Redcliffe born or Redcliffe-lured?
As a small child I immigrated with my family from the UK in the early 1970’s, following my maternal grandparents who had made the long journey the year before and settled in Redcliffe, owning a small corner store and milk bar in Scarborough. (I write about all my adventures growing up on the Peninsula in my book “Returning Home”). I attended Scarborough State School and Redcliffe High School. Even though I wasn’t born in Redcliffe I will always consider it home. My husband was born on the Peninsula and was in fact the fourth baby born in the newly built Redcliffe maternity hospital in 1965. His mother and auntie attended Humpybong School and were in the same class as the Bee Gees. They even sang on stage in a school production with the boys. My daughter-in-law’s grandmother once dated Barry Gibb, back in the day. (All detailed in my book, of which Barry Gibb has a signed copy. I am in contact with him often and we exchange photographs and emails)
What does your business/job involve?
My business as a published author is to promote, market and speak about my book, it’s story and my message to others who may have had similar experiences.
Suburb you live in and why you love it?
I currently live in Narangba with my husband and have done for the past fifteen years. I still consider Redcliffe home and visit as often as I can. When I am not riding my Ducati around the beachfront, I bring my granddaughters to dance in Bee Gees Way, or the Art Gallery in Comino’s Arcade. My husband and I have recently considered that we may retire back home in Redcliffe in a unit overlooking Moreton Bay one day.
How do you unwind?
I unwind by going for motorcycle rides with my husband. We each have our own bikes and often go for a putt around the beachfront at Redcliffe, stopping for a coffee or a light beer, depending on time of day and weather. I also unwind by reading others’ books. I have an extensive library, mainly autobiographical and of the music industry kind. I play guitar, bass and piano and have been in a couple of bands in my time. So music is also a way for me to kick back and relax.
Best coffee haunt in town / best watering hole in town?
My best coffee haunt is Nerosso’s along Redcliffe Parade. If we want a cool beer on a hot summer’s day, we used to visit our old watering hole from our late teens/early twenties, The Palace Hotel. Sadly it is no longer there, so we often soak in gorgeous views of The Great Dividing Range and twin bridges as we look out over Bramble Bay from the Belvedere Hotel. My grandfather was a toll collector on the old Hornibrook Bridge, so many memories come flooding back on our trips around the Peninsula. (Again, detailed in my book)
My book is available at Dymocks Bookstore in North Lakes and in 3J’s Coffee & Gifts on the corner of Kate and Arthur Streets, Woody Point. They also have some of my photographic coffee mugs for sale there as well.
The book is also available on my website – www.returninghomemyjourneyofalifetime.com
As well as on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Booktopia and other online bookstores.
My Book’s Facebook Page is – www.facebook.com/returninghomemyjourneyofalifetime
And my photography can be found at – www.facebook.com/amandahmcleodphotography
My email is – [email protected]
My phone number is 0438 185 104
I offer FREE DELIVERY of signed copies of my book (including a postcard and bookmark) within the Moreton Bay Regional Area.