Saturday, January 15, 2011

Brisbane I am so very proud of you...

Courtesy of The Courier Mail

Look at you all, you wonderful people, 1000's of you lining up to register and volunteer to help with the huge clean up.  Although I don't live in Brisvegas anymore, I am so proud to say I come from Brisbane, we are of sturdy stock that's for sure but the best thing about us is that when the going gets tough, the tough get going and we all pitch in. 
Seriously, my heart literally sang when I woke up to these images. 
And when I heard the stories of people, literally strangers turning up in streets with utes and tools and saying "hey, how can I help"...or "hey, I have an esky filled with cold water bottles and sandwiches, you don't have power, how about you sit down for a while with a cold bottle of h2o and a salad roll, and let me take over for a bit"...well I could cry. 
Actually, maybe I did.

Go Brisbane!!!!!

And here at home, (but hardly blog worthy), after sorting through with the children lots of toys and clothes and kitchen items to donate and boxing these up, I spent the afternoon in the laundry room (our first blue day for a long time) and recent events just brought home to me that I should never ever feel complacent or take for granted the days when I can put white sheets on my line under a blue sky.

Brisbane, I send you all our strength and support.


eta - Oh goodness an update, ...Chateau De Lille has very generously passed on an award, I'll be back soon to update, thank you so much x

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Enough is enough...

I haven't any pretty pictures to post tonight.

No pretty words either.

Hardly any words at all really. 
What devastation SE Qld has seen.
I just read now of a family who lost their four year old in the floods today and my heart breaks for them.  I am so so sorry.  Their grief, I can't even begin to imagine.

And to Mother Nature or the gods or whoever it is who has some control over the weather, enough is enough.  Please.  No more.  There has been enough heatbreak, enough despair, enough loss.
It's enough.

My thoughts to everyone in SE Qld, especially in Toowoomba and surrounds, Ipswich and Brisbane.

Stay safe, keep your families safe.
Nothing is more precious.


Wednesday, January 5, 2011

2011, it's here...

                                Oh look, a new use for driftwood pieces lol!

It's here, almost out of the blue (well the grey up here at least - it's raining again!).

(Thoughts to all those experiencing the flooding and isolation here in Queensland and I hope the sun shines for you very soon x and you find the relief you need so very much)

We've had the usual flurry that seems to happen at this time of year with family and friends so my poor blog has been sadly neglected (and may yet still be until school goes back) and I know it's customary to do the resolutions thing (but what's the point!  I'd love to say I'm going to eat less and exercise more, but I'd be wasting precious time and space!) but what I do want to do is to say thanks for the warm welcome to bloggy land.

I had lurked for a while on many many blogs before starting my own modest attempt in August and it wasn't until somebody posted that their copy of Coastal Living had arrived that I knew I had found my people! 
I don't know anyone who buys this magazine.  Not a soul.  In fact for a while there, I was the only one the local newsagency ordered this in for, but he tells me now he sells four copies a month at least (so maybe we should start a reading group or something my anonymous buddies!).

This is the first copy I ever bought waaaaay back in 1997 - yes, I know!.   I still  have it and it came to the surface in a brief but it's the new year, quick, clean up  frenzied tidy up.

It cost $US 3.95 and according to the cover, I paid $AU8 which I think was quite a fair sum for a magazine back then!

 It's the Christmas issue, 1997 and I bought it on a whim because I liked these pages.  And all these years later, I still like them.

Timeless really.

I hope your Christmas was wonderful and that you too are spending time with friends and family :)

So thanks again for the warm welcome to this lovely world, I love reading your blogs and am a very happy follower indeed, cheers x