On A Brighter Note!

A COUNTRY GETAWAY

I decided to take a little break before blogging Part 2 of “When Spring Walks out the Door” as we’ve just got back from a little romantic retreat in the country.

This was our little cabin in the bush for the past 2 nights.  How blessed am I to live where we do and yet less than an hour away I can escape the  world and enjoy most a wonderful revitalising getaway! http://www.loosegoose.com.au

 A WILDLIFE MENAGERIE  – I’ve come home wanting to  buy a goat, a miniature pony and lots of chickens! My little Chickey went on holidays when we did and hasn’t returned home yet!

I’m afraid the flicker of my cottage dream has been fanned into a furnace! This place made me feel alive and long for nature more than I already do.

Sometimes I think there are two of me! The one that is a pristine, cleanfreak who loves everything to be in order and then I flip to the farmyard me who loves growing veges, likes to get dirty and wants her own menagerie!

Perhaps I could buy a Donkey!! Or then again the Geese were in full flight  with all their little goslings in tow so maybe I could have run off with one or two of them!

We spent time relaxing by the log fire, walked out among the animals and sipped wine on the balcony watching the Robin Red Breast alight in the tree outside. Unfortunately I didn’t get a pic of how amazing he was! On the second day we set of for a little road trip.

After coffee in Balingup we cruised onto Bridgetown and wandered the streets, which I might add, were alot more alive than Balingup. Balingup was lovely but WAY to quiet for this country girl!

BRIDGETOWN is a really lovely little town set in a valley.  Historic buildings and quaint little shops make it a most interesting and enjoyable venture. Check out “DECO DOLLIES”  if ever you go there.  

SUCH LOVELY VINTAGE AND RETRO GEAR AT AFFORDABLE PRICES.  

More funky gear at DECO DOLLIES

 

TO END OUR LITTLE DAY TRIP WE STOPPED IN NANNUP FOR A FINAL COFFEE 

By this time the lovely man was well and truly ready to get back to the chalet for a rest. I was just so happy that we could enjoy the day together. He managed the day out like a trouper (tho I’m sure he would have preferred to be watching a good surf movie, dreaming of when he could get back on a board) It was like everything was as it always had been. Such a wonderful feeling to know that life goes on and is really what you make it! 27 wonderful years and still in love!

So til next time, keep smiling and remember that life is what you make it!                                        

SMILE IN THE FACE OF THE STORM

When Spring Walked out the Door

It’s been a little hectic around here lately. So I thought i’d just do a little update and and share a few words!

Still Smiling

Spring has disappeared as quickly as it arrived!  

Today has been so stormy and  tonight there’s a storm warning!  It got me to thinking that sometimes life is like that too. One day everything is going fine-the sun is shining and everything is beautiful then the next thing something unexpected happens that takes the wind out of your sails. Well this year has been one of those years for me and mine! It started in April when we set off for a long awaited holiday to Malaysia.

Here we are awaiting our departure

We’ve lived life pretty much in the fast lane and so were really looking forward to this getaway and especially spending ‘quality’ time with our little ones. (remember our 3 big ones have already flown the coup)

For the Kids, it was their first overseas adventure apart from a trip to New Zealand to see family, so as you can imagine they we’re ready for the adventure.

Early Morning Arrival – Unaware of what lies ahead

Our first few days in Singapore we chose to hang out in the back streets, enjoying local food and taking in all the sights and sounds.

We caught the trains with the locals, got lost  and even chose to stay with locals in a home stay apartment. At one stage there were 10 other people from all over asia bunking down in the little 3 bedroom high rise. An experience to say the least!

Fortunately there was an awesome pool in the complex so we could escape the heat and close confines of living in community!

The first night in Malaysia enjoying local market food and totally unaware that life was about to throw us a curve ball.

SO IT WAS THAT THE ADVENTURE WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN AND LIFE AS WE KNEW IT WAS ABOUT TO CHANGE,

JUST AS QUICKLY AS THE SPRING HAS COME AND SEEMS TO HAVE GONE , SO OUR HOLIDAY EXCITEMENT WOULD FADE AND THE CLOUDS THAT GATHERED ABOVE US WOULD SEND US HURTLING BACK INTO A WINTER SEASON.

Check in later for the unfolding journey….

Goodbye Winter Hello Spring

FAREWELL TO WINTER

 

LillysYesterday I looked out of the window and saw the sunlight shining on the water and before I knew it I’d reached for the camera only to find the camera battery flat so the next best thing was to grab my phone.  Off I ran into the padock to try to capture the beauty laid out before me!

By the time I’d undone the gates and run down the track the light was almost gone and a huge front was heading in from the South…the effect even more beautiful! My phone camera just doesn’t capture how amazing it was.  I was just carried away with it’s beauty and ran deeper into the woods! (well not really that deep but I was swept away a little) I could see the Black Swans (native to Australia) out on the pond with their little cygnets. I imagine the foxes or eagles have already trimed the flock down already but this clever mum and dad have built a nest smack in the middle of the pond in the hope of protecting their young!

The Swan Family

Like I said…I was swept away on this last winter eve and found myself clambouring through the long grass to sneak a closer look at the swans…I looked down and realised I had my white ugg boots on!! OOPS luckily I just missed treading in the cow pat but my boots were a little worse for wear! Nevermind, it was well worth it!

On the way I saw these lovely jonquils and the fragrance was just good as they looked.

What a way to say goodbye to winter. When I got back to the house I felt absolutely invigorated and I could almost sense change in the air!

And so today SPRING IS HERE! New beginnings, new life and new dreams.

I found this neat shot on my little girls camera today and thought it was quite appropriate for how I am feeling today!

It makes me think that my future is safe in God’s hands. I’ve finally realised that my dreams and my passions and the creative me can find purpose in Him and the context of who He has called me to be.  A preachers wife…yep that’s me and that’s a whole ‘nother’ story!

So goodbye Winter and hello Spring – I’m looking forward to see what you bring!