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Postcards from North West Queensland – Part 1

3 1/2 weeks; big, open skies; long, empty roads; bright, starlit night skies; a camper trailer and my fantastic family. It was a recipe for success, yes, really it was. Days spent meandering throughout this diverse state of QLD, new areas to discover and explore fully, ‘famous’ rivers to throw a line into, campfires to cook on, creeks to swim in and driving hours filled with new music and audio books.

Just typing that brings back so many delightful, lifetime memories. Our original plan for this trip was to head to the southern states but as the time drew closer the outback of Queensland seemed to draw us. It was all a new area to explore for me and the children which made it even more adventure-like. While these kind of landscapes are familiar to me as I’ve seen enough photos having lived my whole life in this state, I’d never actually experienced the vastness, the openness and the raw, rugged beauty myself.

So with provisions stocked (grocery shops, I figured, would be few and far between on the routes we were taking) and a family raring to go we turned the car North-West and drove. With only a very basic idea of where we would like to go, we explored new areas, stayed till we were ready to move on and took the advice of other travellers to help determine our next destination.

As expected we returned with memories a-plenty and a stock of photos to match. So I thought I’d share some of the beauty we captured on film here with you. Random shots which capture the essence of our trip. I’ll spread the visual feast over several posts (otherwise I’ll bore you to bits with the same red dirt/blue sky kind of look over and over again) and if you want any more details of specific places feel free to leave me a comment.

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Blueberry Picking

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It’s a yearly event, much anticipated by young and old alike. The picking of blueberries – which of course involves much eating of blueberries at the same time. This year we almost didn’t make it, a new home, longer distance to travel etc. But when we realised this would possibly be the last day of the year they would be open to pick you own berries, it didn’t take much convincing – we just had to go.

Bright and early we bundled still half asleep children into the car with the promise of a fun morning ahead. The weather was beautiful (a welcome break from the searing heat of recent weeks) and the location picturesque. This time we even had Daddy along for the first time which added to the fun – someone started a blueberry throwing contest, hmmmm I wonder who…..

After scouring the blueberry rows and filling most of our tubs we found a few bedraggled rows of raspberries. With the observant eyes of the young ones we even managed to score a few handfuls of those – a favourite in this family.

As we were packing up to leave I set out the picnic rug between the rows of berry bushes for a well earned cold drink (of home made raspberry cordial no-less, I planned that well, didn’t I…). A picture perfect way to end such a fun morning and refresh some very happy, tired, blueberry filled, delighted children (and adults). Now we have a freezer bursting with fresh, delicious, organic blueberries and recipe ideas circulating from everyone in the family. Yum.

Welcome 2014

 

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It’s a time of year I always anticipate with excitement. A new year just beginning. An opportunity to sit down and think about the life we live, the dreams we have, the ideas we desire to bring into reality, the priorities we have in life…..

Having said all that, I’m not one for resolutions or making promises I know I can’t possibly keep. But rather, I see the value in stepping back and thoughtfully planning this life we are privileged to live. A time to dream and plan rather than make empty promises. So with the busyness that usually accompanies our Christmas/New Year time (delightful, fun, joyful, family-filled days), it’s now – already a week into the new year – that I’m finding the space to think, dream and plan. And what an exciting prospect that is. A whole new year full of promise and opportunity, just waiting to be lived.

I’m fully bursting with excitement and have a notebook getting filled with ideas, dreams and goals. It’s shaping up to be a fantastic year ahead, I just know it. I’ve began writing, with a pen and paper, a journal once again. This was a the request of my biggest son who enjoys our time together as we write, he writes his journal but me typing away at the computer keys just wasn’t quite the same. I had to agree, so I found a notebook given to me 4 years ago from a special group of friends (you original Nourished girls are such a wonderful group of women), a touching note written in the front cover and have made it my goal to write whatever I want in there this year – just whatever fills my heart and mind each day. This may come as a surprise, for someone who loves writing as much as I do, but I haven’t really kept a proper journal like this for years. I’ve kept notebooks of this, that and the other but not just a journal filled what what makes up my heart each day (or as often as I get to write) – no pressure, no restrictions, no ideas of what I should include, just a place for me.

So much of what fills me with excitement are the little things, the small changes I make to our everyday family life and the little family traditions I want to continue or begin. The picnics we plan to take more often as a family, the afternoons spent stitching by the sandpit which I intend to continue, the sewing and knitting projects I’m helping my daughter with, the woodworking  which my two older boys are enjoying at the moment, the camping adventures we have planned, sharing more family dinners by candlelight – all the little things which make this life of mine so rich and blessed. Oh yes, there are bigger dreams and plans swirling around as well but my full priority is placed on the little moments which are truly the big moments.

I hope your 2014 is shaping up to fill you with joy, peace and hopeful anticipation.

Weekending – Celebrating the ‘Dad’

It’s Father’s Day here in Australia. A day dedicated to celebrating the awesome Father’s in our lives. For us it’s been extra special. The first weekend in months which we have been home together as a family without any travelling to or fro. No other commitments. No pressures from the outside. No visitors. Just two whole days to enjoy being a family. Bliss.

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Today we decided to take to the roads around our new home. Long, straight, open roads leading us in the direction of communities around. It was an almost perfect day out in the Australian bush. A day spent celebrating the fantastic Father in this family.

Picnics + Sunny First Day of Spring + Our Family = Perfection