Sunday, September 30, 2012

Lazy Sunday

I have had the laziest of days today. All I have been doing is clearing out my emails, playing on facebook, reading a couple of magazines and now I am watching (sort of) the Rugby Grand Final. I don't really follow Rugby but the final is between a Sydney team and Melbourne Storm. So being a proud Melbournite I have to go for the Storm. I haven't even taken a photo today so thought I would just share a couple of sayings that grabbed me and also a couple of photos of my loves.
Karma will always come back!!

When ever Zoe is left on her own in the house, we get home and she has our shoes in her bed.
She never chews them just takes them to her bed. Her record is 11 shoes!!!!

I have been guilty of re-reading some last chapters of my life.
I now make a conscious effort not to.

One of the loves of my life is my beautiful grand daughter Clare Megan Walker
Another one of my loves is my gorgeous grandson O'Shea Ryder Clohesy

Which step are you at today??


Saturday, September 29, 2012

A White Saturday

I have had a great day today. Last night was our last night up at the Central Highlands and we had decided to head down the mountain at about 8.00am this morning. When I first woke at about 6.00am I thought that maybe it had snowed because it was very silent. Looking out the window I was pleasantly surprised with a covering of snow over everything. At first we were a bit concerned about driving down the mountain so early, but we did and all was OK. The rest of my day has been very nice with an afternoon snooze, a lovely hot shower and a relaxing day all on my own.
The beautiful view I was confronted with when I looked out the window this morning

I love the sight of snow clinging to the trees

Our drive down the mountain was slow and steady

Friday, September 28, 2012

Chilly Day

Shane and I decided to do a little bit of touristy stuff today. He was going to have a fish first thing in the morning but it was just to wet and cold. So we headed of on our drive. Our first stop was at The Wall in the Wilderness. The wall is a work in progress and when it is finished (in 3 years) it will consist of 100 panels , a total of 300 metres, of beautifully hand carved Huon Pine, depicting the story of the Tasmanian Highlands. You are not allowed to take photos in there so I bought a couple of postcards and took photos of them. Even though this exhibition isn't finished yet I would thoroughly recommend anyone visiting Tasmania to visit it. The carvings are amazing and look so real you can hardly believe it is all wood.
Carving of an Echidna

Amazing detail : Huon Pine carving of this hand
Then it was onto Lake St Clair which is a beautiful scenic lake which I think is the deepest lake in Tasmania. Even though it was really cold and cloudy - in fact it was very close to snowing - the scene over the lake to the snow covered mountains was still beautiful.

I was well rugged up!!!
I am now sitting in my nice warm bed fairly tired after our big day.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Great Lake

The Great Lake is a lake located in the central north region of Tasmania, within the sparsely inhabited Central Highlands municipality. Its original size was much smaller but many years ago it was dammed at its southern outflow for hydro-electricity production. It is Australia's second largest freshwater lake and is 1,030 metres above sea level. The lake has an area of 114 km². It is used for hydro-electric power, fishing and tourism.
The area's has the reputation as being one of the coldest places in this generally mild-weathered state. During the winter months when the weather is hardly conducive to camping, the population of the two small highland towns drops to two or three hundred.
The Lake Highway runs along the west side of the lake and this is where we are spending the next two nights. We are staying at the Great Lake Hotel which is fairly basic but warm, comfortable and the pub has great meals. Shane has been regularly coming up here fishing with his late Dad since he was about 6 years old, so he has many many memories.
The Great Lake

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Flying High

I love flying - I love looking out at the clouds.
All my life my favourite part is flying in the middle of the clouds. It is like I am nowhere.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


The preparations have started for Shane and I to head of on our  2013 Aussie Adventure in January. As my daughter Rachel, Luke and Clare are going to move into my house for the 12 months I have started going through things to see what I am taking, what can be got rid of and what needs to be stored, so there is room for them in the house. It certainly helps you declutter when you are faced with having to pay to store an item. It makes you realize just how important things are to you.
Tomorrow Shane and I are also off to Tasmania again to sort through his late fathers belongings and then when we get back we are heading up to Queensland for a few days. So for the next couple of weeks I should actually have a few things to write about.

Containers I have been able to empty

Boxes ready to be filled!!

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Show

Today is was off to the Royal Agricultural Show for Shane and I. There have been very few years during my 59 years of life that I haven't been to the annual show. I have very fond childhood memories of heading off with Mum & Dad. Being an only child is was always Mum, Dad and Me. People always referred to us as Joan, Keith and Davine because it was always just the three of us. My memories include how Mum & I would be so excited about the day. It was like Dad was the adult and Mum and I were the kids. We would buy heaps of show bags and when we would get back home exhausted Mum and I would spread all our goodies out over the floor. These days I still really love going to the show and getting my show bags. Although I don't get as many show bags as I used to probably because a lot of them now cost $10 - $20 instead of most of them being less that $1.00. But some things haven't changed I still had a great day and I have still arrived home exhausted. I am also so glad I have had a day that has bought some wonderful memories of my parents to me.
Yummy Lunch - not to unhealthy!!

As we arrived we were welcomed by a singing cowboy on a very big bull!!

I'm glad this ram was in a pen, those horns were long and sharp.

The baby alpacas were adorable.

This calf was so cute but didn't smell very sweet.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Cupping, Needles and Bruises

Today's adventure was a visit to the the acupuncturist. I have been seeing Gabrielle every now and then for a number of years and always feel great afterwards even though my back is always covered in bruises. Today he worked on my torn tendon in my shoulder so it was lots of massage, cupping then needles. For someone who freaks out at having needles I always surprise my self during my treatment, the tiny acupuncture needles really don't hurt and it fascinates me how they can be inserted in one spot and you feel the sensation in a totally different area. Today one of the needles that were inserted into my shoulder I could actually feel my pulse - very weird feeling.


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Back on the grid!

Yes I have been of the grid for most of this month. My September has been filled with all the emotions you can possibly have. Not only have I been looking after myself after my hysterectomy, I have also been to three funerals, one of which was someone very close to me and then I had the planning and partying for Shane's 60th last Saturday night. See what I mean lots of different emotions. So now it is time to get back to the things I love, one of which is updating my blog. With only four months before we head of on our 12 month trip around Australia I also have a bit of organising to get stuck into.
Shane's Birthday Cake - he wouldn't let me put a photo of him on my blog!!

My daughter Rachel with one of my best friends Sheri.

Nothing like having a open fire at a party.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

September Challenge

For September I have joined in a challenge with Fat Mum Slim. The challenge is to take a photo each day for the month of September to correspond with the list Chantelle has drawn up.

I haven't had a chance to upload them to my blog so tonight is a bit of a catchup.

Day 1 - Me, Now
Day 2 - Father

Dad you are in my heart for ever and ever.
Day 3 - Far Away

Looking far off into Bass Strait
Day 4 - In My Mailbox/Postbox
My mailbox (letterbox was really boring today - not even a bill.
So I had to think more about where I get mail and other info - email of course.