Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel. Show all posts

Monday, September 5, 2016


This past week has been another wonderful ride of emotions for me.

Friday, September 2, 2016

San Francisco Trip

My two eldest children are travelling this week.  Home base is San Francisco.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Meander Falls, Tasmania

My LORD O' God,
when I in awesome wonder
consider all the works Thy hands have made ...
Sings my soul!

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Freycinet National Park, Eaglehawk Neck & Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

The Hazards from Richardsons Beach, Freycinet National Park.  This was a beautiful beach with beach houses able to be rented on the shore in this majestic National Park.  Just one of the places we want to show our children one day.  A holiday on the beach with bushwalking and rock climbing for the older children.  Ideal!

Well maintained walkways along the cliff edges had us continually amazed at how they were built and the effort it must have taken.  Any number of places to stop and look and take photos.  This particular walk was one we stopped on for one of our picnic lunches.  These were such a highlight each day.

Sleepy Bay.  A bit of low level abseiling to get down to the sand but an isolated, quiet Bay we had all to ourselves together with wind and wave hewn caves and private beach front.  Would've been perfect for one of those lunches .. darnit, had lunch earlier on the cliff top walkway overlooking the Southern Ocean ....

Eaglehawk Neck.  Just feet from my standing point here is a sheer drop down to a sea meets granite cliff face called "Devil's Kitchen".  As we watched the sea swept in ravenously, continually, carving sea caves in the rocks.  A mighty formation in the making as we watched.  Love it!

We saw a seal in the turbulent waters here.  A lone seal frolicking in the kelp by the rocks.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park.  This was our one rainy day.  We welcomed the change in weather.  It gave us another view of Tasmania.  I initially didn't want to get out of the car here.  It was very cold and very wet.  But as always, Mathew knew best.  He encouraged me with promises of just a short walk down to the Lake edge but I loved it and we ended up going on a good walk around the Lake to the Boat Shed.  It proves to be one of the highlights I chew on, the rain, the fog, the sounds around me, the cold.  I was warm and dry.  It was wonderful.  Lunch in the car afterwards at the Lake was ... sublime and varrrry romantic !!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

More Adventures in Tasmania

Well, here is the beast.  As I went up our guide, Rick, could see my agonies and offered to take me back down but I said no, just let me concentrate.  He said he once had to bring a woman down the stairs backwards on her knees ... thanks Rick, feeling better about my climb.

You know these photos don't give the depth of the experience.  It was steep and hiiiigh.

Fully one week later, our wedding anniversary day spent on Macquarie Harbour and the Gordon River, North West Tasmania.

Yes, it's windy at the front of the ship.  Is it a ship or a boat?

Our boat/ship - the Harbour Master.  We disembarked on Sarah Island for an hour.  This Island was a penal colony, one of the more cruel and harsh colonies for British convicts to be incarcerated in Tasmania.  

Much is made of the convict history in Tasmania, great delight is taken to "re enact" historically and theatrically the torrid history.  I don't like it.  I enjoyed Tasmania for so much more than this.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Cape Bruny Lighthouse, South Bruny Island, Tasmania, Australia

To reach the top of the Lighthouse I had to climb a very steep, open rung, serpentine staircase.  I had wanted to see this Lighthouse and the views of the Southern Ocean it was so famed to afford for so long.  It was the highlight of the trip for me. 

I climbed and didn't look down.  I was very afraid.  It took a lot of concentration and self control.  I was shaking with adrenaline.  This photo is funny because I was terrified, it is all open in that you can look down and see the bottom from where the climb started.  I'm holding onto Mathew here as if I hold on tight enough and keep still enough, the Lighthouse won't sway - that's how it felt.

When we reached the top it was a very small space and step out to the deck outside which was even narrower.  Here I am again - I must be a good pretender because you'd never know how afraid I am would you?!  The crazy backpack meant I couldn't keep close enough to the Lighthouse wall, when someone wanted to get by -  aaaghh!

Made it!

A moment in time.  One of my "happy moments" in this great life He has given to me.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Coming Home

When we came home from our anniversary trip recently, we walked into our bedroom and saw this note and fresh pink roses on our bed!  Sweet Phoebe wrote for us:

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Tasmanian Grand Adventure Continues ...

Our actual wedding anniversary was spent on World Heritage Cruises along the Gordon River and Macquarie Harbour.  We purchased gold pass seating upstairs with our own window lounge chairs and catering.  It was luxury.

Watching farmed Atlantic Salmon being fed in their open pens on Macquarie Harbour.  We saw a seal swimming just to the left of the boat hoping to catch a feed too.

The Gordon River.  The best way to describe the water was like "oil".  It appeared super smooth, thick and very dark.  Unlike any other river we have been on.  This is what produces this amazing "mirror" effect on our photos.

