit on our arm and eat from our hand. We enjoyed a visit from Steve’s Mum and Dad, Don and Lesley, who came up from Brisbane, to share Lesley’s birthday with us. We had a lovely morning tea of scones with jam and cream and chocolate slice out on the back verandah overlooking the valley and then ham and salad sandwiches for lunch.

On Monday, we drove into Maleny (10 minutes away) to explore and get some groceries. Maleny is a small, scenic town about 90 kilometres north of Brisbane on the Blackall Range overlooking the Sunshine Coast hinterland. A couple of holes of golf were played on the 6 hole course that is on the property and is quite hilly with lots of obstacles (trees) and the possibility of your golf ball heading down a steep hill.  Lots of fun was had!  After lunch, Katharine, Steve, Patrick, Janet, Adrian and the two of us headed off to Kenilworth Cheese Factory to buy some delicious cheeses and yoghurt.  Ella was having her afternoon sleep so Eenie was happy to stay and look after her.  Later on in the afternoon, we went for a walk through the bushland up onto the ridge overlooking the house to see if we could find a vantage point to take some photos of the house, but unfortunately, the bush was too thick and we could only get occasional glimpses of it.

On Tuesday, we all drove to Mary Cairncross Park, which has 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest, but unfortunately the walking tracks were closed and the children’s play area wasn’t really that good, so we headed back to Leela. Janet spent the afternoon baking and icing a brilliant giraffe birthday cake for Ella.  We all enjoyed a hole of golf, some of us having never played before.  

We all woke up on Wednesday morning, very excited, as it was Ella’s 2nd Birthday!  After breakfast and helping Ella to open her birthday presents, we went to Australia Zoo, where we all had a wonderful day out in the sunshine, celebrating Ella’s birthday.  We saw a baby white rhinoceros, giraffes, a cheetah eating a sardine ice-block and elephants – Katharine and Janet, who was holding Ella, fed an elephant.  Ella and her Mummy and Patrick and his Mummy had photos taken with a koala. We also saw tigers, red pandas, wombats, snakes, echidnas and fed the animals in the Kids’ Zoo. We ate our lunch overlooking the Crocoseum and the snake, soaring birds and saltwater crocodile show. We also fed the kangaroos and were delighted when Ella decided to hold the food herself for the kangaroos to eat out of her hand. After a wonderful day, we headed back to Leela for afternoon tea – Ella’s giraffe birthday cake of course!  

On Thursday, we had a quiet morning and then drove to the Mapleton Tavern, for a delicious lunch, overlooking the Sunshine Coast.  After Ella had her afternoon sleep, we had a fun game of Finska, which is a Finish log throwing game involving strategy and skill.  There was lots of laughter while we played the game out on the lawn not far from the house. 

On Friday, we had a quiet day and played Finska again.  At 5.00pm, we were invited to a “Sundowners” by the owners of Leela – Bill and Diane, who live in a cottage on the property.  They had set up a table under the trees, with wine, beer, soft drinks, cheese, biscuits and home cooked hot savouries.  We thoroughly enjoyed chatting to them while we relaxed and watched the sun going down.  While the “girls” organised dinner, the “boys” lit the fire as it was a “little” cooler and we just had to have the fire on at least once!  (We had to end up opening the doors to ensure it was cool enough!) 

We spent lots of time relaxing and playing with, or reading stories to, Ella and Patrick and having lots of cuddles too.  We also enjoyed sitting on stools around the fishpond watching Ella feed the fish as well as playing with Patrick on his playmat. We took it in turns to cook and even had a BBQ one night. After the children were in bed each night, we either sat around talking or playing board games or cards, just enjoying each others’ company. 

All too soon it was time for us to say goodbye to Leela and head back to Brisbane, thoroughly delighted with the wonderful time spent with Katharine, Steve, Patrick, Janet, Adrian, Ella and Eenie.