Friday, January 28, 2011

Thank Goodness it’s Friday

Even though I don't go out to work (I do our businesses books at home ) I'm really glad it’s the weekend.  It’s been a busy week and I'm looking forward to relaxing and doing some crafty things this weekend, although it will probably just be catching up with some scrapbooking projects, that I have quickly got behind in doing.

  I had great plans for today, get up early, give the house a really good clean, do the washing and ironing, then start on my stuff tonight.  Well it’s nearly 5.30 and I've done some washing, that’s it lol.  The day started well up early but I made the mistake of lying down to watch the morning news, well two hours later I woke up.  Then I spent the next couple of hours on the phone to Telstra as I had no internet since last night.  I was going to leave it until this afternoon to do as I knew it would be time consuming, wished I had.  Anyway Tess drove us to Montville as she had to go to work, I'm not liking giving up the drivers seat much, not that it’s a reflection on her driving, not at all, she drives really well considering she has hardly driven a car at all but I like to be in control of the car lol.  Got home another couple of phone calls, finally connected then disconnected again another call and finally connected for good so it seems.  I'm ready to start the house work then I get a phone call from the school, Lucy’s not feeling well could I come and get her.  Oh give me a break she’s only been back at school three days.  I immediately thought okay what subject does she have on this afternoon, sport (she hates it) or she has had a fight with one of her friends but it wasn't any of those and she swears she felt sick.  I might add she seems alright now.  Finally get home (after an hour) and twenty minutes later Tess phones, she has finished work and wants me to pick her up so she can drive home. I really didn't want to as she can get a lift home but being the nice mother that I am went and picked her up.  So it’s getting later and later, get home then Mitch (Tess’ boyfriend) and Tony turn up, they are all going away this weekend so it was a bit chaotic while they were throwing things into the car at this stage I'm about to give up so I'm going to write a blog post, get Lucy’s dinner which is already cooked, feed the dogs, then clean the house. As I write this the dog has decided he’s hungry and is just sitting next to me, willing me to get up and feed him, well he can wait.

Monday was the last day of the school holidays for Lucy.  Now we get fine weather it rained for most of the holidays, lucky she spent two weeks in Wagga and it was fine there the whole time.  We decided to do something with Tess (friend) her two sons and niece so we went to Buderim Falls.  It’s amazing to see this and it’s right in the middle of suburbia.  We entered through the easier way to walk to the falls but didn't get too far as one of the walkways had been washed away in the recent floods so we had to drive up to the other entrance and walk down a really steep and muddy walkway, thank god I wore my Mongrel Boots (these are the most comfortable shoes I own, they are work boots I got when I worked in the bakery but yes I wear them as much as I can) This was the beautiful view we were  greeted with.

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I was standing at the waterhole looking up and the bridge that crosses the creek.

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Actually took my camera out of auto and played with the shutter speed settings, have no idea what I'm doing but was rather pleased with it.  I'm having some lessons soon and I know I will look at this in a few months and say what was I thinking lol but I guess you have to start somewhere.

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Almost underneath the falls it was so lovely and cool

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We had our picnic lunch on the rock that the sun is shining on.

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Another view from a different vantage point.

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Because of all the recent rain there were little waterfalls everywhere.

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We had a great day I took few photo’s of the kids and 400 photos of the waterfall lol. It’s well worth the effort, such a gorgeous place.

Tuesday saw Lucy back at school much to her disgust.  I cant believe she is in year 10 now and because of that had to buy all new school shirts this year.

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I must have been asleep when I took this because I have only just noticed the little bugger changed out of her brand new skirt and into this old creased one, Why? because I haven't hemmed up  her other skirt and if she thinks it’s going to be taken up as short as this one she is mistaken, that skirt was from year 8 and she has grown a touch since then.

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Come on Lucy you could look like you were a little bit excited to be going back lol

Wednesday was Australia Day and we didn't actually do anything as the girls both had to work, they work at the same place but had to start at different times so we were running back and forth.  At least I got to listen to the cricket.

Thursday was a most exciting day for Tess, her first driving lesson.  She was horrified that I was going to take photos so they were rushed and not that good and I also had the wrong lens on.  It was a momentous occasion so naturally I was going to take photos.  We had to meet her instructor Robbie, at Main Roads in Nambour.  Tess is having lessons with Phase Driving School.

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Why is she hiding behind her purse.

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That’s as good as it got.  That’s it for now, Dogs are fed as I got sick of them looking at me.  Have a great weekend

Bye for now

Jackie

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Summer may be here.

