Monday, 26 November 2012

am keeping my promise

My friend Mark and I spent Sunday at the Harmony Day Retreat Centre at Bunya Downs. (North West of Brisbane suburbia)

We started the day with a vigorous yoga session.

Various vendors were available for massage,
Reflexology etc.

A real treat was finding the kookaburra's nest in my previous post that accidentally went through. The kookaburra takes over some of the white ants nest. Apparently it's uncommon to find their nests.
Did you find its beak?
......and there were flowers.

Testing an alternate blog universe

Lets practise and play.

am not running late

More technical issues everyone.
I know you're dreadfully disappointed that my post hasn't appeared yet.
I am too.
Tonight I'll redo it on a grown up computer and then we'll all be happy.

Until then have a lovely lovely day.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

got interventioned.

I really wanted to be a joiner, but my conservative nature intervened.

We had a hearty western style lunch of pulled pork and taco salad and re-entered the 21st century.

.... good old Oz and its wonders.

got steampunked

Paul and I took a walk into the Valley and entered an alternate labyrinth of wonder.

I'm thinking of joining this subculture.
This is what we'll be wearing.

Here's how we'll communicate; on our pianophone.

If only I'd had this fascinator for the Melbourne Cup festivities 2 weeks ago.

When we have a cup of tea, we use our jiggler.

Maybe we'll close the door and turn out the light on that idea.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

have my fingers crossed again

Here's a photo I love, taken at retreat at Cunningham's Gap.
Paul thinks it's a foxglove. Is anyone able to confirm his hunch?

have tasted success

Yay! Some words got through. Let's try a photo
These loungers are available at Southbank.

am arguing with blogspot.

I've been trying and trying to share with you the best blog I've ever written, but am increasingly frustrated with the challenges this morning.

I'm going to try again with fewer photos and less eloquent text.

Monday, 12 November 2012

have more to show you.

I went to the most wonderful exhibition this afternoon.
Tricia Smout has been Artist in residence at Mt Coot tha Botanic Gardens. She's had hundreds of people participate in workshops and her creative projects.

Her exhibition is entitled 'the language of nature'.

This was the one I was involved with.

Another project

and another

Here's some weird language going on in our garden!

Guess which one is real?

Sunday, 4 November 2012

had a picnic on the Gold Coast

At the risk of being repetitive, I present to you this weekend's food, drink and social events.

Firstly an event with my Broadstrokes friends. The name is such because we're 6 broads who indulge in creative endeavours. The word strokes refers to the possible painting brush strokes or the positive strokes we afford ourselves in encouragement as we indulge in arty challenges.

We also believe in good food and drink while we're reviewing and critiquing.

On Sunday Paul, Myles and I headed south to the Gold Coast where Dave, Jen, Colton and Jen's parents were holidaying.

We picniced. It's been some time since we've done this so we were a bit rusty.

The first challenge was to convince the dog lover (pictured here)..... no not Paul;
that we really didn't want his dog to invade our picnic space.

Fortunately that turned out ok and we enjoyed a lovely social time. Mental note to pack our picnic chairs next time.

It's really important that we get used to dining in the open spaces as we've learned this week that Nick and Mey are moving to Uganda, so Mey can fulfil a 2 year Fellowship she's been awarded.
We've been invited to visit of course. I think we'll have more than wild dogs to worry about there.

I wonder if the service we received from the bar staff here can be replicated.

After the picnic, we moved to the Sheraton Mirage hotel where Colton held court

and we had a civilised cup of tea.

Just another weekend with the Marshall Coopers.

.....but before I leave you, la fleur du jour.
Fraser Island creeper (Tecomanthe hillii) currently flowering in our garden.