Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Lovely Christmas

Christmas is done and dusted for another year, how quickly it passed.  Christmas Eve Tess had to work so we went to Tony’s mum Sonja’ s house for dinner, this was lovely as Tony’s sister, brother in law and nephew had come down from Middlemount for Christmas.



We were woken up by the girls at 4.30, something's not right here they are 15 and 18 aren't they supposed to sleep in.  Sorry about the terrible photo I don't function very well at that time of the morning as well as bad lighting and the  ironing board in the background.  We were all really spoilt  Ipads , Ipods, Apple Mac Pro’s (I think) .



We needed to leave by 7am as we were travelling to Macleans Ridge in NSW, we drove to Sonjas place to drop Tess off and then headed off.  It was such an easy drive as there was not much traffic on the road.



I missed going over the gateway, I fell asleep.

tweed river

Over the Tweed River and into Northern NSW We arrived there about 11.30.  My brother in law Jon is a fabulous cook and was busy in the kitchen preparing lunch.  I don't know why but I forgot to take photos of the meal which by the way was delicious.



Lucy and Nanny.

My nephew Darcy


My sister had a house full of people staying so Tony and I booked a motel in Lismore, after lunch we went to check in, have a sleep (too much lunch) after we woke up we went for a drive around Lismore.  I love old buildings our motel was right near the Catholic church. These photos are from the Catholic, Anglican and the Uniting Churches.

Church Collage


Nanny and her great grandchildren Olivia, Darcy and Lucy.

We headed back to Danielle’s for dinner, which was a whole snapper, our friend Scotty had caught.It was superb .

We had an early start boxing day  Tony had to be back in Brisbane by 11am as he was heading to Broken Hill to pick up his new race car.





My gorgeous niece Izzy.


Traffic was awful for no reason, we crawled along at some spots we were only doing 20kms after doing this for half an hour we past a speed camera and that is what was causing the congestion.  Crazy, if people kept to the speed limit  traffic would have flowed it was a really long trip home.

Tony and Kiwi headed off to Broken Hill at lunchtime on Boxing day Monday  and got back at 4am Wednesday morning that’s over three thousand kms I think they are nuts I'm so glad I didn't go with them.

This is what they went to pick up



I think it’s rather ironic but our new car is the one behind ours , Tony assures me that it is a more powerful car.  We will see.


Only a couple of days until a new year begins.  Looking forward to 2012 it’s going to be a good one.

Bye for now

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas


Just stopping in quickly to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  We are just heading off overnight but not leaving until Christmas morning.  Tess has to work tonight and Boxing Day so has decided to stay here and have Christmas lunch with Friends while we travel to northern NSW to my sisters place.  It’s been years since I have had Christmas with my parents and grandma so I'm really looking forward to that.  Tony and I will overnight in Lismore then unfortunately leave early as Tony is travelling to Broken Hill to pick up his new race car and needs to get back to Brisbane before lunch time on Boxing day.  I have to be back in time to pick Tess up from work.  Have a great Christmas, enjoy spending time with your loved ones and those who are travelling drive safely.


Bye for now


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

December Daily Days 1 - 4

Thought I had better get these scanned how many times I do these projects and then never share them.  I decided  to use a 8 1/2 x 11 sized album this year.

Day One

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I'm not liking this last page might redo it.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

A Quick One


I'm guessing everyone is in the same position as me, very busy at this time of year.  I did take some time out to do my December Daily Diary.  I'm keeping fairly up to date I don't print at home so am only getting photos printed once a week so it’s a bit of catch up on the weekends.  I hope to get my pages scanned in the  next day or two.  I receive two kits from Jenni Bowlin a  month I just adore her products but they are accumulating so I thought I had better get a couple of the project kits done.   This one is the Project kit for November.






It took a few hours to make but I think it’s cute except for the glitter, I really hate the stuff (too much of the stuff when Tess danced )  I'm still brushing it off me tonight.  If you haven't been to Jenni Bowlins website and blog do go  there’s so much eye candy. 