It seems summer may be with us again, the last few days we have actually had no rain.  It’s only 33 days until autumn and for those of us that live in Qld know that the horrible summer humidity and heat can last well into autumn.  This year has been odd it has been raining for months, we had record winter rains, it rarely rains in winter and that's when we usually have to buy water for our tank.  We had record spring rains and it has just gone on from there.   As much as I dislike summer even I felt the need for some sun, however once that humidity hits I will be wishing for the cooler weather again.  We were fortunate and although we had amazing rainfalls over 300mms in 24hours we didn't get the damaging floods that everywhere else got but we did have the usual trouble spots.  Nambour has parts that go under every time we get heavy rain the main creek that runs through town runs at the bottom of the primary and High school, more than once we have had the call from school that they are evacuating as their ovals turn into rivers.  Fortunately it’s school holidays.  Our two supermarkets are right next to the creek and the water flowed into the car parks forcing them to be closed for a week.  Parking’s bad enough, it was chaos.  I went to the supermarket today and noticed the shortage of vegetables, no lettuce and what lettuce they had which was really tiny and was $4 for one.  They had very little choice in fresh herbs, I was really wishing now that I had my veggie and herb gardens up and running I need my veggies.  Anyway there are a few shots of the flooding in Nambour  on my other blog (see link in the sidebar) that was the Monday afternoon following the downpour of 300mms on the Sunday so it had gone down some buy the time we got to Quota Park.  When I got home I drove a few kms out to Mapleton Falls I have never seen it flowing like that in the fourteen years since we have lived here, there were three waterfalls.

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A very cloudy view from the lookout across the Obi Obi Valley

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Two of three waterfalls

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The dogs were sick of being indoors and we were sick of having them indoors so as soon as it stopped raining we took them to Mudjimba beach.  Rain clouds were threatening but as night fell it had cleared up and has stayed that way for the past few days.

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Milly taking Lucy for a run

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Night time approaching.  Notice the two guys taking photos.  It was good light but disappeared way too fast.  This is looking from Mudjimba toward Maroochydore

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My favourite photo of the day, no way perfect and definitely blurry but I'm learning how to use my camera and the sad thing was it was still in auto.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Tony

My DH turns 44 today, we had dinner last night at the Maroochydore Tavern, used to be known as the Grinning Dog.  It was  a nice meal and nice company. Jen, notice the  shirt he’s wearing, looks good.

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I had eye fillet with morton bay bugs in a creamy garlic sauce and a gorgeous salad.  I dont eat much steak but it melted in your mouth.  I was hoping that I could have had the same meal as last time but it wasnt on the menu.

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Can you spot the three brothers lol.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Never Thought I Would See The Day

I have an L Plater living in my house.  Congratulations Tess.

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This was the best she would give me today, she did not want me to take her photo.  I reminded her who paid for everything today but that didnt sway her.

Cant leave Lucy out

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Oh yuk, getting a big sloppy kiss from Fred

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Such Sadness

It is with a very heavy heart that I write this post.  As the whole country knows Queensland has been in severe flood since the day after boxing day,  It has rained here for months with no end in sight. So much destruction firstly in central and western Queensland then the Darling Downs, Ipswich and Brisbane.  Some towns were flooded twice, whole towns have been evacuated.  At this stage 12 deaths with about 50 people missing. I have been glued to the TV all day today watching the Brisbane River get higher and higher as I would guess a lot of people have been doing.  I think the thing that got to me the most was the inland Tsunami that hit the main street of Toowoomba  with no warning then swept down the Toowoomba range taking out everything that stood in it’s way, the footage was incredible to watch, whole houses just get ripped off their stumps, the pure ferocity and speed of the water was terrifying. I have been listening to the 612 ABC radio coverage of the floods since they started that station deserves an award for the service they have given to Queenslanders just amazing.  We were fortunate here it rained so much over 300mms in 24hours  we don't have huge river systems in the area so when we flood it goes down fairly quickly and we don't get the massive damage bill (to buildings, the roads are another story).  My thoughts go out to all that have been affected by the floods, it’s going to take a long time for the state to recover.  All these photos are from various news sites.

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Bye for now

Jackie

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

A bit of a catchup

Life's always busy around here there is never enough hours in the day.  I'm really struggling to find time to do crafty things  which I really need to do I find it good therapy.  Here’s a brief snapshot of what we have been up to lately

Tess went on holiday to Wagga, fortunately before all the rain hit, she had a lovely holiday.  I love this photo of her and Nanny. 

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Love this photo of my mum and dad.

My Friend Tess’ 50th birthday party was an absolute blast.  Lot’s of celebrities were there.  I spotted Suzi Q and Angus

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Charles Manson although I was assured that it was Kris Kristofferson or Willie Nelson.

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No mistaking Alice Cooper.

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You can see they take after their mother, lol

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Just us girls, left to right Monica, Tess, Chris, Tina, Marie (with the yellow glasses) Me and Hayley.

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I really don't know these people.

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Hmmmmm what’s going on here, well let me just say what goes on at the party stays at the party.

This was going to be a brief catch up wasn't it rofl.