Monday, December 12, 2016

So many weddings lately but so much fun hanging out with awesome friends. All were beach weddings as well - bonus. I found a new favourite beach place - Cotton Tree.

No more weddings now until early next year, in Tasmania!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The emotional rollercoaster of being a mum....

The last couple of weeks have been a rollercoaster ride of emotions, ranging from melancholy to elation to worry to anxiousness to regret but mostly immense pride.

My 'baby boy' Josh is finishing grade 12 and we've been attending functions that are draining my emotions a good way.

First there was speech night where there were a number of times I became teary, which took me by surprise. I think it was a combination of seeing him performing live and really in his element and also seeing his other friends, some of whom I've seen grow up since they were little. But it was when he took out both subject awards for music and music extension which were his favourite subjects that was the real tear jerker. He's put a massive effort into these subjects over the past couple of years and many times things went wrong or others would let him down and it was hard to see him so frustrated. But it all seemed worth it in that moment and looking back all of those things are good life lessons for him.

He also took out Composer of the Year at the music awards and that was the icing on the cake.


The tears continued at his formal. He looked so handsome and his girlfriend looked lovely. But it was taking photos beforehand with his best mate Ben that made me all emotional. These guys have been absolute best mates since almost day one of grade one and that's never waivered for the entire 12 years of school. I'm so happy for him that he's been able to have this friendship for all this time and no doubt for the rest of their lives. They've been there for each other through thick and thin and having had my best friend since high school, I can vouch for the priceless value of such a friendship.

And finally graduation, and thank god because I was all emotioned out. Seeing so many kids that I've known for so long take their final steps in their secondary education, all going their separate ways was just too much to bear at times. Seeing the other parents, some of whom I've formed amazing friendships with myself over the years was hard. But it was the finality of it all that really got to me. All the work we've done over the past years has finished in this moment. Did we do the right thing? Have we given him a good chance for his future? We couldn't change anything now and that made me melancholy and a bit anxious. But all is done now, he was saying goodbye to one era and welcoming a new, independent one for himself, with a new environment and a new set of friends. Some of these guys that Josh saw everyday he now wouldn't see again maybe until a 20 year reunion. I felt excited and scared for him at the same time. But he took it all in his stride.

His music teacher gave him this note and keyring, which he's proudly carrying every day. The journey certainly wasn't easy at times...but here we are and the only way is forward.

Excuse me while I go collapse in a blubbering mess....

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Kicking more goat goals

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Another weekend, kicking more goat goals. This time at Serendipity Animal Rescue Farm. Sadly it was their last open day, I imagine it would be really hard to run a rescue farm, but I was so glad to visit before it closed. The animals looked so happy and healthy, even though some looked like they had been through a lot of abuse.

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Clearly this goat didn't give a rats about getting petted or not.

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And this rooster definitely wasn't the petting kind…

Monday, October 3, 2016

Nice day for a…bridal shower

Seriously lovely day for a bridal shower. Lovely people, divine food and such a fun day.

Can't wait for this wedding

Wild mushroom tagliatelle with truffles and a slow cooked egg (seriously, seriously delish)

Peanut butter and jelly pana cotta (seriously to die for) 

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Kicking Baby Goat Goals

Did you know I'm obsessed with goats? Yep, I totally want one to add my menagerie, I just haven't been able to set up the backyard properly so it's secure and separated from the plants that I don't want the goat to eat.

So in the meantime, this little cutie will have to do. This kid is three weeks old and ADORABLE!!! Makes me want a goat EVEN MORE!!! I wish this was my backyard, but it was a baby animal farm.  Sigh…

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Hiking on Bribie

We've been trying to go hiking more often. It's the one activity we both like and can do together because I'm never going fishing and he sure doesn't want to get out into the garden with me. 

This hike was a super easy one around Bribie Island, more of a meander than a hike, but meant it was easy to take in all the surrounding nature, like this freakish tree with it's Enid Blyton-esque character.

We were hiking in the appropriately named 'Banksia Beach', these beauties were EVERYWHERE and looked absolutely divine.

And what's with these weird caterpillars?

I think next we're going to try Mt Tibrogargan.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Birthday Week Celebrations

Dinner at Sake with my love.

Divine flowers from loved ones which lasted well past my birthday week.

High tea lunch with my besties.

My insane (but much appreciated) work colleagues did this to my desk.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

You can't catch me...

Run! Run! As fast as you can!

Had a gingerbread man making day with my cousin.

We made 42.

We ate 15.

We felt very sick...


Saturday, December 5, 2015

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Woohoo!! Won again at the annual race day - $84. My biggest. Win. Ever!! Thanks "Sea Red", I had a good feeling about you and you returned well on my $5 investment.

It was a stinking hot day to start with and a long sleeve polyester dress was probably not my smartest choice. The food and champagne flowed freely though and we caught up with people we hadn't seen for a while. All the ladies looked fab and the gentlemen looked dapper and by early afternoon a cool change came through and saved the day.

PS: I didn't have chicken for dinner…