Posted by: Debra Kolkka | November 7, 2012

Home again

I am back in Brisbane. I have already booked my next trip to Italy, I will be back there in January for some serious winter weather, but for now I am in subtropical Queensland.

My Brisbane geraniums will take the place of my Italian ones.


….if that grasshopper lurking in the background doesn’t eat them.

My frangipanis are just about to open.


I have another pineapple growing.


And the little angel is keeping an eye on them.


I took thousands of photos on the latest trip, which I will show you over the next few months while I am at home in Brisbane. My Canon G12 is a bit tired and in need of repairs, so I now have to get used to the new G 1X, which seems to be a bit more difficult to operate. I’ll keep you posted.


  1. lovely….summer!

    • It has been a lovely day here, not too hot, just right. It is nice to be home….my other home.

  2. Great to hear that you are safely back home. Gosh, I do miss the frangipanis….

    • My frangipanis are in big pots on my balcony, so they are a bit slower to flower than those in the ground, but they will be open soon.

  3. So glad you’re safe and sound on the other side of the world.

    • It was a long, but very interesting trip home. I visited friends in Hong Kong and had a great day.

  4. It’s always nice to get home to Australia isn’t it Debra. The light and colours are so beautiful and I bet you’re looking forward to those frangipani opening!

    • I do like coming back to Brisbane. I think I have the best of both worlds.

  5. Welcome back to God’s Own and I’m sure Brisbane will have something to offer for the coming months,

    • I will be heading off to the beach for the surf, something I can’t do in Italy.

  6. Glad you had safe trip …. and enjoy playing with your new toy!

    • I think I need lots of practice.

  7. Enjoy the summer Debra! What a charmed life you lead! 😉

    • I will be here until mid January when I head back to winter in Italy…lovely.

  8. Glad you arrived safely. Of course I look forward to all your posts.

    • I’ll throw in a few Bisbane ones as well.

  9. Enjoy your time at home 🙂

  10. Lovely geraniums, Debra. Have fun back in Brisbane. 🙂

    • I do enjoy being back in Brisbane for a while. It is good to catch up with friends and do Brisbane things for a while.

  11. Sub-tropical sounds nice – I say that as I am shivering slightly as I type – I am just home and it will take a few minutes for the central heating to kick in. I am look forward to seeing your photos over the next few months and good luck with the new camera.

    • The weather is good now, but it gets very hot around Christmas and stays hit for months. I prefer cooler weather.

  12. Welcome back Deb. Brisbane is beautiful at this time of year . I know you will be loving the jaccarandas though they are falling now.
    Your Brisbane geraniums look good but not as spectacular as the summer geraniums you grow in Bagni di lucca I am afraid.
    Sorry to hear about that camera you loved so much-and we enjoyed a zillion pictures from.

  13. Hi Debra, enjoy the warm weather and
    thank you for your help and hospitality
    on our recent holiday in Bagni di Lucca
    The whole area is just as beautiful as
    you always describe it, and more.
    We had a fantastic time, the walks
    and views around the hills where
    amazing and the best meal we had on
    the whole trip was the degustation lunch
    we had with you and your (very funny)
    friend Helen,
    Could not believe you could have that incredible

    food in such an unassuming
    little restaurant in a village on top of the hills.
    Can’t wait to come back.

    • It was great meeting both of you. I am pleased you enjoyed Bagni di Lucca and yes, that lunch was amazing.

  14. ahhhh…..needed this rebirth and beauty as everything is seriously gray and barren here! So going back in January? How cold is it? Any snow?

    • It will be cold in January and there will probably be snow all around us. It rarely snows in the village as we are quite low, but I will be able to see it in the mountains. I love it.

      • I bet you will get some breathtaking pictures of the snow covered mountains! Can’t wait for you to share them! Enjoy lovely sunny warm weather and pass it on to me with your photos! 🙂

      • I’ll try to send some Brisbane sun your way.

      • 🙂

  15. There’s nothing wrong with those photos: beautiful clarity. I love the silly old grasshopper, you can almost here his wheezy giggle – he thinks you don’t know he’s there.

    • The camera is difficult to focus. I must be doing something wrong.

  16. Welcome back! I hope the trip was ok and I look forward to some colourful Brisbane photos 🙂

    • Brisbane is a lovely city, I enjoy my time here.

  17. Wow Deb I can’t keep up with you!! LOL
    ciao lisa x

  18. Welcome home! Enjoy the sun and the warmth….January will be here before you can say Xmas!

    • I hope it doesn’t get too hot before January.

  19. Welcome home!

    • Thank you. If you are in town we should have a coffee and compare travel stories.

      • That’d be lovely! I live only 7kms from the city so it’s easy for me to get in.

      • I live at West End, very central.

  20. Hope you have a lovely winter, er… summer. Love the grasshopper peeping out from behind the railing. You’re sure not missing anything in Italy right now – horrid weather. Hope Jan. will be lovely for you.

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