Bye for now


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Bit of an Update


Cant believe it’s been over a month since I have written a blog post and less than a month until Christmas.  Haven't been doing a great deal Lucy has officially finished school for the year but in reality has missed the last three weeks with a really bad case of conjunctivitis I'm amazed nobody else in the family got it.  She’s been housebound and bored out of her brain, poor thing.  Tess is getting plenty of work and really enjoying her job.  Tony as always is flat out and I'm trying to keep it all together  I must admit I've enjoyed the last few weeks out of the school routine.  So what have we been up to.

This was a few days before Lucy stopped going to school new glasses were in order for both her and Tony.We went to Specsavers and got the buy one get one free so ended up with four pairs of glasses


Tess and I went to the Wednesday Eumundi Markets I haven't been here for years, when Tony and I first moved to the Coast in 1989 we used to go to the Markets every Saturday morning they were real alternate markets, original goods, organic foods etc it’s a bit too commercialised these days but still nice markets.  It was such a hot day lucky there were so many beautiful tree surrounding the area which gave some respite.






There was so much food on offer it was a toss up between a Japanese dish and savoury crepes, the crepes won




The result? Beautiful crepes I had the savoury and Tess had the jam and cream.



I really wished I had written this bands name down I thought I would remember it but didn't and they were really good they had a great sound.  If anyone can let me know I would be grateful.



Will finish up tomorrow my other photo’s are on a different computer and it’s a bit late now and I have an early start.

Bye for now


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Come for a walk with me.

I'm procrastinating today I have a heap of work to do but really am finding it hard to get going today. It’s been a busy seven days, my patrol’s motor decided not to work anymore and Tony has been pricing motors and trying to get the best deal, we are really lucky that he can do all the work himself but he has been busy with work and went away last weekend.  I'm grateful we have two cars but the other one’s a ute so you can imagine the running around that we are doing, I'm averaging four trips a day into Nambour which is a 15 minute drive from here.  Tonight Lucy has a dance concert so I have to go and pick her up from school at 3pm and then have her back at school by 5pm, poor Tess will have to come down to the concert with Tony in the truck (glad it’s them  not me ). 

Anyway I had a really good weekend and was able to scrap five layouts, that was a record for me .  I tell you it felt good to be scrapping again.    I was going to take a photo of the layouts but it’s a rainy day and the lights not the best, I might scan them later.

So lets walk

This is a neighbours cute van, I think it may have broken down to because it hasn't moved from this spot for a few weeks.


Although you wouldn't know it by the weather this week, it’s rather chilly, but spring has definitely sprung.


We decided to head toward town and meet Lucy off the bus.


We spotted a Kingfisher sitting on a branch, this is only the forth time I've seen them in Mapleton.


I really like this gate




It’s not always easy.




Finally this grand old house has been sold I wish it were me.  I cant wait to see what the new owners do to it.





A glimpse of the Old School House, this was the original principal’s house and used to be situated at the school until they moved it to this site, to build a carpark, now it is an information centre and a boutique that is used to raise money for a hospice.


Our community Library it wouldn't survive without the wonderful volunteers that run it, it’s opened from 2 to 5pm daily and from 9 – 12 on Saturdays.


Which way, straight ahead to the shops or left to the Lilyponds?



We will have to walk through the Lilyponds another day.


Lovely roses outside the doctors surgery.



The view toward Mount Coolum.


Up towards the bowling club and post office, we don't get mail delivery here so we have to go to the Post Office everyday to collect our mail.  My house used to be on the right hand side of this road about half way up and yes it had a wonderful view.  The doctor who owned it moved it to our block and lived in it while he built his house (still lives there)


This is seriously a fantastic restaurant, does takeaway too.  Bellavista makes the best chilli crab linguine.


There is a clothes  “hippy” shop, a second hand book shop (which I love) and a lovely antique shop.




It’s rather sad but the General store closed for good last weekend.



Hey Lucy, she has that look on her face that says “OH no she has her camera out in public again”


Yes we have an aggressive magpie that loves to swoop men or boys on bicycles it seems to leave females alone.


The front of the Old School House


The old Mapleton Hall


Almost home




A bush turkey building the nest.

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Bye for now