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    I don’t know about you but I feel like there’s an increasing buzz in the air around the Redlands lately.

    Dale and I used to be quite adamant that we would move down or up the coast once we became permanent residents, but now, I’m not in so much of a rush.

    Sure, there’s no surf beach, which is why we’ll never have that cool beach-town vibe that Mooloolaba and Burleigh Heads ooze, but with the arrival of hangs like The Bench and Doug & Pearl, we’re creating our own little vibe.

    Sometimes I feel like a recluse when people ask me to join them for a night out in the city. Getting there is like a military operation, and why would you spend an hour on that soul-destroying train journey when you can walk to Raby Bay harbour for drinks at Fiction, dinner at Doug & Pearl, and a nightcap at The Bench? Sangria at Funky’s followed by steak at CC’s or pizza at Mamma Mia? Fish & chips from The Lighthouse washed down with BYO wine on a picnic rug at Cleveland Point? And for Sunday chills, head down to the Grand View Hotel for live music and seafood with a view across the bay. The options are endless.

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    One thing I love about Australia is the brekky culture, and the Redlands has a strong list of contenders to serve up your perfect version of the most important meal of the day. My ideal Saturday morning kicks off with yoga at Enso in Vicky Point followed by coffee and breakfast at Bean & Leaf, or Jeppo Gelato (don't be fooled by the name, they offer much more than just the best ice cream I've ever tasted).

    Another thing I love (brace yourself those that know me) is markets. Oh my actual days. I think I have some sort of medically recognised condition. Whether it is a gourmet produce market where you can just stroll around stuffing your face with samples, a food truck market where you have to engage in some really strategic calorie spending to make sure you’ve left room for a Milky Bun, or just a good ole fashioned handmade market with stalls selling beach pants and recycled pallet furniture. I don’t care what it is, or where, just let me at it.

    The Sunday markets on Bloomfield Street seems to be getting better every week. I actually succeeded in dragging Dale along recently and we came home with an impressive selection of goodies. Yes, they were all edible, so sue me. The monthly Twilight market at Raby Bay has also upped its game by including a few more ‘trendy’ stalls like bobby+james and Rolls Pho Mi food truck. That and its location on the harbour right next to all the bars and restaurants make this a favourite chilled night out for us (ok, me).

    Last year was the inaugural Relish Festival which I absolutely loved. Food trucks, local restaurant stalls and even Sirromet were out in force at the harbour foreshore park serving up delicious food and drink alongside some awesome retail stalls and heaps of live music. I for one will be there with bells on if this event returns in 2016.

    Something we always seem to forget it that it takes less time and effort to get the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island than it does to drive to Broadbeach or Mooloolaba. You can hop on the water taxi for $18 and be on the island in less than 30 minutes. A scenic 10-minute bus journey later, you’re dunking yourself in the waves at Cylinder Beach or spotting whales from the Gorge Walk.

    I love Straddie. So much so that we’re getting married there in October. I love that as soon as you’re on that ferry, you feel a million miles away, you feel as though you’re on a ‘real’ holiday. A trip to the coast (north or south) involves hot cars, sitting in traffic and fighting to the death over parking spaces. A trip to Straddie is laid back island vibes all the way.

    My point is that the Redlands is evolving. When we first moved here in 2012, we really struggled to meet people our own age and find things to do on the weekends. These days we’re spoilt for choice and I still haven’t gotten around to doing everything on my local list.

    So peeps of the Redlands, lets keep this up. Lets love our local area and support our local businesses. We have so much to enjoy and be proud of.

    I am going to try to tick at least 2 things off my local list each month. This month, I’ll be hiring a paddleboard from Bay Island SUP, and doing a trial fitness session with Get Fit Ind. at Cleveland. Bring it on!
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      I don’t know about you but I feel like there’s an increasing buzz in the air around the Redlands lately.

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