We were able to stop at a pre-arranged section of the World Heritage Wilderness area and walk along a boardwalk through a small section of rainforest.  It was crowded with our boat load of tourists but we were all very much aware of the privilege to be in this part of the world at all.  This was the farthest part of the river that the boat was allowed up to.  All commercial boats and operations are very strictly governed to keep this area as natural and untouched as possible.  Our boat took nothing into the river and harbour system and left nothing.  All waste is contained and even the hull of the boat is built so as to minimise the wake effect on the shore as we cruise past.

This was a lunch point in the car due to rain, fog, ice, you name it!  Cozy?  Let me tell you ...

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain National Park

From the mountains to the sea .. Turners Beach to be precise!  A beach after our own name!

Our second week was spent in a beach house on this stretch of coast overlooking the Bass Strait.

Afternoons were spent on this deck watching the sun go down with a drink and a chocolate talking about our day's travels or planning our next day's wanderings.  This was our last sunset.

From the beach house we watched and could set our clocks to the nightly departure of the Spirit of Tasmania back to the mainland and then again in the morning over breakfast we watched it appear over the horizon almost with the sun coming up as it headed back to us.

One morning as I watched the ship appear on the horizon through binoculars, I spied a pod of dolphins swim by.  Another moment when I wept over the goodness of God and what He was showing me.

On this day we had travelled from true mountains to the sea.  I tried to capture it here.

On this day we took our handy lunch basket to Launceston and sat in City Park.

Mersy Bluff Lighthouse at Devonport.

A collage of silly selfies.  Each one was met with gales of laughter.  We often felt very silly taking our own photos.

On our last day we travelled home through the Midlands of Tasmania and took a turnoff to Ross.  What a surprising little town.  

Tasmania has become dear to our hearts.  One day we would like to think we may live there for a season or two.  For now, our memories live on and we are all increased for it.

It's nice to be home.  We emailed, talked and "hang out" ed each day all the weeks.  I had my children around me enjoying it right along with us.  (In a sense).  I set up a group Hangout where instant messaging was enjoyed simultaneously with the four of our children with phones/Ipads and the youngest two watched on.  We shared instant moments and photos and they chatted on to each other long after we left the conversation.  It was great fun.  My eldest two being at work throughout the day were able to involve their work colleagues sometimes with the places, faces and grand imagery we were transmitting at the time!  All that to say, loads enjoyed the time with us and we gave Him the glory all the while.

Thank you LORD.  

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His Name: bring an offering, and come before Him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:29

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mat and Di's Grand Adventure, April 2016

It wasn't more than five minutes after our son dropped us off at the airport in Brisbane that Mathew and I realised what a hoot! this was.  We had never done anything like this before.  A 12 day trip for our wedding anniversary just the two of us.  Two plane sectors away, another State and even off the mainland of this beautiful country!  We couldn't begin to imagine the joy, the fun, the liberty!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016


This post is scheduled for smack, dab in the middle of our Tasmanian Getaway.

So this is me.  Today. With Mathew.

Being quiet, reflecting, resting, enjoying, loving, being grateful, thankful.

All at once.  With the wind in our ears.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

That's the plan!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Journey Begins

We are off!  Bon Voyage!

Thank you God for this privilege to have time together to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary.  Please bring us all home safe.

In His Name,
And For His good Purpose, Amen and Amen.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Getting Ready ... - 19 days

It's just 19 days until we fly to Tasmania for our 25th wedding anniversary!

I'm bracing myself to leave and let all of us have an adventure for two weeks!  This will be a time not just for Mathew and I but

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Australia Day 2016

A special cupcake tree in honour of many things Australian!

My Country

by Dorothea Mackellar

The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes.
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins,
Strong love of grey-blue distance
Brown streams and soft dim skies
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror -
The wide brown land for me!

A stark white ring-barked forest
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.

Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die -
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.

Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold -
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land -
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand -
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Special BBQ by Dad for lunch.

We arrived through heavy rain at Coollum Beach, the surf was rough but the water was warm and refreshing.  

At one stage we weren't sure it was worth a trip to the beach? But we soldiered on.  After all, maybe it wasn't raining up the coast?!
Well it was and it did. We had a couple of hours of swimming and body surfing in rough conditions with a total six lifesavers at the water's edge watching our every move.  Thank God for the Royal Life Saving Association of Australia.

Yesterday Phoebe and Emmeline made and iced these cupcakes.  Aren't they clever!

So, today as every day, I thank God for this country we live in.  A land of contrasts and a land of uniqueness.  A place I am free to live and work and worship.  A place just far enough off the mainstream of life yet with every modern tenant of a world class city.  I guess the world will catch up one day but for now I am grateful for this place to raise my family and to have lived my life.

Even so, come Lord Jesus!
Revelation 22:20

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

September-October 2015 Update

Mum's birthday always a happy day.  This year I chose Scarborough Beach for fish and chips by the sea.

Comic Con came to Brisbane.

Miss Phoebe turned 12.

That's my petal doing the tree challenge at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.  She did the flying fox over the crocodile enclosure.  I'm in awe of her.

Never get tired of getting up close and personal with a kangaroo.

Phoebe, Josh and Jed.

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