Nice to see you!

Three major events occurred for me last year (2010), all in the space of about 2 weeks. I turned 50. The following day I got married. Two weeks later, my oldest daughter became pregnant with her first child and my first grandchild.

Most middle-aged people will tell you that in their minds, they still feel 20 something. It's the same for me.

Wasn't it only yesterday that I was planning a night out with guys from the surf club? That gorgeous new perm. Flaired, cuffed denims and the red t-shirt with the off-the-shoulder frill. Corked platform wedgies. **sigh**

Suddenly I'm looking in the mirror and wondering how 30 years can flash by so damned quickly!

So here I am in cyberspace, sharing my genuine shock and horror with anyone who'll listen and maybe I'll even meet some other over 50s who find themselves in the same predicament!

Welcome to my dilemna!!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Getaway

If you ever want a different kind of holiday or weekend away, try this ...

We had a fabulous weekend and plan on returning in the future to feel the serenity of Bunya Mountains and the surrounding rain forests again.

Adoring Husband and I met our new friends from the photography website, 'flickr'.

They are a combination of people who have completed Andrew Goodall's Photography Workshop on the Sunshine Coast over the past couple of years, and who now share their photos on the flickr site for critiquing.

People travelled from as far north as Rockhampton and as far south as Brisbane/Toowoomba for this weekend.

We all pitched in with food, and of course, ended up with so much more than we needed.  The food, however, was all delicious, especially the desserts!!  Pavlovas, cheesecakes, caramel tarts and chocolate chip cookies, all home cooked, plus a delicious fruit salad.

Everybody was happy and friendly and helpful, sharing their knowledge of photography and their particular brand of cameras.

We spent hours and hours walking the tracks through the rain forest and capturing shots of all the birdlife, insects, flowers, beautiful trees and ferns, waterfalls and running streams, wildlife and each other!

A scavenger hunt was organised, so we had a list of 20 things to photograph over the weekend.  Some were easy to find and some a little more difficult.

Here are a few of my photos from the weekend ..

Blue Fairy Wren

Female Bower Bird

Tree Ferns

Orange Blossom Orchid

Running Stream
... and a few more

Another rain forest stream

Kookaburra about to take off

A male Satin Bower Bird

Yellow Robin
I will share some more during the week.

I have to say thank you to the wonderful Vegan Chickie, Bare-chested Chef and Chicklet for taking care of the Psychotic Dogs and Lovely Laying Chooks while we were away.  Without you, we couldn't have enjoyed our special weekend and we really do appreciate you taking yourself away from your 'island of calm' for us :o)

We have sore legs and calf muscles from walking and climbing, and sore cheeks from smiling so much, so we might take a day or two to recover from our weekend getaway, but it was sooooo worth it and we'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Nite all

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