When we went to the Queensland Garden Expo we stayed overnight at Airbnb accommodation before going on to Maleny. There we had the pleasure to meet Sooty, a 17-year-old Norwegian Forest cat with the softest fluffiest fur. He joined us on the patio for breakfast and, of course, found the warmest seat to bask in the sun.
I had never heard of this breed so I Googled him.
They are the National cat of Norway and adapted to a very cold climate, with a top coat of glossy, long, water-shedding hairs and a woolly undercoat for insulation.
Norwegian Forest Cats were the cats of choice for the Vikings! They are very strong and durable animals, and that did not go unnoticed by the warriors of Norway. They could bring these amazing cats aboard their ships and have them stay healthy and hearty while eating any rodents that happened to be aboard. Legend has it that famous Viking warrior Leif Ericson himself even had Norwegian Forest Cats along on his journeys many centuries ago. ( for more facts go here.)
This is Q1 the highest residential building in Australia. (I visited it in July 2015 and went to the top, the views are stunning. See them here. )
When it was opened in 2005 it was also the tallest residential tower in the world, but 13 years later it is now down to 6th. Since Jack cut the trees down we can now see it towering above all others. It is approx. 20 kilometres away in Surfers Paradise. In this image, that Jack took, it has a ghostly other-worldly look as the smoke haze from the Hinterland burn-offs changes the sky to a soft, smoky grey.
Finally I have to put in another image of the beautiful Grevillea Moonlight, this time against a soft focus sunset. (photo by Jack)
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