Thursday, July 19, 2012

Noosa rain

We headed for Noosa last Tuesday for three days at our favourite apartment 10 at the Noosa Lookout Resort. On the way north we stopped off at mellow Maleny in the beautiful Blackall Ranges for a lunch and coffee break in this cute little village with its focus on all things organic and locally sourced.

Under grey skies and shivering somewhat in the cool mountain air we decided against the highly recommended house made gelati at Colin James Fine Food and opted instead for their great coffees and some lentil pasties and locally made ginger chocolates from the Maleny Organic Co-op.

The closer we got to Noosa the greyer the skies became. Instead of the technicolour sunsets and sunrises we were used to seeing from our apartment windows this picture shows it about as good as it got for the next three days of our stay. We ended up quite intrigued by all the variations of grey that washed over us at different stages of the next few days: mist, fog, rain, vapour, cloud, storm, drizzle and wind.
....... A great excuse for some cocooning time in Noosa.
We braved the weather on Wednesday with an outing to the kitschy mid week Eumundi Markets. On our way, heading into Noosaville, we were successful in finding Belmondo's wonderful Fresh Food Market in Rene Street and its star attraction: Clandestino Roasters.
We loved the irresistible array of beautiful food available at Belmondo's including gourmet take home goods, and really enjoyed Clandestino's coffee - served with tasting notes, vintage spoons and information about the source of the beans and processing information - serious stuff!
This picture of Rob at the Eumundi Markets enjoying some of my organic hand made samosas with date and tamarind chutney after he had already downed one of his favourite Eumundi kranskies is just to prove to Josh and Jody that he can eat a kransky without spilling it all over his shirt!

Well away from the overcrowded, over hyped markets, this time we discovered the wonderful Cocoa Chocolat in Eumundi and its hand made, Parisian style, "to die for" chocolates. Our favourites were the dark chocolates filled with locally grown ginger preserved in syrup.
Between showers and storms we were still able to do some beautiful Noosa national park walks and a bit of idle browsing (mostly by me) in Hastings Street and at Noosa Junction.

On Thursday morning I got soaked on my way home from my morning walk so it took a while for me to dry out enough to plan our day's outing. So that day we ended up only making it as far as the Sunshine Beach Surf Club for a local seafood lunch in the club's restaurant overlooking the rain soaked beach.

Tragically there was a fatal accident on David Low Way that morning, only a little way from Sunshine Beach. With the road closed and a sombre mood about we decided not to do any more sightseeing by car on our last full day on the "Sunshine" Coast.

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